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Recipes I've Shared:

Cashew Chicken

Slightly sweet, spicy, and the perfect at-home solution for Chinese takeout cravings!

Gluten Free Coconut Flour Brownies (Paleo friendly!)

These simple, rich brownies are loaded with protein and fiber -- because even dessert should be nutritious!

Caulitots (Paleo and Low Carb Tater tots!)

A low carb serving a veggies that satisfies your cravings for crispy, pillowy tots dunked in ketchup? These cheesey babies are just what you need!

Paleo Pizza Dough

Verbatim from http://paleodietlifestyle.com/paleo-pizza/

Hazelnut Mocha Energy Bites

This recipe is Vegan, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Low Carb, Added Sugar Free

These rich, chocolately energy bites are delicious, and have all the right stuff to keep you going. Caffeine is proven to help your body better convert carbs into glycogen, cocoa fights inflammation, and nuts provide long-lasting energy with heart-healthy fats! Enjoy!

Microwaveable Flourless Chocolate Torte

This no-flour chocolate cake is ready in a minute and perfect for low-carb folks


Very Good (1 rating)
Crustless Cheeseburger Pie -- low carb

This kid-pleasing pie is great for low-carb folks, paleo lovers, or anyone who wants a new recipe for ground beef.

Low-Carb Breakfast Scrambler Muffins

These muffins are full of high quality protein and a scant 3 net grams of slow-digesting carbs. Enjoy one with a homemade smoothie for an on-the-go meal, or two for an induction-friendly breakfast! Or, serve up the whole batch of mini-fritattas at your next brunch.


Very Good (1 rating)
Sweet Pea Soup (for the Vita-mix)

When warm weather hits, you don't want a thick, rich split pea soup -- you want a light, sweet, and fresh soup like this one. And with a vitamix, it takes less than 10 minutes!

Mexican Butternut Soup with Chicken

This soup is sweet, subtley spicy, flavorful, and super nutritious. Making it in the crock pot makes it EASY, too!

Gyro Meatball Wraps

This is an easy, at-home take on the Gyro that I found on www.kalynskitchen.com Since there's no boring, cardboard-flavored pita in the way, these wraps are much more flavorful and much healthier than a restaurant gyro.

Black Magic Smoothie

Don't let the color scare you. This smoothie is sweet, creamy, and a nutritional powerhouse. I drink one before every run, and it really does keep me going mile after mile.


Very Good (1 rating)
Cream of Cauliflower and Aged Cheddar Soup with Bacon

Cauliflower and garlic take on a whole new dimension when they're roasted. Pureeing them with cheddar cheese and cream, then topping with a crumble of bacon, elevates the flavors from delicious to decadence!

Recipe (slightly adapted) from ClosetCooking.com

Chocolatey Coffee Breakfast Shake (Paleo/ LC)

This smoothie has an unbeatable flavor and texture -- sweet, cold, creamy, and thick -- so you really feel like you're having ice cream for breakfast! This is especially good after a hard workout. Caffeine helps your body convert carbohydrates into glycogen, bananas help you stay hydrated, and protein rebuilds muscle.

Low Carb and Paleo Chocolate Souffle

This recipe is adapted by The Bake More: http://thebakemore.blogspot.com/2009/06/ch
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I made just a few substitutions: real Lindt dark chocolate instead of sugar free, finely ground almonds in place of mixed nuts, and lastly, I replaced one of the ounces of chocolate with butter and cocoa.

Paleo/ Low Carb Banana Bread

These dense, naturally sweet muffins are a great option for an on-the-go snack or breakfast. Pair them up with yogurt or a smoothie for the perfect morning meal!

Paleo/ Low Carb Almond Poppy Seed Cookies

I adore the flavor and aroma of almond baked goods, and these subtly sweet cookies definitely deliver. Each cookie is grain free and has just 1.5 net carbs, 1.7 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein!

Decadent Low-Carb Cocoa

This has a rich, creamy texture that is unlike any other hot cocoa I've tasted!

Ham and Vegetable Soup

This low carb, super-light lunch is full of nutrition and flavor, and can be easily frozen for make-ahead meals.

Quick Seafood Bisque for the Vitamix

This Bisque takes just 25 minutes to make and is really good for you!

