Displaying items by tag: whole foods

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 18:13

Herb Baked Salmon, Our Family's Reset Food

My kids love this salmon recipe.  I love it because it is healthy, can be prepared and served in under 30 minutes, and the clean-up is super easy when you use parchment paper.  Salmon is our "reset food".  When we have enjoyed a weekend of indulgences I like to start the week with a "reset food":  whole food that makes you feel clean inside and out and gives you an opportunity to start fresh.


  • parchment paper
  • 6 small salmon fillets
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • drizzle extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ fresh lemon
  • 1 tsp each of dried basil, parsley, dill
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Sprinkle salt and pepper on salmon fillets.
  3. Lightly brush EVOO on salmon fillets.
  4. Sprinkle on dried oregano.
  5. Cook the salmon for 22-30 minutes until the salmon is easy to flake with a fork.
  6. Squeeze lemon juice on fillets.
  7. Sprinkle on dried, basil, parsley, dill and crushed red pepper.



  1. Serve with your favorite carbohydrate and vegetable.
  2. We like to purchase our salmon from Whole Foods due to their sustainable seafood pledge
  3. I use Reynolds Kitchens Cookie Baking Sheets, Pre-Cut Parchment Paper.  It makes clean-up a breeze.
  4. I like to use a Zulay citrus squeezer.  It helps me get the last drop out of every lemon.



Thursday, 15 March 2018 13:53

365 Saltine Crackers

Whole Foods 365 Saltine Crackers do not contain High Fructose Corn Syrup or any added preservatives.  We like to use them in our Homemade Peanut Butter Cup Recipe.


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Thursday, 15 March 2018 13:44

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

When our daughter, Grace, was diagnosed with Fructose Malabsorption my first thought was this will be easy. I live with Fructose Malabsorption, mostly eat at home, have learned how to balance my daily sugar intake, and am thriving.  I was so wrong! Grace was 4, not 34 like me. Still now at age 11, Grace wants to eat socially with her friends, desires to eat foods not made in our kitchen, loves to bake with her friends, and doesn’t want to feel different. From the beginning we decided to honor her requests. We take food field trips sampling new bakeries and chef driven local restaurants; encourage Grace to bake and make a mess in our kitchen; and stock our pantry with Grace safe food products.  When Grace attends birthday parties and social outings she has learned to advocate for herself; not eat foods that will make her feel sick; and knows that there is always a treat waiting for her at home.  

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups:

One of our favorite treats are homemade Peanut Butter Cups.  I am always looking for opportunities to get my kids into the kitchen, and love when they can cook and bake on their own without my help.  It is so fun to watch them make something and feel that same sense of satisfaction I feel when I provide for them.


  • 2.5 cups chopped chocolate (we use a combination of bittersweet, dark and semisweet chocolate)
  • 1 cup real peanut butter without added sugar
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup saltine cracker crumbs (we use Whole Foods 365 saltines)
  • 2 tbsp softened unsalted butter
  • a pinch of salt
  • mini muffin tin and mini muffin liners



  1. Melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in your microwave for 30 second increments at medium power.  Stir the chocolate frequently.
  2. Prepare muffin pans with 18 paper muffin liners.  Add 1 teaspoon of chocolate to the bottom of each muffin liner, making sure to spread it evenly.  Cool the the pan in the freezer for 5 minutes.
  3. Combine the rest of the ingredients using an electric mixer in a medium bowl.
  4. Add 2 teaspoons of the peanut butter mixture to each muffin liner.  Top each with one more teaspoon of chocolate. Freeze for 10 more minutes.



  1. Whole Foods 365 Saltine Crackers are the only salt like crackers we have found that do not contain a man-made high fructose sugar.
  2. The combination of the different types of chocolate with the peanut butter and saltines is magical.  We keep ours in the freezer. They are just as delicious one month later, frozen, as they are when you first make them.  Typically, ours do not last that long, because we can not resist indulging!
  3. We like to freeze our peanut butter cups and have them available as an easy treat option.
  4. There are many gluten free cracker options on the market if your diet is gluten free.  
  5. I recently found a dark chocolate that does not contain any soy product, Taza Chocolate Wicked Dark.
  6. About a month ago I started a science experiment; a sugar science experiment to be exact.  I have been reducing the amount of sugar in all recipes by 50%.  It is working.  It doesn't change the recipe or the taste.  For more information on this experiment check out My Sugar Experiment.  I am planning on trying it with this recipe, too.


Lately, I have become obsessed with cranberries.  It all started at Thanksgiving.  Every year I look forward to Thanksgiving cranberries.  They are my favorite part of the holiday meal.  In my opinion turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes need the tartness of the cranberry to bring out their savory flavors.  Without the cranberry the other traditional foods just don’t have the same flavor and are just not as good.  

When I was cleaning up Thanksgiving evening and packaging up our leftovers I noticed that most of my guests do not share this obsession-there were a lot of leftover cranberries.  I wondered where is the cranberry love?  After all blackberries and blueberries are hot foods right now.  They can be found on most top 10 healthy food lists.  But, why not the cranberry?  Cranberries, too, are packed with antioxidants and nutrients just like their more favored berry cousins.  Cranberries even have their own advertising campaign. Have you seen the commercial of the guy water skiing in a cranberry bog?  You can’t do that in a blueberry bush. I knew that evening that I needed to embrace the cranberry and turn my family into cranberry lovers.

Check out my article on my cranberry obsession, 2 cranberry recipes and my cranberry bucket list.


I prefer to use Whole Foods Market 365 Organic Whole Cranberries.

About a month ago I started a science experiment; a sugar science experiment to be exact.  I have been reducing the amount of sugar in all recipes by 50%.  It is working.  It doesn't change the recipe or the taste.  For more information on this experiment check out My Sugar Experiment.  I am planning on trying it with this recipe, too.


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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 19:45

Albacore Tuna Wild Planet

We are obsessed with Wild Planet Albacore Tuna!  It's very different that your ordinary tuna.  There is no need to drain it.  It is packed in Omega 3 oils.  You can eat it straight out of the can.  We like to make tuna salad.  Check out my recipe in the "quick, easy, healthy" section of this website.

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