Balsamic Beets with Toasted Pepitas

  This year, I have organic beets growing in my garden. They are still far too small to pick, but the next best thing is buying organic beets at my local and favorite outdoor garden market.  The health benefits are numerous: Beetroot Nutrition Facts. In addition, you can still enjoy them in the summer without feeling

Organic Arugula, Candied Pecans, & Beets with Balsamic Dressing

Summer is here,  and it’s time to enjoy the outdoors, and therefore local Farmers Markets. I love to shop at Rutgers Gardens here in New Jersey. My favorite booths are the ones selling ‘Jersey Fresh’ produce, and I was pleasantly surprised to find Organic Arugula. The shelf life on fresh Arugula is maybe 1-2 days,

Vegan Italian Potato Salad

The party invites are rolling in; Graduations, Backyard Barbecues, Pool Parties, just to mention a few. After attending a few so far, I’m always inspired by the great foods and recipes used in summer favorites. It’s no secret, I love summer salads. Potato salad, coleslaw, and pasta salad are fantastic dishes set out for parties.

Grilled Italian Herb Vegetables

I love the ease of cooking on the grill. The flavor of foods that are grilled is quite unique to summer. Even though I use an indoor grill, it just isn’t the same as barbecuing outdoors. Since it is Father’s Day, I decided to take charge of the barbecue. These grilled veggies are a perfect

Polish Stuffed Cabbage / Gołąbki

These delicious cabbage rolls are a very unique main dish that is recognized in every region of Slavic Central Europe. “Ga-WUMP-ki”, are a fabulous delicacy often served at family celebrations and holidays. If you make too many, the leftovers will re-heat in the microwave the next day, tasting even better than the day you cooked them. Most families have a secret recipe they

Easy Butternut Squash Soup / DF GF Vegan

I used ½ of a large butternut squash in my last recipe, Vegan Stacked Timbale, and knew exactly which recipe would be perfect for the other ½ of the squash. Quick, easy and Dairy-free Butternut Squash Soup is the perfect comfort food for Cabin Fever Blues. Rich in Vitamins A and C, this hearty soup is surprisingly low

Roasted Tomatoes with White Bean Pate’ on Grilled Spinach Tortilla Wedges

These mini tomatoes are sold as ‘authentic San Marzano’ style, and they taste glorious! I found a small bag of them in the grocery store and wanted to give them a try. Even though they aren’t grown near the sea breezes of the Gulf of Naples, they are every bit as delicious. Sweet, pulpy, low

Wild Caught Organic Shrimp with Farro and Quinoa

There are still a few remaining plants from ancient civilizations that we are enjoying today. Farro, Italian for “ancient wheat grain” has origins in Mesopotamia and hasn’t changed a bit in thousands of years. It is a healthy alternative to refined grains and is packed with healthy nutrition,  5 benefits of Farro Quinoa is technically also

Stir Fried Cabbage and Thai Peanut Sauce

The first day of summer means quicker, easier recipes. I usually make all of my salad toppings from scratch, but this jar of pre-made sauce was too irresistable to pass up. It is Watcharee’s® Thai Peanut Sauce and the flavor is fresh, tangy and gourmet style. It’s also Gluten Free and Vegan!  

Michigan Shoestring French Fries

I’m not sure if all of Michigan makes their french fries this way, but this method was a blast from the past for me. I remember having shoestring french fries in my childhood and haven’t seen them since, and no, you aren’t going to hear how many years ago that was! On a recent visit to Royal Oak,…… Continue reading Michigan Shoestring French Fries