Welcome to our bi-monthly radio podcast, Cooking with the Moms. Our show is packed with fast and healthy recipe ideas and helpful mealtime tips, all designed to help you and your family eat a more nutritious diet.
We hope you’ll join us (or download us) as we share our kitchen creations and cooking insights with you. If you think our kids are perfect eaters—devouring every fruit and vegetable we put in front of them—you’ll be happy to learn that our families are mortals just like yours as we face the day-to-day challenges of feeding our own troops.
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Episode 233: Grilled Cheese and Random Musings
December 4, 2013
Our show this week features random musings about the great restaurants we've been to lately, our Thanksgiving dinners complete with sweet potato casseroles and Brussels sprouts (Brussels sprouts are the new black), Liz's trip to the Chicago area for a tour of the new Kraft headquarters and an insider look at their new-and-improved Singles, and a recipe for Tuscan Ham & Cheese Melts. When we said the show was random, we meant it!
Episode 232: Thanksgiving Side Dishes
November 20, 2013
Looking for ways to indulge on your favorite Thanksgiving side dishes without feeling like a stuffed bird at the end of the meal? On this week's show, we have 10 better-for-you side dish recipes that are lower in fat and calories than their traditional counterparts. And they're made with wholesome and natural ingredients and they taste just as good as the "real" thing! Tune in for our Pecan-Topped Sweet Potato Casserole, an artichoke appetizer that's out of this world, and lots more.
Episode 231: Registered Dietitian Conference
November 6, 2013
Sensible shoes...professional attire...business cards...check. On October 18th we packed our bags and flew to Houston, TX for the annual Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). We met up with thousands of fellow Registered Dietitian Nutritionists from across the country where we learned about the latest news on nutrition and human health and sampled the newest nutrient-rich food products to hit supermarkets. Tune in to this week's podcast for all the highlights.
Episode 230: Pumpkin Love
October 23, 2013
Living in New England has its ups and downs. Yes, it's cold and snowy in the winter, and sometimes getting from our sleepy suburbs to the city of Boston can take what seems like hours (the traffic!), but when autumn rolls around, we couldn't be happier. The leaves change their color from green to orange, yellow, and red and our farmers' markets come alive with the best fall has to offer: crisp, local apples, squash, and pumpkins of every size and shape imaginable. So on this week's show, we celebrate pumpkins and our love for this incredibly nutrient-rich fruit. We have three recipes to share: Pumpkin Waffles, Pumpkin Banana Smoothie, and Healthy Halloween Pumpkin Cupcakes.
Episode 229: Pacific Northwest Flavors
October 9, 2013
Janice was born in New England, but two of her sisters live in the Pacific Northwest. That's why she goes out there a few times each year. Recently, Janice traveled to Olympia, WA for the wedding of her niece, Jen. On this week's show, we dish about Janice's Northwest foodie adventures and share two recipes that her sister, Lori, made while Janice was out there: Kale and Berry Health Shake and Cowboy Caviar, a vegetarian side dish made with avocado, black-eyed peas, corn, cilantro, and bell pepper.
Episode 228: Apples and Our App
September 25, 2013
It's been a few weeks since we launched our new recipe app, Meal Makeovers. We hope those of you who've downloaded it—it's available on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch—are using it in good health! On this week's show, we tell you all about the app, and we share our latest app and blog recipe for Autumn Apple Quinoa Salad. The great thing about this recipe is that it's nutritious thanks to the quinoa, apples, walnuts, dried cranberries, and Cheddar cheese as well as versatile (serve it as a lunch box or dinner side dish), gluten free, and incredibly delicious.
Episode 227: Salmon Kids Love
September 11, 2013
Fish sticks are an all-time kid favorite, but many of the frozen, store-bought brands seem to have more breading than fish. To add better health to fish sticks, we make them from Asian Salmon Sticks from scratch using salmon—rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fats, and our light coating is so yummy and crispy, your kids may actually think they're eating chicken fingers! We share the recipe on this week's podcast and also dish about another new salmon-inspired recipe for Eggy Salmon Scramble (available only on our Meal Makeovers app). Getting more seafood into the family diet just got a whole lot easier.
Episode 226: Lunch Box Snacks
August 28, 2013
In our last podcast, we tackled school lunches. On this week's show, we shift our culinary focus to better-for-you lunch box snacks including a new recipe for Honey, I Love You Bars made with oats, wheat germ, dates, almonds, eggs, and honey. We also dish about our top 7 Smart Snacking Tips for Lunch Boxes and share lots of other snacking ideas from fellow moms and dietitians.
Episode 225: Best Lunch Box Ever
August 14, 2013
Packing lunch boxes day after day can start to feel like a chore pretty quickly, and there's just so many ways you can serve peanut butter and jelly before the kids get bored. To the rescue is dietitian, Katie Morford, author of the new cookbook, Best Lunch Box Ever. We spoke to Katie on this week's show about tips for packing kid-friendly lunches that won't get traded and ideas for everything from sandwiches, salads and pinwheels to fruit and veggie sides to goodies. On the show, we share two recipes: Sweetie Pie Quesadilla and Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese.
Episode 224: Tart Cherries
July 31, 2013
Traverse City, MI is the tart cherry capital of the world! Everywhere you turn in this Northern Michigan town looks, tastes, and smells of cherries! Liz recently traveled there to learn about cherry harvest and the nutritional benefits found within each ruby red piece of fruit. On this week's show, we dish about how the fruit is harvested and processed (frozen, dried, made into juice), the many ways you can add tart cherries to your diet, and a recipe Liz baked up for Cherry Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies.
Episode 223: Summer Adventures and Strawberry Jam
July 17, 2013
Who wants some homemade strawberry jam? We made a few batches recently, and let's just say they’ve been disappearing quickly from our refrigerators. On this week's show, we share our latest recipe for Mom's Strawberry Jam, rave about our new Ball freshTECH Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker, and tell you all about our vacation adventures to Nantucket and New Hampshire so far this summer. Plus, you loved him on our Composting for Dummies podcast, so Janice's husband, Don, is back on the show this week to tell us about his childhood jelly-making memories.
Episode 222: Summer Avocado Recipes
July 3, 2013
From the fourth of July to Labor Day, there's plenty of time for festive outdoor cookouts and barbecues. To add better flavor and nutrition to your summer menu, we cooked up two new recipes this week, each featuring California Avocados. The first recipe for California Avocado Beef and Black Bean Burgers is made with lean ground beef, mashed avocado and black beans, cilantro, chili, and cumin. And of course, we serve our burgers on whole grain buns. For a nutrient-rich side dish, we have a macaroni salad makeover featuring a Green Goddess dressing made with avocado, Greek yogurt, evoo, and lemon juice. Tune into this week's show to hear all about these super spectacular summer recipes.
Episode 221: Beauty-Boosting Foods
June 19, 2013
As we get older, we've been thinking more about the connection between what we eat and how we feel inside...and out. The link is quite strong. Take berries for example. They are rich in antioxidants, which protect against the daily wear and tear of our cells and cell membranes and guard against premature signs of aging. And then there are foods like green leafy vegetables that contain vitamins A and C (both powerful antioxidants), vitamin K, a strong bone builder, and a nutrient called biotin, good for the health of hair and skin. On this week's show, we outline both everyday and surprising foods that boost beauty and keep us young...and we serve up two recipes filled with life-enhancing ingredients: Apple, Rhubarb & Berry Crisp and a Rustic Red, White and Green Pizza.
Episode 220: Father's Day Recipes
June 5, 2013
Father's Day is just around the corner, and we're getting ready with some man-style, breakfast-in-bed recipes to keep dads and granddads well fed and happy. First up, we have our newest recipe for Crunchy Oat-y Granola, made with heart-healthy canola oil, oats, walnuts, and dried cranberries. You can layer this homemade, nutritious granola with low-fat Greek yogurt and sliced fruit for a beautiful and flavorful parfait. We also have a "guest" recipe from Food Network host, Ellie Krieger. Ellie shares her Whole-Grain Waffles with Strawberry Rhubarb Topping with us! Tune in for recipes you and even your kids can easily make.
Episode 219: Spring Salads
May 22, 2013
When was the last time you attended a bridal shower or baby shower? For us, it's been a long, long time. Janice was married in 1988 and Liz tied the knot in 1992, so graduation parties are more our speed these days! But regardless of where you're at in your life, May is notorious for all sorts of celebrations...and all those celebrations require a lot of great food. On this week's show, we chat about two beautiful springtime salads, perfect for taking along to parties and celebrations. First up is our Cauliflower Farro Salad followed by a recipe for Lemony Couscous with Lots of Veggies. Tune in to hear all about them...and for our latest fitness adventures.
