Recipes & Food

Zucchini and Avocado Fritters with Lemon Zest Yogurt

Zucchini and Avocado Fritters with Lemon Zest Yogurt

FOR THE LOVE OF FRITTERS Zucchini is a type of summer squash loaded with the powerful antioxidant vitamin C. This particular antioxidant is great for helping your heart operate at it’s best during warm summer months. It’s rich content in both vitamin C and A help protect LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) from oxidation – a process that can lead […]
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Swiss Chard and Buratta Cheese Toast

Swiss Chard and Buratta Cheese Toast

JOY TO THE TOAST Looking for tasty toast fixings?  You can start by adding some garden greens that sprout like colorful rainbows from the earth, Swiss Chard! Saute with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, onions and olives and smother over a smidge of melty, gooey cheese toast and you’ll bring some joy to this world because you’ve discoverd joy in […]
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Garden Spinach and Herb Pesto

Garden Spinach and Herb Pesto

PESTO FOR EATING PLEASURE It’s the season for palate-pleasing pesto! Summer is officially in our midst and with that comes many opportunities for parties, picnics, and finding simple ways to delight and share in its endless possibilities. Pesto is a personal favorite that’s fun to make and can serve as a nutritional pharmacy with flavors that rarely […]
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Steamed Purple Cabbage with Cilantro-Ginger Vinaigrette

Steamed Purple Cabbage with Cilantro-Ginger Vinaigrette

CRUCIFEROUS VEGGIE TO NEUTRALIZE AND BEAUTIFY Cruciferous veggies, like cabbage, contain some of the largest concentrations of health-promoting sulfur compounds. These compounds increase the liver’s ability to produce enzymes that neutralize potentially toxic substances. This is one reason I enjoy experimenting with easy ways to prepare it – in addition to it being one of the most […]
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Poached Egg with Shaved Asparagus and Avocado Salad

Poached Egg with Shaved Asparagus and Avocado Salad

SPEARHEADING SIMPLE DISHES FOR SPRING I’m always in search of seasonal combinations for simple dishes. This week I stumbled upon a bunch of beautiful spears of asparagus to experiment and do just that! Typically the peak season for asparagus runs from April to May, however, the first crops of the year are ready as early as Feb […]
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Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad

Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad

THANKFUL FOR SIMPLE FOOD Simplicity in the kitchen is something I admire in the teachings of Alice Waters, creator of Chez Panisse Restaurant. Her emphasis on having the best and tastiest ingredients from local producers and farmers educates a way of food preparation that is extremely simple and delicious. It is centered around the idea that you can cook simply with […]
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Quinoa and Shiitake Mushroom Cakes with Dijon Maple Glaze

Quinoa and Shiitake Mushroom Cakes with Dijon Maple Glaze

MUSHROOM MAGIC Flavorful mushrooms like Shiitake are rich in the savory flavor sense known as umami, offering a delicious meaty texture and smoky flavor. Their distinctive taste and aroma delight the senses; however, these nuggets of magic offer much more than just good taste. Here are some of Shiitake mushrooms legendary health benefits: Ancient traditions prescribed […]
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Fall Harvest Bowl with Wild Rice

Fall Harvest Bowl with Wild Rice

FULL OF HARVEST BOWL Fall is my favorite time of the year. It is a time to enjoy the many fruits of labor from previous months in addition to observing the visible changes in nature. It is a time of moving inward as the weather shifts to colder temperatures and for taking time to rest.  So, […]
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Veggie Paella

Veggie Paella

A BIG OL’ IRON SKILLET OF VEGGIE-LADEN GOODNESS Springtime has a wonderful way of lifting the spirit and nourishing the soul that ignites restoration, innovation and new creation!  Known as nature’s birthing season, spring displays it’s beauty by sprouting newness all around us. It’s a time when growth is stimulated in every aspects of our […]
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Raw Zucchini Pasta with Basil Avocado Dressing

Raw Zucchini Pasta with Basil Avocado Dressing

THE POWER OF CREATIVE PLAY In search of fun and creative way to introduce zucchini to children for a nutrition education program I taught this summer, I immediately thought of a simple go-to: zucchini pasta! I had never worked with this age group (4th – 6th graders) so I was a little nervous and unsure of […]
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