Fine Dining at Home … and Healthy!

Tuesday’s dinner was as perfect as it gets. It met so many of our requirements for healthy eating. From a taste standpoint it rivalled high-end restaurant food. The  plate-share was perfect at ½ vegetables and fruit, ¼ grains, and ¼ fish. Throw in some of the best spices and you couldn’t ask for more.

Two of the dishes were from Moosewood Restaurant Simple Suppers. The entrée was the Moroccan Spiced Fish (Salmon) on page 157. The spices made our taste buds jump. This unique blend is called Moroccan Spice Mix on page 239 and includes:

2 tbsp ground cumin

2 tsp ground ginger or cinnamon

2 tsp paprika

2 tsp turmeric

½ tsp cayenne or black pepper

1 tsp salt

The grains in the Cranberry Bulgur Pilaf on page 183 added a starchy balance to the heat and spiciness of the salmon.

The veggies and fruit dish was Coleslaw with Apples & Dried Cranberries from:

It was cool, sweet and refreshing, enticing you to work your way around the plate again.


Cranberry-walnut oatmeal

The Cranberry-walnut oatmeal recipe by Mayo Clinic staff is excellent with one change. I find the steel-cut oats are more tender if I

  1. toast them in a heavy saucepan,
  2. cover them with water to 2 inches above the oats, then
  3. soak them overnight.

Check the recipe out at :

My Favourite Oatmeal Cookies

As requested by some parents of Dylan’s T-Ball team I am posting 3 excellent recipes for oatmeal cookies. The first one, of course, is for the cookies I brought to the party after the last game. My dentist loved this recipe because each cookie contains 183 calories of sweetness! Dylan’s favourites, until this party, are also included. Try them all!

Bill Flewelling’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

from Toronto Star many years ago

makes 36 cookies

1 cup               margarine, softened

¾ cup              brown sugar

¾ cup              granulated sugar

2                      eggs

1½ cup           whole wheat flour

1 tsp                baking soda

½ tsp               salt

2 cups             semisweet chocolate chips

2 cups             quick-cooking rolled oats

1 tsp                vanilla

1 cup               chopped walnuts or pecans


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl cream margarine and sugars.

Add eggs and beat well.

In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking soda and salt.

Add to creamed mixture and mix well.

Stir in chocolate chips, oats, vanilla and nuts.

Drop by tablespoons on to greased baking sheets about 2 inches apart.

Bake until golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Cool, then enjoy.

Nutrition Information (per cookie)

Total calories             183

From fat                      103     or         56%

From carbs                  66                  36 %

From protein                14                    8 %

Oatmeal and Dried Cranberry Cookies

Also excellent and at 147 calories per cookie; from:

Honey Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Excellent as well at 102 Calories; from the 2008 Milk Calendar and can be viewed at: