The Purple Carrot - Meals Made Simple

Do you find yourself wanting to cook healthful and satisfying meals, yet having the time to grocery shop, prep, and actually prepare those meals presents an ongoing challenge?Prompted by several of my clients inquiring about meal delivery services I decided it would be pertinent of me to do a test run in order to be able to fully endorse a company.  While I thoroughly enjoy grocery shopping and spending time in the kitchen, I know that's not the case for everyone and life always presents seasons where getting a good meal on the table can be a real challenge....more

Kale White Bean Vegetable Soup

The weather is warming up in NJ and it is absolutely beautiful outside. Soon enough it will be too hot to eat soup, which is a shame because so many good soup ingredients are just starting to become in season now. Last week we got parsnips and kale in our CSA box from Alstede Farms, and I just had to take the opportunity to make some soup before it got too hot to eat it....more

How to get your kids (and husband) to beg for veggies!

I'm constantly searching for healthy, quick dinner options that are budget and kid friendly. I used to spend $20+ dollars on Steamfresh frozen veggies each week and it was always the same routine. I would buy a bunch of these bags in an effort to serve my family veggies, but honestly, I'd cook them and place them on my family's dinner plates and I was lucky if one family member, including myself, took one single bite. ...more

Make Cauliflower "Rice" and Then Make it into Tabouli for a Veggie-Rice Dish!

 Minty Cauliflower Tabouli with Olives...more

Mango Tomato Salad

A couple months ago I met Chris in St. Barts after one of his races. We spent the week swimming in the ocean and eating some of the best food I've ever had. Living in Ohio, the chances of eating grilled lobster and sushi on the beach are slim, so I made sure to enjoy every bite....more

Strawberry Cucumber Mint Juice

It’s May and 90 degrees outside. Now, that’s not a complaint, but my body is playing catch up trying to acclimate to the warmer weather, given that it was just in the 40’s a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been drinking like it’s my job…water that is, with maybe some Riesling in the mix. But the point is that I’m kind of sick of chugging water, and have been craving some hydrating juice....more

Triple Glowing Milk

Remember flavored milks? Those cardboard boxes of strawberry, banana, or chocolate milk, available at any corner store. I loved them, but these days, I am more interested in the healthier choices. ...more
These look awesome! Thanks for the great ideas. Will be fun to try with my toddler in the summer :)more

Simple and Healthy Turkey Wrap

I know the school year is almost over (yay!), but I'm always on the lookout for quick and healthy lunches that I can eat in the five minutes I might actually have, as a school counselor, to sit and eat (and check email or do paperwork).  I always want something that will keep me moving throughout the afternoon without weighting me down, something I can so while multi-tasking, and something delicious. ...more

Curry spiced lentil burgers

During the summer, especially when grilling is involved, meat tends to take centre stage. Although I’m not vegetarian in the strict sense of the word, I love experimenting with plant-based recipes. One recipe I haven’t managed to nail down yet is a good veggie burger.The fact is, vegetarian burgers can be tricky to pull off. Measuring ingredients can be tedious, but when it comes to meatless burgers the wrong proportions can go horribly wrong. Think brittle or goopy or falling apart all over your grill. Not good!...more