A new kitchen gadget that’s worth the counter space!

My family drinks a lot of sparkling water and I was getting tired of schlepping the bottles home from the store. They’re heavy, they take up precious room in my refrigerator, and they overflow my recycling bin. After much thought about adding another piece of equipment to my kitchen counter and after hearing rave reviews…

Puttanesca Sauce

As I mentioned in an early post, my goal for 2018 is to eat more seafood. By combining some pantry basics like anchovies, canned tomatoes, capers and olives, you have a fast and easy way to make a flavorful pasta sauce and as a bonus, you get your omega 3’s.  

Red Curry-glazed Salmon

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to eat more seafood. The American Heart Association suggests eating at least 8 ounces per week but the heart healthy Mediterranean eating plan recommends 15 ounces per week. Seafood is an excellent source of protein, rich in omega-3 fatty acids and if you’re eating fish, you’re not eating…

Pomegranate Syrup

Pomegranate seeds and pomegranate juice are a delicious ways to boost your intake of potassium and cancer fighting antioxidants. Concentrating pomegranate juice into a thick syrup, is a healthful way to add a tart sweetness to many dishes. Pomegranate molasses or syrup is popular in Eastern Mediterranean dishes, but it’s usually made with lots of…

Gingerbread Oatmeal (a warm and cozy New Year’s breakfast)

If you like the flavor of gingerbread (my favorite), you will love this oatmeal. Combining the traditional gingerbread flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and molasses, you create a healthy version of gingerbread in a bowl. For a faster breakfast, make it the night before and reheat in the microwave with a splash of milk. A…

Dates with pistachios, pomegranate and orange zested goat cheese

The holiday season is a whirlwind of activity so I am always looking for simple, healthful holiday treats that I can assemble with little effort but still add a pretty accent to a holiday plate. These little gems, adapted from Erin Gleeson’s The Forest Feast cookbook, are truly a treasure. Dates, so naturally sweet and…

Three Favorite Holiday Treats

We all want to enjoy special treats over the holiday season but we don’t want to deal with extra pounds come January. Here are three of my favorite holiday gems  that are light but oh so yummy! Light as a Chocolate Cloud Cookies Festive Holiday Cranberry Bread Pizzelles with Anise and Orange Zest  

Tuscan Shrimp with Beans

Shrimp and beans are a beautiful pairing.  The creaminess of the beans works well with the tender texture of the shrimp, both complimenting but not overpowering one another. Best of all, this is fast, easy meal you can assemble on any night of the week. Leftovers make an excellent breakfast or lunch the next day….

Low Carb Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s a good time to lighten-up your meals. Here’s a lasagna that has half the carbs of regular lasagna but packs just as much flavor. Nutrition Note: When you need the ease of tomato sauce from jar, try Dell’Amore. It’s a good source of vitamin C and A and contains…

Homemade Chicken Soup (hibernating recipes)

What’s not to love about chicken soup? Homemade chicken soup that is, not out of a can. It’s light, satisfying, heart warming and a remedy for colds and flu. If you’re home over the weekend, think about making homemade soup. It’s so simple. Gather the ingredients for the broth. I used a whole chicken, carrots,…

Thai Turkey Burgers with Cucumber Pepper Relish and Spicy Mayo

If you’re a burger lover, you probably think turkey burgers can’t stand up to the “real” thing but these spicy, juicy, flavor-packed burgers will get your attention. Don’t let the long list of ingredients stop you from making these burgers. It’s really a very simple recipe and you can pull it all together in about 30…

Around the World with Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices magically transform a dish. They add rich flavors, aroma and color. Best of all, they add health-protective antioxidants to your meals. Almost any meal can easily be enhanced with herbs and spices, and it’s time to start experimenting! Flavors From Around the World: Use these different herb and spice combinations to achieve flavors…