cooking and recipes

the BEST vegetarian chili.

Posted in American, cooking and recipes, Mexican, Our Favorites!, Tali, vegetarian on February 7th, 2010 by tali – 5,157 Comments


This is my absolute favorite recipe for chili.  It's so filling, so healthy, and I promise you won't miss the meat!


Portobello mushrooms, cashews (sounds strange, but they're great in this!) and amazing spices make this chili stand out.  The beans and cashews add protein, iron and zinc.  It's a complete meal all by itself, but it's great with cornbread (whole -wheat cornbread recipe below) or some brown rice.  It's perfect for a cold night -- especially a cold super bowl Sunday night!  Have fun! Portobello Mushroom Vegetarian Chili 1 yellow onion, diced 1 carrot, diced 1 red pepper, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 cerrano (or other mild… continue reading the BEST vegetarian chili. | 5157 Comments

getting “back in the game” with a healthier spinach-artichoke dip.

Posted in American, cooking and recipes, Our Favorites!, sides, snacks, Tali, tofu, vegetarian on February 2nd, 2010 by tali – 7,799 Comments


Well, I guess I took about a month-long blogging hiatus.  It wasn't intentional, but I guess I've been getting adjusted to living somewhere new, cooking in a different kitchen, and of course...working.  But now that a month has passed, and Superbowl Sunday is around the corner, I decided it was time to get "back in the game" before the big game! Honestly, I don't really watch football, but I've always loved Superbowl Sunday because of the commercials, the half-time show, and the Superbowl parties!  Great excuse to get together with friends and eat good food!  One of my favorites for Superbowl Sunday is spinach-artichoke dip.  Actually, it's one of my favorites, period.  But it's usually so unhealthy.  Did you know… continue reading getting "back in the game" with a healthier spinach-artichoke dip. | 7799 Comments

zippy shrimp tacos!

Posted in cooking and recipes, Mexican, Our Favorites!, sides, Tudy on December 31st, 2009 by tudy – 7,829 Comments

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I know I have been MIA for a while but life got kinda crazy for a while--between starting a new job right and dealing with all the craziness that comes with the holidays, I didn't have that much time to blog. But life, has hopefully settled down once again and I should be back to regularly blogging. To end 2009 with a bang, I decided my last blog entry of the year should end with some spice--zippy shrimp tacos! These shrimp tacos have just the right amount of heat to light up all the taste buds in your mouth. Shrimp Marinade 1 pound shrimp, peeled with tails removed and butterflied11/2 teaspoons chili powder1 teaspoon paprikaPinch of cayenne pepper… continue reading zippy shrimp tacos! | 7829 Comments

sweet potato and vanilla bean latkes.

Posted in cooking and recipes, Tali, vegetarian on December 14th, 2009 by tali – 8,976 Comments


I love cooking with sweet potatoes.  Not only are they delicious, but they contain fewer carbs than regular potatoes and are filled with vitamins A and C, iron, fiber and antioxidants.  Whenever I have a potato dish that I love, I always try a version using sweet potatoes as a fun alternative.  Obviously, making sweet potato latkes was a no-brainer.   These latkes are very similar to the regular potato latkes and zucchini latkes that I posted on, but there's something about the added vanilla bean that really makes these special.  The vanilla makes these potato pancakes rich and delicious, and enhances their sweet flavor.  They're great on their own, and I loved eating them with non-fat plain yogurt and… continue reading sweet potato and vanilla bean latkes. | 8976 Comments

a whole lotta latke!

Posted in cooking and recipes, Our Favorites!, sides, Tali, vegetarian on December 11th, 2009 by tali – 5,113 Comments


It's officially holiday season!  Tonight is the first night of Chanukah, a holiday where you're supposed to eat fried foods to commemorate the miracle of a small amount of oil burning for 8 nights.  Somehow, the traditional foods that evolved from this are potato latkes (i.e. potato pancakes) and jelly doughnuts.  That sounds pretty good, but Chanukah lasts 8 days, and although I'm a huge proponent of sticking to tradition, 8 days of fried potato and dough can really wreak havoc on your body.  So while I think eating the fried stuff sparingly is fine, if you'd like to lighten up some of your holiday dinners this week (and try some creative twists on traditional foods) then keep up… continue reading a whole lotta latke! | 5113 Comments

A hearty spaghetti and meat sauce dish without all the fat!

