Thursday, August 29, 2013

10 Back to School Lunch Tips

 Back to school time! Which means time to pack those healthy lunches for the kids. To ease the monotony of daily planning and to help prevent falling into the possible rut of bologna sandwiches for lunch, I have included the following tips to help your kids get the healthy lunches they deserve.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Quick 'n' Chunky Tomato Sauce

Canned stewed tomatoes form the base for this tangy sauce. Throw in a little wine and a few spices, cook the pasta, and dinner is ready.

Makes 6 servings (⅔ cup each serving) 

2      14 ½-ounce cans salt-free (or regular) stewed tomatoes 
⅓     cup tomato paste 
¼     cup dry red wine 
1      teaspoon sugar 
1      teaspoon dried basil 
½     teaspoon dried oregano 
2      tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Monday, August 26, 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Spice Up Your Life Indian

 Over the years, through all of my cooking, I keep coming back to one basic truth – the spices and extracts are what make the difference between an ordinary meal and an extraordinary meal.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


A popular English treat, these pie-shaped rolls taste great with strawberry jam. Served warm with a cup of tea, they're such a friendly treat. 

Makes 8 scones

¾     cup all-purpose flour
¾     cup whole wheat flour
1½   teaspoons baking powder
¼     teaspoon salt
1      tablespoon sugar
2      tablespoons plus
2      teaspoons margarine
¼     cup blueberries
½     cup skim milk
2      teaspoons vinegar
2      egg whites
1      teaspoon grated fresh lemon peel

Monday, August 19, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Blueberry Treats

I love blueberries in the summer. Take advantage of summer blueberries at your local farmers market or favorite grocery store. Then try some of my favorite blueberry recipes!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Hot Fudge Sauce

A practically fat-free hot fudge sauce? Fantastic! Spoon over low-fat ice cream or use as a luscious fondue for dipping fresh fruit.

Makes 8 servings (2 tablespoons each serving) 

2      tablespoons cocoa (unsweetened) 
1      tablespoon plus 
1      teaspoon cornstarch 
3      tablespoons sugar 
1      cup evaporated skim milk 
1      teaspoon vanilla extract 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Spice Up Your Life Italian

 Spice it right!

The following are some tips for Italian spices and extracts. Use these as a guideline and remember when trying a new spice to go easy. You can always add more!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Green Beans and Tomatoes

This colorful, tasty blend of vegetables and spices couldn't be easier. It goes with almost any entrée and also looks great on a buffet.

Makes 4 servings

1      10-ounce package frozen cut green beans
1      1-pound can salt-free (or regular) tomatoes, chopped, undrained
½     teaspoon dried oregano
⅛     teaspoon garlic powder
        Salt and pepper to taste 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Cool Treats for Hot Summer Days

Ah, Treats! Who doesn’t love treats? With it getting hotter and hotter these treats will sure cool you off on those hot dog days of summer. I’ve reduced the amount of cholesterol and only use nonfat or low-fat milk, so you can indulge.