As the weather gets warmer, I always tend to crave seafood. There is nothing quite like the taste of fresh seafood from the coast. Spring has arrived and I can smell the salt water as I envision the beach while sitting at my desk. You may not be at the beach, but you can make your own delicious fresh fish at home.
We all feel a need for something sweet now and then, but the guilt we feel from eating foods full of sugar and carbohydrates isn’t always worth the intake of calories. Yet, you still yearn for something to indulge in. Children especially love sweets, but buying cookies and candy isn’t the best idea for their health and wellness.
Getting your family to eat vegetables can be challenging. How do you introduce new vegetables? What if your child (or spouse) is a picky eater?
There are many solutions for upping your vegetable game, from following the three-bite rule to adding vegetables to foods your family already enjoys, such as casseroles and pizza. One healthy and versatile veggie is Brussels sprouts. This leafy green is considered a “super food.” It’s a good source of iron and folate and ½ cup contains more than the daily recommended intake of vitamin K.
Chicken salad is one of my favorite foods. I enjoy it on whole wheat bread, on a croissant, in a lettuce wrap or just eating it with a fork. The downside is that it can easily turn into a salad full of unexpected calories.
Celebrating Valentine’s Day often includes chocolate, cookies, candy and decadent meals. It can be tough for couples and families to enjoy the holiday while trying to watch their waistlines or keep their New Year’s resolutions to make healthier choices. You don’t have to give up on the new, healthier you just to celebrate the holiday. Try this delicious, healthy meal at home to share with your friends, family and sweetheart.
Bacon, lettuce and tomato bruschetta
My good friend Milton warmed a few hearts when he offered to cook breakfast during our annual camping reunion of friends, family and hangers-on.
Now, this group has numbered as high as 30 or 40 at a meal, so it can be quite an undertaking to take on chef duty. This time, however, we had dwindled to a smaller crowd and only about a dozen or so were expected at breakfast.
Milton’s crowd-pleasing masterpiece: “Oatmeal With Stuff.”
The “biggest game of the year” will be watched by millions on Sunday, Feb. 1. This big game day usually includes a party or two, complete with traditional game day foods such as chicken wings, potato skins, chips and dip, brownies and a variety of other delicious, but not so healthy options. If you’re watching your waistline and either hosting or attending a game day party this weekend, try one of these tasty alternatives:
3 to 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (4 to 6 oz. each)
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Note: Adjust the dried seasonings to your liking or add ground cayenne or red pepper flakes for a spicier flavor.
Nothing says comfort like warm apple pie. While it is very tasty at any time of the day, it doesn’t make for a nutritious breakfast. If you love apples and need to feed a family (or want to make a week’s worth of breakfast ahead of time to simplify busy mornings), try this apple cinnamon steel-cut oatmeal. Its crunchier texture makes for a hearty start to the morning. Be sure to add a glass of milk for a protein boost.
Apple pie steel-cut oats
Looking for a delicious meal to warm the cold days this weekend? Try this roasted broccoli soup from Green Bean Delivery. It’s a great meal the whole family will enjoy. Serve it with your favorite rolls or cornbread.
Creamy Roasted Broccoli Soup With Spiced Pepitas