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Hectic Holiday Week Spaghetti

Hectic Spaghetti Dinner

Making this style of spaghetti sauce triples the volume of vegetables. You can make it without the meat just as you and your family prefer.

Lively Colorful Fruits, Vegetables and Wheat Berries

Liven up a winter day with this side dish; and serve with fish or chicken; or have it as a meatless main dish, as we did.

Mary Ireland's Beets Carrots and Tops

Mary Ireland’s Beets, Carrots and Tops

Mary and a friend have a vegetable garden together; their garden resulted in a beautiful, tasty, nutritious Mediterranean addition to our dinner this evening. She dropped off the freshly pulled beets and carrots and told me one of the ways she cooks them. I tried to follow her verbal directions – fabulous! — a colorful […]

Mashed Carrots and Red Garnet Yams

This recipe notches up mashed potatoes for Sunday dinner or ‘an any day meal.’ The flavor is so good that you may want to serve this for a holiday meal.


Mediterranean Baked Eggplant

I was raised eating food with family members whose ancestors were of northern European descent; I don’t know if eggplant was very popular in their ancestors’ kitchens. I do know that I don’t ever remember being offered eggplant; therefore, I thought maybe that I didn’t like it. A trip to Tuscany in Italy, forever changed […]


Medley of Roasted Roots

Learning the technique for roasting vegetables (which is one of the easiest things you can do) is a habit that you and your family will be glad that you got into.

Orange Carrots

Orange Carrots

Carrots have many important vitamins and minerals. They are rich in antioxidants beta carotene, alpha carotene, phytochemicals and glutathione, calcium and potassium, and vitamins A, B1, B2, C, and E which protect as well as nourish the skin. Carrots contain a form of calcium easily absorbed by the body. Finally they also contain copper, iron, […]

Orange Glazed snowpeas

Orange-Glazed Snow Peas

Snow peas are one of the earliest-known cultivated plants. The French name for this tender legume is mange-tout, meaning “eat it all.” Snow peas provide vitamins A and C, iron and potassium. They are low in sodium. A 3-ounce serving, cooked and drained, contains 43 calories. As with all legumes, snow peas host beneficial bacteria, […]

Pan Roasted Vegetables with Chicken

Pan Roasted Vegetables with Chicken

The American Journal of Epidemiology has reported on a study that has compared the western-style diet with a ‘healthy/Mediterranean’ diet as related to breast cancer. See Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Risk and Dietary Patterns in the E3N-EPIC Prospective Cohort Study. What the authors suggested is, “Adherence to a diet comprising mostly fruits, vegetables, fish, and olive/sunflower […]

Roasted Apple Herb Carrots

Roasted Apple Herb Carrots

This recipe is designed to feed a crowd; but is easily cut in half. Also, it’s nice to have some leftover for another meal.