Spa Cuisine Recipes

shrimp fajitas with gypsy carrots


I spent the day shopping in little antique stores, thrift shops and my favorite used book store. It was so nice to venture out on my own, walk around our beautiful downtown, treat myself to a green tea at the bakery coffee shop, and just browse. I bought some pretty pieces of china to add…

ten grain yogurt quick bread


  I thought about my friend Sonali’s awesome Greek yogurt cookbook today as I played with whole grain bread flour and yogurt in my kitchen. It’s called “The Greek Yogurt Diet,” and it will be available for purchase on April 29th! She kindly asked me to contribute several of my recipes containing greek yogurt and…

fresh cottage garden pea soup


We had such an amazing weekend. I’m so happy that spring is finally here and we can walk around outside without big jackets, boots, mittens, scarves and hats. Everything feels light and fresh and dewy. Soon the trees will be budding and the grass will turn green and I’ll be thinking about planting my herb…

bananas foster buckwheat belgian waffles {gluten free}


Here’s a fantastic, filling, high protein waffle recipe that is also gluten free. It’s quite a bit healthier than the typical Belgian waffle, but there is a lot of sugar in the bananas foster topping. If you’d like to substitute agave for the brown sugar, you sure can. Some people say that blue agave nectar…

original thousand island salad dressing


Most of you who visit me regularly know that I’ve been compiling a collection of homemade salad dressings over the last couple years. This collection now boasts 42 healthy homemade dressings, this being the 42nd. The collection is quite popular, and everyone who tries the dressings seem to love them and pass the link to…

whiskey shrimp & coca cola rice


Gracie has been on spring break since Wednesday and we’ve been enjoying some lazy days here in the Placzek household. She crocheted an adorable teacup cozy in Rastafarian colors. (I’ll share pics on Sunday in my “scenes” post.) I’ve been playing with all sorts of beachy colored, cotton yarn. I’m making place mats and napkins…

incredible lunch salad


I can’t believe I’m just getting around to blogging now. After midnight. Hmmmmm…. Well, I guess I’ll technically be sharing two posts with you today. Here’s a mouthwatering salad that is easy to put together and it’s so good for you. It was inspired by a bottle of Trader Joe’s Cranberry Walnut Gorgonzola salad dressing.…

spicy thai peanut chicken wrap


Here’s a healthy, spicy sandwich wrap that tastes great with roasted sweet potato wedges or a handful of Terra chips. If you make one wrap, and serve each half with a cup of soup, (this is a good one) then the wrap is sharable. for 2 whole sandwich wraps (4 halves) 2 Tablespoons peanut butter…

tijuana taxi bean dip


Here’s what I whipped up for our lunch today. Delicious, spicy and satisfying. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips! The great northern beans naturally mash up during the mixing process, lending a smooth texture that combines well with the other ingredients and makes this dip yummy and interesting. I use all low-sodium options for my…

one ingredient magic banana ice cream


This is such an awesome recipe! I couldn’t believe how creamy it turned out. It tastes just like real ice cream. This really works, folks. One ingredient. I kid you not. serves 4 to 6 6 large, ripe bananas Cut bananas into small pieces and place them on plates in one layer. Place the plates…