Mollie Katzen's Spaghetti Squash Pancakes

Tender, tasty, nutritious, filling, easy to make, and sure to please even the pickiest eaters! They're a great low-carb alternative to starchy pancakes at brunch.

Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Pancakes (Grain and Gluten Free)

These are insanely good. Kids will love them even though there's a vegetable inside. There's also, sadly, a lot of sugar from the chocolate, so don't eat them every day.

Low Carb, Gluten/Grain-Free Pumpkin and Cream Bread

Pumpkin bread is usually loaded with oil, refined starches, and sugar -- up to eight teaspoons in a single serving! Not this bread! This loaf, layered with a creamy vanilla filling, is loaded with healthy fats, fiber, and protein.

Vitamix Vanilla Pudding

It's not a health food, but it's yummy

Golden flax tortillas - Paleo/ GF/ Low Carb

With 5 grams of fiber each, .5 net carbs, and loads of Omega-3s, these soft tortillas are the best alternative I've found to traditional grain tortillas.

World's Best Paleo Pancakes -- Low Carb, Gluten Free

I used to be able to down 3, 6" pancakes and not feel full. I eat two of these little guys and I'm STUFFED! Yay fiber! Coconut flour is great for making these pancakes. Because it's so high in fiber and so absorbent, you can enjoy a serving for just about 5g of net carbs!

Magic Rolls

For WAY better directions, go to http://findingradiance.com/2011/02/24/magi
c-rolls-eades-low-carb-comfort-foods/


Incredible! (1 rating)
Grain-free, paleo, low-carb tortillas for one!

Sometimes, a primal/ LC-loving gal is desperate for an ooey gooey grilled cheese or quesadilla. Make yourself a homemade tortilla, stuff it with avocados, chicken, or whatever else you desire, and consider your cravings squelched!!

Vita-Mix Strawberry Ice Cream: Low Carb Dream!

This recipe rocks! Not only does this count as a serving of fruit, but it's also high in protein, vitamin C, and fiber, while still staying low in calories and sugar. Just one more reason to love your Vitamix!!

Vita-Mix Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

This spicy, creamy soup is perfect for winter!

Sweet Greens Juice for the Vitamix

Boatloads of Vitamins A and C, a goodly dose of fiber, and one step closer to your 5-a-day! Juice is awesome!

Ruby Orange Zinger Juice

Oranges, carrots, beets, and ginger come together for a sweet, spicy, tart, and refreshing juice. It's meant to be made in a VitaMix blender, which can fully pulverize the raw vegetables, creating a slightly thicker but far more nutritious drink.

Sausage and Kale Soup -- Paleo/ LC

This is a super hearty soup loaded with veggies. With just 7.5 grams of net carbs, it's perfect for the low-carb or Paleo meal lover!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pudding

Just 7 grams of net carbs and 64 calories for a creamy pumpkin treat! Yay!

Real Deal Pumpkin Latte (Paleo and Vegan)

The heck with Starbucks and their fake flavored fructose syrups. This vegan-friendly latte is real!

Paleo Bread -- Grain Free, Low Carb, Vegetarian

This bread is "Paleo," meaning its made only with ingredients that humans have ALWAYS eaten since our evolution. Thanks to elenaspantry.com for this recipe!


Very Good (1 rating)
Paleo Turkey Pot Pie (Gluten Free, Lactose Free, and Low Carb)

This recipe uses Almond Flour for a biscuit topping so that even those of us who are grain-free can enjoy this classic comfort food.

Butternut Beet Soup

This soup is a nutritional powerhouse, but more importantly, it's warm and satisfying on a cold night AND it's absolutely beautiful!


Very Good (1 rating)
Butternut Macaroni and Cheese

Ditch the boxed mac and cheese -- your kids will BEG for this macaroni! This recipe counts as a serving of vegetables, is loaded with fiber, and is a great source of over 15 vitamins and minerals, including 200% of your vitamin A!


Very Good (1 rating)
Cop-out Crock Pot Tacos

I'm generally a foodie and a purist, but when I get home at 6:30 and have to be out the door for Yoga at 7:00, you can be sure that "real" home cooking flies out the window! Luckily, these tacos are crazy good and super easy!

Non-traditional Meat Pie

I have no idea what goes into a traditional pastry-based meat pie, so instead I just make this. It's tasty -- what else matters?

