Cook These 5 Easy Things On Sunday, Thank Yourself All Week

If you asked me the one thing that I would be totally lost without during my week, I would unequivocally tell you that meal planning is #1 on my list. I have been sitting down on a Sunday for years now, figuring out what I am going to feed my family of five, and when I don't, well, lookout. It's when bad things happen, like ordering in pizza, Chinese and Sushi all in one week....more

My Kids Actually Applauded This Recipe

You know those rare times when your whole family, and I mean everyone, from your husband down to your five year old, applauds the meal you make? You sleep easy that night. Kids can be ruthless with us moms. They are often our worst critics....more

This Has To Be The Worst Fad Diet I've Ever Seen

Have you heard of Freelee the Banana Girl? I admit, this one's got me really perplexed....more

Eating Well When You Don't Feel Well Enough to Cook

Have you gotten that thing that is going around yet? Whatever it is - the flu, a bad cold - it's here in my house, right now. The last few weeks have been a challenge. I have this belief that if I eat really well, I'll be immune from all winter illnesses. Think again. Unfortunately, illness happens. And while my need to eat well has gotten even stronger, my energy level has been thwarting me. Cooking is feeling like a chore. ...more
Smoothies and veggie-packed soups are always my go-to when sick - it's a great way to, as you ...more

Still Buying Store Bought Salad Dressing? Start Making These Homemade Versions.

The other day a reader wrote to tell me she was still using store bought salad dressings, and was in need of some inspiration.  As I looked into my recipes on my website, it dawned on me that I am lacking in the salad dressing department - so thank you for making me aware of this!Why make your own salad dressing? Let me count the ways:...more

Not Feeling Well? Try This Recipe.

I always hate to admit this, but I have been feeling under the weather. Sometimes, all the best eating in the world has no chance against a classic winter cold.That doesn't mean falling back on crappy comfort food or worse, not eating at all.  When I am not feeling well, my first thought is a big pot of chicken soup....more

Slow Cooker Beef Stew wth Carrots and Onions

If you've been following me for a while you might have gotten the hint that I am not a big red meat eater. But come winter, I start to crave slower cooked stews, long simmering soups, and dishes with more beef or lamb than I am normally used to.  I write this off as a winter craving for more pure protein. Come summer, don't even ask me to get near a hamburger....more

Baked Salmon with a Mustard Dill Sauce

You know how it is in the winter: your energy gets a little zapped and, when it's dark at 5pm, I start thinking about my cocoon (my bed!).  Winter is good like that. We need to have a period of slowing down and resting more.Same goes with cooking.  I want warming, nourishing meals, but I am not always up for spending hours in the kitchen....more

Roasted Lemon Chicken

Happy New Year! I hope your last few weeks were relaxing, healthy and happy.  Every December I make a pact with  myself to try my best to leave stress at the back door, eat as few cookies as possible  and, most important, keep up with my healthy cooking and meal planning....more

Banana Mocha Smoothie

First, full disclosure. I don't drink coffee. Ever.I just never really gravitated towards it, even in college. Too much caffeine in one shot makes me really jittery. I'm a tea drinker.I see you, my coffee drinking friends, double rolling your eyes at me right now, calling me a coffee wimp. Tea? You can't relate....more