First, Get Organized Make a menu such as the one pictured at the left: Grilled Mustard-Maple-Ginger Chicken Thighs Grilled Mixed Vegetables Chilled Watermelon Second, Prep the Food Try boneless and skinless chicken thighs for more flavor and less mess. Carefully cut the fat off chicken thighs and marinate them for an hour or so in a mustard+maple syrup+ginger marinade. Always marinate chicken in the fridge. While the chicken is marinating, wash and cut up potatoes, Bell peppers and onions into bite-size pieces and then mix them up in a bowl. Lay the mixed … [Read more...] about How to Cook a Healthy Summer Meal on the Grill
Quick Snacks are Easy Just about everyone I know likes a quick snack sometime during the day or evening. We like quick and we like easy in our busy lives. Grab and go can be nutritious and delicious, in case you are wondering, and here's how... Start with a Fruit or Vegetable When you grab a fruit or vegetable as part or all of your quick snack, amazing things happen. You enjoy the crunch, you adore the sweet flavor, and you guarantee your body is receiving good nutrition. Fruits and vegetables are super-heroes for all their vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and high quality … [Read more...] about Quick Snacks
Fresh Vegetables - How to Buy Them It's smart to buy a nice variety of fresh vegetables for good nutrition and colorful meals and snacks, right? Right. And, it's even smarter to use up your fresh vegetables before they rot, right. Right. Well, did you ever look into your vegetable crisper drawer and think...how will I use that Bell pepper, corn-on-the-cob, asparagus, fresh herb, or kale? My thinking was along those lines the other day when I took a look. But, worry no more, because there are sneaky ways to waste less and enjoy more as you store your fresh vegetables. And, to avoid plastic … [Read more...] about Fresh Vegetables & How to Store Them
Tangy Carrot Salad is a Versatile Side Dish This twist on plain old carrots is a dish I make often as a cold and colorful side. The flavor and nutrition is simply hard to beat. Last month, I made brunch for some good friends and the menu was this: my Easy Egg Frittata (you've got to try it), Tangy Carrot Salad (recipe right here - below), Lucy's Homemade Whole Wheat Bread (my friend Lucy makes the best), and my Healthy Pumpkin Pie (you make it in the blender)! Tangy Carrot Salad Recipe Makes 6 servings 4 large Carrots ½ … [Read more...] about Tangy Carrot Salad Recipe
Getting to Know Turnips & Their Nutrition My opinion of turnips has taken a 180-degree turn for the better. Don't know why - but I just never had the urge to taste or cook with this creamy white vegetable until recently. I'm on a roll now, though, with turnips at my meal table about once a week thanks to the most sweet and small turnips grown by a farmer friend in North Carolina. Nutritionally, turnips stack up very well. They are low in calories at only about 30 cal per 1 cup cooked, moderate in carbs with 8 grams in 1 cup of cubes, and a good source of vitamin C and … [Read more...] about Getting to Know Turnips & Recipes
Pizza for a New Year Are you tired of dropping 20 bucks or more when ordering out for pizza? Disappointed when it comes to your door cold and soggy? Bored with the same toppings, pizza-after-pizza? It may be a perfect time for you to take the leap to making homemade pizza. The only risk is that you'll save money, feed yourself and your family healthier food, and learn some new skills in your kitchen. Not bad. Homemade Pizza I've been experimenting with homemade pizza for at least 10 years. I've tried dried herbs vs. fresh herbs, thinner vs. thicker crusts, multiple dozens of toppings, … [Read more...] about Pizza for a New Year!