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Creamy Quinoa-Veggie Stew

Out with the old, in with the stew!  This unique and healthy stew is sure to help kick off your 2015 on the right foot. This creamy, vegan stew is perfectly satisfying during this frigid weather.  Loaded with protein-filled quinoa and health-boosting veggies – it is the perfect way to stay healthy while indulging in a comfort-food-like recipe. […]

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Crispy Quinoa Cakes with Arugula & Sweet Potatoes

Crispy Quinoa Cakes with label

Vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free These crispy quinoa cakes are packed with arugula, sun-dried tomatoes, sweet potatoes, shallots and sunflower seeds.  Delicious!  My husband says he loves them over salmon cakes.  And they actually stay together very well. They pair well over an arugula salad with avocado and roasted sweet potatoes and drizzled with […]

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Thanksgiving Turkey Leftover Recipe: Southwest-Style Turkey Hash with Creamy Avocado-Cilantro Sauce (+Bonus Recipe)

Turkey Hash

My latest recipe: Southwest-Style Turkey Hash With Creamy Avocado-Cilantro Sauce featured in The Washington Post (11/25/14) Leftovers are given a Southwestern spin in this healthful hash recipe loaded with bell peppers, celery, onions, sweet potatoes, red potatoes and tomatoes. It is perfect for the morning after Thanksgiving and all weekend long. It’s naturally gluten-free and also […]

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Pumpkin Risotto

This creamy and luxurious risotto recipe gets a nutrition boost from pumpkin.  Most risottos are full of butter and loads of cheese.  This version is lightened up so you can feel good about eating comfort food. Pumpkin is everyone’s favorite fall-time vegetable.  But did you know it is also packed with disease-fighting nutrients?  Pumpkins have […]

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Healthy Quesadilla

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Forget Taco Bell!  This homemade and very healthy quesadilla is perfect for a Mexican food fix.  It is super-easy to make and a real crowd pleaser.  Plus, it is filling with the addition of ground lean turkey meat.  A full meal! Serves 2 Ingredients 1/3 pound ground turkey meat (lean) 1 tbsp extra virgin olive […]

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Baked Chicken Meatballs (Sweet and Healthy)

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Egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free I have never been so excited about a meatball recipe! These meatballs are incredibly moist and flavorful! They are actually kind of addictive. The honey/mustard/garlic combo is so delicious. And the oats are a healthy substitute for breadcrumbs and help hold in the moisture. Plus, I find covering the baking dish while […]

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Light Shrimp and Noodle Stir-Fry (Gluten-Free)

shrimp stir-fry with brown rice noodles

This is an incredibly light stir-fry that boasts a ton of fresh flavor and a unique sauce.  It is gluten-free and packs extra nutrition from the spinach. My husband went absolutely crazy over this dish and said it was the best shrimp dish I have ever made.  We both devoured our warm bowl of noodles […]

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Endless Summer Penne with Arugula

Penne with Arugula

I’m always searching for new and interesting ways to make pasta differently.  This dish packs the right amount of heat and flavor with spicy jalapeno sausage and peppery arugula but is balanced out by the sweetness of the sun-dried tomatoes and tomato paste. It is chock full of summer’s fresh produce for an endless summer […]

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Pizza Burgers

Pizza Burger

One of my favorite Food Network Stars, Giada, created this brilliant, all-American, grill-ific meal that combines the best of both worlds – pizza and burgers!  I gave it a mini-makeover to make it healthier by: Switching the sourdough rolls for 100% whole wheat buns for added fiber (or you can go completely “bunless”). Subbing extra […]

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Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi Cooking

This dish is full of fresh ingredients that contain bold flavors.  It is easy to make, yet super gourmet. Print Shrimp Scampi   Ingredients 4 oz. spaghetti style whole grain pasta* ½ pound of fresh wild caught shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 large shallot, diced 1 red pepper, diced 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil […]

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Chilled Sesame Soba Noodles with Avocado


This light and refreshing gluten-free dish will fill you up without making you uncomfortable.  The star of the dish is the soba noodle, which comes from buckwheat, a perfect alternative for those avoiding gluten.  Even if you are not avoiding gluten, this delicious noodle is perfect for providing protein. Print Chilled Sesame Soba Noodles with […]

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Chicken “Parmesan”

Living with food allergies means sometimes there are dishes you just have to give up. One of my favorites is chicken parmesan. Being allergic to dairy and gluten makes this dish impossible to recreate unless you are armed with the right products in your pantry. So, you can imagine my excitement when I learned about […]

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Bobby Flay’s Spanish Spice Rubbed Chicken Breasts with Parsley-Mint Sauce

Spiced Chicken

I recently met the world famous Bobby Flay in Baltimore City! He was in town checking up on his new restaurant, Bobby’s Burgers Palace, in Arundel Mills’ Maryland Casino Live. I spotted him at the Four Seasons Hotel in Harbor East at a new hot Japanese Restaurant, Pabu. As a huge Food Network fan I […]

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Avocado Basil Brown Rice

healthy green goddess brown rice recipe

This creamy and flavorful side dish can be easily transformed into a main dish by adding your favorite protein.   Ingredients   Shown with Black Beans 1.5 cups of brown rice (I use Trader Joe’s Frozen Brown Rice – Microwaves in 3 minutes) Blend this in a mini food processor: 1 avocado 1 cup fresh […]

