Provencal Vegetable Soup (au pistou)

This proven­cal veg­etable soup, called “soupe au pis­tou” in French, is a well-known spe­cial­i­ty of Provence. It con­tains a vari­ety of veg­eta­bles, and most impor­tant­ly comes with pis­tou, which is the French ver­sion of pesto. Pis­tou is a basil-gar­lic paste, which dif­fers from pesto in that it does not con­tain any nuts. The basil paste […]

Gateau de Savoie (Light Airy Cake)

The Gateau de Savoie is a light airy cake, named after the Count of Savoie who invent­ed it in the 14th cen­tu­ry. After the French rev­o­lu­tion, two parisian chefs came up with the idea of using starch instead of flour, mak­ing the cake even more airy. Gateau de Savoie is deli­cious as a dessert or […]

Nicoise Salad (Easy)

Healthy and deli­cious, the Nicoise Sal­ad is a spe­cial­i­ty from the city of Nice, on the French Riv­iera. Hence the name nicoise (mean­ing “from Nice”, actu­al­ly spelled “niçoise” in French). This sal­ad comes in dif­fer­ent vari­a­tions. At a min­i­mum, it con­tains tuna and/or anchovies, toma­toes, olives, hard-boiled eggs, and olive oil in the dress­ing. It […]

Roasted Peppers in Olive Oil

These roast­ed pep­pers in olive oil are col­or­ful, and they taste like the sun­shine of the Mediter­ranean Coast! This recipe is from my grand­fa­ther who used to make these all the time on the French Riv­iera. Light, fresh, healthy, these roast­ed pep­pers are a deli­cious appe­tiz­er! Roast­ed Pep­pers Recipe This is my grand­fa­ther’s recipe. If […]

Light Chocolate Mousse

Choco­late Mousse is a deli­cious, yet light, French dessert. The two main ingre­di­ents are dark choco­late and eggs. There is no but­ter and no flour, which makes it a very light non-fat­ten­ing dessert. And it is still deli­cious­ly sweet! It is easy to make, and you can pre­pare it in advance. All in all, a […]

Provençal Tian (Vegetable Dish)

Provençal Tian is a veg­etable dish from Provence (South of France). The name Tian comes from the earth­en­ware dish tra­di­tion­al­ly used to bake it. Provençal Tian uses veg­eta­bles tra­di­tion­al­ly found in Provence: egg­plant, zuc­chi­ni and toma­toes, along with olive oil, and Provence herbs. Fla­vors meld while veg­eta­bles bake in the oven on low heat over […]

Chicken à la Provençale

I love chick­en à la provençale (in the man­ner of Provence) with toma­toes, gar­lic and olives. It is a healthy and light way to cook chick­en. It also makes for a very moist chick­en, which is great because chick­en has a ten­den­cy to get dry. I have a won­der­ful fam­i­ly recipe that is very easy […]

Easy Light Moist Salmon

Salmon is a deli­cious fish, but it can some­times get dry when cooked. This recipe is amaz­ing because it makes for a light moist salmon, that is deli­cious and not dry at all. In addi­tion, the sauce has a light sweet taste that kids love. All around a great way for the whole fam­i­ly to […]

Light Turkey with Pumpkin

I post­ed pre­vi­ous­ly on how to bake light fla­vor­ful fish  by wrap­ping it in parch­ment paper, a French tech­nique called en papil­lote. This tech­nique works for bak­ing light turkey as well. Since pump­kin is in sea­son right now, why not bake light turkey en papil­lote with pump­kin? The com­bi­na­tion of fla­vors is deli­cious, and it is […]

Light and Healthy Cold Ratatouille

Rata­touille is a well-known French Provençal veg­etable dish. It is super healthy and deli­cious. It can be either warm or cold. The recipe I am shar­ing with you today is for a cold Rata­touille, which is why I cat­e­go­rized it as a sal­ad. I love cold Rata­touille because you can just do the prep work […]

Amazingly Healthy Chocolate Cake (the Secret is Zucchini!)

This choco­late cake is amaz­ing­ly healthy! No sug­ar, no milk, no but­ter, but instead zuc­chi­ni! The best part is you can’t even taste the zuc­chi­ni. It tastes just like reg­u­lar choco­late cake! So you can be on a diet, and still eat choco­late cake! And, if you have kids, you can get them to eat […]

Light and Healthy Mushroom Salad

Are you tired of your every­day sal­ad? Look­ing for some­thing new, light and healthy? This deli­cious Mush­room Sal­ad is for you!

Light, Healthy and Flavorful Fish

Today, I want to share with you a French Cook­ing Tech­nique which works won­ders with fish. It is called “en papil­lote”, which essen­tial­ly means wrap­ping the fish in parch­ment paper and bak­ing it in the oven. This allows for the fla­vors to min­gle and inten­si­fy as the fish cooks in its own steam. The result […]