Orange-Ginger Halibut

Are you not only in charge of making dinner, but also on clean-up duty? Do yourself a favor and cook dinner “en papillote”, or in parchment paper. Cooking fish in parchment paper is quick, super-flavorful, provides a gourmet-looking meal but with a very minimal clean-up. Plus, it can be prepped ahead, and then thrown in…

One Dish Mexican Quinoa Delish

This recipe is dedicated to the recently married couple, Shannon & David. Shannon is one of my dearest friends. We met when we were four years old in Junior Kindergarten… and have remained best of friends since. Last weekend, she married her best friend and I could not be happier for them! At the wedding…

Garden Green Guac Bagel

Below my office is a great little juice bar that I frequent often. As their business grew, they were encouraged by their patrons to start carrying healthy lunch items. I had ventured down one day and they had just added healthy grain bagels to the menu. The girl behind the counter and I looked over…

Caprese Quinoa Salad

The days are getting longer, the sun is getting warmer, and families are gathering for summer weekends on the water. Embrace the fresh summer flavors with this healthy dish that can be made in advance. Playing with the classic flavors of a Caprese Salad – tomatoes, basil, & mozzarella,  this dish is enhanced with the…

Summer Garden Chickpea Salad

Simple & healthy doesn’t mean boring & bland. This salad is easy to make, nutritious and loaded with flavor. To go with last weeks recipe, Lemon Dill Grilled Swordfish, this salad is the side dish Kelly and Jay whipped up to pair with their entrée. If you wanted to add more substance to the salad, mix with orzo…

Summer Fish Bake in Parchment

Today’s post comes from a good friend of mine, Erin. Erin has been a DIVA for years, and let me tell you … she’s a pro. I remember the first time she hosted at her home, and wow did she take it up a notch. Not only did she have a beautiful, themed set-up, (and…

Coconut Curry Quinoa

Quinoa is often called a superfood due to its nutritional value. Closely related to species such as beetroots, spinach, and actually tumbleweeds, quinoa is high in protein, lacks gluten and is also a source of calcium, and thus is useful for vegans  and those who are lactose intolerant. The combo of the coconut and curry is great with the…

Spaghetti Squash with Portobello Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

Growing up, I was never a real fan of spaghetti squash. My grandmother used to make it often, preparing it simply with salt and serving it as a side dish. But as my palette expanded, so did my imagination of how to showcase this actually tasty, and healthy, winter squash. By using it as a replacement for traditional…

Lemon Zest Garden Pasta

Summer time is here and what better way to celebrate it in the kitchen than with garden vegetables and the fresh zest of lemons. We were just up in Northern Michigan, and were planning a boat picnic. As such, we wanted to pack an easy to transport and eat meal. This was perfect! We paired…

Shrimp & Veggie “Fried” Brown Rice

Next time when you get that craving for Chinese Take-Out, treat yourself to a much healthier version with this Chinese Make-In dish. The “fried” rice is a very adaptable entree as well as you can add any veggies or protein you have on hand. Ingredients 1 Cup Uncooked Brown Rice 1 Red Pepper, Chopped Bundle…

Summer Vegetable Frittata

The weekend has arrived, and that means no rushed cereal for breakfast. Start your coffee, walk outside and breath in the morning air, and indulge in a healthy, delicious breakfast. This dish is filled with so many flavors, and is incredibly versatile to the items you happen to have in your refrigerator. I’ve made this…