arugula salad with crisp apples and blue cheese

Nothing against romaine lettuce, but I have always been a fan of arugula salad. The weather in New Jersey has been nothing shy of sweltering these past few days, and a crisp salad is perfect for those times when it’s just too hot to turn on the oven—or put in a lot of effort to cook a large meal. Tangy blue cheese and sweet apples … Continue reading arugula salad with crisp apples and blue cheese

stuffed mushrooms

I have always had something against mushrooms. Something about their flavor, or maybe their texture, never sat right with me. When I was young, I would avoid mushrooms at all costs. To this day, it’s one of the last toppings I would ever consider putting on my pizza (they are still ahead of anchovies). But stuffed mushrooms are an exception. The mushroom becomes a complementary … Continue reading stuffed mushrooms

creamy Greek yogurt macaroni and cheese

No matter how health conscious I become, I will never be able to give up cheese. And since I’m not willing to compromise on my undeniable cheese obsession, I constantly need to find other ways to keep my mac and cheese healthy (I use that term loosely). I’ve heard through the grapevine that Greek yogurt makes mac and cheese extremely thick and creamy. This isn’t surprising, … Continue reading creamy Greek yogurt macaroni and cheese

spinach and artichoke pizza

I’ll start with this: I love pizza. When I have a pizza craving, I satisfy it. Last night’s menu was fresh spinach and artichoke pizza on whole wheat dough (I’ve been on a health kick lately). I can’t stress enough that the flavor of whole wheat dough is astoundingly similar to regular dough, making it a great alternative to the starchy, carb-filled white dough we … Continue reading spinach and artichoke pizza

swap chicken fingers with fries for stuffed grilled chicken with sweet potato fries

Juicy, succulent chicken tenders with crispy fries – what could be better? Although these finger foods can be deep-fried deliciousness, they also come with a hefty amount of fat and sodium (for example, an order of Burger King’s 10-piece chicken nuggets boasts 29 grams of fat and 890 milligrams of sodium. And that’s not including the medium fry). Nutrition facts like that might have some … Continue reading swap chicken fingers with fries for stuffed grilled chicken with sweet potato fries

swap buffalo chicken pizza for whole wheat buffalo chicken and cauliflower pizza

It’s unclear exactly when “buffalo” became the flavor of the century, but it’s apparent that restaurants, grocery stores and food brands all over have jumped on the buffalo bandwagon. There’s nothing like that first bite of savory buffalo chicken pizza, fresh from the oven of your favorite pizza place, and while there is no harm in indulging, sometimes choosing a healthier option means a recipe … Continue reading swap buffalo chicken pizza for whole wheat buffalo chicken and cauliflower pizza