Family Meals Nourish Confidence, Conversation, and Compassion!

Amid September’s back-to-school days with sports activities in full swing,  my guess “what parents really, really, really want (well maybe) is to sit down to at least one meal together as a family! According to a 2017 report of Family Meals Institute (FMI), Americans want, first and foremost, to eat “at home together” and secondly…

What was Your Favorite Meal Growing Up?

Did you have a favorite meal growing up? Why was it your favorite, and is it still a favorite? September is less than a week away, and we will be celebrating Family Meals month! Research shows that children who eat with their family have better self-esteem, better grades, and eat more fruits and vegetables. For…

National Survey Says: More Seeking Healthy Snacks!

If you snack a few times throughout the day, you aren’t alone! According to a national survey by the Hartman Group, ninety one percent of consumers snack more than five times a day — and eight percent of those skip meals all together – opting to graze throughout the day!  Snacking alone accounts for about…

Surviving College Without The Meal Plan! A College Collection of Creative Recipes

Part Two:  A College Collection of Creative Recipes from Nutrition Experts! When September’s National Family Meals  month ends, October quickly picks up with Eat Together.Eat Better month, a Washington State University Extension initiative continuing the focus on families sharing time and activities around food.   Evidence shows children growing up eating around the table have better nutrition, self-esteem and better grades, and parents…

Five Tips to Celebrate Family Meals Month

September, Family Meals month is a good time to set a successful dinner table especially in the fall with hectic family schedules. Interviewing me for her blog post, Chere Bork, registered dietitian, energy igniter, coach and co- author of the Five Ingredient Cookbook asked me as the Family Meals Dietitian to share some tips to…

Pesto Chicken over Tagliatelle

Pesto Chicken Over Pasta This dish is a “fast-no oven-required” dish! By the time you are waiting for the pasta- water to boil, mix pesto ingredients in the blender or food processor and brown the chicken in a skillet. You can even substitute chicken strips with shrimp. Both cook quickly. For hectic days you can save an extra step by using the “Go-To” Pesto –…

Basil Becomes…

Pesto is one of my ways to go ‘green’ and savor that garden flavor long past summer! No waste here!  I pick fresh basil leaves from my garden with the wonderful smell (of basil) immediately bursting into the air and onto my hands!  High in potassium and vitamin A. Simply wash, pat dry, add in blender with the ingredients…

Best Sandwich? Mom’s Eggplant Parm’

Want a perfect sandwich for the beach or a picnic? Bet eggplant parmesan wasn’t high on your list!  I have fond memories of my mom making non-traditional sandwiches for Summer Sunday Outings to the beach.  Zucchini and eggs, and yes, MY favorite, eggplant parm’.  This sandwich satisfies your taste, your tummy and helps build strong bodies. Eggplant delivers on fiber, potassium, and antioxidants while tomato sauce adds the antioxidant,…