Creamy Vanilla Custard with Aromatic Nutmeg

SMOOTH BAKED VANILLA CUSTARD WITH WARM FRAGRANT NUTMEG! One thing my mother and I have in common is we both love old-fashioned baked custard for a light dessert or for a pick-me-up snack rich in protein. I like it with pure vanilla and topped with nutmeg, because there’s something warm and comforting about the combination of eggs, vanilla and nutmeg. However, Mom loves it Brûléed. Custard is a slightly sweet dessert made with simple ingredients, just milk, … Continue reading Creamy Vanilla Custard with Aromatic Nutmeg

Pistachio Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate Chips

TASTY PISTACHIO OATMEAL COOKIES WITH CREAMY WHITE CHOCOLATE CHIPS! One way to make a cookie healthy is to make it all about the super nutritious and tasty pistachio nut. The whole-wheat flour and oatmeal in these delicious cookies adds to their healthiness, so I don’t feel bad about adding a few good quality white chocolate chips for a little fun. Pistachios are a rich source of protein and … Continue reading Pistachio Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate Chips

Crunchy Egg Salad on Goat Cheese Toast with Tomato Wedges

CRUNCHY CREAMY EGG SALAD ON TANGY GOAT CHEESE TOAST WITH TOMATOES! This is NOT the egg salad sandwich I had as a child, it’s definitely the adult version. With crunchy celery, Dijon mustard, healthy parsley, smoky paprika and tangy goat cheese, the flavors and textures are plentiful. As always though, the base of the egg salad is the nutrient rich egg. Eggs are loaded with high-quality protein, and vitamins and minerals. One egg contains 6 grams of protein … Continue reading Crunchy Egg Salad on Goat Cheese Toast with Tomato Wedges

Rich “Coconut Cream Pie” Pudding

EASY LUSCIOUS “COCONUT CREAM PIE” PUDDING! Coconut cream pie is one of my favorite desserts, but I don’t always want the crust. This pudding version of the pie provides all the comfort, rich flavor and chewiness of the coconut flakes without the carbs from the pie crust. Sometimes you just need something rich and luscious to satisfy that urge for comfort food. This homemade coconut pudding is made … Continue reading Rich “Coconut Cream Pie” Pudding

Fuji Apple Crisp with Pumpkin Pie Spice

FUJI APPLE CRISP WITH OATS AND PUMPKIN PIE SPICE! Apples are one of my favorite foods because they are so full of nutrients and are crunchy, tasty and satisfying. A few days ago, I found myself with a handful of apples that were a little more tart than I like and decided to bake something with them. Being short on time, the first thing that popped into my mind was … Continue reading Fuji Apple Crisp with Pumpkin Pie Spice

Triple Chocolate Eggless Pudding

RICH TRIPLE CHOCOLATE EGGLESS PUDDING WITH WHIPPED CREAM! Both my husband and my mother, who lives with us, are allergic to eggs, so I like to look for ways to make treats for them without using eggs. They both love chocolate and so do I, and that makes this rich creamy smooth chocolaty dessert the perfect solution. REAL TRIPLE CHOCOLATE INGREDIENTS In a saucepan over medium heat, add … Continue reading Triple Chocolate Eggless Pudding

Apricot Jam and Banana Oatmeal Muffins With Chopped Pecans

COMFORTING AND FLAVORFUL APRICOT AND BANANA OATMEAL MUFFINS WITH CHOPPED PECANS! The apricot jam I keep as a staple in my pantry is full of flavor and is low in sugar, and makes the ideal topping for these comforting nutritious oatmeal muffins. They can be enjoyed for breakfast or a quick snack anytime for a boost of energy. I always love a good muffin and these are filled with wholesome ingredients, including the … Continue reading Apricot Jam and Banana Oatmeal Muffins With Chopped Pecans

Sweet Dark Cherry and Banana Smoothie for Two

NUTRITIOUS SWEET DARK CHERRY AND BANANA SMOOTHIE FOR TWO! A smoothie is a thick beverage made from blended raw fruits and vegetables and is a quick and easy way to get more healthy foods into your diet. This sweet dark cherry, banana, yogurt and vanilla version is rich and it seems more like a milk shake than a wholesome drink. I’ve loved cherries for as long as I can remember … Continue reading Sweet Dark Cherry and Banana Smoothie for Two

