A Trip to Hawaii to Visit My Family

A Trip to Hawaii to Visit My Family

Some Meals Inspired by My Trip to Hawaii While visiting my mother and my sister's family on the big island of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, I was inspired to make some meals using the tropical local produce. There are many Greenmarkets to shop at that carry locally grown produce such as papayas, pineapples and avocados, apple bananas and mangos, as well as many other fruits and vegetables. They also carry a beautiful array of tropical flowers like Orchids, Bird of Paradise, Hibiscus, Plumera and Anthurium. My sister has some colorful ceramic dishware and retro Hawaii…
Kale Polenta with Bruschetta and Tomato Topping

Kale Polenta with Bruschetta and Tomato Topping

It is very easy to make a batch of polenta into a satisfying dish for lunch or dinner. All you need to do is add a few simple ingredients. To make this kale polenta dish, puree some kale and fresh basil in a food processor. Make a batch of polenta over the stove top using the recipe on the box. When it is thick and ready, stir in the pureed kale/ basil mixture and add 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Press into a small casserole…
Kale Pesto with Roasted Caulifower

Kale Pesto with Roasted Caulifower

I love traditional basil pesto, but really any green can be used to make pesto. By making it with kale rather than basil you really boost the health properties. I also substituted walnuts for pine nuts for even more nutritional value. So here is my healthy recipe for kale pesto. (You can easily make it without the parmesan if you are vegan). I used gluten free pasta and added roasted cauliflower and cherry tomatoes as a side to add more vegetables to the dish and less carbs. Ingredients: 1 bunch of lacinato kale…
An Old Family Recipe for Healthy Pancakes / with a Twist

An Old Family Recipe for Healthy Pancakes / with a Twist

Grandpa's Healthy Family Pancake Recipe / with a Modern Day Twist My father was a health nut back in the day when nobody else that I knew was into healthy food. The most popular bread at that time was white "Wonder Bread". My dad was into whole grains, fiber, yogurt, vegetables and salads. He put brewers yeast & wheat germ on everything! When I was a child I must admit that I preferred my Mom's fluffy white pancakes that we would pour into fun shapes on the griddle. But as I grew up…
Mini Polenta Vegetable Pizzas

Mini Polenta Vegetable Pizzas

This is great recipe to make when you want something easy, but just a little different for dinner. It takes a few steps so you need to plan ahead, but all the steps are really very simple. First you need to make a batch of polenta over the stovetop. You take 4 cups of stock or water and boil it with one cup of polenta, plus 1 TB. of olive oil and 1 teas. of salt. Simmer and stir for about 7 - 10 minutes or until thick. When it is ready, drop…