Healthy Eating: Try a Sun Burger on backyard barbecue

I have been a yoga teacher since 1987. Yes, that is a long time. Thirty-one years, to be exact. I was taking yoga classes before it was trendy. In fact, when I was taking yoga it was still considered weird and not mainstream. Now there are more yoga teachers than the market can bear. I…

Healthy Eating: Strawberry-rhubarb crumb cake

Although summer does not officially start until June 21, many people think of Memorial Day as the beginning of our summer season. For me, it’s when I pick my first strawberry from my backyard garden. That date will be June 1st this year. I was weeding last night and out of the corner of my…

Healthy Eating: Savory zucchini pancakes

What an amazing start to spring we have had. Just this past week we had all four seasons in one day: rain, hail, snow and sunshine. I am in the midst of getting my garden planted and we managed to get in cold weather crops and have lettuce and peas poking up through the garden…

Healthy Eating: Pumpkin banana bread a nutritious after-school snack

The seed catalogs are starting to arrive in my mailbox and the Seattle Flower & Garden Show just ended…this definitely means that I need to start planning my vegetable garden. I know many people probably have their plant starts going. My husband and I have a small backyard vegetable garden. We tend to grow enough…

Healthy Eating: The connection between good health and community

January is almost gone and we have two more months of winter. When all we seem to be getting is rain, rain and more rain, then comfort foods beckon, right? Those of you who made New Year’s resolutions regarding exercise and diet have probably abandoned them by now. Don’t despair — that’s normal. Willpower in…

Healthy Eating: Baked latkes for Chanukah

I was raised in the Midwest in a reform Jewish household. The cultural aspects of growing up Jewish continue to be important to me and part of that legacy involves delicious food memories from the holidays.  I am sorry that I did not pay more attention to my paternal grandmother’s cooking and capture some of…

Healthy Eating: Festive muffins for a healthier holiday

Thanksgiving is the biggest food holiday of the season — bigger than Christmas and New Year’s put together. In fact, Thanksgiving kicks off six weeks of celebration: Office parties, family gatherings, hanging out with friends. It’s easy for eating and drinking to add on the pounds without even trying. I recommend getting outside and taking…

Healthy Eating: Make-your-own pizza a family meal

School has already started for some families, and others will send their kids off after the Labor Day weekend.  Here’s a simple, nutritious family meal that brings everyone together: pizza. This recipe makes a terrific “do-it-yourself” family meal –especially with all of the wonderful vegetables in the markets right now. All you do is make…

Healthy Eating: Fresh scones

These can be used as shortcakes, scones, the cobbler on top of baked fruit, and with the addition of herbs or cheese, savory biscuits to accompany dinner. The trick here is not to overwork the dough and make sure all of your ingredients are cold. It’s a very crumbly mass once it comes out of…

Healthy Eating: Peas and pistachios make for tasty pesto

My peas are steadily climbing up their lattice. We planted them late but we’ve enjoyed cool weather and they remain vibrant and happy. I love pesto and come up with endless variations for this special- to-my-heart concoction. I often use basil, but other times I use parsley, mint, chives, tarragon, etc. Making up combinations depending…

Healthy Eating: Kale salad packs a punch of flavor and nutrients

June 30 is a big deal date in my life. On that date in 2009, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. This means that on June 30th I will be celebrating my 8th Cancerversary! Without going into details, this means that I am beating the odds with ovarian cancer. I am “dancing with N.E.D” and…

Healthy Eating: Zucchini noodles a nutritious and delicious option

I believe that zucchini is underrated and underused in the kitchen. So many people overcook it and then wonder why they don’t enjoy eating it. Here is a way to use zucchini in a fun way and enjoy it with spring vegetables (or whatever you have on hand or pick up at the Farmer’s Market)….

