Don’t throw away that limp celery! Do your part for Earth Day by reducing kitchen waste, and make some soup.
Happy Earth Day AND Recipe ReDux friends! In honor of earth day, this month’s Recipe ReDux post is all about ways to reduce food waste. While I was thinking about what to write about for this post, I sadly realized that I kind of, sort of, might be guilty of wasting some food. And I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. Continue Reading..
The creamy avocado dressing with fresh lemon and tarragon makes this egg-topped salad a springtime favorite.
Is anyone else out there craving something vegetable-y and healthy that’s NOT soup? Spring has definitely arrived here in Arizona. The desert is in full bloom, everyone is sneezing like crazy, and we’ve got temps in the 80s, and even low 90s, which means it’s time to pack away the stock pot, ’cause it’s salad weather! Continue Reading..
Who doesn’t have a spare can of tuna in the pantry? These super-creative and easy recipes that feature canned tuna are proof that it’s not just for sandwiches anymore!
This post was created as part of an ad campaign for Starkist Tuna, but all opinions are my own.
I’ll just bet you have a can or two of tuna in your pantry right now. Am I right? Are you a light tuna in oil kind of person, or a chunk white tuna all of the time cause it tastes like chicken gal – or guy? I could actually go either way, depending on the use. I have absolutely no research on this, but I’m gonna guess that canned tuna is perhaps the world’s most favorite go-to protein whether you’re on a budget, need something healthy, filling and substantial, or you just can’t think of what to make or eat. Continue Reading..
Let’s celebrate spring and dive into this Superfoods Smoothie Bowl that’s full of berries, ginger, and basil.
Thank you Dorot for sponsoring this post! I was compensated for this post, but I do love this product, and as always, all opinions are my own.
Aren’t you so ready for spring? The birds, the flowers, the smell of fresh mulch and mowed grass, the gorgeous, fresh, colorful fruits and veggies!! I’m so happy it’s here – and if you’re in one of those places where there’s still some snow on the ground, don’t worry – it’s on its way! Continue Reading..
The 2017 list of the Dirty Dozen is out. Should we be giving up strawberries and spinach, or buying organic?
One of the questions I’m most frequently asked is whether it’s worth the extra money to buy organic food. I’ve written about this in the past, and since the Environmental Working Group just recently published their annual list of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15, it seems like a good time for a recap.
In case you’re not familiar, The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 are lists of the top fruits and vegetables with the highest, and lowest amounts of detectable pesticide residues. This year, strawberries and spinach took the top spots. Some strawberry samples tested contained 21 different types of chemicals (including pesticides, fungicides, insecticides) many of which are linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental damage, hormone disruption and neurological problems.
The test results on spinach found similar results – 16 types of chemicals were found in some batches. Seventy-five percent of the samples contained residues of the insecticide permethrin. At high doses, permethrin overwhelms the nervous system and causes tremors and seizures. In one study, children with detectable levels of permethrin in their urine were twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.
Celebrate National Nutrition Month and join us at Lightwell Health to learn how to Put Your Best Fork Forward!
This post is sponsored by Lightwell Health. I am a paid member of the company, but I was not compensated to write this post.
I think for many of us, March is the month when we think about change. The clocks. The weather. Our winter to spring wardrobe. It’s also a perfect month to change up our diet. To put aside those heavier comfort foods and bring on the colorful, lighter and healthier fare that’s just starting to pop up in the produce department.
So, it’s kind of fitting that March is also National Nutrition Month – a time that I like to remind everyone healthy eating can mean different things to different people, and there is no right or wrong when it comes to eating, or any one-size-fits-all diet. If you’ve never done so (or if you feel the need for a tune-up), it’s also a great time to work with a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) to learn some nutrition basics that will help keep you young and aging gracefully, to learn how to make the most of the foods you like, and hopefully, to inspire you to try a few new foods and change up the way you think about food. Continue Reading..
This Skinny, Low Carb Shepherd’s Pie is perfect for when the weather calls for comfort food, but the calendar’s heading toward spring!
