Tasty Spinach Rolls


Love this recipe!  It’s filling, it is full of flavor and best part, it’s good for you!!


If you are interested in a good and healthy meal that takes very little time to prepare… give this one a try!  Prep time was under 30 minutes and took only 30 minutes to cook!


2 (14 1/2 oz) cans no salt added whole tomatoes, undrained

1 cup  minced fresh basil

1 (10 oz) package frozen shopped spinach, thawed and drained

1 (15 oz) carton lite ricotta cheese

2 eggs, beaten

1/4 teaspoon salt

Vegetable cooking spray

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese


1.  Position knife blade in food processor bowl; add tomato.  Pulse 6 to 8 times or until tomato is coarsely pureed.

2.  Transfer tomato to a medium saucepan; add basil.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes, stirring frequently.

3.  Combine spinach, ricotta cheese, eggs, and salt; stir well.  Spoon spinach mixture evenly down centers of tortillas.  Roll up tortillas; place seam side down in a 13 by 9 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.  Spoon tomato mixture over tortillas, and sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese.  Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Makes 6 servings and only 234 Calories per serving!  Can’t get better then that!!  I served it with a bed of lettuce, avacado, and cherry tomatoes.  Delicious meal for the whole family to enjoy.  It’s a great way to get your kids to eat their spinach!!

Per Serving:

Carbohydrate 29.0g

Protein 16.0g

Fat 7.5g

Fiber 2.2g

Cholesterol 87mg

Sodium 298mg

Calcium 289mg

Cast Iron Rolled Flank Steak



This dish was so delicious and actually quite easy to make!  I find it rather therapeutic to be in the kitchen preparing healthy meals!  Especially meals that taste this good!

This recipe serves 4 to 6

1 (2 pound) Flank Steak                                                               4 thick slices Bacon

1/2 cup Olive Oil                                                                            1/2 cup Baby Spinach

1/4  cup Soy Sauce                                                                        1/2 cup sliced mushrooms

2 tsp Steak Seasoning and more to taste                                  1/2 Red Bell Pepper, seeded and cut into strips

2 tbls Chopped Garlic                                                                    1/2 cup Chopped Onion

1/2 puond thinly sliced Provolone Cheese

1.  Place the Flank Steak on a cutting board with a short end facing you.  Starting from one of the long sides, cut through the meat horizontally to within 1/2 inch of the opposite edge.

2.  Combine the oil, soy sauce, and the steak seasoning in a 1 gallon zip top plastic freezer bag.  Add the steak, sip the bag shut, and squeeze to coat the steak.  Marinate in the refrigerator 4 hours or overnight.


3.  Preheat the over to 350 degrees.  Grease a large cast iron Dutch over.

4.  Lay out the flank steak flat in front of you with the grain of the meat running from left to right.  Spread the garlic evenly over the meat and sprinkle with steak seasoning to taste.  Layer the provolone (or your favorite cheese) over the steak, leaving a one inch border on all sides.  Arrange the bacon, spinach, mushrooms, bell pepper and onion over the cheese.   Roll the flank steak up and away from you so that when the roll is cut into the pinwheel shape, each of the filling ingredients can be seen;  roll firmly, but be careful not to squeeze the fillings out the ends.  Once rolled, tie with kitchen string, securing at 2 inch intervals.


5.  Place the stuffed steak into the prepared Dutch over and bake until a meat thermometer inserted in the center of the stuffed steak registers 145 degrees, about 1 hour.  Remove the stuffed steak from the Dutch oven and let stand 5 to 10 minutes before cutting into 1 inch thick slices.  Remove the string before serving.



buon appetito!!

Cast Iron Roasted Red Potatoes with Rosemary and Onion





Cooking with Cast Iron is a Timeless Tradition.  If you have not tried it… you should!  The tradition goes back to Twenty first century cooks who use it to bake, sear, broil, saute, fry, braise, and stir fry meals on their stove tops, in their ovens, and over campfires.  It seals in the flavors and cooks to perfection!

Here is a simple recipe I’d like to share with you.  Roasted Red Potatoes with Rosemary and Onion.



Serves 4 to 6

1 1/2 pounds red potatoes, quartered

1 large sweet onion, chopped

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves

1 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1.  Place a 12 inch cast iron skillet in the oven and preheat oven to  350 degrees.

2.  When the skillet is hot, add the potatoes and onion and drizzle with the oil.  Add the rosemary, salt, and pepper to taste, and roast until the potatoes are browned and tender when tested with a knife, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes.

That’s it!  It’s easy, it’s done  You will love the flavor of this dish and notice a huge difference then if you used a casserole dish.

I’ll be back with more Cast Iron Recipes soon!

February 2 Rheumatoid Awareness Day


Patients Increase Public Awareness of Underestimated Disease

Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day - February 2

Rheumatoid Awareness Day

January 22, 2013 – Rheumatoid Patient Foundation (RPF) announces the establishment of Rheumatoid Awareness Day to be held each year on February 2, giving people with the chronic illness known as rheumatoid arthritis, or rheumatoid disease, a day of recognition. Because the disease is commonly presumed to be a type of arthritis, awareness is lacking, causing problems with disability accommodations, clinical care, healthcare reimbursement and research funding.

