Israeli Couscous with Mango, Cucumber and Cilantro


My grandma sent me this recipe! She clipped it from some magazine that offers healthy choices. I’ve been eyeing this recipe up for a while and recently bought a mango and cucumber so I could try it. I found most of my ingredients at Trader Joe’s, including the Israeli couscous. I didn’t use quite the…

Roasted Beets with Balsamic Glaze


This past weekend I tricked my dad into eating beets as my friend did to me the weekend before. He wasn’t as easily swayed as I was. I think he was slightly intrigued but probably would never ask me to make this (or any beet recipe) again. I kind of like roasted beets a lot….

Roasted Broccoli


Recently I’ve been having people question my eating habits. I guess when someone goes from eating brownies for breakfast and Cheetos for lunch to beans and rice for lunch and veggie burgers and roasted vegetables for dinner, there has to be some sort of life-altering moment behind the healthy food decisions. Like a too-high results of…

Spinach and Feta Pancakes


I discovered a container of Feta cheese in my fridge that I wanted to use up this weekend. So I googled spinach+feta+pancakes and found a recipe similar to this. (It included onion, but I didn’t have any onion so I omitted it.) I ate these plain (with plain butter) and realized after the fact that…

Carrot Cake Pancakes


Carrot Cake isn’t my favorite cake flavor, but I thought it might make a pretty good pancake. I haven’t really come across a flavor pancake that I haven’t liked thus far. ingredients. 1 c. all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. table salt 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. freshly…

Spinach Gratin


This is basically a creamed spinach dish (incidentally one of my favorite things to order a la carte at a steakhouse). Even though this dish is a creamy dish, I considered it the healthy side for my Christmas Day turkey dinner. It has three pounds of spinach in it – that has to counteract some…

Spinach and Egg Breakfast Bake


Every once in a while I gravitate toward a recipe slightly healthier than what I normally cook/eat. This is usually when my dad is in town. Because we would be eating such a heavy Christmas dinner, I wanted to make something light for breakfast. My dad loved it! You could make this dish for a…

Spinach and Strawberry Salad


I picked this salad recipe for my dad who does his best to eat healthy, (I must be the mail man’s daughter?) and because the other day I realized I have very few salad recipes on my blog (when a coworker asked me to recommend my favorite salad from my blog, which was met with…

Asparagus and Mushroom Pizza


Last week my sister made asparagus pizza two nights in a row. At first I thought the idea of asparagus pizza was a little weird (even though I love asparagus). After hearing her rave about it (two nights in a row), I decided to make some for everyone for dinner tonight. ingredients. 8 oz. wheat…

Asparagus Stuffed Chicken Breasts


This recipe is courtesy of my friend Leigh who ripped it from Rupena’s Fine Foods (a Milwaukee, Wis. famous grocery store) and made it better. (Leigh, if you’re reading this, happy belated birthday!) I added a sprinkling of parmesan cheese on top of the chicken before baking. ingredients. 1 boneless skinless chicken breast (per person) 1 8…

Holiday Strata


Ever since the first time I saw the movie The Family Stone (which, incidentally, I now watch every Christmas), I’ve wanted to make a Strata for Christmas. My grandma sent me this recipe months ago. But nothing less than Christmas seemed like the right holiday to test this recipe. ingredients. 8 oz. medium cheddar cheese,…

Parmesan Spinach Cakes


This recipe was sent to me by Dad – it was in a newsletter he subscribes to for healthy recipes. Both Dad and Sis loved it. I found the cakes a little watery or rubbery – like they could have been baked longer, perhaps. The flavor, however, was good. ingredients. 12 ounces fresh spinach, 1/2…

Veggie Tomato Sauce


I would be interested in knowing how long it takes the author of this recipe to make this sauce. This information is inconspicuously missing from the recipe and I’m pretty sure it’s on purpose. It took me forever to prep for this sauce. The most labor-intensive task was chopping the acorn squash. I’ve only chopped…

Spinach and Asparagus Pie


Having wanted to try a savory “pie” for quite some time now, I decided that the aging asparagus in my fridge was the perfect excuse. I found this recipe at the foodnetwork.com. The recipe was supposed to be asparagus and tomato; however, the diced tomato I bought from New Seasons did not appear very diced…

Asparagus-Spinach Pancakes


I’m a little bit amazed to discover that I like almost any kind of pancake made with almost any ingredient.

Steamed Artichoke


Steaming artichokes takes a little bit of practice; but once you get it down, you’ll keep it in your cooking repertoire.