Nutty Questions

Happy Passover and/or Happy Easter!

I haven't figured out why my comments section under each post is not working!  People have been sending me questions via texts, emails, and Facebook messages instead.  For everyone to benefit from these terrific questions, here are some recent ones:

1.)  Can I use natural crunchy peanut butter for the healthy and easy Peanut Butter Cookie recipe (posted last week)?  YES

I do not like natural peanut butter with a pool of oil floating on top, however, I have discovered a natural peanut butter that is simply peanuts, a touch of honey, and salt.  Parkers Honey Creamy is heavenly for spreading on apple slices or a piece of whole grain toast.  For baking, their plain Crunchy bakes best. You can find all their flavors at Whole Foods in the refrigerator section.

2.) When people ask me to bring a salad over for holidays or dinner parties, I usually bring my Adventure Salad.  On Friday, I was asked how I created such a delicious and healthy salad.

Here is my secret healthy tip.  I use finely diced walnuts (I have tried hammering walnuts into tiny bits before and it was not pretty).  I like Diamond's Finely Diced Walnuts, which I buy at Target in the baking aisle.

These walnuts are perfect for baking, cooking, and salads.

Adventure Salad Recipe
4 big handfuls of mixed greens
2 broccoli bunches- chopped
1 red pepper- chopped
½ cup grape or cherry tomatoes- use what is in season
3 long carrots- chopped
1 cucumber- peeled and chopped
¼ cup walnuts- finely diced
4 tbsp dried cherries- Target's brand Archer Farms sells delicious and good priced dried cherries ($2.99)
3 tbsp goddess dressing

Combine all ingredients in a large serving bowl and toss.  I let my kids throw all the ingredients in and toss away! Get messy!  Have fun!  And eat healthy!


  1. What Goddess dressing are you using? Annie's Goddess dressing?

    1. I have used Annie's Lite Goddess Dressing and it is good. The best Goddess Dressing in Chicago is from Goddess in the Grocer. They sell their own dressing at their Damen and Delaware locations. I am going to work on my own Goddess Dressing:)