Very close to the real thing, spaghetti squash sesame noodles are a tasty compromise for those of us trying to limit carbs or avoid gluten. Serve as a side dish to any Asian-inspired meal – I often serve it with nori-wrapped salmon. Click for the recipe
Don’t toss those broccoli stalks! They are a delicacy, especially when roasted. You can use two baking sheets and roast the broccoli florets at the same time, though they will likely be ready a few minutes before the stalks. Click for the recipe
Prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella is the perfect low-carb snack. It’s delicious, easy to make (the only difficult part is remembering to freeze the cheese the night before), and quite healthy, if you use uncured, additive-free prosciutto. I like to use pre-sliced Prosciutto di Parma by Citterio, which I get at Trader Joe’s and I believe you can also get at Costco. The only ingredients are pork and salt. Click for the recipe
Baking cheeseburgers in the oven is so easy – no need to form the meat into patties, or to keep an eye on them as they fry or grill. And no grease splatters to clean up! The meat does tend to come out a bit drier, since some juices are lost while baking. Still, these baked cheeseburgers are delicious, and they are requested often by my family. Leftovers are wonderful the next day for breakfast or lunch – briefly warmed in the microwave, or even cold. Click for the recipe
These homemade fruit snacks are not just fun and delicious- they are also healthy. Made with unflavored gelatin (here’s why gelatin is healthy), 100% fruit juice and honey, they are a far better choice than commercial fruit snacks, and although their texture is a bit different, they are still delightful.
It’s difficult to tell how many fruit snacks this recipe is going to yield for you, because it depends on the mold you use. For me, it yielded 30 truffle-size gummies (using this mold) plus two bigger ones (filling 2 silicone muffin cups 1/4 full), so I would say about 12 servings.
I used 100% grape juice to make my fruit snacks. You can use any juice you like, of course. Click for the recipe
I love bakes and casseroles. They’re not just a delicious comfort food, they are also easy to make, and leftover usually keep well and are even better the next day or two, reheated. Most casseroles are not very pretty to look at, but this egg, sausage and cheese bake is actually gorgeous, so I often serve it for brunch when we have friends over. Click for the recipe
Creamed spinach baked eggs make a delicious, filling weekend breakfast or a tasty vegetarian lunch or dinner. Click for the recipe