November 17, 2010

Voluptuous Veggie Lasagna

Filed under: Uncategorized — saturner @ 2:52 pm

O ver the past 2 weeks I have been searching feverishly at as many food blogs as I can to obviously get new ideas and recipes. I was told that having a “niche” category to revolve a blog around is beneficial however I think it also makes it difficult to talk about the same thing everyday. And again I am still working on adding the pictures. I am one of those crazy people that go to the gym at 5am everyday but honestly it feels good to have it over with and it truly gets my day going!! I got a recipe from one of my friends from the gym and adapted it somewhat and it is quite delicious!!!

Voluptuous Veggie Lasagna


1 Medium to Large Zuccini

1 Medium to Large Eggplant (I like to peel mine as well)

1 Large Yellow Squash

1 Large Purple Onion

2 cups of homemade or store bought marinara sauce

1 large bag of frozen green peas thawed

1/4 cup olive oil + about 2 tablespoons 

1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup pecorino romano

salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 375

Slice the zucchini, eggplant, squash and onion into 1/2-3/4 inch slices.

Place on a baking sheet and brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle salt & pepper

Roast in the oven for about 10 minutes..just until slightly softened. You dont want them to soft because these are the “noodles” of the lasagna and you dont want them to fall apart

Remove from oven and let cool. In a food processor place the thawed green peas, 1/4 cup of the pecorino, 3 tablespoons of olive oil and puree to a pesto consistency. You may need to add a little more olive oil or even a little water to loosen. Add salt and pepper and set aside.

In your lasagna pan start with a layer of eggplant and top with a thin coating of the pea puree. Continue to layer all vegetables and top each layer with the thin coating of pea puree. Once you get to the end (or top of your pan) put the last layer of pea puree, top with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and the rest of the pecorino romano

Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until cheese is brown and veggies are bubbling!!

This is quite delicious and you will not miss the noodles and tons of ricotta!! (Well..maybe you will miss it but this is a fabulous and filling dish)!!


Love, health and big food!!!!


November 15, 2010

Its ok to be BAD

Filed under: Uncategorized — saturner @ 2:14 pm

I apologize for not posting the past few days! Been very busy with the “actual” job that makes me money as well as the kids!! Very busy weekend..not a whole lot of healthy food but that happens sometimes and that is ok…no matter what people try to tell you. However when I do have a weekend filled with too much wine, too much cheese and other delicious fats I try to be “extra good” on Monday so I try and cram as much nutrients and fiber into each meal. HOWEVER …on the weekends I do eat too much I seem to be the most hungry that whole Monday probably from the lack of nutrients and fiber. So today for lunch I have made a HUGE salad and I am guaranteed to be full until dinner. I call it the Succulent Savory Salad. Here is how it goes!!

Succulent Savory Salad

2 cups spring mix

1/2 cup fresh baby spinach

10 green olives

1 large roasted pepper diced

3 artichoke hearts diced

2 tablespoons red onion

1/2 cup cooked kidney beans(rinse and drain from can)

1/2 cup shelled cooked edamame beans

1/4 chopped broccoli

2 tsp slivered almonds

1 tsp grated parmesean cheese

juice of 1/2 lemon

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Put all together in a large bowl minus the lemon and olive oil

stir together the lemon and olive oil and drizzle over the salad.  Combine gently!

This is actually more than enough for 2 people however when I am STARVING I usually eat the whole thing myself!!


Love, health and great food

November 11, 2010

Lots to Learn!!!!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — saturner @ 2:20 pm

Wow!! I have no problem writing a recipe and obviously cooking the food but learning to blog is a whole different ballgame!!!!!!! I spent a good part of last night learning what to do on Flickr and hopefully by next week I will be able to have this blog look more custom and with some pictures!!! I’m sure you all must be getting very bored but hopefully a few recipes caught your eye and willing to give them a try. If any new bloggers are reading this and have any short-cuts or ideas please feel free to let me know!! I will take any help I can get. I have been going to some other peoples beautiful blogs and websites and I am really looking forward to getting beyond words!!!!!!!! However, until then I will have to just feed you daily! Lets order a Mediterranean Stuffed Zucchini Boats today!!!

