Skinny Sexy Grilling : Summertime and the living is easy!


This weekend was lovely so I spent all of my time outside in the gardens. Summertime means grilling to me and I love the fresh flavors of vegetables and fruits cooked this way. Here are a couple of healthy skinny  sexy grilling ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

The first photograph is of a piece of tuna and some veggie skewers that that I marinated in teriyaki , sesame, garlic , blueberry and habanero jam , tequila and lime! Place the skewers and the tuna on the grill and cook until its cooked just the way that you like it,  basting continuously with the marinade.

Then there's the sweet corn, because  as far as my whole entire family is concerned what's summer without corn on the cob! I love Mexican grilled sweet corn but it's really heavy on the calories. This is my vegan version and it's very easy and delicious! Just take an ear of sweet corn and lay it on a piece of foil. Rub with a teaspoon of vegannaise and dust with chili powder and a tablespoon of shredded vegan cheese. Wrap it in the foil and grill for 15 minutes, turning several times. Delicious!

Serve this meal with a fresh fruity Sangria and don't forget the wasabi mustard sauce for the tuna! Just take your favorite honey mustard and add a bit of seasoned rice vinegar and as much wasabi powder as you want to taste!

Jun 23, 2013

In this meal grilled pineapple is front and center along with an entire mess of grilled onions and mushrooms to create a  vegan version of a Hawaiian flavored cheeseburger! Grill the slices of pineapple slowly, so that they caramelize, basting with a mixture of Teriyaki and a bit of mango juice  and chinese 5 spice powder. Use the same marinade on the mushrooms and onions and baste the veggie burgers (whichever one you like!)with it as well. Assemble the burger on lettuce leaves if you don't want a bun, top with a slice or two of vegan american cheese, a pineapple slice and lots of the mushrooms and onions! This is messy and delicious and absolutely wonderful when served with a wonderful summertime ale like a Leininkugels Summer new favorite porch rocker beverage!


Jun 23, 2013

                         Then after dinner ...why not kick back , toss off your shoes , dance a bit and create a little magic of your own!!


Skinny Sexy Salads: Watermelon , Cucumber and Feta Salad

I think that out of all if the salads that I make that this may be my favorite. It's so refreshing~ absolutely perfect for a warm day! It's also easy too and toucan throw it together in my mind it doesn't get much better than that!

This is very simple to make . In a bowl add arugula, watermelon cubes , red onions, sliced cucumbers, Marcona almonds, a couple of cups of torn basil, black pepper feta cheese ( if you can't find it just toss some feta with a tablespoon of cracked black pepper!) and some fresh blueberries.

Toss this with a bit of olive oil, seasoned rice wine vinegar, some agave nectar and about a tablespoon of Chinese 5 spice powder.

Top each serving with half of a diced avocado and enjoy!

Skinny Sexy Salads: Watermelon , Cucumber and Feta Salad

Skinny Sexy Entertaining : Vegan First Thursdays at Whole Foods!

So I've been asked to be the guest chef and speaker at Vegan First Thursdays at the Whole Foods on Chagrin Blvd on Thursday , June the 6th and I couldn't be more thrilled!

  I can't wait to talk about vegan grilling and teaching you to throw a fabulous summer soiree that is so delicious that any meat eaters in  your crowd will be blown away and begging for more! I hope that you'll join me as we start the summers feasting! Space is limited so please make your reservations early!



Skinny Sexy Brunch~ Chilaquiles

Skinny Sexy Brunch~ Chilaquiles
Skinny Sexy Brunch!

Not a day goes by when I don't have a craving for Mexican food. Sadly for me, Mexican Food is generally the most calorie and fat loaded, but it doesn't have to be! I found alot of easy ways to get the same flavors while keeping it skinny. Fresh salsas, Feta with spicy black pepper and fresh greens  help to make these Chilaquiles delicious but not bad on the diet!

