Tomato Palooza

My husband LOVES tomatoes! Every year he plants and nurtures heirloom tomato plants from seed. He starts the incubation in the middle of winter, in his greenhouse, and when his toddlers are ready for tomato kindergarten, he gives them protection from squirrels in their custom-built screened enclosures.  All of his care and attention is worth…

Middle Eastern Meatballs in a Spiced Tomato Sauce

Meatballs are versatile, fast and easy. You can change up the protein, using ground chicken or turkey breast, lean ground beef, tofu, whole grains, nuts, seeds or beans. The mix of seasonings you choose creates a specific flavor profile; Mexican inspired with chili powder, cumin and cilantro; Italian using Parmesan cheese, garlic, oregano and basil…

Baked Eggplant with Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce

Here’s an easier, lighter version of eggplant Parmesan. Using fresh from the garden eggplant, tomatoes and basil, you’ve got the beginnings of eggplant parm. The fat and calorie heft of traditional eggplant Parmesan comes from the breading and frying of the eggplant and the pounds of cheese that is layered between the slices. For my…

Pop Pop’s Spaghetti and Meatballs

There are some recipes you never change. Recipes that are shared from generation to generation, bringing with them memories of family meals filled with stories and laughter. These are the recipes that elevate our health more than a kale salad or tofu burger. My dad (Pop Pop) has been making this recipe for as long…