Orange Crispy Beef



1  1/2 pounds stir-fry steak, sliced thinly

3 tbsp. soy sauce

6 tbsp. cornstarch

1 medium navel orange, peels grated and juiced

3 tbsp. brown sugar

1 tbsp. rice vinegar

1  1/2 tsp sesame oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp. ginger

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

2 scallions, chopped

oil for frying


1.Place the beef in half the soy sauce and toss in cornstarch.  Place on a wire rack over a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for 45 minutes to dry out the moisture in the meat.

2. In a bowl, place the orange zest, orange juice, remaining soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes.  Stir well.

3. When the beef is ready, place oil in a deep skillet and heat.  Place the beef strips in the oil and cook for about 5 minutes on each side.  Take out and sit on a paper towel.

3.  In a new saucepan, place the soy sauce mixture and beef, heating to a boil.  Stirring continuously, mix well for about 3 minutes.  Top with scallions if you choose.


Healthy Flourless Chip Cookies



1  1/2 cups oats blended in a blender

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

pinch of salt

2 tsp. vanilla

1 large egg

4 tbsp. brown sugar lightly packed

1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

1/2 cup chocolate or butterscotch chips



1.Put the ground oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl.  In a separate bowl, mix the egg, vanilla, brown sugar and coconut oil.

2. Mix in the chocolate chips and stir well.  Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.  Then scoop out in small, firm balls and bake for 10 minutes in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven.  Cool before eating.


Mixed Berry Cream



(makes 1)

1/2 cup mixed berries

3 tbsp. sugar or sweetener of choice

2 tbsp. water

1/2 cup 35% fat cream


1.In a pan, mix the berries, sweetener and water.  Bring to a boil and heat for 5 minutes.  Using a fork, mash the berries as it heats.

2. As the berry mixture cools, whip the cream until it is able to form peaks.  When the berries are completely cool, fold into the cream.  Top with more berries if you choose.

Thai Chicken Zoodles with Peanut Sauce



2 tbsp. olive oil

2 chicken breasts

2 large zucchini, spiralized

1 large carrot, sliced

1/2 red pepper, sliced

1/3 cup bean sprouts

1/2 cup green onions, diced


Spicy Peanut Sauce

1 garlic clove

4 tbsp. peanut butter, heated

juice of 1 lime

3 tbsp. soy sauce

2 tbsp. cilantro

1/2 tsp. ginger

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes



1.In a bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the peanut sauce.  Cook the chicken breasts in olive oil in one pan, the vegetables on zoodles in another pan.

2.  Place the chicken with the vegetables and then stir in the spicy sauce.

Easy Coconut Macaroons



2  2/3 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut

4 tbsp. flour

2/3 cup sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

4 egg whites

1 tsp. vanilla



1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.  In a bowl, add the coconut, flour, sugar and salt.  Stir in the egg whites and vanilla.
2. Place spoonfuls on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Casserole



1 sweet potato, peeled and diced (cook in the microwave for about 3-5 minutes to soften)

1/4 green pepper, diced

1/2 can of black beans

1 tomato, diced

1/2 an onion, diced

1 tsp. chili powder

1 clove of garlic, minced

1.2 tsp. cinnamon

1 cup salsa

2 tortillas (optional)

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

salt and pepper to taste


1.Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  Spray an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray.  In a bowl combine sweet potato, green pepper, black beans, tomato, chili powder, garlic and cinnamon.

2. Place a layer of salsa on the bottom of the baking dish.  Put a tortilla on top of the salsa (if you are omitting the tortilla, skip this step).  Put the sweet potato mixture on top.  Layer again the salsa, tortilla and sweet potato mixture.

3. Bake for 30 minutes, sprinkle shredded cheese on top and bake for another 5 minutes.



Ricotta Mug Cake



1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup ricotta cheese

2 tbsp. maple syrup

2 tbsp. melted butter

1 egg

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/3 cup of berries and/or chocolate chips

1 tsp. icing sugar


1.Mix together the flour, ricotta, butter, maple syrup, egg and vanilla and then top with the berries or chocolate chips.   Place in a microwaveable mug, heat in the microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Sprinkle icing sugar on top.