That’s right, my British buds; last night’s Green Chef meal was bangers and mash! My sweet husband cooked it. As always, I was elated to have a night off from the kitchen! Our last Green Chef menu for the week is a Tuna Melt sandwich and I made Tuna Toasties for lunch today! Really? I’ve… Read More Bangers and Mash
beans make a superior plant-based meat substitute as they are packed with protein, folate, fiber, iron, potassium, B vitamins and antioxidants! Plus, they’re low in fat!… Read More Taco Tarts
Where do you draw the line between what is natural and positive, and unnatural and negative?… Read More Getting Smart with the Natural Life
Feeling satisfied by his successful hunt for these wild gems and with full belly, he turned the page in his mushroom book, anxious to embark on his next exploration. With no small degree of trepidation, he read the words… Read More A Story I’ll Never Forget
Just about every restaurant, grill, bar, cafe, diner and dive on the beach advertises their version of the world’s latest food fascination.… Read More Beaches, Beers & Tacos!!
There are quite a few really good “rules” in this “30 day” meal plan, but I found a few things that are contradictory to current, research-based medical and nutrition advise. If you aren’t familiar with the Whole 30, click this link to read the basics of the program Whole 30. I was very happy to… Read More The Whole 30. Just Another Fad?
“You can’t make everyone happy. You are not a taco”… Read More Just Give Me Tacos and Tell Me I’m Pretty
Signs That Show You Need a Sheet Pan Meal… When you wake up in the morning and the first thing on your agenda…… Read More Signs That Show You Need a Sheet Pan Meal…
I’m always looking for ways to get kids to like vegetables. Does it always work? Absolutely not. Is it important to keep trying? Certainly! Many times, parents give up after one or two tries with a new vegetable. Don’t throw in the towel so soon! Kids should be offered a new food 7-14 times before… Read More Veggie Flapjacks
Salmon promotes eye health. Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which help lubricate dry eyes and the vitamin D in this fatty fish protects against macular degeneration. Eating salmon may improve your mood. Salmon contains tryptophan, a precursor to serotonin, a neurotransmitter associated with mood regulation. Studies show the omega-3 in salmon help depression.… Read More 10 Facts That Will Make You Want to Eat Salmon This Week
At some markets when in season, you can find brussels sprouts on the stalk. I suppose it presents a bit of a storage issue and an extra step but, how cool to see them in their fresh from the garden state! Preheat oven to 400°. You’ll need to peel away the outside layers to reveal… Read More Shredded Brussels with Balsamic & Honey
I hate ordering delivery pizza with vegetables. I guess I just don’t really like unseasoned, barely cooked bell peppers with nearly raw onions slapped on top which is pretty standard for delivery. If I’m going to like vegetables on my pizza, I’ve decided I’m just going to have to make it myself. So, I made… Read More DIY Veggie Pizza
This is the worst for me. An act of selfishness.… Read More 12 Confessions of a Dietitian
Want Chinese takeout without consuming an entire day’s worth of calories? Here’s your answer! … Read More How To Ramen
The weather has finally cooled a bit Florida! With Halloween here, it’s time to put away the lemons and get out the pumpkin! I began my morning with mouthwatering, pumpkin pancakes. I’ve been hitting the snooze button way too many mornings lately and this morning was no exception. Getting out to run at 4:30 am… Read More Happy Halloweeeeeeeen!!!
This is a very messy burger. But, if a burger ain’t messy, it ain’t a good burger ya’ll!… Read More Knock Your Socks Off Veggie Burger
We had a couple of friends coming over so, I decided to throw together a few appetizers to munch on while we caught up. Herb and garlic Boursin stuffed baby bella mushrooms…… Read More Apps
We learned a lot and petting the one day old baby cow was the cream of the crop!… Read More Ocheesee
I love using Naan bread to make homemade pizza. If you have a picky crowd, you can personalize each round. … Read More Think Outside the Pizza Box
This treat was just what I needed on this smoldering October day!
… Read More I’ve Got Lemon, I’ve Got Lemon On My Mind
I love soup because you throw it all into one pot and serve up a complete meal that everyone loves. … Read More A Family Favorite
with only a 1% weight loss in HCA users compared to the placebo group.… Read More Can Garcinia Cambogia Help Me Lose Weight?
