Inspiring healthier eating one dish at a time

Jamaican Jerk Grilled Vegetables

I’m still making my way through my massive file of recipes I’ve clipped or saved from magazines and websites over the years, and I came across this one from Food & Wine, that I’ve gotta share!  We all know how good vegetables are for you, right?  And we all agree that we need to work on eating more, right?  Well here’s a great vegetable recipe that makes a TON of veggies, and the leftovers taste better each day, so you can eat them all week. Continue Reading..

Wild Blueberry Lemon Chia Pudding

I’m on a bit of a dessert kick lately.  It’s because of all of the fresh and beautiful fruit that’s everywhere this time of the year.  I can’t get enough when I’m at the store, but sooner or later plain old fresh fruit gets a little bit… yawn.  So I’m on a mission to make as many fresh fruit desserts as possible before this fresh fruit season thing is over, and we’re left with… Apples.  Nothing wrong with them, but talk about getting old fast.  In the mean time, let’s enjoy the fruits of the season, shall we?! Continue Reading..

Mediterranean Farro Bowls

Is a salad the same thing as a Bowl? Or is A Bowl hot food?  Or broth-y food?  I’m pretty sure it’s not soup.

I’m not talking about the kind of bowl that you serve something in.  I’m referring to the new fast-casual food trend called “The Bowl” that’s totally having a moment.   Bowls are making the rounds at casual restaurants everywhere, led by Panera, Chipotle, and my personal new fast casual fave – Flower Child, here in Scottsdale.    I’m not really sure if there are specific rules about how to make a Bowl (i.e. hot or cold, soupy or saucy or not), but they all seem to have certain elements in common – a whole grain base, lots of vegetables, and a protein on top.  Zhuzh it up with sauce, broth, dressing, serve some of it sauted, some of it cold, all of it hot…   Continue Reading..

Fruit Salad Pudding {Recipe ReDux}

I had a thought the other day – whoever decided that Nutrition should be a career, must have made that decision in July. I think it went something like this… “Wow, these fresh fruits and vegetables are everywhere, and they’re so sweet, colorful and dee-licious! I think I need to teach people about why they’re so good for you, and how eating them every day can keep you healthy and happy!” You know that mind-conversation couldn’t possibly have happened in January or March, right? But July was MADE for healthy eating, and it is indeed a registered dietitian’s favorite month!

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Inflammation Fighting Foods

Thank you Kim Tessmer, RD for sending me a copy of Your Nutrition Solution to Inflammation! 

When you hear the word inflammation, most people think of an injury – sprained ankle, torn muscle, lots of pain, swelling, redness, and bruising. While it’s not fun to go through, that temporary or acute type of inflammation is your body’s way of healing itself. We’ve all had it, and (hopefully) we’ve recovered, survived and learned to be a little bit more careful next time. In my case, that means moving the ladder closer to where I’m painting so I don’t have to reach – and fall… But that’s another story for another time. Continue Reading..

Watermelon Lime Snow Bowls

Here’s that the dictionary says about Dessert:

des·sert
dəˈzərt/
noun
the sweet course eaten at the end of a meal.
“a dessert of chocolate mousse”

Did someone way chocolate mousse?  Yes please!  I’m definitely one of those people who likes something sweet after dinner.  Not lunch.  Just dinner.  For me, it’s definitely a mental thing.  If I have cake, cookies, ice cream or maybe I really struck gold and have chocolate mousse in the house, it MUST be eaten after dinner.  However, if I have nothing “dessert-y” in the house, I’m good with a piece of fruit.  Because I’m a good little nutritionist, I usually have fruit.  Sigh… Continue Reading..

Refrigerator Zesty Zucchini Pickles

Does your mouth water when you pass by the pickle section in the grocery store?  Just wondering, because mine does.  Every time.  And I’ve always wondered if the same thing happens to anyone else.  Sometimes if I see someone I know down the aisle, I’ll have to look away from the pickles, for fear that I’ll drool all over myself as I’m saying hi.

Ooo sorry – I just realized what an inappropriate visual and  intro that is to a post about a truly delicious food item.  I just really happen to love pickles, or anything pickled for that matter.  One of these days I’m going to get over my fear of canning vegetables and getting (or giving someone else) botulism, and I’m truly going to learn how to make real pickles that can sit in the pantry until I eat them one day in the middle of winter. Continue Reading..

10 Sensational and Meatless Sandwiches

Hey, happy Meatless Monday!  What’s for lunch today (and for the rest of the week)?  Do you need some ideas?  I can’t even begin to tell you how many people I’ve met in my years as a nutritionist, who think a healthy lunch somehow has to involve turkey, lettuce, tomato, whole wheat bread, and absolutely no mayo.  Or a salad. Sure, that’s a perfectly fine healthy lunch, but let’s step outside of the lunchbox just a bit and try some of these creative and meatless ideas, shall we?  I mean, just because it’s Meatless Monday and all.  And because who knew a sandwich could be so AH-Mazingly Yum! Continue Reading..

Honey Sea Salt Labneh

Can we all just stop for a second and think back really hard, to what our lives were like before Greek yogurt?  Kind of like before cell phones. Or laptops. Or Google. We never knew what we were missing, but try to live without it now…  Oh, lord, I can’t even imaging going back.  OK maybe Greek yogurt doesn’t belong in the same class as Google, but ever since Chobani and Fage became household words, I’ve personally been hooked, and I know that a few other people out there are too. Continue Reading..

Summer Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Salad Bowls

Oh baby – it’s hot outside! And who wants to heat up the stove or oven when you could be playing at the beach instead? Grilling is always a good answer to the summer “what’s for dinner” question, but let’s be honest, it starts to get old after a while. Have you thought about dusting off your favorite winter kitchen accessory – the slow cooker AKA crock-pot for some summer fun? I know, the thought of beef stew or a hearty soup probably isn’t terribly appealing in July, but how about a cold Asian noodle bowl, or barbecued pulled chicken sandwiches? Now, we’re talking. Continue Reading..

Summer Green Bean Salad with Grilled Halloumi

Oh hi, and happy second day of summer!  I hope your days are already full of warm sunshine, deep blue skies and sleeping in a bit later than usual :)  I ran into my old friends Green Beans and Halloumi the other day when I was at Whole Foods, and we decided to have a lovely summer salad for dinner.

Have you ever had grilled Halloumi?  If you’re not quite sure what I’m talking about, I’ll explain, because I remember the first time I ever saw it on a menu and thought, WT (heck) and I just jumped in and tried it.  I ordered it in a restaurant and honestly, I thought maybe it was a type of fish… I didn’t want to appear un-foodie-like, so I just went with it, and pretended I’ve eaten it all of my life.  Turns out it’s cheese.   Continue Reading..

Crab Shack Summer Salad

Some people collect coins, or stamps. Or shoes. I collect cookbooks and recipes. Some of my cookbooks are purely functional – the tried and true ones that I can always count on for the perfect recipe or inspiration. I have lots of other books though, that I’ve picked up on vacations, and never made anything from. That’s probably weird for most people, but for me, it’s just a nice reminder of places I’ve visited and different cuisines I’ve tasted and special meals I’ve enjoyed. Continue Reading..

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