Sunny Paris Photo from NomNomPaleo

This is a very easy dish to prepare and surprisingly filling! Unsalted blue corn chips are the base. Then just take one egg and break it into a nonstick pan that you've melted just a little bit of butter in. (For extra points use a butter and olive oil mixture!) Season it with your favorite mixed herbs (I love Penzeys "Sunny Paris" for this!) and add a handful of torn fresh Kale or chard and some black beans if you want them. Cover it for a minute until the  greens start to wilt and with a fork toss the whole thing together. Add about two tablespoon of the  feta and stir into themixture until it's melted. Take the egg mixture and slide it onto the cornchips and cover with your favorite salsa. That's it! South of the border goodness with only a fraction of the richness and all of the flavor!


Skinny Sexy Breakfast ~ Breakfast Quinoa

Skinny Sexy Food ~ Breakfast Quinoa

 I made this for my husband, the self professed cereal addict who loves to start breakfast with something easy. About 2 months ago we discovered through a process of food elimination that what he really needed was a protein rich breakfast, because the carbs from the cereal that he was eating had him crashing and burning at about 11:00 am. 

I came across this recipe in a cookbook by Andrew Weil and decided to try to make it my own. It was so easy -the hardest part was cooking the quinoa.  Just prepare a cup of red quinoa according to the instructions on the bag and let it cool. I added a bag of organic frozen mixed berries (Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries) , half a bag of trail mix (almonds, pecans, pumpkin seed, sunflower seeds, raisins and spricots). a cup of torn basil, a cup of torn flat leaf parsley, honey to taste, 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Stir gently and refrigerate overnight. Serve with a dollop of Greek Yogurt and a drizzle of honey. 

This recipe can really be modified any way that you want and with any fruit that you'd like. Enjoy!

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Skinny Sexy Soup: Petite Pea Soup with Asparagus and Olive Oil Poached Lobster Tail



Who says that you can't be decadent and healthy! The other day I had a craving for lobster and it was on sale at Whole Foods! I knew that I didn't want a lot...only a little so I bought two of the tails (7.00 a piece!)and had them deshelled. Then what to do with them?  I knew that I was making a pea and asparagus soup that evening so I decided that a lobster garnish might be in order. Many chefs I know poach lobster in butter and yes, this is delicious but I decided to use olive oil instead. I was glad that I did because poaching lobster in extra virgin olive oil brings out the sweetness of the meat yet does not leave the meat greasy. I'm not sure why that is so, but I WAS completely satisfied with the results! You'll need an immersion blender for this recipe ( the blender on a stick!) or you can puree it in batches in a vitamix or blender, but I recommend getting an immersion blender if you don't have one. From soups to smoothies it's one of my favorite "go to "appliances!

To poach the lobster is very simple. Just fill a saucepan with about an inch of good olive oil and set it to simmer. Then put the lobster in and gently poach it until it's cooked. Remove it from the oil and put it into a bowl aand dust it with a bit of sea salt, pepper and fresh dill. Toss, slice into little pieces and set aside.

For the soup you will need to set approximately 6 cups of chicken broth to simmer. Add two bags of frozen Petite peas (or petit pois as my mother used to say!) and a bunch of asparagus that you've diced, using everything but the woody bottoms. Add 4 shallots that you've minced and two yellow thin skinned potatoes. Let the whole thing simmer until everything is fork tender, add a bit of dried or fresh mint and then grab your immersion blender and blend until the soup is smooth and creamy. Add a tablespoon or two of your favorite infused olive oil ( for this I use lemon, basil or white truffle or if I don't have any of these I simply use plain!) 


Add salt and pepper to taste and about two tablespoons of dried or fresh dill. Ladle into a soup bowl and top with the lobster. That's it. No butter.  The potato and the olive oil give it the richness and the lobster is such a treat although if you don't want shellfish, you can garnish with crumbled pistachios or feta cheese! This is a really good base for any good healthy soup, sometimes I add wild ramps, sometimes leeks and/or green onions, sometimes spinach. I love green soups in the midwinter when my body tells me that it's time to begin to lighten things up. Because this soup is made without butter or cream it's easy to digest. The greens are tonifying and you can add as many fresh herbs as you want to , enhancing the cleansing effect. I recommend fresh dill, as it's a gentle and purely natural diuretic that is perfect for cleansing the kidneys and the bladder during this time of year.

