Butternut Pear Soup from forest feast

I published this recipe last year but it’s so good, I wanted to give it another shout out! This is one of my favorites from Erin Gleeson, The Forest Feast. It’s a brilliantly simple, nutrient-rich, “no cream” creamy soup that’s as cozy as a soft, warm blanket.

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…

Tri-Colored Gazpacho

When the garden is overflowing with sun-kissed, juicy, “eat like an apple” tomatoes, it’s time to make gazpacho. And nature sets the ingredient stage for this summer soup with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and basil, all garden fresh and ready to pick at the same time! Gazpacho can be made lots of different ways but when…

Personal Portabella Mushroom Lasagna

Hungry for the flavors of lasagna but not up for the effort and the calories. Make a quick individual “lasagna” using portabella mushrooms instead of carb heavy pasta. Lighten-up the ricotta filling by mixing it with low-fat cottage cheese then top with tomatoes and fresh basil for a super fast, light and easy lasagna hack….

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…