Inspiring healthier eating one dish at a time

Baked Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

A much healthier twist on the ultra-rich pasta dish – this Baked Spaghetti Squash Carbonara  is full of veggies and tastes delicious any time of day.

Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the “#OrganicForAll” campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I received free product for recipe testing and was compensated for my time, but as always, opinions are my own.

Is there a person in this world who doesn’t love pasta carbonara?  That luscious creamy, cheesy sauce that’s wrapped around pasta, eggs, and bacon.   It’s the ultimate breakfast for dinner or dinner for breakfast food.  SO good, and definitely fall comfort food. Yes, this spaghetti squash version is definitely different, but still full of the flavors you expect, and it won’t disappoint. Continue Reading..


5 Bean Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette {Recipe ReDux}

A beanier version of the three bean salad you know and love – because this is the easiest and most delicious way to eat more pulses.

It’s the 21st of the month, which means it’s time for another Recipe ReDux post.  This month’s theme is
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The Smart Cook’s Secret Ingredient

Good cooks know that time-saving shortcuts are a must, and this super-convenient, secret ingredient will take your cooking to a whole new level!

There’s a new secret ingredient in my kitchen, and it’s your lucky day – because I’m in a sharing mood.

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Roasted Tomato Caprese Pasta Salad

Enjoy a taste of summer all year long with this quick and easy caprese pasta salad that’s just as good whether it’s served warm or cold.

Two things:  1.  I bit into a mealy, juiceless peach the other day, and 2. Pumpkin spice lattes are here.  That can only mean that summer is over 🙁 .  It doesn’t feel right to see pumpkin recipes all over Pinterest, and Halloween decorations at Target, when Labor Day is hardly over, and it’s still 100 degrees outside.

While I’ve accepted the fact that peaches are past their prime, I’m not quite ready for fall flavors yet, because the tomatoes are also super-ripe, my basil is oh-so-happy, and my pool is still perfectly swimmable.   Pumpkin lattes just don’t taste good while you’re on a pool floatie. Continue Reading..


Pina Colada Ice Cream with Salted Macadamias {Recipe ReDux}

Super-simple pineapple coconut ice cream that transports you to an island vacation.  You’ll never guess it’s vegan!

Hello from Hawaii!  How perfect did this work out?  Today is a Recipe ReDux post day.  The theme is to share a favorite vacation memory food.  I’m in Kauai right now.  Guess what’s for dinner?  Yep.  Pina Coladas.  Or in this case, pina colada ice cream with salted macadamias.  You’re welcome. Continue Reading..

Newsworthy Nutrition Nuggets

Here’s what’s new and newsworthy in the world of nutrition this August.

I’ve been bad about sharing.  Sometimes I read so many news stories, blog posts, research studies and the like about diet, food, fitness and health that if it’s not earth shattering, I tend to put it on the back burner in my head.  But it occurred to me the other day, that just because it’s not earth shattering, doesn’t mean it’s not helpful or important to share with you.  I’m Sorry!

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10 Healthy Ways to Love Watermelon

Best summer fruit? Watermelon, without a doubt!  Here’s why and how to eat lots of this nutritious fruit all summer long.

If summer produce had an academy awards, it would go something like this… Best vegetable (OK I know it’s really a grain) goes to corn on the cob, for it’s starring role as grilled street corn.  Best fruit – has to go to watermelon, for it’s starring role in EVERYTHING.  I can’t even narrow it down to one or two starring roles or dishes, because they’re all so delicious and positively summery!  Whether you eat it straight, over the kitchen sink, with juice dripping down your chin, or you use a ripe, sweet watermelon in a recipe, nothing says summer fruit quite like it.

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Roasted Figs Blue Cheese & Walnut Spread

When figs are in season, roast them up and make roasted figs, blue cheese, and walnut spread to wow your guests, or just treat yourself.

 

Can you believe before last week I had never, ever tasted a fig?  Well, that’s not entirely true.  I’ve had fig newtons, and that fig jam that comes in a jar and you get at the fancy cheese counter.  But I honestly couldn’t say what a fresh fig looked like until the other day.  And now I have a bowl full.  Hooray for tasting new foods!


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Pulled Turkey Sliders with Peach-Chipotle BBQ Sauce and Sweet-Creamy Slaw...

Try turkey for your next summer cookout – pulled turkey sliders are a perfect make-ahead meal that everyone loves.

This post is sponsored by the National Turkey Federation, but my love for turkey is all my own!

Summer barbecue season is in full swing, and no doubt your grill has seen its fair share of burgers, dogs, and chicken breasts already.  If you’re thinking about more of the same for your cookout – hold on there!  Let’s talk turkey instead!  Sure, it’s great for sandwiches or Thanksgiving, but turkey’s assorted cuts (think breast, thighs, wings, and even sausages) also work for summer holidays (or weeknights) too.


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Freekeh-licious Corn and Tomato Salad

You know it’s summer when you find fresh, farmstand corn and tomatoes, and this salad is the perfect way to show them both off!

Picking a favorite summer vegetable is kind of like picking a favorite child when they’re all on their very best behavior, don’t you think?  There is no other time of the year when they ALL taste SO GOOD!  That’s exactly how I feel about this corn and tomato dinner salad. Continue Reading..

Chopped BLT Salad Pizza {Recipe ReDux}

This Chopped BLT Salad Pizza is even better than the sandwich, and the perfect summer dinner when it’s too hot to cook.

To say that I’ve been in no mood to cook lately would be an understatement.  We’ve had record breaking temps for the past 4 days, and in Arizona, that means high one-teens to 120 degrees in some towns.  I’m not complaining – I’ll still take it over shoveling any day, but when it gets this hot, there’s no chance at all that I’m turning on the stove or oven.  Tonight was a perfect night to invite some friends over for a float in the pool, a few bottles of very cold wine, and a totally delicious summer farmer’s market pizza – recipe courtesy of a fellow RD and blogging friend, EA Stewart. Continue Reading..

Chocolate Walnut Hummus

Chocolate walnut hummus is a sweet twist on the savory snack dip.  Made even heart-healthier with the addition of California walnuts, cocoa powder and yes, chickpeas!

I received free samples of California walnuts mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Walnut Commission and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

I know exactly what your thinking.  Chocolate and hummus?  Not so much, right?  Waaaaitaminute my friends.  This is for real.  I admit I was skeptical when I kept seeing those black bean brownie posts on Pinterest a while back.  Then I started to see desserts that featured various types of bean-loaded recipes.  So when California Walnuts challenged members of the Recipe ReDux to come up with a heart healthy recipe that showcases walnuts, I thought… why not?! Continue Reading..


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