Pence visits migrant detention facilities, calls on Congress to act

Vice President Mike Pence saw the overcrowded conditions facing migrant adults and children in Customs and Border Protection custody firsthand Friday, becoming the highest-ranking member of the Trump administration to visit two federal detention centers in Texas ahead of controversial Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids targeting undocumented immigrants this weeke

Donna's apricot pecan pudding cake with bulgur

This is a surprisingly delicious cake that would also make a good breakfast treat. The unusual healthful ingredient is bulgur which adds a nutty texture and fiber. It is very low in calories. I love it served with lemon curd.

Donna's kid-friendly quinoa salad

Quinoa is easy to prepare in a rice cooker. Get the kids involved and let them add their own favorite ingredients. It can become a healthful family favorite meal.

Donna's quinoa and bean soup

This is a light tasty soup that that features quinoa and white beans.  It provides a great source of protein and fiber.

Donna's barley pudding

If you like rice pudding, you will love this delicious adaptation using barley in place of rice. The whole grain barley adds great fiber – 3 grams per serving.

Donna's chicken barley chili

This is a super easy soup to prepare and so full of flavor. The barley gives it extra texture and as a whole grain adds extra fiber – 10 grams per serving!

Donna's puppy treats

Combine nutritious ingredients for a puppy treat your dog will love. The subtle peanut butter flavor makes it a favorite. This recipe was adapted from a treat served at Superba Food – a dog friendly restaurant in Venice, California.

Donna's pasta pizza

Now this is a different twist on pizza but it makes a super delicious family meal.

Donna's southwestern corn and bean soup

This is a soup you can adapt. Use the canned beans you have on hand. Choose sausage, chicken or pork for the meat. Add spices to suit your taste. You can make it a family favorite.

Donna's cranberry sauce with apricots, raisins and orange

This recipe was shared with me by Lynn Erbach. It is her family's favorite Thanksgiving recipe. Try it and it may be your favorite too. To save a few calories, I adapted it by using part Splenda. It can be kept in the refrigerator for more than a week. It can also be frozen.

Donna's make-ahead mashed potatoes

These potatoes are wonderful. Even when made days ahead of time, the potatoes taste like you just made them. They are good to keep on hand in the refrigerator for a quick warming whenever you are in the mood for great mashed potatoes. The white pepper is an essential ingredient.

Donna's pumpkin hummus

Pumpkin gives a unique twist to the traditional hummus. The tahini is optional but it does provide a special flavor.

Donna's pumpkin walnut cheesecake

Enjoy this creamy, smooth, great tasting cheesecake that is much lower in calories than most cheesecakes. You can purchase the pumpkin butter or make your own.

Donna's pumpkin bean soup

This is one of those quick and easy recipes that is full of flavor and healthy too! The pumpkin slightly thickens the soup and gives it more body.

Donna's zucchini and cheese appetizer pizza squares

This is a great appetizer but it would also make a good casual supper. It is much lower in calories than a pizza made with a regular pizza crust. It can be made ahead and served warm, room temperature, or cold.

Donna's stuffed zucchini boats

This is a great recipe that can be made ahead and baked when ready to serve.It has lots of flavor. The enchilada sauce gives it a southwestern flavor but spaghetti sauce can be used for an Italian flavor. It makes a wonderful family or company meal.