Mediterranean Stuffed Zucchini  Boats


2 Large Zucchini

1 cup Great Northern Beans rinsed and draine

2 tbls reduced fat feta cheese

1 tsp fresh garlic

juice of 1/2 lemon

1/4 tsp dry thyme

1 tsp olive oil

salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 375

Slice both zucchinis vertically and carve out the entire “meat” of the zucchini.

In a food processor combine beans, zucchini meat, thyme, garlic, lemon and olive and blend until combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Lightly salt the hollow zucchini boats and stuff with the filling

Top each zucchini boat with the feta cheese

Bake for approximately 20-30 minutes until browned and heated through

Enjoy!!!!  Speak with you tomorrow!!

Love, health and great Food!!

November 10, 2010

Getting Creative

Filed under: Uncategorized — saturner @ 2:59 pm

For the past few years I have been trying to limit the amount of red meat that I eat myself as well as my family and for the most part I have done a pretty good job with substitutions however once in awhile I treat them and for the past week they have been craving my inside out bacon cheeseburgers. YUMMY! ABSOLUTELY!!! However..for myself I obviously wanted to create something slightly healthier and yet just as FILLING! So here is my creation which by the way actually was quite delicious.

Chicken Patty Cordon Bleu Melt


1 lb ground chicken breast

4 slices canadian bacon

4 slices low fat cheddar

1 small bunch chopped chives

1 tbl olive oil

1 tbl dijon mustard

salt and pepper to taste

4  low carb or whole wheat wraps

Combine the ground chicken, chives, olive oil, salt and pepper into 4 large patties.  Spray a non-stick grill pan and grill on both sides until brown.

Take off grill pan and place canadian bacon and cheese on top of each burger.

Carefully wrap each burger with low carb or whole wheat wrap and place back on grill pan for approximately 1 minute on each side to heat wrap and melt cheese!!

You will absolutely love and devour everybite of this recipe!!! Enjoy!!!

Love, heath and great food!!!


November 9, 2010

Loving the Soup!

Filed under: Uncategorized — saturner @ 4:31 pm

Hello Food lovers

Well I’m into my fourth post and as many people have told me that are in the “blogging world” it does get a little difficult thinking of topics to discuss each day and especially interesting ones. I feel like I am starting to get the hang of it but I’m told that going onto other blogs and websites can only add to more ideas. On one hand the focus of my blog is a very niche topic but on the other hand I can talk about food all day every day and I know many people feel the same way…as I ponder on this for future blogs I want to go to one of my favorite foods which is soup. My kids are yelling at me because now that the cold weather is starting I have been making soup at least once a week which for my husband and myself is fabulous but the kids would like a little more “chewable” items on their plate. This is one of the challenges I gave to myself. And again this is where my beans and grains come into great play for the soup season. I rich, hearty, thick delectable soup is great for many food palates and very filling as well. I would like to share my Spicy Black Bean and Bulgar Soup with you for today!! Please try it and let me know what you think!!!

Spicy Black Bean & Bulgar Soup

3 cans black beans rinsed and drained

1 Small red onion chopped finely

1 Red Pepper chopped

1/2 cup bulgar wheat

1 small jalapeno pepper

2 beef boullion cubes

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tbl hot sauce (Franks or Siraccha is great)

6 cups water

1/4 cup olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup plain greek yogurt

1 diced avocado


In a stockpot heat olive oil and add onion an peppers. Stir until softened and then add 1 can of the beans. Heat through and add 1 cup of the water. Once this comes to a boil use the emersion blender or simply a potato masher and mix. This will be a thickening agent for the rest of the soup. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the yogurt and avocado and simmer for about 1 hour. Soup should have a nice thick consistency and texture with the beans and cooked bulgar. If the soup is too thick add a little more water at a time until it reaches the consistency you are looking for. Place into a bowl with a dollop of greek yogurt and some avocado!  Enjoy!

Talk to you tomorrow

Love, health and great food!


November 7, 2010

Remember the “Deal A Meal”!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — saturner @ 3:54 pm

Hello Food Lovers!

