Cooking With Kids & Resurrection Cookies

Cooking With Kids |

The kitchen has always been the center of our home. My parent's kitchen has always been THE place to congregate- there is a huge island and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out to their backyard. Whenever I go home, cooking dinner with extending family is what we do. The wine is poured, the appetizers are out and dinner in progress. It's always such a lovely time. Those face-to-face conversations in the kitchen are priceless and always flow so naturally over cooking food. Because of growing up with a focus on the kitchen as a place to gather, I love getting my children involved in … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Living: Where to Begin?

Gluten Free Living: Where to Begin? |

Some of my family members have expressed interest in trying a gluten free diet so I thought I'd briefly share some tips on how to get started. The majority of gluten is consumed in the form of bread, cereal, pasta and baked goods so let's start there.   Switch out your bread products. Most grocery stores carry at least one brand of gluten free bread. Experiment and see which ones you like best. The texture is slightly different than regular bread but microwaving or toasting can improve that.  Buy or make an all-purpose gluten free flour mix. This is a must because you can … [Read more...]

Cherry, Goat Cheese & Candied Walnut Salad + Cherry Balsamic Vinaigrette + A Giveaway!


Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the National Cherry Month #GoTart Campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I received free samples of tart cherries mentioned in this post from the Cherry Marketing Institute. I was compensated for my time. Opinions expressed are my own Fancy salads are one of my favorite foods. Every time I go to a restaurant I absolutely HAVE to order one as an appetizer. The ones with goat cheese, dried fruits and nuts are the first ones that I am drawn to. Every time. So when I got the chance to create a recipe for Healthy Aperture and … [Read more...]

Stonyfield Greek Yogurt & A Perfect Parfait


The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Stonyfield. My kids have a Greek yogurt every morning for breakfast. No exaggeration. They are kind of obsessed. It's great because while I am getting my coffee they can go out to our garage fridge where we stock the bulk food and grab their yogurt and start eating. Makes my life a little easier in the least for about 5 minutes until they are done. I have been buying Stonyfield organic yogurts since the kids were babies. YoBaby was always stocked in our fridge so when I received this wonderful package from … [Read more...]

Double Chocolate Cheesecake for Valentine’s Day


Every year on Valentine's Day my husband and I put the kids to bed a little early and enjoy a romantic home cooked meal instead of worrying about making reservations at some fancy restaurant. How is it different than any other night I cook? Well for one thing, the kids are in bed. We open a good bottle of wine or champagne and eat a meal that consists of food we don't have on a typical weeknight. There is no complaining, food throwing or spilled milk. It's lovely. I even put out nice place mats, linens and our nice crystal. Plus there is dessert...chocolate to be exact, always chocolate. … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Health and Wellness


Many people are looking to change their diet and exercise routine as the new year starts; whether the goal is to improve health, lose weight, have more energy or just feel better, diet and exercise make up a lot of New Year's resolutions. Some people are interested in eating paleo, some vegan, some gluten free. One diet does not fit all so it's important to find what works for you and that can be done simply by experimentation. Today I want to talk a little more about a gluten free lifestyle- the health aspect of it all, how to manage your diet along with your physical activity. Let's … [Read more...]

My Gluten Free Journey

My Gluten Free Journey

If you are a regular reader of my blog you know I don't follow a strict gluten free diet, but I do like to be aware of the challenges those face when eating gluten free. I feel like it's part of my job as a Dietitian to fully understand restricted diets; that's why I have experimented with both gluten free living and vegan living. I am blessed to not have any medical issues or food intolerances that require me to eat gluten free. I do appreciate finding and creating recipes that accommodate special diets and personally that is why I like to experiment. The only way for me to truly "get it" … [Read more...]

Rosemary-Sage & Garlic Pork Tenderloin with Wild Blueberry Sauce


The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Wild Blueberry Association of North America.  Mmm, blueberries. I am always sad when the fresh ones aren't in season and if you are too, I've got a great tip for you- try frozen Wild Blueberries! You mightthink frozen Wild Blueberries aren't as nutritious as fresh regular ones, but by nature the little wild ones have more flavor, deep blue color and beneficial antioxidants than the cultivated regular ones. That is because of the harsh climate and thin glacial soils that they naturally grow in in Maine, Eastern … [Read more...]

Sizzlefish: Pan-Seared Haddock for One with Roasted Vegetables


The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Sizzlefish. I always keep my freezer stocked with fish so I was excited when I got the chance to try some pure, untreated Premium Quality fish from a company called Sizzlefish. They sent me their Omega 3 sampler with Haddock, Atlantic Cod, Atlantic Salmon, Sablefish, Rainbow Trout and Catfish. The fish, all individually wrapped and pre-portioned for just the right size at each meal, was frozen at the peak of freshness, packaged on dry ice and delivered straight to my door. What a dream- dinner for weeks! My … [Read more...]

Tuna Cakes with Lemon Caper Dipping Sauce


As part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias I created a recipe for tuna cakes, a healthy lunch or dinner, using Ocean Naturals Wild tuna. I love a good tuna salad sandwich and I always keep my pantry stocked with tuna, but I'll be honest, I forget about using it! When I got the chance to try this wild skipjack tuna from Oceans Naturals, I immediately craved two things: a tuna salad sandwich and tuna cakes. Since nobody really needs a recipe for tuna salad, I thought I'd create a healthy lunch or dinner recipe for tuna cakes. But first things first, let's talk more about the … [Read more...]