Serve with a fresh green salad and a baguette if you're so inclined and you've got a meal!


Skinny Sexy Brunch: Waffles and Lightly Cooked Fruit


My husband loves breakfast , but unless I prepare it for him he'll simply reach for the cold cereal. "Yuck " I say.. "Why eat that when its just as easy to prepare something delightful?"
Jim adores waffles but both of us are avoiding gluten . Fortunately there's an answer ! Vans makes wonderful gluten free toaster waffles that are delicious and so simple.. Just pop them into the toaster and they come out crispy and delicious! If you're watching calories though be aware that the gluten free products commercially available ARE wonderful, but they often times contain a zillion calories. Just use them carefully and you'll be fine. They are a delightful substitute when nothing but a crunchy waffle will do.

This was yesterday's version of breakfast.

Skinny Sexy Breakfast: Waffles and lightly cooked fruit


  1/2 small fresh apple(s)   
  2 item(s) frozen waffle(s), toasted   
  1 large banana(s)   
  1 tsp salted butter   
  1 Tbsp light cream   
  1 Tbsp maple syrup   
  1/4 tsp ground cinnamon   


Toast waffles! Slice the banana and apple and saute' until lightly browned with one teaspoon of butter. Place waffle on a plate and divide the warm fruit on top. Drizzle with the cream and syrup, dust with cinnamon and serve.You could just as easily use fresh pears and a handful of chopped walnuts, or some apple, onion, a wee bit of cheddar and a bit of Canadian Bacon. 

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Skinny Sexy Slow Food: Maple , Caramel and Pumpkin Pie


Skinny Sexy Slow Food: Maple , Caramel Pumpkin Pie

This is a homemade Maple, Caramel, Pumpkin pie with a spelt crust. It was delicious, a bit like pumpkin candy or as my friend Bethane said, a pumpkin praline. It was an accident, I was going to Dr. up some pie filling but when I got to Whole Foods all that was left was organic pumpkin. So I quickly went through the recipe  file in my brain and remembered that I needed eggs and a can of sweetened condensed milk. The resulting pie was amazing....subtly sweet, deliciously spicy and a bit chewy in a most excellent way. 

The recipe is simple.Preheat the oven to 425 . You'll need one pint size box or can of unseasoned pumpkin, One can of sweetened condensed milk, 2 organic eggs, 1/3 of a cup of dark maple syrup , at least two tablespoons of mixed pie spice (heavy on the cinnamon!) , several teaspoons of bourbon and 1/3 of a cup of high quality caramel. Mix it all together in a kitchen aid or other mixer until it is a batter and then add 4 dashes of organic liquid smoke ...Yes you heard me right!

Pour it all into a 9 inch pie crust....I used a premade spelt crust that I got at Whole Foods and it was yummy! Then bake it for 10 minutes at 425, reduce the heat to 350 and continue to bake for 50 more minutes or until done. Take a broom straw and insert it into the center to test for doneness. If the straw comes out clean you're ready to go. Next time I'm going to melt some butter , sugar and pecans together and make a caramel for the bottom of the pie which I think will be amazing.  We served it warm with vanilla ice cream and a some Rusty Nails...that decadent combination of single malt scotch and drambuie. A good ale would have worked as well! One sliver of this one goes along way, but it's the perfect Autumn dessert and well worth the splurge.


Body Image, Sex and Sensuality

                                               Collage of me

All of these women are me, at very different ages. The young girl at the lower right was 18 and at the top left a young married 28. There's the precocious and happy little kindergartner in the middle who didn't know that her world was about to get rocked by an abusive grandparent and a series of hostile teachers who still thought that left handed kids were the devils spawn. They didn't know then that trying to switch a kids dominant hand could  exacerbate the ADD which I  struggled with for years until I learned to work with it instead of against it. The most recent "Me" is the one with the purple scarf, taken the morning of my 53rd birthday.

