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My e-book is out! Purchase your copy of 5-Minute Meals today.


I am thrilled to announce the release of my first e-book, 5-Minute Meals.  This has been a project of mine for a couple of years now.

I love food and enjoy cooking, but I don’t want to spend all of my free time in the kitchen. I’d rather be outdoors, playing tennis or relaxing with friends. I realized that many of my clients felt the same way. So I decided to write this book, to share my favorite quick-and-easy recipes with the world.   Continue reading

One-Pot Vegetable Quinoa


Quinoa is a whole grain that is also a complete protein– it contains all the amino acids necessary for our body. It has a fluffy texture and a nutty taste.  To this dish I’ve added a variety of vegetables to introduce more flavors and nutrients.  It all cooks in one pot for minimal clean up.

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5 MORE Healthy Meals in 5 Minutes or Less

My original 5 Healthy Meals in 5 Minutes or Less were so popular, I decided to make a sequel.  These 5 MORE Healthy Meals in 5 Minutes or Less feature all-new recipes that are just as fast, healthy and delicious.  They include:

The George Foreman Grill is great for fast and healthy meals!

  • Fruit-Infused Oatmeal
  • Shrimp and Zucchini Saute
  • Black Bean and Corn Salsa
  • Grilled Fish Tacos
  • Grilled Bananas
These recipes use the microwave, a George Foreman grill, or the stove for quick, healthy cooking.  Enjoy!
Check out Nicole’s entire collection of healthy recipes here.

Nicole’s Quick ‘n Healthy Eggplant Parmesan

Many traditional eggplant parmesan recipes contain take over an hour to prepare and contain a whopping 1200 calories!  My version, which I just invented tonight, takes 1/3 of the time and has 1/6 of the calories. And the taste? Amazing! Here’s how it’s done:


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 large eggplant (or 2 small ones), thinly sliced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian spice blend
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
  • Sprinkle of parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (optional)


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet.  Add onions and sauté for 1 minute.
  2. Add eggplant, mushrooms, marinara sauce, and Italian spices.  Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until eggplant is very soft.  Cooking time varies depending how thinly you sliced the eggplant, but approximately 15-20 minutes.
  3. Add cheese and basil.  Stir and serve!

Serves 4. 

Nutrition information per serving: Calories: 200, Total fat: 11 g, Saturated fat: 2.3 g, Carbohydrates: 21 g, Fiber: 7 g, Protein: 6 g


Video: A Ridiculously Healthy Meal in Just 2 Minutes

Check out my first video!  Learn how to cook a ridiculously healthy meal in just two minutes. On the menu: grilled salmon and steamed green beans. Bon appétit!

Boost Your Health with Delicious MediterrAsian Recipes!

The Mediterranean and Asian diets are two of the healthiest diets world-wide.  Compared to people with typical “Western” lifestyles, people with Mediterranean or Asian lifestyles tend to live longer, healthier lives.

Mediterranean and Asian dishes are flavorful, delicious, and extremely healthy. So, why not add some delicious Mediterranean and Asian recipes to your repertoire? I recently discovered MediterrAsian.com and it has introduced me to a wide array of new, delicious recipes!  Although many of the recipes contain some new ingredients, I have found all of the recipes so far to be very do-able. And, if you just can’t find an ingredient (like fish sauce), no worries! It will still taste scrumptious without it.

Check out some of the recipes I’ve tried:


Thai Red Chicken Curry: “Melt-in-the-mouth morsels of chicken breast and assorted vegetables cooked in a spicy Thai red curry sauce and served with fluffy Jasmine rice.”

My assessment: Great!  I added some extra veggies as well, like eggplant and spinach.  Go easy on the curry if you’re sensitive to spice!


South Indian Shrimp Curry. “Tender shrimp gently  poached in an a flavorsome gravy infused with an aromatic blend of spices, fresh cilantro and lemon juice served over Basmati rice.”

My assessment: Very good, but the shrimp flavor was a little overpowering. Next time, I’ll try with chicken.


Tofu & Cashew Chow Mein. “Crunchy cashews and vegetables complement the soft texture of the noodles and tofu in this quick and satisfying dish.”

