Peaches and Cream: A Healthy Version

I love peaches. Just the word "peaches" makes me think of summer orchards in the country, full of plump, sweet peaches, ready to be picked and eaten. I consider myself one lucky girl when it comes to peaches, since I live in Georgia and near South Carolina. And you can bet I’ve had some of the best peaches this summer!...more
YAYitsKate  Yes, peaches and cream are "real" ...it's a Southern thing! They can be served for ...more

Seasonal Eating: 6 Ideas for Summer Tomatoes

Have you grown tomatoes this year? I have never had such an abundant season of these luscious ruby and sunshine hued fruits. I always plant a variety of large, medium and cherry tomatoes, but this year some tomato seeds survived the winter in my soil and those grew, too. I am flush with tomatoes right now, and needed some ideas for using them up. ...more
So many reasons to love summer, but Gazpacho is one of my favorites. ...more

9 Healthy Picnic Food Ideas

The unfortunate part of the traditional picnic menu is that the food, while delicious and filling, is the epitome of the North American diet: high in unhealthy fats (fried chicken, mayo-based salads), refined grains (white bread and pasta), and added sugar (sweetened iced tea). The good news? There are tons of healthy picnic-friendly foods to choose from! Here are some ideas… ...more
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Ants on a log: Healthy snack idea for school or work

It might still feel like summer outside, but there’s no denying that it’s already back to school season.  Cue Debbie Downer music!  Although it’s been years since I last set foot in a classroom, I still get that optimistic, hopeful feeling whenever early September rolls around.  Living in a university town helps fuel that nostalgia and excitement, and I never get tired of it....more

Easy Stovetop Granola

Too hot to turn on the oven but crave granola? You are gonna love this recipe. ...more

Homemade Marinara Tomato Sauce

FRESH TOMATOES - GARLIC - LEMON JUICE - HERBS - SEA SALTIt taste amazing and BLOWS bottled jar tomato sauce out of the water.  It is incredibly healthy and only a few ingredients...you might call this old school cooking or a clean eating recipe but with only a few fresh ingredients, whatever you call it,  It's delicious and You can feel really good about eating it.....more

Easy, Healthy Dessert: Walnut Stuffed Figs w/ Spiced Honey Creme

This time of year, the biggest fig crops are bursting forth – bringing with it one of nature’s healthiest and most luxurious desserts.Figs are nutritionally dense with B-vitamins, Potassium, Copper, Manganese, and lots of Fiber.This makes them a smart snack or dessert, as well as an amazing addition to salads and entrees....more

Making Sense of Gluten

Gluten is formed by two proteins - Gliadin and Glutenin (all the names sound like some family names instead of scientific terms) both these proteins are present in wheat flour and insoluble in water. But interesting fact is dry flour does not develop gluten on it's own, it requires water to activate gluten in the flour....more

Mediterranean Brown Rice Pilaf

After too much cooking and indulgence for continuous two days yesterday night I planned for a humble meal a simple pilaf with dollops of fresh yoghurt and green salad, we both filled our plates with pilaf on top with drizzle of yoghurt and salad on side and enjoyed our favorite television shows after a long time. Momo was also quite for a change, as last two days he was busy meeting new friends and entertaining guests, we signed off to bed early with a hope that coming week will be less demanding though I could see exactly opposite of that. <...more

Spice Rubbed Swai Fillets with Peach Tomatillo Relish

We were in the seafood section of our grocery store, and none of the fresh fish options looked appetizing - it was the end of the day and everything good was gone. We walked over to the frozen seafood section and saw Swai fillets for $3.99 a pound. So cheap! What is swai? We've never heard of it. After doing some quick googling and learning that it is low in mercury and tastes like catfish, we decided to try it.We ended up loving it....more

Homemade Black Beans

Most people tend to purchase canned beans out of convenience but do you realize how easy it is to make them yourself? Seriously folks, this method of purchasing canned beans needs to stop. Making your own is more flavorful, healthier and honestly too easy not to partake in--let the crock pot do all the work.This may be the shortest post of your life, all because making homemade beans are too simple, there really isn't much to say. So lets get started......more

Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Music in the park tonight, yup that was music not movies. As we continually have this discussion all throughout summer about our movie dates we officially ended the movie phase last week and now have transitioned to music nights.We decided we would continue our Thursday Date Night Park Night (boy was that a mouthful) with whatever decides to land itself in the park and tonight happens to be music....more

Sicilian Eggplant topped with Tomato Pepper Medley

From http://www.babaganosh.org: ...more