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10/14 2016

The Best Ever Brussels Sprouts

I have been a big fan of Brussels sprouts for a long time, so it is with great pleasure to welcome this veggie’s newfound popularity. Also with great pride, at a recent dinner gathering with my gym friends, someone halted the chatter to ask, “Who made the Brussels sprouts? This is the first time in my life Read More

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04/16 2015

Have a Cook-Off With Your Kid

One way to get your kiddos to eat healthier foods is to involve them in a cook-off or Iron Chef competition. It’s a sure-fired way to get them to eat their veggies. How It All Began This idea emerged when Luke, my 11-year-old son, told me he wanted to make his own soup – no Read More

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08/21 2013

My Favorite Summer Dinners

Though I’m sad that summer is almost over, it’s fun to celebrate the warm months by looking back at all my favorite dinners. This year, it is a mix of new dishes and old favorites. Tuna Pasta with Crispy Capers The original recipe for tuna pasta can be found in my favorite cookbook, License to Read More

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06/6 2013

Quiche A La Mel

  Quiches are one of these wonderful “kitchen sink meals” in which you can throw whatever you have in your fridge. The problem with this strategy is that some quiches turn out better than others. The last time I whipped one up, however, the recipe was worth saving. And fortunately, I actually wrote down the Read More

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05/14 2013

The Great Veggie Challenge: Dinner Finale

I just finished teaching a six-week course at Anser Charter School entitled the Great Veggie Challenge. After planting potatoes, touring organic markets and preparing a whole host of vegetables at my house, we celebrated by visiting Peaceful Belly to harvest vegetables and cook for parents.  Just the other day, Luke told me that his last day Read More

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05/7 2013

Great Veggie Challenge: Week 5

For six weeks, I am teaching a course at Anser Charter School in Boise called the Great Veggie Challenge for students in grades 1-3. The course description starts by saying: Are you ready to take the challenge and prove to yourself and your parents that you can eat – and actually like – vegetables? During Read More

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03/25 2013

Meatless Meals That Please Meat-Lovers

I have made a conscious effort to go meatless on Mondays. In fact, I try to hold the beef on other nights of the week, too. Many friends have told me they are trying to do the same. The challenge we all face: If your family moans and groans at the mere mention of a Read More

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12/27 2012

Christmas Morning Frittata

On Christmas morning, my family demanded a repeat performance of last year’s frittata. I was happy to oblige. I used to be intimated by frittatas, assuming they had a soufle-like level of difficulty. But then I realized otherwise. Frittatas are a mixture of eggs, cream (or half and half, milk), cheese, vegetables, and other flavors Read More

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12/19 2012

Tasty Tofu Tacos

As I’ve mentioned before, one of Luke’s “top five favorite meals” is tacos. So I try to create as many twists to the usual taco theme as possible to keep my little one happy and nutritiously fed. These include fish tacos, “taco” casserole and turkey tacos. Now that I found a great recipe for tofu tacos at Read More

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12/18 2012

‘Tis the Season: White Chicken Chili

I love making delicious soups and stews on a cold, winter weekend day, especially when NFL games are playing in the background. White chicken chili is a family favorite that’s quick and easy to make, requiring very little cooking time. It’s not one of the lightest dishes in my repertoire, but there are ways to slim Read More

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