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Recipe: Smoked Sun-Dried Tomato and Red Lentil Salad

In a moment of panic for a 4th of July party, I didn’t have enough vegetarian options so I had to throw something together.  This was the result and it was one of the biggest hits at the party (second only to pulled pork on ciabatta with red cabbage)!   Smoked Sun-Dried Tomato and Red […]

Coconut Crusted Chicken with a Curry Broth

Many coconut chicken recipes require frying and smothering chicken with dense, heavy (calorie laden) sauces.  My recipe, however, is lighter but with a strong coconut flavor at a reasonable caloric value. Coconut Crusted Chicken with a Curry Broth Serves 8 ½ teaspoon garlic powder 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes 2 cups panko bread crumbs ¾ […]

Recipe: Creamy Beet and Green Garlic Pasta

Beets are coming into season soon and green garlic is going out!  This recipe puts both to good use while the seasons overlap.  Using cream cheese instead of goat cheese helps cut the fat of the dish, while keeping it creamy and sweet.  This recipe is an easy meal to prepare when you have very […]

Myth: Complimentary proteins should be eaten together

TRUTH: Just because you don’t eat meat or other animal foods at every meal or snack doesn’t mean you need to pair foods together to ensure ‘complete’ proteins.  A complete protein is one that has all 9 essential amino acids (among others). Essential refers to the fact that we must eat those 9 because our […]

Recipe: Rocket-Sunflower Seed Pesto Pasta

You may have heard of ‘rocket pesto’ (from the alternative name of arugula, roquette) and it’s commonly prepared the same way as a basil pesto.  However, the flavors of basil (traditional pesto) and arugula are so different that I think the arugula needs it’s own pesto flavors. It’s easy to grow in containers and the […]

Recipe: Savory Caramelized Onion and Herbed Turkey Cupcakes

I randomly stumbled upon the idea of lasagna cupcakes and was so overcome with excitement that I spent an entire Friday night assembling different flavors and testing proportions.  Here’s the answer I came up with:  they all taste good.  It’s lasagna!  What’s not to like about lasagna?! The nice thing about this recipe is that […]

Recipe: Crispy Panko Fish Sticks with Tzatziki Dip

In an effort to embrace fish sticks, a popular fast food treat, this recipe offers a tasty and healthy alternative to the breaded and fried fast food sticks served with tartar sauce.  There are a few major changes to make ‘em healthier.   First and most obviously: don’t fry them.  Second, use fresh fish – if […]

Recipe: Lentil and Spinach Coconut Curry

This light and fresh curry is perfect for a quick meal.  It’s a dish with a lot of flavor but relatively few calories.  You can use any type or color of lentils you want, but larger varieties will need to cook for a longer period of time.  All varieties are chock full o’ protein, fiber, […]

Recipe: Thyme and Fennel Steamed Salmon

Many people, if not all of us, have experienced bland steamed food.  The perception of steaming, in general is that it doesn’t add flavor or depth to a dish.   In general, the addition of a fat (vegetable oils or butter, for example) gives dimension to a dish, but adding fat is not the only way […]

Recipe: Spicy Chipotle Brussels Sprouts and Turkey

Chipotle chili is a delicious (and underused) ingredient that is simply made by smoking jalapenos.  Generally, chipotles come in two forms: a dried powder, or canned an adobo sauce.  Adobo is nothing more than a spice an herb combo of paprika, oregano, salt, garlic and vinegar.  Usually though, it has a lot of salt.  I’m […]