This is a perfect recipe if you are craving an oatmeal cookie that is not too sweet. These are flourless and gluten-free and simple to make. In order for them to be classic monster cookies, though, you can't skip the M & Ms, although I'm not sure why you'd want to. The original recipe arrived in my inbox from Ambitious Kitchen a few weeks ago as I was planning my holiday gift giving. I've adapted the recipe here, because, you know, I have a nut allergy :)Read More
When I eat pasta I want the dish to be bursting with flavor instead of me bursting at the seams. I came across this fantastic pumpkin recipe last year and adapted it for my family and out-of-town-guests to serve for dinner the night before the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Chase 10K and 2-mile fun run/walk near my house.
Pumpkin is such a nutrient rich and fairly low-carb fruit that it seems a shame to showcase all of our pumpkin recipes during the October and November holidays. But then again maybe that's why these dishes always seem so special and festive.Read More
My sister Phyllis made this recipe at my house for Thanksgiving in 2016 and since then it's been a staple in my kitchen. Sure farro is a great source of both healthy carbs and protein, but more important, this recipe is a snap and tastes and looks totally professional. I've adapted it from the original recipe on The Kitchn food blog.Read More
I am not a huge fan of casseroles, but I'll admit, there's a time and place for these. They remind me of my children's potluck cast party dinners or the meals I've delivered to friends recovering from surgery or grieving the loss of a parent.
This one is great and simple to make (of course).Read More
I came across this enlightened version of Jamie Oliver's Eggplant Parmesan recipe as I was staring at the gorgeous eggplants at the Bethesda Central Farm Market last summer and searching on my phone for a healthy way to prepare this Italian classic. Since then it's my go-to make-ahead dinner whenever eggplants are in season locally.Read More
This is a Weight Watchers banana bread snack bar recipe that substitutes yogurt for shortening. Since the banana bread doesn't rise much, you can cut these into bars. These are fine without the frosting, but ever since I had it in my mind that I could slather them with a healthier version of peanut butter frosting, I don't think I can go back. I came across the frosting recipe in a tips section of Cooking Light on what to do with peanut butter powder. These are ingredients you're going to want in the house at all times as this frosting recipe is a game changer.Read More
I discovered this lightened up recipe of an Italian classic as I was searching for an extraordinary dessert to enter into my office’s annual holiday dessert contest, which btw is very competitive. It caught my attention because in the opening sentence, the recipe said prep time: 10 minutes. I will tell you, it took 10 minutes to make.Read More
I brought this to my office holiday party and no one noticed it’s made from steamed squash. I cut the cake into squares and topped each one with a small amount of freshly whipped cream and a few pomegranate seeds, which made for an elegant presentation. It’s delicious.Read More
I met Robyn Shields at Equinox where we were on the same workout schedule and became friends. She’s since moved to Los Angeles, but before she left, she sent me this recipe. I have no idea where she got it from, but it’s fantastic.Read More
Apparently substituting riced cauliflower for actual rice has been the new best thing for months. When my sister Ilene asked me if I’d tried using Trader Joe’s frozen riced cauliflower, I told her I had no idea what she was talking about. Now I know and OMG this recipe is absolutely fantastic...Read More