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…

St. Patrick’s Day Green Goddess Wedge Salad

A luscious, creamy dressing that’s healthy and perfect for a green-themed menu. By using an avocado, you have a smart substitute for mayonnaise because it provides a nutrient dense, creamy base for the dressing. The herbs pack another nutrient punch as well as help to continue the vibrant green hue. This recipe from Ellie Krieger offers a twist…

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…

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…

Curried Baked Beans with Pita and Yogurt

For a healthier 2018, add more beans to your plate, 2 cups per week to be exact. Beans are inexpensive, easy to prepare, extremely versatile, and are waiting in your pantry for a quickly assembled weeknight meal. No excuses. If your concerned about the unwanted gassy side effect of eating beans, start slowly, allowing your…