My assessment: Terrific! This one has become a regular on my menu. I use whole wheat spaghetti instead of the chow mein noodles, and usually sub peanuts for the cashews.


Spanish Broccoli & Almond Soup: “The combination of ground almonds and broccoli makes a deliciously creamy, yet creamless soup with a rich, green color.”

My assessment: I was surprised to find… I really liked this soup! At first, when I was boiling all the ingredients, I thought uh-oh—this stuff looks (and smells) pretty nasty. I didn’t see how in the world pureeing it all in a blender would save the soup, but low and behold, it did! Over the week, I enjoyed every last drop of the entire pot. So, now matter how sketchy it looks when you’re cooking it—finish it!

So, there you have the 4 dishes I have tried, and many more are on my future line-up! Have fun browsing all of their awesome recipes at http://www.mediterrasian.com/delicious_recipes.htm.

10 Healthy Foods You Can Cook in the Microwave

image Cooking food in the microwave is easy, healthy, environmentally-friendly and delicious! Here’s why microwave cooking is:

  • Healthy: Unlike some other methods of cooking (such as boiling), microwave cooking allows foods like fruits and vegetables to retain most of their healthy vitamins and minerals. Additionally, microwave cooking very compatible with a low fat diet because food does not require the addition of excess fat to cook food.
  • Environmentally-friendly: Microwave cooking is energy efficient! It conserves energy by only heating up the food within it, and not the rest of the house.

Below are my favorite 10 healthy foods you can cook in the microwave.  Bon appétit! image

  1. Oatmeal: Oatmeal is my favorite breakfast food.  Quick cooking oats,  combined with low fat milk and chopped fruit, cooked for 4 minutes in the microwave make for a delicious morning! Try my Fall Morning Oatmeal recipe.
  2. Spinach: This nutrient-packed superfood cooks in the microwave in less than 1 minute! Try this 20 second recipe or my new favorite: top spinach with a little peanut vinaigrette (like the kind at Trader Joe’s shown here) and sprinkle with peanuts. Microwave for 30 seconds. Yum!
  3. Fruit “Cobbler:” This is one of my favorite heart-healthy desserts!   Combine fresh or frozen bite-sized fruit pieces in a microwave-safe bowl (banana slices, apple chunks, blueberries, strawberry slices, peach slices, etc.).  Microwave on high until fruit is hot and soft. Top with granola and fat free whipped cream. You’ll love it!
  4. imageCorn on the Cob: One of my summertime favorites. Place peeled, rinsed corn cobs on a microwave-safe plate, and nuke until cooked! (About 4-5 minutes per cob.)  In Mexico, they squeeze fresh lime juice on corn rather than butter. Give it a try!
  5. Green Beans: Rinse green beans and microwave on a plate until bright green, about 1 minute per handful of beans. Fresh green beans are one of my favorite veggies- so much tastier than canned!
  6. Fish: Finally, an easy way to cook and enjoy fresh fish! My favorite method is to cook fish for 1 minute on my George Forman grill, and then finish cooking in the microwave. Check out my easy recipe for Grilled Salmon!
  7. Popcorn: Did you know that popcorn is a whole grain? Choose a microwavable popcorn brand that is low in fat and sodium, and cook according to directions.
  8. imageSoybeans: Also known as edamame, soybeans are a delicious, protein-packed, fiber-filled snack! Buy frozen edamame in the grocery store, and cook in a microwave safe bowl with just a little bit of water until warm. Discard the water. Top with just a pinch of salt.  If they are in the pods, pinch the beans out of the pods before you eat them!
  9. Whole Wheat Couscous: Couscous is a Mediterranean grain that is basically teeny-tiny pasta. Honestly, I usually cook it on the stove, but it is just as simple to cook it in the microwave.  Heat 1 and 1/4 cup of water in the microwave until boiling. Add one cup of cous-cous, stir and cover. Let it sit for 5 minutes, and then fluff with a fork and serve.  For a ton of couscous recipes, check out this Food Network link.
  10. Eggs: There are many imagedifferent ways of preparing eggs using a microwave, but my favorite is poached eggs! Poaching eggs is a very healthy way to prepare eggs, because it requires no added fat. Here is a great video on how to poach eggs in the microwave.

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