Turkey Meatloaf – Healthy Cooking Thursday

Today’s post comes to you from Chef Jon, who has been getting a lot of requests for this recipe.  It is so moist and flavorful that often folks don’t realize it’s turkey! What’s your ultimate comfort food?  One of mine is Meatloaf.  I have grand memories of my Mother’s meatloaf on most Thursday nights.  She […]

Hearty Kale and White Bean Soup – Healthy Cooking Thursday

Ilove kale.  I love it sauteed simply with garlic and olive oil, or with rice and mushrooms, or reincarnated as ridiculously easy-to-make and delicious kale chips.  Oh yeah, it's pretty nutritious, too! One of my favorite uses for kale is to throw it in at the end of cooking nearly any soup.  This one, a favorite of my friend […]

Spinach, Mushroom, and Cheese Stuffed Pepper – Healthy Cooking Thursday

[div class=”callout-right”]Read Related Article: Cheese, Glorious Cheese[end-div]Now that the temperatures are consistently chilly, I find myself looking for excuses to turn on my oven. Here’s a great one, a modern Mediterranean and vegetarian spin on an old favorite. Add a side salad and you have a complete and healthy meal.  (Yes, cheese is a healthy weight loss food!) [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:28] […]

Citrus Pear Compote – Healthy Cooking Thursday

Fall is one of my favorite seasons, and that is partially because of the produce available during these months.  When the cooler temps roll in, I become a sucker for a crisp apple, a roasted squash, or a juicy pear.  The latter is one of those fruits that seems to be falling out of favor among Americans.  Remember […]

Fruity Freezes – Healthy Cooking Thursday

This blog was inspired by a woman who recently visited our healthy weight loss resort in Vermont. One of the great things about our program is that we believe it is A-OK to enjoy rich desserts in moderation. We practice this by enjoying Ice Cream Night every Friday.  But if you are like this wonderful lady, who is […]

Quick Bean Salad – Healthy Cooking Thursday

You’ve probably heard it already; legumes are awesome.  Aside from being a lean protein choice, beans have oodles of fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, folate, and magnesium (as my friend Robyn pointed out in her recent blog about beans, which includes links to many other delicious legume recipes from our healthy weight loss program in the Green Mountains). Beyond the health […]

Tomato and Sweet Corn Salad – Healthy Cooking Thursday

Last weekend, I returned to my home state of New Jersey to visit family and friends I hadn't seen in a while. It's always a bit of a culture shock to go back; gigantic buildings spring up like weeds in a garden, the roads are always faster and more congested than I remember, and everywhere I go people are in a […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday: Roasted Garlic Dressing

Few dishes are as divinely fragrant to prepare (and devilishly simple) as roasted garlic.  Whenever I make this healthy recipe at our women's weight loss program, I invariably am asked, "What were you making that smells so amazing?" from the ladies who were working out in the room above our kitchen. The resulting dressing is a great addition to […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday: Eggplant Parmesan

Here at our women’s weight loss program tucked in the Green Mountains of Vermont, there are quite a few fan favorites among our healthy recipes for which Chef Jon and I are constantly getting recipe requests. This eggplant entree is always among them. Eggplant parm is one of those awesome meals that features a great vegetable, but seems so decadent, thanks […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday: Zucchini and Eggs

Post number two in our Zucchini-palooza series!  (Check out Robyn's healthy Zucchini Fries recipe from yesterday.) Vermont is an interesting place to garden.  The tomato and potato blights wreak havoc (sometimes), slugs and bugs are hungry and prolific, and the cabbage worms make cruciferous veggies impossible really difficult to bring to harvest.  (If anyone has […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday: Chipotle “Pickles”

One of my favorite flavors is chipotle.  It's so warm and sweet and smokey, it's in a class of its own.  I find that most folks who don't enjoy spicy-hot food still usually enjoy chipotle.  It matches well with foods that are cooling, which is why cucumbers and chipotle turn out to be pretty good […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday: Watermelon Smoothie

Holy crow, it’s been hot in Vermont since the Fourth of July.  A rare stretch of 90 degree days has inspired me to create meals and snacks that don’t involve indoor cooking.  This quick and healthy recipe is courtesy of the leftover watermelon from a Independence Day picnic we had at our house.  It was beautifully ripe and sweet, […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday: Patriotic Panini

A common question asked by the busy modern women who come to Green Mountain at Fox Run is how to prepare quick, healthy, and satisfying lunches when life far too often gets in the way of quality time in the kitchen.  I have a few fast favorites in the arsenal, one of which is panini […]

Cooking Thursday: Chipotle Lime Hummus

One snack we serve at Green Mountain at Fox Run is vegetable crudite with hummus.  Making hummus every single week for this snack can cause a chef to get a little, shall we say, creative with flavors.  That is exactly what happened last Tuesday, in conjunction with a lemon allergy in the house.  But limes were fine, so […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday: Strawberry-Rhubarb Love

You might be realizing right about now that I love to write about seasonal produce.  Part of that is due to me being a chef with a love for the freshest ingredients possible, but part of it is that in my neck of the woods, it’s tough to get good out-of-season produce in the grocery store.  This […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday: Truffle Shuffle!

One of the most popular snacks we offer at our healthy weight retreat is our faux truffle. One of these little delightful spheres, coupled with half an apple or a small bunch of grapes, is a perfectly balanced snack or dessert and a great way to get around a sweet craving. We add the non-fat […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday: Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Pomegranates are an ancient superfood that have generated a lot of buzz in recent years due to their high concentration of antioxidants, but they have long been used in Ayurvedic treatments and in many other medical applications, including everything from treating cataracts to preventing hemorrhoids, erectile dysfunction, and cancer.  Some argue that the pomegranate was […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday! Simple Lamb Rub

I love lamb. I could eat no other red meat the rest of my life if it was guaranteed lamb would be abundant. But I know that I am not exactly “normal” (no comments from the peanut gallery, please) and that many folks do not appreciate lamb’s unique flavor, or understand how to season it […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday! Crispy Tofu

In honor of Meatless Mondays, featured in Marsha’s blog post here a couple of weeks back, I give you my favorite method of preparation for firm or, even better, extra firm tofu. Here at Green Mountain we serve Vermont Soy tofu, a local, organic product. Yay, sustainability…and deliciousness! Whether you are a tofu fanatic or […]

Healthy Cooking Wednesday! Mushroom-Kale Almond Rice

I love leftovers.  They cause magical things to happen.  I will often cook just a little bit extra of whatever I’m making for a meal for the sole purpose of giving me something fun to play with for a later meal.  It follows with the great culinary motto, “Work Smarter, Not Harder!”  Today’s recipe is […]