Savory Farro Stuffing

Stuffing lovers, rejoice... a healthier spin on stuffing just for you! PS - I don't like mushrooms however they definitely add some flavor in this recipe so feel free to leave them out if you are a fellow non-mushroom lover - it's a texture thing 😉 ...

Hearty Roast Veggies

I am happy to report that there is finally a breeze and chill in the air here in Bermuda. I can't say that I miss the bitter cold winters in Canada however I do welcome the cooler weather of the fall/winter here in Bermuda.   Seasons bring such a nice change in temps and also in cuisine! As the weather cools we always feel the need to warm ourselves up and chili, soups, and stews always sound more appealing.  As you know I'm all about the veggies and one of my favorite ways to prepare them in the fall and winter is to roast them.  Roast veggies are so so good on the side of a nice grilled sirloin steak, baked chicken, or chicken thighs.  If you choose to do baked chicken thighs you can make them up with the veggies for a super quick and easy meal. I hope that this recipe inspires you to roast up some veggie goodness!   ...

Avocado Salsa & Guacamole – When Life Gives you (lots of!) Avocados…What to Do?!

First off, in case you didn't know...I love avocado SO much so that when my hubby brought a bunch of big, beautiful Bermuda avocados home from work (THANK YOU Damien!) I did a happy dance. Since they are almost all ripe, I don't want to waste any of their precious monounsaturated fats, potassium, or fiber! It's a good thing that we have my mother and father in-law visiting to help take some of the load 🙂 PS - I used to hate avocado so just goes to show that we need to keep trying new things as now my salads are just NEVER the same without them now! I feel like sometimes we take things too seriously in the kitchen. I definitely like to  experiment in the kitchen to create dishes with whatever I have a lot of on hand. Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy Avocado! As always, I'd love to hear your ideas too.       ...

Freekeh Salad

Even though we are meat eaters around here it doesn't mean that we don't enjoy 'meatless Monday's'. Freekeh is high in protein, fiber, and iron as are chickpeas. I hope that you enjoy this concoction, we sure did! ...

Curried Lentils & Cauliflower

I love this dish.  Every time I make it I'll eat it (and maybe more veggies ;-)) for dinner for an entire week.  Lentils are high in iron, fiber and protein.  Mix them with some veggies and they make a fabulous meal. ...

Is that a Rat in your Ratatouille?

I had a ton of leftover tomatoes so decided to try to make ratatouille.  I didn't have eggplant or some of the other ingredients that you find in some versions so I improvised (which happens a lot around here) and used what I had.  My husband LOVED it but the kids were not big fans.  It may have been the texture that got them or the fact that I told them that I put a rat in it 🙂   Not only is this recipe easy and delicious but it's brimming with lycopene.  Tomatoes are full of antioxidants and have been shown to have anti-cancer benefits, as well as supporting bone & heart health. Anywhooo...here is the recipe, I hope that you enjoy it as much as we did! Bon Appétit! ...

Super Duper Quick and Delicious Beans

I am always saving and pinning recipes that I am going to make...one day..  The truth is that even when I do make a recipe it ends up being something that I came across that very day and happened to have the ingredients for. These two sides that I make often are SO easy and fast and best of all, my husband and children love them.  Win...win..  I hope that you like them too! Black beans Garlic Garbanzo Beans I like to make these 'base' dishes and keep them in the fridge to mix with other things during the week for quick dinner prep. Enjoy 🙂 ...

Creamy Caesar Dressing

We were having guests for dinner and although I typically shy away from caesar dressing (high in fat & calories) this time I was going to find a way to make it - the Health Fanatic way 🙂 I hope that you enjoy this lower-fat/calorie version as much as we did.  Please let me know what you think!   As far as ingredients for the salad, we used organic romaine and some chopped scallions.  I think that this salad would also be nice with Kale.  You could also add some applegate farms or other high quality bacon for real bacon bits.  This dressing covered a very large salad. ...

Crispy Chicken!

This chicken was a huge hit.  It was super crispy and so much better for you than fried.  You can use any type of chicken or turkey (or firm white) with this recipe.  It's so easy! I needed to move the racks in my oven around to accommodate the cookie sheet with the rack and chicken on top, just FYI. I'd love to hear how you like this recipe!! ...

