Roasted Butternut Squash & Brussels Sprout Pasta with Lemon-Sage Ricotta {Recipe}

October is…. National Pasta Month! Roasted butternut squash and brussels sprouts tossed with creamy lemon-sage ricotta and a hint of maple syrup make this pasta dish nutritious and delicious, perfect for a cool fall night. {Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the National Pasta Association and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.} In celebration and honor of National Pasta Month, the Recipe ReD… read more »

All About Ancient Grains + Jalapeño Cheddar Crusted Salmon {Gluten Free Recipe}

Ancient grains may be old school, but with the rise in gluten sensitivity and allergies, boy have they made a comeback! And with these ancient grains come protein, fiber, and a whole host of long-term health benefits.  Disclosure: I was sent free product samples and compensated for my time to participate in a webinar sponsored by Udi’s Healthy Foods, LLC. The recipe and opinions in this blog post are my own. It’s a good thing I don’t have any food allergies or intolerances, especia… read more »

Veggie & Bean Quinoa Bites {Recipe ReDux}

 Gluten-free and nut-free Veggie & Bean Quinoa Bites are packed with protein and fiber, making them the perfect centerpiece of your children’s lunchbox.  Bars & Bites for Brown Bags Whether you pack your lunch in a bento box, a brown bag or a retro cartoon character lunch box, don’t forget the bars and bites. Small squares or round bites can pack nutrition into a sweet or savory taste. Show us your favorite way to jazz up any type of lunch box. This time of year is especially crazy with t… read more »

Salmon Peach Quinoa Salad {Recipe}

Make this one bowl meal with quinoa, salmon, and summer fruits and vegetables for an easy lunch or dinner. Perfect for families short on time! Making my way through the backlog of magazines I have piling up, I came across a Quinoa Salmon Salad recipe in the August issue of Parents Magazine. It especially caught my eye since it was under the monthly “5 Easy Meals” – what working parent doesn’t want an easy meal to prepare?! The recipe in itself sounded really good, but the photo… read more »

Shorty’s Brown Rice {Recipe}

A fragrant combination of garlic and ginger with sautéed carrots and onions makes this rice dish a flavorful side to chicken, beef, or tofu.     Surprisingly – and I’m almost embarrassed to say it – cooking rice is not one of my strengths. It seems so basic, but for some reason I have a hard time getting it right. I’ve thought about getting a rice cooker, but really haven’t found a need since I tend to make other grains like quinoa, barley, and farro more often. But I c… read more »