3-Ingredient Chocolate, Date and Walnut Bites

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 whirl until mixture comes together. Roll into bite size pieces and enjoy! Make extra because these freeze well for a grab and go breakfast or snack. Plus, these sweet,…

Straight-up Rhubarb Pie

For all of us rhubarb lovers, we don’t want any distractions in our pie and that means no strawberries. We want the tartness and the unique flavor of rhubarb to shine. I usually cook with lighter ingredients but this pie is made with a straight-up, full butter crust recipe. I have not modified it to…

Rhubarb Swirl Snacking Cake

It’s mid-July and we were able to get one last harvest of our rhubarb which I’ll be using for a rhubarb pie (recipe and video coming soon) and for this delicious rhubarb snacking cake. I love this recipe because it’s packed with healthy ingredients; yogurt, olive oil, lemon, cornmeal and of course, rhubarb. Snacking cakes…

Rhubarb Chia Jam

Chia seeds are a fast and healthy way to make a quick fruit jam. They add fiber and a natural thickness so the fruit becomes a spreadable jam for toast, pancakes, waffles or a topping for yogurt or oatmeal. I’m using rhubarb because it’s delicious and in season but you can substitute your favorite berries…

Sweet and Tangy Rhubarb Sauce

3-ingredients! Just rhubarb, brown sugar, and cinnamon and you are on your way to a tangy, sweet, ruby red sauce that is so delicious over ice cream, yogurt, oatmeal, on your bagels or even with grilled pork or chicken. I make this sauce frequently and we use it on everything. I’ll often make a big…

Candied Orange Peels

My cooking philosophy has always been about minimizing waste in the kitchen. I assume it comes from my grandmother and mother’s frugal ways in the kitchen and I appreciate that their practices made an impact on me. Whether it’s using all of the vegetables (stems and leaves), saving peels for stock, or repurposing leftovers, I…

Pina Colada “Light” Cream

How frozen bananas transform into creamy, luscious, “ice cream” is simply magical! Use them to create your favorite ice cream flavors such as my favorite, Pina Colada. Whirl together canned pineapple, coconut, and frozen bananas for a deliciously creamy but much lighter version of ice cream. Don’t throw away those overripe bananas. Peel them and…

Power Tea

I call this my “Power Tea” because it gives me the power to say NO to diet coke. I was getting into a bad habit of drinking diet coke as a mid-morning pick-me-up. Since I’m not able to tolerate coffee, I was looking for a healthier caffeine solution and this antioxidant-rich tea was my answer!…

Whole Grain Soda Bread

Many of us were baking bread in the early days of Covid but as we get back into life again, finding the time to bake bread from scratch is likely a distant memory. But not with soda bread! Soda bread gets its rise from baking soda, not yeast, so there’s no kneading and no waiting…

Chocolate Date-Caramel Cups for Your Special Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day! I want to bring these little treats back for another round! Instead of a box of chocolates, make these sweet bites for your special Valentine. They remind me of Turtles, that chocolate, caramel, pecan candy, and my husband thinks they taste like they are laced with bourbon (unfortunately they are not). This…

Light and Lemony Cupcakes

Lemon and olive oil is a match made in heaven and these light, lemony cupcakes do not disappoint. Thank you to Elena Paravantes, RDN for her cookbook, The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook which features this delicious recipe as well as many others!

Pumpkin Mousse Cashew Cheesecake (Vegan)

I find cheesecakes to be too rich and too heavy. That’s why I like this lighter version from the blog, May I Have That Recipe, which uses cashews as a replacement for cream cheese. This dessert is deliciously creamy, light, and airy with a 2 tone layer of pumpkin mousse and creamy filling sitting on…