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Kayaking, Picnics, and my Best Ever Wrap

Yay for the first kayaking outing of the season! Been waiting all winter for this. Our favorite place to kayak is on beautiful Patuxent River. It's so quiet and we spotted many ospreys and turtles sunning themselves. This called for a really delicious picnic lunch. Read More

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Make Friends with Fiber + Chickpea Sweet Potato Extravaganza (easy dinner!)

I've been working with a number of clients lately on increasing fiber intake. Fiber is super important for heart health, supporting cholesterol levels, maintaining balanced blood sugar, and supporting healthy digestion and elimination. You should aim to get around 30 grams of fiber a day. Start with a whole foods diet and include lots of beans, non-starchy vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. I often add flax seeds or chia seeds to my breakfast which adds fiber. Beans are one of my favorite ways to increase fiber intake. I especially love making anything with chickpeas since they are so tasty and versatile and are packed with nutrition. So today I want to focus on chickpeas and share a delicious recipe I've been making this winter. Read More

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Vegetable Fried Rice, Chinese Style

When I lived in China in my early 20s, I learned to make fried rice from a wonderful elderly chef in her 80s. She was about a foot shorter than me and, wow, could she cook. I was living way up north in Harbin, a city with temps so cold that I experienced first-hand that Fahrenheit and Celsius actually MEET at minus 40 degrees! For me, this steaming fried rice dish hits the spot in cold weather. It is comforting, filling, well-balanced with plenty of vegetables and eggs, flavorful, and colorful. Here’s the version I made a couple of weeks ago during Snowzilla after my husband and I shoveled for several hours. So satisfying and delicious. Read More

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Black Bean, Corn, and Sugar Snap Salad with Chipotle-Lime Vinaigrette

This salad is a crowd pleaser! It makes a great weeknight dinner and is also a fabulous dish to take to a summer party. It’s easy to prepare, and a beautiful mix of colors and flavors. It’s also nice for lunch the next day. Really, this salad was designed around all the sugar snap peas in my garden. Read More

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Summer's Here: Great Vegetarian Burger for Outdoor Grilling!

One of my absolute FAVORITE things about summer is eating outside. There's something about eating good food, hanging out with friends and family, and being outside in the sun that makes for a perfect combo. Summer picnics were a beloved family activity during my childhood, and they are no less fun today. Everything tastes better when you are outside. For vegetarians, heading to a summer BBQ party is not too exciting when there are only meat options. This is a great vegetarian burger recipe that can be made on the grill or on the stove. These protein-packed burgers are quick to throw together and very tasty. You can also make them a day in advance and refrigerate before you take to a summer BBQ to throw on the grill! I also served these on top of a fresh ripe and firm tomato from our garden, using it in place of the bun. A great gluten-free option! Read More

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