Spicy Cranberry Sauce

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I created this recipe a couple of years ago and realized that ever since then, I’ve just made it “to taste” every year. I sort of revolt when it comes to recipes which I don’t recommend because it leads to many more failed kitchen attempts (trust me). So anyway, the weekend before Thanksgiving, I always […]

Understanding WHO’s Classification of Processed Meat as Carcinogenic

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I’m getting asked a lot this week about the World Health Organization’s classification of processed meat as a “Group 1 Carcinogen” and I want to talk about what this means exactly because per usual, the media is running with this in all sorts of misleading ways. Here is what you need to know (summarized the […]

Top Tips for Boosting Your Immune System

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This is the time of year when colds, flu, and other viruses are making their rounds and it is no fun to try to manage everyday life with congestion, fatigue, etc. So, I have some tips for you to give your immune system a boost this season. Vitamin C: While all vitamins and minerals are […]

How to choose the right prenatal supplements


If you are thinking about getting pregnant within the next year, or are pregnant, this post is for you! I’m going to break down how to find the best prenatal supplements in a sea of options. But first, let’s start with the why. I’m sure you’ve already heard this from multiple sources so just to […]

Cherry and Wild Blueberry Chia Jam (or yogurt topping)


Hi folks! Today I have a recipe for you that has become a staple in my refrigerator. It is versatile, delicious, packed with phytonutrients and is a great way to incorporate chia seeds in your diet. I bring you Cherry and Wild Blueberry Chia Jam.   This recipe is one that I’m sharing as part of this […]

Beans (Part 2) How to Make Them Delicious

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In the first part of this series, I talked about how to cook beans to make them more digestible. I think you’ll also find that cooking them in the dry-soak-simmer manner (with any one of the 3 secret ingredients!) makes them far more tender and even in texture as well. Now, I’m going to give […]

Smart Snacking: Crackers 7 Ways


At their worst, crackers can be a delivery system for salt, sugar, refined flours, and artificial ingredients. But at their best, they are a fiber-rich, blank canvas to paint on flavor and nutrition. The keys to success are 1. choosing the right cracker and 2. pairing that cracker with other healthy ingredients that ideally include […]

Beans (Part 1) How to Make Them More Digestible


Beans are a near perfect food. Nutritionally, they are high in protein, fiber, and lots of vitamins and minerals including iron and folic acid. They are versatile due to their ability to absorb flavor well. And there is no denying how extraordinarily economical they are. They might be THE cheapest way to get in nutrients from […]

Leftovers Frittata (aka the easiest weeknight whole foods meal)

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Today, I’m sharing my favorite way to turn one weeknight meal into another weeknight meal. I’m doing this post not only because it is this month’s Recipe Redux theme (i.e. you’ll see all sorts of genius ideas around this topic linked up at the bottom -yay!) but also because I want to show you that […]

Insider Tips from a Spice Expert

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Last night I attended an amazing cooking class at Sofra Bakery and Cafe taught by Executive Chef, Ana Sortun. Ana is a master at blending and layering spices (she literally wrote the book on it). She artfully incorporates spices in ways that you would never expect at her restaurant Oleana which happens to be my favorite […]

Add more zest to your life!

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When I think of living a life with zest, I think about living with intention, excitement and energy. Something that I strive for on a regular basis. But when I say that you need more zest in your life, I quite literally mean, citrus zest. Citrus zest not only adds brightness, liveliness, and a touch […]

Top 9 Therapeutic Foods


Are you a list-person? I totally am.  I don’t make them neatly in a day planner though -I’ve tried that it just doesn’t stick. I need something that isn’t pretty to scribble down my notes. If it is a fresh new day planner, I’ll be all concerned with writing neatly in the lines. Then, I’ve […]

Beet and Carrot Slaw {Magimix Food Processor Review}

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*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.* Boy do I love kitchen gadgets that make preparing whole foods easier! Even though I enjoy cooking (most of the time), and I find chopping, stirring, zesting, etc. to be […]

Lemon-Thyme Chicken Wraps with Apple + Cheddar

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Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe challenge sponsored by Cabot Creamery and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. Are you guys getting excited for the Superbowl?! I’m excited because my hometown team is playing (the Patriots) so there is a buzz in […]

Kale + Cannellini Bean Soup with Maple Smoked Bacon

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A big food trend for 2015 is smoked foods. And this month, the Recipe Redux theme is to heat up a recipe with smokiness or spiciness. I aimed for both with this one! And did it without a smoker. Though that’s not because I don’t want a smoker. I’ve never met a cooking tool that I […]