Now that Thanksgiving is over, is your refrigerator packed with leftovers? Sure, the big day may be done but the fun doesn't have to be over yet. There are lots of tasty ways to use up your Turkey Day leftovers so that they're even better the second time around. To read about how to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers and to get my recipe for Turkey Soup with Couscous and Spinach, CLICK HERE.
To see the recipe for my Turkey and Cranberry Panini, CLICK HERE.
Now that Thanksgiving is right around the corner, you may be stocking up on canned pumpkin. Pumpkin pie is a staple at many holiday tables including mine. But are you at a loss about what to do with those leftover cans of pumpkin once the holiday is done?
The turkey is usually the star of a traditional Thanksgiving table but I've always been a bigger fan of the supporting players- the side dishes. Everyone has their favorite side dishes that they look forward to each year. Maybe you're a stuffing or mashed potato fan. Or perhaps you prefer the sweeter sides like cranberry sauce or sweet potato casserole? Some traditional dishes are close to our hearts and shouldn't be changed. But you can also try some unique dishes to mix things up this year. To read more about how to update classic Thanksgiving side dishes, CLICK HERE. The post also includes a recipe for my easy, delicious Maple Glazed Acorn Squash.
Have you ever wondered how to make caramelized onions? Caramelized onions are a great way to add rich flavor and flair to a dish. Adding them to pretty much any dish will take it to the next level and impress your guests. The process of caramelizing onions requires a little time and attention as you can't rush the process. As the onions cook, their natural sugars will brown and develop a rich, sweet flavor. Once they're done, you can add them to pizzas, flatbreads, burgers or pasta for a hit of flavor. You can also use them to top steak, chicken, pork or fish. Or add them to Greek yogurt for a delicious homemade dip. To read all about how to caramelize onions and to get the recipe for my Caramelized Onion Yogurt Dip, CLICK HERE.
Did you know that it's easy to make delicious and nutritious granola at home? Although we usually think of granola as being very healthy, the truth is that store-bought granola is often high in sugar, calories and fat. Fortunately, when you make your own granola at home, you can control the ingredients you put in it. It's a good idea to make a large batch and store it in the fridge so that you'll have it on hand when you want a quick snack. My Coconut Maple Granola can be eaten alone, on top of Greek yogurt or cereal-style with milk. To get the recipe and to read more about how to make foolproof homemade granola, CLICK HERE.
My are a great way to incorporate nutritious seafood into your family's diet. After all, who doesn't love burgers? These burgers are hearty, easy to make and full of flavor. They can also be frozen and heated up for a quick weeknight meal. I like to use wild Alaskan salmon in my dishes. Alaska's seafood is eco-friendly and its fisheries are carefully managed for sustainability. Alaska's marine habitats are also nearly pollution-free because of the state's efforts to maintain their vital natural resources.
To see the recipe and to learn all about the health benefits of salmon, CLICK HERE.
Now that fall is here, it's officially apple season. Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Find out all about the nutritional benefits of apples and get the recipe for my delicious homemade Cinnamon Apple Chips. Apple chips are a healthy snack that the whole family will love and they'll make your home smell delicious as they bake in the oven. To read the full post and get the recipe, CLICK HERE.
What's your favorite way to prepare eggs? Scrambled, fried, poached? If you want to try something different, why not bake your eggs next time? Baked eggs, also called eggs en cocotte, are delicious and easy to prepare. They're not just for breakfast- try making them the next time you're pressed for time and need to get a nutritious diner on the table. Simply prep your ingredients, pop them in the oven and they're ready twenty minutes later. And don't forget to serve them with plenty of crusty bread on the side for dipping!
To to read my step-by-step guide on how to make baked eggs and to get my recipe for Baked Eggs in Tomato Sauce, CLICK HERE.
Whole grains have high amounts of fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. In fact, the 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that at least half of all the grains you consume should be whole grains. This means that you should be eating 3-5 servings or more of whole grains every day. Choosing brown rice or whole wheat bread is a great start but what other whole grain options are there? The good news is that there are a wide variety of whole grains and they are becoming a lot more accessible in grocery stores. Quinoa, oats, barley, bulgur, wild rice and farro are just a few options. To read more about whole grains and to get the recipe for my Farro Salad with Corn, Tomatoes and Edamame, CLICK HERE.
Looking for more whole grain recipe ideas? Here are some of my other recipes that use whole grains:
Greek Zucchini Fritters
Oven Baked Fish Sticks with Lemon Caper Dill Sauce
Sausage and Shrimp Jambalaya
Quinoa Salad with Spinach, Strawberries and Goat Cheese
Crispy Oven Baked Onion Rings
Mushroom Barley Risotto
Apple Cranberry Crisp
Lemon Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes
Whole Grains Council. http://wholegrainscouncil.org
Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/dgas2010-policydocument.htm
Do you find yourself struggling to find healthy snacks for your kids that they'll enjoy? A proper snack should contain a combination of fruits or vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and protein. Store-bought snacks are often highly processed and loaded with sugar. Fortunately, it's easy to make tasty treats for your kids at home that are nutritious, easy to prepare and satisfying. To read about my top go-to healthy snack ideas for kids, which include these delicious Turkey Hummus Pinwheels, CLICK HERE