A Farewell to Garden Fresh Eggplant with Baba Ganoush

As my husband pulls the last of the eggplant from the garden, I’m saying my final farewell to these purple jewels by making this healthy, Middle Eastern eggplant dip called baba ganoush. This dip is so simple to make and calls for just 5 ingredients. Traditional baba ganoush is made by grilling the eggplant for…

Simply Delicious Zucchini Bread

Summer gardens = multiplying zucchini so keeping up with the supply can be daunting.  Zucchini fritters, check. Zucchini lasagna, double check. Grilled zucchini, triple check. So next up, zucchini bread. The challenge for me with zucchini bread is baking it long enough so the center gets done without over baking it. The solution, use a…

Sweet and Creamy Corn Polenta

I don’t typically make polenta but I had some freshly made tomato sauce and was looking for something other than pasta to serve it with. I came across this recipe in the summer edition of Eating Well Magazine and it sounded like a delicious alternative to pasta. Serve this with a large salad for a…

Tri-Colored Gazpacho

When the garden is overflowing with sun-kissed, juicy, “eat like an apple” tomatoes, it’s time to make gazpacho. And nature sets the ingredient stage for this summer soup with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and basil, all garden fresh and ready to pick at the same time! Gazpacho can be made lots of different ways but when…

Shoo Fly Cake (it’s naturally vegan)

Rich and gooey, Shoo fly cake is a twist on the more traditional Shoo fly pie which is deeply entrenched in the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition. Shoo fly cake is a dark, intensely moist cake with sweet crumbs and a rich molasses flavor. If you like gingerbread, you’ll love Shoo fly cake (this cake is my…

Personal Portabella Mushroom Lasagna

Hungry for the flavors of lasagna but not up for the effort and the calories. Make a quick individual “lasagna” using portabella mushrooms instead of carb heavy pasta. Lighten-up the ricotta filling by mixing it with low-fat cottage cheese then top with tomatoes and fresh basil for a super fast, light and easy lasagna hack….

Wake-up with High Protein Oatmeal

By adding eggs to this traditional, whole grain cereal, here’s another fast and easy high protein breakfast option. Oatmeal offers a substantial dose of soluble fiber but it can leave you feeling hungry by mid-morning. To give your oatmeal a much needed protein punch, stir in eggs (or egg whites) before you start cooking and…

Caprese Avocado Toast

This is my first post in a series of higher protein breakfast options. Protein at breakfast can be extremely helpful for setting the calorie tone of the day. You’ll be less likely to crave that mid-morning donut if you start out with a dose of AM protein. Balancing the protein with high fiber carbohydrates and…

5 Herbs for Every Kitchen

Fresh herbs add that special something to a recipe. They elevate simple dishes. They add brightness and interest, infusing dishes with fresh summer flavors. Simple dishes like peas and onions with freshly snipped dill or roasted potatoes with earthy rosemary become dinner party worthy. Herbs are easy to grow. If you have a small, sunny…

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

I was gifted with this delicious peanut butter bread from my good friend and colleague, Wendy Cramer. This moist and flavorful bread is easy to make, freezes well (so make extra) and chock full of healthy ingredients like flax seeds, bananas and natural peanut butter. My dilemma with quick breads is how to bake them…

Rhubarb Sauce with Golden Raisins, Ginger and Cinnamon

Here’s round three in the rhubarb recipe series and it just might be my favorite. Rhubarb sauce is so easy to make. I make several batches during the rhubarb season because it freezes well allowing us to have the taste of fresh rhubarb in the middle of winter. Simply cut the stalks into chunks, add…