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Eggplant Lasagna

The best simple healthy eggplant lasagna recipe - This easy, vegetarian, low carb, gluten free veggie lasagna is meatless (but meat can be added if you want) and is perfect for a Whole30, paleo, or keto diet. It's made with ricotta and baked to bring all the flavors together. The recipe calls for eggplant, but you could substitute zucchini instead.

One of my requirements for food is that it be high in protein and very low in carbs. This is life as a bariatric patient, but it’s also a very healthy way for anyone to eat. Lasagna has always been one of my favorite foods, so I was thrilled to find this veggie version. It’s great for me given it is all veggies and cheese. There are no noodles, no carbs, and no gluten, but lots of protein thanks to ricotta and mozzarella cheeses.  You could also add some 93% ground beef and mix it in with the crushed tomatoes … Read more

A Tour of My Garden

Before the vandalism of my gardens, I had been taking pictures of my garden at least two or three times a week. I haven’t been keeping up as much since it happened; I’ve been dealing with phone calls related to the lawsuit, phone calls related to our broken oven, doctor visits related to Allie’s bronchitis, and a plethora of other stuff. Plus, it’s been 90 degrees or hotter for the last 14 days in a row. The heat’s kept me out of the gardens, too. About half of my flowers and all of the raised garden beds are in the … Read more

Joe’s Special Stir Fry Sauce

broccoli

Joe has always liked a good vegetable stir fry. He used to make them for me when I was a vegetarian, and we’ve both always enjoyed them. These days, he usually adds a can of chicken or a couple of chicken breasts, cut into cubes. I have never quite gotten the hang of stir fry preparation. It’s nice that I have Joe around since I like to eat stir fry, though. Anyway. Our stir fry vegetables are a seasonal blend of whatever is available: what we’ve grown (see all that broccoli over there?), at the farmer’s market, from the CSA, … Read more

Homemade Veggie Dip

homemade veggie dip

My Pap turned 90 earlier this month. Yesterday, most of the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren went out for dinner in his honor. We went to a restaurant that serves all of the side dishes and appetizers family-style; one of those appetizers was a vegetable tray with homemade ranch dip. It was terrific, the kind of mouth-watering terrific that makes you want to forgo your manners and lick out the whole cup. Not that I would do that, of course. I wouldn’t. Anyway, this particular dip made me think of a dip that I like to make. It’s not healthy, … Read more

Cheesy Cauliflower Soup

cheesy cauliflower soup

Grace is picky. I don’t actually call her picky (in my head or out loud). I would like to believe this is just a phase, and she’s going to grow out of it soon. At least, that’s what I tell myself. We aren’t desperate, but we do play tricks to coax her out of this picky eating business. One such trick is to allow her to plan our meals. Skeptical? It works. We don’t do it every day (not even every week), but when I let Grace choose what we’ll have for dinner, she picks healthy foods and eats them. … Read more

Garlic Chicken Stir Fry

garlic stir fry

The biggest thing I learned from my last weight loss attempt was that small changes are more likely to become permanent changes than huge life-altering ones: Parking further from the door when we’re out. Drinking water most of the time. Walking to Grandma’s house instead of driving. Small changes. I’ve recently been trying to increase our vegetable intake. Instead of tossing all of our pasta and potatoes in favor of meat and eggs – cause that would last all of three days – we have adjusted our existing recipes (like we did with balsamic chicken with mushrooms and cabbage). Joe … Read more