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

6 Steps to Serving a Satisfying Salad

Salads hold a solid spot in my diet and an unabashed appreciation in my heart. In fewer words, I love salads. Specifically, I love big ass salads (BAS, in even fewer words). What makes a BAS a BAS? I'll tell you. But first, I want to be clear about what a BAS is not. A BAS is not the ubiquitous plopping of iceberg lettuce in a side dish with two cherry tomatoes, a slice of cucumber and the token canned olive. I'd go so far as to say that the typical Caesar salad served at the local pizza ... Continue Reading

Grilled Green Beans with Feta

Growing up, I remember sitting out on the lawn on hot summer days, slapping mosquitoes, staring out at Lake Champlain, snapping the ends off of fresh green beans from farm stand up town. For every five that went into the bag ends successfully snapped off, one went directly into my mouth. Somehow, there was always enough left to feed the entire family (the magic of moms). We always ate them steamed or blanched with butter, salt and pepper. I loved them cooked just enough so that they weren't raw ... Continue Reading

Meal Prep Success Part 4: Grains

Meal prep is a healthy eating strategy that comes up constantly in my line of business. Whether you are trying to lose fat or build muscle, maintain your weight or train for a specific sport, preparing for success is paramount. Think about it. When you are hungry (I mean really hungry), do you always stop to make sure your choices are the healthiest? Probably not. When it's time for lunch and your only options for food within walking distance is McDonald's and Dunkin' Donuts, what's a person ... Continue Reading

Hassle Free Healthy Eating with the Founder of Good Clean Food

Following a healthy eating plan, choosing nutritious food and feeding your family healthy meals doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, the best plans don't leave you scratching your head, wondering how much protein is in that chicken breast and whether or not you should be eating that grass-fed butter. But in all honesty, it CAN get over-whelming. It's easy to get caught up in the hype of a certain way of eating, to drive yourself nuts trying to be 100% by-the-book when you have a million ... Continue Reading

Greek Yogurt Tzatziki

In 2010 I went on a magical vacation with my family, hoping from one Mediterranean island to the next, from Monaco, to Turkey, to Greece. Every country that we stopped in had a massive pride in their cuisine. And why not? The fresh seafood, the herbs and spices, the ancient recipes ... and everywhere that we stopped the locals argued that their food, and their version of the food, was the best, the original, the only one worth trying. Tzatziki is one of those recipes that could have originated ... Continue Reading

Exploring Ingredients: Eggs

Fascinating fact about eggs: the world record for most omelettes made in 30 minutes is 427. I have a ginormous fondness for eggs. I think they are magnificent. My current breakfast kick is eggs + egg whites + 12 grain bread + avocado + fruit. It's been my breakfast kick for oh, 3-4 months now. Here's why. Why You Should Eat Them Eggs are an amazing food, a super-food in their own right. Omelettes, hard-boiled, over-easy, fritatta ... Eggs help you build muscle. In fact, eggs are ... Continue Reading