Pan Seared Scallops with Brussels Sprouts

Pan seared scallops may sound fancy, but they are a quick and easy dinner for busy weeknights.
Pan seared scallops may sound like fancy dinner party fare, and they are certainly a higher budget item so they are an indulgence, but I’ve come to love them because they are also a quick and easy dinner for busy weeknights. Pan seared with butter, these little gems are a delicious treat. I like to serve them on a bed of crispy brussels […]

Basil Pesto Pizza

What do kids love more than pizza? Getting to make it themselves!
Homemade pizza is one of our favorite meals. It is perfect for DIY dinner night. Each person at your table can personalize their pie to maximize their satisfaction.

Making pizza at home allows you to choose a few healthier options. Because your average restaurant pizza isn’t winning any healthy eating awards.

But made at home with a whole wheat crust and loads of fresh veggies, pizza starts to look a […]

Sesame Soba Noodles with Asparagus {Cookbook Giveaway}

Super easy soba noodles!
When it comes to feeding your family, I like to talk about what we can add to our diets as opposed to what we should take away. Pack those plates with veggies! Bring on the healthy grains. Let’s have dessert that is delicious, but also healthy. Which is what I love about Amanda Haas’ latest book, The Anti-Inflammation Cookbook. Through personal experience overcoming a chronic health condition and her depth of experience as the Director of […]

Chinese New Year Recipes

Easy recipes to ring in Chinese New Year!
It’s Chinese New Year which means it’s time to celebrate! There are foods that bring special meaning to this annual celebration, like noodles for a long life and mandarin oranges for prosperity, but most important is bringing your family together for a homecooked meal. Below, a few of my favorite Chinese New Year recipes that are quick, easy, and perfect for ringing in the new year with your loved ones.

Coconut Shrimp
My kids […]

Super Bowl Snacks

Super Snacks for your Super Bowl Party
Game day is fast approaching which means it’s time to get your menu ready! If your family is anything like mine, the center of your Super Bowl Sunday celebration will be the snack table. I like to set up our kitchen island with a healthy lineup of hearty snacks to keep everyone happy. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite Super Bowl snacks to help kick start your party.

Street Tacos
A build-your-own […]

Low Sugar Desserts

Sweet treats without added sugar.
Americans consume nearly 22 teaspoons of added sugars each day. Nearly 4 times the recommended amount according to guidelines published by the American Heart Association. It’s a huge problem, leading to chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. The issue is even more acute for our children. The recommended limit of added sugars for kids is 3 to 6 teaspoons per day. The new federal dietary guidelines urge Americans to limit added sugars to no more than […]

Naturally Sweet Raspberry Bars

Big flavor. Zero sugar.
Cutting added sugars from your family’s diet can be challenging, especially when it comes to cakes and cookies. These sweet treats have been the most challenging for me to remake without refined sugar.

But I keep experimenting.

Because as a nation we need to reduce added sugars in our diets. According to the American Heart Association and Sugar Science, a team of health scientists at UCSF, added sugars in a child’s diet vary depending on their age and […]

Easy Strawberry Rugelach

A quick and easy rugelach recipe.
This is my favorite new cookie recipe. Inspired by my son’s mission to go refined sugar free, this quick and easy rugelach recipe is part of a new series of simple, delicious recipes I’m creating to satisfy his sweet tooth without added sugar.

Naturally sweet strawberry jam, toasted walnuts, and dried currants are all rolled up in a simple pastry to create a quick and easy sugar free cookie.

The beauty of this recipe is how […]

Cinnamon Beef Noodle Soup

A supremely satisfying simple dinner.
This simple beef noodle soup is one of my favorite winter dishes. The smell of cinnamon, ginger, and beef simmering is cozy and comforting.

It’s also a great way to get your kids to try a variety of leafy green vegetables. Bok choy, spinach, and kale all work well with this dish. You can make this recipe ahead and its flavor improves with time. This soup can also be made in a slow cooker, which saves […]

Sugar Free Apple Tart Recipe

An apple tart recipe with no added sugars.
Instead of refined sugar, this recipe uses apple sauce, spices, and lemon juice to give this apple tart a simple, sweet flavor. If you’re feeling fancy, you can layer the apple slices in a beautiful pattern like a french tart.

Or if you’re pressed for time, you can just toss the apple mixture into the pastry shell and call it dessert. I’ve made this apple tart recipe both ways and they are equally […]