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Menu- A comparable list or assortment of offerings to select from. A list of foods served at a restaurant, a list of television programs or movies, a list shown on the display of your computer in which to select from. All different kinds of menus, but the one word that is common in all the different types of menus is, choice or selection. Lists of things you can choose from, making one selection or various selections or choices.

When I entertain I like to make a menu of the foods I want to prepare and serve, writing everything down, making sure that I have covered a nice range of flavors and foods. Vegetables, starches, protein, fats... Sometimes it is a menu of foods that will go together, such as an Italian menu, putting together a flavor palate that will compliment each other. Then again, it can be a menu with a variety of textures and flavors, sweet, sour, bitter, salty or savory. Creating flavors is a learned experience, one that you should be comfortable doing. Some of us are better at it than others, sometimes it is just a matter of being comfortable in the kitchen, and a desire to be creative. This is where recipes can help, find them, look them up, buy magazines with recipes in them, ask friends to share their recipes. A menu can be of your own creation and fun to put together!!

Now I am gong to revisit the words selection or choices, making the right choices for you, healthy reasonable choices. I believe that most of us love all the different flavors, some more than other (I personally am not a huge fan of things that are bitter) but, I do love arugula! Give your tongue a variety, many times your body will let you know if you have had too much of one thing/flavor. As much as I love sugar, there can be an overload, or I can just tell when my taste buds are craving something different. Listen to your body, but be smart when making your selections. Menus are a great source to use, creating the list, reading the list, revising the list, all the selections you have made to put the menu together. Extensive menus, sometimes difficult to make choices from, short menus, giving you fewer choices?? The menu doesn't matter as much as the choices you are giving. Your entertaining menu should be one of variety and healthy items to serve your guests, send your guests home with something they can feel good about. Good menus, good choices, you can't go wrong with that.

Healthy Cornbread


1 1/2 cup cornmeal

1/2 cup all purpose baking flour or gluten free flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp sea salt

1 1/2 cups plain greek yogurt (for dairy free almond milk greek yogurt)

2 large eggs

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 cup honey or agave nectar


Heat oven to 375 degrees

Cover lightly with oil a 2 qt baking dish

In a medium bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt.

Using a separate bowl whisk together the greek yogurt, eggs, olive oil and honey or agave nectar until smooth.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, then fold with rubber spatula until barely combined.

Pour the batter into the baking dish and smooth the top with the spatula.

Bake until the edges are golden brown, and the center springs back when gently touched, about 20-25 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before cutting.

Healthy Cornbread

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