{Bean Fiesta Salad: cool, spicy and lean}

Summary: Hungry for mexican? Go ahead and try this lean mexican recipe and leave the remorse behind! This salad is packed with lean meatless protein and fiber. It’s a simple recipe. Anyone can make this, especially if you buy canned or … Continue reading

{Carrot ginger spice soup}

Summary: Nothing like a warm soup on a rainy day. This one is low in fat and high in vitamin C, antioxidants, beta carotene and TASTE. The ginger adds a zing of flavor while the freshly ground pepper will tingle … Continue reading

{Asian night – vegan style: quinoa stuffed lettuce wraps with hot peanut sauce}

Summary:  After a couple of sweet posts….I bring you something salty. Creating this dish was so much fun. You can either eat this quinoa as an “asian fried rice” or go ahead and make the peanut sauce and use as … Continue reading

{Be My Valentine Post: a Strawberry & Watercress Salad, plus inspiration for the day!}

Fresh flowers…plus an opportunity to use our Wedding china…love this day! Finished tablescape. ——- Summary: I love Valentine’s Day. For me it’s not about buying an expensive gift or making any grand gesture it’s about showing your loved one that … Continue reading

{Appetizer, Brunch or Light dinner: Potato, Spinach & Caramelized Onion Frittata}

{Appetizer, Brunch or Light dinner: Potato, Spinach & Caramelized Onion Frittata}

Summary:  This is a dish you will need to watch throughout the entire cooking process, however it only takes 20 min if you are a multi-tasker like me. I love frittatas. Ironically I rarely eat them as breakfast, for me … Continue reading

{An apology, an explanation, and a comforting Soup Recipe}

I would like to begin this post by apologizing for the lack of recent posts. I’ve had the “bad luck” of having two consecutive health related issues that led to my hospitalization this past week. Thanks to my healthy diet … Continue reading

{Greek Hummus Canapés}

Summary: This is a simple appetizer recipe that looks stunning without being too much of a hassle. You can use store bought hummus and adjust for seasoning but personally I love making home made hummus. It’s simple and your guests … Continue reading

{Chickpea how do I love thee: Traditional Chickpea Hummus + Sweet & Spicy Beetroot Hummus}

Summary: Football season is here. Even if we don’t like it, guys are going to want to watch it. They even might call up their friends and get together. So instead of letting his friends scavenge through your fridge – prep … Continue reading

{Guacamole & Red Veggie Salsa}

{Guacamole & Red Veggie Salsa}

Summary: I love Mexican food. When done right, it can actually be very healthy. And for vegetarians it’s a great way of cooking with flavors. These sides also make great appetizers. My friends love my guacamole recipe. Serve it while … Continue reading

Garlicky Yogurt & Veggie Dip

Summary: 

This yummy dip is good enough to snack on or to serve at a party as a crudité platter. The veggies are going to be chopped up so little that kids won’t be able to tell that they are there. The adults however, will notice the subtle flavors of garlic and basil and will think you’ve been cooking all day long. So enjoy it with veggies as a healthy and low cal snack or serve it with warm whole wheat pita or multi-grain crackers. The decision is yours. On the nutritional side this dip is packed with protein and calcium. So everyone will benefit from eating this.

Ingredients:

1 cup of greek yogurt
1 cup of fresh spinach leaves
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/3 cup carrot sticks
1-2 radishes, chopped
4 Laughing Cow Swiss Cheese triangles
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
7-10 fresh basil leaves

Directions:

1. Coarsely chop the onion, spinach, basil and radishes.

2. Add the veggies to an electric mixer. Grind until finely chopped.

3. Add the yogurt and seasoning. Grind again for about 30 sec.

4. Now add one swiss cheese triangle at a time until acquiring the desired consistency. I used 4 triangles because the yogurt brand I used is more on the liquid side. Grind again.

5. Refrigerate for up to 4 hours. Serve with raw veggies, warm pita or multigrain crackers.