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May 17

Cilantro-Arugula Chimichurri

Chimichurri is a popular herb-based condiment with Argentinian roots. This version was inspired by last week’s CSA  – most of the ingredients came right from the box and into the food processor. Serve as a dipping sauce or marinade for any type of grilled protein or vegetables. As one of my friends put it, it’s “eyes rolling back in my head good.” Cilantro-Arugula Chimichurri Makes about 2 cups 1 clove…

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May 13

Strawberry Rhubarb Margaritas

Celebrate happy hour and World Cocktail Day with this gorgeous and seasonal drink. Make the rhubarb syrup ahead and keep chilled in the refrigerator. You can also make a large batch in a pitcher to serve to a crowd.Strawberry Rhubarb MargaritasMakes 1 cocktail1 tablespoon fresh cilantroDiced strawberriesIceRhubarb Syrup1.5 ounces silver tequila1 ounce Triple SecBlood Orange or Lemon Soda (San Pelligrino recommended)Fresh lime juiceSalt rimmed glassLime wedges for servingPlace cilantro and…

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May 10

Ready in Minutes: Baked Sweet Potato Chips

A healthy and fast dinner side dish that everyone will love. Serves: 4 3 large sweet potatoes, unpeeled Olive oil Sea salt Slice sweet potatoes very thin (a hand-held mandoline slicer works perfectly). Place on a baking sheet, brush with olive oil and season with salt. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until crispy and golden. Calories: 114; Total Fat: 4g; Carbohydrates: 20g; Protein: 2g

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May 02

The Beauty of Radishes

 Radishes are my springtime obsession, they’re high in vitamin C and also offer calcium and potassium for healthy bones and muscles. Some folks shy away from these root veggies because they’re stumped on ways to use them beyond salads. Here are two of my favorite recipes. Mango-Radish Salsa 3 mangoes, peeled and diced5-7 large red radishes, cut in half½ red onion, roughly chopped1 jalapeño pepper, choppedJuice of one lime 1…

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Apr 23

Lightened Up Strawberry Scones with Rhubarb Glaze

A fantastic way to enjoy 2 seasonal delights – for a lot less fat and calories. Makes 24 sconesFor the scones2 cups all purpose flour¼ cup granulated sugar or Vanilla-Cardamom Sugar1 tablespoon baking powder½ teaspoon kosher salt4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, diced½ to ¾ cup half & half ½ cup finely chopped fresh strawberriesFor the glaze2 tablespoons Rhubarb Syrup½ cup confectioners’ sugar1 tablespoon half & half or heavy cream Preheat…

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Apr 22

Butcher Box and Grass Fed Meatballs

I’ve recently partnered with ButcherBox. To learn more and order grass fed beef to your door – click here.  One of my favorite quick and easy weeknight dinners are these grass fed meatballs.   Grass Fed Meatballs There’s no denying that grass fed beef tastes better! These simple meatballs are baked so there’s less grease and the natural flavors of the meat shine though. 1 pound grass fed ground beef1…

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Apr 13

Mango-Chive Pretzel Bites

It is prime season for juicy mangos and fresh perennial herbs are just beginning pop up in my garden beds. Springtime was the inspiration for these pretzel bites – make a batch for a holiday brunch or family movie night. This recipe makes plenty– you can’t eat just one.The entire recipe comes together in about 2 hours, which includes an hour for the dough to rise. The dough also freezes…

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Apr 06

Black Pepper Drop Biscuits

I always have a small amount of buttermilk lying around after making a batch of  pancakes. These biscuits come together in minutes (no rolling out sticky dough!) and are perfect for breakfast sandwiches or as side to soup or chili. They only have 100 calories each! Makes 8 biscuits1 cup all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking powder¼ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon kosher salt 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, diced1/2 cup low fat…

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Mar 27

Overnight Steel Cut Oats

Mix up this oatmeal in the crock-pot before bed and wake up to a hot breakfast.Serves: 41 cup steel cut oats4 cups water¼ teaspoon kosher salt½ cup dried cranberries½ cup chopped dried apricotsCinnamon-sugarEquipment: slow-cookerCombine ingredients in a slow-cooker and stir. Set to low and cook for 8 hours. Serve topped with cinnamon-sugar.Nutrition Information Per Serving Calories: 225Total Fat:  3 gramsSaturated Fat:  1 gramCarbohydrate:  46 gramsFiber: 6 gramsProtein:  5 gramsSodium: 81…

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Mar 21

Easy Weeknight Dinner: Pizza Pockets

These pizza pockets are always a crown pleaser! Experiment with different fillings and get the kiddos in the kitchen to help with the prep work. Try a veggie version for Meatless Monday.Yield: Makes 8 pockets 12 ounces pizza dough1 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese½ cup shredded provolone cheese2 cups steamed chopped vegetables (such as broccoli, kale, mushrooms, bell peppers) 2 tablespoons olive oilLight ranch dressing and marinara sauce, for…

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