Thai Red Curry Vegetable Medley

This qualifies as a nearly instant dinner or fast food all by itself, and makes an ideal side dish to complete a meal with chicken or fish. You can of course do this with just about any fresh vegetables also if you have the time to clean, chop, and cook them. Thai Red Curry Vegetable […]

Mackerel Salad

Mackerel is high in omega-3 fatty acids that are good for heart health and is about one-third the price of salmon in this tough economy. Mackerel Salad 1 15 oz can mackerel fillets – separated into halves and bones removed 1 head romaine lettuce 1 medium tomato 2 oz carrot shreds 2 oz broccoli shreds […]

Baked Eggplant Parmesan

This is a simple, easy, tasty, and low calorie version of the usual fried-then-baked eggplant parm. Can eat as is for a main course, or add a helping of chicken or fish for a more substantial meal, or serve with pasta if you can afford the carbs. Baked Eggplant Parmesan 2 large eggplant, quartered lengthways […]

Cauliflower Curry with Crab, Corn, Carrots and Cilantro

It wasn’t until I had all the veggies steaming in the microwave that I noticed the alliteration, honest! Yet another case of steamed veggies plus a little protein transformed by a Thai sauce, in this case a yellow peanut sauce. I have always liked Pollack, a creamy white fish, ever since I grilled a fresh […]

Pumpkin Cloudcakes

Thanksgiving is a day off for the diet and here is one of our family traditions – pumpkin cloudcakes. We clipped this recipe from the Chicago Tribune in the 1980s and have been making them every fall ever since. Pumpkin Cloudcakes Recipe – click to enlarge. Cook as above or make up the batter the […]

Carrot Apple Raisin Slaw

I had some leftover apple sauce to use and this is the result which has me raving – truly much better tasting than the sum of the ingredients. Can use this slaw as a colorful side dish on your Thanksgiving table or just eat for dessert or a snack. It has a crunchy-chewy sweetness that […]

Rice Cake Bruschetta

I never thought I would like rice cakes, but when they are topped with cottage cheese and bruschetta-style salsa with garlic and olives they are very tasty and make a substantial light snack. You can eat these cold or broil them for a few minutes to char the edges and heat up the toppings a […]

Thai Green Green Curry

Normally I wouldn’t bother with the frivolity of not-normal colored vegetables such as this green cauliflower (note not a broccaflower or whatever they are). But this one was a dollar cheaper than the usual white variety so caught my attention. I also usually go for color contrast in a dish, but I wanted Thai green […]

Butternut Squash “Fries”

Sweet potato fries have been popular for a while, but I think these taste even better and per pound butternut squash is only 204 calories compared with 345 for sweet potatoes and 469 for ordinary potatoes. Butternut Squash “Fries” 1 butternut squash, about 3 pounds makes 50-60 half-moon fries Turn on the oven to 350 […]

Red Beans And Cauliflower “Rice”

A couple of liberties have been taken here – I used a can of chili beans (pinto beans I think) and the “rice” is just cauliflower florets – I don’t even bother to chop it fine anymore. Red Beans And Cauliflower “Rice” 1 cauliflower 1 16oz can chili beans (or use red beans with 1T […]