Pumpkin Spice Mini-Muffins

With the explosion of pumpkin recipes on social media, you know fall has arrived. These mini pumpkin muffins are so easy to make, full of flavor and packed with beta carotene and fiber. If you made the apple spice muffins from my previous post, you can use the oat bran you just purchased because these…

Apple and Spice Oat Bran Muffins

I’ve been posting a lot of oat-based recipes recently. Maybe it’s because my husband purchased an institutional-size box of oatmeal from Costco mid-pandemic. However, this recipe is featuring oat bran, oatmeal’s forgotten cousin.  Oat bran was popular in the 1990’s for its cholesterol-lowering benefits but for some reason, it fell off the oat radar. It’s…

Drying Fresh Herbs in the Microwave

I am so lucky to have a bounty of garden-fresh herbs to cook with all summer long.  But when winter sets in, I’m back to buying overpriced, uninspired herbs from the supermarket. No longer! Thanks to another great tip from Cooks Illustrated, you can dry herbs in the microwave. Yes, the microwave! In about 2-3…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal…YUM!

Whenever you combine chocolate and peanut butter, you’ve got a win! Make it healthy and it’s a win, win! Oatmeal is the perfect backdrop for any flavor combination and rich cocoa powder paired with natural peanut butter is no exception.  This breakfast power bowl is packed with fiber-rich oatmeal, heart-healthy flavonoids from cocoa powder, plant…

Peanut Butter and Berry Overnight Oats

Overnight oats make for a quick, on the go breakfast or hearty between-meal snack. They are balanced with just the right amount of macronutrients; plant protein, healthy fats and whole-grain carbs for extra fiber. It’s so simple. Just mix old-fashioned oats (not steel cut) with yogurt and milk. Stir in some chia seeds then swirl…

Chana Masala

Chana Masala is a vegetarian dish made with chickpeas simmered in a flavorful spiced tomato sauce. It’s an easy weeknight dinner because it’s fast and it’s made with pantry staples such as canned chickpeas, canned tomatoes, and lots of spices. I served this over a mixture of steamed cauliflower and rice but whole wheat Naan…

Blueberry and Spice Bowl

A diet filled with a variety of antioxidant-rich foods can have many health benefits like lowered cholesterol, stabilized blood sugar, reduced inflammation, and a decreased risk of cancer. Plant foods like berries, green leafy vegetables, herbs and spices are packed with anti-inflammatory compounds but sometimes it’s hard to figure out how to regularly get these…

Recipe Roundup: Tomato Palooza 2020

Summer = Greg’s (my husband) garden-fresh tomatoes! In honor of my husband’s dedication to growing and nurturing these little and not so little gems, I’m rounding up our favorite tomato recipes that I’ve been making this summer. This year is our 2nd annual  “Tomato Palooza” and we’re not letting Covid-19 stop this festive outdoor family…

Rustic Tomato Toast (Pan Con Tomate)

When you have overly ripe tomatoes, almost too soft to slice, make Pan Con Tomate. This humble, rustic toast is a way to take tomatoes and bread and turn them into a meal.  You need only a few simple ingredients but the quality of these ingredients is what creates perfection. Be sure to use the…

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Since zucchini is abundant throughout the summer (we’re just getting some from our garden), it’s the perfect time to make zucchini bread or muffins. I’ve made my fair share of zucchini bread over the years but when trying to make them “healthier” they always seemed to get a little dry. I decided to make a…

S’more to Love

  By Alexa Nichols A toasted marshmallow on the campfire has always been a summertime favorite of mine. As a child, I loved to smash it between two graham crackers and a square of chocolate. As I have gotten older, I have found that the options are truly endless with what you can pair together…

Dakos (the salad of Crete)

I discovered this salad while visiting Crete several years ago and knew right away I would be making it at home. It’s so easy to assemble and requires no cooking, making it a perfect meal on a hot summer day. The base of the salad is a thick, crunchy bread called rusk. Traditional Dakos is…