Chilled Cucumber Soup with Buttermilk and Herbs (so refreshing!)

Please don’t skip this recipe because you are unsure of the ingredients. It’s truly a delightful treat on a hot summer day. The buttermilk serves as a tangy, creamy base for an interesting cast of ingredients. Cucumbers, golden raisins, walnuts and herbs create a balance of flavors that work beautifully together. This soup gets better…

Greek Juicy Walnut Cake (Karithopita)

Baking with extra virgin olive oil is an excellent way to cut down on saturated fat in a recipe because you can use it to replace butter! In this recipe, the olive oil adds a rich, moist texture without an olive oil flavor and the addition of ground walnuts contributes more heart-healthy fats and a…

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Since zucchini is abundant throughout the summer (we’re just getting some from our garden), it’s the perfect time to make zucchini bread or muffins. I’ve made my fair share of zucchini bread over the years but when trying to make them “healthier” they always seemed to get a little dry. I decided to make a…

Watermelon Pizza

Nothing is more refreshing than a wedge of juicy watermelon on a hot summer day but for a fun, little twist, add some yogurt and fruit and call it pizza. Kids will love making these treats and with pizza in the name, I’m sure they will love eating them too.  

Nacho Pepper Bites

Who doesn’t want a healthier way to enjoy nachos? By swapping out the chips for mini bell peppers and replacing high fat meat with lean ground beef or turkey, you get all the flavors of nachos without all the saturated fat and extra calories. As an added bonus, you’re getting a host of nutrients from…

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…

Fast and So Simple Golden Potatoes with Fresh Herbs

Here’s a fool-proof, express way to make creamy, perfectly cooked potatoes. These steam in the bag potatoes can be found in the produce section of most supermarkets. Cook the potatoes in the microwave as directed (about 6 minutes). Cut them in half and pan saute them with a drizzle of olive oil. Toss with chopped…

Pickled Summer Vegetable Salad

Refreshingly crunchy, slightly sweet and sour with a hint of salt. What a fabulous way to enjoy the abundance of fresh summer vegetables. Our garden is currently overflowing with cucumbers, cabbage and celery so I find myself making this super easy summer salad frequently. In fact, I just made it last night in only 20…

Curry Poached Cod with Snap Pea Slaw

Fish is the ultimate healthy fast food and poaching is a gentle method of cooking delicate fish. Adding a little bit of curry paste to the poaching broth makes a light, fragrant liquid for the delicate cod fillets. A simple crunchy slaw rounds out this lovely, summery meal.  

Chickpea Cakes with Cilantro Cucumber Sauce

I wanted to call these chickpea burgers but my son disagreed. He said they are closer in looks and texture to crab cakes so call them what they are, chickpea cakes. You don’t eat these on a bun but rather on top of a bed of fresh leafy greens. Beans are one of my favorite…