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Asparagus Salad with Mimosa Vinaigrette

Asparagus Salad with Mimosa Vinaigrette ~ this healthy salad is simple enough for every day, but elegant enough for entertaining, or a romantic date night in.…

Fragrant Toasted Almond Rice Pilaf

My Fragrant Toasted Almond Rice Pilaf is meant for joyful gatherings ~ it has roots in the ancient cuisines of Persia, India, and Turkey, but I guarantee this pretty gluten free vegan dish will thrill everybody around your table,…

Firecracker Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Firecracker Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Low carb eating just got a whole lot more interesting with my Firecracker Chicken Lettuce Wraps!  Who needs rice when you’ve got fresh crunchy lettuce leaves?  Everybody’s going to come back for seconds and thirds, and that’s ok because…

Ancient Grain Salad made with farro, wild rice, and quinoa ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Vegan Ancient Grain Salad

This pretty vegan Ancient Grain Salad is so versatile, it goes from holiday table to working lunch without skipping a beat, and it’s as healthy as it is stunning. save the recipe! It’s all about the texture!   This…

Healthy Rainbow Popsicles

How to Make Rainbow Popsicles

Not your toddler’s Rainbow Popsicles — these healthy frozen treats are made with exotic fruits like mango, dragon fruit, papaya, golden kiwi and black raspberry to tempt the most sophisticated palates. Can you tell I love color?  One look…

Lemon Buttermilk Chicken Skewers

Lemon Buttermilk Chicken Skewers

An overnight marinade makes these lemon buttermilk chicken skewers impossibly tender, and they get a extra flavor boost from the rosemary tzatziki sauce. I’m determined to give everything a ‘skewer moment’ here on the blog, and today it’s chicken’s…

Skinny Microwave Potato Chips

Skinny Microwave Potato Chips

Skinny Microwave Potato Chips are a quick and guilt-free way to get your daily snack fix.  These chips are light, crisp, and made right in the microwave! I know I’ve got a winner when I can’t even make it…

Light and healthy Detox Soup

Slimming Detox Soup

I’m a common sense type of eater, and so I’m usually not interested in faddish diets, but, like everybody else, the pounds sometimes creep up on me.  My secret is simple — soup!  I make a big pot of…

Healthy and low fat filet of fish with blood oranges and thyme in parchment

Fish with Blood Orange and Thyme in Parchment

There isn’t a healthy epithet you can hurl at this Fish with Blood Orange and Thyme in Parchment that doesn’t fit — low calorie, low carb, gluten free, Paleo, low fat, Whole30… and while you’re at it you can…

Shishito peppers

Grilled Shishito Peppers

Peppers are the unsung heroes of late summer.  While everyone is talking about tomatoes and zucchinis, we forget that peppers are just as abundant and just as delicious.  And they come in more varieties, shapes, colors, and sizes than…

Paleo Fruit and Nut Bread

This quick and easy Paleo Fruit and Nut Bread is grain, sugar, and dairy free.  It’s also amazingly versatile, and fabulous toasted! This paleo fruit and nut bread is an amazingly nutrient rich food, made with a base of…

Rainbow Salmon Skewers are colorful, healthy, low carb and so easy to make!

Rainbow Salmon Skewers

Rainbow Salmon Skewers are easy, healthy, and so fun to make ~ have you eaten the rainbow today? These skewers are so versatile – you can make them all year long, and cook them on the grill, on the…

healthy coconut chia pudding popsicles

Chia Coconut Pudding Popsicles

Want to delight your kids?  Serve them a super healthy popsicle for breakfast as the school year starts to wind down and the temperature cranks up.  Chia seeds give these pops some fun texture, and a little healthy boost…

Healthy baked cod with lemon and olives

Minimal Monday: Cod with Lemon and Olives

Cod with Lemon and Olives is a healthy, low fat and delicious 30 minute meal, and one of my favorites.  For a simple recipe it’s packed with flavor! It’s no surprise that I love seasonal cooking, and January is…

