Healthy Harvest – Food Prepping

I usually food prep over the weekend or at least on Monday’s when I have the house to myself, but with the holiday weekend, the task of prepping my food for the week and meal planning was on my To-Do list for today.  This simple, weekly routine has helped keep healthy eating on our radar … Continue reading Healthy Harvest – Food Prepping

Healthy Harvest Recipe: Parsley Chicken Rub (or Parsley Pesto)

Ingredients: 2 cloves garlic 2 cups packed, stemmed Italian parsley Course salt 1/4 cup walnuts 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste 2/3 cup olive oil Directions: In a food processor place the garlic, parsley, pinch salt, walnuts, and cheese. Process until they form a paste. Gradually blend in olive oil, taste adjust … Continue reading Healthy Harvest Recipe: Parsley Chicken Rub (or Parsley Pesto)

Parsley Dog Biscuits

Parsley is known to eliminate that bad doggy breath that simply doesn't match that cute doggy face. Ingredients: 2 cups of parsley, chopped (stalk and leaves) 1 large carrot, grated 1/2 cup cheddar or other strong hard cheese, grated 3 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour 3/4 cup hot chicken stock … Continue reading Parsley Dog Biscuits

Healthy Harvest Highlight: Parsley

More than a garnish on your plate, parsley packs a nutritional punch when added to your cooking repertoire.  This popular herb is native to the Mediterranean region of the world, but can now be found globally.  Parsley can be found year round in supermarkets and is relatively easy  to grow - and is best grown … Continue reading Healthy Harvest Highlight: Parsley

Healthy Harvest Recipe: Parsley Aioli

Ingredients • 1 large egg yolk • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic • 1 cup olive oil • 1 1/2  tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper Directions In a food processor fitted … Continue reading Healthy Harvest Recipe: Parsley Aioli

Cooking With Whole Grains

In my effort to remove processed foods from our diet, I’ve been learning how to switch to the healthier whole grain options. Switching from instant white rice to brown was a no brainer. Then, I began learning more about wild rice options. Rice was pretty much the staple of choice when adding a starch to … Continue reading Cooking With Whole Grains

Healthy Harvest Recipe: Wheat Berry, Apple & Chicken Salad with Cranberry Pear Vinaigrette

This tasty winter salad combines juicy cranberries, crunchy apples, and nutty wheat berries for a healthy and satisfying meal or side-dish. 1 cup dried cranberries 1 medium to large apple (in season – I used Braeburn) 1 cup cooked wheat berries ½ cup walnuts Goat Cheese (optional) 3 cups shredded Romaine lettuce Cranberry Pear Vinaigrette … Continue reading Healthy Harvest Recipe: Wheat Berry, Apple & Chicken Salad with Cranberry Pear Vinaigrette

A Creative “Twist” For Lent

Passing down customs and traditions of our faith, to our children, can be a lot of fun with a little creativity. When my kids were small, it was a bit of a challenge explaining to them “why” certain foods were off limits. Lent offers a great opportunity to explain the significance of penance, fasting, and … Continue reading A Creative “Twist” For Lent

Skewered Strawberry Caprese Salad

*1-2 pints of organic (freshly picked are super sweet) strawberries *Approximately 1 cup mozzarella balls (goat cheese would be great with this too) *Basil leaves *Chocolate” Balsamic Vinegar Alternate strawberries, basil leaves, and mozzarella balls onto skewers ( I like the shorter skewers or cutting the 12" in half).  Arrange on serving dish and drizzle … Continue reading Skewered Strawberry Caprese Salad

Spring Is For Strawberries

Have you been pickin' yet?  Strawberries have a short season here in the Hudson Valley, so we're in the final weeks where you can pick-your-own or find a roadside farmer's markets to gather these sweet red beauties.  Last year I missed out, so this year my daughter and I, during our birthday week road trip, … Continue reading Spring Is For Strawberries