Lemony Chicken and Orzo Soup

I’ve been cooking a lot of soups lately. They’re easy, you get several meals from one recipe, and you have only one pot to clean.  This soup reminds me of a lemon orzo soup my Greek grandfather used to make many many years ago. Don’t be intimidated by the length of the ingredient list, the…

Weeknight Pistachio Crusted Salmon

Consider making a nutrition pledge of eating at least 8 ounces of seafood (fish and shellfish) per week. The Mediterranean diet recommends 15 ounces per week. I try to cook seafood at least twice a week, making more than I need so it can be enjoyed for lunch the next day. I promise you will…

Sheet Pan Lemon Chicken

When I can assemble a few simple ingredients, cook them on one sheet pan and not have to clean the pan, that’s my kind of dinner.  The only thing you have to remember is to marinate the chicken for at least an hour ahead. I assembled this in the morning and it was ready to…

Sweet and Moist Bran Muffins (with no added sugar)

It’s really hard to believe these muffins contain no added sugar. They’re  sweetness comes from chewy dates and mashed ripe bananas. Granted, this recipes requires a few extra steps but once you have all of the ingredients out, make an extra batch to freeze for later. If you need more encouragement to bake them, these…

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…

A Round-up of My Favorite Warm Winter Soups

As we move into the cold months of January and February, I plan to hibernate with a bowl of my favorite soup. Winter is the perfect time to cook up big batches of nourishing, homemade soup. Soup is so easy to make. You can follow a recipe and make your own broth but for a…

Two of My Favorite Holiday Cookies

I don’t bake often but when the holidays come around, I love to turn on the holiday music, pull out my pizzelle iron, whip up some egg whites and roll out the cookie dough. Two of my favorite holiday cookies are Pizzelles and Chocolate Clouds. Pizzelles are a traditional Italian cookie. They are crispy, not…

Sausage, Mushroom and Butternut Squash with Ribbon Noodles

This is a hearty but healthy dish for those cold winter nights. The richness of flavor allows for some lighter ingredient substitutions. You can use less sausage because the mushrooms are an excellent stand in for meat and the herbs add a pop of fresh flavor. Butternut squash is a nutrient powerhouse providing a good…

Sweet and Tangy Cranberry Sauce for Your Holiday Gathering

If you’ve never made homemade cranberry sauce, this is the year to give it a try. This recipe is so easy, taking only about 15 minutes to make. Skip the canned variety. The jellied, canned shaped sauce has 24 grams of sugar (6 teaspoons) in just 1/4 cup. That’s an entire days worth of added…

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

It’s all about pumpkin this time of year so bring it on because I love all things pumpkin! I can’t get enough. Overnight oats are a delicious way to add pumpkin to breakfast. It’s super easy to make and you’ll have a ready to eat, hearty breakfast waiting for you when you wake up. Mix…

Nacho Pepper Bites

Who doesn’t want a healthier way to enjoy nachos? By swapping out the chips for mini bell peppers and replacing high fat meat with lean ground beef or turkey, you get all the flavors of nachos without all the saturated fat and extra calories. As an added bonus, you’re getting a host of nutrients from…