February 2 already boasts the observance of Groundhog Day, from which several analogies can be drawn to rheumatoid disease. “Compare disease onset to the moment the groundhog comes out of his hole to look for his shadow,” says Kelly Young, founder of the RPF. “It’s impossible to predict how aggressive the disease will be or whether treatments will be effective. The six weeks that the groundhog forecasts correspond to the short window of opportunity for people with rheumatoid disease to get early diagnosis and treatment, which has been shown to be a crucial component of positive outcome.”

Rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive inflammatory disease causing damage to joint and organ tissues, resulting in severe pain, frequent disability, and increased mortality. For most patients, current treatments neither relieve all symptoms nor assure a healthy future. Remission is rare[1]. Rheumatoid disease affects about one percent of the world’s population, with 1.6 to 2 million Americans currently diagnosed. Mayo Clinic says lifetime risk of the disease is 3.6 percent for women and 1.7 percent for men[2].

Rheumatoid Awareness Day comes at the start of Heart Disease Awareness month, underscoring a serious aspect of rheumatoid disease: heart involvement. Studies show that rheumatoid disease may affect the heart prior to diagnosis[3]. Rheumatoid patients have higher incidence of stroke and atrial fibrillation[4] in addition to the specific effects of the disease upon the heart itself[5]. A study conducted by Mayo Clinic[6] reported that rheumatoid arthritis patients were twice as likely to experience silent heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths.

The Rheumatoid Patient Foundation will support the first annual Rheumatoid Awareness Day with a campaign aimed at raising awareness and educating about rheumatoid disease. RPF encourages both the rheumatoid patient community and the public to get involved by sharing educational resources, promoting awareness messages via social media, participating in a live online chat and a matching donation opportunity. For information on how to support Rheumatoid Awareness Day, visit http://rheum4us.org/rheumatoid-arthritis-awareness-day/.

Rheumatoid Patient Foundation

RPF is a 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with rheumatoid diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile arthritis. RPF was founded in 2011 to address significant lack of disease education, comparatively low levels of research funding, and difficulty obtaining adequate treatment. RPF is committed to creating pathways to better clinical care and disease outcomes through education, awareness, and participation in patient-centered research. For more information, visit http://rheum4us.org or follow us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/rheumatoidpatientfoundation or Twitterhttp://www.twitter.com/RheumPF.



Kelly Young
PO Box 236251
Cocoa, FL 32923

[1] Prince, F et al. Arthritis Research and Therapy. Sustained rheumatoid arthritis remission is uncommon in clinical practice. http://arthritis-research.com/content/pdf/ar3785.pdf

[2] Mayo Clinic. 2011. Mayo Clinic Determines Lifetime Risk of Adult Rheumatoid Arthritis. http://www.mayoclinic.org/news2011-rst/6137.html?rss-feedid=1

[3] Kerola, A et al. Annals of Rheumatic Diseases. 2012. Cardiovascular comorbidities antedating the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. http://ard.bmj.com/content/early/2012/11/22/annrheumdis-2012-202398.abstract

[4] Jesper, L et al. British Medical Journal. Risk of atrial fibrillation and stroke in rheumatoid arthritis: Danish nationwide cohort study. http://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e1257

[5] Young, K. 2011. Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior. 20 Facts About Rheumatoid Heart Disease. http://rawarrior.com/20-facts-about-rheumatoid-heart-disease/

[6] Science Daily. 2005. Mayo Clinic Finds Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients At Higher Risk For Unrecognized Heart Disease And Cardiac Sudden Death. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/02/050204121639.htm

Lisa’s Chicken and Brussel Sprout Casserole


Mushroom~Spinach Baked Eggs!


How about making your News Years Day Brunch easy and tasty!  It’s a dish that your family will want again!  I did this for our Christmas morning breakfast and we all enjoyed it so much.  It’s something I would even do for dinner.  What I liked about this recipe is you can make it the night before … so on a morning like New Years day, when you are tired, a little hung over perhaps and not feeling like giving it your all in the kitchen, all you have to do is open the fridge, turn on the oven and put in the dish… DONE!!

Mushroom Spinach Baked Eggs


Prep time: 30 minutes       Total Time: 1 hour     Serves: 6

2  Tablespoons exra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing

1 small onion, chopped

1/2 pound white mushrooms, sliced (I chose to use portobello, my favorite)

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

6 cups baby spinach (about 6 ounces)

 slices potato bread, lightly toasted (You can use bread of choice)

6 large eggs

1/2 cup whole milk

3/4 cup shredded gruyere cheese

1.  heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add the onion and cook stirring occasionally, until golden, about 8 minutes.  Add the mushrooms and cook, undisturbed, until they begin to brown, about 2 minutes.  Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste; continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 4 more minutes.  Stir in the spinach and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes.  Remove from the heat and let cool.

2.  Brush a 9 by 13 inch baking dish with olive oil.  Arrange the bread in the dish in a single layer with the edges slightly overlapping, then spoon the mushroom spinach mixture on top.  If making ahead, cover and refrigerate overnight.

3.  When ready to bake, preheat the over to 350 degrees.  Crack an egg onto each piece of bread; season with salt and pepper.  Pour the milk evenly over the top and sprinkle with the cheese.  Bake until the egg whites are set, 25 to 30 minutes.

DONE!!  Easy as 1, 2, 3 and tastes amazing!!

I wish my friends and family a Healthy, Happy and safe New Years.  May God’s blessings touch each and everyone of you in 2013.   Never stop believing, never stop dreaming and never, ever stop loving.