Anti-Inflammatory Baked Chicken

Anti-inflammatory Chicken Strips

Anti-Inflammatory Herbs and Spices Lately, I have been working with a lot of clients to incorporate an anti-inflammatory diet.  They have Arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, IBS, Chronic ulcers, Sinusitis, and many other conditions that cause pain and unpleasant symptoms.  I was thrilled when this study came out showing scientific evidence that adding herbs and spices to foods can significantly reduce inflammation markers! The researchers used a particular blend of herbs and spices to create this effect.  These herbs and spices likely have their own unique benefits, but when they are combined…

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How to Improve Immunity During COVID-19

Antioxidants in berries can help immunity

What is happening? COVID-19 is spreading fast.  As I am writing this, over 140,000 people have died and there are over 2 million cases worldwide.  Everyone is wondering, “what is happening?”  Besides wondering about daily life, and how in the world am I going to teach both of my children, and work, and keep my house clean, and cook meals…???  I am also wondering, how can I reduce my risk of severe illness or even death from this deadly virus?  What are some easy (because let’s be real, I don’t…

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Easy Bar-B-Q Salmon

Easy Bar-B-Q Salmon Confession I had never eaten fish until college when my then boyfriend (now husband) decided he was going to change that.  He took me to Red Lobster.  I remember thinking it was “fine”.  I didn’t love it.  I didn’t hate it.  I thought maybe it would be nice to try to cook it myself sometimes.  This Bar-B-Q Salmon recipe was the beginning to a new love for fish. About 8 years ago when my son was 1 year old, I kept reading about all of the amazing…

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Chili Kale Chips

More Sides Please! I had a request this week from a client for some more ideas for side dishes.  This request really got me thinking and wanting to do my own side dishes with a little more flare this week.  Today I decided to make my kale into something different and it ended up being truly amazing!  There are a couple of tricks to this.  1.  Make sure you bake them at a high temperature.  2.  The amount of time you bake them for is very important as you don’t…

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Preventing Cancer: Highlights from LLS Seminar

I had the honor last night to speak for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Cancer Survivorship Seminar.  We had some other amazing speakers last night also including Dr. Arana Yi, Anastasia Estocin, and Kathryn Fearnside.  It was a wonderful evening of good food and fellowship with fellow survivors.  A special thank you to the LLS for organizing this wonderful event!  http://www.lls.org/who-we-are/about Healthy Lifestyle My portion of the seminar was of course on good nutrition both during chemotherapy and also after chemotherapy in the context of improving quality of life and length…

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Easy Home Made Fajitas

Fajitas

Currently I would call myself a purist when talking about food.  I am trying to eat less processed and more natural foods, and cooking from scratch a little more.  I love my food to have a lot of flavor, but most pre-made seasonings have a lot of fillers and preservatives in them to give them a longer shelf life.  So I thought I should try to make my own, and it is pretty delicious!  This recipe makes about 3 recipes at a time so I don’t have to make it…

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Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs

My Great Grandma had great Italian roots and she liked everything super spicy!  My dad called these the “3 glasses of milk meatballs” because she would make them so spicy.  You don’t have to make them spicy.  My kids (7 and 3 years old) don’t love spicy, and so we keep these mild.  The cayenne pepper is really not necessary as they have excellent flavor without it, but if you like a little spice, go for it.  Add 1/8 tsp for a little spice and 1/2 tsp for a lot…

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Easy Homemade Chicken Broth

Easy Homemade Chicken Broth   Chicken broth can be expensive, and full of ingredients that you can’t pronounce, so I put together a fairly easy way to make it using a rotisserie chicken you can buy at any store ($4-8).  When you consider that a quart of good quality chicken broth is $3.99, this is a pretty good deal!  You also have the chicken you can use for a couple meals during the week.  You can also roast your own chicken, which isn’t too hard to do, but sometimes the…

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