Clean-Out-the-Fridge Frittata

From guest blogger Taylor Dimmerling, Cabrini University, and nutrition intern at athensnutrition.com We all start our week with good intentions. We read the food blogs, assemble some fast and easy dinner recipes, stock up on fruits and veggies, and fill the fridge will everything we need for a week of cooking. But then we find…

The Basics of Cooking Beans

I’m pushing beans again because I’m trying really hard to get you to eat them several times a week.  Although I’m not denying that canned beans are fast, easy, and nutrient-dense, cooking dried beans is definitely worth the little bit of extra effort. The texture and flavor are so different from canned beans, plus you…

An Easy Marinade to Keep in Your Fridge

Sometimes the difference between ordering take out and cooking a healthier meal at home is simply having a marinade in your fridge. All you need is some chicken, fish or even tofu, and you’re just a few steps away from a delicious dinner on the table. This is my go-to marinade when I’m making quick…

Chocolate Date-Caramel Cups for Your Special Valentine

I posted this recipe last year but these little treats are so good, I wanted to bring them back for another round! They remind me of Turtles, that chocolate, caramel, pecan candy, and my husband thinks they taste like they are laced with bourbon (unfortunately they are not). This is a recipe from Bon Appetit’s…

Streusel Topped Blueberry Spelt Muffins

Why spelt flour? I get bored using regular whole wheat flour when baking so I’m always looking for a new whole-grain to try. Spelt, dating back to 5,000 BC, is a cousin to modern-day wheat and is packed with protein, fiber, B vitamins, and essential minerals. It does contain gluten so it’s not recommended for…

Weeknight Salmon with a Honey Ginger Glaze

My go-to weeknight fast food meal is always salmon. I stockpile individually frozen wild-caught salmon filets in my freezer for a quick and easy, after a long day of work, meal. But don’t let the easy prep fool you. This dish would be a welcomed entree at any dinner party. I adapted this recipe from…

Lentil, Sausage and Spinach Stew

Even though this heartwarming stew contains meat, it builds its protein heft from lentils. The sausage plays a background role, just enough to add a spicy richness without overwhelming the healthfulness of the dish. Cooking healthy is not an all or nothing proposition. Sometimes just the right amount of a heavier, richer ingredient can elevate…

Bean Burger Lettuce Wraps with Creamy Peanut Sauce

Making your own veggie burgers allows you to get creative with the ingredients. You can pick whatever bean you like, select the whole grain you have on hand, and mix and match seasonings based on your favorite flavors. For this recipe, I planned to use edamame but soon realized I didn’t have any in my…

Make-Ahead Egg Sandwiches

Instead of putting a runny, fried egg on your next homemade breakfast sandwich, try a soft, creamy egg square instead. Simply combine eggs, water, and a dash of salt then bake in a square baking dish to produce four portions of soft, custard-like eggs. These are excellent for make-ahead breakfast sandwiches or eat as is…

Sesame Glazed Salmon

If you’re not regularly eating fish and seafood, a healthy goal for 2021 would be to eat at least 8-12 ounces of seafood per week (2-3 meals). To help you with this goal, here’s an easy weeknight addition to your weekly menu. I came across this recipe in the December 2020 edition of EatingWell magazine…

Everything Bagel Chicken Fingers

Everything bagel spice blend is a quick way to add a punch of flavor to oven-baked chicken tenders. Mix the seasoning blend with fresh whole grain bread crumbs for a crunchy coating and a healthy twist on this kid-friendly classic. Serve with a quick honey mustard dipping sauce, green salad and some roasted veggies.

Buttermilk Oatmeal Drop Scones

These look more like a pancake than a scone but the texture is chewier and sweeter, allowing you to skip the syrup if you want to go light on added sugar. The batter looks like oatmeal but browns beautifully in the pan and these drop scones definitely have a heartier texture than a typical pancake….