How to cook cactus (aka: nopales)

Join Total Health by Elizabeth and Dona Sonia & Chef Marco as they show how to shop for, clean and prepare cactus pads (leaves/paddles). A few things discussed in the video: How to shop for nopales – what to look for,  what to avoid How to clean and store them How to cook them. If you’d like the recipe in this video, click this link.

How to Roast Spaghetti Squash

Ever since I discovered spaghetti squash, regular pasta has little to no appeal to me. For me, plain pasta noodles don’t really taste like anything, and really are just a vehicle to deliver the good stuff: pasta sauce, cheese, and meat. I created this video because I think that seeing a spaghetti squash in the grocery store is pretty intimidating: How do you cook it? for how long? You can’t really screw this up unless you severely over cook it, or under cook it (but if you under cook it, you can just stick it in the microwave, and you’re good. General Directions: Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Carefully cut the squash in half, lengthwise. With a spoon or ice cream scoop, scoop out the seeds and other slimy muck. Place squash halves face down on a cookie sheet. Add water to the cookie sheet in the video I Read More . . .

Black Bean Brownies

My husband thinks I should start rating my recipes as “Gary Approved” or not; as this recipe is not Gary Approved. I think it’s just a mental thing because I told him that they were made with black beans instead of flour before he even took a bite. That was my mistake. He doesn’t like them – but I’m okay with that because now I don’t have to share. Given the choice between these brownies & ones out of a box, or homemade; yes, the homemade ones will win every time, however these brownies have less than 100 calories per serving & I think they’re delish. They allow me to have the indulgence of brownies without the guilt. They have the texture of flourless chocolate cake; dense, but light. They also have the added benefit that they’re all natural, almost 100% clean (depending on how you rate sugar), and have Read More . . .

Veggie Burger & Sweet Potato Fries

Ever since I’ve read the Omnivore’s Dilemma & saw the movie Food Inc., I’ve been more aware of the quality of my food, where it’s coming from & also the environmental impact of my diet. With all of that, I went online searching for veggie burger recipes & found a Houston’s copycat version. Houston’s Restaurant has the best veggie burger EVER! It looks like a burger should (not like those lame frozen soy patties that you get in the grocery store), it has a ton of flavor & is just to die for. If you’ve never had a veggie burger, never had a veggie burger that you’ve liked, or haven’t tried Houston’s veggie burger, you need to go there & try it. (Gary even liked it & ordered one!) Anyway, I’m playing around with the recipe. I think the flavor is there, but they’re pretty loose – so I need Read More . . .

Yummy Low-Cal Tortilla Chips

Happy Cinco de Mayo Everyone! One of the most common questions I get, is "What do you eat?" Up until now, I’ve omitted this meal. Gary & I probably eat tacos, chips & guacamole at least once per week. BUT WAIT! It’s not what you think. You can do this with relatively little damage to your diet. In honor or Cinco de Mayo, I’m publishing my recipe for tortilla chips & guacamole. Tortilla Chips: About a year ago, I found Mission Extra-Thin Corn Tortillas. The nutritionals on these tortillas are great! Considering that most flour tortillas start at 140 Calories for one, and go up from there, and typically one regular corn tortilla will be around 80 Calories. With the Mission Extra-Thin Corn Tortillas, you get two 6" tortillas for just 80 Calories! That’s fantastic! By dividing the chips into 6 wedges, each chip is ~7 Calories. 6 Mission Extra-Thin Read More . . .

Sufferin’ Succotash!

I just updated my website with a new recipe. It's kind of an invention, kind of a rip off of Skwigg's Lazy Fiesta Mix. I'm calling it Tex-Mex Zucchini Succotash & I think I've been making it once a week: Gary's probably sick of it. The nutritionals on it are great though; just about 135 calories for 1/4th of the recipe! You can use this recipe as a side dish or as a filling for vegetarian tacos. YUM! Also, the price of the bodybugg is lower! $209 + $26 activation!

What’s Eating Elizabeth?

I’ve just added 3 fantastic recipes to my website: Ropa Vieja – I make this in the crockpot. I call it Ropa Vieja because it’s inspiration is from a cuban dish that I get that is devine. This recipe is good & it’s also really easy. Make sure that you get a low fat cut of beef. Tabbouleh Salad with Chicken – This recipe makes for a fantastic side dish or light lunch. Inspired by Moraccan Tabbouleh Apple Cobbler – YUM! Enjoy!


I’ve recently purchased the URL Right now it just redirects to my recipes page, however I have lots of clever things in mind for it in the future. Unfortunately, is taken by Worldwide Entertainment Events. They’re not even using it! ugh. But anyway – Yippee!


I’ve finally added the Summer Wheatberry Salad to my website. It’s the perfect light summer salad. Make it as a side to complement grilled chicken or fish or even burgers. It’s a great potluck dish too because there’s no mayo or dairy ingredients. If you’re not familiar with the wheatberry, it is the whole wheat grain before it’s been milled into flour, wheat germ or bulgur. Once cooked, the finished product looks like a cross between barley & rice. Enjoy!

Healthy Eating: beyond poached fish and celery sticks

I love food. I love the flavor of it, texture & aroma. I love eating. I am a self-described foodie. Wikipedia defines a foodie as "A gourmet is a person with a discriminating palate and who is knowledgeable in fine food and drink. The word is a corruption of the French word gourmet, a valet in charge of the wines. It is often used as an adjective for meals of especially high quality, whose makers or preparers have used especial effort or art in presentation or cooking the meal, or for facilities equipped for preparing such meals, such as a restaurant." I don't know if I fall into the gourmet part of this explanation; I certainly don't waste my calories on "common foods" like candy bars or fast food. Although it has to be good, it doesn't have to be gourmet & I'm all about volume. Why do I tell Read More . . .