Healthy Harvest – Food Prepping

I usually food prep over the weekend or at least on Monday’s when I have the house to myself, but with the holiday weekend, the task of prepping my food for the week and meal planning was on my To-Do list for today.  This simple, weekly routine has helped keep healthy eating on our radar … Continue reading Healthy Harvest – Food Prepping

Healthy Harvest Recipe: Parsley Chicken Rub (or Parsley Pesto)

Ingredients: 2 cloves garlic 2 cups packed, stemmed Italian parsley Course salt 1/4 cup walnuts 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste 2/3 cup olive oil Directions: In a food processor place the garlic, parsley, pinch salt, walnuts, and cheese. Process until they form a paste. Gradually blend in olive oil, taste adjust … Continue reading Healthy Harvest Recipe: Parsley Chicken Rub (or Parsley Pesto)

Parsley Dog Biscuits

Parsley is known to eliminate that bad doggy breath that simply doesn't match that cute doggy face. Ingredients: 2 cups of parsley, chopped (stalk and leaves) 1 large carrot, grated 1/2 cup cheddar or other strong hard cheese, grated 3 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour 3/4 cup hot chicken stock … Continue reading Parsley Dog Biscuits

Healthy Harvest Recipe: Parsley Aioli

Ingredients • 1 large egg yolk • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic • 1 cup olive oil • 1 1/2  tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper Directions In a food processor fitted … Continue reading Healthy Harvest Recipe: Parsley Aioli

Healthy Harvest Recipe: Wheat Berry, Apple & Chicken Salad with Cranberry Pear Vinaigrette

This tasty winter salad combines juicy cranberries, crunchy apples, and nutty wheat berries for a healthy and satisfying meal or side-dish. 1 cup dried cranberries 1 medium to large apple (in season – I used Braeburn) 1 cup cooked wheat berries ½ cup walnuts Goat Cheese (optional) 3 cups shredded Romaine lettuce Cranberry Pear Vinaigrette … Continue reading Healthy Harvest Recipe: Wheat Berry, Apple & Chicken Salad with Cranberry Pear Vinaigrette

A Creative “Twist” For Lent

Passing down customs and traditions of our faith, to our children, can be a lot of fun with a little creativity. When my kids were small, it was a bit of a challenge explaining to them “why” certain foods were off limits. Lent offers a great opportunity to explain the significance of penance, fasting, and … Continue reading A Creative “Twist” For Lent

Skewered Strawberry Caprese Salad

*1-2 pints of organic (freshly picked are super sweet) strawberries *Approximately 1 cup mozzarella balls (goat cheese would be great with this too) *Basil leaves *Chocolate” Balsamic Vinegar Alternate strawberries, basil leaves, and mozzarella balls onto skewers ( I like the shorter skewers or cutting the 12" in half).  Arrange on serving dish and drizzle … Continue reading Skewered Strawberry Caprese Salad

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

Although this doesn't really fall under the Healthy Harvest Highlight category, it's still a great recipe to have at the end of the garden season when you are looking for something to do with those leftover green tomatoes -  (everything in moderation, right?).  I learned how to make these from my dad and look forward … Continue reading Fried Green Tomatoes



Ratatouille is French for stewed vegetables. It's my "bowl full of garden goodness" in the summer and my "clean out the produce bin of the fridge" in the winter.  Either way it's a staple in my house.  We've made it as a side dish, added it to pasta for a main meal, and topped pizza … Continue reading Ratatouille

Garden Fresh Salsa

Fresh Garden Salsa

One of my favorite, healthy snacks to make is homemade pita chips and salsa.  There's nothing better than fresh salsa (especially when I can add as much cilantro as I want).  In addition to being healthy and fat free, it's also inexpensive when your vegetables are home grown.  Here's another recipe that can be changed … Continue reading Garden Fresh Salsa