Jan 28

Super Bowl Picks (food, not football)

Game day is a very important celebration in our house. Not only are we football fans, we’re foodies! Here is a collection of some all-time favorite recipes. Winning Snacks I love trying new products and recipes in honor of the big game! This year I was blown away by Kettle Brand’s Pepperoncini Potato Chips – they bring the tang, salt, and crunch that every party spread needs. I also enjoyed…

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Jan 23

Peanut Butter Favorites

Happy National Peanut Butter Day! To celebrate I am sharing a few of my favorite picks and recipes, plus some peanut butter goodness from my new book – First Bites: Superfoods for Babies and Toddlers. Homemade Peanut Butter on a bagel topped with dried banana chips for some crunch (pictured above). Peanut Butter & Green Apple Toast makes a quick, easy and healthy breakfast. Make a batch of Peanut Butter…

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Jan 18

A year of weeknight dinners…..Chicken Sausage and Peppers

Chicken Sausage and PeppersThis lightened up version of the Italian classic is quick cooking and crowd pleasing. Lower fat chicken sausage has all the flavor of regular pork sausage, only it’s higher in protein. Serve on rolls or over rice. Serves: 4 1 tablespoon olive oil1 pound chicken sausage, sliced1 clove garlic, finely chopped1 red onion, sliced2 bell peppers, cut into strips2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce1 tablespoon tomato paste¼ cup chicken…

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Jan 16

Health Dessert Alternatives – Easy Fruit Whips

By: Melissa Halas-Liang, MA RDN CDE The not so sweet truth
 On average, 16% of children and adolescents’ total calories come from added sugars. For kids aged two to five, an average of 13 teaspoons of sugar is consumed each day. And for adolescents ages six to 19, this number jumps to 22 teaspoons of sugar every day! The recommended limit is less than 5 teaspoons per day for preschool…

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Jan 13

Honey-Sriracha Shrimp

Serves: 2 1 pound fresh large shrimp, peeled and deveined 3 slices lemon 1 small clove garlic, chopped Kosher salt 1 tablespoon honey 2 teaspoons Sriracha 2 tablespoons unsalted butter Preheat oven to 425-degrees F. Fold a large sheet of parchment paper in half. Place shrimp on one side of the parchment and top with lemon slices and garlic; season with salt. Drizzle with honey and Sriracha and top with…

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Jan 11

Meal Planning Tips: Dinner Road Map

Making healthy and kid-friendly weeknight dinners is important to me – but sometimes it’s hard to pull off! Every Sunday I make a road map for the week – 3 steps to keep me on track. Step 1: Give each day a theme One day is fish, one is vegetarian, Friday is always pizza. That leaves 2 days – I try to make one from the crock-pot or by pulling…

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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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