Search Results for: Peggy’s Healthy Picks

A Mess of Turnips & Greens – so easy & good

  To all mothers and “mother-lovers”: Happy Mother’s Day.  Last week I battled, and fortunately dodged, tornados in Alabama on a road trip with daughter, Greta, and Aunt Jane – as close to my mother as I can get, aside from dreamland. Every bolt of lightening, every wail of the siren was worth enduring. Certainly because … Full recipe post »

Kale & Lentil Soup with Indian Flavors

Snowed in? Lovely, no doubt, but maybe not so much if you have to be at work this morning, and must shovel your way out in sub-zero, real-feel temps. Here’s a soup I made – mostly from pantry staples. It’s subcontinent heat soothes my tired winter soul, while the nourishment from the lentils, kale and … Full recipe post »

An Apres-Holiday Cleanser: Roasted Broccoli & Farro Salad with Feta

Hey friends. I’m tired – not fully recovered from last week.  Almost too tired from the festivities to line the pan with foil. Blame it on intake excess, the side-kick of celebrations. It was a great party – hilarious times in the kitchen, and at the table – but I’m roiling for balance, feel bad … Full recipe post »

September Tabouli

Everyone seems to have an opinion on what makes a good tabouli. I’m no exception, and I prefer my tabouli heavy on the parsley to bulgur ratio, and zippy with lemon juice. I also like the flavor of Italian parsley (as opposed to curly) and make that parsley chopped extra, extra fine, if you please. After … Full recipe post »

Green Goddess Shrimp Salad in Lettuce Cups

(Some grilling ideas for your review for the long, holiday weekend)  Wandering through the Kerrytown Farmers Market, I happened upon a produce table that I enjoy patronizing : Green Things Farm, their produce cultivated on an organic Nixon Road farm in Ann Arbor Charter Township. I love the name, as full of whimsy as a child’s … Full recipe post »

Great Lakes Cherry & Sweet Potato Smoothie

Smoothies are the perfect complement to a hot summer day, when you’re craving hydration (if I pull one more weed, I’ll perish), slow-burning nutrition (I need energy to swim that extra lap), and something fast (why waste a moment of glorious sun when our season’s short-lived). As kayaking across a glistening Michigan lake, the word smoothie, … Full recipe post »

Chilled Beet Salad Soup

The other night I enjoyed fried beets at Vellum on Main Street as part of their Happy Hour menu (such a deal at 3 bucks)! Even after inhaling two portions, I’m still craving beets. I thought a cold beet soup would scratch the itch and be perfect for a summer’s eve. When googling cold beet soup, many Polish … Full recipe post »

Quinoa with Black Beans, Avocado & Corn

Craving a dinner that’s light on her feet? Here’s an easy vegetarian supper that’s a nutritional super-star; take a look at the ingredient list and see for yourself. It’s a meal in itself,  the perfect side, and watch it fly away at a pot-luck; seems everyone wants a break from those expected salads laden with … Full recipe post »

Roasted Beets and Baby Green Salad

Pity my mother, her ilk, and their culinary epiphany in the fifties. Enthralled with the freedom the new convenience foods allowed, when shopping for groceries they’d scoff at the produce section – former prison guards – sitting quietly in the bins, as they merrily stacked canned vegetables, tasting of tin, and sugary fruit cocktail into … Full recipe post »

Mexican Chocolate Shake with Tofu (+ Sweet Potato Fries)

Last week I posted an adaptation of Mark Bittman’s recipe for Black Bean Burgers — fast food, much improved –  and I promised to post the companion Mexican Chocolate Shake and Sweet Potato Fries today. The recipes were inspired by an article Bittman wrote for the New York Times entitled: “Yes, Healthful Fast Food is Possible. But edible? (April 3, 2013)” He … Full recipe post »

Mark Bittman’s Black Bean Burgers

I’m reluctant to quote statistical data linking patronage of fast food chains to high obesity rates; so much material is circumstantial, biased, and, therefore, skewed. Except data mined from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. Information gleaned from their studies regarding global populations, their eating habits, and relativity of fast food consumption to obesity … Full recipe post »

Watercress & Edamame Salad with Quinoa

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and if you’re a mom, what’s in it for you? I don’t have the luxury of spending Mother’s Day with my kids, enjoying their pampering and attentions; in my world, that’s a sentimental notion. But this is a holiday set aside just for us mothers, so if plans aren’t made for … Full recipe post »

Beet & Yogurt Dip with Goat Cheese & Hazlenuts (and shortcuts)

I know many readers are beet lovers (because you’ve told me!), so here’s a recipe you root vegetable enthusiasts will enjoy. I, too, am crazy about beets. I also appreciate having healthy, delicious dips and snacking foods at the ready, and this beautiful ruby-colored spread will keep several days, refrigerated, for enjoying guilt-free and at random. The recipe was … Full recipe post »

Chickpea & Spinach Stir-fry

Here’s a recipe perfect for April – tax season. It’s inexpensive, and loaded with the vitamins and nutrients your body will require to increase your energy, so you can work harder and more efficiently to replenish your depleted bank count. I was inspired by a recipe in the May edition of Runner’s World magazine, which … Full recipe post »

Spinach-Rice-Nut Loaf with Red Wine-Shiitake Sauce

Does upscale dining, to you, necessitate a meaty protein commanding center stage? Make the following recipe and you may have second thoughts. As most vegetarians know, meatless dining need not be a ho-hum experience, even when eschewing the “butter makes everything better” trick. My pals Debbie and Dave Swartz are quite the wholesome — albeit picky — … Full recipe post »