Spicy Shrimp Cakes with Creamy Yogurt Dressing

Seafood-forward recipes were my promise for 2018 so here’s another one you don’t want to miss. Shrimp is so versatile, high in protein, virtually no fat, with the exception of some heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids, satisfying yet very low in calories. Shrimp tops the list for convenience. Keep it in your freezer so it’s…

Vegetarian Stir-fry Salad with Tempeh

Many of you may not be familiar with tempeh but I hope to persuade you to give it a try. Tempeh is a vegetarian soy product, very different from tofu. It has a complex nutty, mushroom-like flavor and a firm texture. Crumbled or grated, it is an excellent vegetarian substitute for ground beef. Sliced into strips…

Crispy Cauliflower Waffles with Parmesan Cheese and Scallions

Looking for a low carb, gluten-free alternative to waffles? Cauliflower rice combined with eggs, Parmesan cheese and scallions is all you need to make these tasty, crunchy waffles (no flour necessary). Top them with avocado or guacamole, sliced tomatoes and a fried egg (if desired) and serve them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Honest, these…

Broiled Tilapia with Yogurt and Fresh Dill

Fast! Easy! Delicious! And Good For You! Do you need any more reasons to try this recipe? Tilapia is an easy fish to cook. It’s mild flavor pairs well with almost any sauce or topping and it stays moist even with dry heat like baking or broiling. The topping for this recipe is a quick…

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…

Crispy Tofu with Spicy Peanut Sauce over Zucchini Noodles

You will be delighted to add this vegetable-forward recipe to your menu rotation (make it tonight for a Meatless Monday). Crispy tofu and zucchini noodles covered in a creamy, spicy peanut sauce will surely please the entire family. Don’t be discouraged by the lengthy list of ingredients. You likely have most of these in your…

Tilapia with Capers, Lemon and Fresh Thyme

Here’s another recipe for your 2018 fish-forward meals. It’s a winner on all fronts. Healthy, easy, fast, rich with Mediterranean flavors and very pretty on the plate. If you’re not a fan of tilapia, substitute your favorite fish. I love this recipe because you can quickly pull it together any night of the week.  

Salmon Cakes with Creamy Ginger-Sesame Dressing

With the recent storm here in the northeast, many of us are sorting through our pantries for sustenance. If you find a can of salmon, give this recipe a try (but you might have to wait until your power comes back on). Canned salmon is an easy swap for tuna fish and it’s a deliciously…

Savory Pancakes with Edamame, Corn and Scallions

Yum! One word sums up this delicious vegetarian pancake that’s so easy, no cooking skills required (other than being able to make pancakes). Shredded cabbage is blended into the egg batter then topped with edamame, corn and a drizzle of oyster sauce. I made these for dinner but leftovers would be excellent as a savory…

Curried Baked Beans with Pita and Yogurt

For a healthier 2018, add more beans to your plate, 2 cups per week to be exact. Beans are inexpensive, easy to prepare, extremely versatile, and are waiting in your pantry for a quickly assembled weeknight meal. No excuses. If your concerned about the unwanted gassy side effect of eating beans, start slowly, allowing your…

Fish Gyros with pickled radish and cucumber salad

Continuing with my goal of eating more seafood, I decided to swap fish for the meat used in traditional gyros. You can use any firm white fish, tilapia, cod, or haddock and you can broil, grill or saute the fish. I chose Icelandic cod because it was on sale at my fish market and I…

Handmade Pasta (no machine necessary)

I’ve never had much of an interest in making pasta. You can find good pasta in most supermarkets and I definitely don’t need a pasta machine taking up valuable kitchen real estate. However, my daughter gave me a cookbook, Pasta by Hand by Jenn Louis, that allows you to make fresh pasta with nothing but your…