Rhubarb Shrub for Mocktails or Cocktails

It’s springtime so that means it’s rhubarb time. I love rhubarb and I use it in muffins, cobblers, jams and sauces but when I found this rhubarb shrub recipe from epicurious.com, I knew it would be a winner. Rhubarb is a hearty perennial (grows back every year) and my husband’s garden is usually overflowing with…

Mini Blueberry-Lemon Cheesecakes

My favorite part of a meal is dessert. As a dietitian, I probably shouldn’t admit this. The trick is learning how to enjoy a few small blissful bites rather than a large, full-size portion. Most of the time, I find that a small , mini treat is just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. Get…

Shrimp with Avocado, Lemon and Fresh Dill

I’m always on the hunt for recipes that are fast, delicious and healthy and this shrimp dish has become one of my favorites. The creaminess of the avocado provides a richness which plays well with the tartness of the lemon and the spicy bite of the arugula. For the whole grain, I used Khorasan wheat…

Mushroom and Spinach Quiche with a Spaghetti Squash Crust

Using vegetables in place of flour for the crusts of pizza and quiche is a brilliant, low-calorie, nutrient dense swap. I used the original veggie pasta, spaghetti squash, for the crust for this recipe but you could use spiralized sweet potato or zucchini noodles or even broccoli or cauliflower rice.          …

Homemade Vegetable Broth with a Nutrient Punch

Making homemade both is surprising very easy. You just a need a little bit of time to be home while it cooks. You can use fresh vegetables, scraps of vegetables or a combination of both. When comparing canned or boxed vegetable broth to homemade, well, there is no comparison. Homemade broth is far superior. It…

Dutch Baby Pancake with Homemade Blueberry Lemon Syrup

You might be asking, what’s a Dutch Baby (at least in culinary terms)? A Dutch Baby or German pancake is a sweet popover that is served for breakfast and is absolutely delicious. It’s a time saving choice when serving several people at once because you don’t have to cook individual pancakes. All recipes for Dutch…

Blueberry Pie Kefir Smoothie

What’s not to love about frozen blueberries, bananas, crushed graham crackers, pecans and toasted coconut. Add some blueberry kefir for a delicious boost of calcium, protein and gut-friendly probiotics and you’ve got yourself a refreshingly creamy summer treat.        

Award Winning Turkey Chili

My husband and I make this chili when we are hosting big gatherings. It serves a crowd but it also freezes well so don’t be intimidated by the quantity it makes. We’ve entered this chili in several chili cook-offs and not to brag, but it has won its share of ribbons. That says a lot…

Freshly Picked Mint and Lime Mojito

Mojitos are the national drink of Cuba. With my son working and living in Cuba, and my recent visit to Havana, it’s only fitting for me to resurrect this post. And, it’s perfect for this month’s Recipe Redux theme which is all about lighter cocktails and mocktails for spring and summer celebrations. Mojitos are my favorite summer cocktail, especially…

White Pizza with Goat Cheese, Truffled Mushrooms and Cauliflower Crust

Love pizza but hate the carbs, using cauliflower for the crust does triple nutrient duty by adding cancer-fighting phytonutrients and fiber while keeping carbohydrates low. Topping the pizza with flavor-forward ingredients like sauteed mushrooms, goat cheese, imported Swiss cheese and a drizzle of truffle oil allows this pizza to stand-up to any regular crusted pie….

The Basics of Cooking with Beans

My new cooking goal is to master the craft of cooking dried beans. This should be simple but my past experience resulted in soft, mushy or mealy beans but then I stumbled upon the website, Rancho Gordo. It inspired me to start cooking dried beans and to stop opening a can. Rancho Gordo beans are beautiful,…

A Twist on British-Style Beans on Toast

I first learned about this British meal from my daughter who studied for semester in London. Beans on toast makes for a hearty, fiber-rich meal or snack anytime of the day, whether it’s to rev-up your sleepy metabolism in the morning or as a “mini-meal” snack that could easily sub for a quick lunch or…