Chilled Cucumber Soup with Buttermilk and Herbs (so refreshing!)

Please don’t skip this recipe because you are unsure of the ingredients. It’s truly a delightful treat on a hot summer day. The buttermilk serves as a tangy, creamy base for an interesting cast of ingredients. Cucumbers, golden raisins, walnuts and herbs create a balance of flavors that work beautifully together. This soup gets better…

It’s Pesto Time!

If I had to pick a scent that screams summer, it would be the aroma of fresh basil. I use this fragrant summer herb, straight from the garden, as an unexpected pop of flavor in sandwiches and salads, sprinkled on pizza and eggs and of course as the star ingredient in pesto. Needless to say,…

Creamy Chocolate Chia Pudding

There are many chia seed pudding recipes on social media and I’ve tried several but what I love about this one, is that it tastes really good! It’s thick, creamy and chocolatey, and the chia seeds give it a texture similar to tapioca pudding (but in a good way). So here you have a delicious…

Whipped Feta Dip

Whipping feta cheese in the food processor with plain yogurt transforms it into a light and creamy base for this silky dip. The savory, saltiness of the feta is balanced with a sweet drizzle of honey and the roasted red peppers give this white canvas a pop of color. This is a deliciously light dip,…

Breakfast Cookies (Yum)!

These yummy “cookies” are filled with whole grains, fruit, and nuts so they qualify as a satisfying breakfast and have just the right amount of sweetness for a cookieish treat! The recipe does have a long list of ingredients (most of which you likely have on hand) but they are quick to mix up and…

Nutty and Chewy Energy Bars

There’s no doubt that packaged bars are convenient, especially when time is tight and you need a quick nutrient bridge from one meal to the next. I just get a little bored with them. I found that making my own energy bars is easy and just as convenient because you can individually wrap and freeze…

Fudgy (and flourless) Chocolate Almond Torte

This Caprese-style chocolate cake (based on a traditional torte made in Capri, Italy) is rich and fudgy but unlike most flourless cakes, it does not contain a pound of butter. The richness comes from the healthy fat in the almonds and the dark chocolate. With only 5 ingredients, this is an easy cake to pull…

Sweet and Savory Stuffed Dates with Parmesan and Feta Cheese

If you’re not eating or cooking with dates, please start. Dates are a delicious treat as is but they are also a versatile ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes. Add them to oatmeal, cookies, cakes, and breads. Grill them with chicken, blend them in smoothies, or roast them with vegetables. Here we are making…

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…