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Sunday Dinner Series: Eggplant & Spinach Parmesan
If you’ve ever made eggplant parmesan before, you know that it’s a time-consuming dish to prepare. It’s not a meal that you want to prepare, if you don’t have a lot of time on hand. In making this dish, you definitely need a system in place for each step in the process — even before […]More
Sunday Dinner Series: Ratatouille (rat-ə-TOO-ee)
For those of you, who are not familiar with ratatouille, it’s simply a stewed vegetable dish, using eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, bell peppers, onions, garlic, and herbs. Though known to have originated in southern France, this dish is very popular in Greek and Mediterranean cuisines. I particularly like this dish because it’s easy to prepare, healthy, […]More
Say What?! A Vegetarian Drive-Thru
Before you start getting too excited, let me explain what the fuss is all about! Like you, I had visions of driving thru a fast-food lane, scanning the menu, and ordering a veggie burger, on a toasted bun. But, my dreams were shattered after learning that only the lucky residents of Rohnert Park, a city […]More
Is a Vegetarian Diet Right for You?
When I decided to adopt a vegetarian diet 30-plus years ago, I embraced it completely and never looked back — no more steaks, ribs, or burgers. But, this path to vegetarianism worked for me — you may not be ready to commit entirely to a meatless diet. But, that’s ok. You have to decide what […]More
Sunday Dinner Series: Hearty Vegetable Soup
When the weather is cool and a chill is in the air, nothing warms the body and the stomach like a hearty, bowl of soup. Although, soup isn’t generally considered a menu choice, for Sunday dinner, the many varieties can make it a star-attraction on many family tables. I’ve found that a nice bowl of […]More
Sunday Dinner Series: Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells
Sunday is the day that I like to show my culinary savviness. And, what better way to show those mad skills than in an Italian dish. Who doesn’t love a dish with spaghetti sauce! The prep and cooking time for the Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells takes much longer than the meals I prepare during […]More
What’s For Dinner?
I’m asked often, by friends and family, what do I eat? Those who have eaten my cooking are amazed at my creativity in adapting traditional meat recipes into vegetarian/flexitarian meals. Honestly, I’m surprised at times, at how well the meals turn out. I usually don’t use recipes for my weekly general cooking; too tired and […]More
Healthy, Food Trends of 2012
The end of year is usually a time of reflection, and with the ending of 2012 just around the corner, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on some of the healthy food trends of 2012. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it lists some of the trends that made it to […]More
Secrets to Cooking Healthy, Soul Food for Thanksgiving
There are two things synonymous with traditional soul food: flavorful and unhealthy. While eating a soul food meal can leave you in a state of immense satisfaction; a daily diet of food high in sodium, sugar, and fat will put you at risk for developing a chronic illness such as: high blood pressure, diabetes, and […]More