Kathy LaBella RDN, CDN, CSSD, ACE-CMES/CPT      1-860-437-0050


Winter Grilled Swordfish and Fresh Veggies

 Winter Grilled Swordfish and Fresh Veggies with Squash and Carrots

Photo by Kathy LaBella


Whether you are grilling indoors or outdoors, enjoying swordfish and fresh cut veggies are quick, easy, and nutritious!


Recipe for Two


Swordfish 10 ounces

Zucchini – 1 medium – slice, julienne or cut into chunks

Yellow Squash – 1 medium – slice julienne or cut into chunks

Carrots – 2 – julienne

Olive Oil – 1.5 Tablespoons or place into a spray bottle and spray to flavor

Fresh Lemon to flavor

Photo by Kathy LaBella


Pepper and Fresh herbs to flavor – marjoram, basil, or rosemary can be used


Heat grill

Cut all vegetables, and season with pepper and herbs

Season swordfish with pepper, lemon, and herbs to flavor

Use olive oil on grill and lightly spray on vegetables for non-stick and flavor

Grill swordfish and vegetables for around 10 minutes, every grill is different, therefore watch the food carefully.


The recipe makes 2 servings. Nutrition Data Per Serving.

Calories: 410, Carbohydrate: 17g, Protein: 36g, Fat 23g, Sodium 340mg, Potassium 1105mg

Recipe by Kathy LaBella

Winter Vegetable Soup

4 Servings

Print with Nutrition Facts

2  –  Garlic Cloves, chopped

1  –  Onion, white, chopped

6 Cups  –  Water

2 tsp  –  Olive Oil

½ tsp  –  Pepper, fresh, ground

2  –  Carrots, sliced

1  –  Zucchini, medium, diced medium

1.5 Cups  –  Broccoli florets, fresh, chopped

1  –  Tomato, large, chopped

1.75 Cup  –  Kidney beans, dark red, canned (or 1 can, rinsed and drained)

1 Cup  –  Spinach, baby, loosely chopped

1 Tbls  –  Parsley, fresh, chopped


Chop garlic and onion. Chop and cut all vegetables.

Place garlic and onion into a large pot with olive oil to sauté for around 3-5 minutes.             Add water (5-6 cups, more after if needed) and all vegetables except for beans, spinach and parsley. Add pepper and bring to a broil, then simmer for 25-30 minutes.
Drain and rinse canned beans.
Add parsley, beans, and spinach, cook for another 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 190, Carbohydrate 30g, Fiber 10g, Protein 10g, Fat 3.5g,

Excellent source of vitamins A and C. Good source of Calcium and Iron


Kathy LaBella, RDN, CDN, CSSD, wwww.PeakPerformanceRD.com


Summertime Tomato Bruschetta

As we near the end of summer, I’m still serving up my favorite summertime tomato bruschetta known to many of my friends for over twenty years. Simple, delicious, nutritious, and attractive with plenty of tomatoes, garlic, red onion, and fresh basil.

Tomato Bruschetta with fresh Russian pumpernickel bread.
Tomato Bruschetta with fresh Russian pumpernickel bread.

While many love the flavor and color, I like the fact one serving adds up to more than 10 percent of vitamin A, and 25 percent of vitamin C for the day. Vitamin A is essential for our vision, skin, bone formation, and immune function. Vitamin C is an antioxidant to protect body cells from damage, it is also involved with our collagen formation, nervous system, and it helps to enhance iron absorption into our bloodstream. In addition, this recipe contains eight percent of our iron needs, and the allyl sulfur compounds from the garlic and onion may help to protect against stomach and colon cancer, and cardiovascular disease. Tomatoes are also rich in potassium, and lycopene. Potassium is necessary for muscle contraction, and helps to reduce blood pressure. Lycopene, a carotenoid, is a phytochemical (natural plant chemical) that is known to help reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Lycopene is better absorbed when tomatoes are cooked, and this recipe can either be made with raw or cooked tomatoes depending on how you like your bruschetta to be served up. Either way, it’s always a perfect dish to have at your summer gathering, or to bring to your next party.

Tomato Bruschetta Recipe     Number of Servings: 10

6 Plum tomatoes, cut small

4 Medium vine ripe tomatoes or garden fresh, cut small

½ Cup red onion, chopped

2 Garlic cloves

½ Cup fresh basil, chopped

2 Ounces balsamic vinegar

1-1/2 Tsp olive oil

¼ Tsp fresh ground black garlic pepper (or regular pepper)

15 Slices of 100% whole grain bread or homemade grain bread

Chop tomatoes. Finely chop onion, garlic, and basil. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Mix in balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and pepper – add more for flavor.

Toast bread on one side under broiler, then cut the bread in half. Serve cold bruschetta on top. Serve on a platter or individual plates.


  1. Spray bread with a light coating of olive oil, rub with garlic, and broil tomato mixture with mozzarella cheese on top. Note this adds calories to the stated amount below.
  2. Use tortilla chips in place of bread, and use bruschetta topping as a dip in place of salsa.

Calories: 150-170 depending on the size of bread. Average Carbs: 28g, Protein 7g, Fat 4g, Fiber 7g

Vitamin A 10%, Vitamin C 25%, Iron 8% based on percent of daily values for a 2,000 calorie diet.