Inspiring healthier eating one dish at a time

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..


Easy Thai Coconut Curry Vegetables {Meatless Monday}

Fastest and easiest Thai food you’ll ever make and so perfect for Meatless Monday.  You may never need to order out again!

Ever since I moved to Arizona almost 2 years ago, I’ve been totally immersed in the deliciousness of Mexican food.  I’m sure people in Texas and California, and probably New Mexico would argue, but we have the most Ah-Mazing Mexican food here.  And margaritas – holy wow!  My new favorite is a mango-jalapeno margarita at a place down the street.

I’ve been so entranced by the Mexican food, that I totally forgot about my other favorites, and recently I realized I’ve been missing really good Thai food.  I haven’t seen ANY Thai restaurants in my travels.  Zip.  None.  Nada.  So a few weeks ago I went on a hunt.  I happily found a pretty decent Thai restaurant, but it’s a good 30-minute drive. Multiple sad faces to that. 🙁 🙁 Continue Reading..


Desserts with (Health) Benefits

Yes!  There really is such a thing as a healthy dessert – here’s proof!

It kinda makes me sad when people say “I was bad – I ate dessert”.  Dessert is GOOD.  Very good.  It makes your taste buds happy and it completes a meal.  I’m not saying you have to have it every meal, or every day, but if you can’t have some dessert every once in a while, well, that’s just wrong.

Here’s my take on dessert.  It’s just like everything you eat.  Make sure it’s balanced, and contains a few ingredients with health benefits – like fresh fruit, especially berries, or real dark chocolate, to get your antioxidants, or Greek yogurt, or a wholesome dairy ingredient to get some protein and calcium.  If the ingredients in your dessert are healthy enough to eat on their own and make you feel good, then they’re A-OK to get combined in some creative way and turned into a dessert. Right?  It’s what I call Desserts with Benefits, AKA, a Healthy Dessert, and these are some of my favorites for summer.


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Southwest Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers

Mini sweet peppers stuffed with a southwest black bean dip make a perfect small-plate dinner or appetizer for summer entertaining.

You know those little mini peppers that have popped up in grocery stores everywhere?  First, how cute are they?  And the fact that you don’t have to slice, core, seed…  Just pop them, bite off the stem (if there is one) and voila!  You’re eating more veggies!  Well, I recently discovered that with just a tiny bit more work, they also make a fun small-plate appetizer, when you stuff them with something delicious.  Continue Reading..

Grilled Tandoori Turkey Salad with Creamy Curry Dressing

Don’t limit turkey to the holidays!  It’s a perfect choice for summer grilling and it turns this savory and sweet salad into a quick summer meal.

Thank you to the National Turkey Federation for sponsoring this post and inspiring this recipe!

I was thinking the other day, that turkey doesn’t get nearly enough love. Not the kind of turkey from the deli, but the home-cooked kind that steals the spotlight on one important day of the year (and maybe shows up once more for Christmas), but then quietly takes a back seat somewhere in the poultry section…   We should change that, and include turkey in our summer festivities too, don’t you think?  How about we let a new bird take over the grill this summer? Continue Reading..


Mexican Street Corn and Quinoa

When it’s too early for good corn on the cob, this recipe satisfies your craving for street corn.

If there is one thing that just screams summer is here, it’s a beautiful ear of grilled corn schmeared with real, sweet butter, and topped off with a sprinkle of salt.  Mmmm.  Can you taste it?  So please, can someone tell me why the grocery stores are desperately trying to ruin that summer thought by selling what is clearly WAY too early corn on the cob packaged in little styrofoam trays that are wrapped in plastic? Continue Reading..

Why Intermittent Fasting Might Be the Best Diet for You

Trying to lose weight or improve your blood sugar? Intermittent fasting might be worth a try.

As a rule, I don’t do diets.  I always recommend the slow and steady approach of cutting out empty calories and increasing your physical activity to lose a few pounds, or get your cholesterol, blood sugar or blood pressure under control.  For most people, that works really well, but sometimes, after a certain age, and especially if you’re already pretty careful about your diet and exercise, the slow and steady approach feels like you’re swimming upstream – exhausted but getting nowhere. Continue Reading..

16 Ways to Celebrate the Year of Pulses

2016 is the Year of Pulses (also known as beans), and you won’t believe how many ways there are to cook with this  protein-packed ingredient.

Yes, you read that right.  The year of pulses.  NOT the kind of pulses that indicate whether you’re still alive, but pulses as in, dried beans, peas, lentils, etc.  Don’t feel bad, I didn’t know they were called pulses either, until recently. Hey, we just learned something. In case we’re ever on Jeopardy, or Who Wants to Be A Millionaire.  Here’s another little tidbit of information.  The United Nations declared 2016 – The International Year of Pulses.  Yay!  Time to have a  party. Continue Reading..

No Bake Fruit and Nut Energy Bars

Customize these Fruit and Nut Energy Bars with any fruits or nuts you like.  They’re quick and easy to make, and require absolutely no baking.

Guys – do you ever buy “energy bars” (you know, the type that are kind of expensive and are supposed to be eaten on top of a mountain, or at the end of a long bike race), but then you just end up eating them when you really want cookies, because they make you feel a little less guilty?  Yeah, me too.  There are two major problems with those fancy energy bars.  The first, is that there are so many delicious flavors, I end up buying one of each.  Which brings me to the second problem, which is the price.  Yikes.  If I only ate them when I made it to the top of a mountain, that would be one thing… Really expensive cookie habit.  Continue Reading..

Roasted Strawberry Cheesecake Sherbet

Strawberry sherbet turns into a healthy, probiotic-rich snack when it’s made with labneh, also known as Greek yogurt cheese.

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

I have a crazy new addiction.  It’s labneh – also spelled labna and known as kefir cheese, or Greek yogurt cheese. It’s part of my Greek yogurt and probiotic obsession.  I add a bit of honey and vanilla to it, and no lie.  It tastes just like cream cheese icing.  I dip fruit into it.  I scoop it into my overnight oats.  Sometimes I just eat it by the spoonful.  Please – there are way worse addictions. Continue Reading..


The Secret to Healthier Joints

The secret to healthier joints – and preventing osteoarthritis, is as close as your kitchen pantry and your nearest Walmart.

This post was sponsored by OmniChannel Health Media and Walmart, but as always, all opinions are my own.

Here’s a sad fact: If your joints don’t hurt yet, it’s probably just a matter of time. I hear my friends and family complain about it and I’ve noticed myself that my knees just aren’t what they used to be.  In fact, the CDC estimates that 25% of adults have full-blown arthritis, and a whole lot more of us are on our way, with cracking knees, aching shoulders, and stiff fingers. Continue Reading..


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