Inspiring healthier eating one dish at a time

3-Seed Whole Grain & Kefir Quick Bread

It’s soup season!  Make some for dinner tonight, and serve it with this whole grain quick bread, warm from the oven.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by ReganMillerJones Inc. and the General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition on behalf of Progresso™ .  I received free samples of the soup mentioned in the post and I was compensated for my time. As always, opinions are my own.

I might have mentioned a few dozen or so times, that I’m pretty much addicted to soup, especially when it’s served with fresh quick bread, warm from the oven.  Is there anything better when the weather is cool, cold, or even warmish?? When I lived in Boston, I could eat it all year long. Now, with the 100+ temps in AZ for several months of the year, I’ve had to cut back a bit, but February is soup season, so I’m in full soup swing – it’s like a big hug or a warm blanket on a cold night.  Soup is also my “secret weapon” for balancing any winter weight that might come from indulging in a few too many sweet treats or comfort foods during these long winter months. Eating vegetable or broth-based soups can fill you up for not a whole lot of calories – in fact, research suggests that people who eat soup tend to have healthier body weights. 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..

Lightened Up Broccoli Cheese and Farro Casserole

I received a gift card to offset the expense of my ingredients. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Milk Advisory Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

This is a true story.  Sad, but true.  When I was young, one of my all-time favorite side dishes was a broccoli, cheese and rice casserole.  It was one of those family favorite recipes that my mom always made for family gatherings, and it involved…ahem… canned cream of mushroom soup, frozen chopped broccoli (I’m OK with that one), white rice, and a certain “cheese” product that came in a jar and whose name might rhyme with knees fizz.  I used to eat it by the vat-full.  I know, please don’t judge.  Well, guess what?  I Googled it, and it turns out the recipe is still around, and it’s still enjoyed by families everywhere.  Continue Reading..

One Pan Farro With Sundried Tomatoes and Arugula

Three words.  One. Pot. Meal.  There is nothing that I love more than a delicious meal with minimal clean up.  I mean who doesn’t right?

As much as I love to cook, I really hate a cooking mess even more.  Any mess actually.  That’s becasue I might or might not have  a touch of obsessive-compulsive disorder.  I’m not the kind of OCD that has to wash my hands a thousand times a day or turn on and of the light switch or anything like that.  Most people (I think) find me to be fairly normal.  Except for the fact that my house has to be completely in order at all times.  I get really stressed out if there’s clutter on the counter, or dirt on the floor, or dishes in the sink.  And of course all beds must be made before leaving the house. The funny thing is, I couldn’t care less if other people’s homes are messy.  I just need my space to be spotless.  It’s kind of like the one thing I can control when the rest of my life is crazy. Continue Reading..

Pasta e Fagioli {Meatless Monday}

We’re knee deep in winter here in the northeast. Literally, becasue  we got another foot of snow last week. My back yard is looking more like Sochi than Hopkinton, and I’m guessing most of the country is feeling the same way. It’s been one of the longest and coldest winters I can remember in a long time. I’m thinking about putting away the car and buying a luge to get around instead. Do you think they come with heated seats?

So, cold and snow can only mean one thing – soup for dinner!  I hope you’re not tired of it yet, because we still have at least another month or more to go 🙂 .  Pasta e fagioli is a great winter-warmer-upper because it’s filling and hearty. It’s also a perfect choice for Meatless Monday.  Couldn’t be an easier one-pot meal with lots of veggies, protein from the beans, and starch from the pasta. Continue Reading..

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