Zoodles, zandalas, and zoll-ups oh my!

When I was a kid, the only squash I knew about was the yellow squash my Dad would pan fry with potato and onions. I don’t recall him ever making zucchini and since my cooking style mirrored his, I didn’t raise my daughters with zucchini in my house either. Frankly I’m not sure when I…

Nix bread – Leafy green works!

Lately, I’ve been a bit obsessed with raw collard greens – washing them, trimming the stem, experimenting with flavors to fill them and then rolling them up. It’s my neurotic need to keep sandwiches in my life – without the bread. I love mixing flavors. When I was younger, I’d do some ccrrraaaazzzy flavor mixing:…

This not that: Healthy diet subs

Substituting a bad diet for an equally bad or (UGH!) even WORSE diet, will never promote healthy eating habits – and I’m living proof. Nearly 30 years ago when I decided to stop eating meat, I promptly increased my carbohydrate intake. No research on the health hazards (not to mention stupidity) of that – not…

Vegan or vegan wannabe?

When I stopped eating meat in the mid-1990’s (ANCIENT!:)), I had NO idea what a vegetarian or vegan was; I’d never heard of the terms and I wasn’t even trying to fit into a global lifestyle – I just wanted to poop without struggling. Today, going meatless not only means a mental shift from carnivore…

Cashew Creamy Veggie Blend

I’m a blender. Eating one food at a time is booorrrring to me. When I used to eat eggs, I’d usually prepare grits too and they usually wound up in one buttery, blended glob. A peanut butter and jam sandwich with banana on the side – what fun is that? The banana sliced and nestled…

Freeze for diet success

Chinese food – General Tso’s Tofu in particular – is one of my favorite indulgences. During the weekdays I follow a plant-based, dairy-free, meat-free, low processed food life plan. On the weekends I sometimes add an indulgence as long as it stays within my core program, such as Sunday morning waffles made with oat flakes…

Dirty Dozen Diet Decisions

This beautifully green breakfast smoothie was made with collard greens, frozen bananas, and the vegetable that ranks number two on the Dirty Dozen list of foods that retain the most pesticide residue: SPINACH. And it was delicious. By now, I assume most of us are aware that the Dirty Dozen I’m referring to here isn’t…

Creamy Spiralled Sweet Potatoes

   When I was younger, living in my parents’ home and  then in my  own, I ate sweet potatoes in one of three ways: sliced and pan-fried; sliced, seasoned and drizzled with sugar then baked in the oven; or peeled, boiled and mashed for sweet potato pie. Back then, extra sodium and fat seemed to…

Ditch the challenge! Do it for life!

Challenges: weight loss, eating less fat; eating more veggies, exercising more; cutting out cookies, and cakes, and sodas, and salt for seven days; 30 days, and so on. I understand the basic concept of challenges: to jumpstart a change in eating or physical exercise lifestyle, hopefully forming a habit that will continue. But do they…

Forget the secrets: Eat well with 3 steps

I read a lot about secrets. The secret to eating healthy; the secret to losing weight. And as a 56-year-old who has starved herself, spent probably hundreds of dollars on diet pills: Dexatrim, Hydroxycut, Green Tea Fat Burner, Jillian Michel’s Fat Burner; I’m here to tell you, THERE IS NO SECRET. It all boils down…