Archive | January, 2015

Meatball French Bread Pizza

28 Jan

My maternal grandmother was not a cook.  We called her Nani. Not to be confused with my paternal grandmother who is an EPIC cook who spoils my family with her home cooked deliciousness at every chance she gets!! Even though Nani didn’t cook, she had a big heart and she loved food and giving lots of […]

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Creamy Smashed Parsnip and Spinach

25 Jan

Higher in fiber and calcium compared with potatoes, parsnips are a great alternative carbohydrate.  The white carrot shaped root vegetable also has substantial folate and vitamin C content.  When sautéed or roasted, the result is a pleasant toasty mild sweet taste with a built in creamy consistency.  The recipes for parsnips that I enjoy best are those that allow that natural creaminess […]

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Tomato, Red Lentil and Kale Soup

21 Jan

A delicious soup that takes only 35 minutes to cook?  Whaaaaat? Braving a cold and busy day… you get home and immediately begin craving a cuddle up on the couch with a nourishing bowl of steamy soup. But your freezer is bare.  And you weren’t able to prepare anything warm and cozy over the weekend.  […]

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries

18 Jan

There is no special recipe or secret ingredient to homemade delicious crisp sweet potato fries. However, there is one very important note that I feel the need to mention.  Slapping pieces of sweet potato on a tray, tossing them with a little oil and baking will result in something delicious but this will not result in anything that resembles a fry that […]

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Curried Chicken and Red Lentil Stew

14 Jan

My great grandmother used to make the most delicious curried chicken and whenever I smell a traditional yellow curry powder, I remember when she used to cook this meal for me. My recipe amplifies the nutrition factor of a traditional curried chicken dinner by incorporating delicious quick cooking red lentils. The preparation of this meal […]

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Red Lentil Falafel with Creamy Basil Sauce

11 Jan

While these delectable morsels are not verifiably true authentic falafel as we might know it, the flavor and texture is very reminiscent of falafel and to be honest Red Lentil Falafel sounded better than Red Lentil Balls.  Right? When Gary and I first took a bite, we knew this was going to be a recipe that stuck […]

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Red Lentils, A Legume to Love

7 Jan

Behold the red lentil! A tasty, creamy teeny tiny little gem that is so versatile it can be incorporated into tons of different recipes.  And if it is, BOOM! Healthy notch on your belt. I’ve mentioned the advantage of using dried legumes before in the context of chickpeas and the same benefits apply to all dried varieties.  The […]

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Carrot and Dill Soup

4 Jan

Craving a little freshness in your warming soup selection?  Trust me when I tell you, this Carrot and Dill Soup brings it and then some. I like to add a lot of dill to my soup.  And when I say a lot I mean Ahhh LOT! If you prefer a stronger taste of carrot, then simply […]

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Fuel A Fresh Start: Beet, Feta and Pistachio Salad

1 Jan

A fresh start to clear the mind, focus those swimming thoughts, align actions to dreams and live better. Welcome 2015! What a wonderful feeling to have a fresh start to do what the heart desires.  Although we do not have control over many of the circumstances in our lives, we do have the power to […]

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