Caramelized Onion and Chard Gnudi

These little babies are exactly what they sound like -- Nude! These dumplings are essentially raviolis without their pasta shells. Don't let the prep time fool you; it's time you wait for stuff to drain, during which you can do all the other prep, and then do a nice workout, or walk the dog, or pay your bills or something. You won't be in the kitchen for 3 hours.

Note -- moisture is the enemy to any dumpling. If there's any extra water in a dumpling, it will basically explode when it cooks. So make sure you do the tedious-sounding work of thoroughly draining and prepping all the veggies and cheese. Without those steps, your gnudi will simply fall apart when you cook them, and even if they DO hold together, the texture and flavor of the vegetables will be terrible.

And yes, the calorie and fat counts are similar to that of a bowl of Ben and Jerry's, but unlike the sugar trap ice cream, this meal contains a full serving of vegetables, 800 mg. of Potassium, over 34g of protein, 120% of your daily Vitamin A, 85% of your daily calcium, and 10% or more of 13 other essential vitamins and minerals!


Very Good (1 rating)
Fresh Tomato Quiche

Loaded with fresh tomatoes and basil, this quiche takes advantage of the glut of late-season vegetables you can get for cheap at the farmer's market. For an especially flavorful and beautiful pie, use two or three varieties of heirloom tomatoes in different colors, like deep pink Brandywines or fun green Zebras.

Southwest Summer Corn Hash

From Mollie Katzen's book "The Vegetable Dishes I Can't Live Without." She's an absolute genius, I tell ya!

Asian Ground Beef Wraps

This recipe is full of contrast: juicy ground beef and crisp, cold lettuce; spicy chilis and sweet plum sauce; photo shoot looks and busy mom convenience. This is a delicious blend of Chinese flavors that the whole family will love -- with just one pan and one cutting board to wash!

Orange Julius -- Vegan and Gluten-Free!

A small Orange Julius from the real namesake contains 350 calories and about 20 grams of sugar -- oy! This version is just 210 calories with only 7 grams of sugar, plus 15 grams of protein and more than ten vitamins and minerals. Drink up!

Powerhouse PB&J Smoothie

This is simply a nutritional powerhouse, perfect for a post-workout meal: 18 grams of protein, 4.5 grams of monounsaturated fats, 4.5 grams of fiber, and over 25% of 15 different vitamins and minerals including A, C, B6, B12, Magnesium, and Iron! And while the combination looks a little weird, you actually end up with a mildly sweet, pb&j flavored smoothie with a thick, custardy texture -- super yummy!

Backpacker Chili

I concocted this backpacker chili recipe because I believe flavor always comes first, even if you're eating dehydrated foods in a lean-to! This chili mix is the perfect post-hike refuel -- full of complex carbs, protein, and salts to rejuvenate tired muscles. It's also easy to throw to together if you have a jet-boil or another similar camping stove, super lightweight, and crave-worthy even off the trail!

Slow Cooker Super Spicy Chili Con Carne

This is not the kind of chili you serve to the faint of heart! Loaded with red curry paste and habanero sauce, you'll get a big kick from this stew!

Edamame and Shrimp Salad with a Mexican twist

A delicious salad that's loaded with protein, healthy fats, and amazing flavor! Perfect for hot summer days when you don't want to cook, or to pack as lunches

Homemade Nutella

This was my attempt at making nutella -- it came out delicious! The main thing is that you need a really good food processor to do this; mine's a mini and it came out grainy. Even if the texture is off, this stuff is DELICIOUS!!

Bean Enchilada Pie

Enchiladas are traditionally a flavorless corn tortilla (let's face it, the store-bought kind taste like nothing!) stuffed to the gills with high-fat cheese. NOT a health-conscious choice! But use the tortillas like a pie crust stuffed with nutritious beans, tomatoes, lean protein crumbles, and reduced-fat cheese, and you have a delicious alternative!

Thai Curry with Tofu and Broccoli

This recipe comes from Vegetarian Times and is delicious! I used light tofu, however, which cuts an extra 20 calories from each serving. This dish is perfect for a quick dinner (it only takes 25 minutes!) or to pack for lunches!


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Munching Mix to Nix the Munchies

This is some mighty snack mix -- almonds, soynuts, three types of dried fruit, and (of course) a little chocolate to give you long-lasting energy and keep you full! It's the perfect snack for a mid-afternoon slump. Take it with you for a hike, a long bike ride, or a marathon-length work day! Just stick to the 1/2 serving (or go with 1/3 cup for a 200 calorie snack), because it's nutrition- and calorie-dense stuff.

