Zucchini Bites with Tapenade and Mozzarella

Zucchini Bites with Tapenade and Mozzarella

I devised this recipe as an alternative to the average, more caloric party appetizer. Compliment the juicy texture of zucchini by combining it with a light layer of salty, flavorful tapenade. It can be assembled ahead and popped in the oven while you are serving your guests drinks.

Tuna Melt

Tuna Melt

This was my favorite quick lunch in college and can easily be made in a dorm with a toaster oven, can opener, and a pair of scissors.

Israeli Chicken Cutlet with Arugula Salad

Israeli Chicken Cutlet with Arugula Salad

Za’tar is a dried herb mix that is popular in Middle Eastern cuisine. Za’tar is usually made by grinding hyssop leaves into a powder, then mixed with other ingredients such as toasted sesame seeds, sumac, and sometimes cumin.

Lemon Cabbage and Noodles

Lemon Cabbage and Noodles

Cabbage and noodles is an Eastern European staple. This one is high in protein with the addition of cottage cheese. Eat this dish in late fall or winter when cabbage is prevalent. The added fresh lemon will keep away the sniffles!

Herbed Fish with Creamy White Wine Sauce

Herbed Fish with Creamy White Wine Sauce

I wrote this recipe as a one of my ‘Cures for the Carboholic’ since it tastes rich but is actually low fat. Creamy dishes that are low in fat but high in protein are just the thing to keep you feeling full and stop you from reaching for the bread!

Poached Fruit

Poached Fruit

I sampled this recipe when I was staying at Mrs. Bhanjara’s Guest House located in Amritsar, India. It’s a healthy winter dessert and a great way to enjoy unripe fruit during the winter months. My recipe calls for cinnamon leaves, sometimes referred to as ‘Indian bay leaves’.

Mousse au Chocolat

Mousse au Chocolat

Most folks think a great chocolate mousse comes from whipped cream or by adding some dairy product, but the richest mousses I’ve tasted are made by using top notch, dark melted chocolate. This version was gifted to me from a French classmate from college.

Leek Quiche

leek-quiche

I tasted this elegant, rich quiche while traveling in France. I’ve lightened this version by substituting with some low-fat dairy products. It’s a healthier option for celebrations or holidays and if you need a change from the traditional Thanksgiving dishes, this is a great substitution.