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Coconut Crusted Chicken with a Curry Broth

Many coconut chicken recipes require frying and smothering chicken with dense, heavy (calorie laden) sauces.  My recipe, however, is lighter but with a strong coconut flavor at a reasonable caloric value. Coconut Crusted Chicken with a Curry Broth Serves 8 ½ teaspoon garlic powder 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes 2 cups panko bread crumbs ¾ […]

Recipe: Rainbow Vegetable Terrine

Terrines are a traditionally French food, similar to a pate (but with coarsely chopped foods in loaf form), and they’re served cold or at room temperature. I love the idea, but they’re frequently unhealthy and fatty. This Rainbow terrine requires no special cooking equipment or ingredients and can be made with whatever you have in […]

Recipe: Creamy Beet and Green Garlic Pasta

Beets are coming into season soon and green garlic is going out!  This recipe puts both to good use while the seasons overlap.  Using cream cheese instead of goat cheese helps cut the fat of the dish, while keeping it creamy and sweet.  This recipe is an easy meal to prepare when you have very […]

Recipe: Rocket-Sunflower Seed Pesto Pasta

You may have heard of ‘rocket pesto’ (from the alternative name of arugula, roquette) and it’s commonly prepared the same way as a basil pesto.  However, the flavors of basil (traditional pesto) and arugula are so different that I think the arugula needs it’s own pesto flavors. It’s easy to grow in containers and the […]

Recipe: Savory Caramelized Onion and Herbed Turkey Cupcakes

I randomly stumbled upon the idea of lasagna cupcakes and was so overcome with excitement that I spent an entire Friday night assembling different flavors and testing proportions.  Here’s the answer I came up with:  they all taste good.  It’s lasagna!  What’s not to like about lasagna?! The nice thing about this recipe is that […]

Recipe: Crispy Panko Fish Sticks with Tzatziki Dip

In an effort to embrace fish sticks, a popular fast food treat, this recipe offers a tasty and healthy alternative to the breaded and fried fast food sticks served with tartar sauce.  There are a few major changes to make ‘em healthier.   First and most obviously: don’t fry them.  Second, use fresh fish – if […]

Recipe: Lentil and Spinach Coconut Curry

This light and fresh curry is perfect for a quick meal.  It’s a dish with a lot of flavor but relatively few calories.  You can use any type or color of lentils you want, but larger varieties will need to cook for a longer period of time.  All varieties are chock full o’ protein, fiber, […]

Recipe: Thyme and Fennel Steamed Salmon

Many people, if not all of us, have experienced bland steamed food.  The perception of steaming, in general is that it doesn’t add flavor or depth to a dish.   In general, the addition of a fat (vegetable oils or butter, for example) gives dimension to a dish, but adding fat is not the only way […]

Recipe: Pea Shoot and Beech Mushroom Pasta

It’s officially the first day of spring!  We made it through a not-so-brutal winter and hopefully you’re sick and tired of winter veggies because we’re moving on! Grated, in the northeast, we’re not exactly reaping the benefits of our spring harvest (or even getting a glimpse of microgreen peaking above soil) but, nonetheless, we should […]

Recipe: An Anti-Valentine’s Day Feast

Though I strongly feel that as far as holidays go, Valentine’s Day is as Hallmark as it gets, it’s impossible to ignore.  Many of you probably have romantic dining-out plans and others are probably attending some other anti-Valentine’s Day soiree.  For those of you who haven’t planned an elaborate celebration of love, here’s a delicious […]