Jan 06

A year of weeknight dinners … double tacos

    Ever give a 3 year old a hard taco shell? It’s a crumbly mess in seconds. That’s why we started making “double tacos.” I must hand it to my hubby – this idea was all him. Smear a flour tortilla with guacamole or mashed avocado. Place a hard taco shell inside and fill as desired. SO much easier for little fingers to manage – and it tastes pretty…

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Jan 05

A year of weeknight dinners …. easy teriyaki marinade

I love this easy marinade – it works beautifully for for salmon, shrimp, pork, chicken, veggies, or my favorite – flank steak. Simply mix equal parts brown sugar, rice vinegar, and soy sauce. Yup, that’s it! Marinade your protein or veggies of choice for at least one hour or up to 24 hours depending on what you’re cooking, then grill or broil. You’ll never reach for a bottle of store-bought…

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Jan 02

A year of weeknight dinners…

Introducing a look inside this registered dietitian’s kitchen. Every weeknight of 2015, I’ll be sharing my creations (the hits and the misses) for a family dinner for 4.   My goal is meals that are delicious, easy, and healthy no matter how hectic the day has been. Expect the occasional frozen fish stick and take out order. I will always share recipes and my top picks for brand names.  First up…

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Dec 28

Sticky Chicken Lettuce Cups

   Make this easy, healthy, and fun finger food for a weeknight dinner or a gameday spread. Serves 4 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into strips¼ cup cornstarch2 tablespoons canola oil1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce or tamari¼ cup mild honey1 tablespoon sesame seeds Serving suggestions: lettuce leaves, shredded carrot, sliced cucumber, lime wedges, Sriracha Place chicken and cornstarch in a large resealable bag; close bag and toss…

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Dec 27

Healthy and Fast: BBQ Chicken Pizza

Make this crowd pleasing pizza for a small group or a crowd. Serve as a New Years Eve appetizer or pair up with a salad for a complete meal. Get the recipe for BBQ Chicken Pizza

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Dec 19

Last Minute DIY Holiday Gifts

  I love making homemade gifts for family and friends. Simple ingredients and printable labels are are all you need! If you’re looking for last minute gifts that are still personal and creative – check out this list! 1.) Homemade Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub – recipe compliments of the lovely Kelly at New Leaf Wellness. 2) Herb Salt – this recipe for Basil Salt from Food Network magazine FN Dish…

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Dec 16

Microwave Tomato Soup

  A warm and cozy soup doesn’t need to take hours to make. Rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and lycopene, this soup is way better than anything out of can AND it’s just as easy to make. Serves: 2 1 cup prepared marinara sauce2 cups chicken stock (or low sodium chicken broth)2 tablespoons heavy cream Optional Toppings: whole grain crackers, croutons, crushed tortilla chips, shredded cheese Combine marinara sauce…

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Dec 11

Bacon’s Healthy Secrets

I admit it — I am a bacon fanatic! Instead of gobbling down slice after slice, I make the most of the smoky flavor by adding it to my favorite fall and winter recipes. For best bacon-y results, use these tips. Prepare bacon in the microwave (on a plate lined with paper towel) or roast in the oven on a broiling pan or wire rack at 400-degrees F. Cuts of…

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Dec 10

Healthy Holiday Gifts

Dana White Nutrition has partnered up with Uncommon Goods to highlight some healthy and sustainable gift ideas. This Brooklyn-based company prides themselves on featuring tons of products made in the USA.  Plus about 1/3 of their collection incorporates recycled and or upcycled materials. A big thanks to Uncommon Goods for providing me with some goodies to play with — here are just a few of my favorite things.    Flavors…

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Dec 09

Coffee Cure Smoothie

  A terrific way to use up left over coffee. This shake is an entirely new take on a cup of Joe. ½ cup brewed coffee (regular or decaf)½ cup vanilla almond milk1 medium banana, frozen (freeze ahead of time)Honey and cinnamon to taste 
Combine ingredients in a blender – blend until smooth. 
 Nutrition Information Per Serving Calories: 151 Total Fat: 3 gramsSaturated Fat: 0 gramsCarbohydrate: 29 gramsFiber:  5…

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