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

Eating Under Holiday Duress

I don't know a single person who is immune from holiday stress....more

Yes, I Really Made Dinner In Less Than 30 Minutes

Here's what happened: I had plans for a night out with my husband and three kids to still feed at home. It was 4:30pm and I need to be dressed and ready to leave the house at 5:30pm.You might know by now that meal planning is a big part of how I successfully get dinner on the table 6-7 days a week.  If I know I am going to be busy in the afternoon and have time in the morning, that is when dinner gets made. I use slow cookers and usually have a freezer full of back up dinners....more

Five Things I Learned From Living With MS

I was diagnosed with RA fifteen years ago although it's been with me longer than that. I relate ...more

Thai Pumpkin Coconut Soup

I've had a little thing for pumpkin lately.  It is, after all, October and the air is getting a bit more crisp.  Or it could be that we are having a pumpkin shortage this season.  It's true, look it up and then run to the store to stock up in time for your Thanksgiving pumpkin pies....more

3 Reasons Trying To Eat Perfectly Is A Losing Battle

We have all seen these headlines on the internet and in magazines.  These are some I just came across:Lose 10 Pounds On Our 7 Day Juice CleanseBoost Your Energy and Clear Your Skin On Our "Eat Clean" DietMelt Away Fat In Two Weeks With Our New Diet...more

How To Tame Your Picky Husband (In Three Easy Recipes)

I get this from clients all the time, and you might even relate: they want to lose weight, they want to eat better and introduce more foods into their everyday - if only for the picky eaters in the house.And I'm not talking about their five year olds....more