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Tex Mex Quinoa

I’m always looking for new ways to prepare quinoa.  This southwest twist takes quinoa from basic to flavorfully fun and colorful.  The addition of the black beans is great for added protein and fiber.  Top with an avocado and extra lime juice just before serving for an extra wow factor. Ingredients ½ cups dry quinoa […]

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Drunken Shrimp

This is a fun and impressive recipe for a dinner party or for a fancy dinner night.  The vermouth adds a distinctive herbal flavor and the wine adds an aromatic yet sweet taste that makes this dish extra special without making you extra tipsy.   Ingredients 1 lb / 25 jumbo shrimp (fresh or frozen) […]

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Southwest Quinoa Burger

My husband found this recipe in Men’s Health magazine and we tried cooking it together.  It was very easy to make and turned out way better than we expected.  It did actually look and taste very similar to a real burger.   And, the southwest flavoring made for exceptional taste.  You can consider it husband approved […]

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Sensational Summer Salad

Flavorful, healthy ingredients, refreshing – this salad has it all!  Summer is not over yet! Ingredients The Star Grilled sockeye salmon (wild not farm raised and fresh not frozen is best)   (season salmon with extra virgin olive oil, freshly ground black pepper and onion powder then grill) The Lettuce Grilled Salmon Arugula Frisee Spinach […]

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Spring Pasta with Wild Shrimp & Fresh Herbs

  Spring is here and that means fresh herbs and fresh produce.  Spring is a wonderful time for light dishes like this refreshing pasta dish that gains all its flavor from fresh parsley, dill, basil, a splash of white wine and sweet wild shrimp.  Plus, it features asparagus which peaks this time of year.  This […]

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Basil & Walnut Crusted Tilapia

    Feeling green?  This St. Patrick’s Day inspired entrée will help you to get in touch with your inner Irish.  Tilapia is mild and absorbs flavor well.  Eating fish is part of a healthy diet and tilapia is super wallet friendly… Enjoy! recipe serves two Ingredients two wild tilapia filets (or any mild, white […]

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Slow Cooker Vegan Split Pea Soup

Who said eating healthy is expensive?  This easy and budget-friendly crockpot winter soup is filling, flavorful and full of fiber and antioxidants.   Split peas are a legume and high in protein, iron, fiber as well as other vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.  They are extremely affordable – I bought mine at Whole Foods for less […]

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Mushroom Chicken in Dijon-Wine Sauce

Make your chicken dinner impressive with this flavorful recipe that will leave a lasting impression with your holiday guests.  It actually came from a jar of Grey Poupon Dijon mustard.  It is only slightly modified to be a bit healthier by swapping the regular white flour with 100% whole-wheat flour. Serves: 3-4 Ingredients 4 boneless […]

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Quinoa Stuffed Peppers with Pesto

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers Vegan

Stuffed peppers provide a beautiful presentation with their vibrant color and unusual shape.   You can really get creative with what you stuff them with and what sauce you add for extra flavor.  For this recipe, I’m going vegan-style and stuffing with protein-rich quinoa and boosting the flavor with a vegan pesto sauce drizzled on top. […]

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Shish Kabobs

Traditional shish kabobs are made with lamb… this recipe uses white meat chicken with an easy homemade marinade, as well as bright and colorful fruits and veggies.  Fire up the grill and try these kabobs out on Labor Day weekend! Ingredients 2 lbs. white meat chicken 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 4 cloves garlic […]

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Wild Curry Salmon Cakes

Healthy Salmon Cake Recipe

The curry in these cakes adds a special kick.   I like to serve with curried quinoa and diced sweet potatoes. Ingredients 2 cans wild Alaskan pink salmon (skinless, boneless and no salt added) ½ Vidalia onion, diced 4 tbsp whole wheat bread crumbs 2 tbsp Dijon mustard 1 tbsp hummus 2 tsp curry powder 1 […]

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Baked Falafel

Easy, cheap and super healthy!  Bake your own falafel and save hundreds of calories and grams of saturated fat. 2 cups chickpeas (low-sodium, drained and rinsed) 3 tbsp whole wheat flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 cup minced Vidalia onion 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley ½ tsp red pepper flakes 2 tsp ground cumin Preheat […]

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Basil-Lime Fish Fillet

Part of any healthy eating plan should include foods from under the sea.  Fish provides a lean source of protein.  So, dig in to this healthy and refreshing recipe featuring lime zest and fresh basil. Ingredients ¼ cup fresh basil, diced 1 shallot, diced ¼ cup lime zest 4 garlic cloves 1 tbsp extra virgin […]

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Brown Rice Stir-Fry

March is National Nutrition Month and the theme this year is ‘Eat Right with Color’.  So, for my first March post, I’m thinking GREEN.  This dish can be a side or you can add your favorite protein to make it a one-pan meal. Either way, this creation contains much less fat and sodium than traditional […]

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Crock Pot Turkey Chili

Raise your hand if you own a crock-pot… Now I do too!  Took me a while to get on the bandwagon, but thanks to a generous gift from a friend I now am the proud owner of the greatest cooking invention out there! In this fast-paced world, I’m happy to now take it slow.  It […]

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Pureed Red Pepper Sauce for Fish

Use this tasty and colorful roasted red pepper sauce with your favorite mild white fish! Ingredients Shown with slices of avocado and arugula red pepper salad   ¾ lb turbot (or any mild, white fish) Roasted Red Pepper Sauce: 2 red bell peppers 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 3 garlic cloves 1 whole shallot […]

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