I recognize the young (18) girl by her eyes of course and her determination to have her voice heard in the world. Her message was "You can't make me and I'll do it myself."  I was determined to control my destiny which I did in a dysfunctional haze of my chosen primary foods of drugs, alcohol and sex. It was the late 70's; the era of wanton free love and all of the abuses that came with it were part of my playground. Finally after much family support and therapy, I was able to create for myself a healthy relationship with the fabulous man who  has been my husband for thirty years. At that time I began what has become a life long and passionate devotion to womens studies and traditions , sex and sensuality. I figured (quite practically I think!) that all of that experience should turn into something. As I dove further into my studies with Integrative Nutrition my true purpose for doing the program suddenly clicked. I knew in an instant that I wanted to help guide other women through that maze.

One day during one of the lectures about sexism and eating disorders, I was listening to a young absolutely gorgeous plus size model speak to the experience of being a large woman (size 12!) and her struggles to become a size 2 within what was obviously a sensual, voluptuous body. I thought back over the years to my own struggles with food and body image, although never anorexic or bullemic I spent years trying to crash diet this very curvy body of mine into a size 8 when I'm really a natural 12 to 14. Once I tossed a bottle of Clairesse Golden Blonde hair dye onto my head in an attempt to keep my boyfriend at the time because he wanted me to be a blonde. I've used my sexuality to manipulate men and in turn fell into destructive patterns of self-loathing and addiction. I've been raped by my own bravado as well as a man that I should never have trusted. What I know is that I put myself in those positions. I'm not justifying what happened to me by some sort of strange "I'm karmically responsible" conversation. No always mean No. However what I will say is that I was way too stubborn and stupidly bold to know what I was doing to my soul  and at the time I put myself in a seemingly endless round of compromising positions. Instead of nurturing my passions I exploited them in an almost bullemic attempt to control them. Binge and purge, Binge and purge over and over again, each new man or drug false proof that I was in charge of my life that was spiraling out of control.

It all ended when I found myself living with a man who was incredibly violent...the outward mirror manifestation of my shadowy side. The Native Americans have an old saying that of two wolves, the one that's fed is the one who lives. In short because somehow I knew that if I didn't I would die,  I learned to eat well ! I learned to feed my burning passion for life by allowing myself to fall flat on my face but then get up again. Once I got up and looked around at the wreckage, I was able to see that there was another pathway open to me and that was by walking a path of personal integrity, accountability and most importantly allowing the space in your life to become your most authentic self. I love being a woman and all of the experiences that it has brought me, even the tougher ones. Our first periods, losing our virginity, falling in love, marriage, pregnancies, menopause and the deaths of our own mothers bring us not just physical changes but deep soul rocking spiritual ones....We have a sacred wisdom that's just waiting to be tapped into and often we cover up our passions with layers of fat or addiction simply because there's no one around to talk to who won't judge or to show us the way through the maze to the unique and passionate life that is waiting for us. Could one conversation change your life? I've discovered that I love to work with women and having been to hell and back as part of our work together I'm thrilled to walk the path out with you again and again, guiding you and helping you choose to embrace the richness of the WHOLE world that's waiting for you. Contact me at for more details.

Skinny Sexy Slow Food: A jug of wine , a loaf of bread and WOW!


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I'm of the opinion that everyone should try to bake their own bread once! If you've never smelled the wondrous aroma of fresh yeasty rising dough, you're really missing out on slow food at it's best. The fact that 4 simple ingredients can turn into something so wonderful is why I consider bread making one of the highest forms of food alchemy and I encourage you to try this recipe, I really do. Forgive the shameless plug for Le Creuset because it's his job! I have to say though that Le Creuset really is the best of the cast iron cookware, and baking bread  this way is alot more romantic than using a bread maker. The bread is fabulous and all it needs is some fresh sweet butter , a bit of sea salt and a glass of wine.

 I've used Le Creuset for decades and I have pieces that my mother used way before me...they still look absolutely brand new. I encourage you to try a piece or two if you never have but be careful, it's a totally addictive collectible although one that you can never have too much of!  It's pricey for sure but I've found great used pieces (sometimes in the discontinued colors!) on ebay so have a look there too!