Episode 218: Fearless Feeding
May 8, 2013
There is no shortage of new cookbooks on the market, but most don't address the dos and don'ts of feeding kids a healthy diet. According to Jill Castle, mother of four and a dietitian who writes the blog, Just the Right Byte, "Raising children to be healthy eaters is an 18-year process." (We couldn't agree more!) So together with Maryann Jacobsen—who founded another popular nutrition blog called Raise Healthy Eaters—she's cooked up the new book, Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School. In our humble opinions, this book is the definitive guide on feeding kids. We're thrilled because Jill joins us on this week's show to share insight into mealtime challenges for moms as well as tip upon tip for being successful at the table. Tune in for invaluable advice and for two recipes from the book: a vegetarian-style Mexican Lasagna and Greek Chopped Salad.
Episode 217: DIY Recipe Mixes
April 24, 2013
Are you a do it yourselfer? Well, whether you are or not, you're going to love the DIY recipe mixes we have in store for everyone on our show this week. From DIY Taco Seasoning Mix to DIY chocolate sauce...to DIY creamed soup mix, we'll tell you how to create your own mixes...while cutting back on packing and artificial ingredients often found in things like taco seasoning mix. We can't take credit for the DIY recipes, but we can give credit to fellow dietitian Melanie Zook with Fresh Start Nutrition. Tune in for the recipes as well as a new recipe from our kitchen for Beef and Bean Taco Bundles.
Episode 216: Teen Snacking
April 10, 2013
As a mom of two teenage boys, Liz spends a lot of time getting meals and snacks on the table. Josh turns 18 next week, and he has a fuel tank (AKA stomach) that's impossible to top off. Simon, 14, has never had as big an appetite, but lately, he seems to be catching up to his big brother. Soccer season has kicked off for both boys, and Simon definitely has the golf bug; after school, he's gotten in the habit of hitting (fake) golf balls around the back yard! Given Liz's mealtime and snack challenge and her boys' need for lots of calories, we share snacking tips for teens on this week’s show along with two new recipes: Apple Crisp Snack Parfaits and Roasted Carrot Hummus.
Episode 215: Month of Meal Makeovers
April 3, 2013
Every March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) hosts National Nutrition month. This year, we decided to tip our hats to the event by creating a special board on Pinterest dedicated to 'A Month of Meal Makeovers in March.' Featured on the board are some of our toughest makeovers ever for whoopie pies, chicken cordon bleu, and Pop Tarts, but we also showcased makeover recipes from some of our fellow registered dietitians who also spend their days dreaming up delicious and nutritious recipes for families. Tune into the show to hear all about the recipes including one for Lightened Spinach-Artichoke Dip.
Episode 214: Registered Dietitian Day
March 13, 2013
Today is Registered Dietitian Day...or RD Day for short. It's a day when dietitians are acknowledged for the work they do to help friends, family, clients, and communities eat a healthy, wholesome, and delicious diet. We celebrate today with one of our most extreme recipe makeovers ever for Strawberry-Filled Toaster Pastries, a wholesome, homemade makeover of Pop Tarts made with oats, ground flaxseed, coconut oil, and fresh strawberries. We chat about both topics on this week's podcast.
Episode 213: Recipes from Napa Valley
February 27, 2013
Janice is one lucky duck. A few weeks ago, she had the opportunity to travel to Napa, CA for a food-lover's conference at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. Dietitians from all over the country flew in for the meeting, and they spent their days tasting olive oil (did you know olives are a fruit?), learning about the ingredients in mole sauce, and meeting with area foodies including fellow dietitian, Cheryl Forberg, author of the new cookbook, Cooking with Quinoa for Dummies. On this week's show, we dish about Janice's culinary adventures and share two fabulous recipes. The first is a Mediterranean-inspired dessert for Lemon Olive Oil Cake with Blueberry Compote and the second is a gluten-free quinoa guacamole. Imagine that!
Episode 212: Healthy Valentine Desserts
February 13, 2013
After a weekend of shoveling and digging out from under 27 inches of snow (thank you Nemo), our kids were more than happy to dig into our latest recipe for Super Strawberry Pudding. Janice's daughter, Leah, loved it so much and told us, "This is the best thing you've ever made!" Tune into this week's show for details on the epic snowstorm of 2013 and for two Valentine recipes: Super Strawberry Pudding and Chocolate Bean Valentine Brownies. Both are made with better-for-you ingredients, so you can feel great about serving them to the valentines in your life.
Episode 211: Food Tank
January 30, 2013
On this week's show, we take a close look at our nation's food system. What's working --- and what's not --- and we talk to the co-founder of a new organization called, Food Tank. Food Tank aims to bring light and solutions to today's often broken food system. Here's how Food Tank describes itself: The global food movement grows from the kitchens, gardens, and farms of the countless citizens who have committed to making healthy, sustainable choices about cultivating and consuming food. Food Tank exists to amplify these voices. Our food system is broken. Some people don't have enough of food, while others are eating too much. There's only one way to fix this problem and it starts with you and me. Our guest, Danielle Nierenberg, joins us to shed light on the everyday things we can all do to make our food system stronger and more sustainable.
Episode 210: College Kids Cook
January 16, 2013
Both of us were graduate students at Boston University, so the school is near and dear to our hearts. We also get a lot of smart and talented nutrition interns from B.U. including Bianca who spent some time with us last summer. It turns out that when Bianca isn't interning, she's a full-time student at B.U. who also happens to work part time for the Sargent Choice Test Kitchen. On this week's show, we dish about the SC Test Kitchen, which brings college students together each week to talk, cook, taste, and learn and where new and nutritious recipes are tested out before ending up (or not ending up) in the B.U. dining halls. We also share a recipe for Penne with Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic, and White Beans.
Episode 209: 2012 Food Highlights and 2013 Health Goals
January 2, 2013
2012 was a hectic year filled with fun foodie adventures, Janice's mega kitchen makeover, a Best Culinary Podcast nomination from IACP, and the exciting news that we won a recipe app contest from a company called Mobile Skillet. We're entering 2013 with a big bang for sure! On this week's Cooking with the Moms, we share highlights from 2012, dish about food trend predictions, divulge our personal health resolutions (hint: Liz vows to get rid of her wrinkles!), and serve up a super healthy, family-friendly recipe for Spinach Mac & Cheese. We hope you'll tune in.
Episode 208: From Our Cookie Jar to Yours
December 19, 2012
Every year, Janice attends a neighborhood cookie swap. This year, she invited Liz along. We cooked up our better-for-you Monster Cookies and joined the fun. On this week's show, we share our Monster Cookie recipe, chat with the ladies at the swap, and savor a recipe for gingersnaps from Janice's friend, Mary. Tune in for some holiday cheer.
Episode 207: Skinny Mini Holiday Desserts
December 5, 2012
This is the time of year when we get to let our hair down as we nibble our way through luscious and decadent holiday goodies. It's hard to turn them down, which is why we spend a lot of our time dreaming up clever ways to slim down and health-ify all of those traditional treats. On this week's show, we serve up healthier holiday secrets and add a new twist to holiday classics with two better-for-you dessert recipes: Almond-Apricot Snowballs and Mini Peppermint Cupcakes. Both are made with canola oil instead of butter, so they are a lot lower in saturated fat than their butter-laden counterparts. And since they are mini, the calories are a lot lower too!
Episode 206: Thanksgiving Leftovers
November 28, 2012
What's the best part of your Thanksgiving dinner? The family and friends? The turkey? The side dishes? On this week's show, we share our favorite Turkey Day recipes including our now-famous Sweet Potato Casserole, and we cook up a recipe using leftovers: Turkey Wild Rice Casserole. Tune in and join the adventure.
Episode 205: Food and Lifestyle of Denmark
November 14, 2012
Janice and Don just returned from a one-week trip to Denmark where they visited their daughter, Carolyn, who is spending a college semester abroad. On this week's show, Janice shares her adventures eating and cycling (well, sort of!) her way through the oh-so-trendy city of Copenhagen. Find out if she ate Danish for breakfast, why restaurants serve up woolen blankets at dinner, and hear about the healthy lifestyle (minus the cigarette smoking) that many Danes lead. Also, hear from Kiersten Brochner, owner of the "green" Kong Arthur Hotel and from Carolyn!
Episode 204: Pumpkin Gnocci and Kitchen Makeover
October 31, 2012
The damage from Hurricane Sandy takes our breath away. Many of our friends and followers are hurting as a result, and even though we can't personally be in touch with everyone, we're sending positive thoughts their way. As busy moms who always seem to be juggling something, we've been known to complain from time to time, but trust us when we say that you will never hear us complain again. Liz still has no power...but she's not complaining! On this week' show, we chat about the hurricane and how we prepared for it, offer another glimpse into Janice's kitchen renovation, and share a recipe for Pumpkin Gnocci. We hope you'll tune in.
