spiced nuts

There’s much to love about nuts, apart from their obvious moreishness. Because of their high fat content they help to stabilize blood sugar, keep us satiated longer, contain lots of fiber, lower cholesterol & contain omega-3 fatty acids which of course are good for your heart, joints & most importantly…YOUR BRAIN. These spiced nuts are…  [Read More]

chicken & noodle larb

Larb – one of my all-time favorite salads. Originating in Laos, larb is vibrant & lively. A delicious, exciting salad of ground chicken, lots of garlic, fiery chilies, noodles, peanuts, crunchy bean sprouts, mint, cilantro, lime juice & fish sauce – all ingredients typical to Southeast Asian cuisine. Not always served with noodles, I think…  [Read More]

roasted cherry chutney

A homemade chutney can elevate an ordinary piece of grilled or roasted meat to pretty darn sensational status. Especially when the chutney is my roasted cherry chutney. Perfect with pork, ham, wild boar, duck & beef. And cheese. It’s very good with an aged white cheddar or a creamy blue. And wine of course. 

cherry, pecan & goat cheese salad

Cherry season is in full swing here in the northern hemisphere. Apart from the obvious – being good to eat, cherries are exceptionally nutritious. These juicy beauties are loaded with antioxidants; melatonin to help you sleep better (send a truckload to my place please); can help with high blood pressure (make that two truckloads) & they…  [Read More]

baked maple chicken with creamy bean & cheddar mash

This recipe of baked maple chicken with creamy bean & cheddar mash might look like a bit of a plain Jane but…looks can be deceiving. The chicken is cooked in a maple, mustard & rosemary sauce that forms a glaze as it bakes. Then it’s served with a mash to rival the best mashed potatoes…  [Read More]

Mediterranean chicken & bean salad with white cheddar dressing

In my last post I mentioned about smart meal planning leading to shopping wisely, which equals less money spent on groceries but still allowing the eating of eat wholesome, fresh food. For this week’s series of recipes, I cooked-up a pot of navy beans & measured them into little bags & froze them. I bought some…  [Read More]

spinach, bean & white cheddar soup

I think I need to add a disclaimer to this post: It’s Father’s Day in the northern hemisphere & I have been drinking – margaritas no less – skinny ones but still…I’ve never posted under the influence so be prepared! As a supportive wife, it only seems right to celebrate Father’s Day with my husband,…  [Read More]

grilled veggie antipasto

Thursday already, time to start thinking about the weekend meals. Are you entertaining this weekend? Maybe putting a menu together for Father’s Day in this fine nation? Antipasto, as you know is a wonderful Italian first course that can consists of salted meats, seafood, veggies, olives, cheese & nuts. This week I’ve been focused on…  [Read More]

spicy pickled shrimp

Shrimp are cheaper than steak, low in calories, cook in seconds & go from a simple grill to a spicy curry, an appetizer to a main meal, effortlessly. This spicy pickled shrimp recipe makes a perfect make-ahead appetizer & it fits snuggly into my diet renovation plan.  If I had to choose a short list…  [Read More]

goat cheese & spinach stuffed chicken breasts

This recipe for goat cheese & spinach stuffed chicken breasts will do a snazzy meal with family or show up in a party dress for dinner with friends. And the best thing about this recipe (besides how fabulous it tastes) – it won’t blow your diet. This is the first recipe in this week’s ‘low…  [Read More]

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