Aug 14

EZ Side Dishes: Corn, Tomato and Zucchini Saute

This low calorie dish is bursting with summer flavors. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large skillet. Add sliced zucchini and corn kernels (just cut off the cob); season with salt, pepper and fresh oregano. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes until veggies are tender. Turn off heat — add cherry tomatoes and fresh basil. Serve warm or at room temp.

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Aug 09

Asian Cucumber Salad

With so many cukes coming in from my garden, this 3-ingredient recipe is a family favorite. It’s inspired by the best gardener I know, my mother-in-law. Serve as a side dish and stack leftovers on sandwiches and wraps.   Asian Cucumber SaladServes 6 6 cups sliced thinly cucumbers2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce or tamariPinch kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper to taste Combine ingredients in…

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Aug 06

Giveaway: Nature Valley Protein Crunchy Granola

It’s giveaway day! Enter to win a bag of the new Nature Valley Protein Crunchy Granola and a Nature Valley mug! Breakfast is served 😉 My Top 5 Ways to Use Granola1)    Sprinkled over oatmeal2)    Mixed in to cookie dough3)    Mixed with Greek yogurt (*great for post workout)4)    Placed atop muffins before baking5)    Scattered over a veggie-filled salad To WIN!Leave me a comment by 10am Wednesday August 7th, 2013 and…

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Jul 31

Beet Chips with Goat Cheese Guacamole

A forever favorite of the delicious pairings in foodie’s eyes might be that of beets and goat cheese. Tangy, creamy goat cheese paired with a sweet, earthy beet provides a flavor profile that makes the taste buds giggle and hungry hands reach for more bites. While enjoying the summer months, why not keep on enjoying this winning combo as a reinvention of a picnic favorite: chips and guacamole. But not…

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Jul 26

Weekend Project – Pickled Veggies

Are all those cukes and other fresh summer veggies piling up in your kitchen? Then it’s time for homemade pickles. These recipes for refrigerator pickles could not be easier and the final product can be enjoyed with all kinds of summertime foods. Burgers, fish tacos, sandwiches – just to name a few. HOMEMADE PICKLE RECIPES

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Jul 23

Cooking With Kids: Fun in the Kitchen

     One of the best ways to get your little ones to eat better is to get them involved (there’s research to prove it)! From the garden, to the grocery store, to the kitchen …. giving the kiddos some control over what they’re eating can make all the difference! 10 Kid-Friendly Cooking Jobs Sprinkle cheese on tacos & pizza Play “name that veggie” at the farmers’ market Let them…

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Jul 17

MVP Recipes – Summer Edition

There are a few recipes that people ask for again and again ….. I guess they are my MVPs thus far. Here are some summertime favorites….. Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins This easy recipe uses less processed ingredients and they come out perfect every time. They are a perfect go-to recipes for everything from Sunday brunch to playdates. Quesadilla Lasagna I love to make this for friends and family when they…

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Jul 12

Prime Time for the Farmers’ Market

  July is when things really start heating up at my local markets. Here are some tips for keeping things safe and budget-friendly! Basic FM Shopping Tips Food Safety Tips for the Farmers’ Market      

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Jul 07

Beat the Heat: Banana Milkshake

Looking for a healthy way to cool off? Try this ice cream-free milkshake. Whirl 2 frozen bananas with a cup of low fat (1%) milk in a blender. Enjoy plain or flavor with fresh fruit, pumpkin seeds, a spoonful of peanut butter or a handful of mini chocolate chips. For a more grown up version – add a splash of rum to this “Banilla” Shake  

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Jul 02

Cooking with Kids: Rainy Day Recipes

The weather has been pretty lousy in my neck of the woods and that means the kids are going stir crazy. Here are some kid-friendly summertime treats to make together! Fresh Mint Shake (pictured above) Blackberry-Peach Crisp Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins Fresh Raspberry Sauce – serve over yogurt or ice cream      

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