Super Salads

Remember when a salad used to mean a chunk of iceberg lettuce and a few slices of tomato drowned in creamy dressing and Bacos bits? And yes I’ll admit that tasted pretty good! But salads have now evolved into a flavorful art form with an endless stew of ingredients. Trendy are hearty grain salads that…

Best Fruit Pizza Ever

I love simple ideas that make me wonder “why didn’t I think of this before?” such as this fruit pizza. I used a whole wheat pita to provide a sturdy base. You not only get antioxidant-rich fruits but equally potent cinnamon, nuts and peanut butter for extra nutrients and lasting satisfaction. The base is Greek yogurt…

Fiesta Bean Salad with Quinoa (Ensalada Fiesta con Frijoles y Quínoa)

This recipe was featured during a bilingual diabetes cooking class I had taught at the hospital offering Latino recipes. I’ve seen a growing number of Latino patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes. The challenge is that beans and rice is such an important staple of their diets, often eaten 2-3 times a day. Some have…

Sweet Potato Fries with Feta

Do you crave something a little salty and a little sweet? Try these delicious homemade baked fries! Peel and slice a large sweet potato into strips and arrange in single layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and some black pepper, then bake at 400 F for 15 minutes. Flip fries and bake…

Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

I’ve been drinking a few cups of green tea every day for the past few years. I do enjoy the taste but more than that I’ve noticed that since I began drinking the brew I’ve experienced fewer cold viruses. So now when I have a scratchy throat, instead of popping vitamin C pills I drink…

Roasted Edamame and Peas

Roasting is such a delicious way to create a high protein, high fiber snack from legumes. I recently roasted chickpeas for the first time and was hooked. So now I’m experimenting with other types. This time I tried edamame (young soybeans) and peas, because I had both in the freezer. I didn’t cook them before…

Quick and Easy Peanut Udon Noodle Salad

Udon is a satisfyingly chewy Asian wheat noodle with a neutral flavor that pairs nicely with any sauce, and tastes great hot or cold. I adore the thick chewy udon that you find in Japanese soups, but the kind of udon I made below were thinner so they cooked in just 4 minutes. I had extra…

Protein-Packed Easy Vegan Chili

I know some people pride themselves on avoiding processed stuff and using only foods in their most natural and whole state. I wish I could be like that but I’m not, at least not yet. Maybe when I’ve retired, have my dream kitchen built and have a flourishing garden in the backyard. Sure there are…

Black Rice with Edamame, Sweet Potato and Cashews

Have you checked out the whole grains section of your supermarket? No more will you only see brown or white rice, but quinoa, millet, farro, freekeh and even black rice. My Asian parents have mentioned black rice but never cooked with it because of the higher cost. This black-purplish rice is also called “forbidden rice”…

Quick and Easy Granola Bars

If I can take any kind of shortcut with cooking, I will find it! So when I say these bars are quick and easy, you can trust they are. This recipe has four ingredients and needs only a saucepan and baking dish. Goes into the oven for about 20 minutes. I eat a packaged granola…

Broccoli Carrot Apple Salad with Honey Toasted Walnuts

I’ve fallen in love with this broccoli salad dish that incorporates honey toasted walnuts. I heat some olive oil and honey in a pan on medium-high heat and add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, stirring the mixture until the sauce thickens and the walnuts brown. I then toss some broccoli florets into boiling water for a…

Nuts Over Coconut: Is It Really Heart Healthy?

Am I the only one who feels bombarded by coconut lately? It seems that coconut has replaced kale in the past year as a foodie favorite. People are eating it as coconut oil, drinking it as coconut milk or coconut water, and even wearing it…to moisturize hair and skin. I can’t escape it as coconut…