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It is really tough to find a good meatless meatball substitute. They always wind up too dry and crumbly, or too hard and tough. Pre-made ones have a lot of additives, and homemade ones are tough to keep together while cooking. But this recipe is one of the simplest (and healthiest) that I’ve seen, and it works! Lentils are not only protein-packed, but also provide fiber and many other nutrients. Make this easy swap next time you’re craving spaghetti and… Continue reading »

I LOVE traditional Indian restaurant cuisine!  And among my favorites is Chicken Tikka Masala.  I do not eat this as often as I would like because it is very heavy and typically has a lot of butter and cream.  In an effort to use my Instant Pot more, I have been trying to find tasty and healthy recipes and came across one for Chicken Tikka Masala.  To cut the saturated fat and calories, I adapted an Instant Pot recipe* by removing the butter and cream to… Continue reading »

I’m a big fan of weekend meal prep and I’ve found that meal prep is especially important for my lunches. Most mornings, I’m usually rushing out the door to work or school so having a ready-to-go lunch helps to keep me on track with my healthy eating. However, it’s easy for me to become stuck in a rut when it comes to packed lunches so I’m always on the hunt for new lunch ideas. When I’m looking for recipes, I have a… Continue reading »

Pulao is a common dish from India – it is basically rice cooked with vegetables and a protein. Making this dish in an Instant Pot makes for an easy one-pot meal. Growing up, I was only exposed to white rice and the traditional pulao recipe uses this rice as well. I have yet to experiment making this dish with brown rice. It can certainly be done as long as the cooking time is increased for brown rice but the vegetables… Continue reading »

Lately, I have been trying to dedicate time each Sunday to meal prep for the week ahead. The level of meal prep may vary from week to week and some weeks I may only be able to chop a few vegetables and throw a salad together for my lunches. But, I have found that even a small amount of meal prep on the weekend goes a long way towards staying on track all week.  When I’m really prepared, I try… Continue reading »

Sheet pan meals are one of our team’s go-to weeknight dinners. They are called sheet pan meals because the whole meal is made on the same pan at the same time – talk about easy! Sheet pan meals can be made up of a combination of vegetables and meat. This is not a traditional recipe, but instead, we share our 6-step guide for how to make any combination of sheet pan meals. Dinner is served! 6 Steps to Make a… Continue reading »

Meal planning is not a new concept, but it has been a hot topic for years in the health and wellness world. And for good reason! Meal planning can help you to prioritize your health goals and food choices as well as save time and money. There are many ways to meal plan, but I bet you have never meal planned like this before!  Here are some simple tips and tricks to have you meal planning like a pro. 1. ON-HAND… Continue reading »

I love a non-recipe recipe. A recipe that really is just a very simple prep technique with a few ingredients. No need to measure. I recently had a breakfast for our department and wanted to serve one vegetable dish. Not an easy feat for a Westerners that usually don’t eat vegetables at breakfast. We had multiple dishes but this one went first – a HUGE bowl quickly disappeared. You could serve this for breakfast as we did or as a… Continue reading »

Whenever I travel to Europe, especially when on a cruise, one of the things I look forward to is the Muesli. When we see in Muesli the stores here it is a cold ready to eat cereal like granola. While this is technically muesli, the kind I crave is very different. It is a cold oatmeal with nuts and fruit and is so delicious. It was developed by a Swiss physician in the early 1900’s to help his patients heal.… Continue reading »

I love making homemade spaghetti sauce…that is until I had Giovanni Rana’s Marinara. I cannot make it any better and the addition of carrots in their recipe means it is low in added sugar. You can find it in the refrigerator section with the fresh pasta in many grocery stores. When I saw it in Eataly (a large Italian gourmet grocery store) I knew it had to be good. I use Rana’s Marinara for many things, pasta (of course), pizza sauce, baked eggs… Continue reading »