Episode 203: Orange Foods for Fall
October 24, 2012
Every autumn, farmers' markets and local farm stands display their finest seasonal vegetables: winter squash, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and carrots. Over the weekend, dietitians from across the web had a chance to show off their best "orange" recipes as part of the monthly Recipe Redux blogger cooking challenge, and over 60 dietitians did just that. We joined the fun with a recipe for Orange Cauliflower Tex Mex Casserole. One dish that caught our eye (and our stomachs) came from Food Confidence, a blog written by fellow dietitian, Danielle Omar. So on this week's show, we serve up Danielle's hearty autumn Roasted Butternut Squash with Lentils and Walnuts recipe and offer umpteen reasons why it's a good idea to add nutrient-rich, orange foods to your family's diet. We hope you'll tune in...and we hope you'll eat more orange!
Episode 202: Food and Nutrition Conference
October 10, 2012
At this year's annual meeting of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, we sat in on educational session, met up with old and new friends, attended a food photography workshop, and sampled an array of better-for-you food products from both big and small food companies. We shared a bunch of highlights on this week's podcast, so tune in for all the food and nutrition news from FNCE 2012.
Episode 201: The Hodgepodge Show
September 26, 2012
We had so many things to talk about this week on the show that we decided to combine a bunch of topics and create a show all about hodgepodge! First up, we give an update on Janice's extreme kitchen makeover. Wait till you see the YouTube video of her living quarters! Yikes. We then launch into Liz's new love affair with the Ninja Cooking System, and we serve up a Ninja-licious recipe for Hearty Skillet Lasagna made with baby spinach. We announce our latest giveaway for a Ninja ($360.00 value) and dish about our recent trip to the White House vegetable garden and our support of the Let's Move campaign to reverse childhood obesity. It's a wild ride, so we hope you'll tune in.
Episode 200: Manic Mommies "Live"
September 12, 2012
On April 13, 2008, our first podcast show went live, and yes, we were newbies back then. Today, we celebrate our 200th show with a look back at some of our favorite episodes ... and a 200 anniversary show that's guaranteed to leave you laughing and wishing for 200 more (we hope)! On the show, we interview The Manic Mommies, the podcasting dynamic duo who inspired us to start our own show, and we all share our favorite show highlights from our years of podcasting. Tune in for lots of laughs and for our latest recipe for a Better Blueberry Buckle.
Episode 199: Eat Your Oatmeal
August 29, 2012
Back in the late 1980's, a scientific study found that eating oat bran lowered blood cholesterol levels. What followed was a nationwide oat bran craze, and new food products hit the market including silly things like potato chips and even beer made with oat bran. Fast forward to 2012, and oats are still hot stuff! From conversations with our Facebook fans, it's clear consumers are still in love with oats and oatmeal, so we decided to devote this week's show to them. For expert advice on all things oats--their nutritional value, how to cook with them, what to top them with--we turned to fellow dietitian, oatmeal aficionado, and mom-to-be, Kath from the blog, Kath Eats Real Food. We also have two oatmeal recipes: Overnight Oatmeal and Whipped Banana Oatmeal.
Episode 198: Julia Child Tribute
August 15, 2012
Julie child would have turned 100 today. To honor her culinary legacy, we cooked up her recipe for Boeuf Bourguignon (a three-day affair!) This luscious beef dish is being simmered all over the blogosphere today as part of the JC100, a weekly blogger cooking challenge. We're thrilled to be part of it...and we're also thrilled to be sharing so much more with you today on our podcast including highlights from our Boeuf Bourguignon cooking adventure, our favorite Julia Child memories (and some of yours), an interview with Jessie Hartland, author of Bon Appetit: The Delicious Life of Julia Child, and a giveaway of the book.
Episode 197: Summer Entertaining
August 8, 2012
We've cooked up a lot of amazing makeovers over the years, but this one for Key Lime Pie really takes the cake (or shall we say, pie)! Key Lime Pie is often made with ingredients like sweetened condensed milk in the filling and lots of butter in the crust. We reinvented -- and healthified -- both with our latest recipe for California Avocado Yogurt Key Lime Pie. On this week's podcast, we dish about summer entertaining, our Key Lime Pie makeover, our recipe for Avocado and Chicken Summer Sandwich, and the many reasons we love avocados...and summer.
Episode 196: Burger Makeover
July 31, 2012
Lights, camera, action! Last week, Janice appeared on Boston's FOX 25 Morning Show to dish about summer burger makeovers. The three recipes she showcased on the segment were our Mushroom Burger with the Works with a Basil Cannellini Spread, Minty Lamb Burgers with Walnuts and Feta, and Berry Biscuit Burgers. We chat about our favorite burger makeovers, alfresco dining, and share the latest nutrition news on lamb on this week's show.
Episode 195: French Kids Eat Everything
July 25, 2012
Getting kids to eat and LOVE a healthy, veggie-filled diet can be a challenge for some families. Here to the rescue is Karen Le Billon, mother of two and author of the new book, "French Kids Eat Everything: How our family moved to France, cured picky eating, banned snacking, and discovered 10 simple rules for raising happy, healthy eaters." Wow, that’s a mouthful! Karen joins us on this week's show to chat about her secrets for getting children everywhere to adopt a healthier way of eating and to share two of her recipes: Cauliflower Casserole (also known as Gratin de Chou-Fleur) and Five-Minute Fish en Papillote. We’re also giving away a copy of Karen's book, so tune in!
Episode 194: Muffin Tin Chef
July 11, 2012
Thankfully, Matt Kadey, dietitian and author of Muffin Tin Chef: 101 Savory Snacks, Adorable Appetizers, Enticing Entrees & Delicious Desserts sent us two copies of his new cookbook. Otherwise, we would have fought over the single copy. We love this book; every recipe says "MAKE ME." Matt joins us on this week's Cooking with the Moms to tell us why muffin-shaped, mini meals are so appealing (to kids and adults alike) and to share two of his recipes: Broccoli-Mushroom Frittatas and Lemon Cakes with Blueberry Compote. He's also giving away a copy of his book!
Episode 193: Summer Snacking
June 27, 2012
This may sound counter intuitive, but studies show that kids tend to gain weight faster during the lazy days of summer than they do during the school year. The lack of structure kids experience when school lets out can lead to excessive nibbling and noshing throughout the day. To share her best tips for smart summer snacking for kids and their parents, friend and fellow dietitian, Ellie Krieger, joins us on this week's show. She also serves up one of her newest recipes for Frozen Grape and Banana Skewers with Chocolate Drizzle. Tune in for Ellie’s in-the-trenches advice (she's the mom of a nine-year old) and for info on how you can win a copy of her recent cookbook, Comfort Food Fix.
Episode 192: Summer Berries
June 13, 2012
Growing the perfect berry is harder than you think, and picking them takes more TLC than you can imagine! Janice recently traveled to Watsonville, CA for a two-day crash course at Driscoll's University. Driscoll's is the number-one U.S. producer of both organic and conventional berries -- strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, and on this week's show, Janice shares her adventures touring their farms, nurseries, and distribution facilities. She also serves up a recipe for Whole Grain Raspberry Breakfast Bars, and we hear about the nutritional benefits of berries from Tina Ruggiero, MS, RD, a consultant for Driscoll's.
Episode 191: Mom 100 Cookbook
June 6, 2012
No one ever said feeding kids would be easy. Just when you nail one mealtime dilemma, say getting kids well fed and out the door on time in the morning, more dilemmas pop up: making school lunches that won't get tossed or returned, finding a kid-pleasing main dish that's not a burger or hot dog, and serving healthy snacks that don't come in a crinkly bag. You get the drift. Right? Coming to the rescue with real-world solutions is Katie Workman, a mom of two and author of the fabulous new book, The Mom 100 Cookbook: 100 Recipes Every Mom Needs in Her Back Pocket. Katie joins us on the show this week to share her smartest solutions for all the cooking-for-kids dilemmas that parents face every day, tips for getting finicky eaters to try new foods, and favorite go-to ingredients for busy moms. She also serves up her recipe for Simple Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Casserole.
Episode 190: Food Truck Adventures
May 30, 2012
Food trucks are all the rage, and this month our friends with CanolaInfo are celebrating their favorite food trucks across the USA with a special Street Eats Recipe Collection. CanolaInfo is one of our blog sponsors, so Liz and I thought it would be fun to do a post on the food truck scene here in Boston. Of course, that meant we had to visit a few Bean Town food trucks, which turned out to be easier said than done. On this week's show, we take you along on my food truck adventure (Liz was out of town, so she missed all the fun), introduce you to Jen, a fan from Singapore who stopped by for a visit, serve up a recipe for Roasted Beet Salad with a canola/citrus vinaigrette, and tell you about our latest giveaway for a bamboo salad bowl set.
