Light & refreshing Yogurt Dip with Crudites

Light & refreshing Yogurt Dip with Crudites

I always like to have appetizers available for hungry family and guests to munch on as we are preparing Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.  I usually put out the traditional cheese and crackers to graze on as we are sipping wine and preparing the meal. But I find it is nice to offer a lighter, fresher option as well.  Most people want to save room for the big meal, but they need a little something to take the edge off..especially if it is an early dinner and they didn't have lunch. I made this…
A Citrusy & Refreshing Thanksgiving Salad

A Citrusy & Refreshing Thanksgiving Salad

My family loves a salad at Thanksgiving and this one is our "tried and true" favorite!  (it works equally well at Christmastime). It is crisp and refreshing and pairs well with all of the other flavors of Thanksgiving!  It is the perfect compliment to the rich & delicious dishes that are traditionally on a Thanksgiving table. It doesn't have squash in it (which is most likely already on the table in some form), or tomatoes  (which don't really work with this meal). This salad adds a new flavor sensation...."tart & juicy citrus", spicy…
Autumn Pasta with Squash, Smoked Cheddar & Kale Walnut Pesto

Autumn Pasta with Squash, Smoked Cheddar & Kale Walnut Pesto

Fall is here, and with that comes a new crop of local produce!  One of the best examples this time of year is squash of all shapes and sizes, flavors and textures. They are all delicious, but I decided to use butternut squash for this recipe because it is especially flavorful and has a slightly sweet taste.  I added red onions and hearty kale and a smoked cheddar cheese to this pasta dish. The kale, walnut pesto adds extra flavor and the pomegranate seeds add a refreshing zing. Here is what you need…
Grain Bowl with White Beans, Vegetables & Avocado Cream

Grain Bowl with White Beans, Vegetables & Avocado Cream

I am sure you have heard of a "Grain Bowl" by now because they are all the rage on instagram and in cooking magazines. But if by chance you haven't, they are a mix of healthy ingredients all in one bowl, with grains being one of the ingredients. The other ingredients should add flavor and texture and also a protein of sort. This can all be pulled together with a dressing or sauce of some kind. The herbs and spices you use can give it an Asian, Latin, Italian or Mediterranean flair.  So…
Sweet Peppers with Brown Rice Stuffing & Feta Cheese

Sweet Peppers with Brown Rice Stuffing & Feta Cheese

I love roasted sweet peppers, and stuffing them with a brown rice filling makes them that much better! These stuffed peppers are really easy to prepare and make a nice meatless meal for vegetarians. Ingredients: 1 cup of brown rice (cooked according to directions) 10 - 12 mini sweet peppers 1 - 2 shallots (finely chopped) 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes (sliced in half) 2 TB. of fresh parsley (minced) 8 - 10 olives 1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning salt & pepper to taste 1/4 cup of feta cheese crumbles 1/4 cup of…