Cooking Tip Thursdays: Whole Grain Cheat Sheet

Cooking Tip Thursdays is dedicated to making time in the kitchen quicker, easier, and just plain better….

Whole grains are an excellent source of nutrition; they contain essential enzymes, iron, dietary fiber, vitamin E and B-complex vitamins.  They are absorbed slowly in the body, unlike refined grains, providing sustained and high energy throughout the day.  While cooking whole grains can be daunting, with a little practice and patience, Continue reading

Surprising New Soda Fact

I’ve never had a taste for soda. Not as a child and not as an adult. I am thankful for this distaste because the stuff seriously frightens me. Not possessing one redeeming nutritional quality, plus the well established fact that the sugar content can lead to a multitude of health problems (including diabetes and obesity), is reason enough for me to stay away. Now, new research is showing that Continue reading

Cooking Tip Thursdays: The Microplane

Cooking Tip Thursdays is dedicated to making time in the kitchen quicker, easier, and just plain better….

“I’m having a love affair with my Microplane”.  No, this isn’t a line from Sex and the City; this is how my mother began a recent phone conversation of ours.  The reason: up until December of this past year she had been missing out on quite possibly the smartest, coolest tool ever adapted to the kitchen. Continue reading

The Power Of A Pistachio

The pistachio nut, once a treasured delicacy among royals, is more than just a delicious little snack-food; it is a nutritional powerhouse. Packed with antioxidants, copper, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, B6, protein, and fiber, pistachios will fight everything from aging to weight to heart disease.   Continue reading

Recipe: Dark Chocolate Truffles

Whether you love it, or love to hate it, there is no escaping the fact that Valentine’s Day is tomorrow.  Whatever the case may be, why not indulge your significant other, your friends, or yourself with my super healthy version of chocolate truffles.  Unlike mainstream truffles filled with butter, cream, and refined sugars, these are lower in fat, calories, and packed with antioxidants, potassium, magnesium and B-vitamins.  All the while remaining decadent and rich enough to put even the greatest of anti V-Day believers in the mood for love. Continue reading

Recipe: Crispy Orange Chicken with Roasted Sweet Potato Farro in a Walnut Vinaigrette

There is a certain pleasure in life when you can completely transform one item into an entirely different beast, even with something as mundane as leftovers.  A few nights ago I made a simple dinner of salmon, sautéed kale and roasted sweet potatoes.  The following night as I stared into the fridge hoping something marvelous would miraculously appear for dinner, the leftover kale and potatoes were staring me back in the face.  I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of leftovers (unless it’s soup or pasta), but I decided to get creative.  The end result is the recipe here, which was ironically 10 times better than the first go around.

Crispy Orange Chicken with Roasted Sweet Potato Farro in a Walnut Vinaigrette

Serves 4


(Farro Salad) Continue reading

Healthy Snacks For Super Bowl XLV

The Super Bowl and greasy fried foods are practically synonymous.  If you’re looking for healthier alternatives, beyond the typical raw vegetable platter, check out this link in Self Magazine.  They have posted 20 great recipes for healthier versions of everyone’s favorite game time snacks. And even if you’re just looking forward to the commercials and the Black Eye Peas, this list will make sure you have plenty to munch on as the Packers and Steelers go head-to-head.

Among the list: White Bean Artichoke Dip, Mini Mac n’ Cheese, Edamame Hummus, Pomegranate Salsa, and Turkey Chili.


Recipe: Tuscan White Bean Soup with Kale

If it’s not snow it’s rain; if it’s not rain it’s an ice storm; if it’s not an ice storm it’s bone chilling cold.  From New York to Texas it feels like spring is a million miles away.  My advice: hibernate indoors with a big bowl of warming soup.

This classic Northern Italian soup is hearty, comforting, low-fat, and full of nutrients that will keep your immune system fighting off the worst of winter colds.  With carrots, onions, beans, and kale constituting the base, it is packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and protein.  Maybe hibernation isn’t an option, but at least this soup will make you feel like you’re tucked away by the fire in a cozy Italian villa.

* It is important to note that you must soak your beans overnight prior to preparation.

Tuscan White Bean Soup with Kale

Yield: 6 eight-ounce servings Continue reading

The New USDA Dietary Guidelines

The seventh edition of the US Department of Agriculture guidelines for healthy eating were released online today and include 23 key recommendations for all Americans, as well as 6 additional recommendations for specific population groups.  “Taken together, the Dietary Guidelines recommendations encompass two overarching concepts,” Dr. Van Horn and colleagues write Continue reading