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…

Whole Grain Carrot Cake with a Light Cream Cheese Frosting

Happy second day of spring (yes spring, in spite of our 4th March snow storm). On a warmer, cheerier note, I’m sharing a delicious cake that is moist, sweet, creamy and good for you! Whole wheat flour, piles of beta carotene-rich carrots, chewy raisins, naturally sweet pineapple and light, fluffy cream cheese make this cake…

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…

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…

Curried Chickpea Pita Pockets

Sandwiches can be fast, easy and excellent for “on-the-go” meals but not all sandwiches are created equal. Using whole grain pita bread and filling the pockets with delicious, plant-forward ingredients is a satisfying, “better for you meal” with  very little fuss.

Cretan Salad: Dakos

This Cretan salad is a favorite of mine. I enjoyed it while visiting Crete a few years ago but had difficulty recreating it because I could not find the thick, crunchy bread, called rusk, which is used for the base of the salad. After a tip from a client of mine, I found a Greek…

Triple Corn Whole Grain Cornbread

I’ve tried so many cornbread recipes over the years and they are either very high in added fat and salt or dry and crumbly. This recipe is hands down the best cornbread I’ve ever made (and my family agrees). It’s moist, slightly sweet and has chewy bites of whole corn kernels. Better yet, it’s made…

Shrimp with Avocado, Lemon and Fresh Dill

I’m always on the hunt for recipes that are fast, delicious and healthy and this shrimp dish has become one of my favorites. The creaminess of the avocado provides a richness which plays well with the tartness of the lemon and the spicy bite of the arugula. For the whole grain, I used Khorasan wheat…

Kamut Hot Cereal with Apricots, Toasted Pecans and Coconut

Need a break from oatmeal? Here’s a delicious, high protein, high fiber, nutrient-packed alternative, Kamut cereal. I’ve used Kamut in salads (see my Kamut Salad with Arugula and Strawberries post) but Bob’s Red Mill sent me a sample of Kamut cereal to try. It has a nutty, crunchy texture, which I love. Here’s another nutritious…

Mediterranean Quinoa Egg Cups

Here’s a protein-rich, savory breakfast or a fast, “grab and go” snack, lunch or dinner. These quinoa egg cups are fast, easy and delicious in one cute little package.      

Popped Sorghum

Popped sorghum is a popular treat in India. These cute little puffs of whole grain are high in fiber and protein and a fun alternative to traditional popcorn. Sorghum is a gluten-free whole grain with a hearty, chewy texture. It can also be cooked, like rice, and used in pilafs, soups and salads. You can…