Episode 189: Chicken Cordon Bleu
May 23, 2012
We love nothing more than the challenge of taking family-favorite recipes and giving them a healthy and nutrient-rich makeover. Recently we teamed up with Holland House -- they make super-convenient, flavor-packed cooking wines and premium vinegars -- for a Meal Makeover Sweepstakes. A total of three winners will be selected this spring, and we'll work with each of them on their personal recipe makeover. Winner #1, Lolli, a mom of five from the DC area, was already announced and we chose her chicken cordon bleu recipe for our first "fix!" Tune into the show for our Cheesy Chicken Cordon Bleu and the role cooking wine plays in boosting a recipe’s flavor.
Episode 188: Mothers Day Makeover
May 9, 2012
If you're trying to watch your weight and eat a diet rich in wholesome and healthy ingredients, the last thing you may want on Mother's Day is a breakfast-in-bed menu filled with sticky buns and donuts. On this week's podcast, we serve up two nutritious recipes --- Blueberry Peanut Butter Smoothies (an incredibly odd yet oh-so delicious flavor combo) and Silver Dollar Banana Blueberry Pancakes -- easy enough for kids and dads to make. We also reflect back on the valuable cooking lessons we learned from our mothers.
Episode 187: Beans for a Better Life
May 2, 2012
Janice recently traveled to Austin, TX and joined 50 fellow dietitians for the Beans for a Better Life seminar, sponsored by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association. She ate dry beans in a variety of dishes, discussed their stellar nutritional benefits, and learned why they are called dry beans...not dried beans. On this week's show, podcast, we share her vast and new-found knowledge about all types of dry beans--pinto, navy, kidney and serve up a recipe from Chef Ann Cooper for White Bean Puree with Pita Bread. Did you know that one pound, or 2 cups, of dry beans equals 5 to 6 cups of cooked beans which equals three, 15-ounce cans? Tune into our show to learn more about this amazing legume.
Episode 186: Family Food Rules
April 25, 2012
This month, we had articles published in two magazines: Kiwi and Everyday with Rachael Ray. For Kiwi, our story on The New Dinnertime Rules featured rules like "No TV or Cell Phones," "One Family, One Dinner" and "Take a 'No Thank You Bite,'" and we made the point that better nutrition can be achieved when families eat together ... happily (something you can more easily achieve with realistic food rules). For Everyday with Rachael Ray, we contributed a recipe for General Tso's Chicken to their Makeover Meal section ... a recipe lower in fat and sodium (and filled with veggies) than the meal you'd find in most Chinese food restaurants. We dish about both articles on this week's show, and we hope you'll tune in!
Episode 185: IACP Culinary Conference
April 18, 2012
What do you get when 1,000 foodies converge on NYC? The answer: The annual meeting of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. A mouthful for sure ... which is why the organization is affectionately referred to as the IACP. We recently attended their annual meeting in the Big Apple, and we share the highlights -- the lectures we attended, the celebrity chefs we met, the food we ate, the new friends we made — on this week's podcast. We also serve up a recipe for a Kale Omelet from the gorgeous cookbook by Virginia Willis, Basic to Brilliant Y'All.
Episode 184: Sample Whole Grains
April 11, 2012
It's not every day you get to ride around Boston in a Duck Boat (unless you're a tourist), but last Wednesday during National Whole Grain Sampling Day, we joined our friends at Oldways and the Whole Grains Council to spread the word that oats, wild rice, quinoa, farro, popcorn and other whole grains are a healthy, delicious, and convenient addition to anyone's diet. We serve up a whole lot of info about whole grains on this week's podcast, feature an interview with Cynthia Harriman from the Whole Grains Council, and share a recipe for Over-the-Rainbow Brown Rice.
Episode 183: Egg Yolks and Creme Brulee
March 28, 2012
If you're an avid cook or baker, you've probably come across a recipe (or two or three) that calls for egg whites, or egg yolks, but not both. This means you'll be challenged with figuring out how to best store the liquid-y leftovers so they don't go to waste. On this week's show, we crack the code on the best way to store leftover whites and yolks, how to use them in various recipes, dispel the myth that egg yolks are unhealthy, and we serve up a new recipe for Raspberry Creme Brulee without even a single drop of cream!
Episode 182: Vacation Adventures
March 21, 2012
Spring has arrived early here in New England, but that hasn't stopped us from savoring the memories from our winter vacations last month. Janice traveled to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico where she enjoyed lots of sunshine and Liz and her family hit the slopes of Park City. We chat about food and fitness adventures on this week's podcast. We're also joined by Patricia, a mom of two girls from Rhode Island, an avid podcast listener, and a wonderful Meal Makeover Mom fan who popped in to say hi and cook two recipes with us: Salmon BLTs with Avocado (inspired by one of Liz's Park City meals) and Baked Parsnip Fries with Rosemary from the March issue of Bon Appetit magazine.
Episode 181: Get Your Plate In Shape
March 14, 2012
March is National Nutrition Month, so join us as we celebrate this year's theme to Get Your Plate in Shape. On this week's show, we have lots of tips for fine-tuning the foods you place on your family's breakfast, lunch, and dinner plate ... and two new recipes, courtesy of our friends with CanolaInfo.org: Easy Baked Chicken --- a healthy alternative to fried chicken --- and Chewy Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies, which are made with heart-healthy canola oil versus gobs and gobs of butter.
Episode 180: Seasonal Citrus
March 7, 2012
One of the best things about winter is all the citrus fruit available at the market. As long as there's still a nip in the air, we'll keep grabbing for oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes, Clementines ... and Liz's hands-down new favorite fruit: Cara Cara navel oranges. On this week's show, we section, squeeze, zest, and slice into the season's best citrus with the help of fellow registered dietitian, Karen Ansel. In the February issue of Eating Well magazine, Karen contributed to The Power of Citrus with the latest research on the health benefits of citrus and tips for using this super fruit in everyday home cooking. Tune in for Karen's savvy citrus insights and for Eating Well's Leek & Lemon Linguini recipe -- which we topped with grilled shrimp.
Episode 179: Chomping on Cherries
February 29, 2012
As dietitian and moms, we'll take fruit any way we can get it: fresh, frozen, dried ... you name it. On a recent shopping trip to Trader Joes, Janice grabbed a bag of dried cherries. Why? Because (a) we haven't used them much for snacking or cooking and (b) our friend and fellow dietitian, Wendy Bazilian, does some consulting work for the Cherry Marketing Institute (an organization funded by North American tart cherry growers and processors), and her enthusiasm for this super fruit is so strong, we simply couldn't resist. Tune into the show to hear about the nutritional benefits of tart cherries and to savor a new recipe for Cherry-Banana Raisin Bread Pudding.
Episode 178: African Heritage Pyramid
February 15, 2012
Last May, we featured a blog post and podcast on the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid. Today, we're baaaack with the African Heritage Diet Pyramid compliments of our friends at Oldways. This pyramid celebrates the foods and traditional healthy eating pattern of African heritage with roots in America, Africa, the Caribbean, and South America. Many of our favorite foods are featured on the new food-guidance icon: nutrient-rich greens, whole grains, beans, fresh fruits, tubers like sweet potatoes, herbs and spices, and seafood. On this week's podcast, we had an opportunity to chat about the pyramid with registered dietitian, Constance Brown-Riggs, diabetes expert, author, and consultant with Oldways. We also featured a kid-friendly, Caribbean-inspired recipe for Hearty Pumpkin Soup.
Episode 177: Power Breakfast
February 8, 2012
Are you bored with breakfast? Looking for new ways to add more zing and good nutrition to your family's morning meal? Wondering if your breakfast table has enough protein to sustain you and your kids throughout the day? On this week's show, we serve up a smorgasbord of new breakfast nibbles, a primer on protein, and a new recipe for a Peanut Butter Breakfast Shake. We also share two pancake recipes -- Strawberry-Topped Peanut Butter Pancakes and Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes.
Episode 176: Super Bowl Menu
February 1, 2012
It's not every day you get to meet a professional football player, but last week, we found ourselves at a "secret" location outside Boston where New England Patriots player, Wes Welker, was being photographed for this week's Super Bowl-inspired Milk Mustache ad. We've done some work for the Got Milk campaign in the past and know some of the folks who help to pull these ads together. We were thrilled when they invited us to the photo shoot ... and even more thrilled to find out it was Wes (yes, we're now on a first name basis). Tune in for a behind-the-scenes peek at our afternoon at the Milk Mustache photo shoot and for two new and nutritious Super Bowl party recipes: Super Bowl Buffalo Chicken Dip and Corn and Carrot Chowder.
