Happy New Year! I know slacked off the last two weeks of the year, but things were very busy between the holidays and a beautiful bridal shower my aunt threw for me in Florida.

Now it’s back to the grindstone and definitely back to healthy eating. Do you know what the number one New Years Resolution is every year?? I’m sure you guessed it. To lose weight/eat healthy/ etc… I tried to start early this year. For a New Years Eve party, I made a wonderful dish that is just 63 calories per serving (1/4 cup)! Everyone who tried it said it was like nothing they’d ever tasted before, but it that was so great!

It comes from my favorite recipe encyclopedia: CookingLight.



1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped fennel bulb (white parts only)
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup white wine vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons capers
1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (9-ounce) package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, fennel, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in raisins and next 8 ingredients (through artichokes). Bring to a simmer; cook over medium-low heat 5 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Serve with toasted baguette slices.

Bon appetit!

Here’s to a fun, flavorful and healthy 2008!


Lauren Hillman
Hillman’s Helpings