Breakfast bowls, Greek bowls, burrito bowls, Buddha bowls…a side dish, a main dish, a great packed lunch! I like this new fad! Here are a few things you can put in your quinoa bowl:… Read More It’s All About the Bowl
What’s the difference between whole “Vitamin D” milk, 2%, 1% and skim?… Read More The Udder Truth About Milk
When I began studying to become a dietitian, I knew I needed to discover a way to shift the savorless plants into something I could really enjoy eating. … Read More W.W.I.D
Pizza can become your artist’s palette with an endless world of topping options. There’s no reason to eat a plain old cheese and pepperoni pizza!… Read More A Pizza My Mind
The word seaside alone, awakens a sense of relaxation and conjures up thoughts of excitement, pleasure and magnificent beauty. This place on 30A, is no exception. With beaches all along the 18.5 miles of scenic 30A, Seaside is one of my favorite spots. The kids are thrilled to run free in the large open grassy… Read More Seaside
this is a low-calorie, low-fat meal. I even think we will have room to add a reasonably-portioned dessert!… Read More Wishing to be Clever Enough to Come Up with a Name Like Epicurious
Despite my early morning anguish, I did it anyway to watch Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate”. One of the featured chefs spoke of these Asian garlic noodles that he had in Los Angeles. I had to have them!!!… Read More Gonna Need to Run Extra Miles for This One…
When you have seemingly numberless kids under foot, threatening your sanity, you burn things… … Read More Juicier Than Juicy Cheeseburger
I guess I should be glad he didn’t ask for a Giada De Laurentils cookbook. My cleavage wouldn’t measure up.… Read More Barefoot Contessa
Cacio e pepe in Italian means cheese and pepper. This is a pasta dish with few ingredients and is simple to make. I found this recipe on countryliving.com. Chicken and Arugula Cacio e Pepe 8 oz bucatini or spaghetti 2 Tbsp butter 1 cup grated Parmesan 4 cup baby arugula 2 cup diced warm… Read More Chicken & Arugula Cacio e Pepe
Ooooooo, this soup smells so good while it’s cooking! I wish you could smell it! Why can’t they make an app for that?! … Read More Soup for the Soul…
I admit, there have been times I have offered fruit and yogurt to replace the neglected meal provided.… Read More On the Go!
Pronounced “fuh”. Fuhnny, huh? The first time I ever had it, I wanted to try the full deal. No Americanizing for me, please. I want to experience the taste of the Vietnamese! So, when “Pho” opened on the beach (no need to question what’s being served here), I wanted to order the authentic pho with… Read More Funny Story About Pho
I love to support local farmers. Often, you get organic produce picked only a few days ago and you don’t have to pay the price for the USDA organic certification. We are very loyal to Elmer. He sets up shop less than 1/2 a mile from our house. He is a beekeeper as well as… Read More Farmer’s Market Finds
My spa blue KitchenAid mixer is my best friend in the kitchen. I use to have a red one to go with my red kitchen accessories. When I got married, I decided my new favorite color was spa blue, or light turquoise, if you will. I decorated my new beach home almost exclusively in this… Read More Pasta Disasta!
This quiche is outstanding! I don’t even want to know how much fat is in this meal but, you can’t eat rabbit food every day, now can you?… Read More You Gotta Wear an Apron When You Fry Bacon
Breakfast is a hard meal for me. Not everyone will eat cereal, you know, the easy breakfast. One kid says the sweeter the better, hardly able to contain her excitement if anything I make contains chocolate, syrup, honey or any other form of sugar. This kid will choke down canned asparagus (triple gross) if bribed… Read More Breakfast Parfaits
Here we were at dinner-making hour and all the kids claimed supreme boredom and couldn’t seem to entertain themselves. I reluctantly suggested a fort. Out came all the blankets in the house, pillows and dining chairs. Along with the craft project for Mimi’s birthday, my house was left in shambles and the fun lasted a… Read More Steaks and Shambles
Debatable. That’s what I’m making for dinner. Another one-pot-wonder. I’m aaaaall about a complete meal in one dish when I’m making dinner for the little monsters. I want protein, which means meat or meat substitute, such as tofu, eggs, or legumes, at least 2 carbs per serving and preferably one to two vegetable servings. Usually… Read More So, is it “mih-nuh-STRO-nee”or “mini-strohn”?
