Black Bean Chili Dip

  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed, drained and partially mashed
  • 1/2 cup drained canned low or no salt whole kernel corn
  • 1/3 cup salsa
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons chilli powder
  • Cooking spray
  • 5 ounces Cabot 75% Reduced Fat Cheddar or 50% Reduced Fat Cheddar, grated (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons drained canned green chillies


Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine beans and next 4 ingredients; pour into a small casserole dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with cheese and green chillies. Cover and bake at 375°F for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and filling is bubbly. Uncover and cook an additional 5 minutes. Serve with low-fat tortilla chips.

Delicious potatoes recipe

  • 1/2 cup sweet potatoes – boiled and pureed (I make extra and freeze it)
  • 1/2 cup butternut squash – boiled and pureed (I make extra and freeze it)
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red onion – chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery – chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic – minced
  • 1/2 cup red pepper – chopped in small chunks
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat, low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • Dash of pepper
  • Whole wheat rolls
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 avocado – sliced
Always be sure to rinse vegetables prior to cooking.
Cut sweet potatoes and squash into two-inch chunks and boil separately until soft
While those are boiling in separate pots… Chop onion, celery, red pepper, garlic and saute on medium heat with olive oil until tender.
Add the ground turkey breast and continuously break with a spoon and cook until no longer pink – about four minutes.
Stir in vegetable broth.
Drain sweet potatoes and butternut squash and puree, then add 1/2 cup of each
Mix in tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, chilli pepper and a dash of pepper Cover with lid.
Simmer until the liquid is reduced– about 10 minutes
Toast whole wheat rolls and spoon mixture on top.
Sprinkle with a small amount of cheddar cheese and avocado chunks if desired.
As an option, serve open-face on a roll or with no role at all and on top of chopped romaine and spinach.
I serve with roasted red potatoes that we’ve cut into chunks, drizzled with olive, and baked at 400 degrees until tender and crispy on the outsides – about 25 minutes.

Preventive Screenings

Here are just a few of the FREE Preventive Screenings offered throughout the year.

Call the Baltimore City Health Department at (410) 396-4398 for more available services.

Maryland Cardiovascular Promotion (MVP) Program

220 Arch St, Baltimore, MD 21201 // 410-706-8612

FREE Blood Pressure Screenings, Weekdays by appointment

Park West Health System, Inc.

4120 Patterson Avenue, 21215 or 4151 Park Heights Avenue, 21215

410-764-2266 Ext. 5349 or 443-874-5502 Ext. 108

FREE Confidential HIV Counseling and Testing, Monday-Friday 9 am to 5 pm.

Baltimore City Cancer Program University of Maryland Marlene & Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center // University of Maryland Medical System or an associated health facility

410-328-HOPE (4673)

FREE clinical breast exam, pap test, mammogram, colonoscopy – appointment required – times vary

Saint Agnes Hospital

900 Caton Avenue, 21229


FREE Blood Pressure Screenings,

12:30 – 2:30 pm on the1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month@ the Main Entrance next to Lenny Moore Display

10:00 am – 2:00 pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month @ Security Square Mall, Food Court Entrance


1. Have a Primary Care Doctor

  • For a referral call Baltimore HealthCare Access 410-649-0500
  1. Be Tobacco Free
  • 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
  1. Know Your HIV Status
  • Free testing and treatment at:1515 W. North Avenue: M-F (410-396-0176) 620
    N. Caroline St.: M-F (410-396-9410)
  1. Get Help for Depression and Mental Illness
  • For a referral call Balto. Mental Health Systems 410-837-2647
  • If having a crisis call 410-433-5175
  1. Be Drug-Free
  • For treatment call Balto. Substance Abuse Systems 410-637-1900
  1. Get Immunized
  • Free Immunization Clinics for Children 410-396-4454
  1. Plan Your Family
  • Plan Your Pregnancy With Birth Control and Education at:

1515 W. North Avenue: TuTh (410-396-0186)

620 N. Caroline St.: MWF (410-396-9401)

  • Referrals for Prenatal Care 410-649-0512
  1. Protect Your Family
  • Develop a Family Emergency Plan 443-984-2618
  • Domestic Violence Hotline 410-889-7884
  • Help with Lead Hazards 443-984-2470
  • Report Child or Elderly Abuse/Neglect 410-361-2235
  1. Exercise and Eat Well
  • For Activities Near You call Recreation and Parks 410-396-7900
  • Nutrition for Women, Infants and Children 410-396-9427
  1. Look Out For Your Neighbors
  • Report Illegal Drug Activity 410-666-DRUG (3784)
  • Get Rid of Rats, Trash, and Dead Animals call 311
  • Help for the Elderly 410-396-CARE (2273)

Zucchini-Blueberry Banana Bread or Muffins

At a time when zucchini and blueberries are abundant in many parts of the country, this is a healthy and easy recipe to create muffins or bread. Once baked, they can be frozen and defrosted the same day, once completely cool.
3 eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup olive oil
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
2 cups zucchini – grated
1 cup very ripe bananas – crushed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup blueberries – rinse well and dry with a paper towel
1/4 cup wheat germ
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Spray 9″ bread pan with Pam Cooking Spray or use paper inserts in muffin tins.
In a large bowl, combine eggs, oil, sugar, zucchini, bananas, and vanilla.
Combine flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon, and wheat germ.
Add dry ingredients to wet and stir well.
Gently fold in blueberries.
Bake at 350 degrees one hour or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.