Pumpkin Pie Cake

This delicious dessert is exactly how the title describes it. Not quite a pie but not quite a cake. It’s very dense and very moist but with just enough texture to be closer to a cake than a pie. What I find to be quite amazing is that this dessert has NO added sugar. The…

Simple-To-Make Lentil Soup

Keeping on trend with comforting cold-weather dishes, we are happy to share with you an easy lentil soup recipe adapted from Melissa Clark for New York Times Cooking.  Green or brown lentils are the base of this soup and they add amazing nutrient benefits. In addition to being an excellent plant protein source, lentils are rich…

Vegetarian “Chicken” Salad

Good news! Classics like chicken salad are no longer off-limits for vegetarians. We are happy to share a delicious chicken-free salad recipe that is packed with plant protein and zesty flavor. Introducing an old, new favorite, TVP. TVP is Textured Vegetable Protein or textured soy protein. It’s used in many vegan and vegetarian foods because…

Cauliflower Tots

Cauliflower is the new kale. Popular products like pizza crust, pasta and even pretzels are using this vegetable as an alternative to starchy carbs. Cauliflower is high in potassium, iron, and zinc and can easily be grated in a food processor to take on a rice-like consistency. Its mild flavor and light color add to…

Cauliflower Tikka Masala with Chickpeas

We are excited to introduce a new recipe as part of our collection of five-ingredient meals! This Cauliflower Tikka Masala with Chickpeas is ready in about 10 minutes and does not require a shopping cart full of groceries. The simple addition of a 15 oz. jar of tikka masala sauce to the cooked cauliflower gives this dish…

Tomato Palooza

My husband LOVES tomatoes! Every year he plants and nurtures heirloom tomato plants from seed. He starts the incubation in the middle of winter, in his greenhouse, and when his toddlers are ready for tomato kindergarten, he gives them protection from squirrels in their custom-built screened enclosures.  All of his care and attention is worth…

Sensational Summer Salads

The heat is on so why turn on the heat in your kitchen. Summer is the perfect season to lighten-up your meals with fresh and seasonal fruit and vegetable salads. A healthy template for a nutritionally balanced salad is one that includes lean protein, healthy fat, some whole grain fiber and of course, lots of…

Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding with Homemade Cashew Milk

You’ve probably noticed a series of posts using cashew milk and cashew cream. Since I made both of them a few days ago,  I’ve been playing with different recipes. Although you can find thousands of chia seed pudding recipes online, I thought is was worth posting one more. This little pudding is naturally sweet and…

Sweet Potato Toasts with Cashew Cream, Dates and Cinnamon

Sweet potato toasts are a nutrient packed alternative to regular toast. Oblong slices of sweet potato are roasted in the oven (just until tender), cooled then toasted in the toaster when ready to eat. Top them with anything you would put on your toast; almond butter, avocado slices, eggs, or smoked salmon. For this recipe,…

Make Your Own Cashew Milk and Cashew Cream (it couldn’t be easier!)

I’m not a fan of most nut milks because of the processing, added ingredients and almost non existent protein. However, making your own cashew milk is a different nutritional story. Since you are using the entire nut, you get the full nutritional benefits from the whole cashew without any unwanted ingredients.  Making cashew milk could…

Soups On!

Check out these hearty and healthy soup recipes on the PA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics blog. I’m excited to have my Football Tailgate Beef Stew highlighted in the article. You’ll love the other delicious soups like Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup and French Onion and Barley Soup from my fellow dietitians! Note: Featured image is…