Inspiring healthier eating one dish at a time

Jamaican Jerk Grilled Vegetables

I’m still making my way through my massive file of recipes I’ve clipped or saved from magazines and websites over the years, and I came across this one from Food & Wine, that I’ve gotta share!  We all know how good vegetables are for you, right?  And we all agree that we need to work on eating more, right?  Well here’s a great vegetable recipe that makes a TON of veggies, and the leftovers taste better each day, so you can eat them all week. Continue Reading..

Grilled Vegetable Tart {Recipe ReDux}

Don’t eat it all!! I need the leftovers for tomorrow’s dinner! If I could have a dollar for every time I said that to my family over the years, I’d be one rich mama. You see, even though I enjoy cooking, the thing I enjoy even more is a 2 for 1 dinner. Not to be confused with run of the mill old leftovers, two for ones (or twofers) are pure culinary timesaving genius. You know, it’s like when you roast a whole chicken, to serve with mashed potatoes and vegetables, and then repurpose the leftovers for something completely different like fajitas, the next night. Twofers are like a gift from the dinner gods. There’s just nothing better than knowing dinner is mostly made when it’s just first thing in the morning. Continue Reading..

Grilled Vegetable Flatbread Pizza

So the Fourth of July weekend ended with something we’ve I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time.  Clean out the garage!  I know, wa wa wa, kind of a sorry way to spend a long holiday weekend.  But hey, it was just a day, not the entire weekend.  AND – we got it done.  Everything was removed, placed in its respective pile – Toss, Keep, Donate (OK, we did have a few items on the Contemplation pile, but the rule was it couldn’t stay there for more than 30 minutes), and the place was swept out and cleaned up.  We’ve been in our home for many years, and it’s amazing disgusting how much crap you accumulate.  And even more disgusting how hard it is to part with the crap. Continue Reading..

Grilled Stoplight Vegetable Skewers with Halloumi

Doesn’t everything taste better when it’s grilled? Well, OK maybe not comfort foods like chicken pot pie or risotto, but hey, its summer, so who needs comfort food? I find the sun and warm weather pretty darn comforting.

I grill A LOT in the summer, and I don’t mean to be a Debbie downer about grilling and meat, but there is some concern about grilled meats and cancer. Be careful when grilling meat to make sure that you don’t char it – which causes HCAs or hererocyclic amines to form. There is research, which suggests that HCAs are linked to cancer, but happily for all grill lovers, HCAs are considerably reduced when meat (and chicken or fish) is marinated.  Just a quick dunk in any kind of marinade does the trick.

Vegetables, however, do not form HCAs, no matter how much you like to char them. So feel free to skewer them up, and grill away.   Continue Reading..

Grilled Vegetable Salad With Wheat Berries and A New American Plate Challenge Update

Wow!  I’m already 5 weeks into the New American Plate Challenge, so it’s time for another update.  The past two weeks have had me focused on eating more whole grains, and making each of my plates as colorful as possible.  The goal for week 3 was to replace any refined (white) grains with whole grains like whole wheat bread, oatmeal, brown rice or quinoa.  Week 4 had me working on making rainbows– on my plate that is.  The goal was to eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal, and try to hit all of the colors in a rainbow. Continue Reading..

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