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Fresh produce sold locally?

I encourage you to take a look at this website and  learn more about locally grown produce provided by farmers who just want you to eat fresh and healthy foods. By purchasing from this website, you are investing in your local community and reducing your carbon footprints. Now that is something to chew on. Once […]

— Tea Nguyen

Gluten-free? Peanut-free?

If you have food allergies, traveling to a new city, like say to Des Moines for a school interview, may be daunting. How do you scope out a safe place to eat? I saw a cool new site recently started, called allergyeats.com, but it still needs info for our area. Are there other sites like […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: vanilla coconut granola

I love granola. I munch on it for a mid-morning snack, stir it into yogurt and put it on ice cream. It’s the perfect combination of crunchy, sweet and depending on your recipe, salty. So I was excited to come across this recipe for vanilla coconut granola on the ReadyMade magazine food blog. Doesn’t the […]

— Andrea Cooley

Breakfast, the meal of champions

Since we recently survived international pancake day and IHOP’s national pancake day, I thought I’d share the fact that I have a small addiction to breakfast foods. Like I could eat them all 3 meals every day and life would be good. I’m a fan of pancakes on Facebook. I want to make Pioneer Woman’s […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: black bean soup

As the winter drags on, one of the things that keeps me sane (and warm) is soup. Lots and lots of soup. Some weeks I think I eat soup every day. I’m trying to be better about making soup rather than buying it in cans (as easy as it is to empty a can, it’s […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: bittersweet chocolate cake with berries

Some people say Valentine’s Day is about love, I say it’s about chocolate! I don’t need an excuse to eat chocolate every day, but I am trying to be healthier, so this recipe is my compromise. It’s still full of chocolaty goodness, but it’s not quite as sinful as it could be. Now I just […]

— Andrea Cooley

How many ingredients in your salad?

It’s like people know I was on a diet this month. I mean, I don’t think I’ve seen more treats thrown at me more than during this time when I’m trying to cut back on sweets. And unfortunately, it’s true, I am weak! If I see it, then I must eat it. And so today, […]

— Tea Nguyen

Friday recipe: healthy blueberry muffins

I have to confess, just looking at this picture makes me drool a little, so when I found out they’re healthy that’s just an added bonus. I don’t usually use Splenda or egg substitute. Does anyone have a favorite brand or thoughts on these? This is a Hungry Girl recipe. If you haven’t checked out her […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: kidney bean and tuna salad

I’m a big fan of tuna salad. It’s super easy, inexpensive and healthy! Don’t let the kidney beans in the title of this recipe scare you. They are a harmless red bean that add bulk (and protein) to this super simple sandwich. Kidney bean and tuna salad Ingredients: 1 15 ½ oz. can kidney beans, […]

— Andrea Cooley

A ‘healthier’ enchilada pie

This month’s theme for cooking club is casseroles and I want to make one that’s somewhat healthy, in addition to satisfying the comfort-food-craving. I found this recipe on www.eatbetteramerica.com, a site a co-worker had recommended. I think I’ll give it a shot next week for the club but I’ll likely substitute in lean turkey and […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Help me cook!

All of the nifty kitchen gadgets are collecting dust so I need your help in putting them to work. Do you have any new or special recipes to share with an amateur cook/professional eater?

— Tea Nguyen

Friday recipe: Chicken and Broccoli Parmesan Pasta

I discovered a new website for healthy recipes: Eat Better America. The site takes classic dishes and makes them healthier. It’s full of tempting recipes like oatmeal peanut butter breakfast cookies, three-cheese manicotti and spinach artichoke dip and health tips. The best part is all of the recipes include nutrition information and a comparison to […]

— Andrea Cooley

Egg-cellent!

There are many things that I am thankful for this year, and one of them is having the Google search engine. Some people joke that they can’t cook or even know how to boil water. I thought making hard boiled eggs was something everyone knew how to do except me! However, when I searched for […]

— Tea Nguyen

Friday recipe: slow-cooker wild rice soup

One of my resolutions for 2010 is to cook more meals in the crock pot. I love coming home on a cold night to a warm meal that’s ready to eat. This recipe sounds especially satisfying for this chilly weekend. What are your New Year’s Resolutions? If eating healthy is on the list, check out […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: Healthy dips

Happy New Year! Ring in 2010 with one of four healthy dip recipes (roasted red pepper, bean, chunky southwest and sweet potato) from the marketing and communications office. Yum! Roasted Red Pepper dip by Julie Probst 1 cup mayo or vegan mayonnaise 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated 12 oz can/jar of artichoke hearts, unmarinated 1/8 […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: cranberry walnut muffins

I’ve never met a muffin I didn’t like, but despite their relatively healthy appearance I know that a big bakery muffin (you know the ones I’m talking about, the cakey ones with the big pieces of granulated sugar sprinkled on the top) can have just as many calories as a glazed donut. So, this recipe […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: Zesty broccoli casserole

My new favorite source for healthy recipes is Cooking Light. This Zesty Broccoli Casserole is going on my list of dishes for Christmas dinner. Even if you’re not a big fan of broccoli, who can resist a cheesy casserole? I’ve also added this recipe for Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies to my must-try list. What’s your favorite […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: chicken barley chili

It’s officially cold in Des Moines (no snow yet though). That means I’m looking for hearty recipes. I’ve never used barley in a recipe before–but it’s an ingredient in beer, so I figure it can’t be that bad. I’m hoping to try it this weekend. Has anyone cooked with barley? Any recommendations or favorite recipes? […]

— Andrea Cooley

Magic Bullet-approved salad dressing

Does freshly made honey basil salad dressing sound yummy to you? Wait until you try it! I got this recipe from attending the Holistic Medicine Club’s presentation, “Living Raw with Sheree Clark.” Although I can’t really say I’m all about the vegan diet, this dressing sure makes me want to give it a try. Check […]

— Tea Nguyen

Take a break from cooking

I figure since it’s the day after Thanksgiving most of us are probably too stuffed to think about cooking anything–even if it’s healthy. So instead of offering a recipe today, my recommendation is that you take a break from the kitchen and enjoy spending time with your family and friends this weekend! How are you […]

— Andrea Cooley