Inspiring healthier eating one dish at a time

Dried Plum Bites with Gorgonzola Dolce and Toasted Pecans

I feel sorry for prunes. There is probably no other fruit that’s so closely associated with old people and bowel habits. And that’s not a knock on old people, because I’m practically one myself. Just the word P-R-U-N-E has a negative connotation. Wrinkly. Laxative. Think I’m wrong? Just try to ask the kid who stocks the dried fruit aisle at the grocery store where you can find the prunes, without feeling like you have to whisper.   Oh. You have that problem. Smirk. Middle of aisle on the left. How many other fruits do you know that had to change their name for marketing purposes? Dried Plums – I’m talking about you. Continue Reading..

12 Skinny Super Bowl Snacks

Holy Deflated Super Balls!  Is it really that time already?  Time has totally been flying by for me.  I’ve been knee-deep in bedroom, bathroom, closet and now landscaping reno projects, and didn’t even take note that the Super Bowl is right around the corner.  Yikes!  Wasn’t I just eating turkey and stuffing like, yesterday?  Can you tell I’m not much of a football watcher?

For many, the Super Bowl really is about cheering on your team, but if your team didn’t make it quite far enough this year, it really is all about the party.  And the food.  In fact, I’ve heard that Super Bowl calorie consumption can rank right up there with Thanksgiving if your party starts early enough.  But, not to worry, I’ve got you covered with some healthier and much more creative alternatives to chili, wings and nachos.  Make or bring one of these recipes to the party, and you’ll score major points with everyone. Continue Reading..

Vegan German Chocolate Energy Bars

Energy bars are such a convenient way to provide some quick energy when you really need a boost.  They’re great for a pre-hike or a post workout snack, or sometimes even that 3:00 pm slump, but unfortunately they’re not all the healthiest choices.  Some protein or energy bars have lots of sugar, which can of course pack the calories that you just burned off, right back on.  Others might have ingredients that you can’t, or don’t want.  And let’s face it – keeping your pantry stocked with energy bars can make a huge dent in your wallet.  Continue Reading..

Slow Cooker Smoky Barbecue Chicken Pot Pie with Cornbread Cr...

Well if that isn’t a mouthful! Tricky to say, but sooo good to eat.

I’ve never been a smoker – but this month’s Recipe ReDux challenged members to Start Smoking in the New Year. Say what?? What those clever healthy-eating gals really wanted us to do is create a healthy dish that’s heated up with smoke and/or spiciness. So I’ll say it again – I’ve never been a smoker. Oh, I’ve tried to experiment with those hickory or applewood chips, and those fancy mesquite wood boards. I’ve soaked them, and followed the directions exactly on more occasions than I care to count, but each time I nearly burn the house down when the wood catches on fire. And for me, it always does. Continue Reading..

Does This Healthy Fast Food Make Me Look Fat?

Disclosure: I am a member of the PHresh KITCHEN team, but I was not asked or compensated to write this post.  All opinions are my own.

Healthy Fast Food. What do you think? Is it a possibility or are those three words an oxymoron? The fast food industry has changed the way Americans eat, and it’s probably more than partly responsible for our expanding waistlines. It’s fast, convenient and readily available, and for most of us, it helps us get through a busy week. Continue Reading..

Mango, Avocado and Forbidden Rice Salad {Meatless Monday}

Remember how I’m on a mission to add more colorful salads to my winter dinners?  Again, it’s not that I don’t like them, but for some reason, in the winter time, I just don’t make many salads.  Whenever I do, I rejoice in how colorful and fresh and delicious they are – kind of like a burst of spring or summer in the middle of an all too dreary time of the year.

So the other day I was scouting the aisles at Sprouts (do you have them by you?) and I spied Forbidden Rice.  Sounds ominous, I know, but I’ve read about it, and was curious.  It’s almost black looking uncooked, but while it’s cooking, the water turns brilliant purple!  So purple, I totally expected to smell grape or blueberry or something crazy like that when I lifted the lid. Continue Reading..

How to Fix Your Broken Metabolism: The MD Factor Diet

I was asked to review The MD Factor Diet by the publisher, and I received a free copy of the book. I was not compensated for my time, but this post does include an affiliate link, which means that I will receive a small commission if you purchase the book through Amazon.  As always, all opinions are my own.

If you read my blog, you probably know, or can guess I’m not a big fan of “diets”. They just don’t work. I’ve worked with clients for long enough to know that the ones who come in with “Just tell me what to eat and I’ll do it”, are the first ones to not show up for their follow up appointments – and that’s not because they don’t need my services any longer. It’s the people who listen and learn, ask great questions, set their own goals, and create their own plan that are successful in making changes in their diet and their health.   Continue Reading..

Pistachios = Skinny, Healthy Snacking

Quick – 5 seconds – what do you think of when you think of healthy snacks? Lemme guess… fruit and yogurt; vegetables and hummus; pretzels; granola bars… Probably not pistachios though, right?

Well… Here’s some good news for all you nut lovers who also want to make this year your healthiest one yet. You are SO allowed to add pistachios, especially the ones in the shell, to your list of healthy snacks. Hooray! Happy dance!  Continue Reading..

Warm Barley Mushroom Salad {Meatless Monday}

Well hello and a very belated Happy New Year dear reader!  I’ve been away from the blog for a few weeks with the holidays, and lots and lots of company from Thanksgiving all the way through the beginning of January, and as much as I enjoyed it, it’s kind of nice to be back to my old schedule.

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions?  I have a few, and I’ll tell you about most in the next few weeks (I have to be accountable to someone right?), but one of my food/diet/health resolutions is to eat more salads.  It’s not that I don’t like them – I really do!  But it’s the thought of making them that I hate :(  So I’m working on making them big enough to count as a meal, or eat for several days, so it doesn’t feel like such a chore.   Continue Reading..

9 Holiday Gifts From the Kitchen for Non-Foodies

I love to cook, and think about food and cooking, and look at cooking magazines and cookbooks. I am one of those “crazy” people who thinks that a set of nice cookware is the best gift in the world. Or a brand spanking new Kitchen Aid mixer, or an ice cream maker.  Or even just a new cookbook.  Last Christmas I asked for a new food processor, but then I was afraid I wouldn’t get the one I really wanted, so I bought it for myself, and then I ended up with two. Happy, happy, joy!  Continue Reading..

Chipotle Sweet Potato Black Bean Soup

You might know if you follow this blog that I recently moved to Arizona. I grew up in Chicago, moved to Boston after college, and after a very long time complaining about the cold, and the clouds that seemed to hand around for months at a time, and the 4:15pm sunsets all winter, I packed it up and moved southwest. And I LOVE it! Winter now means 5:30pm sunsets – very do-able, and today is a chilly 63 degrees with just a few puffy clouds. Like I said, LOVE it! Continue Reading..

Spiced Winter Fruit Compote with Raisin Balsamic Syrup

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Raisin Marketing Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.


If you like to cook or bake, the holidays are always kind of a free pass to just get all crazy and wild with really exotic recipes that you probably would never think to try if you weren’t all hyped up on sugar plums and candy canes and Christmas glitter.  It’s usually the only time of year I’ll make a decadent flourless chocolate cake, or individual chocolate soufflés, or beef wellington. Continue Reading..

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