Give Bread a Chance with Easy Bruschetta

When I was a child, a loaf of crusty, fresh bread was enjoyed at every meal regardless of what else was on the menu. That was, of course, the Italian way…A meal without bread was simply incomplete. As bread lovers, Italians have found many ways to enjoy bread as the center a meal, and – for me – bruschetta stands out among them. Here are my favorite bruschetta recipes…

Continue Reading

Keto Burrito with a Spicy Kick

Looking for a flavorful keto dish that brings just the right amount of heat? My grain-free “green burrito” is packed with satisfying protein, nourishing fats and tastes so good, you’d never know it’s low-carb and keto-approved! Lean, grass fed meat is a succulent base to let our spicy olive oils and seasonings shine, and with an antioxidant-rich medley of onions, mushrooms and bell peppers, I can almost guarantee – no one will even notice the lack of flour!

Continue Reading

Easy White Bean Soup

If you’re looking for a warming winter soup that basically makes itself, have I got the recipe for you! This white bean soup made with cannellini beans fills the house with delicious smells and your belly with a nutritious, healthy meal. The best part is, you can set it and forget it - just throw all the ingredients in a slow cooker and come back hours later to a perfectly cooked soup with leftovers to spare! Cannellini Bean Soup with Rosemary and Balsamic Creamy in texture, cannellini beans have a mild and light flavor and pair beautifully with aromatic herbs... Continue Reading

Detox with Delicious Cauliflower Salad

If (like almost everyone else) your first goal of the new year is to hit the gym to work off those holiday indulgences, I have an alternative suggestion for you… What if you start with healing your body from the inside-out with nutritious, detoxing foods?  Exercise is vitally important to health, of course, but what you eat also plays a major role. This Cauliflower Detox Salad - packed with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds and loads of essential vitamins and minerals - is a great jumping-off point. It’s easy to stick to your healthy resolutions when they taste this good! Cauliflower Salad... Continue Reading

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

What comes to mind when you think of the holidays? For me, it’s the delicious smell of familiar foods and seeing faces I love around the table. As kids, we couldn’t get enough of those butter-soaked mashed potatoes or sugar-laden candied yams, but as adults, we know those dishes aren’t doing our health any favors! So I decided to reinvent a few holiday favorites and created some healthy Thanksgiving recipes you can enjoy year-round. They’re simple to make, packed with flavor and so good for you. Skip directly to Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes > Vervana Blood Orange Olive Oil Turkey as... Continue Reading

Love Brussels Sprouts with these Scrumptious Recipes

It’s probably a gut reaction held over from childhood, but when most people hear “Brussels sprouts” it’s an immediate turn-off. Folks, this doesn’t have to be the case! Odds are, if you think you don’t like Brussels sprouts, the ones you’ve tried have just been cooked the wrong way. Boiling them too long, for example, can bring out unpleasant, bitter flavors and odors, making them seem unappetizing at best. Quickly sautéing, lightly steaming, or roasting Brussels sprouts in the oven until they’re golden brown and caramelized are much better ways to prepare them, and also to preserve nutrients that are... Continue Reading

Easy, Healthy Fish Tacos

There are so many reasons to love tacos…among them, the fun, the flavors, and the fact that you can get a healthy meal on the table in the time it takes to get a pizza delivered. These easy fish taco recipes – like all recipes near and dear to my heart – start with a handful of simple, whole food ingredients that are bursting with freshness and color: wild-caught white fish, crunchy purple cabbage, juicy red and yellow tomatoes, and of course that liquid gold, olive oil. Topped with piquant red onion and creamy avocado slices, they’re a feast for…

Continue Reading

Why I Love Apples

We’ve all heard mom say, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but did you know there’s science to back this adage? Not only do apples make a delicious, wholesome snack, but they can also reduce your risk of chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease and cancer. For a healthy dessert or snack, here’s my Balsamic Apples Recipe > Apple Nutrition and Health Benefits What about apples is so good for us? To start, Apples are rich in flavonoids, polyphenolic compounds with powerful antioxidant activity to help protect the body against harmful free radicals. Apple peels, in particular, are high... Continue Reading

Best-of-Summer Salad Recipes

When you live in a colder climate, extended summer weather is like a lovely dream you don’t want to wake from. Some years you get lucky, and that eternal green feeling of summer lingers for weeks. I try to keep it alive and on my dinner table as much as possible… with healthy, colorful salads. These best-of-summer salad recipes use a handful of fresh ingredients you can easily find teeming in your garden or piled high on grocery store shelves in late summer, so you can get dinner on the table without a lot of planning and preparation. They’ll also... Continue Reading

Better-For-You Olive Oil Cakes And Cookies

As a cardiologist and anti-aging doc, I’m not too keen on processed baked desserts like cookies and cakes. But, I’m also not a fan of deprivation – life’s too short to never eat cake or cookies. So, my rules of thumb when indulging a sweet tooth are to practice strict moderation and to make healthier ingredient substitutions whenever possible.

Continue Reading