Start 2022 with delish, healthy, and effortless!


Dear Friends,

Well, since we’ve wiped out Jane’s eggnog, the Amaretto Cheesecake, and all the wonderful and delicious treats family and friends sent and shared, I guess it’s time to start afresh! As G.K. Chesterton points out, we certainly want to be effective, yet I’ve discovered I’m not that good at strict resolutions. Since I did “dry January” last year for only four days, pursuing a fresh and reasonable approach seems a better strategy for me!

The great news is EE gives us many super delish and healthy choices. All are fantastic whether you’re dining alone or entertaining others. And yes, you know it … they are truly effortless! See the list below. Most are in your EE book, and several are on the blog.

Now, a few words about what qualifies as “healthy” in my view versus what others may think. Typically, when pursuing a healthier approach for our meals, I take out processed carbs and sugars along with most dairy, i.e., rich, creamy cheeses and cream. For example, for the Caesar Salad, I will serve without croutons, but I’m okay with Parmesan cheese. I’m also okay with the feta cheese in the Mediterranean Turkey Burgers, but we leave off the Naan bread recommended. I’m okay with beans and lentils but avoid rice, potatoes, or pasta. We will enjoy crudité with hummus but avoid rich cheese-laden charcuteries. We simply make adjustments and, of course, try to remember all things in moderation!

I hope you enjoy these favorites and cheers to your good health! Yes, that’s right … cheers! I am still enjoying a nice red wine with dinner.


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  • Asparagus and Prosciutto, page 161
  • Salmon and Green Apple Tartare, Blog
  • Fred’s Fiesta Shrimp, Blog (no sauce)
  • Crabmeat on Endive, page 145
  • Mediterranean Artichoke and Bean Dip*, page 207
  • Parmesan Walnut on Endive, page 215
  • Spinach and Artichoke Spread*, page 171
  • Tuscan Bean Dip*, 189
  • Layered Hummus*, Blog

*for dips and spreads, choose endive, cucumber, or a healthy cracker option.




  • Sheet Pan Salmon, Blog
  • Beef Tenderloin, page 130
  • Lawdashion’s Pork Tenderloin, page 191
  • Rack of Lamb, Blog
  • Peel and Eat Shrimp, page 163
  • Short Ribs, Blog
  • Marinated Pork Tenderloin, page 146
  • Roast Provençal Chicken, page 231
  • Beer Can Chicken, Blog
  • Roasted Baby Back Ribs, page 172
  • Mediterranean Turkey Burgers, Blog
  • Salmon Kebabs, page 200
  • Scallops and Shrimp with Salsa Verde, page 153
  • Top Hat Crab Cakes, page 162
  • Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Blog
  • Roasted Fish Casserole, Blog
  • Lentil Soup, Blog
  • Chicken Soup, Blog


  • Citrus Salad, page 139
  • DeeDee’s Salad, page 132
  • Arugula and Fig Salad, Blog
  • Mixed Lettuces with Sherry Vinaigrette, Blog
  • Easy Caesar Salad, page 225
  • Seasoned Asparagus, page 155
  • Broccolini, Blog
  • Seasoned Brussels Sprouts, page 193
  • Seasoned Green Beans and Carrots, page 184
  • Roasted Fall Vegetables, Blog
  • Summer Squash Sauté, page 164
  • Peas and Pancetta, Blog
  • Roasted Okra, Blog
  • White Bean Salad, Blog