Lemon Asparagus Herbed Quinoa

One of my most favorite summer activities is family boat dinners. We all prep dinner in advance and pack a picnic basket… and of course a wine basket as well! This quinoa salad is served room temperature, which is ideal for a warm evening out on the boat. Ingredients 1 Cup Quinoa 1 bunch Asparagus,…

Gingered “Sushi” Salad

If you were to ask my friends where I eat the most during the week, it would be our local sushi restaurant. And if you were to ask our server there what I always order with my sushi, it would be a side of ginger dressing. I’m obsessed with it. No matter what roll we…

Garden Green Guac Bagel

Below my office is a great little juice bar that I frequent often. As their business grew, they were encouraged by their patrons to start carrying healthy lunch items. I had ventured down one day and they had just added healthy grain bagels to the menu. The girl behind the counter and I looked over…

Caprese Quinoa Salad

The days are getting longer, the sun is getting warmer, and families are gathering for summer weekends on the water. Embrace the fresh summer flavors with this healthy dish that can be made in advance. Playing with the classic flavors of a Caprese Salad – tomatoes, basil, & mozzarella,  this dish is enhanced with the…

Smoked Salmon Arugula Salad

I used to be intimidated to be in charge of making the salad. Seems silly, but it’s the truth. When I first started cooking, I often found my salads to be bland. Especially compared to my Mom’s salads (people talk about her salads). One night I was helping my Mom put dinner together, and I…

Summer Garden Chickpea Salad

Simple & healthy doesn’t mean boring & bland. This salad is easy to make, nutritious and loaded with flavor. To go with last weeks recipe, Lemon Dill Grilled Swordfish, this salad is the side dish Kelly and Jay whipped up to pair with their entrée. If you wanted to add more substance to the salad, mix with orzo…

Lemon Dill Grilled Swordfish

Summer is here, and that means grilling season. The grill is often reserved for steaks and burgers, but seafood on the grill is exceptionally tasty. As I’ve mentioned in the past, my brother Jay and my sister-in-law, Kelly, are incredible cooks. So here I am last night at the gym, and I get a text…

Pesto Zoodles!

Zoodles! How can you not get excited about such a fun word? It just makes you smile. I received a spiralizer for Christmas, and I’ve been loving making these delicious and healthy “noodles” a regular in my meal rotation. The flavor is so fresh, and there are no guilty feelings when you go back for…

Broccoli Crunch Salad

When it comes to power foods, Broccoli is one at the top of the list. Especially raw broccoli. It is high in vitamin C, dietary fiber, and is known to have anti-cancer benefits. And if broccoli were to ever have a fan club, my Mom would be the president. I’m not sure a day has…

Spaghetti Squash with Portobello Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

Growing up, I was never a real fan of spaghetti squash. My grandmother used to make it often, preparing it simply with salt and serving it as a side dish. But as my palette expanded, so did my imagination of how to showcase this actually tasty, and healthy, winter squash. By using it as a replacement for traditional…

Tex-Mex Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potato

Sometimes you just feel like a one-component meal. These twice-baked sweet potatoes are packed full of flavor, and will leave you satisfied. If you wanted to add a protein, you could always compliment it with grilled chicken, which could be simply grilled on the side, or shredded and added into the mixture. Just be sure…

Smoked Three Bean & Tri-Colored Pepper Chicken Chili

I ate chili for the first time at the age of 20 years old. Wendy’s was the chef, and my college roommate insisted it was the best. Having been scared of the meat & bean concoction up until that point in my life, I had decided to trust her. Good thing I did because chili…