Roasted Root Vegetable Soup recipe 8

Roasted Winter Vegetable Soup

My Roasted Winter Vegetable Soup is healthy, warm, satisfying, and the most gorgeous shade of crimson you’ve ever seen! I’m not sure what I love more about this Roasted Winter Vegetable Soup, the astonishing color, or the flavor, which…

Tomato and Pomegranate Salad

Tomato and Pomegranate Salad

The other day I got an unexpected  delivery from Amazon…my thoughtful husband ordered me a copy of Plenty More, Yotem Ottolenghi’s new book!  I couldn’t be more excited…his Jerusalem is the most inspiring cookbook I have ever owned.  Ever. …

Chicken in Almond Milk with green lemons, cinnamon, and sage

Chicken in Almond Milk

Chicken in Almond Milk ~ this unique roasted chicken recipe is the brain child of Jamie Oliver ~ you need to taste it for yourself to believe how moist and tender it is! This incredible chicken was an experiment…

Ham and Pea Soup 4

Ham and Pea Soup

Hearty and vibrant Ham and Pea Soup made with fresh frozen peas will warm up the coldest night! I get tired of cooking, just like you do.  And just like you, I get bored with my same old stand…

Cider Braised Pork with Apples and Onions 2

Hard Cider Braised Pork with Apples and Onions

This is one of those meals that you know is going to be great right from the get go.  The ingredients tell the story: a plump loin of pork, neatly tied with butcher’s string so it won’t fall apart…

Brussels Sprout Slaw

Brussels Sprout Slaw with Maple Cider Vinaigrette

Brussels Sprout Slaw with Maple Cider Vinaigrette is a delicious healthy salad that adds a bit of fresh green to fall and holiday tables. Pumpkin bars and apple cakes are all fine and good, but ‘real food’ can play…

Sweet Bell Pepper and Onion Salad 2

Minimal Monday: Sweet Bell Pepper & Onion Salad

Sweet Bell Pepper & Onion Salad ~ if you love colorful bell peppers like I do, this is for you ~ it’s crunchy, colorful, healthy, and so yummy! When it comes to what I’m eating, all bets are off…

Tomato Onion and Roasted Lemon Salad 8

Minimal Monday: Tomato, Onion, and Roasted Lemon Salad

Tomato, Onion, and Roasted Lemon Salad ~ this salad was on the cover of  Bon Appétit this month.  I knew I wanted to make it on first sight, only to realize after opening to the page that it’s a…

Kale Slaw 2

Minimal Monday: Kale Slaw

Kale Slaw is a healthy, delicious, sturdy salad that just gets better as it sits in the refrigerator. In the dog days of summer we often resort to visiting the salad counter at our favorite grocery store… we pick…

Steak Fajita Skewers with Cilantro Pesto

Steak Fajita Skewers with Cilantro Pesto ~ this easy recipe is a fun way to enjoy fajitas ~ serve them on or off the skewer, with rice, couscous, or tortillas. Peppers.  They’re astonishing.  If I could cook with no…

Early Girl Gazpacho

Gazpacho is one of the glories of summer, and it has to be made with garden fresh tomatoes.  Forget about eating it during the rest of the year, you can only make and enjoy a truly great gazpacho in…

Simple Greek Style Baked Fish

Simple Greek Style Baked Fish

Simple Greek Style Baked Fish ~ this is a vibrant example of the healthy Mediterranean diet, it’s low in calories, high in nutrients, and drop dead gorgeous! I’d happily eat this way every night.  It’s quick, easy, and healthy. …

Poached Salmon with Cucumber Scales | The View from Great Island 6

Poached Salmon with Cucumber ‘Scales’

Poached Salmon with Cucumber ‘Scales’ ~ this healthy poached salmon makes a stunning presentation for any special occasion ~ and it’s easy to do! My friend Judith and I were winding our way through the aisles of Costco yesterday,…

Mahi Mahi Skewers with Jalapeno, Key Lime, and Pineapple 3

Mahi Mahi Skewers with Jalapeño, Key Lime, and Pineapple

Mahi Mahi Skewers with Jalapeño, Key Lime, and Pineapple ~ these skewers are healthy, easy, and so delicious!  Make them in the broiler or on the stove top all year long! My latest go to dinner obsession is skewers,…

