The Lighter Side: Devin Alexander’s Pumpkin Pie Bars

Pumpkin Pie Bars

Always on the lookout for “healthy” versions of old classics, I’ve already been contemplating the upcoming holiday season. (Okay, so I started thinking about it back in July, but you can’t really blame me, can you?) With my favorite flavors in the spotlight — pumpkin, cinnamon, maple, pecan and apples — there is plenty of… more »

The Lighter Side: Couscous Salad with Summer Veggies

Couscous Salad

To counterbalance all of the baking I’ve been doing lately, I prepared some “healthy” meals for lunch and dinner this week. On the menu: Couscous Salad with Summer Veggies, Beef  and Veggie Stir-Fry served with brown rice and Oven Roasted Tomatoes with Pancetta, Breadcrumbs and Garlic. Now, you know I’m one to improvise, but I didn’t have much… more »

Welcoming Summer: Strawberry Yogurt Cake

It’s not officially summer yet, but it has sure felt like it lately. For some odd reason, when the temperature rises, I start craving strawberries like nobody’s business. Make that strawberries, blueberries, mangoes and peaches. It’s really not a bad thing. I wish I could say the same for my pistachio gelato addiction…  I generally… more »

The Lighter Side: Artichoke Gratin

As I was thumbing through (okay, more like salivating over!) Food Network magazine’s January issue (“The Light Issue”), I came across a side dish recipe for Artichoke and Pea Gratin. I’ll admit, I’ve always loved Potatoes Au Gratin, but they aren’t exactly waistline friendly. So, I was thrilled to discover that I could get a similar flavor from artichoke… more »

The Lighter Side: Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

January typically signals a few things: A new beginning in a new year, cold weather (at least here in the Northeast), and, oh yes, resolutions. Like most everyone else, I’m trying to eat healthier and cook more. Now, that may sound odd because I obviously bake often, but I don’t always have time to prepare… more »