Ok, so all this talk about food and no eating –  what gives?!  I’ve heard that so many times as I’ve covorted in the conversational bog of savory, scrumptious, explosive food.   Without a fork, spoon or plate in front of me – the instruments of eating may not be available, but the most important, non-tangible component of eating, the mind is alive and devouring the culinary possibilities.  By talking about ways to concoct familiar dishes in a healthier, lower calorie way, my thoughts are always consumed with ways to cook for my family of four: two discerning toddlers and a husband that prefers meat over vegetables – but will eat most veggies, thank god!   


For this summer, I am making meals that include herbs from my garden:  rosemary, chives, basil, dill and cilantro. 

Tonight was Smokey Paprika Black Bean Chili with Cilantro. Easy to make and my kids loved with a dollop or two of plain low-fat yogurt (great substitute for sour cream). 

Tomorrow feels like a rosemary day.  Hummmm…..such options!