One of the nicest things anyone did for me after I had Andrew was make my family a meal. It is so overwhelming to bring a tiny, helpless baby home from the hospital. I felt like I couldn’t get anything done! It’s especially difficult when you have other little mouths to feed!! My friend, Heather,… Read More Pick Your Battles…
Beans, peas and lentils contain phytosterols, isoflaones and saponins that prevent colon, breast and ovarian cancers and prevent cancer cell multiplication. … Read More Moroccan Chicken, Roasted Curry Cauliflower & Indian Dahl
I feel like Green Chef meals are gourmet. If I were to make this on my own, not only would I have to search all over town to find all of these ingredients… Read More Tuna Melts and Tortillas
Mike said this Green Chef meal was one of his favorites. The more I have thought about it, the more I’m certain it IS my favorite… Read More #1 Green Chef
I made the “panini” from a Giada de Leurantiis recipe, much to my husband’s delight as is any mention of the name Giada. My Dad says, “Giada is getting too big for her…… Read More Back to the Grind!
A lesson on America’s history. A view of the liberty bell and a tour of Independence Hall. I guess the tour guide’s mustache muffled his voice because I didn’t hear a word! Coupled with the chasing around of the two youngest monsters trying to stuff liberty bell cards down the antique vents, it was impossible… Read More A Day in Philly
Julius Sturgis founded the first commercial pretzel baking company in 1861. The pretzels were hand twisted until the 50’s. Most pretzel twisters were able to twist 50 pretzels a minute. In about 2 minutes, I was able to roll out and twist one. This was an entertaining tour! They still had most of the wooden… Read More Pretzels in Pennsylvania
It’s looking like I picked the worst vacation to challenge myself to eat healthy. Mike loves to travel and always does all the research before we reach our destination so, he usually has ideas about where he wants to eat according to a particular place with a signature dish or dining style, for example bistros… Read More Hershey Park
I’m not British but, sometimes I like to pretend like I am, so I call vacation “holiday”, my favorite adjective is “bloody” and instead of “dig in” I say, “tuck in”. The family and I are heading to Pennsylvania. I told myself I was going to eat as healthy as possible on this trip, as… Read More Going on Holiday
I am here to warn you that any claim that criticizes or discredits the scientific or medical community should be questioned.… Read More Buyer Beware!!!
We’ve eaten a few good meals since my last post.… Read More Recent Fare…
Don’t be fooled by weight loss gimmicks! Stop over-eating one food group and eliminating another! Don’t waste money on non-FDA approved supplements or silly powders!!
Do these 2 things for 2 months…… Read More 2 Simple Ways to Start Losing Weight NOW!
Mike seasoned the Snapper with a little salt, and pepper and gave the fillets a light dusting of flour, then pan-seared them to perfection. The meat was tender and sweet! … Read More Whats for Dinner
Several months ago, I gave my husband a gift of a cedar garden box for the blazing, hot top deck off our bedroom. I grew up with garden vegetables year round, as my grandparents and Dad were both avid gardeners. Organic fruits and vegetables aren’t cheap and we both thought it would be great to… Read More Good Morning Friends!
Believe it or not, this recipe is a family hit with all…… Read More Last Night’s Dinner…
My Mom often makes fun of me when she asks what I’m making for dinner and I reply, “My world famous (fill in run-of-the-mill recipe here)”. I make fun of restaurants which list “World Famous” as a part of their menu items. Preeeety sure, this Panama City Beach cheeseburger is NOT world famous. Despite the contrary, if… Read More World Famous!
I modified this recipe from a blog I like to follow kalynskitchen.com I add sautéed garlic or garlic powder and instead of Spike seasoning, I use a variety of different seasonings, usually some blend that I have in my spice cabinet. I usually use two sliced avocados instead of one and mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.… Read More What’s for Dinner
We will have all four kids beginning Wednesday and I have already initiated the meal planning process. My goals are simply to provide meals that are nutritious, easy, and edible (or that which will generate the least complaining). I use a free app on my phone called “Any List” which I am able to share… Read More Another Green Chef Meal
I have a bit of an obsession when it comes to cooking for family and friends.. Garlic!! There are very few recipes I make that don’t include a clove or two…or five! If I follow a recipe that calls for two cloves, I don’t hesitate to use four. These delightful little bulbs have insignificant calories,… Read More GARLIC!