All posts in "Sides, Sauces, Salads and Soups"

Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Another way to prepare this cancer preventing,  white fluffy cloud, cruciferous, Brassicaceae family vegetable. So versatile.  It can be mashed like potato, crumbled like breadcrumbs, made into flat-bread, pizza bases, stir fried,  steamed in florets or baked whole.  There are so many ways to serve cauliflower. Here is my popular party cauliflower recipe, Low Calorie Crunchy […]


Smoked Salmon and Dill Bites

Smoked salmon, capers and cream cheese.  A delightfully sophisticated combination. This is the perfect Friday treat or dinner party appetizer or delicious snack for a summer barbecue.  Best served with a cold, dry bottle of champagne.  A wonderful way to kick off the weekend. Have you worked hard all week? I am sure every single […]


Low Calorie Crunchy Asparagus with Ranch Dip

Here is another low calorie version of my Crunchy Cauliflower with Ranch Dressing.  A healthy low calorie alternative to the traditional comfort food that is usually deep fried and covered with Parmesan cheese (and very high in calories). You can use vegan yogurt and mayo if you prefer. On the other hand, if you like […]



Gut Healthy This pickled side dish, has a number of healthy bacteria present due to the fermentation of the sugars in the cabbage. Anti-Oxidant rich ‘sour cabbage’ has been fermented to get it’s sour flavor.  It has beneficial microbes, is rich in enzymes,  is very high in Vitamin C, B and K,  very low in calories […]


Roasted Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds are very inexpensive if you buy them from a bulk bin. You can eat these as a healthy, tasty snack, sprinkle them on salad or use them on top of hearty pumpkin soup. There are tons of things these little flavor explosions are good for. Just roast a tray full and keep in […]


Magic Mexican Style Pickled Carrots

When I eat Mexican food in a restaurant, the thing I enjoy the most are the carrots, but hesitate to eat them because I know they are not organic.   I Decided it was time to make my own so that I could enjoy them whenever I want.  They are low calorie, fat free, naturally […]


Gluten Free Indian Spinach Chapatis

What is Flatbread? An unleavened flatbread from India, usually made with whole wheat flour, also called Roti.  Traditionally they are used to scoop the food into the mouth, in a cone like shape, instead of silver ware. I served these with a Potato, Pea and Cauliflower Curry (Aloo Gobi), a salad with a yogurt dressing (yogurt, cumin, […]


Dairy Free Smoked Salmon Pate

This is such a tasty dip. The garlic, dill, lime and smoked salmon totally make up for the fact that there is no creamy cream cheese. Dairy free can taste just as good. If you have lactose intolerance, love smoked salmon and you miss eating indulgent, rich, delicious spreads with your gluten free crackers, here it […]


Spinach Dal Soup

  Lentils have been eaten for the past 13000 years! They have the 3rd highest level of protein of any nut or legume and if you eat them sprouted, they have all the essential amino acids (to sprout, just soak them and rinse twice a day until you see them come alive). They also contain […]


How to Make Easy Gluten Free Bread Sticks and Jalapeno Dinner rolls!

Garlic Bread-Sticks Don’t Worry, It’s easy The thing that takes the time with these bread recipes, is waiting for the yeast to activate, and for the bread to rise. The rest is just throwing the ingredients in the bowl.  I only use wet and dry bowls now and the actual work (not the waiting) only […]


French Onion Soup

Low Calorie This soup is low calorie and gluten free. It is made with vegetarian chicken stock instead of beef stock, so it is vegan (if you don’t add the cheese) and very healthy.  An easy, low cost luncheon dish. It  originated from 18th century France and was eaten by the poorest classes.  It has […]


Insalata Caprese

Another super easy low calorie meal for you to try.  A little taste of Italy for your plate and it takes just minutes to prepare. This colorful dish is traditionally served as an appetizer, but you can eat it when ever you want.  The key is to buy your tomatoes well in advance and let […]


Black Bean Salad

  A low calorie, easy to make, one pot wonder. Super healthy and a total flavor explosion. You can make enough for an army and serve it as a side with different dishes throughout the week. Make sure you de-seed and scrape the jalapeños well, or it will be fire hot. When scraped, they are […]


Rutabaga – A Low Carb Alternative

Rutabaga, from the Swedish word Rotabagge, meaning root, is only 50 calories for 1 cup, ( 116 calories for potatoes ). You can cook and serve it just as you would potatoes. Mash it or cube it.  Everything you do with potatoes, you can do with rutabaga. In England, we call it swede and it […]


Low Calorie, Easy to Make Ranch Dressing

This dressing is just 42 calories for 1 oz.  As we get older we have to get used to the taste of dressings with less fat and cut out all the calories we can. This is one way to  achieve that. The garlic and fresh herbs make up for the lack for fat flavor.  You […]

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