Lasagna

This is very reminiscent of traditional lasagnas, but of course, without the meat, cheese, and added salt and oil. Bottom line: it’s delicious! Instead of meat, I have used zucchini and mushrooms, and a great tofu blend to take the place of the ricotta. Lasagnas are a labor of love, for sure. But they are worth...

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Quinoa-Kale bowl

This delicious and filling entrée salad with south-of-the-border flavors is one of my favorite new dishes. It’s related to my Burrito Bowl, but calls for quinoa instead of rice, adds steamed kale, and is topped with a creamy, tangy, cilantro-lime dressing. Above: The romaine lettuce is on the bottom, with rows of goodies on top: kale, chopped red onion,...

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Sweet Beet Salad

This beet salad is very easy to make and full of flavor. It calls for only six ingredients and is really pretty, perfect for a special occasion or just when you want a break from the standard green salad. Enjoy! Print Sweet Beet Salad Prep time:  10 mins Cook time:  15 mins Total time:  25...

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Clamless Chowder

This soup is reminiscent of New England clam chowder: it’s thick, creamy, and full of potatoes, as well as onion, celery, bay leaves, and thyme. Chopped oyster mushrooms provide a great clam-like texture. A few cashews blended in add richness instead of cream and butter, and if you want a seafood flavor, simply add some...

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Fettuccini Alfredo

This easy pasta dish, traditionally made with cheese, milk, butter and oil, has been given a healthy makeover, using cashews and white beans to create the creamy white sauce. The cashews add richness while the white beans help keep the calories down. Print Fettuccini Alfredo Prep time:  15 mins Cook time:  10 mins Total time:  25...

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10 Tips for Eating in Restaurants

Most restaurant food is extremely flavorful as a result of being prepared with concentrated amounts of salt, fat/oil, and sugar (among other things). This is by design so that customers keep coming back. You could vow to never again eat in a restaurant in your efforts to be as healthy as possible, but that isn’t...

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Spicy Black Bean Salsa

Serve this flavorful chunky salsa with corn chips or in steamed corn tortillas with rice, or on top of salads, hash browns, or baked or mashed potatoes. For a smoother Spicy Black Bean Dip, simply blend all of the ingredients in a food processor (see Notes). In the photo above, the salsa is served on top of...

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Apple Crisp

This apple crisp is a perfect “anytime” dessert. I like to use Granny Smith apples because they soften nicely but still retain their shape. However, others may be used as well, such as a Gala, Fuji, or Pink Lady. Using a mix of apples is also fun. Print Apple Crisp Prep time:  30 mins Cook time:  30 mins...

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The Straight Up Food Cookbook!

The Kickstarter fundraising campaign for the Straight Up Food cookbook is now LIVE! Please visit the online campaign here or click on the photo of me and the book cover below to learn more about the book, see photos, and pledge to be a part of it all! About the campaign: The more pledges we can get sooner, the more...

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Baked Falafel with Tzatziki Sauce

Traditionally, falafel balls are deep-fried, but for this recipe they are pressed into patties and baked; a much healthier option. Falafel is a Middle Eastern dish whose signature ingredient is ground chickpeas. This makes 8 patties, but double the recipe for larger families or if you want to freeze some. Print Baked Falafel Prep time:  25 mins...

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