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This has become a favorite cook-out side dish recipe and has a record of close to 10 consecutive appearances at summertime Nordby family cookouts.  I usually serve this with Tostitos Scoops chips but can also be a star solo act.  Double the recipe for lots of left-overs that go quickly in my house. Ingredients 1 can (16-oz) kidney beans, rinsed and drained 1 can (15-oz) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1 can (15-oz) black beans, rinsed and drained… Continue reading »

Are you running low on recipe inspiration? Do you need a delicious and easy meal that also lends itself to meal prepping? Look no further…I give you Pinch of Yum’s Cilantro Lime Chicken and Lentils that comes together in just 45 minutes. In my opinion, this recipe is a meal prep home run. I make this recipe so often that I don’t always follow the instructions exactly and will omit ingredients (cilantro, onions, green onions, and jalapenos) depending on what… Continue reading »

Has anyone else noticed all the tasty grain and vegetable bowl restaurants popping up everywhere? After stopping into two different shops I noticed they have a few things in common: tasty grain/vegetable bowls, and really high prices! The concept is very simple and easy to recreate at home for a much lower price. Grain Bowl Blueprint: Add about 1/3 cup of whole grains to the bottom of your grain bowl. Try quinoa or brown rice, or skip the grains completely… Continue reading »

Below is a testimonial from current Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Elizabeth: My Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes class ended in January. I only lost a pound or two during the program, but I always felt it was a success because I was eating better and exercising more.    Imagine my surprise a few weeks into the pandemic when I saw that I had lost six pounds. The pandemic has led to increased stress but I also believe the weight… Continue reading »

Social distancing doesn’t mean you have to disconnect from your social support systems. It has, however, challenged us to become more creative in our communications with friends and loved ones. Feeling the distance can be difficult at times, but there are plenty of ways to help the distance feel shorter, and social support systems feel stronger during times of social distancing. Shorten the distance by hosting a virtual cooking party with friends/family. Scheduling a virtual meeting with friends/family is a… Continue reading »

We are continuing to evaluate a common situation that individuals encounter. My last blog focused on nutrition, check it out if you’re interested. “I can’t stop eating….I’m always eating.“ To really unpack this, we have to look at the interplay between nutrition, self-care and coping with emotions. Today let’s do a self-care check-in. Self-care impacts your ability to read and respond to your body’s signals of hunger and fullness. Nourishing your body is a form of self-care but other self-care… Continue reading »

I have been a registered dietitian for 30 years and keep up to date on recently published literature so rest assured, my suggestions are evidence-based! Let’s evaluate a common situation that individuals encounter. “I can’t stop eating….I’m always eating.“ To really unpack this, we have to look at the interplay between nutrition, self-care and coping with emotions. In the interest of brevity, I will start with nutrition. Cliff hanger, my next two blogs will look at self-care and coping with… Continue reading »

“A pantry is like a quiver of arrows, at your back and at the ready.” Abra Berens in her cookbook, Ruffage Pantry staples are more important than ever. For the past several months, I have only been going to the grocery store once a week, which has made me more mindful when planning my weekly shopping trip. Actually, our Meal Planning 101: An Easy Step-by-Step Guide blog has been especially helpful during this time. I like to put some of my… Continue reading »

May is International Mediterranean Diet Month (or #MedMonth) which highlights the Mediterranean-style eating pattern. The Mediterranean Diet focuses on fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and lean meats. It’s not only backed by research, but it is also delicious and satisfying which makes it a popular eating pattern for many. There are several Med-inspired recipes on our website as well as our sister website MEDinsteadofmeds.com, but if you want to “dip your toes” in the pool of the Mediterranean diet, the… Continue reading »

At a recent Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes Cooking School, we demonstrated a simple pasta dish made with vegetables and beans. It is shared below with a few modifications based upon what was available in my refrigerator the night I made this for dinner. I would have also liked to add carrots to this dish but I did not have any at the time. You can substitute the vegetables in this recipe with any others you prefer or have on hand.… Continue reading »