Tahini Granola

This will be the fastest granola you’ll ever make. Basically, it’s stir and bake and with just 5 ingredients, you will never buy granola again. The flavor is so well-balanced because the hint of nutty bitterness from the tahini plays well with the slight sweetness from the maple syrup. Most granola recipes take 45 minutes…

Whole Grain Carrot Cake with a Light Cream Cheese Frosting

With Easter quickly approaching, I searched my recipes for a lighter dessert option and found this carrot cake which is one of my favorites! Easter dessert is solved. This whole grain carrot cake is deliciously moist, just the right sweetness, and is topped with a lucious, creamy, light cream cheese frosting! The whole wheat flour,…

Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day (or any time of the year)

Although a delicious addition to any St. Patrick’s day celebration, this easy, whole grain Irish soda bread can be baked any time of the year. No yeast, no kneading and no rising necessary so that means fresh baked bread in about 45 minutes. I often double the recipe so I have a loaf to eat…

Chocolate Almond Oatmeal

If you loved those sweet chocolate cereals as a kid, you’re going to love this grown up version. Adding cocoa, maple syrup and almond butter to oatmeal is a beautiful way to start our day. Top it with some berries or banana slices and you’ve got a fast and easy, nutrient-balanced, weekday breakfast that will…

No-Knead Whole Grain Beer Batter Bread

If you have flour in your pantry and beer in your fridge, you can make this bread! This recipe is a no-knead, no yeast, whole grain bread you can make in under an hour! Start your day with a toasted slice, serve it alongside your salads and soups, or spread a slice with some nut…

Refrigerator Bran Muffins (bake them fresh each morning)!

Warm muffins, right out of your oven, on a weekday morning? Yes, please! Make the batter over the weekend, put it in your fridge, then bake the muffins later in the week (or even 2 weeks later). Sometimes I only want to bake 6 muffins, not 12, and this recipe gives you the flexibility to…

Bran Muffin Bread

It was 1985. I was working as a clinical dietitian, recently married, and just learning how to cook. Friends recommended, Good Food Book by Jane Brody, a NY Times Food Columnist, to help me with my cooking skills as well as to understand the art of healthier cooking. I read it cover to cover. I…

Light and Easy Mac and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is delicious but we all know how rich and energy dense it can be. Not to mention the time commitment of making a cream sauce and precooking the pasta. Well, with this just as delicious recipe, there is no need to make a sauce, no need to precook the pasta and it’s…

Blend and Bake Oat Squares

Finding time for a healthy breakfast can be challenging. That’s why I love anything you can make ahead and freeze. Once baked, cut into squares, wrap and freeze. These grab and go oat squares are made in one easy step and are sweetened naturally from ripe bananas and dates. Eat them cold, room temp or…

Dakos: The Mediterranean Salad of Crete

I discovered this simple, yet so delicious, salad while visiting Crete several years ago. I knew right away I would be making it when I got home. It’s a beautiful salad to make in the summer when tomatoes are bursting with flavor. The base of the salad is a thick, crunchy barley bread called rusks….

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…

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chickpea Energy Bites

These no-bake energy bites are a satisfying between-meal snack or can even fill in for a quick, on-the-go breakfast. All the ingredients are blended in a food processor, then rolled into bite size balls. Store them in the fridge or freezer.