Recipes

Creamy Vanilla Berry Cheesecake

October 14 is National Dessert Day so let’s celebrate by having a luxurious cheesecake BUT using a healthier version of this classic dessert! It’s good to know that for anyone watching their carbohydrate or fat intake, this cheesecake won’t bust your budget.  Traditionally, cheesecake is a very rich and filling dessert loaded with lots of…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 13, 2019

Triple Bean Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Let me guess, you’re thinking, “Uhmm, turkey and pumpkin? What does THAT taste like?”  I’ll tell you by spelling it out…d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s!  If you like soups (especially chili) and fall weather, this recipe has your name on it.  That’s why on chilly autumn days when the leaves are swirling and the temperature has taken a nose…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 8, 2019

Sweet Potato Fries with Avocado Dipping Sauce

Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, these sweet potato fries won’t last long! Especially with an amazingly out-of-this-world dipping sauce bringing out the best they have to offer. I love sweet potatoes but for whatever reason, I haven’t made them into fries since….well, let’s just say it’s been awhile. So, here is an…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Sep 24, 2019

Apple, Kale, and Spinach Salad

Every fall it happens, as sure as pumpkin spice and sweaters: Apple season. And for many people that may mean an abundance of apple pies, apple crisps, or apple cakes.  I’m a big fan of each of those luscious desserts using apples but apples also make great additions to a wide variety of dishes. Apples…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Sep 9, 2019

Ginger Beef and Summer Squash

Maybe your inspiration to cook comes from pretending to be a top-notch chef at an expensive restaurant. Or maybe you just love whipping up an incredible recipe that not only tastes outstanding but can be cooked in one skillet and on the table in less than 30 minutes.  And that’s counting prepping the steak and…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Aug 19, 2019

Sweet and Savory Tuna Salad

Growing up, I remember long, hot summer days, eating tuna salad sandwiches with chips for lunch – one of my favorite childhood meals! The tuna salad was the kind mixed with mayonnaise and sweet pickle relish, nothing that exciting or special but it tasted good. Besides, it was about the only way my mom could…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Aug 5, 2019
Mediterranean 4-Bean Summer Salad

Mediterranean 4-Bean Summer Salad

Summer get-togethers trying out new foods are always fun.  Besides, there are so many delicious and tasty foods to try.  Here’s a recipe that’s a healthier spin on an old favorite – Mediterranean 4-bean summer salad. Growing up, I loved the original 3-bean salad.  Tangy yet sweet, it was a classic recipe to serve for…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jul 22, 2019

Oven Roasted Peppers

Its summer and that means ‘crunch’ time as in eating more peppers.  One of the most eye-catching foods in the produce section of grocery stores is peppers. From yellow, red, green and even purple, peppers come in an array of colors and offer impressive nutrition with every bite. In a season when vine-ripened tomatoes get…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jul 8, 2019

Blueberry Banana Crunch Muffins

One of the nice things about being a registered dietitian who blogs about food and nutrition, is every so often food companies ask to send me samples of their products.  99.9% of the times, I say, “Of course, send them my way!” Bob’s Red Mill has been one such company that has sent me their…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jul 2, 2019
Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

A Healthy Spin on Dessert – Chocolate-Zucchini Cupcakes

If there ever was a food match made in heaven, its chocolate paired with zucchini.  I’m not sure why this particular blend of flavors goes so well together, but I’m just glad it does. Think of this “marriage” of two foods sort of like macaroni and cheese – comforting, wholesome, and delicious.  It never gets…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jun 14, 2019