From Scratch Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

A slow-cooker chicken cacciatore that doesn't rely on jarred sauces (which get half their calories from sugar), YAY!

Pecan-Crusted Orange Trout

I prefer trout to salmon because it is sustainable and affordable whether it's farmed or fished (farmed salmon is HORRIBLE for the fish AND the environment, so I won't buy it; wild salmon is very expensive).

This is by far my favorite way to cook trout -- nutty, sweet, bright, and savory, this dish is perfect for warm or cool weather and can convert any fish-hater into a seafood fanatic!

Hearty "Beef" and Barley Soup

This is great comfort food -- it's thick, hearty, warm, spicy, and filling! Nice thing is, it's very low calorie and totally vegetarian! It's a great soup for too, because it's a nutritional powerhouse.

Oh-So-Decadent, Oh-So-Guiltless Chocoate Cupcakes

These cakes have about 150 fewer calories, 25 fewer grams of sugar, and 10 fewer grams of fat than your average double chocolate cupcake -- WHOOHOO!!! How is it possible? No-sugar baking mix, greek yogurt instead of oil, and a reasonable dollop of luscious whipped cream instead of a giant glob of canned frosting.

Sneaky Vegetarian Lasagna

This lasagna sneaks in just a little extra nutritional boost by adding finely chopped broccoli and grated carrots to the marinara sauce, and uses soy crumbles instead of meat to reduce the saturated fat. I don't believe in using fat free cheese, so I use part-skim varieties, and still manage to keep the calorie totals at under 350 calories per serving! Take THAT, Olive Garden!!


Incredible! (1 rating)
Hot Chocolate on a Stick

A delicious, perfectly rich decadence, perfect for holiday gifting and self indulgence!!

Five Onion Soup

This is a delicious way to enjoy the range of flavors in onions, and a refreshing departure from the usual French Onion or Potato Leek soups. This has a creamy, rich consistency without the cream!

Hearty Chicken Tortilla Stoup

This is so hearty, it fills you up like a stew despite having the consistency of soup. Serve with raw veggies and guacamole for a delicious any-season meal!

Chicken Piccata

I love serving this recipe for a special occasion because it's quick and easy to prepare and always WOWs guests. Plus, it's a great way to enjoy Italian food without pasta!

Sausage Gravy and Cheesey Grits

Alright, so I may be a Vermont Yankee, but there are some pretty direct Southern roots in my family -- meaning we love our ol' fashioned Southern Comfort Food. To me, nothing's as rib-sticking and soul-warming as spicy, creamy sausage gravy over a steaming helping of cheesey corn grits. Luckily, it's easy to make without bustin' an artery!!

Slow Cooked Three Sisters Chicken

"The Three Sisters" are part of the traditional fare of Native Tribes in the American Southwest and Mexico. Corn, Beans, and Squash were mainstays because of their high nutrition and ease of storage -- making them great for late autumn and winter cooking!

This recipe is sized for a MINI, 1 qt. crock pot like the one I have. You'll need to double it for a traditional crock pot.

Hearty Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

This is the real deal! No canned soups or pre-fab gravies loaded with preservatives and sodium, no dough-boy breads full of trans fats -- just wholesome chicken, vegetables, and pastry crust!

Slow Cooker/ Crock Pot Beef Stew

Talk about comfort food! Slow-cooked all day so it's hot and ready for you when you get home. Delicious!

Chicken and Barley Soup

Replacing noodles with barely makes this wholesome soup a little lighter in carbs and higher in fiber.

Tex-Mex Inspired Turkey Soup

This soup is a great way to cure a craving for the unhealthy offerings at tex-mex restaurants -- and it's a lot better than yet another re-hashed taco salad. Kids LOVE this soup, and it's easy to adjust the seasonings for their palates.

Serve it up with a side salad and fresh-baked corn bread for a hearty, spicy, cold-weather meal!

Lentils with Kale and "Sausage"

An earthy, simple, filling stew perfect for a winter's night. It also happens to be loaded with 8 grams of fiber, 23 grams of protein, 20% of your daily iron and calcium needs, and over 100% of your daily Vitamin A and C needs! Serve with a crusty roll and a grating of low fat cheddar!

