Easy and Healthy Side Dish: Grilled Zucchini with Rosemary and Feta

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I get a lot of requests for easy and healthy side dish recipes, and this is one I absolutely love. Grilled Zucchini with Rosemary and Feta is incredibly flavorful and so versatile. It can be paired with any main-dish: chicken, shrimp, steak, burgers, fish, pork, etc. If you don’t have time to preheat your grill, you can certainly use a grill pan indoors over the stove. Feel free to substitute goat cheese for the feta, and my favorite by far is Belle Chevre.

Healthy Vegetarian Main-Dish or Side Dish: Couscous-Stuffed Acorn Squash

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Two of my favorite ingredients are acorn squash and Israeli couscous. For those of you who haven’t tried Israeli couscous, it is a small pearl grain made of wheat flour twice the diameter of regular couscous. You can find it in the grocery stores where couscous and rice are sold. In this vegetarian main-dish or side dish, the couscous is flavored with lemon zest, olive oil and red pepper flakes and stuffed in a roasted acorn squash brushed with honey. This healthy dish is as pretty as it is delicious and very filling.

Mine and My Dad’s Favorite: Eggplant Parmesan

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I take after my dad in many, many ways. He tells me that often, especially lately. I have to admit, it’s a compliment because he is one of the nicest people in this world . One of his favorites (and mine too) is Eggplant Parmesan. My youngest child, Zachary, loves it as well. This recipe is really simple and light. It’s under 300 calories and 9 grams of fat so enjoy.

Easy Vegetarian One Dish Meal: Vegetarian Paella

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Thursday night I will be teaching a “Paella” cooking class preparing this dish: Vegetarian Paella. I will also be preparing Chicken Sun-dried Tomato Paella and Seafood Paella atĀ Birmingham Bake and Cook in Inverness, Alabama at 6:30 p.m. Using a paella pan works great, but you can also use any large nonstick skillet. This paella recipe is really simple, fresh, economical and delicious. Feel free to add fish or chicken if you wish. This recipe has been adaptedĀ from the book“Paella Paella”.

Healthy Snack or Appetizer: Carrots with Low-Fat Dijon Vinaigrette

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Kelly, one of my dear friends and running partners, has been talking a lot about eating “raw” foods lately. She’s one of the most intelligent and healthy people that I know, so when she talks, I try to always pay close attention. I have always been intrigued by raw food diets and juicing. I served up this platter of fresh raw carrots with a homemade Dijon Vinaigrette, and they sure went fast. It was a simple way to get some raw veggies in the kids’ diet, but also makes a great side dish or appetizer.