Cooking Beyond the Measuring Cup: Best Finds that Spring Sprung

With our non-existent winter this year leaving us and spring just around the corner, this is the time of year that chefs and home cooks can’t wait for. It’s the time of year that fresh food is knocking at the door, just waiting to be placed onto our cutting boards and transformed in to something […]

Thai Fish Cake Recipe

While most agree that fish is a healthy food to be eating often, there is still a lot of confusion and concern about the safety of fish. Whether it is concerns about mercury, PCBs, dioxin, radioactive leaks in Japan, over-fishing, or questionable fishing practices, picking seafood can make your head spin. My personal strategy is […]

Four Easy, Painless Ways to Reduce Sodium Intake

Are you thinking about trying to cut back on the amount of salt you use?  Most people report that they don’t add salt to food very often, yet our sodium intake is probably much higher than we believe it to be.  Aside from the times we might cater to cravings for chips or salted nuts, […]

Foodie Friday Video: Preparing Healthy Balanced Meals

You made it a New Year’s Resolution again this year: Eat more balanced meals. If it’s not working out as you planned, you may want to look at your strategy. Green Mountain registered dietitian Robyn Priebe walks us through one of her favorite tips for preparing healthy meals if you are stretched for time: batch […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday: Smoked Chickpeas over Couscous

I love smoked paprika.  It can turn the blandest dish into something really special.  According to Deanna Seagrave-Daly, the talented RD (registered dietitian) who developed the following recipe, smoked paprika comes as dulce (mild and sweet), agridulce (medium spicy), and picante (spicy hot).  She recommends substituting it in recipes that call for red pepper flakes […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday: Grilled Watermelon Salad

Continuing our theme of featuring yummy recipes from around the web, today we bring you another seasonal delight.   We can pretty much get watermelon any time of year now but there’s nothing like watermelon to kick off the summer.  Combine that with the wonders of the grill (or grill pan as this recipe suggests), and […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday: Grilled Corn with Feta & Lime

It’s that time again in Vermont where sweet corn fields finally blaze into their glory as summer starts to fade.  A beautiful time of the year, although bittersweet for those of us who live here because we know we’re saying goodbye to this all-too-short season.  Maybe that’s one reason why the corn makes this time […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – An Idea for Lousy Fruit

Sometimes, no matter how conscientiously you pick out your produce, you end up with something that just isn’t delicious. Twice this summer, I have carefully selected melons which were unblemished, seemed heavy and hollow, and then cut them open only to find they were just icky.  The watermelon had a rubbery texture; the cantaloupe was […]

Discover Greek Yogurt

If I had to pick one food that seems to be gracing more tables these days, it’s Greek yogurt.  Thick, creamy, tangy, it’s a  perfect base for many a food. Today, Nicole Rohrig, soon-to-be-RD who is interning with us this summer, tells us all about it.  You can also find Nicole on her own blog […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Sensory Deprivation for Mindfulness

At first glance, the title of today’s blog might have thrown you for a loop.  After all, doesn’t mindfulness mean to be in the moment, experiencing it for all it’s worth?  Of course!  Which is why sometimes it’s best to take the moment one piece at a time, as we do in Darla’s guided eating […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Quick Maple Dijon Slaw

Cruciferous vegetables are reaaaaaalllly good for you.  Most experts reccommend eating at least one serving of cruciferous veg per day, which is the minimum we serve at our healthy weight loss spa.  They are lauded for cancer-fighting properties as well as awesome vitamins and minerals like C, A, and even calcium. So what is a […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Blueberry Balsamic Dressing

Don’t you hate when you discover an old package of blueberries in the back of your fridge, looking a lot less sexy than they did two weeks ago when you picked them up at the store? Sigh. Never fear, those soft and nearly wrinkled berries need not head to the compost pile just yet.  Pretty much […]

Organizing Your Kitchen

When was the last time you cleaned out your fridge?  How about the freezer?  What’s hiding in the back of your pantry and is it still within the expiration date?  I spent time this weekend organizing my kitchen.  With only 2 people in the house, where food was being thrown put in cabinets and the freezer […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Quinoa Tabouli

At our healthy weight loss spa, we’re constantly seeking out ways to make whole grains more interesting. Quinoa is pretty interesting on its own, with a fascinating place in history among the Incan empire and a relatively high amount of protein content. But many people wouldn’t consider making a cold salad with it, which is […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Cheddar Chive Muffins

This recipe was born when I felt like baking breakfast for my hubby. Problem is, he doesn’t like sweets first thing in the morning (remember my unconventional breakfasts post?), so I wanted to do something on the savory side. I considered the young chives striving in my garden and the amazing Grafton Cheddar (one of […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Making Fruit Sexier

As summertime arrives, the fruit selection in markets is improving. There’s a lot of inspiration for delicious treats in the produce section, but sometimes even a great variety of sweet fruit just isn’t enough for a meal-ending indulgence. However, there are a lot of quick and easy ways to enhance your fruit enjoyment. Here are […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Grow Your Herb Garden

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the gardening season in Vermont, so I thought I would dedicate this week’s post to the easiest edibles you could grow. After all, I don’t pretend to have a very green thumb, and even I haven’t killed too many herb plants! Why grow herbs? For one thing, herbs […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Chickpea and Sausage Sauté

Being a tree-hugging Vermont chef means that I like to get my food directly from local farmers whenever I can. Luckily the breakfast cook at our healthy weight loss spa, Millicent, has a wonderful farm tucked into the rolling hills where she raises laying and meat chickens, heirloom turkeys, dairy and meat cattle, and pigs. […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – My Kitchen Inventory

The ladies at our healthy weight loss spa often ask if I eat at home the way I cook at Green Mountain. The answer is absolutely! I want to feel good, and I know that eating well can make that happen. Here are the ingredients I usually keep in my arsenal at home to make […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – A Better Fudgy Brownie

By popular demand, here is the brownie which we serve at our healthy weight loss spa.  (Yes, really!)  When we deprive ourselves of life's little treats, like the occasional great brownie, it can lead to negative consequences.  An indulgence every now and then can be a very healthy habit indeed. That doesn't mean we didn't play with […]