Trail Mix for Hard Hikes

This really shouldn't be eaten unless you really truly are on a trail. It's just too many calories for a snack otherwise!


Very Good (1 rating)
Chicken and Pasta with Pumpkin Cream Sauce

Autumn just makes me crave warm, creamy dishes, winter squashes, and aromatic seasonings. This dish has all of those!

West Vermonter Chicken Stew

This is my mom's adaptation of a recipe for West African Chicken Stew -- it features some great, local winter produce. Plus, changes she made (like using squash instead of potatoes and halving the amount of peanut butter) really lighten the dish and load it with more nutrients!

Low Sugar Apple Pie

This isn't a low calorie food -- it's a fall season splurge! -- but it is much lower in sugar than most apple pies.

This is a recipe from http://www.joyofbaking.com

Down Home Shepard's Pie

What's more comforting than a warm casserole topped with creamy, cheesey mashed potatoes and full of hot vegetables and meat in a rich gravy? Maybe the knowledge that it's actually GOOD for you, too!

Summer Harvest and Barley Soup

This soup is a great way to use up the extra summer bounty from the farmer's market or garden -- or use canned and frozen ingredients for winter comfort. Kids love this soup, so make a big batch and freeze portions to pack into lunch boxes!

Roasted High Summer Vegetables

Vegetables take on a whole new dimension of flavor when they're roasted, and summer veggies work just as well as winter's root vegetables.

You can also do this recipe on the grill, if you have a grill basket!

Roasted High Summer Vegetables

Vegetables take on a whole new dimension of flavor when they're roasted, and summer veggies work just as well as winter's root vegetables.

You can also do this recipe on the grill, if you have a grill basket!

Easy As Pie Tomato Tart

This is a fabulous, lightened up version of a traditional quiche or tart. If you can find a reduced fat or whole wheat pie crust, even better!

Asian-Inspired Chicken Salad

This is fantastic as a sandwich or wrap for a picnic, or served on shredded cabbage along side sesame noodles for a light, warm-weather dinner.

Reduced Sugar Blueberry Coffee Cake

It's still not a health food, but it's got about 100 fewer calories per serving than all-sugar coffee cake!


Very Good (1 rating)
Sauteed Chicken Liver Spaghetti Sauce

This is a delicious topper for spaghetti that they used to serve at the Old Spaghetti Factory. If you haven't yet tried liver, this is definitely the meal for you. Chicken livers are an extremely lean protein chock full of Vitamins A and B-12 as well as Iron, and they have a surprisingly rich (but not overpowering) flavor. I loved them even as a child!

Salmon Salad Sandwiches with Japan-Inspired Dressing

These sandwiches are full of healthy fats, fiber, protein, a serving of vegetables, and (of course) FLAVOR!!

Chocolate Cheesecake Pops

I simply can't bring myself to ingest fat- or sugar-free versions of foods that are mostly fat or sugar, so here's the HIGHER calorie version of Hungry Girl's Chilly Cheesecake Bites

Moo Shu In Minutes!

This one-pan meal has a full serving of veggies, plenty of lean protein, and lots of Asian flavor all in one dish. Serve this in your favorite tortilla (I like my grain-free Golden Flax tortillas, which you can find on this website!) with some broccoli and peanut sauce on the side. Yummmy!

For a vegetarian version, use seitan or tempeh instead of pork.

Skip the Campbell's Tomato Soup

Who needs Campbell's when you can make your own light, delicious tomato soup?

Chocolate Covered Raspberry Creamsicles

These popsicles are a CINCH to make and a joy to eat!
*Cooking time reflects the time in the freezer*

Creamy Pasta with Caramelized Onions, Prosciutto and Peas

This is a super-simple dish that always impresses my guests. The timing can be tricky, but it's so worth it for the amazing flavors!
Plus, this recipe takes advantage of Vermont's farmer's markets in several ways -- peas, onions, and local chevre are all available in mid-summer here. And if you serve it with a salad or local greens, you've got a Farmer's Market Feast!

Italian Beef Salad

A delicious, light, refreshing meal that's perfect for a hot summer day. It's got plenty of veggies and protein to keep you fueled, without making you feel too stuffed. Plus, it doesn't require a stove!


