Cauliflower Tots

Cauliflower is the new kale. Popular products like pizza crust, pasta and even pretzels have begun to use this vegetable as an alternative ingredient to starchy carbs. Cauliflower is high in potassium, iron, and zinc and can easily be grated in a food processor to take on a rice-like consistency. The mild flavor and light…

Tomato Palooza

My husband LOVES tomatoes! Every year he plants and nurtures heirloom tomato plants from seed. He starts the incubation in the middle of winter, in his greenhouse, and when his toddlers are ready for tomato kindergarten, he gives them protection from squirrels in their custom-built screened enclosures.  All of his care and attention is worth…

Sweet and Tangy Cranberry Sauce for Your Holiday Gathering

If you’ve never made homemade cranberry sauce, this is the year to give it a try. This recipe is so easy, taking only about 15 minutes to make. Skip the canned variety. The jellied, canned shaped sauce has 24 grams of sugar (6 teaspoons) in just 1/4 cup. That’s an entire days worth of added…

Nacho Pepper Bites

Who doesn’t want a healthier way to enjoy nachos? By swapping out the chips for mini bell peppers and replacing high fat meat with lean ground beef or turkey, you get all the flavors of nachos without all the saturated fat and extra calories. As an added bonus, you’re getting a host of nutrients from…

Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

Who wouldn’t want to save 500 calories on their game-day snack? These Buffalo cauliflower wings are a delicious swap for the traditional calorie bomb we all know and love. Cauliflower wings give you the same Buffalo wing flavor profile but with  80% fewer calories. And did I mention they are super easy to make? You…

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…

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…

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…

Bean and Veggie Dip

Hummus is not the only bean dip in town. It’s time to think outside of the hummus box and start making your own bean dips at home. Use any type of bean to make a dip; kidney, cannelini, garbanzo, or black beans and you can use canned or cooked from dried. Just pour them into…

The Basics of Cooking Beans

I’m pushing beans again because I’m trying really hard to get you to eat them several times a week.  If you’ve never cooked them from dried beans, it’s definitely worth the little bit of extra effort because the texture is far superior to canned beans.  You can purchase dried beans at any supermarket but for…

St. Patrick’s Day Green Goddess Wedge Salad

A luscious, creamy dressing that’s healthy and perfect for a green-themed menu. By using an avocado, you have a smart substitute for mayonnaise because it provides a nutrient dense, creamy base for the dressing. The herbs pack another nutrient punch as well as help to continue the vibrant green hue. This recipe from Ellie Krieger offers a twist…

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…