Category Archives : Side Dish


Vegan Caesar Kale Salad with Arugula

This Vegan Caesar Kale Salad with Arugula is TO. DIE FOR. You may just lick the bowl. Right in front of the whole family at the Thanksgiving Dinner Table. A few exciting things have happened. 1) My CSA/Farm share just started up, 2) I got arugula in my first basket and 3) […]

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Summer Grilled Corn Salsa with Baby Corn

Are you ready for a fiesta, but fresh (non-GMO) corn isn’t available? Grab a can of baby corn and try my Summer Grilled corn salsa with Baby Corn! (Bonus – kids will love trying “baby corn” I’m surprised I had any left for the photo since my daughter kept grabbing […]


Sweet and Tangy Walnut Cranberry Acorn Squash is full of holiday cheer!

This Sweet and Tangy Walnut Cranberry Acorn Squash recipe is full of holiday cheer and is the perfect side dish. This recipe was born from the boat load of fabulous, organic acorn squash I got with my CSA at KyV Farm. Though they do make a superb Christmas-y centerpiece, I decided to […]

Cranberry Walnut Stuffed Acorn Squash

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Apple & Mushroom “Stuffing” Hash with Roasted Root Veggies

For anyone looking to cut gluten naturally this holiday season try this Apple & Mushroom Stuffing Hash! It has all the flavors of Thanksgiving but with all natural veggies and no bread. There are so many of us that want to eat healthier but over the holidays it almost seems […]


Chunky Salsa Taco Salad and my As Seen on TV Confessions

I have a confession that is very embarrassing – and it involves this delicious Chunky Salsa Taco Salad. I’m an “as seen on TV” junkie. I’ve tried: On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the best) here is how I would rank some the ones I’ve tried. Music Bullet 10 – […]

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Mushroom Gills

Roasted Balsamic Mushrooms and Tomatoes

Hen of the woods, bears head tooth, giant puffballs and the shaggy mane. They aren’t names of characters in a children’s book – they’re names of edible mushrooms! Ever wondered how in the world people identify edible wild mushrooms? Most of the store-bought mushrooms we eat today are grown on […]


Vivian’s Rockin’ Raw Root Veggie Salad

The moment one learns the joy of cooking is the moment things get interesting. A whole world opens up. Recipes, cookbooks, classes, TV shows and food blogs. It can be a bit overwhelming to the point that there are so many recipes you would like to create you ask, what will I […]

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Warm Fruited Quinoa

Warm Fruited Quinoa

Warm Fruited Quinoa – a simple and divine mixture of soft, warm quinoa, flavorful olive oil, sweet dates and raisins, a crunch of walnuts and a touch of sea salt. Olive oil, various fruits, nuts and warm spices are typical in Moroccan cuisine – so here I did a twist on […]


Gingery Kale and Quinoa Power Salad with Garlic Herb Cashews

This month my favorite natural food store, Native Sun Natural Foods Market, has quinoa on sale in the bulk bin – so I hope you are all ok with a few quinoa posts!  Quinoa IS one of the trendy foods of 2013, so just think, we’ll be ahead of the […]

Gingery Kale and Quinoa Power Salad with Garlic Herb Cashews

Broccoli Stem Salad with Creamy Garlic Tarragon Sauce

Broccoli Stem Salad with Creamy Garlic Tarragon Sauce – Don’t Throw Those Broccoli Stems Away!

How many times do we throw food away and not think about it? According to the EPA “More food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in municipal solid waste (MSW). In 2010 alone, more than 34 million tons of food waste was generated, with only three percent […]


Citrus Barley

Sweet Citrus Barley with Pistachios

Living in Florida is such a blessing.  Not only was I able to take my cream colored Labrador, Tally for a walk yesterday without a jacket on (a fact I can really appreciate from growing up in Massachusetts), but the citrus trees are all heavy with fruit – including my […]


Simple Lemon Garlic Green Beans with Crispy Onions

Ready to get a little crazy? How about THIS instead of your same old green bean casserole? Fresh green beans, Meyer lemon from the tree out front, a hint of aromatic garlic and some crispy onions – what is not to love? According to one of my favorite websites, World’s […]

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Vegan Cheesy Broccoli & Rice Dip for a Clean Eating Cocktail Party

It’s a Clean Eating Cocktail Party at Cara’s Cravings! Recently my dear friend Cara invited me to join a cocktail party over at her place, www.carascravings.com.  Of course I said, absolutely! She got a bunch of us health food bloggers together and asked us to share a recipe we would […]


Purple Kale and Sun Dried Tomato Salad

I’m kicking off the new CSA Season right with a Purple Kale and Sun Dried Tomato Salad and a how-to video on storage and prep. Yesterday was our FIRST delivery of the CSA season and what a great start! In our bags we got squash, onions, broccoli, broccoli rabe, spinach, […]

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Garlicky Black Bean Mila Dip

Garlicky Black Bean Mila Dip and How Omega 3s Can Help Multiple Sclerosis

My mom is an amazing woman.  We talk every morning and she is my coach, friend and therapist all rolled into one.  Never have I met a more positive, loving and gentle soul. She devotes herself to helping others and listening to their problems, at the same time battling a […]


Looking for Recipes to Cut Carbs? Try this Delicious Roasted Potatoes, Onions and Cauliflower

Last Sunday was a special day…we celebrated my brother-in-law, Matt’s, birthday! We all hopped in the boat to head over to Whitey’s Fish Camp for lunch – was it not a gorgeous day? The mullet were jumping, it wasn’t too hot and Saturday afternoon I had gotten four hours of […]

Roasted Potato, Onion and Cauliflower

Wine Down Wednesday – Caramelized Onion, Butternut Squash, Mushroom and Thyme Pizza with Garlic Chive Pesto with Dr Hermann Riesling and Organic Pares Balta Penedes Garnatxa Cabernet

Welcome back to Wine Down Wednesday where I review a vegetarian dish paired with two different wines from Broadbent Selections. To pair wines with a meatless dish we must look at the spices and main flavors of the recipe. In this case, mushrooms, thyme, butternut, garlic and chives. The wines […]


Roasted Parsnip, Carrot, Potato and Onion Gratin

One more reminder….only a few days left to enter the giveaway.  There is still time to win! Gorgeous Parsnips from KYV Farm Parsnips are a root vegetable related, not shockingly, to the carrot.  They are a bit sweeter and are great for soups or casseroles such as this gratin.  I’ll admit that we […]


Roasted Brussels with Creamy Mustard Sauce

Source Recently I got Brussels sprouts with my CSA. This was a first for me – getting them on the stalk. I have roasted them before and can’t say I liked them. Since they were from the farm I decided to give them another try. I roasted them and then […]