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…

Moroccan Lentil Stew

Once cold weather arrives, soups and stews are on my weekly menu. I was looking through some old recipes and found this delicious vegetarian stew, seasoned with cumin, coriander and garlic. It will definitely be added to my winter line-up. This stew is thick and rich, full of warm, fragrant spices with a heartiness that…

Sweet and Tangy Cranberry Sauce

This recipe has been my favorite Thanksgiving cranberry sauce for over 20 years. It’s tart and tangy with much less added sugar than canned sauce because most of the sweetness comes from a variety of fresh, canned and dried fruit. The Recipe Redux theme this month focuses on colorful holiday recipes and cranberries certainly add…

Eggplant “Meat”balls over Zucchini Noodles

Meatballs are a perfect little package of protein but not all meatballs have to be “meat”balls. For a vegetarian twist, swap the meat for lentils, mushrooms, bulgur or as in this recipe, eggplant. Eggplant has a texture that works well as a meat substitute and the addition of beans helps to boost the fiber and…

Curried Chickpea Pita Pockets

Sandwiches can be fast, easy and excellent for “on-the-go” meals but not all sandwiches are created equal. Using whole grain pita bread and filling the pockets with delicious, plant-forward ingredients is a satisfying, “better for you meal” with  very little fuss.

Cooking and Eating on the Amalfi Coast Part 2

When you’re traveling on most highways in the US, eating fresh, healthy food at a highway rest stop is next to impossible. Not so in Italy. Check out these highway treats at a stop just outside of Rome. Notice the Parma ham on the slicer. Prosciutto with fresh melon and mozzarella. Tuna salads with local…

Apple Fennel Salad with Crumbled Blue Cheese

If you’re searching for a delicious, easy, crowd-pleasing fall salad, I found one for you. This salad is a hit every time I make it and I plan to feature it at my next cooking demonstration. The fennel adds a light anise crunch which compliments the strong, bold flavor of the blue cheese which plays…

Better Black Bean Burgers

Veggie burgers are often hit or miss. I do like several frozen varieties but I wanted to find one I could make at home with little fuss. Several of the recipes I tried were either bland or dry but this black bean burger from America’s Test Kitchen is well seasoned, moist and worth the little bit…