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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 »

An easy dinner to throw together on a busy weeknight? AND one that serves as a great lunch the next day? These Greek Bowls are just that. They can be made in advance to meal prep for that week’s lunches but they can also be put together quickly for a last-minute dinner (and if there are leftovers – lunch the next day too!). This recipe is flexible, feel free to add or remove anything based on what you have on… Continue reading »

I stumbled across this great recipe for Lemony Artichoke & Quinoa Salad from budgetbytes. It is a refrigerator salad (i.e. doesn’t get limp or soggy) that works great as a side dish or as a light entrée. When I made this recipe I add some crumbled feta cheese (see picture), which I thought was a nice addition to the other flavors in this salad. Lemon Artichoke Quinoa Salad Ingredients 1 cup quinoa  1 fresh lemon  1/4 cup olive oil  2 cloves garlic, minced  1 tsp salt  freshly cracked pepper  1 13oz. can quartered… Continue reading »

If you grow your own basil during summer, you may have run into a situation when there is too much and you wonder how to use it. While I don’t grow my own basil, I have been fortunate to have a friend who does and her garden has been blooming with fresh, fragrant, delicious basil. I recently had a birthday and received a beautiful bouquet of basil. It stayed fresh for almost a week with the stems dipped in water.… Continue reading »

As someone who eats meat-free, I spend a lot of time thinking about how to make sure I get protein through healthy, filling options. This recipe is estimated to have only around 450 calories, yet packs 20 grams of protein! Plus, it allows for many adaptations to your personal taste. Many recipes for stuffed sweet potatoes will call for you to bake them, which is great if you want to set and forget them in the oven for about half… Continue reading »

Quinoa is a whole grain that provides complete protein along with other nutrients. It is a great addition to a healthy eating pattern but many people are not familiar with this super food or may not know how to cook it. The recipe below is one of my favorite ways to cook quinoa. It is not only delicious but also very easy and quick to make in a time crunch. Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 1/3rd can (28 oz) crushed… Continue reading »

I recently signed up for a produce subscription service called The Produce Box, which serves the Triad, the Triangle, Charlotte, the Piedmont, and the Coast of North Carolina. I will admit that I have previously been hesitant to sign up for one of these services because I’m always afraid I will end up wasting lots of food. However, I really like this specific service because you can schedule skip weeks in advance all the way through the month of December.… 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 »

The 4th of July always feels like the perfect time for me to try new recipes with fresh produce. There is something about the wide array of colors and textures of the different fruits and vegetables available during the summer that sparks my creativity and the desire to try something new. Plus, there’s no better time for an honest review of new recipes when family and friends get together for 4th of July celebrations. If you are like me and… Continue reading »