Dried Plums, Walnuts and Maple Syrup Refrigerator Oatmeal

SUPER HEALTHY DRIED PLUMS, WALNUTS AND MAPLE SYRUP REFRIGERATOR OATMEAL! One of my favorite ways to prepare oatmeal now is this simple and convenient “Refrigerator or Overnight” version. I just recently discovered this style and it’s amazing. No more waiting 20 minutes while my morning breakfast cooks. The flavor combinations are endless and it’s ready when I am! You can eat it warm or cold, but I thoroughly enjoy it cold. This particular … Continue reading Dried Plums, Walnuts and Maple Syrup Refrigerator Oatmeal

Winter Season Cranberry and Pecan Trail Mix

WINTER SEASON CRANBERRY, PECAN AND PUMPKIN PIE SPICE TRAIL MIX! Trail mix can be a tasty satisfying snack and good for you if the ingredients are selected carefully. My simple standard recipe is 1 part Seeds, 1 part Nuts, 1 part Grains, 1 part Dried Fruit and 1 part something fun, just make sure the something fun is not too sugary. Dark chocolate works for me since it’s … Continue reading Winter Season Cranberry and Pecan Trail Mix

TIP: Coconut Cookie Thins and Lemon Ricotta

QUICK AND EASY COCONUT COOKIE THINS AND LEMON RICOTTA SNACK! During this busy time of year I don’t mind at all taking a little help from the grocery store and this snack is a simple delicate tasty slightly sweet treat. On a recent visit to Trader Joe’s, one of the favorite stores in my neighborhood I can walk to, they were demonstrating a new product. A heavenly Baked Lemon Ricotta Cheese. Everyone in … Continue reading TIP: Coconut Cookie Thins and Lemon Ricotta

Honey Yogurt with Strawberries, Pecans and Chocolate

HONEY YOGURT WITH FRESH STRAWBERRIES, RAW PECANS AND DARK CHOCOLATE! This beautiful little dish of “Real Food” ingredients is a great energizing snack. The last few months, I’ve been spending every available minute working on my novel and I’m constantly looking for a quick wholesome pick-me-up to keep me going. Plain Greek yogurt and fresh fruit is satisfying and healthy. It’s versatile though and makes the perfect delicious dessert that tastes fantastic and doesn’t … Continue reading Honey Yogurt with Strawberries, Pecans and Chocolate

Light Summer Season Cinnamon Trail Mix

LIGHT SIX INGREDIENT SUMMER SEASON CINNAMON TRAIL MIX! Trail mix can be a yummy healthy snack if the ingredients are selected carefully. My simple crunchy summer season cinnamon recipe is 1 part Seeds, 1 part Nuts, 1 part Grains, 1 part Dried Fruit and 1 part something Sweet, but not too sweet. Watch the amount of sugar in the sweet ingredient! This tasty travel ready snack is light and a … Continue reading Light Summer Season Cinnamon Trail Mix

Refreshing Green Smoothie with Sweet Fuji Apples

COOL AND NUTRITIOUS ROMAINE LETTUCE SMOOTHIE WITH FUJI APPLES! Recently, I’ve been searching for additional ways to get more fruits and vegetables into my diet. I’m not fond of raw kale, collards or chard in a blended drink, so I began looking for other options to use for a healthy smoothie. I was excited to find out that romaine lettuce has a ton of nutrients and its mild flavor is much more acceptable … Continue reading Refreshing Green Smoothie with Sweet Fuji Apples

Happy Trekking Trail Mix Oatmeal Cookies

YUMMY CASHEW, ALMOND, PISTACHIO, CHOCOLATE, CRANBERRY AND CHERRY TRAIL MIX COOKIES! Trail mix is a great snack to take along with you on the go, walking, hiking, biking, working, shopping, traveling or any time. I was surprised to learn that the traditional combination of nuts, raisins and chocolate as a trail snack dates back to the 1910s, when the idea was included in a popular camping guide. While shopping for walnuts recently, I found the perfect … Continue reading Happy Trekking Trail Mix Oatmeal Cookies