Introducing the Modern Mediterranean Diet

With Memorial Day next weekend, for many, the idea of baring all and wearing a bathing suit can seem daunting at best. In fact, the weather in the northeast has been so mercurial these past few weeks, I have still been layering in sweaters and jackets. So, how can you expedite your countdown to summer and right yourself onto a healthy food journey that will yield results sooner rather than later? Pangea Nutrition has designed a science-based meal planning delivery service designed to help busy Americans incorporate the eating habits … [Read more...]

Farm-to-Table Desserts

Today, common practice is for consumers to use quick online searches to find (and cook from) recipes.  Gone are the days of dog-eared, stained pages in cookbooks.  Nowadays, cookbooks, with their gorgeous covers, collect dust on shelves or display on coffee tables as mere accessories. The new cookbook by Lei Shishak, Farm-to-Table-Desserts, is one that must not be shelved.  With more than eighty sweet recipes divided by season, Farm-to-Table Desserts shows the average reader how to create simple desserts using fresh and local ingredients.  … [Read more...]

Blueberry Banana Flaxseed Smoothie

The arrival of spring brings warmer weather, more sunshine and blueberry season! Blueberries are one of America’s super foods because they are low in calories but contain vitamins C and E, help regulate the digestive system and activate fat-burning genes along with many other health benefits. With temperatures reaching the 80's this past weekend, a refreshing blueberry, banana, honey smoothie with flax seed was the ideal drink.  And, based on its review from my child critics, this could be a welcomed addition to our breakfast … [Read more...]

Quinoa Sliders

Once again, I find myself in the dreaded chicken-and-pasta dinner rut!  Unfortunately this happens too many times to count. This entrée, for Quinoa Sliders, is a welcomed diversion to our pedestrian meat choices; it combines an interesting medley of southwestern textures and flavors (black beans, whole kernel corn, garlic, cilantro, chipotle). Luckily I know my kids already LOVE quinoa and corn and beans so, it's highly probable that this meal wouldn’t disappoint.  And, it is super easy to make. We love our Quinoa. And why shouldn't … [Read more...]