Scrumptious Garlic Green Beans

It's important to me to have vegetables at every meal so that means finding ways to make lots of vegetable dishes and sides.  Crisp green beans are so delish and adding the olive oil helps the fat soluble vitamins to be absorbed, the garlic and onion increase immunity and add flavor   This dish is a hit and is quick as always. Such a quick & easy side dish! ...

Slimmer Guacamole

Avocados are potassium rich, full of fiber, and heart healthy monounsaturated fats.  I added a twist - peas which increase the protein and fiber.  Try this delicious, nutrient dense recipe as an appetizer or snack! Skinnier Guac Tortilla Chips   ...

Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free/Egg Free Bread

I had a really hard time finding any decent gluten free/egg free bread for my daughter in the grocery store.  The ingredient list on most of these breads is definitely not Health Fanatic approved :).  I picked up a package of Bob's Red Mill gluten free bread and experimented.  So here's what I did.. I warmed 1 3/4 cups of unsweetened almond milk and let the yeast 'bubble' (although it didn't really 'bubble') for 5 mins Soaked 6tbsp of chia soaking in 3/4 cup of water (during the time the yeast was 'bubbling') Put the dry mix into a large mixing bowl Add chia mixture, 1 tsp cider vinegar, 1 tbsp olive oil, and yeast-milk mix to the dry mix Mix on low speed until all ingredients are blended and smooth and then turn mixer to medium for about 15 seconds until mixture thickens (it got really sticky and was all stuck up in my beaters!) Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray (I also put a piece of parchment paper in the pan and up two of the sides) and scrape the mix out of the beaters and into the pan. Cover the pan with foil and put in your oven on the lowest possible temp (preferably 75-100 degrees) and let rise for 40-45 mins or until the mixture rises to the top of the pan. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Bake uncovered 60-65 mins and cover with foil again after it starts to brown.  Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 5 mins and then remove it from the pan and allow to cool on a wire rack.   I hope that it works for you as well as it did for us, the kids and hubby all liked it.  I realize that there are two types of Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free bread mixes out there and the one pictured here is not the one that I used the first time but I'll be trying this one now as I couldn't find the other one in the grocery store again. ...

Veggie Rich Greek Salad

I love greek salad!  I make it without feta and can't say that I even miss it.  You can make this salad any size so can add more or less veggies than I have here and just make more dressing.   Here's the recipe: ...

Chick Peas…Garbanzo Beans.. Whatever you call them, eat them up :)

I love chick peas.  Also called garbanzo beans these little legumes are high in protein and in dietary fiber not to mention folate.  Garbanzos are a great carbohydrate choice.   There are many many ways to add them into daily meals & snacks.  Other than as hummus dip with cut veggies here are a few more ideas: #1 - Easy 'peas'y - Add 1/2 cup plain chick peas into your salad #2 - Garlic lovers choice - One can of garbanzo beans (preferably BPA free, Eden organic is a solid brand) mixed up with 1tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 1-2 garlic cloves crushed, 1tsp lemon juice, sea salt & oregano to taste.  This is a great cold salad on it's own or added into greens.  You can also add other legumes, tomatoes, and/or quinoa into this mix. #3 - Roasted Snack - One can of garbanzo beans (preferably BPA free, Eden organic is a solid brand) rinsed, patted dry and lightly spritzed with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt.  Bake at 400 degrees for approx 20 mins - keep your eye on them and remove when they are nice and crunchy. For a sweet twist on #3, toss the garbanzos with 1tbsp extra virgin olive oil (skip the sea salt), 2 packets or 10 drops of stevia and cinnamon before baking. ...

Super Easy Salad Dressings

I have a couple of go to salad dressings that are super low cal (in the right portion), and really quick & easy to make. Dijon Special: 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 1/2 tbsp dijon mustard a few drops of stevia Either use 1/4 avocado of 1/2 tbsp of olive oil/coconut/flax oil in the salad or dressing as many of the vitamins that come from the greens in your salad are fat soluble so a little bit of healthy fat will help you maximize nutrient absorption.   Creamy Ceasar: 1tbsp apple cider vinegar 1tbsp plain greek yogurt 1 garlic clove minced 1/2 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp worcestershire sauce 1tsp lemon juice Sea salt to taste   Balsamic Caesar *Same as above with 1tbsp balsamic vinegar ...

Green Bean Side Dish

Here's a super quick & easy (and yummy!) side dish from one of my transforming clients 🙂  ...