Starters

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.

Guacamole with Pomegranate

Guacamole with Pomegranate The idea for this combination comes from a very talented Mexican chef who owns an upscale restaurant in Santa Barbara. The pomegranate seeds add a spectacular, tart crunch to this otherwise mild dip. I serve this dip with blue corn chips, which add a splash of color and are higher in antioxidants 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 whip this 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

Cauliflower Steaks with Herbed Goat Cheese

  Cauliflower Steaks with Herbed Goat Cheese These cauliflower steaks can serve as a vegetarian main course or sit beautifully alongside grass-fed, grilled rib-eye or Porterhouse steaks. Piment d’Espelette is the French version of paprika. It’s mild and full-flavored. You can use paprika or red pepper flakes (1 tsp.) instead. SERVES 4-6 Ingredients 2 Tbs. olive oil 1 head cauliflower, 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 dish Read More

Soy Custard Cups

Soy Custard Cups This dish is an interesting  way to add more soy to your diet. The isoflavones in soy may help maintain bone density, reduce the risk of certain cancers, protect against heart disease, and help alleviate symptoms of menopause. The Omega-3s in the tofu help skin retain its natural moisture. This recipe is inspired by the Chinese steamed custards served 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

Citrusy Asparagus

  Citrusy Asparagus Asparagus is a finicky vegetable. It must be very fresh and picked early in the season or it will have woody stalks. Don't cut the dry ends of the stalks. Instead, bend the stalks until the dry ends break off. Otherwise you risk serving chewy, inedible asparagus parts that your guests won't enjoy. This citrusy Read More

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 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 vegetables Read More

Lemon Spring Herb Bean Soup

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 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 of Read More

Maple Herb Roasted Tofu

Sweet and Savory Maple Herb Roasted Tofu If you think tofu always lacks flavor, you have to give this sweet, savory, and herbaceous soy-based holiday entree a try. A simple blend of oil, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, and tamari or soy sauce combine to create a flavorful entree that’s wholly worthy of a coveted spot on your holiday Read More

White Bean Soup

White Bean Soup This hearty vegetarian soup makes a great appetizer. I use my Homemade Vegetable Stock as a base, but you can also use store-bought vegetable broth. You can use white cannellini or navy beans instead of white kidney beans. Beans are loaded with protein and fiber, which makes them a great 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 vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts contain slightly bitter compounds. While these are part of what makes this class of veggie so healthful, the taste can cause some people to avoid them. Using sauces, 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

Pomegranate Brussels Sprouts

  Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate & Walnuts Brussels sprouts, pomegranate, and four common pantry ingredients are all that is needed to put together this colorful and crowd-pleasing side dish. Roasted brussels sprouts are easy to make and filled with digestion-boosting fiber and beneficial antioxidants. Even those skeptical of this healthy cruciferous vegetable will love it alongside tart and juicy pomegranate 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

Spicy Lentil Soup

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

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

Tropical Yams

Tropical Yams Heart-friendly yams are tarted up with lime juice and shredded coconut in this festive side dish. Serve it with lamb or my Ostrich Meatballs (Age Beautifully Cookbook). It also goes well with turkey, pork, and meatloaf. BENEFITS: Yams (and/or sweet potatoes) contain carotenoids and fiber. Carotenoids inhibit cancer and tumor growth, reduce your risk of heart disease, Read More
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