The Earth is round, but these meatballs are flat!

BLE friendly; Low carb; Low sodium; gluten-free Most of you have made meatballs at some point and time in your life, perhaps they even bring back fond memories of family and friends. In our house, they are considered comfort food on those dark and windy winter days. Most recipes are pretty standard, usually a combo…

Veggie frittata, a weeknight savior.

Getting dinner on the table every night can be a challenge, you know it, I know it, heck even “they” know it. This is especially true when you have diet restrictions, and when you don’t like eating the same old things every other day. I try to vary our meals, and we do plan each…

Top O’ the mornin’ to ya!

BLE friendly, low carb, gluten free So this might be after the fact, but I wanted to share with you a new way to do St. Patty’s day. This year I wanted to try a different technique when it came to our St. Patricks day feast. Besides the smaller portions and lower calories, I wanted…

Green Tomato Soup

BLE friendly; Vegan; Gluten-free; Vegetarian The end of summer, days grow shorter, and the leaves are starting their annual transformation. Soon, the long lazy afternoons will give way to bundled up walks, and scrapping ice off the windshield. But never fear, I have something to make it all a little easier to…err, stomach. Soup! Ah,…

Dutch Oven Pork Shoulder

BLE friendly; gluten-free; lowcarb; low sodium If you were to ask me the one thing I couldn’t give up if I tried being vegetarian, my first response would be pork. Whether it is a shoulder, tenderloin, sausage or bacon, it really is my meat of choice. I love preparing it, and my family loves eating it!…

Spicy Chorizo and Vegetable Soup

BLE friendly; Low carb; Gluten-free; Vegetarian option; Vegan option There are few things I enjoy eating more than soup, one of those though is sausage. Hey, let’s combine them into one glorious meal! Any sausage you can name, I probably have tried it, and that includes meatless sausage. I suppose you could say I am…

Roast Chicken, and observations on simplicity.

BLE compliant; low sodium; low carb; gluten free There are volumes written on enjoying the simple things in life, there are also volumes written on cooking the perfect roast chicken. But why are there no books written on both, you know, together? If you really think about it, they reside together on the same plane…

Little kids, grown up diets and the Tao of a peaceful meal.

If you’re like me, and have a little kid(s) then you know what a struggle it can be to please everyone at meal time. Our daughter is a pretty good eater, though she is prone to change her likes and dislikes seemingly on a whim. The problem is that what she likes and what we…

Sheet pan cod with asparagus, carrot, lemon and a funny thing.

BLE compliant; gluten-free; low carb; omega 3 booster; Seafood is a funny food for me, not funny haha, but funny as in it is rarely a go to meal for me. I usually go for chicken or pork, heck I turn to meatless options before seafood usually. What’s even funnier about this is that I…

Roasted celery root, with carrot and onion.

BLE compliant; gluten free; low sodium; vegetarian; vegan One thing about side dishes that we take for granted is their versatility. There are so many side dishes that can be paired with other dishes, that we forget to search out new and exciting foods. Instead we stay in our lane, doing what feels safe. Ever…

Warm Baba Ganoush salad

BLE compliant; gluten free; low sodium; low carb; vegan; vegetarian This little dish from Lebanon typically is served cold, but I have become rather fond of it warmed up. My first experience of eating baba ganoush came about in a surprising way. I had to travel all the way to Brazil. My then fiancee and…

Healthy Carnitas, no trip required.

BLE friendly; low sodium; gluten free; low carb Going out to eat has become somewhat of a rarity in our house, maybe once a month or even less. It is not because of a lack of options, or because we can’t find healthy meals while out n’ about. It usually has to do with wanting…

The Breakfast of Champions!

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, you gotta start your day the right way. They say that without a well balanced breakfast, you wouldn’t be on your game. They say the early bird gets the worm. I’m assuming that is in reference to breakfast somehow. Wow, “they” sure say a…

Let’s go bowling, no gutter balls please!

BLE-friendly; low carb; vegetarian; vegan; low sodium; Now, when it comes to the latest trends, and what is hot, let’s just say I’m not exactly in the know. I haven’t updated my phone in a few years, and I was one of those fools in the 90’s that thought computers were just a passing fancy….

I’m just pickled pink to kraut your acquaintance.

Yeah, I know the headline is a pretty big stretch and most of you are just shaking your heads. But if I got at least a few of you to smile, then my day is made! Pickling and fermenting foods is about as old a means to preserve food as you will find. The Chinese…

Beef Stock

So here’s the thing about homemade beef stock. It’s rather…well, kind of a pain. Now don’t get me wrong, homemade stock is always better than store bought. If you are going to make Pho from scratch at home, I would recommend taking the extra step of making stock, if you have the time. For most…

Fish stock

I don’t know about you fine folks, but I absolutely love cooking shows. Not the competition type, but the more personal teaching style. I remember way back in the day there were very few options, and all of them were on PBS. There was Graham Kerr (he had gone healthy at this point), Cooking with…

Vegetable Stock

The hard thing about vegetable stock is trying to find a decent one at the store. I have had pretty much no luck. Either they are so loaded with carrots that they might as well be carrot juice, or they contain an ingredient I have an allergy to (mushrooms). I decided to make my own,…

Twice Baked Butternut Squash

Side dish; Vegan; Vegetarian; Gluten-free; BLE compliant Recipe Serves 4 1 Medium butternut squash, peeled (you should see deep orange), halved length wise 1 teaspoon cinnamon Salt and pepper Cooking spray 2 tablespoons butter Directions Preheat oven to 400F With cut side facing up, spray a little cooking spray all over the squash. Season with…

Tamari Braised Baby Bok Choy

Side dish; Vegan; Vegetarian; Gluten-free; BLE complaint Recipe Serves 4 4 medium sized baby bok choy heads, halved 2 ¼ inch ginger slices, skin left on 1 clove garlic smashed 2-3 green onions, green part only, 1 inch pieces ( save the whites for another use) 2 tablespoons Tamari (low sodium soy sauce is fine)…