Tomato, Cucumber and Red Onion Salad

Tomato cucumber red onion salad

This simple, healthy garden salad is light and refreshing. It’s perfect for the summer for that reason and also because it takes less than ten minutes. It stores nicely in the fridge for days and even tastes better after it soaks up all the vinegary dressing. I love apple cider vinegar, it brings a raw […]

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

apple cinnamon oatmeal

In under ten minutes you can make this creamy, healthy oatmeal that your kids will love, without the added sugar and lengthy shelf life that come with prepackaged oatmeal. It’s easy to prepare ahead of time for breakfast during the week. The combination of warm apple sauce, cinnamon and vanilla are the perfect flavor combo and a […]

How to get a Crispy Crust on Leftover Pizza

reaheating pizza

Even a healthy lifestyle requires a delicious, crispy slice of pizza from time to time. Instead of eating the entire pie (sometimes), we freeze or refrigerate leftover slices. It’s only recently that I discovered the best way re-heat pizza so forgive me if you’re already in the know! If you’re re-heating a slice or two, […]

Simple Meal Planning for the Week

Menu planning

Planning meals saves you money, spares you unhealthy extra calories, and lastly saves you time. Find me someone that doesn’t want those three things?! I know it can be intimidating, but it doesn’t need to be complicated. I’m not saying this is the way but it’s A way. We’re working parents and don’t have time to […]

Cucumber Mint & Apple Juice

cucumber mint apple juice

This pale light green juice is refreshing and perfect for summer. The apple and mint provide just the right amount of sweetness and flavor to compliment the cucumber. Now that we know it tastes good, here’s why it’s good for you. Top 5 reasons cucumbers rock: 1) hydrating since they are mostly water 2) loaded […]

Light Pasta with Sun Dried tomatoes, Artichokes & Spinach

Quinoa pasta with sundried tomatoes, artichokes, and olives

I’ve recently discovered Ancient Harvests Supergrain pastas and they are better than expected, and perfect for a gluten-free diet. The Garden Pagodas I used in this dish are made of organic quinoa, corn, red pepper and beet showing off the beautiful colors of those veggies. Even if you are not intolerant of gluten it’s nice […]

Charred Corn with Spicy Cotija Cheese

Grilled corn with cotija cheese

Grilled sweet corn with a squeeze of fresh lime, topped with Mexican cheese and cayenne pepper, screams summer.  I love being inspired by local chefs and dining out. What’s better than taking a break in the kitchen, having someone serve you delicious meals and cleaning up?! Since that can’t happen everyday I usually take our favorites […]

Spicy Red Pepper Smoothie

Spicy red pepper smoothie

This is a quick and easy to way to get your daily dose of veggies and vitamins. I kick it up a notch with crushed red pepper. It tastes like a raw, fresh Bloody Mary without the alcohol (um…it would be perfect with vodka, think brunch). It’s more common to juice these ingredients but I like keeping the whole […]

Raspberry & Blueberry Parfait

raspberry blueberry yogurt

This is a very simple yet very scrumptious berry parfait. I often need our meals to be quick, so I’ve created just a few layers with only five ingredients. We love Greek yogurt in our house, it’s packed with protein and calcium. It’s also a perfect pairing with the richly colored berries loaded with antioxidants and less […]

Nutty Quinoa Granola

Nutty quinoa granola

The quinoa granola is sweeter than you might expect with just a touch of honey. It’s a new favorite in our house even my two year old loves it. And what’s not to love, it’s toasty crunchy goodness without all the extra sugar we find in traditional granola’s. The coconut oil and nuts bring that […]

Sauteed Broccoli Raab Chickpeas & Toasted Quinoa

Broccoli Raab Chickpea Tomatoes Toasted Quinoa

The nutty toasted quinoa, slightly bitter broccoli raab and sauteed chickpeas take me on an imaginary trip abroad. The tomatoes bring the rich color and sweet acidic bite. The combination of flavors make your taste buds sing. We often see broccoli raab in pasta dishes and that’s how I grew up eating it, but the […]

Pear, Walnut & Gorgonzola Salad

Arugula Salad

Today I was inspired by the Rucola, which translates as arugula, on the menu of a local Italian Cafe that my family loves. At Capriccio Cafe during the Spring and Summer months, they push tables, umbrellas and heat lamps for the breezy nights, outside, on to the sidewalk of downtown Stamford, CT. It’s a great place to people watch with […]

Garlicky Guacamole Lettuce Wraps

spicy guacamole

This spicy guacamole lettuce wrap, topped with crushed tortillas, HITS. THE. SPOT. You get that garlicky, creamy and crunchy texture all in one bite. Adding the romaine hearts ups the nutritional value, producing a heart healthy alternative to a common favorite, chips and guacamole. Pair this with the Skinny Cucumber Margarita and you have yourself the perfect Cinco […]

Skinny Cucumber Margarita

Low calorie margarita

Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean that you have to become boring. My sister and I love margaritas, but dislike the abundance of sugar and calories that are traditional. So last summer, we tried clear tequila on the rocks with club soda and fresh lime juice, and fell in love. This version is just over 100 calories as opposed […]

Parmesan Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

Parmesan Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

This tasty dish is a simple way to enjoy these low calorie, nutritious superstars. Everyone knows that broccoli and cauliflower are good for you. They provide vitamin C, fiber and cancer fighting nutrients. Some experts suggest eating these veggies cooked because it’s easier for your body to absorb their nutrients, preferably with a healthy fat. […]