Inspiring healthier eating one dish at a time

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..


One Skillet Pappardelle Pasta Primavera

Ease into the week with this ridiculously fast and easy One Skillet Pappardelle Pasta Primavera – perfect for a Meatless Monday dinner.

I love Meatless Mondays.  Or Tuesdays through Sundays for that matter.  They’re so easy!  Nothing to have to remember to pull out of the freezer to thaw.  No grill or oven to preheat.  No braising, broiling, roasting or grilling.  And no worrying whether it will be tough – or too pink inside.  Oh, and of course, there’s all of that important environmental stuff, and the fact that people who eat more plant-based meals tend to be healthier overall.  But let’s just focus on the fact that it’s Monday, and we’re coming off the weekend, and we’re all busy, and we need easy for dinner tonight.  Plus, sometimes on a Sunday night, I just really don’t like to write long, involved recipes and blog posts.

Enter – One Pan Pappardelle Pasta Primavera. Continue Reading..


Rigatoni with Sweet Turkey Sausage and Creamy Pumpkin Sauce

I was asked to participate in the #PastaFits campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I was compensated for my time, and as always, all opinions are my own.

Do you ever think about how differently you eat depending on the season? Sure, it’s partly because of seasonal produce, but the temperature outside, and the family schedule also has a lot to do with what goes on our plates at different times of the year. That’s one of the biggest reasons I love pasta – it adapts so easily to so many different types of recipes. Whether you toss it with fresh vegetables and eat it cold in the summer, or stir it into a big pot of soup for busy school nights, or treat yourself to a creamy casserole dish of comfort food as the sun starts to set earlier – it’s all good! At less than 200 calories, lots of healthy complex carbs, and with 7 grams of protein per serving, pasta is a great foundation for a satisfying and healthy meal, and the perfect partner to pair with so many healthy ingredients. Continue Reading..

DIY Chicken and Vegetable Ramen Noodles

I was asked to participate in the #PastaFits campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I was compensated for my time. As always, all opinions are my own.

Chances are, if you were ever in college, or just starting out in the world, you had at least some period of time when you lived on Ramen Noodles. They were the perfect solution for a quick dinner or lunch, because really, what other food in the world could provide a hot and filling meal for less than $0.25 a serving? Then we all found out just how high in fat and sodium and lacking in nutrition those noodle bowls were, and luckily, we started to earn a regular paycheck, so they were quickly forgotten. But, every once in a while, don’t you kind of miss them?  Continue Reading..

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