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Zaatar spice mix

I truly believe that everyone can cook, but I often forget that everyone doesn’t. It’s my theory that if you know how to cook one thing, you can cook almost anything. I’m sticking to it. Just try and push me off my soap-box.   Spices and spice mixes are an easy seg-way to making food taste great. If you have a good spice mix, you can turn to it for a multitude of simple “no brainer” recipes and come out […]

Cinco de Mayo un-Refried Bean Dip

Every time I hear the word “beans,” I giggle. I’m like a five year old with that word. My mother, my aunt Rozzie and my cousin Dana and I went to The Pritikin institute in Venice, California when I was in my 20s.They were super big on beans and raw veggies, and I am pretty sure the whole laughter thing started then. Dana hated it so much—feeling like she was in an institution (which she was), so she escaped after […]

Juices, smoothies and how to tell the difference

I want everyone to juice and to drink smoothies. If everyone did, I feel like the world would be filled with happy,bouncy people with glowing skin, sparkling white of their eyes, and shiny hair—not to mention the enormous health benefits they would receive! But there is a misconception in the juicing-smoothie world. A smoothie is not a juice even if it’s thin or green. I know I know, I hear it all the time . . . “I love green […]

The benefits of chia and chia parfait

I was SUPER glum, gloomy and facing a HUGE brick wall this morning. I could have tattooed the word UNINSPIRED on my forehead and gone back to bed. Do you know the feeling? Not only that, but I felt flu-ish on top of it. Blah! I do have a LONG list of tricks that normally pull me out of a rut, but for some reason all I wanted to do was mope. I guess that was the biggest motivator to turn to the […]

Why you should get out of your own way and just try it already

Eat Like a French Girl

I did! Yay, me. I finally took a giant step and gave my first public workshop for “Eat Like a French Girl.” Contrary to popular opinion, I’m a closet shy girl. I know—I look fearless on the outside, but inside I am as scared as the little bug-eyed girl sitting in the back of the room  who never raises her hand, and freezes up when asked if she has any questions—even though she has a boatload of them. “Me? Questions? […]

Quick Healthy Meals in under 10 minutes

In my previous life as an art director, a printer once said something to me that I will never forget. (Nor will I forget this big, burly man with a very large mustache that usually had food in it, his thick Long Island accent or his paper coffee cup . . . not the gourmet kind of coffee, but the  kind you bought at the NY Delis that came in the Greek cups.) “Young lady, I’m going to give you […]

Millet polenta. Something different.

Who said polenta had to be made from cornmeal? In my cooking world, there are no rules because, as I have said many times, rules and food don’t go together. OK, there are a few exceptions to that statement. Like when it comes to processed food and my friend Andrew over at his site, Eating Rules. He teaches how to eat unprocessed food and that’s a rule I live by. During the month of October, he spearheads October Unprocessed, which […]

Willpower. It may not be your fault.

Does this sound familiar? You were “PERFECT” all day. You had your green smoothie for breakfast, packed your healthy lunch, sat happily and ate it outside—not even at your desk!—enjoyed a healthy snack that you bought at the market on the weekend, AND you even got up a bit early and got in a yoga class before work. Then BAM! You walk in the house from your day SO tired and hungry that you head straight to the fridge and […]

Sweet corn pilau with mustard greens and Jaime Oliver

Sometimes we win things. And sometimes we don’t win things and say to ourselves that it can ONLY be because there is something else  on the horizon for us and if I had gotten that (whatever it was) I wouldn’t be available for this thing that is coming up. That’s what I said to myself when my video wasn’t chosen in Jaime Oliver’s recent search for his next Food Tube Star. I was certain that I was going to win, or […]

How to effortlessly feed your whole family with one adaptable dish

The Key to feeding the entire happy healthy family is one adaptable dish. Making sure your whole family gets fed and fed, healthy food, can seem an overwhelming task. Especially 7 nights a week! It doesn’t have to be. An adaptable dish can save hours of frustration and turn even your carniverous or pickiest eaters into vegetable converts. It’s become SO common these days to have a houseful of different eaters—gluten-free, vegan, a dedicated carnivore and an athlete all under […]