Labneh (yogurt cheese)

I learned about strained yogurt many years ago at one of my earliest cooking classes. We did not call it Greek yogurt or Labneh, but rather yogurt cheese or yogurt cream cheese. Labneh is a Middle Eastern strained yogurt. It is similar to Greek yogurt (which is also strained yogurt) but because labneh is strained…

Chilled Cucumber and Dill Buttermilk Soup

I seem to only use buttermilk in pancake batter or muffins. That’s unfortunate because buttermilk, like yogurt and kefir, is a cultured dairy product rich in calcium, protein and healthy probiotics. Since most of us are not going to start drinking buttermilk, I wanted to find another way to incorporate it into more recipes. Here,…

Deliciously Simple Fresh Tomato Soup

My husband’s garden continues to produce a bountiful supply of tomatoes (check out his post at Main Line Haven) so my daughter suggested tomato soup. Tomato soup is surprisingly easy to make. You just need tomatoes and a few simple ingredients. It’s fast and delicious. Total prep time: 10 minutes.  Total cooking time: about 30…

Colorful Crostini Bites

My kitchen is overflowing with tomatoes and this is not an exaggeration. I have them on trays, in baskets, on plates, in bowls, in every corner of my kitchen. My inspiration for this dish is from the rich, vibrant colors of the tomatoes accenting my kitchen. I don’t really have a recipe (these are very…

Watermelon Gazpacho

As the days get warmer, chilled soup is a light and refreshing summer treat. This recipe is a twist on traditional tomato-based gazpacho, using watermelon instead. Watermelon is refreshingly light and sweet, complimenting the chopped fresh vegetables and herbs. This recipe is so easy. All you need is a blender and a bowl. Fresh mint…

Better for You Banana Bread

I always seem to have over-ripe bananas in my house which are perfect for making banana bread. I’ve been making this recipe since my children were little.  It’s from an older cookbook called Recipe Rescue from Eating Well. Traditional banana bread can be heavy from the extra oil and sugar but this recipe uses more bananas,…

Belly-Busting Snacks

Are snacks a good idea?  It depends.  If you’re snacking because there’s a long stretch of time between meals and you’re feeling hungry, then yes.  If you’re snacking because you’re bored, because cupcakes showed up at the office or because it’s just what you do when you watch TV, then no. When you’re really hungry…

Strawberry Chia Seed Pudding

Here’s a deliciously, creamy, slightly sweet and tangy treat that is a nutrient knockout. It has a powerful punch of calcium, protein, vitamin D, fiber and healthy probiotics. Add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds to 4-6 ounces of strawberry kefir (a wonderful yogurt-like beverage). I like to mix this in a small glass jar with…

Easy Egg Salad

If you’ve made hard-boiled eggs over the weekend, why not use a few to whip together a delicious egg salad.  I love egg salad but it often has a heavy mayonnaise base.   To lighten it up, I use half mayo and half plain, fat-free Greek yogurt. Chop 4 hard-boiled eggs.  Add 1 tablespoon of…

Meatloaf Veggie Sliders

Here’s a great way to cook meatloaf fast. Dividing the meatloaf into muffin cups slashes cooking time to less than 20 minutes and allows for better portion control. For this recipe, I used an assortment of sautéed vegetables and ground turkey breast (not regular ground turkey which is higher in saturated fat). The vegetables lighten-up the…

Overnight Bulgur Breakfast Bowl

Bulgur is a quick-cooking whole grain made from wheat kernels that have been cracked into small pieces and parcooked.  It’s a traditional ingredient in the Middle Eastern salad known as tabbouleh.  For this recipe, combine 1 cup of bulgur and 1 1/2 cups of milk in a bowl.  Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning,…

Pantry Pancakes

Who doesn’t love pancakes?  But with time at a premium, we often grab pre-made frozen pancakes or make them from a boxed mix.  I have a healthier solution. Make your own mix.   Pantry Pancake Mix 4 cups white whole wheat flour 3 tablespoons baking powder 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons…