Chocolate Pavlova with Mascarpone Cream and Fresh Berries

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Chocolate Berry Pavlova

I thought I loved dessert. And then I met this chocolate pavlova.  So far I’ve had two people tell me after tasting it that this is the BEST dessert they have ever ever tasted. Seriously… should I even bother experimenting with any other sweets when this recipe is just sooooo good? Okay, there is one very good reason why I won’t make this every time I’m asked to bring dessert. It’s quite rich! One serving is 485 calories (about a whole meal’s worth) so this is definitely one of those special occasion recipes in my books.  Don’t be intimidated! Meringue (the base for the pavlova) has a reputation as being a difficult dessert to master. When you look at it the steps … Read More

Watermelon Lemon Italian Ice (blender recipe)

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Watermelon Lemon Italian Ice

We had a bunch of watermelon leftover for Judah’s birthday party so I diced and froze a bunch of it. Since then, just to use it up I had been throwing it in the blender with some fresh watermelon, lemon juice, and a touch of sweetener. Then it all of a sudden occurred to me that this was a legitimate recipe I could share with you. I decided to ask my Instagram tribe if they would be interested in the recipe and the answer was a very exuberant “yes!” So here it is! Italian Ice? What makes this an Italian ice? Well, I’m not 100% certain. When I first made this my initial reaction was that it was a granita. But when … Read More

Batch cooking: cook once & eat for days!

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Meal Prep Mondays: Batch Cooking

Obviously as a food blogger I love cooking but I also love having leftovers in the fridge waiting for dinner time. So I decided to see what it would be like to do most of my cooking on one day and then sit back and relax the rest of the week. Introduce batch cooking! The more I write and say batch, the stranger the word is looking to me! If you change the “a” for an “o” then you get botch. If you switch it for a “u” you get butch. If you switch it for an “i” you get….  Batch is kind of stuck in there with some less than flattering words to describe cooking.  But it’s the only … Read More

Greek Chicken Quinoa Salad

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Greek Chicken Quinoa Salad

Why choose this Greek Chicken Quinoa salad? I know there are a lot of recipes for Greek salads out there… because I’ve made a lot of them. I’ve also tinkered with the basic ingredients a LOT. We like Greek in this house, and I can tell you that this is the best Greek salad and dressing I’ve ever tasted. It’s the best Greek salad dressing my husband has ever tasted. Since I generally make really good food and I’m quite alright with patting myself on the back about it, my husband is quite alright with telling me when something isn’t up to snuff or when he’s had better. So in case you’re thinking his opinion is biased, it’s not.  Greek Chicken Quinoa … Read More

Food Addiction is a Myth

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Chocolate Berry Pavlova

“No matter what I do I can’t seem to stop craving sugar! I feel like I’m a slave to my cravings. I’m addicted to sugar!” Does this sound familiar? If it does, you’re not alone. I hear this all the time. If it’s not sugar you can’t stop eating, maybe it’s fast food. Or chips. Or some other food. Well, I’m here with some good news for you. You are NOT addicted to ________ (insert food you eat compulsively). You do NOT have a food addiction. I know this is controversial and some nutrition experts might even disagree with me (although these researchers recently came to the same conclusion as me). But I am absolutely convinced that you do not … Read More

6 Ways to Flavour Plain Yogurt

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6 ways to flavour plain yogurt

I apologize for being a little MIA over the past week or so. Last week I spent a whole afternoon solidly working on new blog posts…. and then something went crazy with my web hosting and I lost it all. All of it! No chance of recovery! I tried to put on a brave face and smile through it all but inside I was crying.  On top of that, four days ago my toddler decided that afternoon naps were a thing of the past. I know I was pretty spoiled but I had grown accustomed to his 2+ hour naps. I was not ready for this change. My worklife was not ready for this change. He didn’t even give me any … Read More

6 Dangers of Calorie Counting (and how to avoid them)

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6 dangers of calorie counting

It might surprise you to hear that I, a Dietitian, am not a huge fan of calorie counting. It’s not one of my recommended techniques for managing weight.  It might also relieve you to hear this, if you’ve had a bad experience with counting calories, or you’ve been thinking about doing it! Don’t get me wrong… some people enjoy the process of logging and calculating everything they eat and do. New technology is making this easier and more enjoyable, too. If you enjoy it, and it works for you, go ahead and do it. But most people simply don’t have the time or patience for it. The good news is that this is totally fine… because most people will not benefit long term from counting calories. In fact, … Read More