Tri-Colored Gazpacho

When the garden is overflowing with sun-kissed, juicy, “eat like an apple” tomatoes, it’s time to make gazpacho. And nature sets the ingredient stage for this summer soup with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and basil, all garden fresh and ready to pick at the same time! Gazpacho can be made lots of different ways but when…

Caprese Avocado Toast

This is my first post in a series of higher protein breakfast options. Protein at breakfast can be extremely helpful for setting the calorie tone of the day. You’ll be less likely to crave that mid-morning donut if you start out with a dose of AM protein. Balancing the protein with high fiber carbohydrates and…

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

I was gifted with this delicious peanut butter bread from my good friend and colleague, Wendy Cramer. This moist and flavorful bread is easy to make, freezes well (so make extra) and chock full of healthy ingredients like flax seeds, bananas and natural peanut butter. My dilemma with quick breads is how to bake them…

Crispy Cauliflower Waffles with Parmesan Cheese and Scallions

Looking for a low carb, gluten-free alternative to waffles? Cauliflower rice combined with eggs, Parmesan cheese and scallions is all you need to make these tasty, crunchy waffles (no flour necessary). Top them with avocado or guacamole, sliced tomatoes and a fried egg (if desired) and serve them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Honest, these…

Pickled Red Beet Eggs

My family is from central Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Dutch territory) and red beet eggs where always on the table at family gatherings. As a little girl, I loved the reddish purple eggs because they reminded me of Easter eggs but I was not a fan of the red beets. Thankfully, my palate has expanded and red…

Bean and Veggie Dip

Hummus is not the only bean dip in town. It’s time to think outside of the hummus box and start making your own bean dips at home. Use any type of bean to make a dip; kidney, cannelini, garbanzo, or black beans and you can use canned or cooked from dried. Just pour them into…

Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, (and bean) Energy Bites

This recipe was sent to me by a friend and I was pleasantly surprised by these little bites. I knew the peanut butter and chocolate chips would be delicious but I wasn’t sure about the addition of beans. The beans add creaminess, texture and of course, essential nutrients and fiber but thankfully you can’t detect…

Fast and So Simple Golden Potatoes with Fresh Herbs

Here’s a fool-proof, express way to make creamy, perfectly cooked potatoes. These steam in the bag potatoes can be found in the produce section of most supermarkets. Cook the potatoes in the microwave as directed (about 6 minutes). Cut them in half and pan saute them with a drizzle of olive oil. Toss with chopped…

5 Minute Blistered Shishito Peppers

These little sweet peppers are dynamite when they’re flash sauteed! The skins are tender with seeds almost non-existent so you can pop the whole thing in your mouth. If you have a garden, grow them. Just a few plants produce a peck of peppers (I’m not really sure what a peck is but the point…

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 Twist on British-Style Beans on Toast

I first learned about this British meal from my daughter who studied for semester in London. Beans on toast makes for a hearty, fiber-rich meal or snack anytime of the day, whether it’s to rev-up your sleepy metabolism in the morning or as a “mini-meal” snack that could easily sub for a quick lunch or…

Kamut Hot Cereal with Apricots, Toasted Pecans and Coconut

Need a break from oatmeal? Here’s a delicious, high protein, high fiber, nutrient-packed alternative, Kamut cereal. I’ve used Kamut in salads (see my Kamut Salad with Arugula and Strawberries post) but Bob’s Red Mill sent me a sample of Kamut cereal to try. It has a nutty, crunchy texture, which I love. Here’s another nutritious…