My meal makeover!

Have you ever gotten your make-up done? Or, adopted a new look? Or cut your hair a new fab way? If the answer to any of these is yes, then you know how exciting it is to change things up and feel like a new person! What if we gave our meals a makeover? That’s right. What if we changed just a few things in a recipe? Made some tiny tweaks? How would we feel? I bet our bodies would thank us for eating healthier foods and if we made-over enough of our meals, we might just start to feel like a new person!

My meal makeover was inspired by someone dear to my heart, my mother. One of my favorite meals growing up that my Mom used to make was tuna noodle casserole. Recently, I wanted a little taste of home, so I called my Mom to get…

Read more »

Veggies. Taste the Rainbow.

Sorry to rain on Skittles parade but do you really taste the rainbow when you eat skittles? I don’t know about you but I mostly taste sugar coated chewyness. You know when I can taste the rainbow? When I’m ROY G. BIV’in it with my veggies. (You remember ROY G. BIV from school right?! The way to remember the colors of the rainbow!)

Now I understand it might be hard to find an indigo or a violet veggie..but u get my drift right? The more colorful your meal is the better! Why, you ask? Aren’t all veggies created equal? If I get at least one veggie on my plate isn’t that enough?! Of course, one vegetable is better than no vegetables! But let me give you the scoop on the colors of the vegetable rainbow…aka PHYTOCHEMICALS!!

Phytochemicals are the chemicals produced by plants. Sounds kind of boring right? WRONG!…

Read more »

HELP! How do I eat healthy with little time and little money?!

The other day I received a comment on my blog that went like this:

Dear Kara,

I am a 23 year old medical student who finds it especially difficult to cook healthy meals when you’re only cooking for 1, and when time spent cooking is time lost studying. I eat horribly but I try to rationalize it with the fact I run every day. Do you have any basic recommendations for someone looking to eat healthier on a strict budget/time schedule.

Peace, Love, and Medicine, Ryan

Now don’t be fooled, this 23 yr old medical student just happens to be my cousin as well. Thank you Ryan for expressing and publicizing your concern. Hope you don’t mind I outed you as my family member! I am really grateful that Ryan brought up this point though because how many of you out there feel like him? I DO,…

Read more »

Stuff your acorn squash with some southwestern veggie goodness

Get excited. Wave your hands in the air. Shout yippeee! I am about to share with you my favorite recipe yet! I realize that I probably have already said this about recipes I’ve tried and probably will continue to say it, but in this moment, at this time, I swear this is my new fav dinner recipe.

I’ve always been a huge fan of acorn squash but I had never tried cooking it because it sort of intimidated me. Well, let’s be honest, cooking outside of my small box in general intimidated me. But that has all changed for the better people, and I love to share my culinary accomplishments with all of you!

This recipe was raved about by a local dietitian I worked with in an outpatient rotation. She told me it was a must-try! I had to do a little tweaking with the recipe though to make it…

Read more »

Why i love traditions. EASTER BREAD!

Happy Easter and Happy Passover!

I love holidays for many reasons, but let’s be honest, the biggest excitement for me around the holidays is eating delicious, homemade food. I also love traditions, which is why every Easter I look forward to making Easter bread!

Easter bread is a sweet bread, more of a dessert than anything, but I’ll let you in on a little secret…I totally eat the bread for breakfast :). Of course, I eat something else with the bread to make it more of a balanced meal. Remember if you only eat a carb at breakfast (especially one that is high in sugar), you will have a quick burst of energy followed by a quick drop in energy. This means that you’ll feel really great right after you eat the bread and then an hour later you’ll be looking for that cup of coffee or more food to…

Read more »

May the luck of the Irish Soda Bread be with you!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Can I just tell you all how happy I am to be Irish on a fun holiday like St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you all enjoyed your St. Patty’s Day; I know I did! And I’m not done enjoying it yet! I was pretty busy last weekend so I couldn’t make my favorite Irish feast which is boiled potatoes, turnips, and cabbage, and of course Irish soda bread. But I do plan on making it this weekend and I’m already one step ahead as I made my Irish soda bread yesterday! This year I’m going to try a vegetarian spin on corned beef so I can pack some protein into my Irish feast! Recommended by Janel, a fellow vegan dietitian, I’m going to experiment with her recipe for cajun tempeh bacon!

On Wednesday, I got my actual st. patty’s fix by going to Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard…

Read more »

Vegify Your Chili!

Well, here it is, the last recipe to complete my self-quota for the week! 4 recipes in 7 days. Phew! From now on I think I will set a more realistic goal, one new recipe every week. The realistic goals we set for ourselves are usually the ones we can maintain, right?!

Today I am going to share with all of you a chili recipe. A very healthy one in fact. This vegetarian chili recipe calls for tofu as a meat substitute. Some vegetarian chili recipes call for beans only as a protein source; however I love the tofu addition because it adds more substance and makes it taste heartier.

If you’re used to beef in you chili, don’t be afraid to try tofu instead! It mimics the texture of meat and absorbs the flavor of the chili. PLUS one serving of this tofu chili is only 280 calories and only 1.5 grams…

Read more »