Healthy Cooking Thursday – Blood Oranges

For a brief window of time in my neck of the woods, blood oranges are available in the supermarket.  And every time I spot them, I gasp in glee, balk at the price tag (usually well over a dollar more a pound than their orange-y orange counterparts), then buy up a few.  I do the same thing […]

Be Better, Not Perfect

Yesterday on A Weight Lifted, Darla presented a theme we will be working with during 2011 of Green Mountain KISSes.  These Green Mountain: Keep it Simple, Sweetheart Tips will hopefully help you take on 2011 and make it a year of change and self-improvement with a focus on health and wellness.  Yesterday Darla focused on […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Red Grape Vinaigrette

Fruit is a wonderful addition to salad dressings.  For one thing, you get a great flavor that matches well with the healthy superfood family of dark, bitter greens, including arugala and spinach.  For another, it is often unnecessary to add additional sweetener, required in most vinaigrette recipes to round out the flavor, if your fruit is beautifully ripe.  […]

It Happened This Week – Food Trends for 2011, Resolutions and Revolutions

Resolutions?  Nah.  We prefer revolutions, such as the one encouraged by the Health at Every Size movement.  Instead of making shallow promises to diet, why not switch perspective to that of health, well-being, and loving yourself no matter what?  Model Isabelle Caro's death due to complications from anorexia was announced this week.  She was 28.  Known […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Butternut Macaroni and Cheese

Behold, one of my happiest accidents. This recipe was born when I didn't have a lot of food in the house and needed to come up with dinner. I forget what I served it with because, frankly, this side dish was so delicious it eclipsed anything else from the meal. I recommend using a type […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Sesame Peanut Sauce

When our friend Monika over at the great PCOS blog, inCYST on the Best! asked me for a recipe involving tea, I immediately thought of my sesame peanut noodles. She posted it on a blog about teas and bees, which worked nicely, since both are represented in this recipe. I share it with you now […]

Healthy Cooking Monday – Green Mountain Sauteed Tempeh

Today’s blog is brought to you by my partner in crime, Chef Jon.  Tempeh is a protein option that our vegetarian guests enjoy, especially when served this way.  We like to use organic Vermont-produced Rhapsody Tempeh in our Green Mountain at Fox Run kitchen; try it the next time you celebrate Meatless Monday. Tempeh originated in Indonesia. It is created […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – The Secret Ingredient is Love

The title of this post is something I often find myself saying to the ladies who come to Green Mountain. There is no greater truth than this, that if you do not truly love what you are doing, there is no reason that you will find satisfaction in it. This goes for when you are […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Calamari Salad

As some of you out there know, one of my favorite things about the holidays is the Feast of the Seven Fishes, my husband Jamie's family tradition which I have co-opted into a week of seafood leading up to Christmas Day.  While it may seem like it's easy to eat healthy when seafood is all […]

Kitchen Gadgets You Can’t Live Without

As a dietitian I’m always brainstorming on ways to make healthy eating easier. One idea that I got from a fellow staff member at our fitness and health retreat, was to make green drinks. For months I made fun of her for drinking blenderized greens because it sounded awful to me, but after resurrecting some […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Healthy Holiday Snacking Ideas

Oh the temptations of the holidays…  Whether your weaknesses lie in the platefuls of Christmas cookies or in the salty goodness of a party mix, there are plenty of minefields to navigate around at this time of year.  It can be difficult to be mindful about making smart choices when there's easy accessibility to so many delicious and […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Spiced Mulled Wine

Here it comes…that [family…office…neighborhood] party where [Aunt Millie…Diane from accounting…that busybody Rachel] always makes her famous egg nog. That famous and delicious egg nog that's chock full of fat and calories, in addition to too much rum. Yikes! I don't know about you, but when I come across a great egg nog (or, to be […]

Healthy Cooking Friday – Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

In the midst of yesterday’s holiday of feasting, one thing was for certain; there would be an aftermath to deal with. And in this case, I’m not referring to the negative self-talk which might occur following “too much” enjoying. (I’ll leave my friend Darla to address those issues!)  But these leftovers need to be dealt with, stat. So how can […]

Healthy Cooking Wednesday-Fruit Sweetened Cranberry Sauce

We’ve been going crazy playing with cranberries in the Green Mountain at Fox Run kitchen these days. You might have seen my grown-up gravy alternative, the Cranberry Balsamic Jus, which I’ve enjoyed on turkey, pears, salmon, butternut squash puree, and rice since its development a couple of weeks ago. It’s a keeper…as is this one, […]

Healthy Cooking Tuesday – Cornbread Dressing

Thanksgiving for the Modern Family I used to be a vegetarian. One of the hardest holidays to deal with when you are the only vegetarian in the family is Thanksgiving. Being a carnivore currently, I am happy once again to enjoy some sausage in the stuffing, or even enjoy the stuffing from the bird. But […]

Cranberry Balsamic Jus – Healthy Cooking Thursday

A Weight Lifted has a history of bringing you lovely cranberry recipes (don’t forget the almond cranberry granola bar, too). We just love the tart little buggers.  They’ve got antioxidant power and are high in vitamin C.  And, lest we forget…they’re yummy as all get out.  (Stay tuned, campers; we will be posting a truly […]

Turkey Meatloaf – Healthy Cooking Thursday

Today’s post comes to you from Chef Jon, who has been getting a lot of requests for this recipe.  It is so moist and flavorful that often folks don’t realize it’s turkey! What’s your ultimate comfort food?  One of mine is Meatloaf.  I have grand memories of my Mother’s meatloaf on most Thursday nights.  She […]

Hearty Kale and White Bean Soup – Healthy Cooking Thursday

Ilove kale.  I love it sauteed simply with garlic and olive oil, or with rice and mushrooms, or reincarnated as ridiculously easy-to-make and delicious kale chips.  Oh yeah, it's pretty nutritious, too! One of my favorite uses for kale is to throw it in at the end of cooking nearly any soup.  This one, a favorite of my friend […]

Citrus Pear Compote – Healthy Cooking Thursday

Fall is one of my favorite seasons, and that is partially because of the produce available during these months.  When the cooler temps roll in, I become a sucker for a crisp apple, a roasted squash, or a juicy pear.  The latter is one of those fruits that seems to be falling out of favor among Americans.  Remember […]

Fruity Freezes – Healthy Cooking Thursday

This blog was inspired by a woman who recently visited our healthy weight loss resort in Vermont. One of the great things about our program is that we believe it is A-OK to enjoy rich desserts in moderation. We practice this by enjoying Ice Cream Night every Friday.  But if you are like this wonderful lady, who is […]