Jul 28

Garden Fresh: Baked Stuffed Zucchini

 A deliciously easy main course featuring this garden fresh favorite! Looking for something new to do with all that zucchini? Here you go! Baked Stuffed Zucchini Serves 4 1 large zucchini (or 3 medium)Olive oilKosher salt and  freshly ground black pepper1 pound lean ground beef1 clove garlic1/2 onion, chopped1 bell pepper, chopped2 cups chopped kale3/4 cup marinara sauce1 cup chopped fresh basilShredded part-skim mozzarella cheese Preheat oven to 350F. Cut…

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Jul 25

Break The Protein Boredom

There’s no disputing athletes need protein, but unfortunately the protein sources they choose aren’t always optimal. And while chicken breast might be a good option, a little variety would be nice! Even more concerning is the average athlete’s timing of protein intake, it’s flat out incorrect for proper muscle recovery. I’ve partnered with EAS to demonstrate the proper way to eat protein, plus devised some tasty ways to get some.Sources…

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Jul 20

Ice Cream Sundays: Strawberry-Lemonade Sherbet

First off let’s explain the difference between sorbet and sherbet (please refrain from calling it sher-BERT). Sorbet contains no dairy – typically a mixture of fruit, fruit juice and sugar. Sherbet contains some form of dairy – typically milk, cream, or a combination so it’s lower in fat than ice cream or gelato. I simply love the sweet-tart mixture of berries and lemon in this recipe – the creaminess of…

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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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