I am starting out the new year on a regimen of healthy eating. Not that I don’t eat healthy all of the time, because I would consider my diet pretty nutritious. However, over the holidays, I do indulge way more than normal. I have found that adding sugar to your diet can be quite addicting! I am usually an occasional dessert or sweet eater, but after the … Read more Start Your Year off with a Delicious AND Nutritious Meal!
Just in time for your holiday wish list, I have the most amazing kitchen appliance to share with you! It is the Cuisinart 3 in 1 Multicooker. It not only slow cooks, but you can brown your meats and vegetables first, with the brown/sauté function. Then use the slow cook function to cook the dish. If you need to thicken the sauce at the end, just … Read more The One Pot Meal you’re Not Going to Want to Miss!
As I have continued on with my Asian food studies, I came across an interesting recipe that I wanted to try. It contains many of the flavors I have been using lately, but also incorporates some interesting twists. This is a healthy meal that presents beautifully and would make a wonderful display at a luncheon or dinner party. You could also make it appetizer size as a … Read more A Stacked Sensation on Fresh Butter Lettuce Leaves!
Not all carbs are bad for you. If you want to get the most from your workouts and train at your peak, quality fuel is critical. Carbohydrates are your body’s preferred fuel source. In addition the need for carbohydrates is not limited to the body. Glucose from carbohydrates is the fuel the brain uses to produce the energy that moves and motivates you. According to Dr. Carol … Read more Carbs that are Good for You!
Ricotta cheese, eggs and Parmesan are a typical combination used in creating lasagne. Seriously, they work really well together. But they don’t need to be relegated exclusively to that dish. Throw out the pasta and add in some veggies and herbs and now you’ve created a yummy crustless pie that serves well as a side dish or light main entree. For my vegetable grouping, I sautéed leeks, Shitake mushrooms and … Read more Move over Lasagne and make room for Ricotta Pie!
Fennel is a wondrous vegetable. It’s aniseed flavor makes a delightful addition to a salad thinly sliced and crunchy. Once cooked, it takes on a sweet, licorice flavor. There are many parts to fennel that are used in cooking such as fennel pollen derived from the small flowers of wild fennel. Dried fennel seed is an aromatic, anise-flavored spice used in Italian sausage. Then you … Read more Succulent and Sublime; Fennel pairs with Chicken Two Ways!
Vegetables are a very important part of your diet that provide you with nutrients and antioxidants. If you are boiling vegetables you may be destroying these essential nutrients and not receiving all of the health benefits available to you. Some nutrients in vegetables, known as water-soluble vitamins, dissolve in water. The longer vegetables are submerged in water, the more vitamins seep out. Knowing this, I have … Read more An Indirect Cooking Process on your Grill Cooks Artichokes to Perfection!
I love both the simplicity and creativity in Sara Moulton recipes. She really knows how to combine items in an appetizing way without creating a cumbersome or complicated process. This side dish of Israeli Couscous with Peas, Shitakes and Sweet Potato Sauce is so versatile, you can make it to go with almost any meal. I was so glad to have some fresh peas and … Read more A Pureed Vegetable Sauce keeps the Calories Down in this Delightful Side Dish!
Go green with Spring’s best vegetables! Highlighted with citrus flavor, purple radishes and Parmesan cheese, this fresh green vegetable salad is amazing. By blanching the vegetables first, you create an appealing texture that is positively divine. It is packed with goodness as well as flavor and makes a perfect accompaniment to complete your meal. When using kale in a salad, I like to massage the leaves … Read more Savor Spring in this Scrumptious Fresh Vegetable Salad!
A couple of years ago we were vacationing in Cabo and the place we were staying at served a simple dish of steamed broccoli peppered in Parmesan cheese. It got to be a joke that we would order it sometimes several times a day for an appetizer, side dish or late night snack. It was unsophisticated, but really tasty and satisfying. It was also gentle on our digestive … Read more When it comes to Vegetables, Simple can be Better