This recipe uses zucchini in place of traditional lasagna noodles — using a mandolin to slice the zucchini as thin as possible, lengthwise. I love the results and didn’t miss the pasta, which is saying a lot for me. Note: Because I used uncooked vegetables for the most part, this exuded a good bit of liquid. But in the summer, when I want to throw something together quickly, roasting or grilling the vegetables ahead of time defeated the purpose—instead, I … continued…

Summer Lasagna
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking Memorable Meals

I love food. Even the hot dog. Just make it a good hot dog! That said, sometimes, it’s all about the garnishes. I used the famous Chicago hot dog as a jumping off point to season and top this dish. I even shaped the ground beef to fit into hot dog bun. And if you can find the poppy seed buns, that would be another great way to honor the Windy City!   Prep time: About 5 minutes Cook time: … continued…

Red Hots
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling

Venus fly traps, Dionaea muscipula, have long gotten a scary rap through movies like Little Shop of Horrors. It’s true, their appearance is dramatic and everyone knows they are carnivorous (meat eating) plants that inhabit swampy areas; definitely facts that make these plants irresistible to curious young minds. So this summer, I decided my kids were old enough to take on the responsibility and we’re having a great time taking care of these otherworldly plants. (Although, be forewarned, these Venus … continued…

Venus Fly Trap
Gardening Pam Freeman

It’s hard to resist the lure of a patty melt, with its sweet cooked onions and melting cheese on rye bread.   Prep time: About 5 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Serves 4   1 teaspoon butter plus 2 teaspoons butter for grilling 1/2 teaspoon olive oil 1 large sweet onion, sliced thin 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 pound Laura’s 92% Lean Ground Beef 8 slices dark rye bread (70 calories per slice) 2 ounces cheddar cheese, grated 2 teaspoons mustard … continued…

Patty Melt
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

You know what a hack is, right? Something that makes your life easier. You’ll see a lot of short pieces floating around on the internet—life hacks, food hacks, kitchen hacks. I find them irresistible, and here are a few favorites (not all may be hacks, but there are some new ways to make life in the kitchen easier!).   1. Slicing cherry tomatoes (or any other seedless, small round objects in the kitchen such as grapes). This one made the … continued…

Barb Freda DIY Tips, Tools & Techniques

I won’t make any claims to authenticity on this dish, but it has a certain combination of flavors and textures that are winning. It is also a surprisingly refreshing summer soup—light, full of crunchy vegetables and just enough noodles to really satisfy everyone. The chopped herbs really make this dish shine so try not to skimp on the cilantro or basil. Prep Time: About 10 minutes (using cooked steak; add more time if you need to prepare steak) Cook time: … continued…

Thai Noodle Bowl with Beef
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

Burgers don’t always have to be served with a bun, right? Here, we wrap each burger up with a nice dollop of spicy mayo, some avocado and a slice of melting cheese, some shredded cabbage just for crunch—all in a flavorful tortilla. This is a taste and color sensation. Prep time: About 5 minutes Cook time: About 6 to 8 minutes Serves 4   1 pound Laura’s 96% Lean Ground Round 4 tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise 1 tablespoon chipotle en adobo, … continued…

California Burger Wrap
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling

I love it when I can cook an entire meal, start to finish, dessert included, on the grill. It means the house stays cool and we stay outside, lingering as the sun sets. And there is nothing easier than the grill cleanup: close lid, walk away. Right?   So here are five great ideas for grilling your desserts—and yes, every single one of them can be topped with some vanilla ice cream… or low-fat frozen dessert of your choice. 1. … continued…

Grilled Pineapple
Barb Freda Holiday Cooking Snacks Summer Grilling

If you have been to an electronics store or searched around online recently, you have probably seen various activity trackers being advertised. These little gadgets are quite the upgrade from the old-school pedometers that people used to wear to track their physical activity. A regular pedometer counts the number of steps you take, but can be very inaccurate because it has a hard time differentiating between real steps and other movements throughout the day like riding in the car. While … continued…

Fitness Foodie Gift Ideas Judy Eggebeen

Summer is here and with that hopefully will come trips to the park, outdoor concerts, and picnics! Soggy sandwiches and warm coleslaw are not what you want to find in your picnic basket. It’s important to consider food safety as well as healthy foods that travel well when planning your outing.   • Start with a good heavy-duty blanket if you won’t be using a picnic table. Old quilts or comforters work well and can be washed and tossed in … continued…

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