5 Easy Ways To Boost Your Intake Of Fruits And Vegetables

Fruit Smoothies

After recently cutting out dairy and grains from my life (difficult, but I’m feeling much better), I’ve been forced to eat a lot more fruits and vegetables than I’m used to, which of course is a good thing.  Over the past two weeks I’ve been trying out new recipes, especially quick and easy dishes, because […]

Baked Vegetables with Ricotta, Pesto and Balsamic Glaze

Sliced Vegetables

Recently, I had one of the most delicious dinners I’ve eaten in a long time, surprisingly at a hotel’s restaurant while attending a conference.   It was a vegetarian meal consisting of grilled vegetables on top of grilled ricotta cheese with pesto, a spicy mayonnaise, and a balsamic glaze drizzled over it. I decided to […]

Simple Vegetable Soup

soup veggies 2

I tried something new…. I bought one of those pre-packaged soup vegetable trays at the supermarket.  It came with a turnip (I’ve actually never cooked one before), a giant parsnip, some celery, carrot, and an onion, along with dill and parsley herbs.     I’m always looking for new ways to add more vegetables to […]

Stuffed Apple & Cheese Wonton Wraps

Apple Wonton

This is a simple appetizer that is very tasty and light. It is a refreshing change from all the appetizers that are either fried or greasy. This app is baked, not fried.

2 Apples (of your choice), sliced and diced*
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese (reduced fat)
OR
Gouda cheese, sliced and diced
1 pkg. WonTon Wrappers
2 Tbsp Butter, melted

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Take one wrapper and brush it lightly with butter. Place one apple slice in center of wrapper. Sprinkle cheese (or place a slice of Gouda) on top of apple. Place another wonton wrapper on top (like a ravioli). brush sides of wrappers with butter and press down on all four sides so that the edges close (again like a ravioli). Take each of the four corners and fold then into the center of the wonton. Lightly brush, once more, to seal all of the corners to the center. Repeat with remaining wontons. Makes approx. 25 appetizers.

* “Sliced and diced” means to cut slices and then cut them into smaller squares

Mashed Parmesan and Salsa Ranch Cauliflower

mashed cauliflower with salsa parmesan

Do Grains Really Make You Fat?, That Depends….

grapes and grains

I was in Whole Foods Market yesterday, and even they are on the Paleo wagon as I noticed a new Paleo Diet magazine in the checkout aisle. Not that the store, or company, believe in this diet, afterall most natural food advocates are on the side of a primarily plant-based diet.  But this magazine has […]

A High Protein, High Fiber Grain called “Farro”

Farro-Zotto

My children and I are on Nantucket this weekend and we went to dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Brant Grille, because nothing else reasonable in town was open (off season, still).   I don’t like spending much money on dinner since I’m such a light eater (in other words, $40 for a steak is too […]