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…

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.        

A Creamy, Satisfying Treat

Icelandic Provisions skyr (somewhat like Greek yogurt) is made using the milk from the oldest and largest dairy in Iceland. What makes it different, is that unlike Greek yogurt which is drained, it gets it’s thick, creamy texture from a special mix of live cultures unique to skyr. Skyr is high in protein (15 grams…

Ricotta Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberries

I’m sorry to all of you cheesecake lovers out there but I don’t think it’s possible to pack more saturated fat, refined sugar, and calories into one dessert. I admit, this recipe does not produce a Cheesecake Factory cheesecake, but I think you will enjoy this lighter, simpler version and you won’t feel like curling up…

Berry Delicious Yogurt Parfait

You could just eat yogurt, berries and granola in a bowl but why not take a few extra minutes and layer those same ingredients in a glass jar. Boring bowl transformed into pretty parfait. Parfaits turn simple ingredients into a special occasion. My family still feels the need to ask me if it’s okay to…

Pita Bread Pudding with Pumpkin and Toasted Walnuts

I thought is would be fun to enter a few recipe contests and for this one, I received free samples of Toufayan Pita bread mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe, I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Toufayan Bakeries and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated…

Not Your Grandmother’s Prunes

Let’s start by calling them dried plums. Maybe this will help lift the stigma surrounding these sweet, soft, chewy bites. Nutritionally, research indicates that dried plums provide significant protective effects on bones. Dried plums have a high phenolic content (antioxidant value) and contain vital nutrients including zinc, magnesium, manganese, copper, boron, and potassium, all of which are…

Light as a Chocolate Cloud Cookies

You may be tired of cookies but here’s one that will help you stick to your New Year’s resolution. With just a few simple ingredients, whipped egg whites, sugar, cocoa powder and mini chocolate chips, these gluten-free, flourless cookies are easy to make, yummy and light as a cloud. One or two cookies should be just…

Holiday Cranberry Bread

Cranberry bread is an easy, healthy, holiday treat that can be served as an afternoon snack, a healthy dessert or a fast, “out the door” breakfast. Fruit breads are simple (made with ingredients you have on hand) and easy (mix and bake) making them a perfect baking choice during this busy holiday season. I especially…

Pizzelles with Anise and Orange Zest

Holidays would not be the same without pizzelles. I make them every year and have experimented with many different recipes, trying to create the perfect pizzelle. I’m very fortunate to have been given an old family recipe from my friend and fabulous cook, Lynda. It has become my favorite. There are a few things to…

Creamy Pumpkin Pie with a Graham Cracker Crust

Here’s a late addition to the pumpkin palooza post. Pumpkin pie. I lightened the recipe by using evaporated fat-free milk instead of cream and made a fast and easy graham cracker crust using liquid vegetable oil instead of the traditional, full fat pie crust. This recipe makes two, 9 inch pies, one for dessert, and…