Very Good (2 ratings)
Summery Black Bean Salad

This salad is chock full of protein and fiber, but is light enough for the hottest summer picnic. Delicious atop a bed of greens or alongside your favorite grilled dishes.

Reduced Sugar Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

June is "Pick Your Own" time in Vermont. We overdid it though, so in addition to a quart of strawberry sauce, a few days of shortcake, and several pounds of frozen berries, we made a pie!

My fiance makes really delicious pies, and loves doing it, but sometimes he just doesn't have the time to make his own crust. Thank goodness for pre-fab crusts.


Very Good (1 rating)
Spicy and Sweet Potato "Sausage" Hash

I've adapted this from other sweet potato hash recipes so that it has more flavor and it's quicker to cook. It's the perfect one-dish brunch!

NECI's Mesclun Salad with Strawberries and Chevre

I got this recipe from a NECI Chef today. Absolutely delicious!!

Basic Granola

This granola recipe doesn't include any dried fruit, since I use it as a topping for yogurt mixed with fresh fruit. Feel free to add any of your favorite dried mix-ins!

VT's Whole Wheat Shells with Green Vegetables and Feta

This one-pot dish is full of fresh vegetables, herbs, and strong yet light flavors. What a wonderful meal for a Spring dinner or potluck!

Sausage Gravy and Grits

It doesn't get more down-home than this! Sausage Gravy with Grits is my ultimate comfort food: warm, creamy, filling, savory and a little bit sweet all at once!

Cheesey Polenta with Poached Eggs and Proscuitto

If you thought Italian food was all about tomatoes and pasta, think again. This dish is the ultimate in Italian comfort food!

I found this recipe on Cookstr; it was created by Laura Werlin.

Warm or Cold Tomato White Bean Soup

This is a very simple, Italian soup that is perfect for any weather! Serve with crostini with goat cheese for a light supper.

This is a recipe by Nava Atlas

Sweet Potato Sauce

When was the last time you had a decent tomato in winter, or found a jarred pasta sauce made without sugar or loads of olive oil?

Try something new! This simply sauce is made with sweet potatoes, for a creamy, rich, low fat topping for chunky or filled pastas.

Noodles Romanoff

These noodles are a creamy, slightly tangy, DELICIOUS twist on plain ol' pasta for a side dish. I use Whole Wheat noodles to amp up the fiber and nutrition, and low fat sour cream to lower the calorie content.

My mom and I call these "Noodles Roaming Away," since they're really a twist on an old recipe of which neither of us remembers the origin.

Skinny Alfredo

Usually, Alfredo Sauce is a surefire way to bust your calorie budget. My version is MUCH lighter, with just under 90 calories per serving! So have that fettucine alfredo, sans guilt!

Chicken Noodle Soup

Is there anything homier?

Make and Take Burritos

This recipe sounds big, and it IS. But fight the temptation to cut it in half -- instead, wrap the leftovers in plastic/foil, freeze them, and you've got delicious burritos for lunchboxes! And what better midday fuel is there? With 12.5 grams of fiber and 20.5 grams of protein, these burritos will keep you going till dinner time.

Berry Yummy Applesauce

Apples are one of the most popular fruits for kids. But plain' old slices get pretty boring! No wonder Mott's makes a fortune off of apple sauce!! Rather than spending money on plastic cups and corn syrup, make your own healthy, delicious berry applesauce at home.

Low Sugar Chocolate Cake with Flax

A low sugar, high fiber chocolate cake that is supposedly for breakfast... but I'm making it for desserts!


Thanks to LRUSSELLFAMILY for the original recipe -- I swapped out 1 cup of the sugar for splenda and the oat bran for wheat since that's what I had on hand!

Multi-Colored Potato Gratin

When we think of potatoes au gratin, we think of the sinfully gooey, creamy, cheesey, comforting dish, right? Well, this one keeps all of those things but ups the nutrition ante with anti-oxidant and fiber-loaded sweet and blue potatoes. I've also replaced the cream with a thickened milk bechemel, and kept just a smidgen of the cheese.

Catfish Po'Boy Subs

This filling, satisfying sandwich tastes like something you'd get in Memphis or on the banks of the Mississippi River -- very authentically Southern, without the travel or humidity!

This recipe is VERY easy to multiply, making it great for a big group

Smothered Seitan over Mashed Potatoes

This recipe is hearty, filling, satisfying southern-style comfort food. It's nearly impossible to believe that THIS MUCH food can have such a reasonable calorie count!!