Episode 175: Kitchen Innovations
January 25, 2012
Last Friday, Janice traveled to Chicago for the 2012 Kenmore Blogger Summit. Forty-plus food, mommy, humor, and even daddy bloggers descended on the Windy City (which happened to also be a snowy city that day) to learn about Kenmore's innovative new kitchen and home appliances and to share input on the products and features consumers are looking for. You can hear all about her trip on this week's podcast. You won't believe the Kenmore Elite(R) Trio(R) 31 Cubic Foot Refrigerator with Grab-N-Go(tm) Door state-of-the-art refrigerator she drooled over! Tune in, and be sure to take advantage of the 30 percent discount Kenmore is offering on their line-up of small appliances.
Episode 174: Immune-Boosting Foods
January 18, 2012
Colds. Flu. Achoo!! As far as we're concerned, getting the sniffles, or worse, a headache and fever, is one of the yuckiest parts about winter. To keep our immune systems -- and yours -- in tip-top shape during winter (and all year long for that matter), we sat down via Skype with fellow registered dietitian, Victoria Shanta Retenlny, RD to dish about her new book, The Essential Guide to Healthy, Healing Foods, and her best food secrets for keeping our immune systems armed and ready for attack. During the show, we share two new recipes: Victoria's Fruity Yogurt Parfaits with homemade granola and our Immunity Booster Blast smoothie.
Episode 173: 2011 Reflections and 2012 Wishes
January 11, 2012
On this week's show, we look back at 2011 -- a year filled with farm-fresh foods, unique dining experiences, and the launch of No Whine with Dinner, and we look forward to 2012 ... with gusto. It seems like yesterday that we were caught up in the Y2K hysteria (yes, we each hoarded bottled water), and we can't believe it's already 2012. But alas, time flies when you're having fun … and eating lots of great food. Read on for highlights from the year as well as a look back at a busy 12 months of book promotion activities, our favorite culinary adventures and recipes, our wishes for 2012, and a glimpse into our upcoming foodie road trips.
Episode 172: Creamed Spinach Makeover and Holiday Food Recap
December 28, 2011
When we think of creamed spinach, our minds wander back to the 1950s and 60s. We're not sure why, but creamed spinach has a certain, shall we say, retro feel about it. It's also loaded - and we mean loaded - with more saturated fat and calories than a nutrient-rich vegetable like spinach deserves! One of our Facebook fans just asked us to give creamed spinach a healthy makeover, so we got cooking and came up with a recipe that's sure to get your taste buds asking for seconds and thirds! Our Crazy-Good Cream-less Creamed Spinach is perfect for the holidays...or any time of the year, and it has a fraction of the bad-for-you fat found in traditional creamed spinach. We share this healthy new side dish recipe on this week's show and also dish about our holiday food adventures.
Episode 171: Potato Latkes and Bar Mitzvah
December 21, 2011
On December 3rd, Liz's son, Simon became a Bar Mitzvah. Liz is so proud; she's still kvelling! On this week's show, we chat about the service and the evening party, marvel over the gigantic soccer cleat-shaped cake that was created by Wilson Farm, share a Recipe for Success that Liz whipped up just for Simon, and also share a Hanukkah recipe for Sweet Potato and Ginger Latkes. Tune in for a lesson on Yiddish and all the other fun news from the Bar Mitzvah day.
Episode 170: Cookie Swap
December 14, 2011
Every year around this time, Janice attends her annual neighborhood cookie swap. Last year, she brought our Ginger Drizzle Cookies from No Whine with Dinner. The year before, it was Our Favorite Chocolate Cookie from The Moms' Guide to Meal Makeovers. Last night as a dozen friends gathered to exchange cookies and gossip, Janice treated her fellow cookie swappers to something new: our latest makeover for sticky, gooey, over-the-top decadent Seven Layer Bars. On this week's show, we bake up a batch of Lightened-Up Seven Layer Bars and serve up a taste of Janice's sweeter-than-ever swap.
Episode 169: MyPlate for Moms
November 30, 2011
Are you old enough to remember The Four Food Groups? We certainly are. If not, you probably remember the Food Guide Pyramid. Last spring, the Pyramid was replaced with a new symbol called MyPlate. On this week's show, registered dietitian, Elizabeth Ward joins the show to tell us all about this plate-shaped icon and to dish about her new book, MyPlate for Moms: How to Feed Yourself and Your Family. Elizabeth, a mom of three, explains how to customize MyPlate to your family's likes, dislikes, and lifestyle. She also explores the importance of protein & whole grains, and she cooks up two recipes from the book: Pork, Asparagus, and Cashew Stir Fry and Cinnamon Pumpkin Smoothie.
Episode 168: Farro: An Ancient Grain
November 23, 2011
Farro is an ancient grain first cultivated in the Fertile Crescent of the Middle East over 10,000 years ago. It's been around for a loooong time. Farro was the main grain of the Egyptians and sustained the Roman army as they conquered the Western world. Farro eventually fell out of vogue due to higher yielding wheat varieties. But today, farro has made a comeback thanks to trendy restaurant chefs and health--conscious home cooks... and thanks to The Meal Makeover Moms. On this week's podcast, we share Farro cooking tips as well as two healthy new recipes: Carrot and Zucchini Farro Risotto (which we posted to the blog on 11/21/11) and Kale and Vegetable Soup with Farro.
Episode 167: Brussels Sprouts
November 16, 2011
This is the show you've all been waiting for. The show you've all been asking for. The show that will change your life forever: Brussels sprouts. That's right. Whether you love Brussels sprouts like we do or you're skeptical about trying them ... today's show will ignite your passion for this nutrient-rich cruciferous vegetable. We have two new recipes to share, both perfect for your Thanksgiving table ... or your family dinner table any time of the year. Better-for-You Brussels Spouts Gratin is a makeover of a Brussels sprouts gratin recipe that we found on AllRecipes.com made with over 2 cups of cream. (Blech!) Our other scrumptious recipe is for Roasted Sesame Brussels Sprouts.
Episode 166: Food and Nutrition Mentors
November 9, 2011
Katherine Musgrave, RD is the reason Janice became a registered dietitian. During her sophomore year at the University of Maine, she took an elective course called Intro to Food and Nutrition, and Katherine was her professor. So inspired by Katherine's enthusiasm for the subject of nutrition, Janice decided to switch her major from Microbiology to Food and Nutrition. She's so glad I did. After all, her love of food is much stronger than her love of microbes! On this week's show, we feature an interview with Katherine Musgrave and chat about the other people who have mentored us throughout our nutrition and cooking careers. Be sure to tune in, because Katherine has been a dietitian for 70 years and you simply won't believe all the changes she's seen over the decades!
Episode 165: Cooking with Tofu
November 2, 2011
At least once a week, Liz finds herself walking down the aisles of Whole Foods. And at least once a week, a cookbook called Tofu 1-2-3 catches her eye. We love this book and yes, we love tofu. Tofu is made from the curds of soybean milk. Tofu is nutritious -- it contains iron, copper, omega-3 fats, and calcium (depending on the type of processing), and consuming soy protein can lower cholesterol levels. Oh, and it's super versatile. The trick to making tofu a regular part of your family's meal plan is to know what to do with it. So on this week's show, we share tips for squeezing the water out of tofu to impart a "meatier" texture and four recipes: Sweet and Sour Tofu, Peanut Butter Cup Pie, Strawberry Fields, and Raspberry Smoothie (the latter two will appear on Meal Makeover Moms' Kitchen next week). Preparing four recipes in one day, taking photos, and washing piles of dirty dishes was no easy task, so we hope you'll tune in to the show to hear all about our tofu adventures...and to laugh a little too!
Episode 164: Food Day 2011
October 26, 2011
The first-annual Food Day took place earlier this week on October 24th. Think Earth Day...but for food. The event, founded by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), aims to highlight six important principals: Reduce diet-related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods; support sustainable farms and limit subsidies to big agribusiness; expand access to food and alleviate hunger; protect the environment and animals by reforming factory farms; promote health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids; and support fair conditions for food and farm workers. To celebrate Food Day, we attended a community sourced pot-luck supper sponsored by Boston Food Swap, and we brought along our Sweet Ginger Carrot Soup, starring fresh vegetables from each of our CSA shares. On this show, we dish about our recipe, all the delicious details from the event, and we feature interviews with event organizers.
Episode 163: Halloween Gets Healthy
October 19, 2011
On October 31st, kids from coast to coast will dress up, stay out late, and fill their Halloween buckets with lots and lots of candy. It's just one of those days where kids' sugar consumption increases dramatically. What's a concerned parent to do? On this week's show, we make gooey, chewy, sugar-laden Halloween less horrific with recipes for Juicy Mango Wigglers (a homemade makeover of Jello Jigglers) and Chocolate Pumpkin Whoopie Pies. The addition of pumpkin ups the nutrition, and we don't use any butter in the whoopie pie batter or the filling. We also share some creative tricks for downsizing your Halloween handouts and managing all the candy your little goblins bring home Halloween night. Tune in for all the gory details!
