A Must Make Raisin Bran Muffin

These muffins have been a classic for me ever since Jane Brody, Personal Health Columnist for the New York Times, published one of her best selling cookbooks, Jane Brody’s Good Food Cookbook. I was fresh out of college, working as a clinical dietitian and just learning how to cook. This cookbook was one of the…

Walnut Quinoa Burger with a Flavor Explosion

I love to try new veggie burger recipes and I found this one in an older EatingWell magazine. I think this might be my favorite one. Admittedly, it does require some extra steps but I think it’s worth it. The umami spread is truly a flavor explosion. By using 5 different umami flavors like dried…

Roasted Strawberries

Fresh strawberry season is right around the corner (it really is!) so here’s a new way to enjoy them. Roast them! Roasting strawberries intensifies their flavor, making them sweeter, and as a friend commented, “it makes them taste more like strawberries”. Once roasted, serve them over yogurt, ice cream, oatmeal, cold cereal, as jam on…

Greek Juicy Walnut Cake (Karithopita)

Baking with extra virgin olive oil is an excellent way to cut down on saturated fat in a recipe because you can use it to replace butter! In this recipe, the olive oil adds a rich, moist texture without an olive oil flavor and the addition of ground walnuts contributes more heart-healthy fats and a…

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…