Easy Minestrone Soup

Minestrone soup is unaffectionaly sometimes referred to as the kitchen sink soup...meaning you can put just about anything in it! To me, it's a God-send for staying within a food budget AND eating healthy. That combination isn't something you come across every day. Minestrone soup is essentially a broth-based soup with lots of veggies. You can

Meatless Lent {including recipe: Creamy Squash and Carrot Ribbons

  Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent which is the 40 days (not including Sundays) leading up to Easter.  Lent is supposed to be a time of reflection and preparation for Catholics, but for my entire life it has always meant answering the dreaded question “what are you giving up?” While I prefer

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How to Slim-down Super Bowl {with Recipe: Light Spinach Artichoke Dip}

  Super Bowl is the second largest food event next to Thanksgiving, which can mean big time penalties when it comes to your diet. Yikes!  To make sure your pursuit of health isn’t sidelined by meaningless munchies, I have a few suggestions that will help you enjoy the big game without making a big mistake.

All that Glitters is Gold Party

The Golden Globes last Sunday were a hilarious start to an awards season that brings out the best on the red carpet. While some of you want to just curl up on the couch to watch the action alone, it seems that more and more people are making it a group affair. Awards parties can

Saying Ahhh to the Versatility of Avocado (Recipe: Avocado and Quinoa Bites on Endive)

When you think of avocados, you might find that your mind goes straight to thoughts of guacamole and Cinco de Mayo. Yet avocados are much more versatile than the traditional Tex-Mex fare. Fortunately it seems that the world is beginning to wake up to all of the possibilities of avocados in the kitchen, but you

Recipe: Sweet Corn Soup with Bacon and Homemade Croutons

    If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know I love soup. Seriously people, what is more comforting than soup? Cream-based soups can be incredibly heavy in fat in calories and almost ALL soups purchased commercially are insanely high in sodium. It just doesn’t have to be that way. Most beginner

Recipe: Pumpkin Pecan Ricotta Bake with Maple Syrup Drizzle

  If you are looking for a light alternative to the usual Thanksgiving day desserts, I have the perfect solution for you. This unbelievable swap will not only save you big time in the calorie department, but you get to enjoy the flavors of BOTH pumpkin and pecan pies in each bite. It is also

Recipe: Warm Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal

I love the inspiration I get at farmers' markets when looking down rows of fresh fruits and vegetables piled neatly on tables and stacked in nostalgic baskets. It makes me want to eat healthy foods, cook healthy foods, and share them with family and friends. It is always a sad day for me when my

Labor Day Menu with Warm Roasted Vegetable Salad Recipe

    Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer and the last weekend it seems mandatory to throw something on the grill. Backyard barbecues are in full swing, and you may be looking for the perfect menu to cap off the summer. For this 3-day weekend, I’m suggesting that you start with steak…yes, I

Recipe: Radishes Made Two Ways

  Radishes are a forgotten vegetable. Their vibrant red exterior and contrasting white interior make for a beautiful addition to many dishes, yet it seems they don’t receive the respect they deserve.   Radishes, which are usually in season in winter and spring but often available year-round, are a great source of vitamin C –