Chilled Crab, Asparagus & Avocado Salad

Chilled Crab, Asparagus & Avocado Salad

There is nothing more appealing to me on a hot summer day than a chilled salad for lunch or dinner.  Crab always adds that special touch to a salad, and since it is July 4th weekend I decided to make something special! I had some beautiful little cherry tomatoes still warm on the vine, and sweet peppers and lots of fresh herbs in the garden. So I decided to create a very light summery salad with those, plus asparagus, corn, shallots, avocado and lump crabmeat, all on a bed of arugula. This is…
Lettuce Wraps with Couscous, Veggies & White Beans

Lettuce Wraps with Couscous, Veggies & White Beans

Lettuce wraps are a fun way to eat salad - disguised as a "lettuce boat" it may encourage children to eat more salad! (and maybe it will work for my husband too..) Lettuce wraps are simply leaves of romaine lettuce filled with a grain & vegetable mixture. They are simple to make and you can really mix any vegetables in with the grain. I used couscous, but quinoa, rice or cracked wheat would work equally well. For protein I added white beans, but you could add pieces of protein such as chicken, tofu…
Chickpea Cakes on Greens with a Yogurt Harissa Topping

Chickpea Cakes on Greens with a Yogurt Harissa Topping

One of my favorite types of food to eat is Mediterranean style. The ingredients are healthy, colorful and savory and I love the combinations of spices used. These Chickpea Cakes on Greens are an example of what I like to eat on a regular basis and it is simple to put together for lunch of dinner. For the Chickpea cakes: (makes 2 - 4 servings) one can of garbanzo beans 1 - 2 cloves of garlic 2 TB. of lemon juice 1 teas. pf cumin 1/2 teas. of turmeric 1/2 teas. of smoked…
Shaved Brussel Sprout & Kale Caesar Salad

Shaved Brussel Sprout & Kale Caesar Salad

This is an easy, crunchy salad that substitutes thinly sliced brussel sprouts and chopped kale for the romaine that is normally used in a caesar salad. The ingredients, along with chick peas makes it exceptionally healthy because of the nutritional properties in brussel sprouts and kale. Ingredients for the salad: (serves 2-4) * 2-3 cups of thinly sliced  brussel sprouts * 2 cups of chopped kale * 1 cup of drained garbanzo beans (lightly sauteed in a little olive oil and tossed with smoked paprika) * 1/2 cup of shaved or grated reggiano…
Strawberry Puff Pastry Triangles

Strawberry Puff Pastry Triangles

It never hurts to keep a box of frozen puff pastry in the freezer, just in case you need to whip up a quick dessert for family or guests! Having puff pastry on hand makes it so easy to make a special treat, especially if you have some fresh fruit.  Your dessert will look so much more complicated and impressive than it really is! All you need to do is thaw out the frozen pastry for about an hour before you plan to start. Once the dough is just thawed gently unroll it…