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Entries in healthy eating (16)


Chicken & Grape Salad with Peanut Ginger Dressing

This yummy entree salad can be thrown together in the time it takes to broil the chicken. If you like, round out the meal with some brown basmati rice or whole grain bread. If you are really in a rush, substitute a bottle dressing of your choice.

If this sounds good to you too, here's the recipe: Chicken & Grape Salad with Peanut Ginger Dressing.



Cauliflower Soup with warm Cheese Toast

The first time I ever tasted cauliflower soup was in graduate school, in my Whole Foods class at Bastyr. In my opinion it was just plain delicious! Years later I decided to make cauliflower soup for my then fiancé’s children (age 11 and 13 at the time). The kids, and my husband-to-be all cleaned their bowls. Later, Sam the youngest child, told his father, "Dad, Dorene can make anything taste good."

So there you have it!

If this sounds worth trying, go to my Cauliflower Soup recipe and download the printable version.



Top a Greek Salad with Chicken Breast 

Every time I make this Greek salad my husband says, "This is my favorite salad! Let's have it more often." He said it again last night!

Greek salad couldn't be easier, the key is once you get it all together, to then let it marinate in the refrigerator for about 30-minutes before serving. I like to serve it as an entree salad topped with a freshly broiled (warm) chicken breast, and to round out the meal (brown basmati) rice on the side. If this sounds good to you too, go to my simple Greek salad recipe and download the printable version.



Menu Planning--Dealing with eating styles, weight loss, and pickiness

You may have already found Why Plan a Weekly Menu on my website. If so, I wonder if you clicked on it, or if your eyes glazed over?

I haven’t met too many people these days that plan ahead with a weekly menu. Still, I am going to try to convince you that it’s worth your time and has all kinds of benefits.

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How to Eat Better at Work AND Save Time and Money

In my last post I introduced the concept of stimulus control: adding healthy food choices to your environment as well as removing trigger foods that tend to provoke eating in the absence of hunger (or overeating). While we have the most control over the food environment in our homes there is plenty that you can also do to set yourself up for success while you are away from home—at work—during the day.

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