Inspiring healthier eating one dish at a time

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..

Strawberry Rhubarb Spinach Salad

You have to know it’s springtime when you start to see rhubarb in the produce department.  It’s one of the first vegetables (yes, technically) harvested in the spring, and if you live in the northern hemisphere, you should be seeing it right about now. Blink, and the really good stuff will be gone, so get your fill now.

Because rhubarb is mouth-puckeringly tart – kind of like spring’s version of cranberries,  it’s usually paired with really sweet, ripe fruits, and sweetened quite a bit.  I love it in jams, and I also pair it with wild blueberries to make Bluebarb Cheesecake Ice Cream. Continue Reading..

Warm Zucchini-Quinoa Salad with Blistered Corn and Poblanos

The other day my son called me from college -once just to say hi while he was grocery shopping, and a second time to ask me how to cook broccoli. Can you imagine anything better?!

My kids didn’t always love their veggies. I remember a time, which seems like just yesterday, when this one in particular refused to eat anything that wasn’t beige. Plain pasta with just Parmesan cheese – no tomato sauce. White bread (I know 🙁 ) with peanut butter and fluff (don’t judge me). Chicken nuggets with white rice (OK -I don’t always keep only healthy food in the house). 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..

Whole Grains Recipe Roundup

The USDA released new data this month, which shows that we’re eating more whole grain foods – 23.4% more between 2008 and 2010, which is great news.  Looks like women ages 30-39 are leading the pack in terms of overall consumption, and greatest increase in whole grains (you go girls!).  Their data also showed, however, that the amount of refined grains Americans are still eating hasn’t really changed, so there is still more work to do to get our diets in better shape and make half our grains whole. Continue Reading..

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