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Double Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

My granny always had so much leftover zucchini in her garden, it was a challenge to use it all. I invented this recipe when she gifted me a huge bag of zucchini one summer fresh from her garden. Zucchini is very high in water and fiber content. It’s the perfect way to moisten brownies without adding extra fat and get extra fiber in your diet.

Quinoa Risotto

Quinoa Risotto

Risotto is prized for its creamy texture and rich taste. Quinoa is naturally creamy and makes a lighter, whole grain version of this popular Italian comfort food. Spinach adds extra nutrition and flavor.

Zucchini with Sage

Zucchini Sage

Sage is a very strong herb when used fresh, but its flavor mellows when sautéed in olive oil. The Italian call sage cooked in butter, “black butter” and serve it over pasta or meat.

Snow Peas with Orange Zest and Garlic

Orange Snowpeas

I wrote this recipe for my good friend Phil who enjoyed it during Tammi’s wonderful Christmas dinner shared in Vermont. Anyone who has minimal cooking experience will like this recipe and even my husband, the reluctant cook, prepared it for us all. Just be sure not to overcook the snow peas.

Edamame Salad

Edamame Salad

Edamame or fresh soybeans are packed with low-fat protein and vitamins. This salad is especially good during warm weather or served alongside a flaky piece of white fish. You can find frozen edamame in the freezer isle in organic and health food stores. Visit edamame.com to learn more about the incredibly nutritional soybean.

Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple Salsa

Sweet, salty, and spicy, this pineapple salsa is a great way to dress up any plain-jane dish. If you prefer more heat in your salsa, you can add one chopped jalapeño.

Cherry Almond Smoothie

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Frozen cherries are a great fruit to keep on hand for snacks and quick desserts! Ideal for smoothies, cherries are naturally sweet, the frozen whole black cherries are fairly inexpensive, and store for months in your freezer. If you use fresh cherries, chill before serving.

Buckwheat Crepes

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Buckwheat crepes are an easy way to add a little whole grain to your diet. They so versatile, you can fill them with fruit for a delightful sweet or add one slice of ham and a sprinkle with part skim mozzarella for a savory lunch with served with a side salad.

Citrus Smoothie

Citrus Smoothie

Smoothies can be a no-mess way to get in vital nutrients that you may be lacking in your everyday diet, like vitamin C and calcium. They are superfast to whip up and the creamy texture can help fight cravings for sweets and frozen treats.

Baked Tomatoes with Grapes

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I was recently leafing through Michele Scicolone’s cookbook “The Antipasto Table”, coming across a recipe that I tried over seven years ago… and yes, it sounds like a bizarre combo.

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