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Using Molecular Gastronomy for Dysphagia Recipes

Strawberry and Yogurt Spheres - reverse spherification - molecular gastronomy

This post explores the possibility of using Molecular Gastronomy for Dysphagia Recipes to improve the lives of people with dementia, Parksinson's disease, ALS, cancer, and other medical conditions that make it difficult for them to eat. Over the past few years, I've developed an interest in molecular gastronomy and the implications it might have for helping people with dysphagia enjoy eating. I've cooked for people undergoing cancer treament, Parkinson's disease, and ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), … [Continue Reading...]

Easy Asian Salmon Cucumber Appetizers Recipe

Asian Salmon Cucumber Appetizers - these are so easy to make and perfect for entertaining - only 5 ingredients

These Asian Salmon Cucumber Appetizers are quick and easy to make, and are perfect for summer entertaining. I love little bites. In fact, I could make an entire meal out of appetizers. One of our family traditions whenever one of my boys comes home to visit from college is to make a special meal their first night at home. I made these Asian Salmon Cucumber Appetizers to tide everyone over until dinnertime. These are super quick and easy to put together while you're cooking … [Continue Reading...]

Loaded Mashed Cauliflower Casserole with Bacon and Caramelized Onions {Low Carb}

Loaded Mashed Cauliflower Casserole with Bacon and Caramelized Onions - so rich and creamy, no one will guess cauliflower is the star

This Loaded Mashed Cauliflower Casserole is a low carb version of a loaded baked potato - bacon, scallions, and caramelized onions take this over the top Somehow last week, I ended up with an overload of cauliflower in my fridge, so I've been making all sorts of cauliflower dishes, and disguising it as Mashed Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes and this Loaded Cauliflower Casserole that I told my son was mashed potatoes. I know there are folks who don't believe in hiding vegetables in their kids' … [Continue Reading...]

Grilled Salmon with Herb Yogurt Sauce Recipe

Grilled Salmon with Herb Yogurt Sauce - this deliciously light and healthy meal is perfect for celebrating Spring

Grilled Salmon with Herb Yogurt Sauce is a deliciously light and healthy dinner idea for warmer weather. I've been craving grilled fish now that the weather's getting warmer. We have several good fish markets in our area so it's easy to find good quality fresh fish. Although it's usually more expensive than the supermarket, I trust the freshness and quality of the fish a lot more. Recently, I bought a piece of salmon for dinner and noticed a container of Sauce Verte ("green sauce") for … [Continue Reading...]

Gluten Free Lemon Zucchini Bread Recipe

Gluten Free Lemon Zucchini Bread - this lemon scented quick bread makes a healthy snack or breakfast bread

This Gluten Free Lemon Zucchini Bread has a nice bright lemony scent. Now that Spring is in full swing and the weather is warming up, I'm drawn to lighter, brighter flavors, like this Lemon Zucchini Bread. In contrast to the darker, spiced pumpkin breads that I make in the fall and winter, this quick bread smells of Spring to me. The minute I cut into this loaf after it came out of the oven, it released a waft of fresh lemon scent. My son doesn't like zucchini, so when I served this to … [Continue Reading...]

Baked Zucchini Tomato Summer Squash Goat Cheese Gratin Recipe {#ProgressiveEats}

Zucchini Tomato Summer Squash Goat Cheese Gratin - this elegant summer gratin is perfect for potlucks and entertaining

This Baked Zucchini Tomato Summer Squash Goat Cheese Gratin is so elegant, it's perfect for potlucks and entertaining. I've always wanted to travel to Paris, but haven't made it there yet. It's definitely on my bucket list, but in the meanwhile, I will resort to cooking French inspired food in my kitchen. This beautiful Zucchini Tomato Summer Squash Goat Cheese Gratin has been on my list to make for a while, so when I found out this month's virtual Progressive Eats dinner theme was Flavors … [Continue Reading...]

Shaved Cauliflower Salad with Pickled Onion Pears Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Shaved Cauliflower Salad with Pickled Onion Pears Brussels Sprouts Watercress Medjool Dates and Cashews - crunchy, juicy and sweet, this healthy salad is drizzled with a honey balsamic flax seed oil dressing

Shaved Cauliflower Salad with Pickled Onion, Pears, Brussels Sprouts, Watercress, Medjool Dates and Cashews is crunchy, juicy, sweet and tangy - it's a party in your mouth. Recently, my husband and I sampled a shaved cauliflower salad at a local restaurant. I've eaten my share of roasted cauliflower, and made salads with cauliflower florets, but I've never tried shaving it before. It was an interesting combination of cauliflower, Medjool dates and cashews in a white balsamic dressing. I … [Continue Reading...]

Indonesian Shrimp Fried Brown Rice Recipe

Indonesian Shrimp Fried Brown Rice - this healthy dish is so flavorful - you have to try this!

This Indonesian Shrimp Fried Brown Rice is so flavorful, not your typical fried rice recipe. Years ago, my husband and I were fortunate enough to visit Bali. It was an amazing experience, and to this day, I have wonderful memories of the beautiful landscape, the friendly smiles, all the friends we got to know better, and the feasts we were treated to. One of my favorite memories from that trip was the fried rice we were served each morning called Nasi Goreng. I think I could eat that … [Continue Reading...]

Gluten Free Mexican Taco Nacho Mac and Cheese Recipe

Gluten Free Taco Nacho Macaroni and Cheese - a quick, easy, healthy and delicious kids dinner recipe + 3 tips on how to get your kids active in the kitchen

This Gluten Free Mexican Taco Nacho Mac and Cheese is a quick and easy dinner idea that comes together in less than 30 minutes. My youngest son is a little foodie just like his older brothers, although I'd say he takes it to the next level. He has his own signature spice/herb blend that he sprinkles on top of just about everything he eats (we even bottled it up to make it look official). He is also the king of condiments (chimichurri and guasacaca avocado "green sauce" are two of his … [Continue Reading...]

Roasted Broccoli Red Bell Pepper Pancetta Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Roasted Broccoli Red Bell Pepper Pancetta Breakfast Casserole - great for a crowd at brunch!

This Roasted Broccoli Red Bell Pepper Pancetta Breakfast Casserole is perfect for a crowd at brunch. This past weekend, our church had a farewell party for our Associate Pastor where everyone brought something. I've always loved the idea of potluck meals where everyone makes something different and you end up with a smorgasbord. That's something I truly appreciate about our church - the feeling of community. It almost sounds a bit old fashioned in this day and age of high tech where … [Continue Reading...]

Indian Spiced Quinoa Pilaf with Peas Recipe

Indian Spiced Quinoa Pilaf with Peas - this is an easy, healthy side dish that takes less than 30 minutes

This Indian Spiced Quinoa Pilaf with Peas recipe takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. Fragrant with whole spices, including cardamon, cinnamon, cloves and cumin seeds, this side dish is deliciously healthy. A number of years ago, I took a few Indian cooking classes from a local woman. She was a fabulous home cook who wanted to take the mystery out of Indian cooking to people in our community. Before I took her classes, I was totally intimidated at the thought of cooking Indian food. … [Continue Reading...]