Episode 162: New Food Product News
October 12, 2011
At this year's annual meeting of the American Dietetic Association in San Diego, we spent a lot of time wandering through the expo hall in search of new and nutritious food products. On this week's show, we share some of our favorite food finds and chat about other show highlights: an amazing lecture by Dr. David Katz of Yale University, a recipe for Greek Stuffed Eggs that we sampled at one of the after-hours receptions, and a recipe for California Avocado and Mango Chicken Salad that we prepared at the California Avocado Commission booth. We also had an opportunity to meet up with some of our Meal Makeover Moms' fans...including possibly one our cutest fans ever, 5-month old Lenny.
Episode 161: CA Avocado Grove Tour
October 5, 2011
It's not every day you get to take a tour of an avocado grove. But that's exactly what we did during our recent trip to San Diego for the annual meeting of the American Dietetic Association. The day before the conference began, we boarded a bus for Hidden Valley Ranch, a 400 acre avocado grove in Poway, CA. Thanks to the California Avocado Commission (CAC), dietitian members of the Nutrition Entrepreneurs practice group also had an opportunity to take the tour. On this week's show, we interview a rancher, discuss the nutritional benefits of avocados, and share tips for the best ways to ripen, seed, and peel them. We also share two of the avocado-inspired recipes we enjoyed on the tour: Avocado Quinoa Tabouli and a healthy Avocado Chocolate Mousse.
Episode 160: Hooray for Books
September 14, 2011
Who knew reading could be so delicious! At Hooray for Books in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, Mary Murphy, a former kindergarten teacher and mother of five (yes, you heard that right!), blends a love for reading with a dash of humor and a pinch of cooking. On this week's show, we take a road trip to Hooray for Books where Mary reads The Pea Patch Jig to these pint-size "Chefs in Training" and then gathers them 'round for a hands-on cooking class. On the menu today: Mrs. Murphy's Famous Zucchini Bread. Mary says that by showing children how to cook, they become more invested at mealtime and more likely to try new foods. We couldn't agree more!
Episode 159: Heart Healthy Eating
September 7, 2011
September 29th is World Heart Day, so we decided to devote this week's show to easy tips for eating and savoring a heart-healthy diet. Back in the day, a heart-healthy diet was far from satisfying and quite restrictive. Eggs, nuts, and shrimp were often off limits, and people were urged to opt for fat-free fare. Today, research shows that a heart-healthy diet can and should include a wide array of mouth-watering and nutrient-rich foods: eggs, seafood and shellfish, canola oil (the lowest in saturated fat of all the popular cooking oils) and other good-for-you fats, nuts, fruits and veggies and so much more! On the show we feature two recipes; Bistro Chicken Salad and Quick Dark Chocolate Brownies. Both feature ingredients like canola oil, which research shows can help to reduce heart disease risk.
Episode 158: Lunch Box Safety
August 31, 2011
A recent study on Temperature of Foods Sent by Parents of Preschool-aged Children found that most sack lunches are kept at unsafe temperatures, and researchers say this could lead to foodborne illness in kids. On this week's podcast, we share important tips for keeping school lunches out of the temperature "danger zone" of 40 degrees F to 140 degrees F where bacteria can grow. We also serve up a new recipe for Curry Chicken Salad Wraps" and some exciting giveaway news. Oh, and hold onto your hats folks: September is National Food Safety Education Month, so there's no time like the present to give your lunch box-packing routine a food safety makeover!
Episode 157: After-School Snacks
August 24, 2011
How did summer fly by so quickly? Janice's daughter, Leah, went back to school yesterday; Liz's boys go back next Wednesday. As our families adjust to early morning alarm clocks, homework, and piano lessons we thought it would be fun to create a new back-to-school snack recipe our kids and yours would enjoy. Our latest recipe for Banana Peanut Butter Muffins" hits the spot with our crew --- they're always starving when they get off the school bus --- and provides a boatload of great nutrition thanks to the peanuts and peanut butter. On the show, we share the recipe as well as favorite go-snack ideas from our Facebook fans and Twitter followers.
Episode 156: Home Canning Craze
August 17, 2011
For two long centuries, consumers have been preserving food by canning local and seasonal produce grown in backyard gardens and purchased at farmers' markets. Home canning, or "putting up" as it's often called, is growing in popularity --- sales of canning equipment are up 30% --- and now, we, The Meal Makeover Moms have taken the plunge and are jumping on the nationwide canning craze. On this week's show, we feature a recipe for Bread and Butter Pickles" and an interview with home gardening and canning guru, Mo Gouin". Mo is a friend of Janice’s parents, and his New Hampshire vegetable garden will amaze you!
Episode 155: Family Mealtime Games
August 10, 2011
Family dinners provides an opportunity for parents to role model good eating habits, and we know from recent research that when children and teens share family meals, they are more likely to maintain a healthy body weight and eat a healthy diet and less likely to engage in disordered eating practices. In the real world, however, even if you put a dynamite meal on the dinner table, in some households, finicky eaters may push their food away, active toddlers may prefer playing with toys to sitting still at the table, and busy teens who bounce from activity to activity may grab dinner and eat it on the run. Given those scenarios, we decided to conduct a comprehensive review of mealtime "games" designed to keep families (especially children) engaged at the dinner table. This week’s show offers a look of our favorite dinner games, conversation starter kits, placemats, and playful utensils.
Episode 154: The Best Baby Food
August 3, 2011
If recipes for Four-Fruit Compote, Fabulously Fried Sweet Potatoes, and Very Veggie "Meat" Balls sound good to you, imagine how delicious they'll be when your baby or toddler tries them. On this week's show, we caught up with Tina Ruggiero, registered dietitian and author of the playful new cookbook, The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet. Filled with 200 recipes created for six to 23-month old children and helpful mealtime tips, Tina's book exposes babies and toddlers to a wide array of colorful and nutrient-rich foods. Tina believes that when babies are introduced to avocados, papaya, leeks, lentils and other super-healthy foods, they're more likely to eat and enjoy a varied diet when they grow up.
Episode 153: Ancient Grains
July 27, 2011
Whole grains --- farro, wheat berries, quinoa, barley, bulgur --- are nutritious and their wide array of textures and flavors offer endless possibilities at the table. On this week's show, we talk to Maria Speck, author of the beautifully-illustrated new cookbook, Ancient Grains for Modern Meals about the benefits and culinary versatility of whole grains. We met up with Maria at her home and prepared a delicious lunch featuring recipes from her book: Mediterranean Mussels with Farro and White Wine, Bulgur with Butter-Roasted Almonds, and a wheat berry fool for dessert.
Episode 152: Summer Food Faves
July 13, 2011
Here in New England, we count the days until summer. Why? Because it's so darn cold and snowy the rest of the year! This summer has turned out to be warm and sunny, and the bounty of fresh produce has been something to celebrate. On this week's show, we share a new recipe for Sweet Carrot Ginger Soup, dish about Janice's July 4th visit to her parent's lake house in N.H., travel with Liz to Nantucket for some fresh, seasonal island nibbles, and reveal what's growing at our CSAs and in our backyard vegetable gardens. It's a fabulous show --- no, make that a terrific show --- and you definitely won't want to miss it.
Episode 151: Summer Salad Dressings
July 6, 2011
When we think "summer," we think fresh, colorful salads tossed with zesty homemade dressings. While store-bought dressings may be convenient, making dressings from scratch with a handful of simple ingredients -- things like evoo, vinegar, lemon juice, honey, fresh herbs, and garlic -- can be almost as convenient...not to mention fast and flavorful. On this week's show, we talk to Kirsten, a fan and a mother of two from California who also happens to work for the California Olive Ranch company. She shares her expertise on olive oil -- how it's made, the best way to store it, its many health benefits -- and chats with us about two family-friendly salad recipes: Greek Village Salad and Sweet Basil Dressing. Tune in for the recipes as well as news on the Seasons Best Salad Recipe Contest hosted by California Olive Ranch (you could be a winner)!!
Episode 150: Vegan Diet Challenge
June 29, 2011
The vegan diet --- a vegetarian diet also devoid of eggs, dairy, honey, and other animal by-products --- is all the rage. It's been featured on Oprah, Ellen, and Martha and it's making its way into the mainstream. On this week's podcast, we sit down with our nutrition intern, Ashley, to chat about her self-imposed Vegan Diet Challenge. For Lent, Ashley decided to give up meat and follow a vegan diet. Through her month-long culinary adventure, she sampled new foods and flavors, read food labels like it was nobody's business, and came to the realization that eating in restaurants was "nearly impossible." We also share one of Ashley's favorite vegan recipes for Eggplant Scallopini that she adapted from the Moosewood Cookbook.
