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…

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…

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. …

Stuffed Chicken Breast with Spinach Ricotta, & Provolone Cheese

What can be done to chicken that hasn’t already been done?  Everyone has a stuffed chicken recipe or at least should have one or two in there repitore.  This combination works fabulously, and is perfect for the glorious lemony sauce that accompanies them.  I served these with pan seared Brussels sprouts made with sausage and…

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…

Italian Eggplant Meatballs…Polpette di Melanzane

I know I reference my Dad quite a bit, but he loved cooking just as much as I do.  Most of what he cooked was stricly Italain because as a the youngest boy of 11 sibblings he was always helping out in the kitchen.  One of the things my Dad made was eggplant meatballs,  I…

Smoky Eggplant “Bacon”

  Recently a friend posted a recipe for Eggplant Bacon.  Now being the bacon snob that I am, my initial reaction was yeah right, nothing could take the place of heavenly pork bacon, not even turkey bacon which I begrudgingly eat from time to time, to be healthyish!  Lets face it, some things you just cannot replicate…

Provençal Tomato and Gruyère Galette

I am always looking to combine recipes and merge flavors for fusion type cuisines.  I love tomatoes this time of year.  To me there is nothing better than a fresh summer tart that is light, filling and made with simple ingredients.  There is something about simple foods that are so comforting and so familiar that you can’t help but smile…

Grilling Series Part II

I usually don’t make Jambalaya in the summer.  Not for any other reason than it is one of those fall to winter comfort foods that I make frequently, and in the heat of summer I  usually crave salads, seafood and grilled veggies.  But this week for some strange reason as hot and humid as it was…

Tis the Season of Grilling

As my teens are making their way in this world and have become less reliant on their Momma, I find myself making dinner many nights for either myslef when my fireman is at the firehouse, or for just my fireman and I.   Hence making Sunday, our family day for dinner, just like I was accustomed to in my childhood…