Category Archives Nutrition and Recipes

brown rice mushroom congee

Congee, the ultimate Chinese comfort food, gets a whole-grain spin with the easy substitution of brown rice. Simple and satisfying, this recipe is just the thing to make when you’re feeling under the weather or craving something warming and heartening. Brown rice is a nutritional powerhouse, offering fiber to aid in digestion and satiety, protein for sustained energy, zinc for…

persian kofta

A staple across the Middle East for centuries, you’ll find some variation of this recipe across much of the globe. This version utilizes ground chicken, for a lean source of protein, and employs harissa, a spicy, smoky blend of roasted peppers, chili peppers, garlic, cumin and lemon for a flavor and health boost. Spicy food can increase your feelings of…

roast chicken with moroccan spices

This one-pot meal is like a warming hug; comforting and satiating while still remaining light and healthy. Fragrant Moroccan-influenced spices add depth to simple roasted chicken and grains, while traditional dates bring sweetness, and lemon and fresh herbs bring brightness. Rather than cook these separately, this recipe utilizes the broth and aromatics used to roast the chicken to cook the…

street food

Forget gourmet dining and expensive white tablecloth dinners. In Georgetown, Penang, an island on the Northwestern coast of Malaysia, street food reigns supreme.  For many of us, street food conjures ideas of deep-fried, cheap, greasy food, better suited for a snack on the way home from the bar than health food.  Yet, in Georgetown, street food is a culinary experience. …

sweet chili meatballs

These crispy, sweet-and-spicy oven-roasted meatballs are perfectly paired with a zingy sesame lime dipping sauce, making them the ideal springtime finger food. Chicken thighs are an excellent source of protein and contain more immune-boosting zinc and iron than white meat. Dark meat also contains greater quantities of metabolism-regulating B vitamins, making it an excellent addition to your healthy recipe rotation. …

This recipe calls for very few ingredients, relying on the quality of each to deliver on flavor and nutrition. Reach for the best extra virgin olive oil you can get your hands on and you’ll enjoy a dish packed with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids—plus a robust flavor that pairs perfectly with sweet roasted tomatoes.  Cooking tomatoes actually increases their lycopene…

danish cod salad

Ultra-fresh and super healthy, this Danish-inspired recipe serves as the ideal antidote to typical heavy winter fare. Known for their fresh seafood, clean flavors and simple-but-quality ingredients, the Danes can teach us all a thing or two about healthy eating. Packed with beneficial B vitamins and lean protein, cod is also purported to help lower triglycerides and blood pressure when…

korean chicken grain bowl

These colorful and filling bowls pack a big nutritional punch along with a ton of bright, zesty flavors. Gochujang, a staple in Korean cooking, flavors this simple braised chicken, serving as a saucy counterpoint to a cool and crunchy kimchi cucumber salad. Kimchi, a Korean fermented cabbage, contains naturally occurring probiotics that strengthen the gut, reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol levels…

watermelon poke bowl

Traditionally made with fresh raw fish, poke bowls originated in Hawaii and have grown in popularity all over the world. Super fresh, light and full of clean, bright flavors, they’re the ideal meal to enjoy when you're looking for a break from the heavy food of the holiday season. In this recipe, I’ve swapped the traditional raw fish for cubed…

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