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birdloaf with mashed sweet potatoes
birdloaf with mashed sweet potatoes

Meal planning, for me, is about balance. I eat everything… but in moderation. My mother had high blood pressure, so I learned early on how to forgo salt for other alternative spices. Heart healthy grains and low in fat are two other lessons that were reinforced throughout youth. If you haven’t noticed by now, I [...]

stir it up, steak stir fry
stir it up, steak stir fry

The most time consuming part of making a stir fry is the prep – chop chop chopping the veggies! I always start a stir fry by putting on the rice cooker. Typically, I would have used brown rice, but I was also cooking for the dog this evening and he can only tolerate white, so [...]

pino mustard chicken with brussels sprout hash
pino mustard chicken with brussels sprout hash

This light and tasty dish looks timely and complicated, but a simple hand-held mandolin slicer helps you speed right through the the prep-work for a delicious dinner for two. Aside from a mandolin slicer and 2 large frying pans, you will need: – 10-12 brussels sprouts – 8-10 small red potatoes – 5-6 baby bella [...]

15min-din: sesame lemon chicken with asparagus
15min-din: sesame lemon chicken with asparagus

After a long Monday at work, there’s nothing like a 15 minute dinner to make the night complete. This yummy dish takes about as long to make as a box of supermarket mac & cheese… and not only is it better for you, but it’s tasty! What you will need: a couple of pans, vegetable [...]

chickpea curry with harissa honey cumin bbq chicken
chickpea curry with harissa honey cumin bbq chicken

This meal has two intense flavor popping parts: chicken thighs with a harissa honey cumin bbq sauce and a chickpea (plus veggies) curry… and a little Basmati rice on the side to cool off the tongue. Let’s start with the sauce for the chicken: -A few spoonfuls of Harissa sauce (you can make it from [...]

country mustard chicken with buttered cumin carrots
country mustard chicken with buttered cumin carrots

The ingredients: – boneless skinless chicken thighs – Greek yogurt – grained Dijon mustard – lemon – ghee (or olive oil) – good quality salted butter (or butter and salt) – small organic carrots – cumin seed Marinating meats in Greek yogurt is a lickity-split way of tenderizing. This marinade consists of a few spoonfuls [...]

veggie taco platter
veggie taco platter

This healthy and colorful Make It Yourself Veggie Taco Platter takes as long to cook as it does to cut (which is not really all that long).  I served it with a side of antioxidant-packed Black Bean Soup. You will need: -one sliced green pepper -one medium onion (half julienned for the tacos, half chopped [...]

red white and green green green pasta
red white and green green green pasta

I had a lovely weekend of hanging with friends, relaxing and cooking. After a quick breakfast and a day full of running around, Sunday’s mid-day meal was an light, fresh and early dinner – spinach fettuccine with fresh mozzarella, zucchini, roasted grape tomatoes and arugula. Here’s a rundown of how it came together: For ingredients: [...]

mediterranean chicken with dandelion green pastina
mediterranean chicken with dandelion green pastina

You might be familiar with dandelions growing rampant in your back yard, but did you know that those greens are packed with vitamins (A,C,E & more beta carotene that a carrot, just to name a few). They are also very bitter!! To cut some of the flavor-punch I blanched them briefly. Most sites will tell [...]

cheese stuffed rigatoni with broccilini
cheese stuffed rigatoni with broccilini

This dinner is pretty much all in pictures. If you need some sauce help check out a past post here.

roasted beet, carrot, and tomato soup
roasted beet, carrot, and tomato soup

I whipped up this jazzberry colored soup with ingredients I had in the house: -3 large beets -2 vine tomatoes -one carrot -one medium yellow onion -cumin (seeds and ground) -celery seeds -lemon thyme -vegetable base I started by roasting the beets. I cut off the tops of the beets, washed them, and them wrapped [...]

spinach sun salad
spinach sun salad

Simple delicious organic salad of spinach, sun sprouts, heirloom tomato, radish and carrot. Basically, whatever greens and veggies I had in the house that day!! For dressing, there was a little mustard left in the jar so I used it as a shaker and added balsamic, lemon infused oil, and dash sesame oil to the [...]

farfalle with cannellini beans parsley and parmesan
farfalle with cannellini beans parsley and parmesan

  This hand-me-down dinner is cheap, easy and tasty. It’s so easy, in fact, that it was made for me by someone who was trying to pass off the fact that they really couldn’t cook. Guess what, it worked!! A fail-prof dish. Gather and prepare the ingredients: Cannellini beans washed and strained (I used canned, [...]

whole wheat naan veggie pizza
whole wheat naan veggie pizza

This yummy pizza can be quick and easy or a little more labor intensive, depending on #1. if you have sauce on hand and #2. how you want to veg it up. Being from an Italian-esque family, I always keep a little extra homemade marinara in the house, either in the refrigerator (if it was [...]

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