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If you enjoy Eastern North Carolina barbecue, you will love this recipe. It is delicious, healthier than pork barbecue, and a great way to enjoy turkey with a twist. Take a turkey. Split it in half, you can remove the backbone if you like but it is not mandatory. Cook on the grill (medium heat) skin-side up for 2-4 hours depending on the size. Test the breast with an insta-read digital meat thermometer. When it hits 165, it is done.… Continue reading »

Now that we have our new Dinah E. Gore Teaching and Research Kitchens on NC State Campus, I have been doing more culinary training including our Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes Cooking School. Working to help others be better cooks always makes me a better cook and helps me analyze what is important in the kitchen. What is essential to making good food? There are literally hundreds of things that make a good cook. However, I wanted to boil it down to… Continue reading »

Eating healthy while traveling can be tough. Whether it’s for one night or one week, being away from home can mean more eating out at restaurants – sometimes for every meal! To eliminate eating out for every meal, I have started bringing my own breakfast every time we travel. It has been a simple change that has really made a big difference. Now, I can start the day on the right foot – with a healthy choice that helps me… Continue reading »

Mexican Quesadillas with Vegetables and Black Beans Serves 8 Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 zucchini, diced into small pieces 1 yellow squash, diced into small pieces 1 red bell pepper, diced into small pieces 1 medium carrot, diced into small pieces 1 small broccoli head, chopped 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed 2-3 Tbsp Mexican taco seasoning 1 tsp lemon juice 8 whole wheat soft tortillas (for quesadillas) 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese 1 jalapeno, chopped… Continue reading »

Traveling and eating healthy is not always a winning combination. How can you stick to your healthy goals and still travel to see friends and family? When you are driving to your destination, it is a bit easier as you can pack a cooler or bag lunch for your trip. Bring along yogurt, peanut butter sandwiches, fruit, cut vegetables, whole-grain crackers, and bottled or sparkling water. How about coming back? Not so simple. In a recent trip to Asheville to present at a conference I… Continue reading »

It is December and it is SOUP SEASON! There is just nothing better than a warm, cozy bowl of soup on a cold winter night or leftover the next day for lunch. I recently made this soup for my family and my husband commented with an unprompted rating, “I give this an A+”. Let’s just say that not all of my meals get this same type of shout-out, so I interpreted this to mean that this soup is a shining… Continue reading »

Persimmons are not as common in the US as other parts of the world, but we have been seeing more of them – which is great! Persimmons ripen in late fall to early winter here, so you’re probably seeing them on the grocery store shelves now. We recently got some in our produce box, so I’ve been looking for a variety of ways to enjoy this tasty fruit. Persimmons are a good source of many vitamins and micronutrients, particularly vitamin… Continue reading »

Why Overnight Oats? 1. This is one of the fastest recipes to put together that I know of. 2. Oatmeal has a lot of fiber, and overnight oats recipes can pack a good amount of protein as well. This should keep you full for longer, give you a lot of energy to start your day, and fiber helps lower blood sugar. 3. Doing meal prep means you can make these the night before so that it’s something you can grab… Continue reading »

With the holidays fast approaching, it usually means that schedules become busier with less time to make meals at home. Around this time of year, I turn to my trusty slow cooker-both as a time saver and for a warm, comforting meal. For me, it doesn’t quite feel like fall until I bring out my slow cooker and make something involving pumpkin or butternut squash. This chicken and butternut squash dish is my go-to recipe not only for the savory… Continue reading »

My criteria for a weeknight meal: Quick. Easy. Healthy. How can I get a plate on the table in a short amount of time, cook while keeping an eye on my busy infant, and make sure it’s a dish I feel good about eating? I have a few recipes that fit the criteria and that we keep in weekly or bi-weekly rotation. One of them being these Korean Turkey Lettuce Wraps. We make these all the time as it is… Continue reading »