Episode 149: PCOS Diet Plan
June 15, 2011
For an in-depth look at PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) and a breakthrough way to treat it with diet and lifestyle changes, we invite our friend and fellow dietitian, Hillary Wright to join us on this week's podcast. Hillary recently released The PCOS Diet Plan: A Natural Approach to Health for Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, and we're excited to share the book -- and Hillary's nutrition insights -- with you.
Episode 148: The I Love Hummus Show
June 8, 2011
When it comes to hummus, we're huge fans. Hummus is a dip or spread made with cooked, mashed chickpeas, tahini (sesame seed paste), lemon juice, and lots of other yummy things. We often serve it with lots of crunchy vegetables --- things like baby carrots, sugar snap peas, and celery sticks. Recently, Liz traveled to Richmond, VA where she toured the Sabra company's hummus factory. She was joined by a group of fellow food bloggers and learned that using hummus as a dip is just the tip of the culinary iceberg. Liz shares her hummus adventures on this week's podcast and serves up a delicious recipe for Hummus Deviled Eggs.
Episode 147: Omega-3 and Health
June 1, 2011
Did you know that salmon and sardines are two of the best sources of health-enhancing omega-3 fats? Lucky for us we love salmon...and like sardines (okay, so maybe they're not our favorite fish on the planet)! Omega-3 fats are critical for good health. They reduce our risk for heart disease and are vital for normal brain development in the fetus and young child. On this week's show, we're joined by Harvard cardiologist, Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian. He offers a primer on omega-3 fats and answers questions from our Facebook fans including: Do you have to eat the skin of the fish to reap the benefits of omega-3s, should I give my children omega-3 supplements and if so, what's the best kind, and are non-seafood sources of omega-3s just as beneficial as marine sources? Be sure to tune in for the skinny on omega-3.
Episode 146: Indoor Grilling
May 25, 2011
It's hard to believe Memorial Day is this Monday (!!), and just in case the weatherman doesn't cooperate, we decided to create a veggie-topped burger recipe using our indoor grills. The recipe is made with ground beef and grilled red bell pepper and red onion ... and it's topped with super-flavorful basil pesto. Oh yes, and of course, it's served on a whole wheat hamburger bun. We share our juicy burger recipe on this week's Cooking with the Moms podcast, and we also announce our latest giveaway for a George Foreman Grill and exciting news about a recipe contest that we will be judging. Indoor grilling makes good nutrition easy because the fat drips away. In fact, Expect to lose 42% of the fat when you cook 80/20 ground beef on an indoor grill.
Episode 145: The Biggest Loser Dietitian
May 18, 2011
Are you a fan of the hit NBC show, The Biggest Loser? Whether you watch the show or not, you'll want to tune into this week's podcast for our interview with The Biggest Loser dietitian, Cheryl Forberg. Cheryl has been with The Biggest Loser since the show's beginning...11 seasons ago. She's contributed to a number of books in the "Biggest Loser" series, including The Biggest Loser Simple Swaps, and she's just written a new cookbook, Flavor First: Cut Calories and Boost Flavor with 75 Delicious, All Natural Recipes. Cheryl answers weight loss questions from our friends and fans and takes us behind the scenes for a glimpse into the diets of the contestants.
Episode 144: Mediterranean Diet Month
May 11, 2011
The Mediterranean diet -- rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seafood, nuts, legumes, and olive oil -- is one of our favorite styles of eating. It's naturally nutritious, and the flavors are irresistible and kid friendly. So when our friends at Oldways told us that May was Mediterranean Diet Month, we decided to get in on the action. To learn all about it, we invited Sara Baer-Sinnott, President of Oldways, to join us for a Mediterranean-inspired lunch of Make-Your-Own Veggie Pita Pizzas and be a guest on the show.
Episode 143: The Freezer Divas
May 4, 2011
If cooking dinner for your family night after night feels like a chore, be sure to tune into this week's podcast for our interview with Heidi Lewerenz and Kay Pickar, The Freezer Divas. With seven kids between them, these busy moms from Wisconsin have devised a system where they get together every six to eight weeks to cook and freeze dozens of meals between them. Their freezer cooking frenzy saves time and money, and the result is freezers filled with hearty, family-friendly meals that are always at the ready. During the show, we share their tips as well as a recipe for Spicy Sausage, Beans & Rice.
Episode 142: Big Apple Food Escapades
April 27, 2011
Last week, we hopped in Liz's Toyota hybrid and drove from Boston to the Big Apple. The reason: We were scheduled to appear on Better TV for a segment on Tips for Feeding Picky Teens and Tweens. During the trip, we also feasted on fabulous meals at the Four Seasons Restaurant and Pomodoro and had an opportunity to meet with editors at Kiwi magazine and Every Day with Rachael Ray. Tune in to hear all about our foodie adventures in NYC, get a recipe for Chocolate Soufflé Cakes with Berries, and find out who we ran into at Better TV (hint: she's married to The Donald)!
Episode 141: Norway Food Adventure
April 13, 2011
From breathtaking fjords to fresh fish plucked straight from the sea and delivered minutes later to the table, Norway is a country filled with dramatic landscapes, sensational seafood, and endless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Janice recently traveled to this Nordic nation with six fellow dietitians on a culinary adventure sponsored by the Norwegian Seafood Export Council. Her group -- clad in rain gear and waterproof boots -- toured salmon farms and sardine plants, learned about the latest research on seafood and health, cooked at the Norwegian Culinary Institute, and even took a thrilling ocean rafting ride through the fjords of Bergen. Tune into this week's podcast to hear all about Janice's Norwegian food and fitness adventure.
Episode 140: The Skinny on Nuts
March 30, 2011
Plant-based diets have received quite a bit of attention over the past few months ... from the growing popularity of Meatless Monday to the recommendation in the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans to eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and beans. A lot of what we at Meal Makeover Moms revolves around getting more of these foods onto the family table, so on this week's show, we share two new recipes featuring peanuts: Peanut Butter & Honey Noodles and Peanut Butter Chocolate Dip. We also unveil a new website from our friends at the National Peanut Board, The Skinny on Nuts, where consumers can go for the latest news on nut nutrition, family-friendly peanut and peanut butter recipes, and myths and truths about food allergies.
Episode 139: Dining in the Dark
March 23, 2011
Have you ever said to yourself, "Gee, tonight I think I'll eat dinner with a blindfold on?" That thought never crossed Janice's mind until a few weeks ago when she joined 34 fellow members of the Massachusetts Dietetic Association for a Dining in the Dark event...and they did just that. The concept of eating in complete darkness started with a blind clergyman from Zurich named Jorge Spielmann. When guests ate dinner at his house they would wear blindfolds during the meal to show solidarity and to better understand Spielmann’s daily challenges. Guests felt the blindfolds heightened their sense of taste and smell and made their dining experience more enjoyable. On this week's Cooking with the Moms podcast, Janice shares her unusual dining adventure with Liz and welcomes dietitian Marci Anderson, to the show. Marci spoke at the Dining in the Dark dinner, and she joins us on Cooking with the Moms to explore the concept of mindful eating as a way for individuals and families to develop a healthy and positive relationship with food.
Episode 138: Food Photography 101
March 16, 2011
"Back in the day" when we went to college to study nutrition, the Internet, for all intents and purposes, did not exist, and there was no such thing as a blog. Today, there are well over 150 million blogs on the internet — featuring everything from food and nutrition to fitness and crafts — filled with countless (and we mean countless) photographs. Food photography wasn't a required class when we became registered dietitians, but as food bloggers, it's certainly a skill we need to know today. On this week's show, we're joined by professional food photographer, Gary Tardiff, who shares his tips and tricks for taking beautiful food photographs.
Episode 137: National Registered Dietitian Day
March 9, 2011
Today (March 9) is National Registered Dietitian Day, and to celebrate we feature Janice's nutrition mentor, Katherine Musgrave, who has been a dietitian for nearly 70 years! Janice recently attended a luncheon at the University of Maine honoring Katherine and shares the highlights on this week's show...including Katherine's advice on nutrition (it hasn't changed much in 70 years). On the show, we also serve up a recipe for Apple Blueberry Walnut Crisp.
