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  • Dinner Tonight: Maple Tofu Steaks and Spinach

    by Paula Gallagher | February 26, 2018

    maple-tofuFor many, tofu may seem daunting to prepare. It looks a little weird when it’s fresh from the package, and the flavor is very mild or bland. But when prepared correctly, it's so much more than a boring block of tofu! Tofu is a complete vegetarian protein with only about 100 calories per 1/2 cup serving. Depending on the brand and firming agent used, it can also be an excellent source of calcium. Organic tofu is best.

    Tofu is a versatile ingredient that can replace meat in almost any type of dish. This is a great recipe for Meatless Monday and although tofu isn't a favorite in our house, this recipe went over well. It may have been the fact that the tofu was flavored with maple syrup! Read more

  • Dessert Tonight: Chocolate Hazelnut Avocado Pudding

    by Paula Gallagher | February 14, 2018

    chocolate-hazelnut-avocado-puddingValentine's Day is definitely an indulgent holiday, especially when it comes to chocolate. And although most chocolate is high in fat, sugar and not-so-natural ingredients, good dark chocolate has many positive things going for it. Benefits include a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, reduced stress, and even improved memory. This dessert is delicious and perfect for a Valentine's Day dinner. It combines hazelnut butter, avocados and dark chocolate for a creamy, rich dessert, which is actually good for you.

    Since Valentine's Day is all about the heart, you should know that eating dark chocolate Read more

  • Dinner Tonight: Vegetable and Miso Marinated Cod

    by Paula Gallagher | March 29, 2017

    codWe are a busy family. We are out of the house for hours in the evening, and eating out is not only costly but can have a detrimental effect on your waistline. I am always looking for quick and easy meals that everyone likes and, most importantly, are healthy and tasty.

    One sheet pan dinners have been my go to since September. I was introduced to them by a fellow hockey mom and to be honest, I prefer them to crock pot meals (which are also handy when you are on the go).

    This recipe is a nutrition powerhouse. Read more

  • Dinner Tonight: Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

    by Paula Gallagher | February 23, 2016

    sweet-potatoesStuffed peppers are delicious, but if you want to try something different, stuffed sweet potatoes may become your new favorite. This recipe combines three superfoods – lentils, sweet potatoes and kale – to make this hearty and heart-healthy dish, loaded with fiber and all sorts of nutrients.

    Lentils have a wide spectrum of essential amino acids and are a good protein source. They are rich in folic acid, iron, phosphorus and copper. Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Not to be outdone, kale is is rich in vitamins A, C, and K, as well as fiber, calcium and iron.

    In keeping with our theme this month of heart-healthy recipes, this is a great one to try. Read more

  • Dinner Tonight: Butternut Squash Soup

    by Paula Gallagher | September 26, 2012

    I love fall. The change of color in leaves, the beautiful mums on doorsteps, the cooler weather, and most especially the food! Apples, spinach, cauliflower and the variety of squashes are at their peaks right now, so take advantage of the fruits of fall and try something different.

    This week’s organic bin contained, carrots, butternut squash and some yams. So I roasted them and blended them for an easy, delicious, family pleasing meal that is chock-full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. I paired this soup with a green salad, to which I added roasted walnuts and goat cheese.

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