It seems like no matter where in the country you live, the winter of 2017 has been full of crazy, wonky weather. We’ve gone from torrential rain in drought-stricken California, to blizzard conditions followed by 70 degrees in New England. Is it el niño, or la niña or a definite case of global warming? One thing is certain – it makes for some meal planning confusion! One minute I’m craving soups, stews and comfort food, and the next minute I’m firing up the grill and craving corn on the cob.
Since it is almost March, I’m feeling like we should start to lighten things up a bit, because shorts season will be her before we know it! For me, that means more veggies, leaner proteins, and fewer carbs. This Skinny version of Shepherd’s pie is a perfect blend of warm comfort food, but I’ve lightened it up with turkey instead of hamburger, and I’ve skipped the corn and subbed in some chopped apple and pecan. It tastes like Thanksgiving food, but it’s light enough for springtime. Continue Reading..
People… Not everyone should cut out gluten! There are lots of healthy gluten-containing whole grains that need some love.
Carbs, especially those that contain gluten, have gotten a really bad rap the past few years, and I’m feeling kind of bad for them. I’m not talking about donuts, or even Italian or ciabatta bread (although I do love all of you dearly – in moderation!). I’m talking about good old oats (even though you technically don’t contain gluten), or farro, or wheatberries or all of those other whole grains that deserve a place in a healthy diet. After all, it’s all about balance, moderation, and quality, right?! Continue Reading..
Kick your Taco Tuesday up a notch with these quick and crunchy refrigerator pickled vegetables
Happy Taco Tuesday friends! It’s also the 21st of the month, which means it’s time for a Recipe ReDux post – and how convenient is this – February’s theme is all about tacos! We were asked to share a healthy, creative take on tacos. Tacos are kind of a staple food in my house, because they’re such a quick, easy, no recipe and minimal ingredients dinner. If I have lots of time, I’ll do them with grilled fish and a cabbage slaw, if I have a little bit of time, I’ll grill up some chicken and make guacamole and beans, and if I have absolutely no time, it’s just canned black beans and sliced avocado with a sprinkle of salt. Continue Reading..
It’s soup season! Make some for dinner tonight, and serve it with this whole grain quick bread, warm from the oven.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by ReganMillerJones Inc. and the General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition on behalf of Progresso™ . I received free samples of the soup mentioned in the post and I was compensated for my time. As always, opinions are my own.
I might have mentioned a few dozen or so times, that I’m pretty much addicted to soup, especially when it’s served with fresh quick bread, warm from the oven. Is there anything better when the weather is cool, cold, or even warmish?? When I lived in Boston, I could eat it all year long. Now, with the 100+ temps in AZ for several months of the year, I’ve had to cut back a bit, but February is soup season, so I’m in full soup swing – it’s like a big hug or a warm blanket on a cold night. Soup is also my “secret weapon” for balancing any winter weight that might come from indulging in a few too many sweet treats or comfort foods during these long winter months. Eating vegetable or broth-based soups can fill you up for not a whole lot of calories – in fact, research suggests that people who eat soup tend to have healthier body weights. Continue Reading..
Don’t you just love it when you find a really great product that makes your life easier? I mean, seriously, what did we do before the Swiffer was invented? Or how about those Yeti cups that keep your drinks ice cold all day, even in the Arizona summer heat? Have you tried those battery-powered sweater fuzz shavers? All brilliant inventions, and once you try them, you don’t want to be without ’em.
That’s how I feel about these fresh-frozen, preportioned herbs from Dorot. If you haven’t tried them yet – you don’t know what your missing! Continue Reading..
No, it’s NOT your dorm room ramen! These delicious, nutritious homemade Peanut Ramen Noodles hit the spot when you’re starving but time and money are short.
Hey there friends! It’s time for another Recipe ReDux post, and this month’s theme is “How low can you go?” We were challenged to create a healthy, delicious, and budget-friendly meal. It’s a perfect theme for January, as I sort through the never-ending stream of tax forms that come in the mail each day, and realize just how little I earn in a year! Truth be told, I certainly appreciate a big, fancy and expensive meal – but only if someone else is paying 🙂 I’m just as happy with budget food, as long as it’s fresh. Continue Reading..