Asian Cole Slaw

If you like Bokchoy Salad you will enjoy this Asian Cole Slaw dish.  It is very similar but with green cabbage instead of the bokchoy.  Of course bokchoy is in the cabbage family too.



1/2 head large green cabbage, grated    (I use the food processor for quick processing of the cabbage and carrots)

1 carrot, grated

6 ounces sesame seed

1 small package sliced almonds

6 ounces ramen or chow mein (crunchy noodles)

2-3 green onions



1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/3 cup sugar  (I sub honey or agave)

3 tablespoons soy sauce  (I use Mrs Braggs Liquid Aminos or Tamari Sauce)

How to Make It

Grate your cabbage and carrots.

Chop your green onions.

Melt some butter in a skillet and carefully toast your sesame seed, chow mein noodles and almonds.  Watch carefully or they will burn.  Just cook till slightly browned.  Let cool.

For the dressing:

Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake till combined well.

Combine all ingredients and mix with the dressing right before serving.




Creole Eggplant

A quick and easy eggplant dish with only one dish to wash!


1 small onion, chopped

1 small green pepper, chopped

8 ounce can tomato sauce  **or make your own using fresh summer tomatoes from the garden

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon dried whole oregano or 3/4 teaspoon fresh minced

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon hot sauce

1 small eggplant peeled (if using Italian type eggplant). You can omit this step if using the Asian variety which has a more tender skin. Coarsely chop.

How to Make It

Combine first 8 ingredients in a heavy skillet.

Cover and cook over low heat for 10 minutes.

Stir in eggplant and cover and cook an additional 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Yields 4 servings.

Recipe from Southern Living Annual Cookbook


Mexican Eggplant

Eggplant with a Mexican flair!

Eggplant thrives during the time of year that many of the summer veggies have succumbed to Georgia’s heat and humidity so having different ways to prepare it keeps it interesting. Give this recipe a try!



1 medium Italian eggplant (or 2 Asian eggplant-the long slender ones), about 1 1/2 pounds


1   4 ounce can chopped green chilies, drained  

1   4 ounce can sliced ripe olives, drained

1  15 ounce can tomato sauce (or make your own from fresh tomatoes)** See easy recipe for making your own tomato sauce from summer tomatoes

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese  (I used pepper jack)

How to Make It

If using large traditional eggplant you will need to peel it but if using asian eggplant skip this step. Their peels are tender and don’t have to be removed.

Brush each side of eggplant with oil and place on a baking sheet.

Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes and then set aside.

Combine next 5 ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.

Place half of eggplant slices in a greased 1 1/2 quart casserole dish, top with half each of tomato mixture and cheese.  Repeat layers with remaining ingredients.

Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes till cheese is melted.

Recipe from Southern Living Cookbook Annual Recipes






Tomato Quinoa Bake

Summertime is the time to take advantage of the flavors of tomatoes and basil.  This easy to make recipe gives you that great flavor and protein from the quinoa.



4 cups quinoa, cooked

3/4 cup chicken broth

2 cloves fresh garlic, minced

1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

1 pint cherry tomatoes

1/2 cup chopped onions

1/2 cup chopped sweet pepper

8 ounces mozzarella balls


How to Make

Mix cooked quinoa, broth, garlic, shredded cheese, onions and peppers.  Pour this mixture into a 9 X 9″ baking dish.

Top with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella balls.  Drizzle with olive oil.

Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for 40 minutes.

Top with fresh chopped basil.







Okra Smoothie

Okay all you smoothie fans here is a delicious smoothie that uses okra.  Okra you say, don’t knock it till you try it and maybe just  not tell anyone your secret ingredient until they try it! Okra is high in fiber and low in calories and is chock full of nutrients!  Thanks Toni for sharing this recipe for an Okra Smoothie!


1 cup water

1 cup frozen diced okra  (I used fresh okra and worked great too)

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon extra virgin coconut oil or 2 teaspoons MCT oil

1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 generous pinches mineral salt

3 teaspoons Super Sweet Blend  (I was not familiar with Super Sweet Blend but sweetened with liquid Stevia to taste)

1 scoop Integral Collagen (optional)

1/4 teaspoon Sunflower Lecithin (optional)

12 to 16 large ice cubes

1 scoop Whey Protein (or 1/2 scoop if using Integral Collagen)

How do I Make It

Place all the ingredients except the ice cubes and whey in a blender and blend until very smooth.  It is very important not to blend the ice and whey yet.  You want all the okra completely broken down first.  Add the ice and blend well again.  You may have to stop the blender and stir a couple of times or add the ice slowly.  Add the whey and blend for 10-15 seconds more.  Don’t blend too long or it will get super poofy.

Thanks Toni for sharing this recipe for an okra smoothie.




Green Beans with Tomatoes and Herbs

A summertime recipe using green beans, tomatoes and onions fresh from the garden.  This is a combination that is sure to please.  The fresh herbs just give it that extra flavor to make it even more special.








2 Tablespoons EVOO

1 clove garlic, minced

About 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 

1/2 cup sliced onions

2 tablespoons fresh oregano, minced  or 2 teaspoons dried 

1 1/2 teaspoons thyme, minced or 1/2 teaspoon dried

1 pound green beans

1 sprig rosemary, torn from the stem

2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges  

1 cup mushrooms, cut into slices

Salt & Pepper to taste

How to Make It

Heat olive oil in pan over medium heat.  Add garlic and pepper flakes, saute until fragrant.  Add onions, saute until translucent (about 3-4 minutes). Add 1/4 cup water and the green beans.  Stir, cover and steam cook beans until nearly done, about 10-15 minutes. Add mushrooms, oregano and thyme about 5 minutes before beans are done. Stir in the rosemary and tomatoes.  Cook briefly until tomatoes are warmed through and beans are done.  Season with salt and pepper or if you prefer melt salted butter over the beans before serving.

Makes 4 servings.

Adapted from recipe in cookbook  From Asparagus to Zucchini.

Green Beans with Mushrooms

Green Beans, shiitakes, onions and sweet peppers make a delicious combination. This dish is quick to prepare and makes a great main dish or a side dish with your favorite meat!


1 pound green beans

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

8 ounces shiitake mushrooms

1 bell pepper, thinly sliced

2 teaspoons Tamari sauce or Mrs. Bragg’s Liquid Aminos

Sea Salt & black pepper to taste


How to Make It:

Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil.  Add the green beans and cover.

Return to a boil and let cook for 2-3 minutes.

Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Add the onions, stirring occasionally until they begin to soften.

Add the mushrooms and sweet peppers, stirring occasionally, cooking for about 6-7 minutes.

You want the mushrooms to be slightly browned.

Add the beans and seasoning and cook until heated through, about 1-2 minutes.