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LiveBest Popcorn

LiveBest Popcorn with almonds, coconut, walnuts, dried apricots, cayenne, make this movie night snack special! Popcorn time My parents used to send us to bed, and not much later we’d hear the popcorn kernels falling into the pan. My sister and I would hop out of bed to see our dad act surprised that we were up. Then we’d sit on the couch in the living room eating popcorn. I’m pretty sure it was my dad’s plan all …

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Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon Salsa is summery, fresh, sweet and spicy. Top grilled fish or chicken. This salsa recipe is even chip worthy! LBD I think salsa is the little black dress for a chicken breast or fish filet. Salsa is Spanish for “sauce.” It could be a cooked sauce or a fresh mixture. Fresh ingredients make it one of the easiest flavor boosters around. It’s also a great way to repurpose some fruits and vegetables. Salsa typically include …

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Artichokes, slow cooked

The ins and outs of cooking and eating artichokes. A flower-on-a-thistle plant that I love! What’s in season? March to May ’tis the season for California-grown artichokes. It’s where all the commercial artichokes in this country come from. What were they thinking? You just have to wonder who first ate this flower-on-a-thistle plant. Thank goodness they did! Artichoke nutrition One large artichoke has about 5 grams of fiber with only 25 calories, and is a …

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Morning, Cappuccino

Better bones, blood pressure and muscles. A cappuccino is a morning ritual worth getting up for! How do you begin your morning? Mine begins with a gift. My husband makes me a cappuccino. Every. Single. Day. Warm and flavorful, it’s more than a cup of coffee. It’s a thing. A moment. It is my soul food. ❤️ I fell in love with this drink on a trip to Italy. In fact, we brought home an espresso …

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Rhubarb Compote

Rhubarb Compote is one of the first recipes I make in spring. This rhubarb, ginger, and orange recipe tops yogurt, oatmeal, cornbread, and ice cream! One of the things I like best about rhubarb is that it’s one of the first plants to wake up in spring. Once it starts growing, it really gets going. It seems each time I pass by more leaves have unfurled and stretched out. The thick celery-like stalks of this buckwheat …

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LiveBest Seasonally

So happy to share my e-book LiveBest Seasonally. From summer to spring, LiveBest Seasonally is filled with solutions  to use seasonal foods. Delicious recipes with power-packed vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and more using ingredients that are easy to find, plus some nutrition nuggets thrown in…just because. One year I made a goal to photograph the sunsets. Not every day, but several times per week. As an amateur photographer, the point was to stop and notice …

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Mushroom Spinach Frittata

Mushroom Spinach Frittata is a go-to for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Use what you have on hand for this frittata recipe. The ins and outs of eggs. One year eggs are in. One year eggs are out. Egg nutrition and calories in an egg They’re in now and for good reason. For the money, these little packages are nutrient-packed. At less than twenty cents each, you get protein, minerals and vitamins all for just 70 …

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Snacks for Happy Hour video

Finally! It’s Friday. Do you have a FAC? I have some ideas for you. People always want to know what a dietitian would serve. Here are foods to LiveBest… even at Happy Hour. Check out my video! [youtube id=”aw3en7aS35g”] What are you serving at your Friday Afternoon Club?

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Blue Cheese Chive Dip

Blue Cheese Chive Dip goes with apples, crackers, pears and dried apricots. I love sweet and salty combos and this dip recipe is one of my favorites! The book was good so I spent the weekend reading. Guess I should have been cooking. I was supposed to bring a light appetizer to my book group. Oops! I didn’t have time to run to the store so started a pantry search. The snow had finally melted so …

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Texas Chile

Slow cooked, richly flavored Texas Chili recipe is great for entertaining. Lean chunks of tender beef and flavorful sauce, a beef chili that’s comfort food! Comfort food As winter seems to be hanging on I’m rallying with comfort food. I mean, when you’ve had a recipe for more than 35 years, isn’t that the definition of comfort? Or is it something that simmers and sends yummy aromas wafting through the house? Comfort food seems to taste better …