Starter dishes are the first act for any meal. They set the tone. They deliver the promise of more fabulous food to come. Soup is a delicious starter when entertaining. It warms you up and welcomes you to the next course. In Africa and Asia, where moringa plants grow in abundance, people add the tiny leaves to soups and stews just before serving. The leaves are wilted by the hot liquid but are not fully cooked, so their vitamins stay intact.

Apple Sage Cauliflower

Apple Sage Cauliflower Golden brown cauliflower, sprigs of fresh sage and a dollop of sweet and tart applesauce make this tasty side dish the perfect addition to almost any fall meal. Like other cruciferous vegetables, cauliflower is a rich source of fiber and important vitamins and minerals for wellness and disease prevention. Try adding these flavorful Read More

Potato Kale Soup

Potato Kale Soup This Balkan-inspired recipe has clean, bright flavors that go well together. Kale is an excellent source of vitamins A and C. It's also part of the cabbage family, so it has cancer-fighting compounds. If you can't find caraway powder, grind caraway seeds in a mortar and pestle, an electric spice grinder, Read More

Moringa Vegetable Soup

Moringa Vegetable Soup In Africa and Asia, where moringa plants grow in abundance, people add the tiny leaves to soups and stews just before serving. The leaves are wilted by the hot liquid but are not fully cooked, so their vitamins stay intact. I also like the flavor of moringa combined with squash, eggplant, and okra Read More

Crunch It! Lemon Tahini Kale Chips

Lemon Tahini Kale Chips Try these Lemon Tahini Kale Chips next time you’re in search of a crunchy snack that’s both satisfying and nutritious. Fresh flavors and crunchy textures combine to create a delicious transportable snack that will help you feel energized and satisfied until your next meal. You can enjoy an extra serving of nutritious cruciferous vegetables by packing these Read More

Pineapple Black Bean Salsa

  Pineapple Black Bean Salsa Party food can most definitely be colorful, delicious, and healthy at the same time. This pineapple black bean salsa is a perfect example. Pineapple, beans, avocado, and other nutrient-dense ingredients combine to create a festive dish that promotes optimal energy levels, digestion, and wellbeing. This Read More

Tapenade Is a Savory Appetizer

Olive and Herb Tapenade Summer entertaining? Whether you’re hosting a barbeque, a birthday, or a party in the garden, be sure to offer your guests healthy and savory appetizers. A Mediterranean tapenade rich with olives, garlic and herbs is the perfect hearty pre-dinner snack. Olives are full of healthy fat and packed with briny flavor. When combined with other savory ingredients are Read More

Try a Hearty Herb Soup for Spring

Lemon Spring Herb Bean Soup Soup isn’t just for winter anymore! This hearty, flavorful soup features anti-inflammatory ingredients balanced with fiber, protein and healthy fats. Plenty of fresh and dried herbs and spices liven up the flavor as beans take the center stage in this dish. Blending part of the soup helps it maintain a complex texture while taking Read More

Crab-Mango Cocktail

Crab-Mango Cocktail When served in martini glasses, these crab cocktails make elegant appetizers for dinner parties. I use Alaskan king crab legs, but you can use grilled shrimp instead. Semi-ripe mangoes are more tart than fully ripe mangoes and hold their shape better. Depending on your taste for spicy food and drink, adjust the amount of hot sauce and Read More

Deviled Eggs–Lightened Up!

Deviled Eggs - Lightened Up! Deviled eggs are everyone’s favorite party appetizer but loaded with mayonnaise, can be a caloric bomb. Lighten up a classic treat by subbing mayo for protein-packed low-fat Greek yogurt, dropping a couple yolks (but keeping the majority!) and adding mustard, dried dill and smoked paprika for an unexpected burst of flavor. Eggs are loaded with protein, Read More

Time To Get Your Freekeh On!

Mediterranean Freekeh Ancient grains are trending this year and you have heard of the roasted young wheat called freekeh (pronounced free-kuh). This ancient Arabian grain is packed with fiber and protein but keep in mind that it does contain the gluten protein found in other types of wheat products as well. Use it the same way you use other whole grains Read More

Broccoli Steps It Up With Miso

Miso Glazed Broccoli Plain veggies can be boring but doctoring it up with savory miso and spices can make anyone a broccoli lover. Cruciferous Read More

Herbed Spinach-Artichoke Dip

No-Bake Herbed Spinach-Artichoke Dip The winter months are full of rich foods and parties. This time of year is for celebrating with friends and family, but does it have to lead to yearly weight gain? Support the health of the ones you love with a lighter, healthier holiday classic dip that retains all Read More

Savory Vegan Mushroom Soup

Savory Vegan Mushroom Soup Mushroom soup is a fall and winter favorite but now you can make a light, healthy version low in calories and fat yet packed with flavor and nutrients. Whole food ingredients like mushrooms, onion and garlic make the base for this simple soup you can make in minutes. Vegetable broth and the secret ingredient, rolled oats, blend together Read More

Grilled Artichokes With Moringa Dip

Grilled Artichoke with Moringa Dip In this tasty appetizer, I pair moringa--which is loaded with protein, calcium, iron, vitamins A and C, and potassium--with artichokes, which add lutein and fiber. I like to steam the artichokes first and finish them on the grill, but you can omit this step Read More

Herbed Summer Hummus

  Herbed Summer Hummus No-cook summer recipes should be easy, quick, and healthy. Be ready to entertain any time with this simple crowd-pleasing hummus. Fresh herbs add depth to a classic chickpea blend bursting with flavor from rich tahini paste, fresh lemon juice and zest and savory garlic. Quick to make, you can Read More

Tomato Soup With a Tempeh!

Creamy Tempeh Tomato Soup Savory, soothing tomato soup gets a protein kick by adding tempeh, a fermented soy product with a firm and meaty texture. Some people do not care for the squishy texture of regular tofu but they prefer tempeh instead. A product that crumbles directly into this soup and cooks along with it, tempeh adds the unexpected benefit Read More

Garlic Crab Royale Has Benefits

Garlic Crab Royale Crab provides the selenium in this dish while garlic brings a host of impressive health benefits to the table through the compound allicin. Allicin has been shown to lower cholesterol, reduce plaque buildup in arteries, and keep blood platelets from sticking together too aggressively. I've served this dish to presidents and to royalty. It consistently wins Read More

Spicy Lentil Soup Heats It Up

Spicy Lentil Soup Lentil soup is a nutritional powerhouse! When combined with other vegetables and spices, lentils will leave you feeling full longer than other types of soups. Part of the legume (bean) family, lentils contain high levels of both soluble and insoluble fiber, making them a satiating and low calorie Read More

Quinoa Tabbouleh on Pita

  Quinoa Tabbouleh on Pita Quinoa is a nutrient-dense ingredient that acts as a complete protein. It also has silica for building collagen, which helps keep your skin's elasticity. The tomatoes provide lycopene, the parsley gives us chlorophyll and antioxidants, and the olive oil helps lower inflammation. SERVES 2 1/2 cup quinoa 1/2 tsp. kosher salt dissolved in 1 Read More

Stuffed Petite Peppers

Stuffed Petite Peppers I like to combine the nutty flavor of millet with Canadian bacon and chlorophyll-laced parsley to make a satisfying filling for these cute pepper appetizers. Millet is a protein-rich but underused whole grain. Gluten free, it can be cooked like rice and used Read More
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