Cooking En Papillote

Have you ever cooked “en papillote”?  If you aren’t sure what that means, let me share with you this great cooking technique! En papillote is French for “in parchment,” and it’s a nutritious and delicious — or as I like to say, Nutritioulicious! — way of cooking. Food cooked in parchment paper is steamed, which results in perfectly cooked, moist food. And when you add herbs and spices you end up with a flavorful dish that is also a cinch to clean up! Plus, th… read more »

Flavored Milk In Schools

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you know that I believe all foods fit in your diet when eaten and enjoyed in moderation. One food that has caused a lot of debate in the past couple of years is flavored milk, especially its presence in schools. As I’ve mentioned before, removing flavored milk from schools will only further the shortage of certain nutrients like calcium and vitamin D that are already lacking in children. Still not sure about flavored milk in schools? Check out this CNN s… read more »

National PB&J Day

Today, April 2nd, is National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day!  As you may know, I LOVE peanut butter, so this is a very special day for me! Lucky for me I have a few different types of peanut butter in my house, including Arrowhead Mills Creamy Peanut Butter, a great natural version (the only ingredient is dry roasted peanuts), and Planters new Natural Creamy Peanut Butter Spread. I haven’t had the chance to taste the Planters’ PB yet, but I’m curious to see what it’s like. Unl… read more »

Recipe Redux: Homemade Honey Beef Jerky

By Megan Kian This past January I spent a few days with some close friends in Arizona. As we trekked through the beautiful “red rocks” that comprise Sedona, we scrounged up energy for a three-hour hike from the jerky we had bought in a town nearby. Beef jerky is easy to make, a great source of protein, and low in fat. This month’s Recipe ReDux focused on the use of maple syrup and honey, a great excuse to make some delicious homemade honey beef jerky! Ingredients: ½ lb. flank steak ½ teaspoon salt… read more »

Healthy Meals, Healthy Students

The following is a guest post by Karen Kafer. Karen is a registered dietitian (RD) and Vice President of Health Partnerships-Nutrition Affairs for the National Dairy Council (NDC) with more than 25 years of corporate, nutrition and health communications experience.  There’s no better time to be a healthy student in America. A few weeks ago, the Food and Nutrition Service of the USDA and First Lady Michelle Obama announced the final ruling on nutrition standards for school breakfast… read more »