Puttanesca Sauce

As I mentioned in an early post, my goal for 2018 is to eat more seafood. By combining some pantry basics like anchovies, canned tomatoes, capers and olives, you have a fast and easy way to make a flavorful pasta sauce and as a bonus, you get your omega 3’s.  

Red Curry-glazed Salmon

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to eat more seafood. The American Heart Association suggests eating at least 8 ounces per week but the heart healthy Mediterranean eating plan recommends 15 ounces per week. Seafood is an excellent source of protein, rich in omega-3 fatty acids and if you’re eating fish, you’re not eating…

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…

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…

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,…