Beans and Legumes

I was introduced to blackeye peas salsa while dining at Flip Flops; a favorite local restaurant. Owned by Chef Danny Veltri, winner of the reality TV show, Hell's Kitchen, Flip Flops serves the blackeye peas salsa to bar patrons and diners as they await their award-winning meals. Read more →


Today, I'd like to share my favorite fresh green beans with shallots and ginger recipe. Ingredients are sauteed in coconut oil; a healthy saturated fat known to fight off harmful bacteria and aid in digestion. One cup of these flavor-bursting beans provides 9.3 grams of protein, has zero-cholesterol and relatively lo-cal at 272 calories per serving. Read more →


Spring has finally sprung and many of us are ready to shed those extra winter pounds. This month, The Cheap Gourmet will be presenting low calorie, high flavor recipes that are easy to prepare. Recipes are taken from my cookbook, The Diva Diet, which I co-authored with Heidi Whitaker; an autoimmune disease expert. Read more →


I am a huge fan of Giada DeLaurentis of Everyday Italian at the Food Network. Her recipe for Gourmet Italian Potatoes, Tomatoes and Green Beans has quickly become one of our favorite side dishes. It's super easy to make and for about $5, you have a delicious tasting, healthy side dish that will serve four. Read more →