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Carolyn Dunn, PhD, RD, LDN

In this how-to video, Dr. Carolyn Dunn shows how to properly use a chef’s knife. Following these simple rules will keep you safe in the kitchen so you can feel confident practicing your own knife skills. The chef’s knife is the workhorse of the kitchen, as it can accomplish many tasks such as chopping, slicing, and dicing food. Learning to use this knife may eliminate the need for other kitchen gadgets that can take up space in the kitchen. Important… Continue reading »

For some, cooking fish at home may seem like a daunting task. While fish such as salmon can be an excellent source of lean protein and omega-3’s, concerns over food safety and proper preparation abound. But in truth, cooking with seafood can be a quick and enjoyable way to break the monotony of weeknight dinners. Pair seared salmon with Kale Napa Cabbage Slaw for a complete meal. Tips for Success: If using frozen salmon, ensure it has properly defrosted in… Continue reading »

If you are looking for fresh ways to add more vegetables to your diet, look no further than this Kale Napa Cabbage Slaw. With combinations such as lime and Dijon mustard paired with cabbage and kale, this light and flavorful slaw is sure to become a favorite. You can also top this slaw with salmon or chicken to add healthy protein to your meal. If you use grilled chicken, toss the chicken in lemon zest and some taco seasoning before… Continue reading »

A recent study1 found that people ate 500 calories a day MORE when they ate ultra-processed foods. This study was conducted in a testing facility where adults were served either foods that were ultra-processed including hot dogs, tater tots, sugary cereal, chips, cookies, and pudding OR unprocessed foods including fresh fruits and vegetables, unsweetened yogurt, beans, nuts, seafood, poultry, and grains. Participants could eat as little or as much as they wanted. For the two weeks when participants ate ultra-processed… Continue reading »

Barley is a great grain with lots of nutty flavor and a nice bite. We often see barley in soup but it can be used for many dishes. This risotto takes advantage of this grain’s great taste and creamy texture when cooked using this method. Risotto is often thought of as a dish made with rice but it is actually a cooking method. It seems hard at first but is not too difficult. Just get a glass of your favorite… Continue reading »

I am always looking for interesting taco fillings. I experimented recently with roasted vegetables. The key is to cut the vegetables small (1/4-inch cubes) and roast them well with taco seasoning. I don’t like to use premade taco seasoning because of the high salt. It is super easy to make your own using this recipe. I use corn tortillas and a topping of just shredded cabbage mixed with lime. Roasted Vegetable Tacos 1 medium onion 1 zucchini 1 yellow squash 3… Continue reading »

There have been many (many) blog posts about the simplicity and deliciousness of roasting vegetables. They are good hot, room temperature, or cold in salads. While tossing some vegetables in a little olive oil and throwing them in the oven is super easy, there are some basic rules that will take you from good to great as a master vegetable roaster. Here are my top 5. Top Five Rules of Roasting: Use a good pan. If you have a sturdy… Continue reading »

My favorite vegetable is carrots by a long shot – raw, cooked, in soup, whatever.  I am always looking for new ways to make sure I get my carrot fix. This is one of my favorite soups. You can eat it hot or cold. It has some interesting ingredients (lemongrass and Kafir lime leaves) that you can find at most Asian markets or you can leave them out. You can play around with different toppings such as toasted almonds or… Continue reading »

I grew up eating salmon patties made with canned salmon. We always had them with peas and mashed potatoes. Since moving my diet to the Med Way, I decided to resurrect a childhood favorite and give it a modern twist. Using canned salmon makes this dish an easy go to even with salmon is not on sale. I choose to remove the skin and bones which takes a minute but gives the final product a better look and taste, in… Continue reading »

Eating like those who live in the Mediterranean region has been shown to promote health and decrease risk of many chronic diseases. The Mediterranean-style eating pattern incorporates the basics of healthy eating that are traditionally practiced in countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. Eating the Mediterranean way is not only healthy, it is delicious and satisfying. Foods that you once thought of as too high in fat or unhealthy, including nuts, olive oil, olives, and whole grains, become an everyday… Continue reading »