Crockpot Yellow Split Pea Dal

For the important task of preparing my meals for the week ahead, I frequently turn to my crockpot, an appliance whose hands-off approach to bulk cooking allows me to spend less of my coveted weekend hours in the kitchen and more time de-stressing with friends or hitting the books. Making flavorful dishes, like this Crockpot Yellow Split Pea Dal, have never been so easy. … More Crockpot Yellow Split Pea Dal

Avocado-Arugula Pesto

Homemade pesto is a great way to incorporate heart-healthy leafy greens and unsaturated fats into your diet. While traditional pesto typically calls for a combination of garlic, olive oil, pine nuts, and basil, I wanted a lighter, more refreshing flavor that would be fitting for the warm weather. By starting with avocado and lemon juice … More Avocado-Arugula Pesto

Trail Mix: Building a Kid-Friendly, Healthy Snack

Happy National Trail Mix Day! While many prepackaged trail mixes are fairly calorie dense per serving, you can easily make your own healthier version by combining ingredients that you already have in your pantry. Kid-friendly trail mix can be packed as a snack for during the school day, after the bus ride home, or before … More Trail Mix: Building a Kid-Friendly, Healthy Snack

Fruity Teff Pancakes

Teff is an ancient grain that has been a staple in Ethiopia for thousands of years. Rich in protein, fiber, and calcium, whole grain teff flour is customarily used in the Ethiopian flatbread injera, but it can easily be incorporated into other recipes as a substitute for other whole grain or gluten free flours. While … More Fruity Teff Pancakes

5 Ways to Get Kids Excited About Vegetables

Happy second annual Kids Eat Right Month! With childhood obesity widespread across the country, promotion of a healthy, active lifestyle among children is of the utmost importance. Obesity is commonly associated with conditions, such as high cholesterol and diabetes, which can interrupt a normal childhood and predispose children for debilitating chronic diseases in adulthood. Education … More 5 Ways to Get Kids Excited About Vegetables

Fresh Beet-Edamame Salad

I absolutely adore the taste of fresh beets; however, the purple fingers, cutting board, and countertops that come from their preparation unfortunately discourage me from cooking with them on a regular basis. I have been eyeing them up at the local farmer’s market for the past several Thursdays but always left the vegetable booth empty-handed. Last week, when staring down the pile of plump beets, I decided to go for it, and I purchased a handful for cooking. What they turned into was a colorful, refreshing summer side! … More Fresh Beet-Edamame Salad