Cooking with Tequila and Recipes Inspired by National Tequila Day

resized tequila chicken It’s National Tequila Day and I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate than shaking up a perfect margarita! But instead of just sipping it, I wanted to share the easiest recipes for cooking  with Tequila.  It adds a smokey, oaky flavor that works well with grilled chicken and making it ahead of time and marinating overnight makes weeknight cooking a snap.  And don’t worry if you’re cooking for kids,  […] Read Full Post

Skinny Summer Drinks and Treats

Have you smelled the peaches lately, or tasted a ripe, juicy strawberry? They’re amazing! I love summer fruit and what better way to highlight their beauty than elegant summer drinks? Whether it’s strawberry lemonade, a cherry, peach ginger sangria or a refreshing watermelon and mint infused water, here are some simple recipes to enjoy at any family BBQ or get together with friends.  The first step to a fantastic drink […] Read Full Post

Healthier Summer Entertaining

Summer is the perfect time to lighten up our dishes, but that can be a challenge when we’re grilling juicy burgers, munching on decadent french fries and gobbling up sweet pies and cobblers.  I’ve lightened up some of my favorite dishes and featured them on WFAA’s Good Morning Texas. Here is what I made, from appetizers to dessert! Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 12.15.26 PMScreen Shot 2014-06-17 at 12.16.12 PM Spinach Artichoke Dip 1 cup Miracle Whip Dressing, Fat Free 1 8oz […] Read Full Post

Skinny Cucumber Ginger Mojito

Summer is finally in full swing, and nothing sounds better on a Friday afternoon than cutting out of work a little early and mixing up a mojito.  This is my take on the classic cocktail, using light ginger beer and muddled cucumbers, and leaving out the sugar or high calorie sodas.  My ‘skinny’ version is just 180 calories!  You can make a big batch in a pitcher, then pour into […] Read Full Post

Gluten Free Foods and Snacks Put to the Test

If you have celiacs, or just want to try a low gluten diet, there are so many ready made foods and gluten free snacks available.  But they’re also double the price of of regular snacks, Americans will spend about $7 Billion dollars on gluten free foods this year! So which ones are worth the price and which ones should you leave on the shelves? Whole Foods let me scour their […] Read Full Post

Cleanse and Detox in time for Summer

I don’t know why, but I can’t stop snacking… on all the wrong foods.  I’m justifying my munching on chips or sweets as long as they’re considered healthy (lentil chips, fruit juice chews, etc.) and I worked out that day.  Why am I surprised that the scale shows I’ve added a couple pounds, just in time for bikini season! Here is my cleanse, to help snap me back in shape  […] Read Full Post

Strawberry Rhubarb Meringue Pie

rhubarb merengue   Rhubarb, in all of it’s tangy, sweet/sour glory, is one of my favorite summer vegetables to bake with. And when I say bake, I mean chop up and throw in a sauce pan with some sugar and hope for the best.  I’m a pretty lousy baker, I guess because I’m impatient and don’t follow rules well (and in baking there are too many to count).  But this adorable pie […] Read Full Post

Latest Food Trends

What’s hot in food right now? Snacking has never been healthier! If you pick up a bag of chips, a squeezable fruit pouch, even chocolate spread, you’ll notice they’re featuring cool and healthy ingredients.  On my Good Morning Texas segment I featured some of my favorites and made a few from scratch as well. Watch the video for how to make chickpea fries and charcoal lemonade. Below is a list  […] Read Full Post

Chickpea Fries

  Image 1 Good Morning Texas on WFAA TV here in Dallas asked me to highlight the latest food trends.   In addition to the ancient grain craze (chia squeeze pouches, sprouted seed chips, etc.) it seems ‘exotic’ flours are also popular.  If you go to any natural food store you’ll see Black Bean Flour, Almond Flour, Rice Flour and Flaxseed Flour.  I experimented with chickpea flour (aka Garbanzo) and found these Chickpea  […] Read Full Post

How to Make The ancient buckwheat grain Kasha as a side dish

Today is Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. In my family, we celebrate like most holidays, with food! I’m making a gorgeous Israeli chopped salad, falafel and one of my favorite comfort foods, kasha. Kasha is a 1,000 year old ancient grain, also known as buckwheat, although despite its name, it is gluten free.  If you’re a fan of Asian food you’ll recognize it as the main ingredient in soba noodles. […] Read Full Post