Roasted Veggie and Smoked Gouda Sandwich

Life is like a sandwich. The more you add to it the better it becomes. I love this quote. It's so true, isn't it? Even when we feel like, in the moment, far too much has been added to life, we can always be thankful that we're as blessed as we are to have the opportunities we have. The key, in life and in sandwiches, is to focus on quality as much if not more than on quantity. I've been working part-time at a cozy, gourmet lunch and bakery spot in northern Vermont. I didn't plan on ... Continue Reading

Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro-Lima Crema

Happy National Taco Day! Did you know that last year, Americans ate over 4.5 billion tacos? That's A LOT of tacos. And why not? Who doesn't love a small tortilla shell, crispy or not, corn or flour, filled to the over-flowing brim with spicy fillings and fixings? Judging by the number 4.5 billion, the answer to that question is, "no one". This Taco Tuesday, trade in the traditional ground beef and shredded cheese taco for a healthier and slightly more sophisticated (don't yell at me, beef ... Continue Reading

5 Easy, Weeknight Chicken Dinners

One ingredient, five ways. Chicken is one of the healthiest proteins you will come across in the grocery store. But nobody wants to eat chicken breast everday, especially when you don't have hours to come up with a recipe and roast off an entire bird. But chicken is perfect for healthy weeknight meals when you've had a long day and you want something easy, delicious, cheap and healthy. These are 5 of my favorite weeknight dinners. Chicken Taco Salad with Lima Crema This is one of my favorite ... Continue Reading

Easy Diet Flat Belly Foods

When we hear the word diet we often think of all of the foods that we will have to leave out of our fridge and off of our plate. This article isn't about that. This article is about what you should add to your shopping list and consume more often. You want a flat belly? Eat foods that are lower in calories but high in nutrients (like fiber). Add Vitamin C We usually reach for a dose of C when we feel a cold coming on. Got the sniffles? Go grab an orange. But studies show that low levels ... Continue Reading

Ginger Shrimp and Rice Bowls

I have to admit that before I moved to Hawaii, I didn't like rice. It just wasn't something that piqued my interest. It wasn't something that my family ate frequently and I never thought it interesting enough to order off of a menu. But in Hawaii, rice is a staple. I mean, it's everywhere. Lunch, dinner, breakfast, dessert. Rice is there. Eggs, poke, salad, plate lunch. Rice is there. I developed an appreciation for this simple little grain. My favorite way to eat rice? Rice bowls. Rice ... Continue Reading

Simple Swaps for Fewer Calories

One of the things that I do on a regular basis to save on calories is swap healthier foods in for more calorie dense foods. The simple swaps will help you save calories through out the day without skimping on flavor. Greek Yogurt instead of Sour Cream Plain, low fat Greek yogurt is a great, healthy alternative to sour cream. This is one of the simple swaps that I make on a daily basis. You can sub in yogurt for sour cream ounce for ounce and save 44 calories, 53 calories from fat and gain 2 ... Continue Reading

Tomato Watermelon Salad

There is something magical about eating dinner outside on a summer night. Summers on the lake mean hot days and warm nights. They also mean family and friends gathered happily on the lawn, waiting for sunset and watching the sky turn colors typically seen in glow-in-the-dark roller skating rinks. Perfect bite for a night like that? Garden fresh tomatoes, creamy avocado, sweet melon and fresh herbs. This recipe is inspired by a photo of a salad that I see constantly when browsing through my ... Continue Reading

Easy Edamame Appetizers

At my house, folks tend to get the munchies around 5 or 6 pm. It's not quite dinner time (especially in the summer when it's almost 100% necessary to wait for the sun to set over the lake before heading inside to eat), but stomachs are growling. It's easy to pull out cheese and crackers. It's easy to grab a handful of chips. But with a little bit of effort and just a couple of minutes of work, you can snack on some delicious appetizers that won't ruin dinner and make you feel like you need to ... Continue Reading

Goji Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes

When you think pancakes, the first thing they remind you of is a healthy diet, right? No? So buttermilk pancakes soaked in butter and maple syrup are delicious but not necessarily an everyday addition to a healthy diet. But pancakes come in all shapes, sizes and flavors which leads me to experimentation. I'm a firm believer that any food can be a part of a healthy diet, especially if you make a few small tweaks to help it along. Did you know that pancakes have been around for at least ... Continue Reading

Exploring Ingredients: Flax Seed

There is a tiny lunch spot in Kailua, HI that is ensconced serenely between a corner gas station and a homemade ice cream shop (that offers Cab Sauv ice cream on occasion, thanks very much). The garage door siding opens on two sides facing the street and sidewalk. A cross breeze drifts across the 20 by 20 foot space. The girls who work there tote fresh produce in from sidewalk to prep area after it's been dropped from local vendors. They offer smoothies made with Kombucha, and vegan ... Continue Reading