Quinoa, Kale, Blackbeans & Yam bowl

Quinoa, Kale, Blackbeans & Yam bowl

Can you say Comfort Food!? I've been a vegan before.  I have been Lacto Ovo Vegetarian before.  I have nothing but TOP respect for people who are.  I myself am Pescatarian.  There are only a few foods I can't live without (or so I believe).  That's fish, potatoes (or some kind of complex, starchy carb) and pizza.  If the world was fair, I would live on pizza, sushi and french fries.  Since I am lactose intolerant and can only have small, occasional serving of dairy from time to time without my intestines going to war against me, I sometimes dream of a life full of pizza and ice cream!  Sigh.  The world ain't fair. I feel for the plight of my friends and colleagues who have autoimmune diseases and thyroid diseases who need to steer clear from grains, grain-like foods, gluten and dairy.  But I am always putting myself in the shoes of people on restricted diets.  This meal is not for everybody, but ALMOST!  It's high enough in protein between the combination of beans, yams and Quinoa.  Tons of micronutrients and cancer fighting antioxidant.  As far as anyone who read that book where the Dr. says not to eat beans because of the lectins, I say "Bah!" Cooking beans gets rid of the lectins to where the benefits of the beans far outweigh the toxicity of the lectins.  If you can't tolerate beans or quinoa, go ahead and substitute.  But as far as a power packed lunch that will provide long lasting energy, go for it! Ingredients are simply: Roasted Yams in olive oil, cooked at 360 degrees (some...
Your Favorite Summer Salad Recipe

Your Favorite Summer Salad Recipe

SUMMER SALAD must! One hot day I looked at my leftover watermelon and decided to make it a meal instead of a snack.  It's so refreshing, everyone will love it. This watermelon salad with feta super easy and fast: Cut up seedless watermelon Spinach or your favorite dark, leafy greens for a salad bed Chevre goat cheese or Feta crumbles Chopped walnuts A sprinkle of fresh mint if you have it and any light vinaigrette (I used balsamic - it's a bit strong for this salad so I recommend a champagne, orange, lemon or red wine dressing) BON...
A Smoked Salmon Salad to Scream For

A Smoked Salmon Salad to Scream For

Most people think of cafes, croissants and baguettes when they travel to Paris.  I do too.  Their food is their passion and I never had  disappointing meal there.  Well, maybe just one.  I ordered a veggie burger at a place called Burger & Fries.  They gave me lettuce, tomato, a slice of cheese and onion on a burger bun!  That's a veggie burger?  Really??  I was convinced they were messing with me! Other than that fiasco, the food was as incredible as you've either heard or already know from experience.  When Jim and I got home from our vacation in Europe, one thing we both really missed and craved were the seafood salads with smoked salmon.  I never met a salad I didn't absolutely love there.   The other night when the urge hit me hard, I had to improvise.  It was delicious right down to my homemade easy peasy dressing. For 2 dinner size servings: 8 - 10 oz. of Nova smoked Alaskan Salmon 1/2 small or medium onion (pick your favorite) About a dozen cherry tomatoes (I used golden yellow and red) About 20 steamed green beans or haricot verts 1/2 large avocado or a whole small one Mixed greens (as much as you want) Fresh ground pepper Finishing salt Capers (not shown - I remembered them after the pic, whoops!) Dressing:  Mix together 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/2 fresh lemon squeezed for juice, 2 tsp dijon mustard, 1 tsp honey, 1/4 tsp dill, lemon pepper and a dash of Himalayan pink salt to taste) Fill a large plate or bowl with fresh mixed greens. Slice onions,...
Gluten Free, Mostly Paleo Pancakes with Healthy Granola

Gluten Free, Mostly Paleo Pancakes with Healthy Granola

I love granola but, in the middle of winter, a cold bowl of oats isn't exactly what I crave when I'm waiting for my house to heat up in the morning.  One day I decided to make Paleo Pancakes because they're so simple and I wanted something warm.  If you've never made them, they are basically  just an egg and a ripe banana mixed together with 2 tbsp of coconut flour and less than a tsp of baking powder.  Blend and  and poured onto a hot coated skillet.  I know they're not pretty.  I never claimed to be a chef.  I'm just a "cook"! First Attempt at Gluten Free / Paleo Pancakes   Then I wanted to mix toasty, warm pancakes with some tasty granola.  The healthiest brand I've found so far is Viki's Granola.  I met her at the huuuuge Expo West convention in Anaheim last year.  I loved that her granola was lower in sugar and carbs an higher in protein and fiber than many other brands I've tried.       So, I simply added a tablespoon of granola to the pancakes after I put them in the pan.  I guess I could have stirred them into the mix, but this way, I could put in different flavors 😉! Second attempt:  Not Quite Paleo Pancakes If you're a Paleo purist and avoid all grains like the Zika virus, then you'll have to stick with the less tasty and crunchy version.  If you enjoy whole grains like I do, mix your batter up: 1 ripe banana 1 egg 2 - 3 tbsps coconut flour 1  tsp baking powder...