200 posts by Brynn McDowell

Spring Vegetable Salad Recipe

This fresh and crisp Spring Vegetable Salad recipe is packed with healthy, nutritious seasonal spring produce. Perfect for Meatless Mondays or lighter meals.  Spring is in the air! A few weeks ago, the weather was nice enough to have dinner outside in the backyard.  We invited our neighbors over and had a spontaneous bbq. They supplied the most delicious tri-tip and we were in charge of the side dishes. Since the weather was so lovely, I didn't want to prepare anything too heavy. ... Continue Reading

Salty Dog – Grapefruit Cocktail Recipe

This grapefruit cocktail recipe is fresh and simple, making it my new go to drink. I've always wanted to be the kind of adult that has a "go to" cocktail. The kind of drink you can order wherever you are without feeling like a kid that just turned 21 and is trying all the cocktails. In my mind I envision a scenario where I'm running late to meet my hubby for dinner and when I arrive (looking fabulous of course because this is a dream), he's at the bar and says "I ordered you a drink" and ... Continue Reading

Spring Asparagus Recipe Ideas

Sharing a few of my favorite asparagus recipe ideas for spring, along with nutrition knowledge for this seasonal veggie. I can always tell when Spring is approaching (hard to tell sometimes in California) because the stores start selling daffodils (one of my favorite flowers) and asparagus is back in season! I haven't always been a huge fan of asparagus. As a kid I think it was one of those vegetables I detested. Possibly because it was usually just steamed until it was a limp, greenish ... Continue Reading

Deviled Eggs – A Healthier Option

Needless to say it took me awhile to recover and try them again, but after a bit of time, I was back in the deviled egg fan club. With Easter upon us this weekend, I know many people will be pulling out their trusted old deviled egg recipe for family brunch or dinner. Nothing says Easter quite liked baked ham and creamy deviled eggs (let's not forget stale peeps and jellybeans). I created a new recipe for a healthier twist on this old classic. Traditional deviled eggs are usually ... Continue Reading

6 Tips for Raising Healthy Eaters

Trying to expand their palates beyond chicken nuggets and mac & cheese can be an extremely difficult task. Don't get me wrong, there are some days that Mac & Cheese is all I can find the energy to make because it's quick and I know my kids will eat it (so will I for that matter...why does it have to be so good!!). For the most part though, my kids are what I would consider pretty good eaters.  Like most parents though, there are days that I still struggle with trying to ... Continue Reading

Seasonal Produce Guide – April

An April Seasonal Produce Guide, organizing the fruits and vegetable choices by color to ensure you "Eat the Rainbow".  Our monthly produce guide is designed to help you choose fruits and vegetables at their peak to include in your meals. Eating produce when it's in season provides their freshest flavor and often at a better price than non-peak produce. Eating fruits and vegetables from a variety of different color groups is also a great way to ensure you are getting all the vitamins ... Continue Reading

Spicy Tuna Wrap – Healthy Lunch Idea

This spicy tuna wrap recipe combines a tuna fish sandwich with a spicy tuna sushi roll. A great healthy lunch idea that can be taken on the go. Tuna fish sandwiches were a favorite of mine growing up. My mom's tuna salad preparation will always be one of my favorites, but it definitely isn't healthy. It involves canned tuna, lots of mayo, celery, onion and hard boiled egg. Piled high on some white bread and you have one of my favorite comfort foods. As I have become an adult (and a ... Continue Reading

Chicken Soba Noodle Broth Bowl – Healthy at Home

This delicious Chicken Soba Noodle Broth Bowl recipe is based on a popular restaurant's dish, but can easily be made at home for a much more budget friendly, healthy meal. There is nothing I love more than settling into a cozy booth at lunch with a fancy sandwich, gourmet salad, or gigantic bowl soup with a warm, crusty baguette on the side. So it would come as no surprise that I absolute love Panera. I think their food is fresh, delicious, and filling. Not to mention that I am a sucker for ... Continue Reading

Sausage and Spinach Soup

This rich and flavorful Sausage and Spinach Soup recipe is a great way to create a healthy meal using leftover ingredients in your fridge and pantry. Continue Reading

Coconut Caramel Affogado

One of my favorite parts about having people over for dinner is creating a fun menu that definitely includes dessert. Growing up, we always had dessert when my parents had people over. That tradition still rings true for me, even though my husband is anti-sweets. The saying opposite attracts is true, at least in our household. However, I often found that I'd prepare too much food and that no one had room left for dessert after the meal. To matters even worse, I'd be stuck with an entire ... Continue Reading

Healthier Chicken Parmesan – Meal Makeover

An easy meal makeover, this Healthier Chicken Parmesan utilizes the same ingredients as the traditional recipe, just less quantities resulting in that same delicious flavor but less calories and fat.  Everyday Favorites versus Occasional Indulgences There are certain foods that I think should just be enjoyed as they are, in all their unhealthy fat and caloric glory. For example, I don't think anything fully compares to a really juicy cheeseburger topped with crisp bacon.  The key is to ... Continue Reading

Blackberry Ricotta Pita

(Disclosure: I received free samples of Toufayan Pita mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Toufayan Bakeries and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.) One of my favorite simple but decadent breakfast recipes is to take a toasted piece of sourdough bread or bagel and top it with creamy ricotta cheese and fresh berries. It's just so simple but full of flavor! However, I don't have it ... Continue Reading

Meal Makeovers – 5 Simple Tips for Creating Healthier Meals

We are dedicated to celebrating National Nutrition Month all during March 2017. This week, we are focusing on Meal Makeovers. Simple ways to change up some of your favorite recipes to make them a little healthier without losing flavor. We eat healthy-ish at our house but there are some dishes we love and can't do without. I've tried to use the following tips for making our favorites a bit healthier. Meal Makeover Tips Swap sour cream for greek yogurt I add a dollop of greek ... Continue Reading

Tips for Drinking More Water

Easy tips for drinking more water throughout the day to ensure you are living your best lifestyle. This week kicks off National Nutrition Month with the theme of Put Your Best Fork Forward. To me, what you drink goes hand in hand with having a healthy lifestyle. This week will be dedicated to beverages and small changes we can make on a daily basis to live our best life. (This article was originally published on this site on 07/2016. You can see the original article here.) We all know ... Continue Reading

March Seasonal Produce Guide

A March Seasonal Produce Guide, organizing the fruits and vegetable choices by color to ensure you "Eat the Rainbow".  Eating fruits and vegetables from a variety of different color groups is one of the ways to ensure you are getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. Last month, I shared this Seasonal Produce Guide for February and decided to keep it up and create one every month. Here is the March Seasonal Produce Guide: The idea is to use the March Seasonal Produce ... Continue Reading