Posted in cooking and recipes, ground turkey, Italian, Tudy on December 9th, 2009 by tudy – 5,471 Comments

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One of my favorite meals growing up was my mom's version of spagetti and meatballs. However, my mom's version didn't involve meatballs, it was all about the fabulous meat sauce she made. The secret to the sauce was the cinnamon she added: ) Well I basically took her meat sauce and made a few changes that made it much lower in fat without losing any of the flavor. I simply ommitted the butter and substituted ground turkey for the ground beef. I also boosted the vitamin content by adding some fresh sliced mushrooms to the sauce. If you don't like mushrooms feel free to add your favorite vegetable, like peppers or corn!… continue reading A hearty spaghetti and meat sauce dish without all the fat! | 5471 Comments

shrimp bisque that will warm your belly

Posted in cooking and recipes on December 8th, 2009 by tudy – 296 Comments

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Today was the first rain of the year and I must say it was quite chilly for California weather. We are definitely getting some pretty cold weather in Los Angeles this year. So since the weather was so chilly, I decided to make a heart warming soup, my delightful shrimp bisque. It was the perfect dish to complement this cold weather! And what made it perfect is that while bisques usually leave you feeling heavy and not wanting to do anything, this was the perfect consistency of silkiness that just left you with a warm feeling on the inside. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Shrimp Bisque (4 servings): 1 pound medium… continue reading shrimp bisque that will warm your belly | 296 Comments

oven baked fried chicken, some delicious goodness

Posted in American, chicken, cooking and recipes, Our Favorites!, Tudy on November 29th, 2009 by tudy – 700 Comments

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I have another confession to make, one of my favorite things in the world is fried chicken. Of course we all know how terrible it is for you since its deep fried chicken but I have come up with a recipe that will never make you miss "the real" fried chicken again. This recipe was so good I had it for breakfast the next day.  I know what you are guys are thinking I'm a little gross, but it really was delicious. Well in order to recreate a healthy fried chicken I think there are two things you need to do. You need to leave the bone in the chicken and you need to make sure you… continue reading oven baked fried chicken, some delicious goodness | 700 Comments

A great Thanksgiving leftover: Italian wedding Soup

Posted in cooking and recipes, ground turkey, Italian, soups, Tudy on November 27th, 2009 by tudy – 868 Comments

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Thanksgiving has come and gone and I am sure we all ate our hearts out, but now comes the question of what to do with all that leftover turkey. One of my favorite soup recipes has always been Italian Wedding Soup. I like it so much because it is usually very hearty but doesn't leave you feeling weighed down. Normally the meatball is made of a beef and pork mixture, but I always make mine using ground turkey because it contains less fat and is healthier for you. So feel free to use your leftover Thanksgiving turkey or buy some ground turkey from the super market! blog 010

planning a thin thanksgiving: creamed corn casserole

Posted in a thin thanksgiving!, American, casseroles, cooking and recipes, Tudy, vegetarian on November 25th, 2009 by tudy – 460 Comments

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and as one of our last Thanksgiving recipes we have a delicious creamed corn casserole recipe for you. Usually creamed corn is made with a heavy cream so it turns out to be really unhealthy for you but with a few simple tricks this dish can really be made into something healthy and delicious.

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Creamed Corn Casserole: 1 ¾ cup soy milk 1 pound frozen corn kernels 1 teaspoon Splenda 2 1/2 teaspoons flour ¼ cup fat free yogurt 3/4 teaspoon minced garlic 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese… continue reading planning a thin thanksgiving: creamed corn casserole | 460 Comments