Ginger,Tofu and Brown Rice Stir-fry Bowl

Stir-fry recipes are perfect for fast and easy meals. By combining a bunch of healthy ingredients, you can create a delicious dish with little time and effort. This stir-fry bowl includes freshly grated ginger, crispy tofu, brown rice and chopped vegetables. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger, 5 tablespoons reduced sodium soy…

Better for You Banana Bread

I always seem to have over-ripe bananas in my house which are perfect for making banana bread. I’ve been making this recipe since my children were little.  It’s from an older cookbook called Recipe Rescue from Eating Well. Traditional banana bread can be heavy from the extra oil and sugar but this recipe uses more bananas,…

Light and Creamy Pesto Chicken Salad

Whenever you have leftover chicken, make chicken salad.  I had some leftover chicken after making chicken souvlaki (see Chicken Souvlaki post) so I combined it with mayo, plain yogurt, a tablespoon of jarred pesto and a sprinkle of scallions. You can make chicken salad in a multitude of ways, mixing and matching most vegetables and…

Apricot Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin is a good choice for a lean, fast cooking protein. This recipe is simple with only 3 ingredients: pork tenderloin, whole grain mustard, and apricot preserves. In a small bowl, mix together 1/4 cup of whole grain mustard and 1/4 cup of apricot preserves. Rub the pork tenderloin with a small amount of…

Shakshuka (worth making just to say the name)

Here’s a fantastic recipe from Melissa Clark.  Shakshuka originated in North Africa and is a dish in which eggs are baked in a spicy tomato sauce (similar to Mexican huevos rancheros).  It’s a simple meal to prepare, even during a busy work week, and makes an excellent breakfast the next day. Start by sautéing onions and red…

Grilled Tempeh with Gyoza Dipping Sauce

For you vegans out there, tempeh is most likely on your weekly menu rotation but for the rest of you, I bet you’ve never tried it. Tempeh is a soy product made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process (without added salt). It is very different from tofu, having a dense, chewy, somewhat crunchy texture.  Tempeh…

Belly-Busting Snacks

Are snacks a good idea?  It depends.  If you’re snacking because there’s a long stretch of time between meals and you’re feeling hungry, then yes.  If you’re snacking because you’re bored, because cupcakes showed up at the office or because it’s just what you do when you watch TV, then no. When you’re really hungry…

Greek Country Salad in a Jar

Here’s a salad-to-go that not only tastes fantastic but ticks every nutrient box. It’s a fun, little twist on a lunch box salad because you can pack the dressing and salad together with no worries about leaking or wilted greens. Pack it for work, school, or picnics. The process is simple. In a small jar with…

Go for the Grains

Grains have taken a beating lately. Shunned from high protein diets because of their carbohydrate content and maligned by many social media posts. But in most cultures, grains are an integral part of the diet. In the US, we eat way too many refined, nutrient poor grains because we eat too many packaged snacks, white…

Strawberry Chia Seed Pudding

Here’s a deliciously, creamy, slightly sweet and tangy treat that is a nutrient knockout. It has a powerful punch of calcium, protein, vitamin D, fiber and healthy probiotics. Add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds to 4-6 ounces of strawberry kefir (a wonderful yogurt-like beverage). I like to mix this in a small glass jar with…