What do you get when you open the fridge and see two week’s worth of tomatillos from your CSA and a dozen ripe habanero peppers that your husband picked from the backyard garden? Answer: A lesson in Scoville Units and a tomatillo salsa that is fiery hot!
This tomatillo salsa, or salsa verde, was simple to make and the addition of habanero pepper added quite a kick!
This innocent-looking habanero pepper is one of the hottest peppers on earth. The Scoville scale is a measurement of the spicy heat (capsaicin concentration) of chili peppers or other spicy foods. Most habaneros rate between 200,000 and 300,000 on the Scoville scale. To put that into perspective, a jalapeno pepper rates 1,000 to 4,000. My husband didn’t know this when he planted “some hot peppers” in our garden this year!
Back in the day (1982 to be exact), I spent a year living in Portland, OR where I completed my dietetic internship at the Oregon Health Sciences University. I loved living in the Northwest, and last weekend, I had the opportunity to go back! For three delicious days, I visited Wenatchee, WA where I learned about [more]
This flavorful apple-topped pizza comes together quickly with a store-bought flatbread pizza crust, Cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, green onions, sweet slices of Ambrosia apples, and maple syrup. Add a fun new twist to family pizza night with a sweet apple topping! I created this recipe after joining six other food writers last weekend for an Ambrosia Apple Tour [more]
This healthy Autumn Egg Salad is made with diced apples, celery and shredded carrot, so it’s slightly sweet and oh-so crunchy. And it’s made with plain Greek yogurt and low-fat mayonnaise, which means my recipe makeover is lighter than classic egg salad. I was invited to a break-fast dinner on Yom Kippur and asked to bring [more]
Stick-to-your-ribs meatloaf gets a healthy makeover with lean ground beef, the addition of shredded carrot and oats, and flavor enhancers like green onion, garlic, and garden-fresh basil. You can easily double this recipe and freeze the second loaf for a family-friendly freezer meal. September always feels like my busiest month of the year. Summer vacation turns [more]
If back-to-school season means you’re back to running in a million different directions, try this easy and nutritious recipe for Broccoli Crunch Salad. Paired with thin-crust cheese pizza and a glass of low-fat milk, your kids (and you!) will love every bite. I created this recipe and blog content in partnership with Nestlé’s Balance Your [more]
Who needs a “recipe” when you can cook healthy and delicious meals with what’s on hand. On this week’s Cooking with the Moms radio podcast, we share our favorite toss-together meals for busy families along with clever dinner-done-easy favorites from our Facebook fans and blog readers. (1) Quesadillas stuffed with leftover chopped chicken, fish, beef, [more]
Add a fun twist to your child’s lunchbox with this easy-to-assemble recipe for Pizza Pinwheels with Hummus and Veggies. Pack mushrooms and black olives on the side to round out this pizza-licious power lunch. Disclosure: I created this recipe for Sabra’s new Pizza Hummus Singles. I was compensated for the recipe development and social media outreach. All opinions [more]
Kids across the country are heading back to school, so we’re here to the rescue with a lineup of healthy snack recipes to tame their tummies in the afternoon. On this week’s Cooking with the Moms radio podcast, we dish about some of our kids’ favorite after-school snacks and share recipes from fellow dietitian food [more]