Strawberry Simple Syrup ~*Recipe ReDux*~

22 May

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I am a member of a community of health and dietitian bloggers called The Recipe Redux. The Latin “redux” means to revisit or reinvent, and the aim of The Recipe Redux is to reinvent the idea of healthy eating with a taste-first approach.

On the 21st and 22nd of each month, members of this community receive a unique recipe challenge. This month’s challenge is all about making healthy, colorful cocktails and mocktails for spring and summer celebrations.

I came home from the store this week with a carton of strawberries– my first strawberries of the season! After eating a few right out of the sink, I set to work preparing a strawberry simple syrup.

With strawberry simple syrup on hand, I can make my own strawberry soda by topping a shot or two of syrup with seltzer water. What a pretty way to stay hydrated on a sunny spring day.  Continue reading

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2+ Ways to Use Dried Cranberries ~*Cranberry Bog Blog*~

25 Apr

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Every few months I get a package with a Cranberry Bog Blogger Recipe Challenge. This month is all about using dried cranberries.

Dried cranberries add fiber and sweetness to snacks and meals, and they store well at room temperature. This video from the Cranberry Marketing Committee shows how to enjoy Dried Cranberries, 5 Ways featuring:

  • Cranberry Chicken Salad
  • Baked Brie with Dried Cranberries
  • Spinach Salad with Cranberries
  • Cranberry Trail Mix
  • Ladybugs on a Log

Below are 2 recipes I created that use dried cranberries:

  • Cranberry-Fig-Pecan-Almond Charoset
  • Cranberry, Carrot, and Acorn Squash Salad with Parsley and Feta

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Saving My Scraps for Compost ~*Recipe ReDux*~

22 Apr

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I am a member of a community of health and dietitian bloggers called The Recipe Redux. The Latin “redux” means to revisit or reinvent, and the aim of The Recipe Redux is to reinvent the idea of healthy eating with a taste-first approach.

On the 21st and 22nd of each month, members of this community receive a unique recipe challenge. This month’s challenge:

Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste. In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we’re challenging ReDux members to show how they reduce food waste.  Continue reading

Mark Bittman’s Cornmeal Pancakes ~*Recipe ReDux*~

22 Mar

IMG_3623.JPGI am a member of a community of health and dietitian bloggers called The Recipe Redux. The Latin “redux” means to revisit or reinvent, and the aim of The Recipe Redux is to reinvent the idea of healthy eating with a taste-first approach.

On the 21st and 22nd of each month, members of this community receive a unique recipe challenge. This month’s challenge:

“Spring Clean the Kitchen: Cook with at least 3 ingredients that are actually in your refrigerator or pantry right now. Try not to go to the store to buy anything new. Give tips on how to make a healthy dish out of whatever you have on-hand.” Continue reading

Chloe Coscarelli’s Straw and Hay Pasta

7 Mar

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Here’s a recipe that’s perfect for one of those very chilly winter nights when all you want to do is stuff your face with pasta and sit on the couch with a good show on cue, but still feel kinda healthy.

It’s Chloe Coscarelli’s Straw and Hay Pasta from her first cookbook, Chloe’s Kitchen. Continue reading

NYTimes Stir-Fried Tofu and Peppers

13 Feb

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I’ve had this recipe pending in my blog drafts for a few months now. Thought I would finally share it now as we head into the start of a new week.

Stir-fry dinners are comfort food in my book. This recipe is a great stir-fry starter guide for those who are new to the vegetarian stir-fry game.

Drain and press a block of tofu, cut into “dominos,” and quickly marinate the tofu in a salty sweet soy mixture. Saute with a few colorful bell peppers, add something fresh and green and something crunchy (sesame seeds, chopped nuts), and you’ve got yourself a solid weeknight meal.  Continue reading

Photos from Italian Fig Cookie (Cucidati) Making

6 Feb

During the December holiday season, my friends and I got together to make a batch of Italian Fig Cookies. My friend’s family has been making these cookies for a long, long time, and it was so special to be included in this fun tradition.

Below is a series of photos from the day…

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This was an all day event, so we had to Continue reading