Inspiring healthier eating one dish at a time

Raspberry Ricotta Toast

Shake up your breakfast or snack with some high fiber, antioxidant packed raspberries, and sweet ricotta on toast.

Do you eat get into eating ruts?  Like, do you eat the same breakfast every day, and 1 or 2 lunches and the same 4 or 5 dinners?  If so, you are not alone.  We’re all creatures of habit. I HAVE to mix up at least dinners so I have something to share on this blog, but here’s my confession – I eat the same darn overnight oats breakfast every day.  OK, I do vary the fruit, and the nuts, but otherwise, it’s pretty much the same.  Some weeks, I feel like even my grocery cart looks the same every week.  BO-RING! Continue Reading..

7 Ways To Work Out in Under 10 Minutes

Your workouts don’t have to be long and sweaty to work for you.  Here are 7 ways to get an all-body workout in – in 10 minutes or less.

Sooo… How are you doing with your New Year’s resolution to get to the gym and get fit?  I know.  You’re not alone.  It’s hard, when there’s work, school, kids, vacuuming, laundry, grocery shopping, yada yada yada.  We all know though, the excuses aren’t going away.  Ever.  They’ll just get replaced by a different excuse.  So, let’s just do our best to work around them.  Sometimes, you’ve gotta get creative about how to squeeze in your exercise. Continue Reading..

Baked Avocado Black Bean Egg Rolls

How about some fun finger food! Avocado, black beans, and a punch of Mexican flavors baked up in an egg roll.

Hello, Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday or Superbowl Sunday – here’s a twist on Mexican fare that everyone will love for any or all of the above mentioned days.  All of your favorite Mexican flavors (and guacamole ingredients) wrapped up all nice and snug in a fun to eat egg roll wrapper that’s baked instead of fried.  Can you say Olé!?   I mean, why should Chinese food have all the fun? Continue Reading..

Roasted Radish and White Bean Salad

Roasting radishes brings out a sweetness you never knew existed! Pair them with white beans, fresh parsley, feta and a lemon vinaigrette for a healthy and delicious side dish.

One of the worst things, (for me) about writing a food blog is that I can almost never eat the same meal twice.  Really.  No matter how much I loved it – there’s always a new blog post to write, which means a new recipe to create.  On the other hand, one of the best things about writing a food blog is that it pushes me to always try something new.  New cuisines; new cooking methods; new ingredients.  So I had to smile when I read the theme for this month’s Recipe ReDux -“Show us how you’re cooking with something new (to you!) in 2016″. Continue Reading..

Two Things All Women Should Know About Breast Cancer

Two important things all women should work on to reduce their risk of breast cancer.

Two things. Sugar, and telomeres. Just before Christmas, a few studies came out with some important information for women.  Things were a little bit hectic, so I didn’t get a chance to mention them, but before I forget, here are two important things all women should know about breast cancer, from two recently released studies — that might help save your life. Continue Reading..

Skillet Tarragon Chicken with Noodles

This easy, one-pan chicken dish is the ultimate in rich and creamy comfort food. No one will guess it’s lightened up and good-for-you! 

I received free samples of Progresso Cooking Stock mentioned in this post at no cost. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Progresso Cooking Stock and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. #ProgressoEatsContest

Hey there El Nino.  Go.  Home.  Please!  It’s cold, and raw, and nasty in my part of the world right now, and it’s all thanks to a little guy named El Nino.  I used to love it when he came ’round to visit me in New England, because it meant wet and rainy, and I would take that any day over snow and sub-zero temps. Continue Reading..

20 Clean Eating Recipes That Aren’t Salad

Clean eating means putting lots of plant foods on your plate, but IT DOES NOT have to mean you’re limited to salads, and these delicious recipes are proof!

Happy New Year dear friends!  Let’s all quickly detrain the Christmas cookie express, and jump aboard the clean eating train for the next month or so, PLEEEEASE?!!  Says the one who polished off the last of the Christmas cookies, candies and cakes, and New Years leftovers, and took down all signs of the holidays yesterday.  Sigh.  It’s over.  House back in order, and fridge empty of treats, and full of only good-for-you foods. Continue Reading..

Bok Choy Chinese Noodle Bowls {Recipe ReDux}

Do you eat Chinese food on Christmas Eve? Don’t wait for takeout! Make these delicious Chinese Noodle Bowls in minutes.

Happy end of 2015 and Happy Birthday to the Recipe ReDux, which is 54 months old!  I’m so proud to have been a member of this creative group of healthy food bloggers for more than half of that time.  Wow.  I suddenly feel really old :(  To celebrate, this month we’re scrapping the monthly theme, and instead, members were asked to open up to page 54 or 154 of our favorite cookbook and ReDux that recipe.  How fun! Continue Reading..

Ho Ho Holiday Foods

Craving some clever, festive and fun holiday foods for your Christmas table this year? Look no further!

Well, hello sugar plum fairies and twinkly lights.  It’s so nice to see you again!  With the exception of crowded mall parking lots and brainstorming for gifts for those people who have everything, I really do love this time of the year.  Of course, for me, it’s all about the food. I get a little bit obsessed with the pinning, planning, shopping, and baking, which means that by the day after Christmas, I’m usually feeling like I need a very long vacation from my kitchen. Continue Reading..

Polish Mushroom Soup with Barley

This creamy, mushroom soup transports me right back to my Polish grandmother’s house on Christmas Eve.

How totally glad are you that it’s soup season?  It’s the only thing I absolutely love about cold weather, and since I’ve moved to Arizona, I find that my soup season is way too short. Not that I’m complaining – I’ll take hot weather and cold food for 9 months, and warm weather and warm food for 2 months. That still leaves one whole chilly month for soup, and folks — it’s officially time to heat up the stockpot. Continue Reading..

Excuse Me – is That a GMO You’re Eating?

Do you know just how many foods contain GMOs, or ingredients from genetically engineered plants?

You might have heard recently that the FDA has approved Genetically Modified Salmon, stating that there is no evidence that it is harmful to humans, and it is unlikely to harm the environment. What. The. Heck. Apparently, GMO, or Genetically Engineered, salmon, as the FDA prefers to call it, may be at a fish market near you in about two years, but you probably won’t know it, because there are no laws requiring food that contains GMOs to be labeled as such. Continue Reading..

Sweet Potato-Palooza

Sweet potatoes aren’t just a side dish for the holidays!  Check out the many healthy ways to enjoy them all day long.

Remember when you only ate sweet potatoes for the holidays, and they were more than likely covered with mini marshmallows?  WHAT were we thinking?  So many people have a negative opinion about sweet potatoes because of that recipe.  Way too sweet.  Is it a vegetable or dessert?  Surely sweet potatoes can’t be good for you.  Well, the mighty sweet potato has come a very long way since that casserole recipe.  They’re pretty much a staple in my house, not only because they taste good, but they’re also so ridiculously versatile. Oh, and they’re also incredibly good for you – full of fiber, potassium, vitamin A, and low glycemic index complex carbs.  Continue Reading..

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