I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you can never have enough quick meal recipes up your sleeve. Quesadillas make for a super easy and speedy meal, and adding in an extra plant (beans, veggies) can pump up the flavor and the fiber content. Beans are chock-full of fiber, protein, B-vitamins, iron, and minerals, and I love that so much nutrition can be packed into such a humble (and cheap!) food. 

Hey ya’ll! I’ve been taking a little break from blogging to recover from a cold and enjoy the incredible summer weather we’ve been having around St. Louis over the past couple of weeks. It’s 66 degrees and all the windows in my house are open right now — how is it August?? I’ll be back with more recipes next week, but in the meantime, enjoy some nutrition news and some blast-from-the-past blog recipes!    NEW IN FOOD: A study has found that the brain is involved in telling the body to either store or release fat after eating. The study suggests that some individuals may be at greater risk of obesity due to this brain… View Post

Maybe peppercorns in ice cream sounds a little off-putting to you, but trust me: you need to give this a try. I first had this stunning combination of flavors at a gelato shop in Seattle, and at first bite, I knew I’d have to recreate it at home. The flecks of pink peppercorn speckled throughout added just the right amount of spicy zing to contrast with the ever-sweet strawberries. I’ve made this recipe a few times now, and it’s already earned a spot in the regular rotation of frozen desserts around here. You may have the best luck buying pink peppercorns online as they’re sometimes tough to find in stores. I found some at a… View Post

Happy Monday, everybody! If you live in the Midwest like me, it’s time to brace yourselves for a hot week ahead. You thought last week’s humid 90+F was hot? The 10-day forecast is predicting 3 days above 100F this week, so crank that AC and break out your popsicle molds.  These Frozen Yogurt Breakfast Bars are a real treat for when the weather is steamy. It’s essentially a frozen parfait on a stick, allowing you a quick and easy way to break the fast and cool down while doing it. For other cold and refreshing recipes, check out my Frosty Caramel Coffee, Rhubarb-Mint Granita, and Creamy Green Smoothie, to name a few. If you make… View Post

There’s something about a sweet, frozen coffee drink on a hot day, and since the 10-day forecast in St. Louis is predicting highs in the upper 90s, I’m bracing with extra icy beverages.   As tasty as caramel is, there’s no true caramel in this recipe. This delicious frozen coffee drink is sweetened with deglet noor dates, which impart a rich, caramel-y flavor. When making this recipe, I prefer to initially blend all the ingredients except the ice to ensure that the dates get completely blended into the liquid, then blend in the ice at the end. If you have a high-speed blender like a Vitamix, feel free to throw everything in together and blend… View Post