For a veggie, brussels sprouts or collards would be perfect!

Caveat: This meal can be finished fairly quickly, but you do need to be able to watch over several dishes at once.


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Egg Free Chocolate Banana Muffins/Bread

This will look like a cupcake, but it's healthy enough to be part of breakfast! This recipe originally came from an issue of Vegetarian Times, but I've replaced the sugar with Splenda to cut almost 40 calories per serving!

Rich Mexican Hot Cocoa

Okay, so the Aztecs didn't have Splenda, but they did have loads of cocoa -- and who knew the stuff was loaded with fiber, making this a really reasonable, decadent dessert!!

Pumpkin Flax Muffins

These muffins are a nice, no-sugar added option for a portable breakfast. If you'd like, you can add a half cup of chopped almonds to the mix for more flavor and healthy fats.

I wrap these babies up in plastic wrap, freeze them, and then toss them into my lunch box (along with a 6oz yogurt) the night before. It's thawed out perfectly when I dig in at work in the morning!!

No Sugar Added Banana Flax Bread

A take on a Bob's Red Mill recipe: banana bread made with 1/2 cup of flax seed meal for heart-healthy omega-3's and extra fiber, splenda for no-calorie sweetness, and NO OIL!

Butternut Squash and Duxelle Casserole

This recipe is from the Feb. 2010 issue of Vegetarian Times, and includes some ultimate winter comfort foods: cheese and butternut squash!

This is a great way to play with mushrooms and enjoy some traditional French ingredients (Duxelle is a French mushroom paste that they use in EVERYTHING savory!). Enjoy it with Hungry Girl's Chicken Cordon Bleu or a simple roasted chicken!

Veg Times' Ultimate Vegan Chili

Vegetarian Times' Feb 2010 issue includes this chili recipe, which I'm super psyched to have for dinner tonight! Pair it with corn bread or biscuits and a big salad!

The original recipe called for tomato paste, but since I had tomatoes on hand and not the paste, I'm making that switch from the recipe.

White Bean and Mushroom Ragout over Polenta

From the Moosewood Collective's "Simple Suppers" cookbook.

This would be wonderful with low fat Italian sausage or chicken breasts!

Coconut Rice

I've included this to go along with my posted recipe for West Indian Red Beans, which, along with this rice, makes for a fantastic Carribean meal! This rice is also wonderful with sesame tofu/chicken or spicy curry dishes.


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West Indian Red Beans

A wonderful, simple Carribean dish. Serve over Coconut Rice (I have a recipe for that, too!) with collard greens in winter or alongside avocado and mango slices in summer.

This recipe comes from the Moosewood Collective's "Simple Suppers" cook book.

No Oil Added Falafel

Never rely on a mix again! Falafel are delicious, easy to make, and quick as a dry mix if you have a food processor. These are grilled in a pan, not fried, and have no added oil, so each patty has less than 2 grams of fat!

Delicious, high fiber, low fat, and a great source of protein -- what more could you want?

Sweet Potato and White Bean Soup

A delicious soup that I crave the moment fall weather arrives!

Muffin Frittatas

Individually portioned egg dishes that are perfect for a party!

Macarena Soup

This used to have a different name, but in 1997 my family jokingly re-named it for the dance craze -- and now we don't remember the real name!!!!

This is a hearty soup loaded with lots of herbs and spiced for flavor -- no added fat needed! Plus, it's very high in protein to really fill you up. It's perfect on a cold winter's night!

Blueberry Almond Smoothie

A great post-workout breakfast, with 12 grams of protein to keep you going. Yum!

Greek Lentil Soup

This is a delicious, hearty, filling yet SUPER LIGHT soup. It's a great winter warm-up. Serve it with some crusty bread and get happy. It does take a while to cook, but the aroma and the huge batch of soup you get are well worth the wait!!

Miso and Asian Vegetable Soup

Miso soup is always a fantastic low-calorie start for any meal. It's even better when loaded with nutrient-rich vegetables and tofu!

Ricotta and Green Chili Rice

From Nava Atlas' book "The Five Ingredient Vegetarian Gourmet"


Very Good (3 ratings)
Faux "Cream of" Mushroom Soup

This soup gets its creamy texture from fiber and protein-rich beans, not artery-clogging cream. woohoo!!

