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13 12, 2021

Zero Waste Baking: Perfect Pumpkin Bread

By |2021-12-13T20:20:32-05:00December 13th, 2021|Easy Cooking, Family, Family meals, Food Trends, Recipe|Comments Off on Zero Waste Baking: Perfect Pumpkin Bread

My upcoming book , Zero Waste Cooking For Dummies®, features recipes for the everyday consumer - everything from starters to main dishes to desserts to cocktails. The goal: to help you reduce the food waste in your home kitchen. One strategy of Zero Waste Cooking is learning how to substitute [...]

29 11, 2021

Zero Waste Cranberry Goat Cheese Bites

By |2021-12-01T20:11:49-05:00November 29th, 2021|DASH Diet/Wellness, Easy Cooking, Family meals, Food Facts, Food Trends, Heart Disease, Recipe, Wellness|Comments Off on Zero Waste Cranberry Goat Cheese Bites

In the spirit of giving and zero food waste, I’m giving you this cranberry appetizer that uses leftover holiday cranberry sauce. Once you have your cranberries cooked, you can whip up this appetizer to enjoy with friends over the holidays during cocktail hour or a pot luck. Cranberries [...]

19 11, 2021

Planning a Festive and Balanced Table of Favorites

By |2021-11-19T09:35:24-05:00November 19th, 2021|DASH Diet/Wellness, Easy Cooking, Family meals, Food Facts, Food Trends, Recipe, Weight Management|Comments Off on Planning a Festive and Balanced Table of Favorites

Thanksgiving will usher in the holiday season which most likely will include special family meals and treats. When planning holiday food you can create healthy meals and still enjoy yourself. Some recipes just have to have all the butter, sugar or salt, but others can likely be lightened [...]

9 06, 2021

Turn that Cucumber into a Delicious Sandwich Topper

By |2021-06-09T11:56:25-04:00June 9th, 2021|DASH Diet/Wellness, Easy Cooking, Family, Family meals, Food Trends, Recipe, Wellness|Comments Off on Turn that Cucumber into a Delicious Sandwich Topper

A 2020 study published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics found that the average U.S. household wasted 31.9% of its food. The total annual cost of the wasted food was estimated to be $1,866 per household. With a little planning and creativity you can turn your leftover produce [...]

28 05, 2021

Add-Ins for a Nutrition Boost

By |2021-05-28T11:45:54-04:00May 28th, 2021|DASH Diet/Wellness, Easy Cooking, Family meals, Food Facts, Recipe, Weight Management, Wellness|Comments Off on Add-Ins for a Nutrition Boost

You may not know it, but you could be missing some key nutrients in your diet. For the average American Diet: Fiber, vitamin D, calcium and potassium are considered “nutrients of concern” according to the USDA Dietary Guidelines committee. You may not be getting enough vitamin C or [...]

1 05, 2021

Dip it! Tasty Tip for Enjoying More Fruits and Veggies

By |2021-05-08T09:13:42-04:00May 1st, 2021|DASH Diet/Wellness, Easy Cooking, Family, Food Facts, Food Trends, Health Professionals, Heart Disease, Recipe, Wellness|Comments Off on Dip it! Tasty Tip for Enjoying More Fruits and Veggies

There's bad news, and good news. Bad news: A recent report showed people are eating fruits and vegetables less frequently, down nearly 10% since 2004. Good news: A simple dip recipe makes snacking on apples even more appealing! This dip adds flavor, calcium, and fat and protein for [...]

14 04, 2021

Asparagus: An Elegant Spring Vegetable

By |2021-04-14T15:24:55-04:00April 14th, 2021|DASH Diet/Wellness, Easy Cooking, Family, Family meals, Food Facts, Recipe, Wellness|Comments Off on Asparagus: An Elegant Spring Vegetable

My father had a robust vegetable garden for years before deciding to plant asparagus. After he passed, we continued the tradition. Asparagus is a perennial, and once seedlings grow, it will take a couple of years to bear stalks that you can pick and eat. The growing season [...]

12 04, 2021

Blood Pressure Lowering Ricotta Banana Bread

By |2021-04-12T17:05:11-04:00April 12th, 2021|DASH Diet/Wellness, Easy Cooking, Family meals, Heart Disease, Recipe, Weight Management, Wellness|Comments Off on Blood Pressure Lowering Ricotta Banana Bread

If you've been diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure), your doctor may have recommended some lifestyle changes. Diet, exercise, stress reduction and compliance with medication are all part of the plan. If you are already physically fit, you may be wondering how else you can improve your cardiovascular [...]

24 03, 2021

Personalizing Your Plate

By |2021-03-25T10:38:04-04:00March 24th, 2021|DASH Diet/Wellness, Easy Cooking, Family meals, Food Facts, Food Trends, Healthy Aging, Heart Disease, Recipe, Weight Management, Wellness|Comments Off on Personalizing Your Plate

This year's theme for National Nutrition Month® is about personalizing your plate. I encourage you to work on this all year long. Every five years the USDA publishes the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). The DGA are dietary guidelines based on the current body of evidence that associates [...]