1 hothouse cucumber, cubed
2 medium tomatoes, cubed
1 yellow or orange pepper, diced (optional)
1/2 red or yellow onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 ear corn, cooked or raw, cut kernels off
bunch cilantro, chopped (you can omit this or substitute with parsley)
1 avocado, cubed
1/2 lemon or lime, juiced
1-2 small 8oz cans spicy V8 (optional)
Salt & Pepper

Mix all ingredients, put half in blender with enough water or tomato juice to just cover the veggies. Blend. Remix with other half for chunky gaspacho or blend all for a smoother textured soup.

Chill and serve cold or at room temperature with sliced avocado or cilantro sprig on top.

Focus Food: Cucumber

Cucumbers are a low calorie food with a nice crunch.  They have about 5% of your daily vitamin C requirement.

Try adding sliced cucumber to a glass of ice water to feel like you’re having a spa moment at home.


Shopping Bag

Book nook

One of my favorite cook books is Seriously Simple – Easy Recipes for Creative Cooks by Diane Worthington.  Yummy, easy recipes – great with a glass of wine after the kids are down.


Yummy Guacamole


Avocado, tomato, lemon, garlic powder.


Southwest Salad

1/2 avocado
1/4 c corn – 1 ear if fresh, or canned
1/4 c black beans
1 T red onion, minced
6 cherry or grape tomatoes, chopped
handful cilantro (if you like it)
1/2 lemon or lime, juiced

Mix all ingredients. Season with sea salt and pepper. Put in fridge for a half hour or longer to let flavors combine. Serve over baby greens.

Focus Food: Avocado

More than half of an avocado’s calories come from the “good” kind of fat (monounsaturated).  They have 60% more potassium than bananas and are rich in B vitamins.

I also like to use avocado as a substitute for cheese on sandwiches.



(2-3 servings)
1-2 Garlic cloves
a few mushrooms
handful spinach roughly chopped
2 eggs
S&P to taste

Heat EVOO in pan. Sautee garlic and mushrooms for a minute or two, add spinach. Cook till wilted. Add eggs and cheese. Scramble until done. Serve (with hot sauce if you like it spicy)

Focus Food: Eggs

Good source of protein, essential amino acids and vitamine D. Get them hormone free, organic and preferably locally.  Enjoy hard or soft boiled.


Family Snack: Ants on a Snowboard!


Celery, cream cheese, cranberries


A Touch of India

This is a super easy dinner – A riff off of one of Arti Party’s dishes. It’s yummy but not overwhelmingly spicy. You can also make it with whatever you have in the kitchen.

Veggies (whatever you have on hand – I used shallot, celery, carrot, gourmet wild mushrooms and zucchini)
Whole Grain (could be previously cooked – e.g. wild rice, quinoa, steel cut oats, etc.)
Garlic, EVOO
Feta cheese (Greek)
1/2 t cumin
1 T coriander
handful fresh cilantro, parsley or mint

Mince Garlic. Fry in EVOO for 20-30 seconds. Add veggies. Cook down till soft. Sprinkle with spices – cook till done ~ 5-10 min medium heat.
Meanwhile broil grain with crumbled feta on top. Once hot transfer to plate.
Spoon veggies on top. Sprinkle with herbs. Serve. Enjoy.


Waldorf Meets Tre Colore

I had some left over arugula and some cut up grapes from school so I made this combo. Pretty yummy…

Arugula (torn)
Endive (chopped)
Radicchio (chopped) (can substitute romaine or bib for all lettuce if needed)
Grapes (halved)
Celery (sliced)
Apple (or Pear cubed)
Optional: raisins, cranberries, avocado

Dressing (for two):
~3T mayonnaise (I like the Canola kind)
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1-2t honey
S&P to taste

Toss the ingredients. Wisk the dressing & add to salad immediately prior to serving.