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Roasted Butternut Squash

Meal Planning with “Reinvention Recipes”

After years and years (and years) of succumbing to the siren song of convenience, I discovered the one thing that broke the pattern was when I had a fridge stocked with ready-to-go (and really delicious) homemade components to quickly assemble a meal. The idea is to start with simple “Core Recipes” made with real, unprocessed food and mix and match those recipe for a meal or two. Then repurpose the leftovers of each dish into what I call “Reinvention Recipes.” Continue Reading Meal Planning with “Reinvention Recipes”

Seven Foods to Keep in Your Kitchen at All Times

Seven Foods to Keep in Your Kitchen at All Times

I have a rule about unprocessed food: Whatever I buy gets eaten twice. The ripe figs dazzle me in my yogurt this morning, topped with toasted walnuts and honey. The rest will appear as tomorrow’s appetizer, broiled with goat cheese. My roasted chicken makes an elegant dinner, and then I shred the remains for salad the next day. It sounds rather gourmet, doesn’t it? But I haven’t planned it that way. Continue Reading Seven Foods to Keep in Your Kitchen at All Times

"Mashed Brains" Guacamole for Halloween

A Healthier Halloween (and “Mashed Brains” Guacamole)

Ah yes, Halloween. So many ooey, gooey, sticky, sugary treats, enough to make your teeth rot, which may serve you well if you’re thinking of dressing up as a zombie. But if zombie teeth, weight gain and diabetes aren’t the result you want from this ghoulish holiday, check out some of my favorite ways to get the same “frightening” look and taste without the Frankenstein ingredients! Continue Reading A Healthier Halloween (and “Mashed Brains” Guacamole)