Steamed Sugar Snap Peas

Steamed Sugar Snap Peas RecipeAs we walked through the market, I saw a big pile of fresh, local, sugar snap peas. For me, these are definitely a food that shouts summer. So I had my 6-year-old fill our mesh produce bag full of them, and we brought them home to eat for dinner.

When produce is so fresh and ripe, I think it’s best to let it shine on its own, to let its own natural flavors take the spotlight instead of preparing them with a heavy sauce or another dominant seasoning.… Continue reading

Garlic Braised Greens

Garlic Braised Greens RecipeWe eat a lot of greens in our house, and I love adding garlic to everything. Combining the two is a natural combination for us. Not only is this a very healthy side dish, but it tastes fantastic and it’s simple to prepare.

This recipe works well with any greens that you happen to have on hand, which makes it a great way to reduce food waste by using greens that might be nearing the end of their shelf life.… Continue reading

Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower Rice RecipeMost of the people in my family break into a rash when we eat rice, so it’s not something we make or eat. Yet, every once in a while there is a recipe that would be great over rice: a curry, a stir fry, or other dishes full of saucy goodness. So when I saw Cauliflower Rice on the menu of a local restaurant, I decided to give making my own a try.… Continue reading

Healthy Snack: Raw Vegetables and Guacamole

Healthy Snack: Raw Vegetables and GuacamoleWhile my boys don’t always eat a ton of raw vegetables on their own, they will devour them by the handful if we have a dip to go along with them. So when I cut up and serve an assortment of raw vegetables along with a delicious dip, I know they’ll get several servings of vegetable goodness in one sitting.

Today we cut up carrots, celery, and red bell pepper and served them all with guacamole.… Continue reading

Roasted Carrot Fries

Roasted Carrot Fries

I’ve been looking for new snack ideas that my boys will be excited about. They love almost any type of vegetable that we roast: kale, beets, cauliflower, seaweed, and broccoli. Today we decided to make roasted carrots. In the past when we’ve made roasted carrots, I cut them into rounds using my food processor (that’s definitely faster), and we’ve called them carrot chips.… Continue reading

Braised Greens with Cranberries

Dark leafy greens are so wonderfully healthy that I try hard to incorporate a good amount of greens into our daily diet. I find myself adding them to just about everything: smoothies, eggs, ice pops, fruit leather, stir fries, casseroles, and so on. But sometimes greens deserve the spotlight all on their own, especially when they’re in season and especially delicious.… Continue reading

Grain-Free Broccoli Breadsticks

Grain-Free Broccoli Breadsticks RecipeWhile I was searching for something new to try in our kitchen, I stumbled across this recipe for Broccoli Breadsticks. We could eat all the ingredients in the recipe, and I happened to have all the ingredients except fresh basil on hand. So I modified it slightly and we decided to give it a try.

I’m not sure what I was expecting when I made this recipe, but the breadsticks didn’t turn out how I imagined they would (perhaps I focused too much on the word “bread” in breadsticks).… Continue reading

Pureed Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”

Pureed Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”  If you’re looking for a way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet, or simply looking to lower the glycemic index of the foods that you’re consuming, this recipe is a great comfort-food inspired way to do both.

While it doesn’t taste exactly like mashed potatoes (it is, after all cauliflower), I’ve surprised many people by telling them that they were eating cauliflower.… Continue reading

Food with a Fibonacci Spiral (+ Romanesco Recipe)

Food with a Fibonacci Spiral (+ Romanesco Recipe)It’s probably the math fan in me, but as soon as I saw romanesco available at our local market, I had to buy it and try it. Yes, it’s a cruciferous vegetable. Yes, I’m sure it’s very healthy (lots of vitamins C and K, carotenoids, and, of course, fiber). But my decision to purchase was mostly from an aesthetic perspective.

Spirals occur in many places in nature: snail shells, some flowers, pinecones, DNA, pineapples, and even our galaxy.… Continue reading

My Favorite Way to Make Kale Chips

My Favorite way to make Kale ChipsI’m always on the search for healthy snacks that my family will be excited about eating. Kale chips definitely fit that bill. We used to roast kale chips in the oven, but after some experimentation, I discovered that we like them even better if I prepare them in our dehydrator. Using a dehydrator has the added benefit of completely drying out the chips, making them super crispy and allowing them to store well, without burning any of them, a balance I always found difficult to achieve in the oven.… Continue reading