Now more than ever we all need a strong immune system. I’m highlighting some important foods that can help keep us all strong and healthy. Although healthy when eaten fresh, red peppers, carrots, and spinach provide even more nutrients when cooked. Below you will find some specific easy recipes that each incorporate at least one of these immune boosting foods.
These are just some of the recipes that I have either improved or simplified since they were originally posted. I’m always learning and improving my skills so if anyone is using a recipe that was posted a while ago or if you printed it some time ago, please check the “Recipe Changes/Fixes” category in my blog.
So far I have made changes to about 100 recipes but many of the changes are minor, like increasing salt or reducing sugar but others, like my 15-Minute Veggie Pasta, now use an easier, faster, all-in-one-pan method. I’m always looking for ways to make something healthier or faster or to simplify the process so every time I cook, if I try a better way and it works, I adjust the recipe and share the exact changes I made in the blog.
I encourage all of my regular cooks to occasionally check the “Recipe Changes” category here in my blog to make sure you are using the newest and best version of each recipe. As I evolve as a better (& simpler) cook, I will continue to occasionally update my recipes. To see if any changes were made to your favorite recipes, click here.
I finally posted a new photo of myself on this website. I enjoy taking photos of my recipes but not so much of myself but I felt obligated to show my true and current self, un-retouched. The other photo was taken 5 years ago so it was time. I’ll soon be turning 73 and couldn’t put it off much longer. At least in this one I’m still only 72!
I wore my favorite apron and included the smiley spatula. My husband took the photo after I showed him which button to press. 🙂 He always said he would do anything for me so I took him at his word. Thank you, my precious! ❤️ (He doesn’t know it yet but there’s an apple pie in his future 🍏) Happy cooking, everyone!
Baking can be therapeutic. This appeared in Sunday’s St. Croix hurricane report and it looks like my recipes are therapeutic for Isabel, who is staying calm by baking. Question, though… is it the baking of the cinnamon rolls or the eating of the cinnamon rolls that’s helping take her mind off things?
“Hi Jenny, Just wanted to tell you how much I love you and your recipes. You are so sweet and funny and I love watching your videos. Now I also know that we celebrate our b-days in the same month. I turned 49 in June 6. I’m from Israel and I married an American Jew and we live in NJ with our beautiful daughter who celebrated 10 years a few days ago. I wish you a Belated Happy Birthday! Hope you had fun. I love you so much and I’ll keep following you on You-tube. You are welcome to keep in touch with me :-)”
Happy 4th of July!
Roni, What a lovely gesture that you sent your photo. I often wonder who is making my recipes so it’s a real treat to see this photo of you and your beautiful family. Thank you so much for taking the time and if anyone else feels so inclined, I would be honored to received your personal photos so I can feel even more connected with everyone who visits. – jenny
Today is my birthday so I celebrated by writing a poem (and baking a cake!).
Well I finally made it to seventy two! And I’ve learned a few things that might help you I was scared at first about getting older, you know Would my hair turn grey, would my nose really grow?
There are some things you simply can’t avoid Like wrinkles, but they’re proof that your life was enjoyed So you want to take a nap? Do it – it’s reviving Nothing wrong with that, just not while you’re driving.
Don’t lie about your age, there’s no reason to miscount Enjoy the benefits – get that senior discount. So you need to wear glasses, that bothers you a bit Truth is without reading glasses, I can’t see… a thing.
The serenity prayer is kind of my plan Accept what you must, and change what you can The list for accepting is not very long Your eyes or your muscles may not be as strong.
But the list you can change… where should I begin? Fix your bones and your heart and your hair and your skin Diabetes & cancer & stroke can be prevented It’s up to your lifestyle – you just reinvent it.
No sodas or fast food, no junk or diet drinks What’s that you say? This really stinks! And easy on the pizza & sweets & ice cream Jenny, you’re killing me. This is a bad dream!
Instead of coffee, drink water or tea instead And no booze except one glass of wine that’s red Eat veggies, wear sunscreen, exercise must be done I know what you’re thinking. Can’t I have any fun?
I’m not here to say that I never cheat An occasional pizza and gelato I eat But the next day I’m back on this plan of my making I cook every day, and do all my own baking.
I know it’s a lot and I’m not saying it’s easy But you can live without things in bags that are cheezy Feed your body with the best fuel at every meal Then see how fabulous you can look and feel.
Look what I found at the market today! Swiss chard is usually mostly green but today it was an explosion of vibrant color and you know what that means? Even more nutrients!
Designer shoes on sale or hot pink Swiss chard – guess which one gets me excited? I was so excited I rushed home to make my spaghetti with chard for dinner. It’s my favorite pasta side dish and I had it with salmon patties.
The chard is sauteed with some garlic and olive oil, add some Parmesan, stir in the spaghetti and it’s done. Ten minutes. Like all leafy greens, Swiss chard has many health benefits.
If you want to try my easy spaghetti with Swiss chard, click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones
Summer officially starts today and so does my summer vacation! Please continue to enjoy my recipes while I’m away. I will be checking in but can’t always answer questions so please look to the FAQs for answers. Meantime, I hope everyone has a wonderful summer. Stay hydrated, eat well, and use sunscreen! See you soon. – Jenny Jones