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,…
Escarole & White Bean Soup

Escarole & White Bean Soup

I have said this before, but there is nothing like a bowl of warming soup on a cold day!  Now that it is winter, I am always looking for soup recipes that use lots of good, healthy vegetables, and that have lots of flavor. I had eaten escarole soup before, but I had never actually made it myself. Escarole is a variety of endive with broad, crinkly leaves which can be used raw or cooked. It is full of fiber and vitamins and flavor and is great for you. So I decided to…
Spaghetti Squash with Brown Rice & Vegetables

Spaghetti Squash with Brown Rice & Vegetables

This is not so much a recipe as a "how to" on using Spaghetti Squash as a main vegetarian dish.  It's easy to make and full of healthy vegetables, because the basis for the dish is baked spaghetti squash rather than pasta. Once spaghetti squash has been baked you can shred it apart with a fork and use it in place of regular spaghetti. This is great if you are eating gluten free, or trying to watch your carb intake. It's a guilt free dish that you can eat in quantity! All you…