Lemon Thyme Lamb Chops | The View from Great Island (3)

Lemon Thyme Lamb Chops

Lemon Thyme Lamb Chops is an elegant 30 minute meal that is as vibrant and delicious as it is quick and easy to put on the table. Morning everyone — it’s Monday again, can you believe it?  April has…

Celery Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette 8

Minimal Monday: Celery Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette

If your first thought on reading the post title was meh, whatever, think again.   This is my favorite kind of recipe to share and my favorite way to eat.  Yes its spare, and you may not think of celery…

lemony asparagus soup 9

Lemony Asparagus Soup

This soup will give you another excuse to gorge on cheap asparagus this month.   It’s got a bright, unexpected tangy citrus flavor with no heavy flour or cream to weigh it down.  The method is taken from one…

Whole Baked Trout with herb Salsa

Whole Baked Trout with Herb Salsa

Whole Baked Trout with Herb Salsa ~ this glorious whole fish is no more difficult to make than regular fish, and it makes such a spectacular presentation! I’ve never cooked a whole fish before, so how about we do…

Asparagus Roasted with Blood Oranges 7

Minimal Monday: Asparagus Roasted with Blood Oranges

This recipe reflects a fleeting moment in time…the blood oranges are on their way out just as the asparagus are coming into season and the two cross paths for one brief moment.  Healthy, simple,  glorious.  I saw the idea…

Bowl of Beet Chips 2

Minimal Monday: Pink Beet Chips

I would have passed right by the beets at the supermarket the other day but a savvy green grocer cut a few of them open and left them out for display.  The pink and white spirals hypnotized me. These …

Citrus Salad

Minimal Monday: Citrus Salad with Pomegranate & Pistachio

Citrus Salad with Pomegranate and Pistachio is a wonderful way to celebrate citrus season! I get so excited when I see the citrus fruit start to flood into the stores in December.  I’ve been buying tangerines and clementines, cara…

Oven Baked Pumpkin Chipotle Fries

Oven Baked Pumpkin Chipotle Fries ~ a delicious savory pumpkin recipe that might just put French fries out of business! I’m enjoying exploring savory uses for pumpkin this fall.  It’s such a healthy vegetable and so much more versatile…

Baba Ganoush, a wonderful Middle Eastern eggplant appetizer

Smokey Baba Ganoush

Smokey Baba Ganoush is a wonderfully rich creamy Middle Eastern Dip that might just give hummus a run for its money! Like its cousin, hummus, baba ganoush is a very simple but irresistible Middle Eastern dip, only instead of…

Minimal Monday: Papaya Salsa

Papaya Salsa ~ this juicy tropical salsa is equally at home with a bag of chips as it is at the side of a great steak ~ make a big batch today! If I had to pick one food…

Beautiful Breakfast Tart (Gluten Free)

This Beautiful Breakfast Tart has to be the most delightful breakfast idea ever with a nutty granola crust filled with thick Greek yogurt, and topped with a colorful sunburst of fresh juicy fruit.  Yes it looks too beautiful to…

How to Dry Roast Onions

Dry Roasted Onions is about as elemental as it gets when it comes to a delicious side dish.  These beautiful red onions literally bloom in the high heat of a 400 degree oven, and come out tender and delicious!…

Thai Coconut Lime Soup

Thai coconut lime soups are some of the easiest to make, this one comes together almost instantly in the time it takes for the shrimp to saute. The broth isn’t dependent on long simmering or tons of ingredients. The…

Roasted Beet and Micro Kale Egg White Frittata

Roasted Beet and Micro Kale Egg White Frittata is gluten free, low calorie, low fat, super healthy, and pretty darned delicious! I’ve given it some thought and I think the only remotely possible downsides to yesterday’s delicious Meyer Lemon…

Mojito Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Salsa

Mojito Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Salsa ~ it’s Groundhog Day this weekend.  Also 48 days till the first day of spring.  53 till we visit my Dad and his wife in Florida.  I found a really cute pair of…

Minimal Monday: Mixed Citrus Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

