Drying Fresh Herbs in the Microwave

Thanks to my gardener husband, I have a bounty of fresh herbs to enjoy all spring and summer.  But when winter sets in, I’m back to buying overpriced, uninspired herbs from the supermarket. No longer! Thanks to one of my favorite magazines, Cooks Illustrated, I picked up one of the best tips (it’s right up…

Deliciously Creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter “Nice” Cream

True confessions. I love sweets, especially ice cream. This week I experimented with skipping my after dinner sugary treats and to my surprise, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be (once I got through the first few days). Instead of my usual ice cream, I made this no added sugar, cold and…

Watermelon Pizza

Nothing is more refreshing than a wedge of juicy watermelon on a hot summer day but for a fun, little twist, add some yogurt and fruit and call it pizza. Kids will love making these treats and with pizza in the name, I’m sure they will love eating them too.  

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…

Nana’s Chicken Pot Pie

If you google chicken pot pie, you’ll get recipes for an actual chicken pie, with a top and bottom crust. But the Pennsylvania Dutch version of chicken pot pie is more of a chicken stew with square pieces of dough added to the broth (a chicken pie in a pot). This recipe is from my…

Flourless Banana Chocolate Chip Bites

Oatmeal instead of flour is the base for these gooey, dense, mini-muffin bites. By pulsing rolled oats in a food processor, you create a gluten-free (if using gluten-free oats) whole grain oat flour that gives these little treats a nutty taste and chewy texture.  Grab a few for breakfast or munch on one or two…

A Lighter Version of Chicken Masala

I hesitated about adding this recipe to the blog because of the long list of ingredients. However, if you cook frequently, you’re likely to have most of these ingredients in your pantry. The recipe itself is very easy and it’s a much lighter alternative to take-out Indian food. For a vegetarian option, substitute tofu for…

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…