Smoky Beef Stew with Chipotle-Cheddar Cornbread

We've all got memories of Grandma's legendary home cooked beef stew. Create a new, healthy legend of your own with this uniquely smoky heartwarming winter favorite. I don't mind short, dark, blistery days when I can come home to this. I'll just put on my Snuggie and curl up on the couch with my bowl…

Practicing Gratitude During a Season of Thanksgiving

pumpkin and candles

This year has been trying for all of us. Change has been the predominant word on my heart and mind for the year. Changes in the way we do everyday things like shopping, working, school, communicating with loved ones and even gathering with people has definitely changed this year. We will be adjusting to more…

Keep Your Heart and Mind Healthy with These Foods

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The fire season may be coming to an end, but with the upcoming flu season it is more important than ever to protect your lungs – not to mention, we are still in the middle of a world-wide pandemic that primarily affects the respiratory system. Since October is Health Lung Month, it is timely to…

Mini Bagel Pizzas

bagel pizza

Pizza. It is one of those soul-satisfying foods that is generally the enemy of weight loss due to the huge amount of fat and calories in most pizzas. But when you need it there just is no substitute. That's why I had to create this quick & healthy version.

Recipes to Reframe the ‘Most Important Meal of the Day’

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Is anyone surprised that fall begins this month? As we grow older it certainly seems as though the days, months and years go by faster, but this year has seemed to go by with lightning speed! Normally in September I love to give you tips on how to pack a nutritious school lunch for your…

Christine Avanti’s Old Country Pasta Penne Arrabiata

You can make this as spaghetti or penne as shown here. You just can't beat homemade pasta with a rich meaty sauce. If you haven't had turkey as your meat sauce, you are in for a surprise. It's all in the saute which I shall now demonstrate.

Grilled Portobello Caprese Salad

Portabello Caprese

There is nothing better than fresh grilled vegetables, especially when they are seasoned with just the right herbs and spices.  In this recipe I use loads of fresh organic basil because the taste and health benefits are endless!  Here’s the skinny on the beauty of basil….The French call basil I’herbe royale (the royal plant) and…

Remote Schedules and Family Recipes

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The new school year is fast approaching and there is still a lot of uncertainty in many school districts. Will school begin online for your children this year? Are you still working remote? This is the case for many people across the country. Do you have a plan in place to keep your family’s nutrition…

Greek Grilled Chicken With Oregano & Mint Leaves

Grilled Mint Chicken

Grilled chicken used to be drab. Not anymore – now it's bursting with Mediterranean flavors. You might recognize that gorgeous dark haired sous-chef giving me a helping hand. That's Colleen Williams – the beloved long-time anchor of NBC News LA. Don't just click on"like it", LOVE IT!