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…

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…

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…

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.

Mushroom Bourguignon

Bourguignon refers to a stew that is made with beef, braised in red wine. I came across this recipe from Melissa Clark at the nytimes.com and thought it was an interesting way to make a hearty stew without meat. Since the traditional dish gets its intense, savory flavor from beef, we’ll be using some vegetable…

Sweet Potato, Peanut and Chicken Stew

Stews are the ultimate one-pot meal. They are hearty, packed with flavor and can serve an army of hungry friends and family. My husband grew sweet potatoes in his garden this summer and he is harvesting them right now (mid-October). This is the perfect recipe to showcase these “freshly pull from the ground” tubers. It…

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…