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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 »

Fall has certainly hit North Carolina which means it is a great time to experiment with spaghetti squash. One of my favorite ways to cook spaghetti squash is in the air fryer. What is Spaghetti Squash? Although in the squash family, spaghetti squash is not as starchy as other varieties. At only 42 calories per cup (compared to 220 calories per cup of spaghetti), this low-calorie swap can help keep your calories on track while boosting your veggie intake. Spaghetti… Continue reading »

Pomegranate Kale Salad Servings: 6 to 8 Ingredients: 1 bunch of kale, stemmed and leaves julienned 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds 1 cup toasted walnuts, chopped Garnish with Parmesan cheese Dressing: 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon honey Salt and pepper to taste Directions: Place washed and stemmed kale in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, honey, salt, and pepper. Pour dressing over kale… Continue reading »

Fall has arrived! Thank goodness!! It’s the time of cool air, football, pumpkins and a steady train of holidays that involve food. Halloween is one of the first stops on the train and is one that often derails our healthy habits. Consider these 5 ways to stay healthy this Halloween. 5 Ways to Have a Healthy and Happy Halloween: Leave it on the porch. Instead of sitting and passing out candy, leave the candy bucket on the porch and walk… Continue reading »

You may see people your age, or maybe even older, who are in good shape and ask yourself, “How do they do it?” First and foremost, we all have different body types and metabolisms, so there is no one magic pill that works for everyone, but getting in shape is possible for most. It just takes effort and a willingness to achieve a goal. As a man in my 50s who works on staying fit, let me tell you what… Continue reading »

An easy dinner to throw together on a busy weeknight? AND one that serves as a great lunch the next day? These Greek Bowls are just that. They can be made in advance to meal prep for that week’s lunches but they can also be put together quickly for a last-minute dinner (and if there are leftovers – lunch the next day too!). This recipe is flexible, feel free to add or remove anything based on what you have on… Continue reading »

This fall, I returned to graduate school and to say that my life has changed would be an understatement. Aside from papers, projects, and exams, something else that has changed has been my grocery budget. I’m pursuing a degree in nutrition, so eating healthy, fresh food is not only a priority for me, it’s my passion. Sometimes I can get carried away with unnecessary food purchases (looking at you dark chocolate covered almonds) and spend well over my allotted grocery… Continue reading »

I stumbled across this great recipe for Lemony Artichoke & Quinoa Salad from budgetbytes. It is a refrigerator salad (i.e. doesn’t get limp or soggy) that works great as a side dish or as a light entrée. When I made this recipe I add some crumbled feta cheese (see picture), which I thought was a nice addition to the other flavors in this salad. Lemon Artichoke Quinoa Salad Ingredients 1 cup quinoa  1 fresh lemon  1/4 cup olive oil  2 cloves garlic, minced  1 tsp salt  freshly cracked pepper  1 13oz. can quartered… Continue reading »

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 »