Healthy Cooking Thursday – Mustards that Make the Cut

I’m often asked by the ladies who visit our healthy weight loss spa what I have in my pantry at home. That’s a pretty multicultural spot, as I’m a fan of many different cuisines, but I try to keep to the basics without too many excessive specialty items. One place where I crave variety, however, […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Stir Fry as Meditation

Few things get my head straight like doing detailed knife work.  So when I'm having an off day, I will often turn to the vegetables in my fridge for clarity.  Executing brunoise (dicing things really small), chiffonade (cutting leafy things into thin ribbons), or even a simple julienne (slicing into strips) can force me to get my head out […]

The New Green Mountain at Fox Run Cookbook!

It's been 2 weeks since the release of our 2011 Edition of Recipes for Living, but the thrill has not faded for our culinary staff.  How nice it's been to be able to respond to the question, "Today's lunch was great, is this recipe in the new cookbook?" with a resounding, "Yes it is and the […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Goat Cheese Snacks

Glorious Chevre, I love you so.  Goat cheese is an ingredient some people are frightened to try; maybe it’s too “exotic” or they fear the “gamey” flavor expected from a product of a goat.  I have converted dozens of people to chevre lovers, often by being sneaky about it and putting it on a nice cracker with something […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Super Green Smoothie

Happy St. Patty’s Day!  While this holiday has inspired drinkables such as green beer and, ahem, Shamrock Shakes, here at Green Mountain, I can’t think of any way better to celebrate than one of Robyn’s liquid salads. It may sound odd, but I love these!  To be honest, sometimes even I don’t feel like eating my vegetables.  […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Salmon Fillet with Pineapple Salsa

Our Healthy Salmon Recipe Features A Delicious Pineapple Salsa Cabin fever is running rampant in the Green Mountains.  While many of our friends to the south are experiencing Spring’s first signs, we have nary a robin nor blade of grass visible, unless the plow trucks have dug up our yards in their attempts to eradicate […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Pesto Chicken Meatballs

These days, foodies everywhere are talking about meatballs.  These humble staples of most moms' menus have taken center stage as a food trend for 2011, much to the surprise and confusion of many chefs.  After all, meatballs are so lowbrow.  I like to think of this trend as a good sign; maybe backlash against the uber processed scientific food movement (do you […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – How Do I Make These Grains Delicious?

Recently, Robyn (as well as the US government) suggested reducing refined grains for numerous healthy reasons.  But there’s a reason that many folks avoid barley, quinoa, millet, amaranth, oats, brown rice, and all their whole grain buddies; many people find them hard to make delicious, aside from adding tons of fat and sodium to them.  Here […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Crock Pot Barbeque

You're busy.  I get it. At our ladies' healthy lifestyle resort, one of the most common recipe requests I hear is ideas for crock pot cooking.  The problem is, I never use a crock pot when I'm cooking at work, and when I'm at home, it's a rare thing for me to write down a new recipe, […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Curried Lentil Soup

Let's set aside deliciousness for a moment and consider why it might be a great idea to have more curry in your life.  First of all, curries are a great way to utilize vegetarian protein sources, perfect for a celebration of Meatless Mondays.  Secondly, many curries involve coconut milk, and it seems that everywhere you turn these days, nutritionists are talking […]

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.  […]

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 – 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 […]

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 […]