Gluten Free, Light Eating, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Garlic Broccoli


  • 3 tbs of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • 3 cups broccoli, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbs of soy sauce (for extra flavor)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil (for extra flavor)


Saute garlic in pan with olive oil at medium heat until you begin to smell the garlic aroma. Add broccoli to the pan with a half cup of water. Bring to a boil then simmer 2 minutes (with lid on). Add salt and pepper to taste. Add soy sauce and sesame oil.

Chicken, Italian, Light Eating, Pasta

Liz’s Chicken Mozzarella Spaghetti



  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • flour
  • ½ T. garlic powder
  • 1 T. oregano flakes
  • 3 T. margarine
  • 1 jar four cheese spaghetti sauce
  • 1 lb. spaghetti, cooked
  • mozzarella cheese
  • red pepper flakes


Place the ground chicken in a mixing bowl and add garlic powder and oregano. Slowly add flour to the bowl, mixing with your hands. Add flour until meat is completely coated. In a large skillet on medium, add margarine. Once it begins melting, add the chicken and immediately begin to chop it into smaller pieces as it browns. Place lid on skillet and allow chicken to cook through. Stir every few minutes to ensure meat browns evenly. Reduce heat to low and add spaghetti sauce. Allow sauce to simmer on low for 5-6 minutes, stirring regularly.

Arrange spaghetti on plates, spoon sauce on top and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Place plate in microwave for 30-45 seconds to melt the cheese. If desired, sprinkle with red pepper flakes.


Breakfast, Light Eating

Cheesy Bacon Frittata Muffins


  • 8 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup crumbled cooked bacon
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, finely chopped
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided


Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat eggs, milk, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper in medium bowl until well blended. Add bacon, onion, zucchini and 1/2 cup of the cheese; mix well.

Spray 1 (12-cup) muffin tin generously with no-stick cooking spray. Spoon about 1/4 cup egg mixture into each cup. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.

Bake 20 to 22 minutes or just until eggs are set. Run small knife or spatula around each cup to loosen mini frittatas. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Light Eating, Salads

Sweet-Tart Cucumber Salad


  • 10 pickling cucumbers or 3 medium cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 medium onions, halved and thinly sliced


  1. Place cucumbers in a colander over a plate; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon salt and toss. Let stand 30 minutes. Drain.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk vinegar, sugar, lemon juice, celery seed, pepper and remaining salt until blended. In a large bowl, combine cucumbers and onions. Pour dressing over cucumber mixture; toss to coat. Refrigerate, covered, at least 2 hours before serving. Yield:8 servings.
Breads, Breakfast, Gluten Free, Light Eating

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins


  • 1/2 c. Silk Dark Chocolate Almondmilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, peeled
  • 1/4 c. peanut butter
  • 2 c. rolled oats
  • 1/4 c. dark cocoa powder
  • 1/4 c.dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. fine salt
  • 3 T. mini chocolate chips


Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a muffin tin with 12 paper liners. In blender, combine all of the ingredients, in the order given, except the chocolate chips. Blend on medium high speed for 35 to 40 seconds, or until smooth and well blended. Remove the blender pitcher from the base. Add the chocolate chips into the mixture and stir in with a spoon or spatula. Pour the mixture into the muffin tins about 2/3 full (about 1/4 cup per muffin). Feel free to add a few more mini chips on top. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean. Allow to cool in the tins for just about 3 minutes then cool completely on a wire rack.

Italian, Light Eating, Pasta

One Pot Pasta and Vegetables



  • 12 ounces pasta
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 large sweet onion, cut in julienne strips
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
  • 2 large sprigs basil, chopped
  • 4 1/2 cups chicken broth (NOT low sodium)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese for garnish


Place pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, in a large stock pot. Pour in broth. Sprinkle on top the pepper flakes and oregano. Drizzle top with oil.

Cover pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer and keep covered and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes or so. Cook until almost all liquid has evaporated – I left about an inch of liquid in the bottom of the pot – but you can reduce as desired .

Season to taste with salt and pepper , stirring pasta several times to distribute the liquid in the bottom of the pot. Serve garnished with Parmesan cheese.

Italian, Light Eating, Vegetarian

Easy Meatless Lasagna


Betty Crocker


  • 2 cups ricotta cheese or small curd creamed cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
  • 2 jars (28 ounces each) tomato pasta sauce (any variety)
  • 12 uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Additional shredded mozzarella cheese, if desired
Heat oven to 350°F. Mix ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, the parsley and oregano. Spread 2 cups of the pasta sauce in ungreased rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches; top with 4 uncooked noodles. Spread ricotta cheese mixture over noodles. Spread with 2 cups pasta sauce and top with 4 noodles; repeat with 2 cups pasta sauce and 4 noodles. Sprinkle with 2 cups mozzarella cheese. Spread with remaining pasta sauce. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Cover and bake 30 minutes. Uncover and bake about 30 minutes longer or until hot and bubbly. Sprinkle with additional mozzarella cheese. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting.