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
Tex Mex Pasta Salad

Tex Mex Pasta Salad

Looking for a change from mayonnaise-loaded pasta salads?  Then get ready to lighten up summertime pasta by swapping out half the noodles for plenty of veggies. Here’s a salad that is not only carb-conscious but also loaded with protein – a perfect combo!  What makes this meal even better is if you think of it…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jun 4, 2019

Tasty Zucchini Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

Now here’s a healthy twist on zucchini bread you can really sink your teeth into. Moist, not too sweet, with a healthy fruit, veggie and even chocolate, what more could you want?  Certainly taste is a huge factor and this quick bread does deliver. Of course, with this recipe I’ve pared down on the amount…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | May 7, 2019

Peanut Butter Yogurt Fruit Dip

Being a mom, I have made plenty of peanut butter dips over the years.  In fact, one of them was so popular, that the entire elementary school requested it for a school fundraising event as part of their snacks for the kids. But here’s a peanut butter dip I think is even better. Only 3…

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

Honey Glazed Roasted Carrots

I absolutely love roasted vegetables.  From Brussel sprouts to asparagus to broccoli, roasting veggies brings out their best.  But roasted carrots are special.  You know how raw carrots can sometimes taste slightly bitter? And if you’re not totally sold on them to begin with, you may be avoiding them altogether. But roasting vegetables mellows the…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Apr 17, 2019

Spring Pea Salad with Strawberries

Have you ever wanted the perfect salad that will “WOW” everyone over? You’ve finally found it. Spring Pea Salad with Strawberries practically shouts, “Welcome Spring” and with a stellar dressing, it’s THE best salad of the season. Stunningly beautiful to look at, packed with nutrients, and just as delicious, this salad will go splendidly with…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Apr 16, 2019

Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup

This is the only cheesy and creamy broccoli soup recipe you’ll ever need.  Yes, it is that good!  In just 30 minutes, you can be sitting down to a delightfully tasteful and nourishing bowl of fresh broccoli, sharp cheddar cheese, and a handful of pantry ingredients. No matter what time of year it is, broccoli…

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

Sunny Sunflower Seed Muffins

What do you get when you combine fruit, veggies, spices and sunflower seeds in a muffin batter?  A spectacular blend of amazingly aromatic and mouthwatering flavors shouting, “Let’s start your day off right!” Trust me when I say these muffins are not only moist with just enough sweetness without being overwhelming, they’re perfect for getting…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Apr 2, 2019

Southwestern Taco Casserole with Mexican Yogurt Dip

Who doesn’t like taco night?  That’s what I thought – everyone loves taco night! Here is a soon-to-be family favorite you’ll be asked to make again and again. However, this is not your typical, calorie-laden, carb-heavy taco casserole. Think of this casserole as more of a “lighter” but better version of those heavy in unhealthy…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Mar 25, 2019