Spinach Pesto Crusted Chicken

I love this dish.  It truly breathes new life into chicken and makes a fancy, flavorful presentation for a simple dinner party or just a weeknight family meal.  The pesto cooks and encases the chicken to keep it moist and flavorful.  You can use store-bought pesto if you’d like, just be sure to add in…

Cinnamon Applesauce

I have been making applesauce since my kidlets were babies.  I loved making their baby food as I could easily use the freshest ingredients, without additives.  Now that they are grown babies, they still love Mommy’s applesauce.  Tonight I am making pork chops and it would be a shame not to have applesauce for them…

Oven Roasted Eggplant Parm

I love eggplant.  I love everything about it, taste, texture, versatility! Love, love, love it!  I use to adore fried eggplant, I don’t however, adore the calories and fat.  So I make it in the oven now and have learned to love it even more!  Plus I am getting healthy eating what I love. Sometimes…

Italian Calamari Salad

I love squid or calamari if you will!  Now growing up I had this salad quite a bit or my Dad would make squid in a spicy red sauce and we would have it served over linguine. Both equally delish!  It wasn’t until I was in my 20’s that I began eating fried calamari.  Now…

Chicken Meatball Stuffed Zucchini

This dish arrived out of my love of Italian food and my need to get creative on my diet.  So on my quest to make healthier meatballs I perfected chicken meatballs that foot the bill. Instead of spiralizing the zucchini I decided to just scoop out and seed the zuccini making nice zuccini boats if…

Mustard Glazed Lemon Chicken with Roasted Broccolini

  This is a healthy meal made on a sheet pan.  You have your protein and veg right there, less mess, easy cleanup, and dinner is ready in 45 minutes, depending on the size of your chicken pieces.  This is a low fat dish and can be reduced even further if you use low fat mayonnaise.  …

Chinese Chicken and Broccoli

Growing up one of my dearest best friends was Chinese American.  Her mother was a fabulous cook, and made many authentic Chinese meals for my family as a way to show her gratitude to my Mom who would often watch my friend while her Mom worked, since my Mom was a stay at home Mom,…

Flounder En Pappilote With Garlic Butter and Spinach

I love fish, and making it En Pappilote, which simply means in foil in French.  Baking it this way yields a tender, flaky, incredibly moist and delicious fish.  I am technically using parchment paper, but foil would work.  These little packets of white fish goodness are not only quick and easy, but healthy as well. …

Healthier Split Pea Soup

I have recently made the decision to get healthier and start eating better.  For one thing I have Stage-II Hypertension that is not even managed with meds, and I have been steadily increasing in size since menopause.  Now while I don’t put the blame entirely on my hormones, I know my love of food and…