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Rainbow Ramen with Chili-Garlic Citrus Broth March-April 2017

Rainbow Ramen with Chili-Garlic Citrus Broth

Oodles of thin noodles with a medley of veggies and a tangy broth make this one-pot dish so satisfying.

Broccoli is Super! August 2015

Broccoli is Super!

It's the quintessential vegetable, and you probably either love it or hate it. But what you may not know is that broccoli is a nutritional star.

Baking Banana Bread With My Girls January 2014

Baking Banana Bread With My Girls

Letting kids help in the kitchen teaches measurement, counting and builds their coordination and fine motor skills.

Dishing up a Heart-Healthy Pizza November-December 2014

Dishing up a Heart-Healthy Pizza

Wow! The Emile Henry Grilling/Baking Stone is one solid, heavyweight contender to my usual baking trays. To test out the Emile Henry Grilling/Baking Stone, I choose to make a pizza.

Pumpkin Spiced Energy Bites November 2013

Pumpkin Spiced Energy Bites

Here is a simple, low-fat, low-in-sugar pumpkin spiced refrigerator "cookie" made from organic, whole food ingredients.

Homemade Granola With a Star Ingredient August 2013

Homemade Granola With a Star Ingredient

My star ingredient comes from a star-shaped seed pod of an evergreen tree grown in southwestern China and Japan. It's distinctive licorice taste adds a pleasant sweet flavor to food. Star anise is most commonly used in Asian dishes that have a more savory appeal.

Going Bananas for Frozen 'Nanas May 2013

Going Bananas for Frozen 'Nanas

As much as we love bananas in my family, we sometimes have more than we can consume. So when I get a bounty of ripe bananas, I turn to my freezer.

Two Little Cheers for Kiwi March 2013

Two Little Cheers for Kiwi

I was having some trouble deciding what to write about, so I looked for help at home — I asked my twin four-year-old girls. When I mentioned kiwi as a possible topic, their overwhelmingly excited response came to me in full stereo. "I want some!"

4 Fun Ways to Treat Your Kids to Better Health February 2013

4 Fun Ways to Treat Your Kids to Better Health

My healthy eating philosophy is as simple, but it works. Kids should enjoy good-for-you foods, and their parents should, too. And while making food tasty and kid-friendly is key, that doesn't mean the only option is to make a healthier version of burger and fries. That being said, a healthier burger and fries certainly can be part of a healthy eating plan.

What Stone Soup Means to Me December 2012

What Stone Soup Means to Me

Recently, I've been reading a version of Stone Soup to my 4-year-old girls. It's a story about hungry travelers who encounter a village of stingy folk. They creatively devise a plan to get the townspeople to share their food without even knowing it—all concocted through a "secret recipe" for a dish called Stone Soup. To me this book is not only about sharing, it is also about the discovery of good cuisine—in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.