Inspiring healthier eating one dish at a time

1 Minute Tuscan White Bean & Sun-Dried Tomato Dip

Need a quick appetizer for those lazy summer evenings?  This healthy white bean dip literally takes a minute when you use Dorot pre-portioned, frozen herbs

Hooray for summer, right?!  I’m fortunate to live in a place where we only have “winter” for about 5 days a year, and when I say winter, it really means the high temps are in the high 50s or low 60s.  It was always my dream to live in a winter-less place when I got old-er and yep, that time is here!  The downside to living in the desert, of course, is summer – when the daytime temps hit the 115 degree range, and the weatherman informs me that it’s still 99 degrees at 10pm.  Yikes!  At least it’s a dry heat…


I have to confess, I don’t do a whole lot of cooking in the summer.  Salads rule most days, and any cooking takes place outside on the grill.  My favorite dinners are when I invite a few girls over, and we float in the pool, sip wine from my Govino wine glasses,  (Hello – they float!) munch on snacks and appetizers, and call it a meal.  Being an empty nester has LOTS of benefits! Continue Reading..

What Really Goes on Inside Your Gut?

There’s a lot of work  going on inside your gut, and those bacteria need the right nutrition and a healthy lifestyle too!

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give much thought to your digestive tract unless something’s not working right.  Like when you’re on a vacation in Mexico, and you realize you ate or drank something that you probably shouldn’t have.  Or when you have a stomach bug and have to be on that banana, rice, applesauce and tea diet because everything else is going right through you.

Our gastrointestinal tract (AKA – gut) is an amazing thing. No matter what we put into it, it digests it, absorbs what it needs, sends the nutrients off to the right places so that we can keep on going, and gets rid of the rest.  That’s not all it does though! Continue Reading..


How to Make Pretty Refreshing Infused Water

Infused water – full of fresh fruit and herbs is not only pretty to look at, it’s super-refreshing as well!

First, I have absolutely no idea how a full month has gone by all of a sudden!  I’m so sorry for the lack of posts, but I guess I’ve been really busy, friends! Second, how about these gorgeous infused waters?  It’s getting hot out – the forecast here in AZ is calling for our first stretch of 100+ degrees this week.  Every year I try my best to hold off on turning on the AC until Memorial Day… Stay tuned to see if I break down this week.

Today is a Recipe ReDux post day, and the theme is cocktails and mocktails for spring and summer parties, but I’m keeping it really easy and refreshing by sharing some tips and my favorite combos for infused waters.  They’re a great way to stay hydrated and get your 64 ounces of water in, without adding any added sugar or calories at all. Continue Reading..


Cool Cucumber Celery and Avocado Soup {Recipe ReDux}

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..

Spring Egg and Chickpea Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

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..

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