Veggie & Bean Quinoa Bites {Recipe ReDux}

 Gluten-free and nut-free Veggie & Bean Quinoa Bites are packed with protein and fiber, making them the perfect centerpiece of your children’s lunchbox.  Bars & Bites for Brown Bags Whether you pack your lunch in a bento box, a brown bag or a retro cartoon character lunch box, don’t forget the bars and bites. Small squares or round bites can…

Salmon Peach Quinoa Salad {Recipe}

Make this one bowl meal with quinoa, salmon, and summer fruits and vegetables for an easy lunch or dinner. Perfect for families short on time! Making my way through the backlog of magazines I have piling up, I came across a Quinoa Salmon Salad recipe in the August issue of Parents Magazine. It especially caught my eye since it was…

Menu Plan Monday: Week of August 18, 2014

With just a few more weeks of summer left, I’m hoping the sun will stay shining so I can grill most of my meals this week! Gotta take advantage while I can! This week’s menu has a couple of oldies but goodies from the recipe archives. Check them out and let me know what you think! Week of August 18,…

Buying Smart: Sugars in Moderation at the Grocery Store

I’m a nutrition consultant for various food and beverage companies, but my opinions are my own. Stocking up on groceries and figuring out what and how to eat healthy is more challenging these days than ever before. Despite the USDA Dietary Guidelines, MyPlate, and decades of diet books lining bookstore shelves, the ever-changing nutrition information that makes headlines doesn’t help consumers…

Menu Plan Monday: Week of August 4, 2014

I’m back and can’t believe August is here. The summer always goes by so fast, don’t you think? With just a few weeks until Labor Day, I will certainly be trying to make the most of the warm temps and summer produce. Some of my favorites are at their peak right now: tomatoes, corn, squash, blueberries, and nectarines. Keep your…

Sherry Maple Glazed Salmon {Recipe ReDux}

A Spirited ReDux From plain Jane vanilla extract to fancy-pants elderflower liqueur, we like to keep a little liquor in the kitchen. Show us how you like to cook, bake or mix-it-up with spirits, extracts and other alcohols. A splash of vodka makes summer sauces shine – and liqueurs brighten desserts: What’s your healthy recipe with spirit? Don’t you just…

Menu Plan Monday: Week of July 21, 2014

Menu Planning Tip: A good way to design your menu is to base it on perishable ingredients you have on hand that you don’t want to waste. I’m heading out of town next week, so this week’s menu is designed with the above tip in mind – afterall, I can’t let cilantro, tomatoes, corn, and summer squash go to waste! A…