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There are two food items that have been in heavy rotation in my kitchen: gremolata and soy chorizo. What I love about both of these items is that they are extremely tasty and relatively healthy. Double win! Gremolata Several weeks ago, I saw this recipe, which introduced me to two things: 1) how to make the best crispy roasted potatoes and 2) gremolata. Gremolata is a bright and pungent chopped herb condiment classically made with parsley, garlic, and lemon zest.… Continue reading »

Growing your own herb garden can be a fun and easy way to add a little green around your home. The best part is that herb gardens can be grown just about anywhere-both indoors and outdoors! I have grown herbs in apartments, in pots on the back porch, as well as in ground and all have done quite well with minimal effort. Placed in a little sunlight and watered every few days, most herbs will thrive. While different herbs require… Continue reading »

Greek yogurt is a great option for an afternoon snack or a compliment to breakfast due it’s higher protein content as compared to regular yogurt. However, the yogurt isle can be intimidating with the several different brands of Greek yogurt available. One thing to be careful about when selecting a flavored Greek yogurt is the amount of added sugar. Choosing plain Greek yogurt and adding your own fruit, cinnamon, etc. is always the best option but if you want to… Continue reading »

As a new mom, putting together healthy and nutritious dinners every night has become a little more challenging. These days, my go-to kitchen appliance has been my slow cooker. I have always loved my slow cooker for its “throw in ingredients and forget about it” usefulness but I never truly appreciated it until now. Most weeks I need dinners that involve minimal steps with ingredients that I already have on hand in my pantry. It’s a tall order. However, these… Continue reading »

While there are a lot of fun and easy-to-use single task kitchen tools (think avocado knives, garlic presses, etc.), there are super affordable multi-task tools that can save you time, money, and space! I love these the most, and they make cooking healthy at home so much easier! Microplane I am always preaching about my microplane, and I truly think it’s one of the most helpful and wonderful kitchen tools out there. If you’re like me and have very limited… Continue reading »

Let’s face it. There are so many great things about summer: warm weather, longer days, and lots of fresh produce. For me, it’s easy to create a colorful salad masterpiece with in-season vegetables and fruit during the summertime. Bright red tomatoes against a green leafy background topped with fresh blueberries makes getting an extra serving of vegetables and fruit a breeze. Salads aren’t usually the first thing I choose during the winter because my favorite salads involve summertime produce. Since eating a balanced diet… Continue reading »

Sometimes life happens and we don’t always have time to prepare breakfast in the morning, pack a nutritious lunch, have healthy snacks readily available,and cook a balanced meal for dinner. If you find yourself unexpectedly stopping at a restaurant for a quick meal, a celebration dinner or to take a break from cooking, go in with motivation to make healthy choices. Try these meal modifications to stay within your daily calorie intake and still feel satisfied. Appetizers Choose an item… Continue reading »

A few weeks ago, I made almond butter at home for the first time. I have always avoided purchasing almond butter at the grocery store because it can be so pricey. Whether you choose to make your own almond butter at home or to pick up a jar at the store, be sure check the nutrition label and the ingredients list for hidden additives. Check out this comparison of a few almond butter brands below.   Kristie’s Honey Almond Butter… Continue reading »

I learned of harissa paste a few years ago while browsing one of my favorite recipe websites, Smitten Kitchen, by Deb Perlman. She describes harissa as a Northwest African chile pepper paste with red peppers, spices, and herbs such as garlic, coriander, caraway. This condiment is used everywhere from Tunisia and Libya to Algeria and Morocco, which means you’re bound to find many versions and uses for the pastes.  I love spicy condiments and was honestly getting a little tired… Continue reading »

During the fall and winter months, I love to pull out my crockpot and try a variety of recipes. Most of the recipes I will choose are very simple to prepare and easily transfer to a gallon freezer bag to save the days when I am too busy to cook dinner. Try Crockpot Mexican Quinoa Tacos – full of flavor, simple to prepare and convenient for lunch or dinner. This dish provides plant-based sources of protein (quinoa and black beans),… Continue reading »