RECIPE: Easy Delicious Grains and Greens Salad

Long ago I ordered an entree by this name at Besaws in Portland, I loved the idea, so I hijacked the title from them.  Besaws used chard instead of kale and tahini sauce instead of humus.  I think mine has a little more zip.  Wouldn’t’a eaten this 10 years ago. Now I’m diggin’ it.  Hope you do too. (BTW I got most of these ingredients … Continue reading RECIPE: Easy Delicious Grains and Greens Salad

RECIPE: Simple Gluten-Free Lasagna

Who doesn’t like warm, crisp, gooey, melted-cheese? OK, I know dairy-free folks won’t back flip at this, but for the rest of us…this healthy lasagna will blow your mind! Savory and delicious minus the inflammatory, sleep-inducing, belt-busting pasta.  Even your Italian friends’ll be gesticulating “Benissimo!” INGREDIENTS: 1 cup Quinoa 6 large Chard leaves 5-6 ounces of goat cheese (small sleeve, plain or spiced) 16 ounce jar marinara … Continue reading RECIPE: Simple Gluten-Free Lasagna

RULE: Crowd Out

If you’re like me, forcing myself to eat salads or fish, results in me NOT wanting salads and fish. (And then my eating lots of other things I enjoy because I’d felt I’d been depriving myself of them.)  Opting to eat something “because I know I should” robs you of the delicious meal experience.  Sound strange? It’s like if your mom sets you up on a … Continue reading RULE: Crowd Out

RECIPE: Sweet Potato Pie Cups

My new fave dessert. The picture isn’t sexy, but these little dishes of delish will comfort you and make your house smell like heaven. This year I’m skipping the pumpkin and pecan pie and whipping up these healthy hybrids! INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 375 Wash 3 small sweet potatoes. Stab each 3-4 times with a fork. Place potatoes in the oven on a sheet of aluminum … Continue reading RECIPE: Sweet Potato Pie Cups

RECIPE: Delicata Squash

I have to admit, I didn’t even know what a delicata squash was a year ago.  The only squash I really knew was a gourd-shaped yellow squash. Thankfully I’ve now met spaghetti squash (LOVE but have never prepared myself), butternut (meh), acorn and these yummy ladies, The Delicata. They are easy to make, nutrient rich and super filling. A tip of the cap to Trader … Continue reading RECIPE: Delicata Squash

RECIPE: Cardamon and Coffee Smoothie

My friend, neighbor and fellow new-mom loves cardamom.  She also loves coffee.  We both could used more Zzzz’z these days, but until then, we’ll caffeinate.  She’s been adding spices to her homemade baby food, and passed along some cardamom to help spice up my life.  So, I dedicate this cozy cup-a-joe to her.  Sam, save 5 bucks on your lattes for the Ivy League education! … Continue reading RECIPE: Cardamon and Coffee Smoothie

RECIPE: A Different Strawberry and Banana Smoothie

This is NOT your average Strawberry & Banana Smoothie! It’s like an ideal lover: Thick and Rich. Yet a delectable dessert, Sweet and Creamy. But it’s protein-packed so it won’t leave you unsatisfied as desserts and lovers often do. In a blender combine: 1/2 cup almond milk 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup fresh or frozen organic strawberries 1/4 cup gluten-free oats 1/2 frozen peeled banana (if using … Continue reading RECIPE: A Different Strawberry and Banana Smoothie

RANT: Grill Up Goodness

Tis the season for back yard BarBQs. Coincidentally, its also bathing suit season.  So take it easy on the dogs and burgers and maybe throw something green on the grill?!  Or roast up some veggies in the oven with a little olive oil and salt and pepper to nosh on instead of chips or donuts!  Portobellos, zucchini, squash, and asparagus are some of my faves. … Continue reading RANT: Grill Up Goodness

RULE: Chew Your Food

There’s this great thing called chewing. If you’re like me, you’ve done very little chewing and much more inhaling of food over the years. Usually I’m shoveling in enormous bites, in between patients or while driving. Not good. We all forget food is not for entertainment or even for taste.  We eat to stay alive and to nurture and heal our bodies. As we enter … Continue reading RULE: Chew Your Food

RECIPE: Easy Healthy Quick Dinners

If you’re like me, you want a healthy rotation of dinners that don’t get boring, don’t take a fortnight to prepare, are easy on the wallet and tempt the ole’ taste buds. For those of us without a personal chef and lacking culinary genius, the list below will help guide your grocery shopping on Sunday for a healthy weekly rotation.  Select your sauce, your meats/proteins, … Continue reading RECIPE: Easy Healthy Quick Dinners

RECIPE: Easy Snack Alert: Popcorn

FAVORITE SNACK ALERT: Real popcorn I’m not talking about the prepackaged, sprayed with chemicals, individually wrapped microwave popcorn, although I’ve eaten my fair share of those! I’m talking about real corn kernels…. you can actually put 2 Tbsp popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag and put it in to the microwave for 1-2 minutes. Yeah, you can and its called Popcorn. Not too long … Continue reading RECIPE: Easy Snack Alert: Popcorn

RECIPE: Easy Healthy Beet Soup

I have this habit of getting stuck on songs.  Not songs that I’ve recently heard or even songs I necessarily like, but songs that are some how pertinent to the situation. For example, if it starts raining, I’ll unknowingly start singing “I’m singing in the the Rain, just singing in the rain, what a glorious feeling…” or worse, “It’s raining men, Hallelujah, its raining men, … Continue reading RECIPE: Easy Healthy Beet Soup

RANT: Psychological Tricks

Did you know that restaurants actually hire food psychologists to help craft menus?  The appetizers a menu offers are carefully selected items that actually trigger increased food consumption. These little traps are always high fat, high sodium items that have been scientifically proven to make people order more food, which in turn make the restaurants more money. While we are talking about psychological tricks…. There … Continue reading RANT: Psychological Tricks

RECIPE: Easy Tangy Chicken and Bean Dish

Ain’t nuthin this tasty and healthy on a chinese buffet! Try this deliciously easy dinner. Packed with protein and FLA-VA-FLAV-VA! Serve it with brown rice or as is….serve it hot and IF there are any left-overs, bring ’em with you to work/school or eat ’em for lunch the next day! I do hope you enjoy… 4 cups or 1 bag (~ 20 oz) raw string … Continue reading RECIPE: Easy Tangy Chicken and Bean Dish