Zucchini Sauté

Another great, healthy, quick meal that I tried from this book – Everyday Healthy Meals (this link will provide the entire book for you!)  I loved Turkey Skillet too! I added a little sesame oil, and a T of shallots with the garlic.

Prep time: 10 minutes, Cook time: 5 minutes


1¼ pounds zucchini (about 3 medium zucchini)
½ teaspoon olive oil
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


1. Cut zucchini in half crosswise, then cut each half into 4 lengthwise sticks. 2. Heat oil in a heavy nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
3. Add oregano and garlic, and sauté for about 2 minutes. 4. Add zucchini and lemon peel, and sauté for about 3 minutes until zucchini is lightly browned. 5. Mix in Parmesan cheese and pepper. Serve warm.

Does that sound easy or what?  

Nutrition information per serving:
Calories 32, Carbohydrate 5 g, Dietary Fiber 2 g,
Protein 2 g, Total Fat 1 g, Saturated Fat 0 g,
Trans Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 1 mg, Sodium 31 mg

Makes 5 servings.
1 cup per serving.


Quick Side Dish – String Beans

My BFF fixed this the other day with meat loaf and scalloped potatoes…They were excellent.


Fresh Garlic

Olive Oil

Whole String Beans

Pearl Onions

Mushrooms (any kind)

You can use all frozen vegetables or fresh.  If you use fresh – you will need to cook longer.   You probably could even use Sesame Oil to add a different flavor.

Cut up the garlic and put in the pan with olive oil.  Use about 5 or 6 cloves if you like garlic, if not just use a couple.  Saute’ for a minute and add the pearl onions.  Add the string beans, and mushrooms and season to taste.  Cook for about 10 minutes and your side dish is done.

This was soo good – I can’t wait to have it again.

This looks like the original recipe – my friend added her own twist…Love her cooking!

I looked up a couple of weight watcher string bean recipes..sharing a few I am definitely going to try:

Green Beans with Mushrooms and Crisp Onion Crumbs

Sautéed String Beans with Almonds

Chicken Wings – Quick and Healthy Too!

Well back in Southern California with my BFF and working.  I am starting the 3 day diet cycle again (off for a week) because this friend of mine has been very faithful with it for over a month and she is truly inspiring.  So in planning ahead and knowing that we would need three ounces of any meat for dinner, I decided to bake chicken wings.

Chicken wings are one of the fastest meats to cook and makes it very easy to do while working from home.  I decided to work from the kitchen table so that I am right next to the kitchen.

Seasoned wingsI seasoned the wings with salt,pepper, fresh garlic, green onions, and a little cilantro about 10 this morning.  If you saw the diet it said 3 ounces of meat – so I guesstimated that the meat off of 3 small wings would surfice.  Back to work.

About 2 – I put the wings in a pan and baked them for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.  Back to work.

I took the wings out and now they are ready for dinner.  Right before I took them out of the oven, I ate lunch so I would not be tempted to eat the wings – strategy!!  Somehow tuna and dry toast did not compare to chicken wings – lol.

One of the unacknowledged beauties about this diet – it’s efficient.  In about 70 minutes today – dinner is prepared. Wing diet mealThe vegetables on the diet, we use cans (not my normal style), but the beets, and green beans are quicker and easier this way.  So when you add in the other parts of dinner, seasoning and measuring – 70 minutes.

Can’t get more efficient than that – and healthy!