Friday Night Taco Pizzas with Zucchini Ribbons

These little pizzas make for a fun Friday or Saturday night dinner with the kids.  The “crust” is a whole grain corn tortilla which makes a perfect serving size for young children.  They are topped with a homemade spicy bean spread, seasoned ground turkey, a sprinkle of cheddar cheese and plain yogurt.  You could create…

White Bean and Tuna Salad with Radicchio

Instead of the typical heavy, mayonnaise-based tuna salad, lighten it up with an olive oil and fresh lemon juice dressing.  Drain two 6 ounce cans of tuna fish packed in olive oil and place in a medium bowl.  Drain and rinse a can of white cannellini beans.  Add to the tuna. Chop two scallions, a…

Which of These Oils is Highest in Cholesterol?

Answer:  None of them.  They are all cholesterol-free (cholesterol is found only in animal products).  Next question, which of these oils is highest in saturated fat?  Answer:  Coconut oil.  What? I thought coconut oil was good for me? It’s true, coconut oil is wearing a health halo at the moment.  The controversy seems to be…

Spaghetti with Anchovy Carbonara

Anchovies? I know. I have to agree. Right out of the can, they are not the most attractive little fish and yes, they have a very distinct aroma. However, anchovies get a bad rap. When added to a sauce, they bring a wonderful salty, earthy “umami” taste, adding a delicious depth of flavor that is…

Fresh Figs…A Gift from the Gods (and my husband)

Fresh figs are hands down my favorite fruit.  They are luscious, sweet, with a nut and honey flavor and a hint of vanilla. I know I’m a little early with this post because it’s difficult to find fresh figs at farmers markets and in produce aisles in April (the season is typically July and August)…

Pesto Egg and Veggie Pockets

Using some end of the week vegetables; an onion, a yellow pepper and some mushrooms, leftover whole wheat pita pockets from the chicken souvlaki recipe and eggs, I put together an easy, portable breakfast pocket. First, saute the veggies in a little olive oil. In a separate pan, scramble the eggs (low heat and slow…

Red Curry-glazed Salmon

This is one of my favorite ways to make salmon.  It’s fast, delicious, and easy clean-up. This recipe is for four 5-ounce salmon fillets. In a small bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste (you can find this in any supermarket), 1 tablespoon canola oil, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and…

Chicken Souvlaki Pockets

This is a family favorite and very easy to make.  Marinate a pound of chicken tenders in 2 tablespoons olive oil, juice from ½ a lemon, minced garlic clove, salt and pepper.  Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or up to 4 hours. Meanwhile, mix together the delicious tzatziki sauce using plain low-fat Greek…

Pickled, Fermented Vegetables Increase Cancer Risk

With the trend of pickled and fermented vegetables on the rise, there is cause for concern.  A new report from the World Cancer Research Fund International states there is strong, probable evidence that foods preserved by salting, including fermented and pickled vegetables, are causes of stomach cancer.  The risk increases with 1/2 a serving per…

Easy Egg Salad

If you’ve made hard-boiled eggs over the weekend, why not use a few to whip together a delicious egg salad.  I love egg salad but it often has a heavy mayonnaise base.   To lighten it up, I use half mayo and half plain, fat-free Greek yogurt. Chop 4 hard-boiled eggs.  Add 1 tablespoon of…

I’m on a Juice Cleanse

A statement that makes any dietitian cringe. Our own organs, especially the liver and kidney, are designed to eliminate wastes and toxins from the body. It’s very unlikely that any one food is able to take over this role. Here’s a great article from the New York Times.  Fancy Juice Doesn’t Cleanse the Body of Toxins.

Rainbow Slaw

We’re told to eat the rainbow when it comes to fruits and vegetables and this salad offers a burst of color.  Whether using a cabbage mix from a bag or chopping your own, you have the base for this crunchy salad.  Add some strips of colorful bell peppers, edamame, chopped scallions, and carrots. Instead of…