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Pickled Taco Salad {Recipe ReDux}

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..

Turmeric & Ginger Pickled Cauliflower

This crisp, pickled cauliflower is packed with rich, spicy flavors. It’s a perfect appetizer or accompaniment to your sandwich plate.

Is there any better sight to a dietitian than seeing your family or dinner guests devour a huge plate of cauliflower?  I think not.  Even though we’re known to push as much color as possible onto each and every plate, cauliflower deserves a major pass on that rule. It is, after all, a member of the marvelous cruciferous or brassica family – rich in vitamins C, K, and folate, antioxidants, and cancer-fighting compounds. It’s the sulfur-containing phytochemicals, known as “glucosinolates”  that give cauliflower (and it’s cousins broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts) its super powers – and it’s funky smell and bitter taste. Continue Reading..

5 Bean Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette {Recipe ReDux}

A beanier version of the three bean salad you know and love – because this is the easiest and most delicious way to eat more pulses.

It’s the 21st of the month, which means it’s time for another Recipe ReDux post.  This month’s theme is
First Cooking Recollections – and we were asked to share a story about one of our first cooking memories.  Funny thing is, I can’t remember a first cooking memory, and I guess that’s because there was always something cooking.  We rarely got takeout, but I’m thinking back to the ’70s (yes, I’m super-old), and I don’t even think take-out was a thing then. Continue Reading..

Roasted Tomato Caprese Pasta Salad

Enjoy a taste of summer all year long with this quick and easy caprese pasta salad that’s just as good whether it’s served warm or cold.

Two things:  1.  I bit into a mealy, juiceless peach the other day, and 2. Pumpkin spice lattes are here.  That can only mean that summer is over 🙁 .  It doesn’t feel right to see pumpkin recipes all over Pinterest, and Halloween decorations at Target, when Labor Day is hardly over, and it’s still 100 degrees outside.

While I’ve accepted the fact that peaches are past their prime, I’m not quite ready for fall flavors yet, because the tomatoes are also super-ripe, my basil is oh-so-happy, and my pool is still perfectly swimmable.   Pumpkin lattes just don’t taste good while you’re on a pool floatie. Continue Reading..


10 Healthy Ways to Love Watermelon

Best summer fruit? Watermelon, without a doubt!  Here’s why and how to eat lots of this nutritious fruit all summer long.

If summer produce had an academy awards, it would go something like this… Best vegetable (OK I know it’s really a grain) goes to corn on the cob, for it’s starring role as grilled street corn.  Best fruit – has to go to watermelon, for it’s starring role in EVERYTHING.  I can’t even narrow it down to one or two starring roles or dishes, because they’re all so delicious and positively summery!  Whether you eat it straight, over the kitchen sink, with juice dripping down your chin, or you use a ripe, sweet watermelon in a recipe, nothing says summer fruit quite like it.

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Freekeh-licious Corn and Tomato Salad

You know it’s summer when you find fresh, farmstand corn and tomatoes, and this salad is the perfect way to show them both off!

Picking a favorite summer vegetable is kind of like picking a favorite child when they’re all on their very best behavior, don’t you think?  There is no other time of the year when they ALL taste SO GOOD!  That’s exactly how I feel about this corn and tomato dinner salad. 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..

25 Ways to Celebrate Spring Vegetables

It’s time to ditch the white comfort food, and welcome spring with lots of colorful, fresh spring vegetables.

Hey there!  How happy are you that the end of March is in sight, and spring is just around the corner?  For real – and you know I mean spring weather, not the actual date on the calendar.  As soon as the days are longer, and the air has that “hello – it’s spring” smell to it, and shadows from the sun start screaming “it’s here!”, don’t you just want to say buh- bye to carbs and comfort food, and hello to those pretty, colorful spring veggies?  I sure do! Continue Reading..

Farmer’s Market Pasta Salad with Lemon-Herb Buttermilk Dressing

This delicious pasta salad is full of the first vegetables of the season – a perfect way to savor the flavor of eating right, during National Nutrition Month, and all year long.

Ask anyone why they eat the things they do, and I’ll bet you the number one answer will be “because it tastes good.”  Maybe you’ll get an occasional “because it’s good for me”, but more than likely it’s all about taste.  And it should be!  Good food tastes good.

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