Bright Greens on a Bed of Creamy Polenta

This is a Mollie Katzen recipe, from "The Vegetable Dishes I Can't Live Without." But don't treat it like a wallflower -- let your vegetables take center stage!

This makes a great main dish, with chicken sausages, baked tofu, or pork loin as the side dish.

Potato, Turnip and Carrot Gratin in an Herb Bechemel

Mollie Katzen's recipe for a winter root vegetable gratin. Yum!!

Don't be afraid of the total time it takes, as you can spend 1 hour of it relaxing!

This is a fantastic Thanksgiving side dish!


Very Good (1 rating)
Veggie Makeover: Hungry Girl's Squash Shepherd's Pie

This is definitely a BUDGET FRIENDLY recipe. It feeds 4 people for about $2 per diner! Not bad eh?

I like to only eat meat a couple of days per week. I had already planned on two meals with meat as the centerpiece, but also really wanted to make a nice, warm, comforting casserole for dinner!

This recipe uses Texturized Vegetable Protein, which you can find in bulk at any health food store and even Hannaford's! I use it instead of pre-fab meatless grounds because it's MUCH cheaper and has waaaaay less sodium.

Roasted Winter Vegetables with Rosemary

A fantastic vegetable dish that deserves to be the spotlight of your meal! Wonderful with a side of quinoa or whole wheat egg noodles and a grilled chicken sausage.

This is also a fantastic addition to your thanksgiving meal Move over marshmallow smothered sweet potatoes -- there's a more healthy, bountiful veggie dish in town!!

Seriously Vegan and Seriously Spicy Corn Chowder

Every time I make this for people, they can't BELIEVE it's Vegan! The texture is so creamy and rich, it feels like you're eating full-fat restaurant style chowder. Instead, you're getting a hearty meal for less than 250 calories a bowl!!

This is great with a bean quesedilla on the side -- it gives you more lean protein and fiber :)

No-Fear Alfredo

Don't let the calorie count scare you -- this has about 800 FEWER calories than Olive Garden's alfredo, and provides everything you need for the perfect, balanced meal, loaded with whole grains, lean protein, and fresh veggies.

Plus, Alfredo is really sexy -- hence the serving for two!

Uber Good For Ya Mac n Cheese!

Low fat cheese, whole wheat macaroni -- serve it up piping hot alongside your favorite veggie or maybe stir in some cooked ground turkey and you've got an AWESOME meal and the ULTIMATE comfort food!

Udon Noodle Soup

A delicious Asian, veggie-loaded soup that's satisfying enough for winter, yet light enough for summer. Fantastic with a splash of lime juice or a shot of fire oil!

Serve with brown rice sushi or wasabi-soy glazed salmon for a fantastic dinner!

Cream of White Vegetables Soup

This mild, winter vegetable soup is fantastic the day you make it, but the leftovers will taste even better!!

World's Easiest Sweet Potato Soup

A delicious, creamy soup that is the purest symbol of Fall Feasting I can imagine!

It's low enough in calories that you can end the meal with a slice of apple or pumpkin pie -- talk about Autumnal Bliss!

Mads' Magnificent Black Bean Soup

A super-easy black bean soup loaded with fiber, protein, and flavor!!

Chickpea Avocado Tacos

It sounds bizarre, but YES, this is a raw, vegan, room-temperature taco recipe -- and it's absolutely AMAZING.

"Jimmy Carter" AKA Power Packin' Smoothie!

This breakfast treat is like having dessert first (I adapted a killer milkshake recipe), but unlike a sugary drink, this has the right fuel to keep you going until lunch!


Incredible! (1 rating)
Tilapia Tacos with Avocado drizzle

These tacos are SO delicious, and the avocado sauce is a great, super light and citrus-y alternative to guacamole. This recipe is fantastic served with a super simple green salad and a glass of slimmed-down sangria.

Curried Potato Salad -- Vegetarian AND Gluten Free!

A lightened up version of potato salad that uses greek style yogurt instead of mayo or sour cream for the dressing. Delicious chilled with a veggie burger, or warm with a grilled chicken sausage!


Very Good (7 ratings)
Hungry Girl Chicken Pot Pie

This casserole is super easy, super delicious, and SO low in calories! Thanks, Hungry Girl, for another great recipe!



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