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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 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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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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