Healthy Eating: Kale salad is spring on a plate

I know spring has surely arrived when Country Farms on Highway 99 in Edmonds has opened! It may not feel like it’s time to get planting right now, but I am putting in my first batch of peas and lettuce this weekend in my garden. I may even be behind, as many friend have had…

Healthy Eating: Enjoy tastes of season by practicing moderation, not denial

We have Thanksgiving behind us, which means the season of eating has only just begun. It can be a challenging time for many, and emotional eating as well as drinking in the name of holiday parties can take over. The practice of “mindful eating” can be useful. I’ve discussed this concept before, but I bring…

Healthy Eating: Hearty soups for fall

As someone who loves to cook as well as share the joys of nourishing food, the fall season is a favorite time of year. This is because I adore making, eating and sharing soup. I think soup is one of life’s healing elixirs. It’s a great way to use up leftovers from the refrigerator in…

Healthy Eating: Tomatoes and basil are for more than just pasta

Tomatoes and basil ripening and ready to be eaten is a celebration for me. I’m the only one in my household that likes raw tomatoes (unbelievable?!) so when they are fresh picked from the vine, I am in heaven. Basil and tomatoes go hand in hand–combining these two ingredients with fresh mozzarella and extra virgin…

Healthy Eating: Time to get creative with zucchini

We have once again arrived at the time of the year when neighbors start leaving zucchini on the front porch. I stopped planting this squash because I know so many folks are going to get extra. I love to shred it, measure out one-cup portions, store it in a Ziplock freezer bag and freeze until…

Healthy Eating: A perfect bar for bonanza of berries

In my garden, I am enjoying strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. We’re in the midst of a berry bonanza. Each individual, tasty berry has its own unique nutritional values and functional benefits. Supercharge your diet and maximize berry health benefits by enjoying the entire berry patch. Here are the berry facts: Strawberries Serving: 1 Cup Nutrition…

Healthy Eating: Celebrating a legacy of food in moderation

My 86-year-old mother, Edith Binder, has been in the throes of Alzheimer’s for the past three years. She passed away peacefully two weeks ago. Although it’s hard to lose my last parent, it is a relief that she is free to dance with my father and brother now. She was a shadow of herself at…

Healthy Eating: Develop a taste for moderation and mindfulness this holiday season

We are entering the season of “robust” eating, overindulgence and busy schedules. Many folks stock up on candy for Halloween trick-or-treaters and the cupboards stay full of goodies right through New Year’s Eve. This can be hard on the waistline….as well as for those at risk for diabetes, heart disease or any other condition where…

Healthy Eating: An ovarian cancer survivor’s quest for balance

We are nearing the end of September and for me that means the end of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. The world is about to get a lot pinker in October. For those of us on the TEAL journey, it is challenging to have everything “pinkified” all the time. Women get “below of the belt” cancers…

Healthy Eating: Ratatouille a delicious way to use summer veggies

Many gardens are bursting with zucchini and tomatoes. Have you been zucchini bombed by your neighbor yet? That means that they left you an unmarked paper bag full of very large zucchini on your front porch. I just picked up a lovely bowl of tomatoes from a neighbor who graciously offered them to me because…

Healthy Eating: Blueberry yogurt muffins

Anyone can notice that yogurt has become very popular and mainstream. In some ways this is wonderful and it has also sparked the creation of many products that I call pseudo-health foods (think yogurt pops). Somehow a person feels better about eating frozen yogurt rather than ice cream (when in fact frozen yogurt often has…

Healthy Eating: A sneaky (and delicious) way to use zucchini

If you are a gardener then you know this is the time of the year when the great zucchini parade begins! I have already seen boxes out on the sidewalk with “free” signs attached….what lurks inside? Zucchini if you had to guess! It is a wonderful and delicious vegetable ESPECIALLY if you pluck it when…

Healthy Eating: A muffin for that bonanza of berries

As you have probably noticed, everything in our gardens and the farmers’ markets are coming in early. We are in the midst of a berry bonanza in our garden with strawberries just ending and raspberries and blueberries going strong. I’m happy to say that even with the heat and lack of rain we are having…