Roasted Banana + Berry Whole-Wheat Bread

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Happy Memorial Day weekend! First of all, I must apologize for my long, unannounced absence. I'm blessed that my spring schedule became packed with neat opportunities and fun events (teaching a new fitness class, helping with charity events, writing more freelance stories), and my poor little blog sat quiet as a result. But I'm back and have a delicious holiday recipe to share as a mea culpa! OK, that doesn't look ...continue reading

Whole-Wheat Banana Cornbread + The Secret to Perfectly-Baked Bread

Whole-Wheat Banana Cornbread

Earth Day is coming up in just two weeks, so I decided to take my Sunday to make the most of what I had in my kitchen, including spotted bananas. The result truly turned (almost) trash into treasure! I'll let you in on the big bread secret first, then get on with the recipe. Have you ever had a loaf of bread stick to your loaf pan stronger than Kimye sticks to the Hollywood spotlight? This is especially common in low-fat recipes, ...continue reading

Vanilla Maple Nectarines

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Peach fuzz might be cute on the boys of One Direction. But in my snack bowl? No thanks. So when I'm feeling less-than-willing to peel my fruit, I opt for nectarines—the hairless cousin of the peach. I spotted these beauties on sale for 99 cents a pound this weekend at the grocery store and set out to put them to good use in a new dessert. And a grill pan was invited to the party! I've never grilled fruit before, but why should ...continue reading

Healthy 4th of July Dessert: Americones

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I was a pretty weird kid. Each year when the Independence Day parade rolled around, I had a major case of mixed feelings. I loved seeing the floats, bands and dancers, but secretly found the whole affair to be quite uncomfortable. While the other kids saw the candy tossed out by the float-riders as the main draw, I'd rather let all the others have it than fight them for it. Yup, my aversion to confrontation started early. Very early. ...continue reading

Protein-Packed Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes

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Fun fact: Strawberries are actually not berries. My all-time favorite fruit, since the edible portion is not produced by the ovary of the plant's flower, is an "accessory fruit" and part of the rose family. You know what are botanical berries, according to the official definition? Bananas, avocados, watermelons and pumpkins. Break that fun fact out at cocktail parties. :) Regardless of the classification, it's prime ...continue reading

My New Backyard: Garden-Free But Packed With Fresh Produce

There are plenty of awesome things about my new apartment. The tall ceilings that make the place feel spacious, the fact that it’s within walking distance of the office, how close it is to scenic open spaces for outdoor workouts…and the Saturday Farmers Market that is about one block away! (Sidenote: As of the most recent grammar rules, there’s no need for an apostrophe anywhere in Farmers Market. Good to know!) True, I ...continue reading