Luscious Lettuce Wraps

Luscious Lettuce WrapsWho needs bread with these delectable little waist-friendly grab ‘n go “sandwiches”.  There are endless combinations and taste possibilities – get creative!  Can be made the day before and stored in the refrigerator making these the perfect quick ‘n easy protein-rich snack or meal.

INGREDIENTS: (for each wrap)

1 Bibb or Boston lettuce leaf (cleaned and dried)

1 oz. lean protein (ex. chicken, turkey, tuna or salmon)

1/4 c finely chopped or small amount julienned veggies

1 T Hummus or 1 t vinaigrette

1 t ground flax seeds


Assemble ingredients in the order listed above.  Either roll or fold lettuce leaf in half, store in container and refrigerate.



Johnny Boy’s Breakfast Smoothie

Captain Johnny

My brother Johnny lives in Santa Cruz, has been a vegetarian most of his life, surfs, plays the trombone and  is totally chill.  Its no wonder he looks younger then all of us!

The following is his famous Breakfast Smoothie recipe which was inspired by my Dad, the original “Smoothie King”. Bottoms up!



2-3 leaves Dino kale (stems removed)

2 leaves any chard-can add 1 leaf romaine lettuce also.

1 banana

1/2 cup each (approximately) frozen strawberries (Trader Joe’s organic), blueberries (Trader Joe’s organic), mangos (again…Trader Joe’s organic)

Around 2 tablespoons raw cocoa nibs

1 peeled orange (organic, if available)

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 scoop Whey Cool Protein (chocolate or vanilla)

1 scoop EssentiaGreens

Around 2 cups liquid (I use either filtered water, or unsweetened tea (if I need an additional boost)

1 medjool date (optional)


Add all ingredients to a VitaMix or blender and blend for 1-2 minutes on high speed.  Makes 2 good-size servings.


Wendy’s Candied Tomatoes

Moonshine MaryMy sister-in-law Wendy (aka Moonshine Mary) is a hardcore foodie.  She has owned several restaurants and has worked in countless others. She is as adventurous as it gets and whereas we don’t always agree on what tastes good, she never ceases to amaze me with her culinary choices (and just about everything else as well!!!)







24 plum tomatoes cut in half


Sea salt



On a baking sheet, drizzle tomatoes with evoo  and salt with sea salt.  Place on middle rack or if using multiple pans, just stick them all in the oven and rotate every hour.

Cook them at 275 for four hours.  You can cook them at 300 if you wish, but I eat so many of them along the process that i will often do 2 batches and eat them any old way.  Simply leave them out on the counter and within 2 hours they are all eaten up.  Save some for putting in a sauce.



Sage’s Gluten-free Afternoon Delight

Sage and GracieMy daughter Sage is a big Italian bread girl (she get’s that from her Father!) but she is trying to go GF as she doesn’t like the bloated feeling that accompanies it.   She is 14 and having a bloated belly in bikini season is “just like the worst thing like everrrrrrrrrrr”!!!

The following is her GF answer to her favorite afternoon treat.  It’s not in any way, shape or form healthy but definitely falls into the “lesser evil” category which is like totally fine by me!


1 slice Rudi’s Wholegrain GF Bread (you can use the GF bread of your choice)

1 T extra virgin olive oil

1 t balsamic glaze (you can find this at Trader Joe’s and most super markets)


Lightly toast bread and rip into bite-size pieces.  Drizzle olive oil on a plate, followed by balsamic glaze (should look like food painting).  Dip bread in and enjoy!