Pantry Staple Recipe Ideas

Hello, Friends.  I’m checking in. I hope you are all staying healthy and sane right now.  I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you all and I appreciate this community more than ever.  Thank you for your feedback, encouragement, viewership, questions, and comments.  Thank you for bringing my recipes into your kitchen and cooking them for your loved ones.  Thank you for sharing your photos of your beautiful finished dishes and cooking with your kids.  Please continue to encourage your friends and co-workers to cook healthy food at home.  When you post a recipe on social media, any recipe, it inspires your community to do the same, to cook from scratch.  You send a message that cooking nutritious food is important and doable.

I pulled together a collection of recipes that may help give you some ideas for “pantry ingredients.”  You most likely have enough food at home and don’t need to go out. Stay home.  Improvise with what you have.  I can give you suggestions for substitutions if you’re stuck.  But do stick to the foods you know keep you healthy and make you feel good.  Continue reading

Deconstructed Stuffed Cabbage Casserole Recipe



Photography by Carolina Korman

Ok, I’m going to come right out and say it – I’m not great at St. Patrick’s Day.  I am not a corned beef girl.  Cabbage, yes.  Irish soda bread, ok (my recipe is great though!) Irish cream, not so much.  When my kids were wee ones, I took advantage of the holiday and made so much green food for a week in anticipation of the holiday.  Green muffins, green pancakes, green breakfast cookies, green smoothies, green risotto, you name it.Continue reading

Chicken or Turkey Tortilla Soup Recipe

Last week I told you I wasn’t going to post any more Thanksgiving recipes in order to encourage you to commit to a menu.  Let’s hope that’s all set by now.  If not, make the $15 investment in my Thanksgiving ebook and get going!  What I like to post the week of Thanksgiving is a leftovers recipe that you can use in the days after the holiday.Continue reading

Herb Roasted Spatchcocked Turkey Recipe

I don’t use the words “game changer” or “life changing” lightly.  I mean for something to change the game, it has to be revolutionary.  Uber has been life-altering.  Cauliflower rice is a game changer. I could name a few more, like cooking a “spatchcocked” turkey.  I didn’t even teach a turkey recipe in my classes this year because I can’t come up with a better recipe than this one right here that I taught last November.  I also cooked two spatchcocked birds for my own personal Thanksgiving and I kept saying outloud, “I will never not cook a spatchcocked turkey ever again.”  (Mom, I know there’s a double negative in that sentence.  Just go with it.) Continue reading

Cornflake “Fried” Chicken with Sauerkraut Citrus Coleslaw Recipe

Spring must be cookbook season, because I am loaded with new ones right now!  My friend Liz Moody sent me her new book Healthier Together and it’s right up my alley.  Liz is a great gal, health blogger and food writer.  The book‘s premise is about cooking for two, but cooking together.  I think this drives home a few important concepts: first, that it’s easier to achieve your healthful eating and lifestyle if you have someone else to do that with.  Second, I can’t emphasize enough the role that community plays in our overall health.  We need socialization, companionship and affection – both to give and receive.  Even though I am very capable of cooking a meal by myself, I enjoy it so much more when my husband and kids are in the kitchen with me.  And one of my favorite ways to spend my free time, besides being with my family, is cooking and eating with friends.Continue reading

Sumac-Spiced Chicken with Pomegranate Glaze Recipe

This post is sponsored by Moink Box. All opinions are my own.

‘Tis the season for entertaining!  I know many people toss aside the clean eating when they invite friends over for a dinner party, but I am not that way.  I love the opportunity to share healthy food with those I care about.  And I also notice that more and more people are trying to eat “better” and are relieved when they don’t have to eat outside whatever plan they have committed to. I recently had a dinner party and everything I made was fresh and whole foods-based, nothing heavy or over-the-top.  My friends were delighted to leave feeling satisfied, but not regretful!
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Cucumber-Hummus-Turkey Roll-ups

This post is sponsored by Applegate. All opinions are my own.

It’s so nice to be back in a routine, isn’t it?  This time of year for me means regular mealtimes, a little healthier eating (watermelon, olives and rosè no longer count as a dinner), meal prep on Sundays, and making school lunches.  I will admit, school lunches throw me since my son doesn’t eat the classic lunchbox staple, a sandwich.  And many of you often message me asking for new school lunch ideas.  I have a great “recipe” for you that my son is crazy for, and so I am.  Meet the “cucumber-turkey roll-up!”Continue reading