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…

Shoo Fly Cake (it’s naturally vegan)

Rich and gooey, Shoo fly cake is a twist on the more traditional Shoo fly pie which is deeply entrenched in the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition. Shoo fly cake is a dark, intensely moist cake with sweet crumbs and a rich molasses flavor. If you like gingerbread, you’ll love Shoo fly cake (this cake is my…

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….

Caprese Avocado Toast

This is my first post in a series of higher protein breakfast options. Protein at breakfast can be extremely helpful for setting the calorie tone of the day. You’ll be less likely to crave that mid-morning donut if you start out with a dose of AM protein. Balancing the protein with high fiber carbohydrates and…

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…

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…

Pickled Red Beet Eggs

My family is from central Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Dutch territory) and red beet eggs where always on the table at family gatherings. As a little girl, I loved the reddish purple eggs because they reminded me of Easter eggs but I was not a fan of the red beets. Thankfully, my palate has expanded and red…

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…

Bean and Veggie Dip

Hummus is not the only bean dip in town. It’s time to think outside of the hummus box and start making your own bean dips at home. Use any type of bean to make a dip; kidney, cannelini, garbanzo, or black beans and you can use canned or cooked from dried. Just pour them into…

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…