Pumpkin and Spice Cookies

The warm flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and molasses are essential in fall baking. These cookies are bursting with fall flavors and they’re soft and moist, thanks to the addition of pumpkin puree, raisins, and heart-healthy vegetable oil. Baking with white whole-wheat flour results in a delicate cookie that is filled with the nutritional benefits…

Chocolate Cherry Haystacks

Craving something sweet and chocolatey? Look no further! We are closing out our cooking class series with a quick and easy no-bake treat! These Chocolate Cherry Haystacks from Ellie Krieger, RD, require just 3-ingredients and take a total of 20 min. Each yummy morsel is filled with fiber-rich shredded wheat and two anti-inflammatory powerhouses, dried…

Tomato Palooza

My husband LOVES tomatoes! Every year he plants and nurtures heirloom tomato plants from seed. He starts the incubation in the middle of winter, in his greenhouse, and when his toddlers are ready for tomato kindergarten, he gives them protection from squirrels in their custom-built screened enclosures.  All of his care and attention is worth…

Drying Fresh Herbs in the Microwave

Thanks to my gardener husband, I have a bounty of fresh herbs to enjoy all spring and summer.  But when winter sets in, I’m back to buying overpriced, uninspired herbs from the supermarket. No longer! Thanks to one of my favorite magazines, Cooks Illustrated, I picked up one of the best tips (it’s right up…

Deliciously Creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter “Nice” Cream

True confessions. I love sweets, especially ice cream. This week I experimented with skipping my after dinner sugary treats and to my surprise, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be (once I got through the first few days). Instead of my usual ice cream, I made this no added sugar, cold and…

Watermelon Pizza

Nothing is more refreshing than a wedge of juicy watermelon on a hot summer day but for a fun, little twist, add some yogurt and fruit and call it pizza. Kids will love making these treats and with pizza in the name, I’m sure they will love eating them too.  

Sensational Summer Salads

The heat is on so why turn on the heat in your kitchen. Summer is the perfect season to lighten-up your meals with fresh and seasonal fruit and vegetable salads. A healthy template for a nutritionally balanced salad is one that includes lean protein, healthy fat, some whole grain fiber and of course, lots of…

Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding with Homemade Cashew Milk

You’ve probably noticed a series of posts using cashew milk and cashew cream. Since I made both of them a few days ago,  I’ve been playing with different recipes. Although you can find thousands of chia seed pudding recipes online, I thought is was worth posting one more. This little pudding is naturally sweet and…

Make Your Own Cashew Milk and Cashew Cream (it couldn’t be easier!)

I’m not a fan of most nut milks because of the processing, added ingredients and almost non existent protein. However, making your own cashew milk is a different nutritional story. Since you are using the entire nut, you get the full nutritional benefits from the whole cashew without any unwanted ingredients.  Making cashew milk could…