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Jul 16

Ice Cream Sundays: Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches

  Unbelievably yummy and super cute – these ice cream treats might just be the family favorite of the summer. Use any combination of small cookies and ice cream for this easy recipe. Trader Joe’s Cookie Thins are the perfect size and texture. Roll in sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, or chopped nuts for some added crunch. Some fun flavor combos ginger cookies + strawberry ice cream almond cookies + chocolate…

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Jul 14

Summer Skillet Lasagna

 I’ve always wanted to try this and was shocked how easy and delicious it came out. This is a veggie version but you can add any of your favorite meat fillings to the mix. Summer Skillet Lasagna Serves: 6 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese 1 cup ricotta cheese 1 large egg Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 1/4 cups prepared marinara sauce, divided…

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Jul 05

Grown Up Cranberry Lemonade

It feels like yesterday (and also like a million years ago) when my summer Saturdays were for swim meets. After home meets the team would pile into the club house for a well-deserved buffet. The drink of choice was the bartender special “Cran-ade.” I still like to make these for myself (and my kiddos) but now I enjoy a less sugary version. Grown Up Cranberry Lemonade Serves: 1 4 fl…

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Jun 28

Eating for Performance: Steady Energy

  I just completed my first half marathon! The physical stress and attempts to juggle a training schedule with work and 3 kids has been challenging to say the least. Now that I’ve got that first race behind me I can honestly say I’d do it all over again. My weekly long runs had to come on Saturday or Sunday mornings which made fueling and hydrating a bit more difficult.…

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Jun 23

Better Zucchini Bread

Summer squash season is kicking into high gear so here’s a more sensible take on these classic recipes! Plain and chocolate for a little more decadence. Chocolate Zucchini BreadMakes 1 loaf (12 slices) 

Canola oil cooking spray 
1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 cup granulated…

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Jun 15

Broccoli Salad & National Dairy Month

June is National Dairy Month and Chobani is helping me celebrate! Getting in the recommended 3 servings of dairy per day may seem tricky so here are 5 delicious ways to help your family get more important nutrients including calcium, potassium, protein and vitamin D. 1) Dinner ComebackRemember this? Have you strayed? Bring back that ice-cold glass of milk with dinner each night. Each 8-ounce glass is 30% of your…

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Jun 12

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

It may not seem like it but this is the perfect summer recipe – it’s way too nice outside to stay in cooking every weeknight so this gives me more time to play with the kiddos. Serve on slider rolls, with rice, in quesadillas, or with a side of mac and cheese. Makes about 10 cups 1 bulb fennel, thinly sliced 
1/2 white onion, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons canola oil,…

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Jun 06

Strawberry Recipe Round Up

My garden is about to explode with a harvest of sweet strawberries and I’m always tempted to the the kids over to the pick-your-own farm to get even more. Here’s a round up of some dynamite strawberry recipes, starting with a simple salad. Strawberry Salad with Feta Strawberries and balsamic vinegar are a match made in culinary heaven, a sprinkle of tangy feta cheese makes this salad even more outrageous.…

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May 25

Dinner Sausage Beer Pairing

Working with Applegate has furthered my appreciation for food that is humanely raised and free of antiobiotics; their new line of dinner sausages is a perfect example. I’ve also been learning more about the craft beer craze while exploring the beauty of small batch beers made in nearby breweries. As you prepare for the upcoming holiday weekend and the summer season ahead, invite over some beer lovers and toss these…

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May 19

Serving Up Some Love For Canned Salmon

To say canned salmon is underappreciated would be an understatement! As a registered dietitian, I recommend many types of canned foods as affordable and convenient options for my clients and my family ….and it appears I’m not alone. A recent survey found that nearly 90% of RDs rate canned foods as an important tool to help their clients eat healthfully. I’ve partnered with Cans Get You Cooking in this post…

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