Last night I was thinking about what made me start this food revelation of mine. Besides sheer hunger of course! As many people do I tried many different diets over the years. Low carb, no carb, etc and then about 15 years ago I discovered none other than the hilarious Richard Simmons and his “Deal A Meal” plan. The way this diet worked was by using actual food cards in a wallet. There were protein cards, vegetable cards, fat cards, carbohydrate cards and even free cards (mostly condiments and lettuce and celery!). On each card there was a list of those items and what each card was worth. an example of one protein card would be 1 oz of chicken. So if you wanted a meal of a 3 oz piece of chicken you would use 3 protein cards. Unfortunately that would be all but one card I would get for the day!! Each day you received an exact amount of each particular card and you had to use them all by the end of the day. I began doing this and it actually worked. But how did my theory of lots of food and little calories help me here?? I ended up eating tons  of beans and grains! Usually by the end of the day I had enough cards to have a HUGE plate of something like rice and beans. In fact, usually too much for me to finish. So the best part was that a little cheese and cracker before bed was my little treat to myself. The main point here was that I was actually full and still losing weight. Thank you Richard Simmons and by the way, I think you should bring back the “Deal A Meal”!! Beautiful concept!!! Here is my recipe of the  day:

Crunchy Vegetable and Bean Bowl

1 Can white beans rinsed and drained

1 Can black beans rinsed and drained

2 -3 Pepperoncini peppers diced

1/2 red pepper diced

1 celery stalk dices

1 small red onion diced

2 tablespoons Kalamata olives chopped

1/2 cup cooked barley

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

juice of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste


Very easy! Combine all ingredients and stir. To achieve best taste let sit about 20-30 minutes before eating.


Till next time…love, health and lots of food!


November 5, 2010

I’m “Stuffed” Veggie Panini

Filed under: Uncategorized — saturner @ 3:10 pm

I always seem to be the most hungry right before dinner and obviously want to try and not stuff my face while I’m cooking dinner. So I come home from work,  run in the house while of course half undressing as I’m walking to my bedroom to get out of the 4 inch heels and  tights that I’ve been wearing for about 10 hours now and try and think of what I can snack on while I’m making the actual dinner which will not be ready for at least an hour. And unfortunately the kids are just as ravenous and can’t imagine why magically dinner is not ready the minute I walk in the door! So I come upstairs to the kitchen and throw together this fabulous and FILLING treat to eat before dinner and believe it or not has less than 150 calories..therefor leaving room for dinner as well and by the will probably want a LOT less for dinner because this will fill you up!!!!

I’m “Stuffed” Veggie Panini


1 mini size whole wheat pita

1 tbl hummus (I like either Sabra)

2 slices zucchini

1 tbl roasted red pepper

1 slice eggplant

1 tsp reduced fat feta cheese

1/2 tsp lemon juice

salt & pepper to taste

1/2 tsp olive oil


brush the sliced zucchini and eggplant with the olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in a grill pan or small frying pan and cook for no more than 2 minutes per side. You just want the vegetables slightly softened. Remove from pan and set aside.

open the pita and spread the hummus evenly on both sides. rizzle with the lemon juice on both sides as well. Place the cooked vegetables, roasted red pepper and feta and put together as a sandwich.

Wrap the sandwich with aluminum foil and place back into the same pan you cooked the veggies in. (Why dirty another pan especially while you may be getting dinner ready!!!) Cover with another pan to flatten slightly and heat for 5 minutes.

This is delicious, satisfying and definetly takes the edge off without adding lots of fat and calories!!

Try it!!

Love, health and big food!!! Talk to you later!


November 4, 2010

Hello food lovers

Filed under: Uncategorized — saturner @ 1:15 pm

I am 45 years old and have been watching what I eat for 30 years. How about you???? In my world a 4 oz piece of dry chicken breast and a salad with no dressing does not cut it. For years I have been trying to figure out a way to eat the most amount of food but still lose weight as I am sure that 99% of the population would agree with me.  So I started doing my homework. Making lists of low calorie nutritious foods that have substance and to my surprise came up with quite a few. So then I started separating the  list into proteins, grains, vegetables etc and I began creating plates of food that actually covered the entire plate! Imagine that!! I began creating so many recipes that I decided to begin writing a cookbook to keep track of all these recipes and perfect them. Some of the recipes are healthier re-creations of existing foods that we all love like burgers and dips and some of them are just plain new ideas that hopefully will satisfy your belly in every way!!!! I hope you are all as excited as I am to share these recipes with you. No more dry chicken and lettuce!!!!! First recipe tomorrow!!! Stay tuned!! Full belly here we come!!! Love, health and big food!!


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