Starters/Sides/Salads

Savory Farro Stuffing

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

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 ...[Read More]

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

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 ...[Read More]

Freekeh Salad

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

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?

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 🙂 &nb ...[Read More]

Super Duper Quick and Delicious Beans

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 be ...[Read More]

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. ...[Read More]

Crispy Chicken!

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

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

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

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 reall ...[Read More]

Veggie Rich Greek Salad

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 :)

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 ...[Read More]

Super Easy Salad Dressings

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 ...[Read More]