Smoked Trout with Red Pepper Jam and Lemon Oil

I just discovered smoked trout at Trader Joes and I will never go back to tuna fish. These meaty fillets are packed in a tin so they can be kept in your pantry for quick, easy, weeknight meals. For those of you not sure about the strong flavor of other tinned fish like sardines, they…

Zesty Sardine Toast with Capers and Herbs

Just mentioning sardines will get a cringed-face reaction. I’m here to hopefully change that response. These little fish come with a long list of reasons why you should be eating them. They are shelf-stable, inexpensive, sustainable, packed with protein, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a good source of calcium and they can help you get…

Shrimp Orzo Salad with Fresh Dill and Lemon

I love anything with fresh dill and lemon and these two favorites are paired with whole wheat orzo and shrimp for a light, fresh summer salad. It’s a meal in one bowl. How easy is that!

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…

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…

Streusel Topped Blueberry Spelt Muffins

Why spelt flour? I get bored using regular whole wheat flour when baking so I’m always looking for a new whole-grain to try. Spelt, dating back to 5,000 BC, is a cousin to modern-day wheat and is packed with protein, fiber, B vitamins, and essential minerals. It does contain gluten so it’s not recommended for…

Buttermilk Oatmeal Drop Scones

These look more like a pancake than a scone but the texture is chewier and sweeter, allowing you to skip the syrup if you want to go light on added sugar. The batter looks like oatmeal but browns beautifully in the pan and these drop scones definitely have a heartier texture than a typical pancake….

Apple Walnut Bread

My baking definitely picks up in the fall. Pumpkin, apples, warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger are my favorite flavors for baking muffins and bread. This apple walnut bread is not overly sweet so it’s perfect for breakfast or as an afternoon treat with a cup of tea. If you want this to be…

Apple and Spice Oat Bran Muffins

I’ve been posting a lot of oat-based recipes recently. Maybe it’s because my husband purchased an institutional-sized box of oatmeal from Costco mid-pandemic. This recipe is featuring oat bran, oatmeal’s forgotten cousin.  Oat bran was popular in the 1990’s for its cholesterol-lowering benefits but for some reason, it fell off the oat radar. It’s a…

Peanut Butter and Berry Overnight Oats

Overnight oats make for a quick, on the go breakfast or hearty between-meal snack. They are balanced with just the right amount of macronutrients; plant protein, healthy fats and whole-grain carbs for extra fiber. It’s so simple. Just mix old-fashioned oats (not steel cut) with yogurt and milk. Stir in some chia seeds then swirl…

Blueberry and Spice Bowl

A diet filled with a variety of antioxidant-rich foods can have many health benefits like lowered cholesterol, stabilized blood sugar, reduced inflammation, and a decreased risk of cancer. Plant foods like berries, green leafy vegetables, herbs and spices are packed with anti-inflammatory compounds but sometimes it’s hard to figure out how to regularly get these…