It was a celebration of citrus at the farmer’s market this weekend.  All the stalls had their citrus out for tasting—.there were big chunks of Pummelo, little Mandarin sections, Tangelos, Navels, Satsumas, Blood Oranges, Clementines, Cava Cava, and several…

Persian Mixed Herb Frittata (Kuku Sabzi)

Persian Mixed Herb Frittata (Kuku Sabzi) is a traditional Middle Eastern egg dish that is literally loaded with fresh herbs! At this point all that’s going to get done has been done.  There’s no use fretting about what could…

Vegan Carrot Soup

(Vegan) Carrot And Leek Soup with Frizzled Brussels Sprouts

This is a simple soup, made special with whole Indian spices and crispy shreds of Brussels Sprouts.  I think of it as a warmed up winter version of fresh spring carrot soup.  Once you try them, the frizzled Brussels…

Minimal Monday: Pan Seared Red Cabbage Wedges

Don’t knock these uber simple Pan Seared Red Cabbage Wedges until you’ve tried them ~ this quick side dish is not only healthy, it’s positively addictive! Red Cabbage is one of ‘those’ foods.  You feel a twinge of guilt…

Red Flannel Hash

How can you  not love something called red flannel hash?  I always picture a red union suit on a laundry line flapping in the breeze when I think of this hash.  Before I ever had it I knew I…

Minimal Monday: Root Veggie Kettle Chips

So little effort, so much fun.  So fabulous I can’t even tell you.  While I was writing this post I had to keep getting up to grab another handful of these, the photos were driving me crazy.  You know…

Root Vegetable Soup with Sausage and Kale

Root Vegetable Soup with Sausage and Kale ~ just a friendly reminder that at this time of year soup makes a darn good meal.  I don’t know why I need to remind myself over and over again.  It’s a…

Braised Short Ribs over Turnip Puree

Braised Short Ribs over Turnip Puree ~ this is a richly satisfying meal that can be done on the stove, in the oven, or in a slow cooker. What I learned: when you brown a bone-in meat and then…

Roasted Cider Glazed Brussels Sprouts

I found my first Brussels sprouts in the store the other day.  It’s been ages since I’ve seen them!  Just to warn you, that means a long, drawn out love affair with sprouts is about to play out again…

The perfect Butternut Squash Soup

The Perfect Butternut Squash Soup

If you’re having a couple of girl friends over to lunch, like I did yesterday, this soup is the way to go. It’s delicious, healthy, and elegant, and you’ll get extra props for being seasonal.  Butternut Squash soup is…

Baked Sole in Fresh Tomato Sauce

Baked Sole in Fresh Tomato Sauce is a healthy, 30-minute, low carb, Whole 30 meal that celebrates the bounty of fresh summer tomatoes! I drove myself crazy trying to decide what to do with my 15 minute Fresh Tomato…

Apricot Salsa

Apricot Salsa ~ an unexpected fruit salsa that brightens up so many dishes, and it’s heavenly alongside grilled meats! Take it from me, don’t walk into a Whole Foods in the middle of summer thinking you’re just going to…

Pan Fried Trout with Herbes de Provence

I’ve said it before, but when there’s no plan for dinner, I almost always turn to fish.  I didn’t intend to post it, but after I got home with my trout fillets last night I happened to check one…

Minimal Monday: Chunky Cherry Tomato Salsa

Chunky Cherry Tomato Salsa ~ this type of chunky salsa is perfect for serving with grilled fish, meats, or chicken.  It adds color, flavor, and a summery brightness to so many different types of meals. I’ve made a lot…

Fresh Corn Soup with Chili and Lime

Fresh Corn Soup with Chili and Lime ~ I can’t get enough fresh corn these days.  I’m sure you can’t either.  And we all know the best way to enjoy corn in season is right off the cob. But…

Roberta’s Lemon Herb Fish (in parchment paper)

Lemon Herb Fish in parchment paper is an incredibly healthy recipe that is also stunningly beautiful.   Prep it ahead of time and you’ll have an easy weeknight meal, or a company-worthy dish. My friend Roberta has been doing…