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  Let’s face it. There are so many great things about summer: warm weather, longer days, and lots of fresh produce. For me, it’s easy to create a colorful salad masterpiece with in-season vegetables and fruit during the summertime. Bright red tomatoes against a green leafy background topped with fresh blueberries makes getting an extra serving… Continue reading »

A few weeks ago, I made almond butter at home for the first time. I have always avoided purchasing almond butter at the grocery store because it can be so pricey. Whether you choose to make your own almond butter at home or to pick up a jar at the store, be sure check the… Continue reading »

I learned of harissa paste a few years ago while browsing one of my favorite recipe websites, Smitten Kitchen, by Deb Perlman. She describes harissa as a Northwest African chile pepper paste with red peppers, spices, and herbs such as garlic, coriander, caraway. This condiment is used everywhere from Tunisia and Libya to Algeria and… Continue reading »

During the fall and winter months, I love to pull out my crockpot and try a variety of recipes. Most of the recipes I will choose are very simple to prepare and easily transfer to a gallon freezer bag to save the days when I am too busy to cook dinner. Try Crockpot Mexican Quinoa… Continue reading »

I love having dessert after a meal. Hence my need to figure out what dessert I could mindfully eat every day. With research on the health benefits of eating berries, it became clear that incorporating berries every day was a must. I decided to experiment with a few berry-centered dessert options and found the perfect one.… Continue reading »

I will not say that green peas are my favorite vegetable but something about green peas during winter is very comforting to me. Maybe the reason is that they remind me of my childhood days when I sat down with my mom or grandmother and popped them out of their pods so they could be… Continue reading »

Barley is a great grain with lots of nutty flavor and a nice bite. We often see barley in soup but it can be used for many dishes. This risotto takes advantage of this grain’s great taste and creamy texture when cooked using this method. Risotto is often thought of as a dish made with… Continue reading »

Run, don’t walk to the seafood market. You will benefit from the physical activity AND the omega 3 fatty acids. A recent study in the British Medical Journal reminds us once again of the need for fish in our diet. Inflammation is the root of many of our health issues. In fact, seven of the leading… Continue reading »

When I started eating healthier, I noticed the prices of the fresh produce. At first, I didn’t understand why strawberries were $4 during the summer and $6-7 in the winter; I learned that different seasons yield better types of fruits and vegetables. Certain types of produce, like kale and tomatoes, can be grown year-round. Produce… Continue reading »

Are you a fan of almond butter? I am proud to announce that I tried almond butter for the first time and definitely pleased – Not only did I try it, but I also made a batch at home for my first taste test. The process was more straightforward than expected and I was successful.… Continue reading »