Oscars in the Kitchen: Ratatouille {Recipe ReDux}

The biggest movie event of the year is just three days away – the Oscars. Just like New Year’s Eve and Superbowl Sunday are commonly celebrated with parties that revolve around food and watching the tube, so too the Oscars have become an occasion for gathering with friends. In honor of the Oscars, this month’s Recipe ReDux theme is  Oscars in the Kitchen The challenge: create a healthy recipe inspired by your favorite food scene or featured dish from any movie. I honestly hav… read more »

5 Core Exercises in 5 Minutes

This post was written by Tiana Yom Whenever you walk or run, your core muscles are active, keeping you upright, balancing your body as your weight shifts, and absorbing the impact as your feet hit the ground. Core muscles not only include your abdominal muscles but also your lower back, pelvic floor, and hip muscles. Here are FIVE quick & easy core strengthening exercises that can be done in FIVE minutes: Planks (1 minute):  Lie face down on mat resting on the forearms, palms flat on the floor. Pus… read more »

Menu Plan Monday (February 18-February 24)

Hope everyone had a nice weekend! For many, it’s an extended long weekend because of President’s Day. Are you doing anything special with the extra day off?  Here’s what we have going on in the kitchen this week. And stay tuned for this month’s Recipe ReDux posting this Thursday February 21st. You’ll want to check it out before you make your Oscar party menu!  Monday: Veggie Chili  Tuesday: Off duty Wednesday: Salmon Burgers with Tomato Jam, Quinoa, Corn & M… read more »

Tapas Style Dining

Last weekend we tried a delicious tapas restaurant called NoMa Social. Dining tapas style – also known as small plates – began in Spain, but has become a big restaurant trend over the years. I love going out for tapas because I often find it difficult to choose one or two dishes at a restaurant, and eating tapas allows you to try many different things. But beware – if you’re not mindful of what you’re ordering you could end up overdoing it and taking in many more cal… read more »

Menu Plan Monday (February 11-February 17)

If you live in the Northeast, you may have spent a lot of time indoors this past weekend due to snow storm Nemo. Despite the 16+ inches of snow we got in New Rochelle, we did manage to get out for dinner Saturday night and have brunch followed by a nice walk Sunday morning. The rest of the time was spent indoors. I for one can’t wait for the spring!   Did you make good use of your time at home and cook anything interesting? Tell us about it!  I had a little trouble coming up with this week’s menu, e… read more »