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…

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…

Fast and So Simple Golden Potatoes with Fresh Herbs

Here’s a fool-proof, express way to make creamy, perfectly cooked potatoes. These steam in the bag potatoes can be found in the produce section of most supermarkets. Cook the potatoes in the microwave as directed (about 6 minutes). Cut them in half and pan saute them with a drizzle of olive oil. Toss with chopped…

Cooking and Eating on the Amalfi Coast

Eating and preparing Mediterranean food on the Mediterranean is this dietitian’s dream. I got my Mediterranean culinary fix on a recent trip to the Amalfi coast with my husband. We both enrolled in a cooking class at the Villa Maria Cooking School high up on the mountain in the beautiful town of Ravello. Talk about…

Roasted Tofu and Green Beans with Honey-Sesame Dressing

Cooking everything on one sheet pan is my favorite way to get dinner on the table fast with minimal clean-up. You can roast almost any type of vegetable or protein on a sheet pan, tossing them with a homemade or store bought sauce or just olive oil, salt and pepper. For a delicious vegetarian meal,…

Turkey, Apple Sausage Patties with Fennel and Sage

Are your eggs at breakfast feeling a little lonely? Bacon and sausage are not the healthiest partners for our eggs but I found a delicious way to get sausage back on your plate. These apple turkey sausage patties have that quintessential sausage taste from fresh sage and fennel seeds without the unwanted nitrates, nitrites, extra…

Elevated Marinara

I’ve made many tomato-based sauces over the years but this is hands down the best marinara I’ve ever made. This recipe, which I adapted from Cookinglight.com, makes a rich, intense killer sauce. The difference is that it’s baked in the oven rather than simmered over the stove. Full disclosure, I did use my husband’s award…

90 Second Dinner for Breakfast Bowl

Dinner for breakfast. I like the concept suggested by this month’s Recipe Redux team. Many of us get in the rut of choosing traditional breakfast foods (cereal, muffins, pancakes, bagels and waffles) that start our day with a large dose of refined carbohydrate and added sugar. A savory breakfast is a low sugar, high protein,…

It’s Pesto Time!

If I had to pick a scent that screams summer, it would be the aroma of fresh basil. I use this fragrant summer herb, straight from the garden, as an unexpected pop of flavor in sandwiches and salads, sprinkled on pizza and eggs and of course as the star ingredient in fresh tomato sauce. Needless…

The Best Authentic Greek Salad inspired by olivetomato.com

I’m sharing this recipe with you from one of my favorite sites, olivetomato.com.  A Greek salad is made from garden fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, oregano, and the best olive oil and feta cheese you can find. Authentic Greek salad is not served over lettuce, however, when I traveled to Crete, they did serve their salads with a…

Curry Poached Cod with Snap Pea Slaw

Fish is the ultimate healthy fast food and poaching is a gentle method of cooking delicate fish. Adding a little bit of curry paste to the poaching broth makes a light, fragrant liquid for the delicate cod fillets. A simple crunchy slaw rounds out this lovely, summery meal.