Peanut Butter Banana Bread

I was gifted with this delicious peanut butter bread from my good friend and colleague, Wendy Cramer. This moist and flavorful bread is easy to make, freezes well (so make extra) and chock full of healthy ingredients like flax seeds, bananas and natural peanut butter. My dilemma with quick breads is how to bake them…

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…

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…

Eggless Egg Salad with Tofu

I love eggs and there is no reason why they can’t be part of a heart healthy meal plan but if you are vegan or simply don’t like eggs, try tofu as a substitute the next time you make egg salad. Crumbled tofu has just the right hard boiled egg-like texture and when mixed with…

Savory Oatmeal with Hummus, Kale and a Fried Egg

With so many of us trying to cut back on sugar, why not go savory with oatmeal. Oatmeal does not always have to be covered with brown sugar or maple syrup and like other whole grains, it works well on the savory side. Here it’s cooked with a vegetable broth and served with hummus or…

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…

Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, (and bean) Energy Bites

This recipe was sent to me by a friend and I was pleasantly surprised by these little bites. I knew the peanut butter and chocolate chips would be delicious but I wasn’t sure about the addition of beans. The beans add creaminess, texture and of course, essential nutrients and fiber but thankfully you can’t detect…

Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread

With March around the corner, here’s a healthier version of Irish Soda Bread for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration.  This quick bread from Cook’s Illustrated is a crusty, hearty bread, with a nutty flavor. No kneading, no waiting for it to rise. Just combine a few simple ingredients, mix and bake. In about 45 minutes…

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…

Gingerbread Oatmeal (a warm and cozy New Year’s breakfast)

If you like the flavor of gingerbread (my favorite), you will love this oatmeal. Combining the traditional gingerbread flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and molasses, you create a healthy version of gingerbread in a bowl. For a faster breakfast, make it the night before and reheat in the microwave with a splash of milk. A…

4 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes to Celebrate Fall

Autumn equals pumpkin and in my family that means pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin oatmeal and pumpkin bread pudding. If I can add pumpkin to a recipe, it’s on the menu. When my kids were little (and big), it was not unheard of for pumpkin pie to show up on the breakfast table (of course…

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…