Smoky Black Bean Dip

Black beans are a wonder food! High in protein and fiber, they benefit the bones, heart, and digestive track. They protect against high-cholesterol, obesity, cancer and inflammation. And this dip happens to be totally addictive! I housed the whole mouth-watering batch for lunch today. I was trying to save some for hubby, but… you snooze,…

Twice-Baked Cheesy Potatoes

Potatoes are your best friend! If you’re afraid of potatoes because of any residual carb-aphobia caused by the Atkins hoopla a decade ago, please read on… Potatoes have been *the* staple food in the Andes for a millennia. The British colonists brought them back to Ireland in the 1700s. One of the world’s superfoods, potatoes are…

Oil-free Curly Fries

These crispy little delicacies are oil-free and so fun to eat! They’re even fun to make! You’ll need a Spiralizer, an inexpensive appliance that curls veggies into noodles, fries, and spirals. This snack is a great low-fat option for carb-ing up. Switch out the dip for tomato puree and it’ll be zero fat! Preparing the fries:…

Yam Fries and Chili Mustard Sauce

Ready for a super nutritious, gourmet snack that’s also oil-free?! Me too! I love cooking without oil, as you know, and that extends to baking and roasting too. Most recently, I’m obsessing over these sweet potato fries, especially with this mustard dipping sauce! Sweet potatoes are high in iron, vitamins D, C, B6, boosts immunity,…

Baked Falafel Patties

Falafel is a beloved dish originally from the Middle East, made with spiced mashed chickpeas formed into balls or fritters and often deep-fried. This baked falafel recipe is a favorite I developed as an alternative to the greasy, dry falafels you find from street vendors. Falafel should be healthy, flavorful, moist and crispy. So I came…

Not Your Typical Smoothie – Hawaiian Bliss!

Happy Smoothie Week! And *Aloha* from Maui, Hawaii! I’m excited to share a smoothie recipe with some truly wild ingredients. Look at these gorgeous cacao pods: Can you guess what it is? If you’re anything like me, it’s your favorite food – CHOCOLATE! More often called Cacao, in this raw state. Inside are the Cacao Beans, surrounded by…

Wake Up Chocolate Smoothie

This is my favorite way to wake up in the morning! A cocoa-infused, refreshing beverage, full of nutrients that tastes like sweet ambrosia. I don’t drink coffee so this kicks me into high gear. This smoothie is full of enough cocoa and nutrients that it energizes me for hours, in a much more stable way and healthy…