Inspiring healthier eating one dish at a time

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..

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..

Warm Barley Mushroom Salad {Meatless Monday}

Well hello and a very belated Happy New Year dear reader!  I’ve been away from the blog for a few weeks with the holidays, and lots and lots of company from Thanksgiving all the way through the beginning of January, and as much as I enjoyed it, it’s kind of nice to be back to my old schedule.

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions?  I have a few, and I’ll tell you about most in the next few weeks (I have to be accountable to someone right?), but one of my food/diet/health resolutions is to eat more salads.  It’s not that I don’t like them – I really do!  But it’s the thought of making them that I hate 🙁  So I’m working on making them big enough to count as a meal, or eat for several days, so it doesn’t feel like such a chore.   Continue Reading..

California Power Salad {Meatless Monday}

Why is it that the things that aren’t good for you are always the things you want the most? I’m not even talking about bacon or French fries here. I’m talking about California. In my opinion, it’s one of the most beautiful states – where else can you get beaches, mountains, redwoods, pines, palm trees, deserts and lots of lush green areas all in one state? The weather is almost always delicious – at least in southern California, where I’d really love to be, which means the growing season never ends. Continue Reading..

Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad

I signed up to do the Go Plant-Power Challenge, and it started this week.  It’s a two-week challenge to eat more of a plant-based diet, and I’ll share some of the tips, recipes and ideas I learn from nutritionist and author Sharon Palmer, RD.  If you’re interested in doing it with me, just like the Go Plant-Power Facebook page, and you’ll get all of the information first hand.  There’s also the chance to win some great prizes, so let’s jump on the bandwagon together!

Many people are afraid of plant-based or meatless diets, because they feel they will be too restrictive.  I can’t tell you how many clients say “that’s never gonna fly with my family”.  Well, the beauty of a plant-based diet is that it’s completely flexible.  You just try to eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains – all the stuff that’s good for you, and less meat.  It’s not vegan, there’s no scouring the food labels for certain ingredients you have to avoid, you can eat dairy if you like, and really, if you’re craving some fish or chicken or even a burger, you can still have it.  You just have to try to eat more plants. Continue Reading..

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