Mediterranean Cranberry Bean Dip

Getting a little tired of hummus? I know I am so here’s a solution. Bean dips. By using any variety of beans and seasonings, you can create an endless array of dips and spreads. I used cranberry beans in this recipe (thanks to Bob’s Red Mill for sending me samples to try) but any cooked or…

Protein Power Waffles

One nutritional dilemma with eating waffles or pancakes for breakfast is how to balance out the carbohydrate with enough protein. Using whole grain flours and adding nuts or seeds to the batter will help, but they still fall short of my 20 gram protein breakfast goal. Recently, a client of mine introduced me to this…

Tropical Overnight Oats

Overnight oatmeal makes your busy mornings a little less hectic. You mix the ingredients the night before, refrigerate overnight and eat the next morning. No cooking required. Adding chia seeds and Greek yogurt balances the protein, healthy fat and fiber for longer satiety and less mid-morning snacking. Plus, here’s another way to incorporate dried plums…

Maple Almond Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

  We can all use a nutrient nudge in the morning. This gluten-free breakfast bowl is packed with fiber, protein and calcium. Best of all, you can eat this cold or warm and you can make it the day before so it’s ready when you are.

Labneh (yogurt cheese)

I learned about strained yogurt many years ago at one of my earliest cooking classes. We did not call it Greek yogurt or Labneh, but rather yogurt cheese or yogurt cream cheese. Labneh is a Middle Eastern strained yogurt. It is similar to Greek yogurt (which is also strained yogurt) but because labneh is strained…

Chilled Cucumber and Dill Buttermilk Soup

I seem to only use buttermilk in pancake batter or muffins. That’s unfortunate because buttermilk, like yogurt and kefir, is a cultured dairy product rich in calcium, protein and healthy probiotics. Since most of us are not going to start drinking buttermilk, I wanted to find another way to incorporate it into more recipes. Here,…

Deliciously Simple Fresh Tomato Soup

My husband’s garden continues to produce a bountiful supply of tomatoes (check out his post at Main Line Haven) so my daughter suggested tomato soup. Tomato soup is surprisingly easy to make. You just need tomatoes and a few simple ingredients. It’s fast and delicious. Total prep time: 10 minutes.  Total cooking time: about 30…

Colorful Crostini Bites

My kitchen is overflowing with tomatoes and this is not an exaggeration. I have them on trays, in baskets, on plates, in bowls, in every corner of my kitchen. My inspiration for this dish is from the rich, vibrant colors of the tomatoes accenting my kitchen. I don’t really have a recipe (these are very…

Chocolate, Date and Walnut Bites

I got to taste these the other day at a meeting at work. A colleague made them for a snack and shared a bite with me. So yummy! Dates, walnuts (or almonds, I made two versions for this post) and 100% cocoa powder. That’s it! Put all three ingredients in a food processor and process until…

Watermelon Gazpacho

As the days get warmer, chilled soup is a light and refreshing summer treat. This recipe is a twist on traditional tomato-based gazpacho, using watermelon instead. Watermelon is refreshingly light and sweet, complimenting the chopped fresh vegetables and herbs. This recipe is so easy. All you need is a blender and a bowl. Fresh mint…

Better for You Banana Bread

I always seem to have over-ripe bananas in my house which are perfect for making banana bread. I’ve been making this recipe since my children were little.  It’s from an older cookbook called Recipe Rescue from Eating Well. Traditional banana bread can be heavy from the extra oil and sugar but this recipe uses more bananas,…