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]

Lawrence’s jalapeno blue cheese burgers

My husband learned to make hamburgers when he was in the boy scouts & he still uses that same basic recipe, switching it up with slightly more exotic ingredients than his boy scout days of 40 years ago. Lawrence’s jalapeno blue cheese burgers are the best, if not close to the best burgers I’ve eaten.…  [Read More]

beet, orange & fennel salad

Several years ago my hubby was doing the majority of the cooking & we ate salads almost every weeknight. It was fantastic. Next thing I’d lost eight kilos. Hang-on, quick calculation here…okay, 17 pounds. Looking back now it seemed so effortless (largely in part due to the fact I didn’t have to cook). Fast forward to…  [Read More]

broccoli chop salad with satay dressing

Raw broccoli can be bitter but roast it briefly, like I did for this uber delicious broccoli chop salad with an Asian-style satay dressing & it becomes bright & delicious. This salad had all the elements that make a salad good – fresh & crisp from the broccoli & apple, sweet & a little chewy from…  [Read More]

chicken, spinach & feta meatballs

Meatballs – YES!!! Be still my beating heart! Little bite-size morsels of meat goodness have always been a favorite of mine but something I didn’t make very often because I considered them a little fiddly. Not anymore. I have an easy method, nothing earth shattering but it seems to take a fraction of the time than it…  [Read More]

salmon & black bean salad with creamy citrus dressing

In the past, I’ve never been a big salmon fan, unless it was smoked. The tide is turning & I’ve been enjoying more fresh salmon cooked a variety of ways, grilled being my fave. Salmon is good for us, we all know that. And while it’s higher in calories than other fish, it’s health properties far…  [Read More]

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