Cabbage & Apples

Nonna Joann • July 13th, 2009 • Soups & Sides

Kids don’t like cabbage? Even picky eaters love this tasty side dish. It’s so easy to make, you’ll want to involve your kids in the preparation. This deceptively bland looking dish’s apple sweetness will win over your picky eater. Serve it in a colorful dish and garnish with apple slices. Because this recipe serves 6 to 8 [...]

Spinach & Tomato Medley

Nonna Joann • May 1st, 2009 • Casseroles

One of my favorite meals is Spinach and Tomato Medley. It’s effortless and healthy. This is so easy, that even your kids can make it on their own, becasue the brown rice has already been cooked. All you’re doing is combining ingredients and heating. Even picky eaters who don’t like spinach, love this recipe. When you [...]

Scalloped Corn for a Crowd

Nonna Joann • April 8th, 2009 • Soups & Sides

Scalloped Corn for a Crowd

1 red or green bell pepper
1 medium chopped onion
2 shredded carrots
¼ cup olive oil
6 cups corn (I use frozen organic corn)
1½ cups milk
1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons flour (or corn starch or arrowroot powder)
2 slightly beaten eggs
½ teaspoon salt
1. Grease a baking dish and set aside.
2. In a medium pan [...]


Nonna Joann • January 30th, 2009 • Soups & Sides

Watching the big game?
Humus is a great dip for rice crackers and veggie strips.
It’s not expensive to make and when you make it yourself, you can control how spicy it is. 
2  15 ounce cans of garbonzo beans (chick peas)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 chopped red pepper
1 Teaspoon cumin
1 Teaspoon tahini
Salt [...]

Chicken or Tuna or Egg

Nonna Joann • October 1st, 2008 • Salads & Sandwiches

Tired of peanut butter and jelly?
Don’t know what kind of sandwich to make without nitrate-filled luncheon meats?
You can make delicious sandwiches for a school lunch or for a picnic. Be sure to pack with an ice pack. Not only are these sandwiches nitrate-free, but they’re less expensive than processed meats!
This recipe makes 4 sandwiches and works [...]

Lentil Soup

Nonna Joann • September 1st, 2008 • Soups & Sides

 Lentil Soup
1 small chopped onion
1 small chopped pepper (yellow, green, or red)
2 stalks celery, chopped
4 cloves chopped garlic
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (if chicken broth is substituted, more may be required)
1 cup lentils
½ teaspoon pepper
2  15-oz cans chicken or vegetable broth
2 medium chopped tomatoes
¼ cup chopped parsley
Small shell macaroni
1. In a large pan, sauté [...]

Sweet Potato Soup

Nonna Joann • September 1st, 2008 • Soups & Sides

Sweet Potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates, fiber, beta carotene (vitamin A) protecting against cancer and heart disease, vitamins C and B6. Compared to other vegetables, sweet potatoes rank highest in nutritional value of vitamins A and C, iron, and calcium. They a wonderful source of soluble fiber which soaks up cholesterol. The darker orange flesh have [...]

Italian White Beans

Nonna Joann • August 6th, 2008 • Soups & Sides

Need a quick side-dish? Italian White Beans are a snap to make.
One-half cup of white beans contain about 96 mg of calcium. Beans also contain zinc and iron.
2 cloves minced garlic
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped basil
Pinch each of salt and pepper
2 15-ounce cans Great Northern Beans, drained
1.) Heat olive oil on medium, add minced garlic, stir for one minute.
2) [...]

Oven-Fried Potatoes

Nonna Joann • August 1st, 2008 • Soups & Sides

Cooking is fun and the way to ensure your kids will be healthy eaters is to involve them in the process of cooking whole foods. Peeling potatoes is a basic skill kids can learn and they’ll feel that they’ve helped prepare the meal. Be sure your child washes his hands before beginning.Preheat your oven to [...]

Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad

Nonna Joann • July 1st, 2008 • Salads & Sandwiches

Going on a picnic or to a barbeque or a pot luck?
Take along a yummy broccoli and cauliflower salad. This recipe makes enough for a crowd and it’s easy to make.
Cut 1 head broccoli and 1 head cauliflower into bite-size pieces. Place in a colander and rinse and drain.
Finely chop 1 medium red or yellow [...]