domenicatoscani has written 135 posts for Instructions from the Appetite:

Creamy Butternut Squash & Kale Pasta Bake

Cold weather has arrived and Thanksgiving is near, which means we’re headed full speed into holiday season! I don’t know about you, but I have been sieving through recipe blogs and magazines for holiday recipe inspiration. (Let’s be real, I do this all year round.) But no matter how busy I am, there’s something about the … Continue reading

Back to School Lunch Tips

If your child is a picky eater or tired of eating ham and cheese sandwiches for lunch each day, do not lose hope! It just might be time to change the school lunch routine. Make it fun and tasty, but keep it healthy, too. Try these tips and your child will be excited for lunch … Continue reading

All About Seasonal Sugar Snap Peas

Sugar snap peas are a good source of vitamin C, packed with dietary fiber and high in Vitamin K. They contain phytonutrients that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and are naturally low in fat; saturated fat free; sodium free; cholesterol free.  How to Select Choose firm, smooth and bright green peas that are blemish-free  How … Continue reading

The Breakfast Post

Many of my followers know that I am a stickler for eating breakfast everyday. It’s true; it is the meal that is near and dear to my appetite. Here’s my attempt at persuading you all to get on the breakfast train. We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet, … Continue reading

Honey Balsamic-Glazed Mahi Mahi

Makes: 4-5 fillets  Prep Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes Ingredients: 1.2 pounds mahi mahi fillets 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard 1 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil 3 teaspoons balsamic vinegar 2 teaspoons agave syrup or honey Directions: Whisk mustard, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and agave syrup together in a small bowl. Place mahi … Continue reading

Southwest Quinoa Grain Salad

Southwest Quinoa Grain Salad   Makes: 8 servings Prep Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes Ingredients: 2 ½ cups quinoa, dry 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed well 1 (15-ounce) can corn, rinsed well 2 medium red bell peppers, diced (~2 cups) 1 medium red onion, diced (~1-1 ½ cups) ½ cup extra virgin … Continue reading

Warm Kale & White Bean Pasta

Makes: 4 servings Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes Ingredients: ½ (13.25 ounce) box whole grain penne pasta 1 (15-ounce) can of cannellini beans, rinsed well to rid of added sodium 2 cups kale, rinsed and roughly chopped ½ medium onion, diced 1 clove garlic, minced ¼ teaspoon chili pepper flakes 1 tablespoon … Continue reading

A Review of Mark Bittman’s Lecture “The Future of Food”

We’re still celebrating National Nutrition Month and in doing so, our meals should be focused on well-balanced nutrition! That means including as many of the five main food groups as you can in each meal with emphasis on plant foods. I attended a lecture last week by Mark Bittman, New York Times food columnist and … Continue reading

Embrace Fish Dishes During Lent!

Each year, during the forty days leading up to Easter Sunday, many of us observe the Lenten season through prayer, penance, reflection and fasting. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, those that participate make a sacrifice by “giving up” a vice, like eating junk food, for the entire season. What will you be giving up for Lent? … Continue reading

American Heart Month

Sadly, we all know at least one person, friend or relative that has passed from cardiovascular disease. As the leading cause of death in the United States, CVD takes the lives of thousands each day. February is American Heart Month; during this time, support strides to end heart disease and advocate for early prevention, detection … Continue reading