Inspiring healthier eating one dish at a time

1 Minute Tuscan White Bean & Sun-Dried Tomato Dip

Need a quick appetizer for those lazy summer evenings?  This healthy white bean dip literally takes a minute when you use Dorot pre-portioned, frozen herbs

Hooray for summer, right?!  I’m fortunate to live in a place where we only have “winter” for about 5 days a year, and when I say winter, it really means the high temps are in the high 50s or low 60s.  It was always my dream to live in a winter-less place when I got old-er and yep, that time is here!  The downside to living in the desert, of course, is summer – when the daytime temps hit the 115 degree range, and the weatherman informs me that it’s still 99 degrees at 10pm.  Yikes!  At least it’s a dry heat…


I have to confess, I don’t do a whole lot of cooking in the summer.  Salads rule most days, and any cooking takes place outside on the grill.  My favorite dinners are when I invite a few girls over, and we float in the pool, sip wine from my Govino wine glasses,  (Hello – they float!) munch on snacks and appetizers, and call it a meal.  Being an empty nester has LOTS of benefits! Continue Reading..

Tabouli Cucumber Pinwheel Bites

This four ingredient, make-ahead appetizer is so quick and easy and always the hit of any gathering.

Do you have a go-to appetizer that you bring to parties or serve when you have guests?  I’m always scanning my cooking magazines or Pinterest for new quick and easy appetizers – you never know when you’ll have an impromptu ladies night out, or game night with the neighbors.  And let’s face it, sometimes, when no one’s home and dinner is optional, it’s kind of fun to pour a glass of wine, or make a margarita and have appetizers for dinner!   Continue Reading..

Baked Ricotta with Caramelized Tomatoes

I’m smitten. Cheese. Bread.  Roasted Tomatoes.  I had a variation of this dish as an appetizer in a restaurant last week, and as I was eating it, all I could think was, why does ricotta cheese only get used in lasagna and Italian desserts? And why, oh why, have I never thought to bake it before? The only time I actually pick up a container of ricotta is when I think it’s sour cream, and I grab it by mistake.  What is wrong with me?

True, it’s a pretty bland tasting cheese, but that actually makes it the perfect partner for SO many different flavors. Like lemon zest and fresh thyme. Or garlic and rosemary. Or just fresh herbs and olive oil. SO MANY POSSIBILITIES!  Yes, I’m screaming at you. Continue Reading..

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