Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Veganized Gefilte Fish -Fun and Healthy!

vegan gefilte fish

Why did I veganize this gefilte fish recipe? I do not eat fish!!!!
But gefilte fish is traditional holiday food of German and Eastern European origin that is popular to serve on Jewish holidays such as the Jewish New Year, (Rosh Hashanah), Passover and the Sabbath. 
AND Passover is a few weeks away! Read more 

Monday, March 28, 2022

Beauty, Peace, and Flowers

Today I am sharing some peaceful and beautiful scenes. 

blue, orange, and blue fish illustration

Folk Art, Doodle, Houses, Village

Flowers- These are some flowers from my garden last summer

hanging basket of red flowers

Nature- I spend winters in Florida at the beach

 Thin, Sea, Fence, Water, Vacation

Beach, Pier, Sunset, Sea, Ocean, Water

Ardea Herodias, Great Blue Heron

People, Silhouette, Sunset, Looking

Sunrise, Dawn, Daybreak, Palm, Tree, Sky

Sending notes of acknowledgement for no reason- a meaningful thing to do to a beautiful you !

Writing, Writer, Notes, Pen, Notebook

My sister in law sends beautiful acknowledging supportive notes for no reason at all. She just tells or sends notes to friends and family saying how special and wonderful they are- sometimes on Facebook, sometimes by sending a card, and sometimes in an email. I am a visual person so I love to read them. I keep the notes because they make me feel so loved and supported. 

I started to think about who I could send some notes. I think I should start with my with my sister in law. 

Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Ukraine!

Mango/Peach Salsa

I love this mango/peach salsa recipe (recipe link)

party appetizer - mango salsa

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Friday, March 25, 2022

Spring Potato Salad -no mayo

Looking to eat more vegetables? Spring is almost here, and so is the desire for lighter eating. Spring potato salad makes a great side dish for any meal or get-together with friends or family. It's healthy, low fat, and delicious. 

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Three Salads and One Dressing

Salads are a healthy source of nutrients and enzymes. What better way to get those nutrients and enzymes than in a delicious daily salad? 

Eating a variety of colorful salad vegetables such as greens, reds, purples, and whites contain a variety of antioxidants may be anti-aging and may protect against cell damage.

 I am sharing three of my favorites salads and one delicious salad dressing in this post today. 

Monday, March 14, 2022

Quick and Easy Eggplant Marinara Sauce for Pasta, Rice, or Quinoa

eggplant Marianna sauce

This is no ordinary tasting marinara sauce. 
Cooked eggplant in a simple sauce brings it to a whole new level. Do you ever feel like you want to find more ways to use eggplant?

This thick and rich eggplant sauce is quick and easy to make and tastes hearty and delicious. Perfect over your favorite pasta (I use GF chickpea pasta), rice, quinoa or any kind of grain. Or I've even used it as a cold dip with chips!

eggplant sauce , marinara sauce

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Saturday, March 12, 2022

Baked Cauliflower in Tahini Sauce

cauliflower and tahini bake

The combination of cauliflower in a tahini sauce is amazingly delicious. After assembling the ingredients, I baked it in a casserole dish in the oven for 20 minutes.

Baked cauliflower in tahini

I recently was invited to lunch at a friend's home in our condo building. Suzanne is from Morocco and is one fabulous cook. She made all kinds of salads and interesting dishes.

Moroccan salads

She served many traditional Moroccan salads, such as a cooked beet salad, a cooked carrot salad, a cucumber and onion salad, a tomato salad with cilantro and herbs, red pepper salad, and a hot rice and vegetable salad. 

Moroccan carrot salad

The star of her luncheon recipes (for me) was a baked cauliflower and tahini sauce casserole that I just loved. (she also had a platter of fish and a platter of meat- which of course I did not eat).

Like most good cooks, Suzanne's recipe was in her head and she did not have precise measurements. I wanted to duplicate it, so I had to experiment. I also wanted to reduce the fat content. This is what I did. 

Cauliflower Soup, Vegetable Soup

Tahini, like natural peanut butter, often separates in the jar when it sits on the shelf- leaving a layer of oil and a layer of paste. To reduce the calories and fat, I poured off the oil and discarded it. The thick paste that was left was not as rich tasting or creamy as with the oil, but still had the flavor.


That's a lot of oil

However, Suzanne's recipe was made with full fat tahini - if you prefer that, do not discard the oil when it separates. Simply stir it back in. It will be a richer, creamier sauce.

Cut up a large cauliflower into large floretes and steam the floretes  until firm soft. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Lower fat less rich tasting tahini sauce : 
3 tablespoons of tahini  (I poured off any oil from the top of jar)
1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon of paprika
1/2 cup of almond milk 
1/4 cup of aquafaba (the liquid from cooked chickpeas or canned chickpeas) or water
1 tablespoon of non GMO corn starch
1/2 teaspoon of cumin

Suzanne's tahini richer sauce: 
1/2 cup of  tahini paste
1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon of garlic powder 
1/2 cup of water or more by the tablespoon if needed for consistency
1/2 teaspoon of paprika
Salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon of cumin

Place the cooked cauliflower in a baking dish. Pour 1 cup of tahini sauce over the cauliflower distributing oner all of the cauliflower and bake in a pre-heated oven for 20 minutes. Serve and Enjoy 

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Saturday, March 5, 2022