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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 »

Although I love pickles year-round, I do find that I make them much more often during the summer. This is probably due to the abundance of fresh produce. However, when I make pickles, I make the variety referred to as fridge pickles. This is because fridge pickles do not require the canning, vacuum seals, or sterilized jars that traditional pickling requires. You can use fancier equipment like a mandoline or a julienne peeler to make quick work of cutting up… Continue reading »

As the weather has been warming up, I have been absolutely craving a good melon recipe, and wanted to find something unique and savory that could be a simple addition to a dinner party. And wow, did this recipe deliver! Sweet, salty, and citrusy, it is light, filling, and a perfect way to get both fruit and vegetables added to your meal. The recipe calls for Castelvetrano olives, which are fantastic, but I made this recipe with a can of regular green… Continue reading »

Okra, commonly referred to as Lady Finger in India, is generally a kids’ favorite and was mine as well growing up. It still is one of my favorites and also for my kids now. When I came to the United States, I was surprised that okra was not as popular here. I am sharing the recipe below with the hope that more people will try making this low-calorie vegetable that is a very good source of some minerals, vitamins, and… Continue reading »