Favorite Recipe Friday: Spiced Salmon with Mustard Sauce

This Spiced Salmon with Mustard Sauce (adapted from Cooking Light) is my go-to EASY salmon recipe. It takes about 15 minutes from start to finish and clean-up is a snap. It's made with spices and condiments you probably already have in your pantry (with the exception of turmeric*). The whole grain mustard gives it a …

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Wild Card Wednesday: Ted Ed–How the food you eat affects your gut

A balanced gut (good vs. bad bacteria) is incredibly important. A happy gut can improve immune function, prevent inflammation and even reduce your risk of cancer. While there's no definitive solution to keeping your gut balanced, there are many things that you can do to encourage the growth of good bacteria, which, in the end, …

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Memeday Monday 

Don't starve or cut entire food groups. Eat chocolate, plenty of fruits and veggies, and choose whole grains over refined. Enjoy dessert with friends and make dining out a treat. Don't stress about what you eat, just be more aware. Be kind to yourself and do the best you can. Exercise your body and your …

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Supermarket Saturday: Skinny Pop Popcorn Mini Cakes

I'll be honest, I've never been a big fan of rice cakes but shrink them down to bite-size, and you've got my attention.  I often peek at nutrition facts and ingredients of the "popped" snack cakes because the mini versions seem like a good alternative to chips or other crunchy snack foods. Unfortunately, the big …

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Cooking Tip Tuesday: 3 steps to guarantee success in the kitchen

Becoming a good cook takes practice.  Even professional chefs make mistakes, burn food and make dishes that suck.  The key to success is, learning from your mistakes, picking up your pots and trying again. The following 3 steps provide the foundation you need to boost your confidence in the kitchen, make cooking more efficient and …

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Cooking Tool Thursday: Silicon baking mats

If you've done any sort of cookie or sheet pan baking, you know how much of a pain (and costly) parchment paper can be.  Unless you pay a premium for the perfect cookie-sheet-size parchment, it often take a lot of measuring and folding and refolding and wasting to fit a piece of parchment perfectly on …

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