Today’s recipe isn’t one I dreamt up, but it’s dreamy for sure. Amy Chaplin’s gorgeous book, At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen: Celebrating the Art of Eating Well, has been a favorite of mine for years now, and this recipe was one of the first ones I made from it. And now that we’re finally getting some real fall weather and I woke up to 40-degree temps outside, warm, cinnamon-y pumpkin bread just seems fitting.

Soup season is the best. As much as I enjoy cooking, I also enjoy being able to make a big batch of one item and eat leftovers all week, simplifying my routine and freeing up more time for other things. This Italian White Bean Soup is a new one, and it’s so easy and tasty that I’m sure it’s going to make its way into this year’s fall rotation. Serve it up with some garlic bread and YUM. 

Potatoes are the ultimate comfort food to me. Boil them, mash them, roast them, bake them, make pancakes or pasta out of them… the answer will always be yes. It’s fortunate, then, that potatoes provide valuable nutrition as well as valuable flavor. A medium potato has more potassium than a banana, 8% of your daily fiber needs, 45% of your daily vitamin C, and 6% of your daily iron. I’m convinced that there’s no wrong way to cook a potato, but this way is one of my favorites for a quick weeknight side. These have been spiced with smoky paprika and roasted until they’re crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Potato perfection. … View Post

During the week, we’re all about quick meals that require little prep but taste delicious, and this is certainly a dish that fits the bill.  If you’ve ever wondered how restaurants are able to achieve that saucy, glossy, sauce-clinging-to-noodles effect that makes the dish so good, this is one way to to do it. When the pasta is several minutes away from al dente, it gets moved to the sauce with a ladle full of pasta water. As you finish cooking the noodles in the sauce, you toss, toss, toss, adding more starchy pasta water as needed to provide enough of a bath for the noodles to cook in. Finely shredded cheese is slowly added… View Post

When counseling clients, a consistent theme that comes up is convenience. It’s challenging to juggle everything life throws at us, and we often don’t have a surplus of energy to use for planning meals and snacks. The average person could skip a meal or snack and go hungry for a few hours and life will go on (although your productivity and mood might suffer!), but for my clients recovering from eating disorders, adequate and consistent nourishment is totally, 100% vital. Skipping a meal or snack can be the catalyst for a relapse if this behavior isn’t caught and corrected right away. But those recovering from eating disorders have responsibilities and hectic schedules, too, so planning ahead and… View Post