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 […]

Double-Date Night Made Easy: Beef Tenderloin w/ Mushrooms, Potatoes & Asparagus

Being a chef means I’m usually nominated by my friend group to do all of the cooking.

Easy Recipes to Feel Good: Roasted Chickpea Snack

Easy Recipes to Feel Good is a monthly recipe post for our readers and past participants who recognize the payoff of eating foods that support us, but also have more on their schedule than cooking food. This month we’re serving up Green Mountain Roasted Chickpeas. Lots of times women say to me “I want a […]

Easy Recipes to Feel Good: Steel Cut Granola

Easy Recipes to Feel Good Easy Recipes to Feel Good is a monthly recipe post for our readers and past participants who recognize the payoff of eating foods that support us, but also have more on their schedule than cooking food.  Our first installment, Mix It Up Steel Cut Granola, is intended to provide you […]

Healthy Recipe: Green Mountain Goddess Dressing

Here’s Our Rendition of the Old Classic Green Goddess Dressing The biggest difference is that we cut out the buttermilk, simply because it isn’t a typical ingredient that we have kicking around the kitchen so we use yogurt instead. And we put all of the ingredients in the blender at once and blend it rather […]

Asian Roasted Salmon Recipe

This salmon recipe is easy and delicious. The marinade of tamari soy sauce, coconut milk and lime has the taste of teriyaki without the heavy sauce. The creative blend of spices are light enough to bring out the flavors of the salmon without overpowering it. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:22]

Breaking Beans: Learning to Love Legumes

I’ve Never Been a Fan of Beans Make no beans about it, I’ve never been a fan of beans. But I want to be. I’m trying to find a way to enjoy a relationship with them. I want to eat more plant-based proteins because high cholesterol runs in my family and my diet tends to […]

A Twist on Thanksgiving Leftovers

In the midst of yesterday’s holiday of feasting, one thing was for certain: there would be an aftermath. And in this case, we’re not referring to the morning-after negative self-talk that may occur following “too much” enjoying. We’re talking about leftovers that need to be used ASAP. If you want some creative ideas for leftovers other than […]

Polenta Fries

You asked for it, you got it…… here is our  recipe for polenta fries. 1/2 cup cornmeal or polenta 1/2 cup cold water 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 1/4 cups water 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons sliced scallions Combine the polenta and cold water and set aside. Combine the oregano and garlic with […]

Book Review: The New Enlightened Eating

I’ve come a long way in my journey toward healing my relationship with food. Now that I am much better in touch with what feels good in my body, I’m on an adventure to eat more whole foods, but it can be very overwhelming. Enter Caroline Marie Dupont’s book “The New Enlightened Eating.” Dupont, a […]

Creamy Italian Dressing

Lately I’ve been getting tons of requests for Chef David Smith’s Creamy Italian Dressing.  So for all you fans out there, here it is: packed 1/2 c fresh basil packed 1/2 c fresh parsley 1/2 c chopped scallion greens 4 cloves of garlic, peeled 1/4 c honey 1/2 tsp salt 1/8 tsp ground black pepper […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to Meal Plan Without Overplanning

Today in our meal planning class at our healthy weight loss spa I had mentioned that meal planning does not always need to involve determining specific combinations you’ll pair up, for example deciding that you must serve Lemon Cantonese Chicken with a Soba Noodle Salad and steamed snow peas.  Focusing on 1 food group is […]

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 […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Fast Vegetarian Quesadilla

Healthy fast food recipes are very important to have in your arsenal.  Time is far too precious to the average 21st century working girl, which is why so many of us take the easy way out and stop for that tempting take-out on the way home from a hard day.  But with recipes like this […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Strawberry Chocolate Freeze

Mother's Day is quickly approaching, and this recipe is a fine way to treat a Mom to something low-fat yet decadent tasting.  With the texture of soft-serve ice cream and a gentle chocolate flavor, Mom will know that eating healthy can be downright delicious.  Plus, this recipe is easy enough for kids (or culinarily-challenged Dads) to make themselves.  Strawberry Chocolate […]

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 – 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 […]