Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, January 20, 2020

Mediterranean food has been proven to be the healthiest. We tried this Chickpea Patty in Pita for a Meatless Monday Meal. It was so good we had to serve it up on Celebrate! Enjoy what you eat and make sure to nourish your heart with right-sized, healthy foods! 

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We found this recipe in the 30-Minute Mediterranean Diet Cookbook. Find the book here


Book Review—30-Minute Mediterranean Diet Cookbook

Friday, January 17, 2020
At the beginning of the New Year it is the time we tend to give ourselves a fresh start. We look for new and better ways of living a healthy lifestyle. We check out new tools and resources that can help us a long the way.

My favorite thing to do is to check out new cookbooks that focus on healthy foods and healthier ways of cooking. We have found that no matter the healthy eating lifestyle you choose to follow, it works with Livliga. I was given a copy of a cookbook called 30-Minute Mediterranean Diet Cookbook by Serena Ball, MS, RDN & Deanna Segrave-Daly, RDN at a conference. As the New Year approached I thought it was time to check it out.  What immediately appealed to me about this cookbook was that the authors explain that they don’t like the work “Diet” and instead prefer the term “Mediterranean eating lifestyle”. The authors also point out that this form of eating has been proven and tested for centuries. We know it works.

A little about the authors of this cookbook.  Serena Ball, MS, RDN & Deanna Segrave-Daly, RDN have over 20 years of food, nutrition and culinary communications experience between them. As they describe it, they’ve dedicated their careers to helping people get delicious and nutritious meals on the table. The 30-Minute Mediterranean Diet Cookbook is their first cookbook.

What this cookbook offers.  In this book you get great information about the Mediterranean eating lifestyle and how to practically incorporate it into your daily life. Specifically here is what is provided:

  • Guidelines for eating the Mediterranean way, as well as tips for navigating your supermarket
  • Recipes that follow the Mediterranean eating lifestyle that have been developed to be less complicated and take less time
  • Use of healthier ingredients that are available in your local grocery store
  • Meals and recipes that focus on whole foods showing how it is not only healthier but very possible to avoid highly processed or pre-packaged food items in preparing meals
  • Mediterranean-style recipes that can be tailored for specific dietary needs, i.e., gluten free, dairy free, nut free, Vegetarian or Vegan
  • Prep tips and ingredient tips
  • Nutritional information with each recipe

Chickpea Patties in Pita Served Up on Livliga

My experience with the recipes in the cookbook. One of the first recipes I did was the Chickpea Patties in Pita on page 74. True to the cookbook’s promise, the recipe was quick and easy to prepare, even with the added steps to prepare the hummus recipe to provide one of the ingredients called for in the chickpea patty.

It was visually appealing and had tasty textures to enjoy. The feedback I got from the family, which was similar to some of the reviews I found on Amazon, was that it was a little chalky and bland. Next time I plan on adding some sweet paprika and plain yogurt to the patty to address the blandness and chalkiness. Everyone liked the idea of the recipe and the ingredients. Taste is in the mouth of the eater in reality so adding spices and other tweaks to a recipe is the way to make it just the way you like it… just so long as you keep it healthy!

Overall impression of the cookbook. It is a well-constructed cookbook packed with helpful and informative content. The recipes are creative and in keeping with a Mediterranean eating lifestyle. Hopefully, in the next edition they will add photos of the recipes, which will greatly benefit those using the cookbook.

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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, January 13, 2020

Getting back on track? Try this delicious #WeightWatchers Chicken Sambal Stir Fry to perk up your pallette with health! We served ours up on Vivente...just because...Happy Healthy New Year!

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Moroccan Lamb Tagine—DASH Diet friendly

Friday, January 10, 2020

There are many popular diets available to choose from when we want to jumpstart our healthy habits and get back on track. Among the most popular for improving our health while also easy to follow is the DASH Diet. According to The healthy DASH (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension) diet plan was developed to lower blood pressure without medication. Original research showed that DASH could lower blood pressure. Since then, numerous studies have shown that the DASH diet reduces the risk of many diseases, including some kinds of cancer, stroke, heart disease, heart failure, kidney stones, and diabetes. It has been proven to be an effective way to lose weight and become healthier at the same time. It is full of fabulous, delicious, real foods. All of these benefits led to the #1 diet ranking by US News & World Report each year from 2011 - 2018.

There are many elements of the DASH Diet that lend itself to being similar to the Mediterranean Diet. You can’t beat using fresh, unprocessed foods combined with spices to provide a taste and healthy meal. This Moroccan Lamb Tagine originally came from The Diabetic Living Magazine.

Last year my husband and I had the opportunity to go to Morocco. While there we went to a cooking class in Marrakesh to learn how to prepare various tagines. The place where we took the class was a special nonprofit and school where disadvantaged women are taught the skills they need to find a job and become financially independent. It is called Amal Restaurant and Training Center for Women ( It was some of these very women who taught our class. It was a hands on class where we learned how to prepare the tagine and cook it in a traditional tagine pot. As our food cooked we sat on beautiful Moroccan rugs, enjoyed a traditional tea ceremony and learned more about the training center while our tagine cooked. It was a wonderful experience and our tagine was pretty good too!

This Moroccan Lamb Tagine is easy to assemble and cook in a slow cooker.  It incorporates the spices and their complexity of flavors that embody the food from this part of the world. This is the wonder of eating healthy. It truly is possible to eat interesting, flavorful foods that promote our health and support our desire to live life as our healthiest selves.


  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1½ pounds boneless lamb shoulder or lamb stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces 
  • 1½ cups coarsely chopped, peeled sweet potato
  • 1 medium plum tomato, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped 
  • ¼ cup pitted dates, quartered 
  • ¼ cup green olives, halved 
  • 2 tablespoons finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice 
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can reduced- sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups hot, cooked pearled couscous
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted 


  1. In a large bowl, combine ginger, cumin, salt, turmeric and cinnamon. Add lamb to bowl; toss to coat in spices. 
  2. In a 4-quart slow cooker, place lamb, sweet potato, tomato, carrots, onion, dates, olives, tapioca, lemon peel, lemon juice, honey and garlic. Pour broth over all. 
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours. 
  4. Serve over couscous and top with almonds.

Nutritional Information:
Serves 8. Serving size: 1½ cups; ½ cup couscous and 1 cup lamb tagine. Calories: 425. Total Fat 16.9g; Saturated Fat 3.6g; Sodium 455mg; Total Carbohydrate 38.7g; Dietary Fiber 5.3g; Total Sugars 10g; Protein 30g.

Note: this recipe was featured in an episode of  Livliga’s Facebook Live: Healthy Recipes Served Up On Livliga. To enjoy this episode and others go to our LivligaHome YouTube channel and explore!

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Monday Motivation Meal

Monday, January 6, 2020

Ready to get started!? Try this Sweet and Spicy Chicken Thigh meal right out of our new and improved Get Started Guide! We served this family favorite up on Halsa. To your health!

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

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Friday, January 3, 2020

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Thursday, January 2, 2020
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