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…
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…
Baked Apples with Oats & Caramel Sauce

Baked Apples with Oats & Caramel Sauce

One of my favorite things about Autumn are the fall apples - there is nothing better! The crisp flavor & tartness is a whole different thing than an apple any other time of year. Since you can only eat so many, I am always searching for good recipes using fall apples. My last post was a Caramelized Apple Dutch Baby.  This one is a simple recipe for Baked Apples. They are really very easy and a warming alternative to a fresh apple.  They actually taste like apple pie without the fuss of a…