Stir Fry Vegetables with Ginger Peanut Sauce

Stir Fry Vegetables with Ginger Peanut Sauce

A vegetable Stir Fry is a great way to eat lots of healthy vegetables, and it is really easy to make too. The key is to cook the vegetables quickly over high heat but not to overcook them. You want to keep them bright & colorful and crunchy in texture. Ideally you would use a wok pan due to the shape of it, which allows for ideal cooking - but if you don't have a wok, a large heavy duty skillet will do. Some of the vegetables that are traditionally used in stir…
Spaghetti with Kale Pesto & Roasted Vegetables

Spaghetti with Kale Pesto & Roasted Vegetables

There was a great recipe in last weekend's New York Times Sunday Magazine for Kale-Sauce Pasta.  It sounded like such a delicious and healthy way to eat pasta, that I decided to try it.  I made a few changes to my dish by adding a little basil to the pesto, as well as some roasted vegetables for more flavor and healthy ingredients. Ingredients for the Kale Pesto: 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil 3 cloves of garlic (peeled) 1 lb. of lacinato kale (washed with the ribs removed) 6 - 8 fresh…
Charred Vegetables over Parmesan Polenta with Parsley-Pistachio Pesto

Charred Vegetables over Parmesan Polenta with Parsley-Pistachio Pesto

I love lightly charred oven roasted vegetables in the winter time. They are so easy to do and are such a satisfying way to eat more vegetables. Plus the roasting really intensifies their flavor!  Serving them on a bed of creamy, cheesy polenta makes the dish all that more warming and comforting on a cold winter's day. The parsley-pistachio pesto adds a refreshing texture and the creamy tahini-yogurt dressing adds a cooling appeal. All in all this is my kind of meal!! First decide what vegetables you want to roast. You can choose…
Citrus & Fennel Salad with Ginger Dressing

Citrus & Fennel Salad with Ginger Dressing

CITRUS & FENNEL SALAD WITH GINGER DRESSING This is a refreshing and colorful salad that makes use of the beautiful and colorful citrus fruit that is available this time of year.  It would be a nice salad to serve over the holidays alongside any meat or fish dish. Here are the ingredients you need: Dressing: 1/3 cup of olive oil 1/3 cup of sliced and chopped red onion 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds 1/4 cup of white balsamic vinegar 2 TB. of honey 1 teaspoon of grated orange peel 2 TB. of grated…
Healthy Holiday Gingerbread Cookies

Healthy Holiday Gingerbread Cookies

Every Christmas it has been our family tradition to make gingerbread cookies. I remember when my kids were young it was always quite a production! We would buy all the ingredients beforehand including colored sugar, sprinkles and the smallest candies we could find to decorate them. I recall there was powdered sugar and dough everywhere! My son always made extra dough to create his very own gingerbread themed house. Each year it was a different theme, from a farmhouse complete with farm animals, to the grinch's green castle. Several years in a row,…