Episode 136: Eat the Rainbow
March 2, 2011
We celebrate National Nutrition Month this week with a show dedicated to eating the colors of the rainbow. The theme of this year's National Nutrition Month – which, by the way is sponsored by the American Dietetic Association -- is Eat Right with Color...something especially important for kids who often prefer a beige-colored diet dominated by chicken nuggets, French fries, and macaroni and cheese. To explain why eating a colorful variety of foods is so important for good health and to share tips for getting more color on your family's table, we are joined by Melissa Halas-Liang, a dietitian, mom, and the mastermind behind the amazing website, Super Kids Nutrition.
Episode 135: Knife Skills
February 16, 2011
Last weekend, Janice took a knife skills class at a cool cooking school called ArtEpicure, located in the historic Brickbottom Artists Building in Somerville, MA. The event was sponsored by the Massachusetts Dietetic Association, so during the day, she enjoyed the company of nine other knife-wielding registered dietitians. The group practiced proper technique for slicing, dicing, and knife sharpening, discovered the difference between a brunoise and a chiffonade, and most importantly, learned how not to slice off the tips of their fingers! We dish all about it on this week's podcast.
Episode 134: Healthy Valentine Cupcakes
February 9, 2011
To celebrate Valentine's Day, we decided to give chocolate cupcakes a healthy makeover. As moms, we're often asked by our children (and sometimes their teachers) to bake "something special" for Valentine's Day, and on this week's show, we deliver! Rather than use sticks of butter and cupfuls of sugar, we baked up a new recipe for Berry Good Chocolate Cupcakes using good-for-you ingredients like wild blueberries, canola oil, and whole wheat flour. Our mini cupcakes are rich and delicious...without all the saturated fat and calories. On the show, we also savor some of dark chocolate's health benefits.
Episode 133: Science of Picky Eating
February 2, 2011
If feeding your family is driving you crazy -- perhaps you have a picky eater who is less than enthusiastic about trying your healthy homemade meals -- it's time to jump into the mealtime driver's seat and take control of the wheel. On this week's podcast, we explore the science of picky eating with dietitian Maryann Jacobsen from the blog, Raise Healthy Eaters. Maryann recently wrote a comprehensive 5-part series on Picky Eating (it's a great read!) and she joins us this week to discuss why kids are picky (it's perfectly normal), common mealtime mistakes parents make, and picky eater solutions. You won’t want to miss this show!
Episode 132: Cooking with Canned Tomatoes
January 26, 2011
Even though fresh tomatoes are a bit dicey this time of year in New England, it's nice to know you can still savor the summer's best tomatoes...from a can. It's also nice to know that canned tomatoes are higher in the cancer-fighting antioxidant, lycopene, than fresh tomatoes. Why? Because the heat from cooking actually releases this important nutrient. On this week's show, we dish about the culinary benefits of canned tomatoes and feast on a tomato-inspired dinner that Janice recently attended. It was hosted by Muir Glen at a restaurant in Cambridge, MA called Garden at the Cellar. We also share a recipe for tomato soup (it's so rich and creamy, you're going to love it!) and offer up a canned tomato giveaway.
Episode 131: Cookbook Roundup and Giveaway
January 19, 2011
Despite a rough economy and all the free recipes available on food blogs and recipe sites, cookbook sales are stronger than ever. In fact, according to a piece in the Huffington Post, cookbooks are the only book sector on the rise (yippee, hooray, oh happy day!). We have been asked to review quite a few cookbooks this year — two of our faves were The Essential New York Times Cookbook and Cookie Swap! --- and recently, the books have really started to pile up. So for this week's show, we decided to move the pile from Janice's bookshelf to our podcast studio (AKA Janice’s card table) and to share highlights from some of the newest food and nutrition books to hit the market. We also cooked up a recipe for Fruitcake Cupcakes (we think they're more "muffin" than "cupcake") from a new book called, FoodFest 365!
Episode 130: Nutritional Bang For Your Buck
January 12, 2011
We hit the supermarket this week in search of the most nutrient-rich foods that won't break your food budget. Canned pumpkin, eggs, cabbage, kale, yogurt, potatoes, oatmeal, quinoa, frozen blueberries, and canned salmon can bring you and your family huge health benefits for just pennies a day. We show you how to fill your shopping cart with some of the planet's most wholesome foods, and we also cook up a brand new recipe (created just for you) for Sweet Turkey & Quinoa Meatballs. This recipe is perfect for Superbowl Sunday or any winter tailgate party.
Episode 129: Food Trends and Resolutions
January 5, 2011
From Meatless Monday and gluten-free to improvements in children's restaurant menus and the creation of lower-sodium food products, there are plenty of healthy and delicious food trends in store for 2011. On the show, we share the hottest food trend predictions for the New Year, toss out some Meal Makeover Moms nutrition resolutions for our listeners, and cook up a recipe for Walnut Pasta Pancake. This recipe is made with whole grains, veggies, calcium-rich cheese, nutritious nuts, eggs...what more could a Meal Makeover Mom ask for!?
Episode 128: Food Products We Like
December 29, 2010
Back in November, we attended the annual meeting of the American Dietetic Association, and we had a chance to cruise through the exhibition hall and sample a bunch of new food products. We nibbled on everything from gluten-free burritos and lower-sodium flour tortillas to Sauteed Greens Bruschetta with Fresh Mozzarella compliments of cookbook author, Virginia Willis. Tune into this week's podcast and read our blog for a complete rundown of our favorite food finds!
Episode 127: Celebrate Vegetables
December 15, 2010
We've done a lot of live TV interviews in our day and we've held a lot of cooking classes, but we've never cooked "live" online ... until this week. Thanks to Ustream technology, on Wednesday, December 15th at 1:00pm EST, we spent 30 fast-paced minutes sharing clever tips and easy recipes to inspire a love for vegetables, and our demo aired live on the new Birds Eye Facebook fan page. The two recipes we demonstrated were our Cheesy Spinach Bake featuring frozen, chopped spinach and a new recipe for Winter Squash Risotto, starring frozen cooked winter squash. If you've never made risotto before, give it a try. Our kids could eat this rich and creamy side dish every week … that's how much they love it! If you missed the demo, you can still watch it online.
Episode 126: Drop In & Decorate
December 1, 2010
The holiday season is all about giving, so on this week's podcast, we feature food blogger, Lydia Walshin, founder and director of the delicious nonprofit organization, Drop In & Decorate. According to Lydia's website, Drop In & Decorate is a simple concept: bake some cookies, invite friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers to stop in and help decorate, then donate your cookies to a local food pantry, emergency shelter, senior center, lunch program, or other community agency meeting the needs of food or shelter. Drop In & Decorate parties allow people to give back, and ever since the program was founded, over 24,000 cookies have been shared with those in need. This week's show is part of the first-annual Holiday Food Podcast Project, so be sure to visit our blog for a listing of the other participating podcasters.
Episode 125: New York Times Cookbook
November 24, 2010
For six years, Amanda Hesser cooked her way through the New York Times's recipe archive – with recipes going back more than 150 years. The result: The Essential New York Times Cookbook with over 1,000 mouth-watering recipes, a menu suggestion section, and a 45-page index! On today's show, we interview Amanda Hesser and dish about how she chose the recipes, tested them rigorously even when she was pregnant with twins, and explore her philosophy on feeding kids. We also share three recipes: Sweet Potato Casserole, Teddy's Apple Pie, and Cucumbers in Cream.
Episode 124: Avocado: Our Favorite Food
November 17, 2010
Ask us to name our number-one, absolute most favorite food on the planet and our answer is simple: avocado. We love the creamy texture, indulgent flavor, and nutritional profile of avocados. They provide heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and nutrients such as folate, lutein, and Vitamin E, and we don't like to share them (that's how much we love 'em)! On this week's show, we serve up tips for choosing the perfect avocado, advice for how to peel and slice them, and share lots of creative ways to add avocados to your family's diet. And while we're at it, we offer a recipe (courtesy of the California Avocado Commission) for Avocado, Cranberry and Pistachio Biscotti.
Episode 123: No Whine Book Launch
November 10, 2010
It's not every day you get to throw yourself a party, but that's exactly what we did last Friday night when we officially launched our new cookbook, No Whine with Dinner. On the eve of the annual meeting of the American Dietetic Association (known affectionately as FNCE), we gathered with fellow dietitians from across the country as well as family members and some fabulous foodie friends to celebrate in style. We dish all about the party on this week's show and share "sound bites" from some of our guests for getting kids of all ages to eat a healthy and delicious diet. You won't want to miss this episode!
Episode 122: Atlanta Food Adventures
October 27, 2010
Last week we ventured to Atlanta, GA for the city's annual Taste of Atlanta event. At the festival, we cooked up one of our favorite family-friendly recipes for Quick Apple Sausage Quesadillas, and we had a chance to sample some of Atlanta's finest cuisine. We also took some time to visit area restaurant including Miller Union. Liz isn't sure what got into her but she couldn't resist the Braised Rabbit with Radishes and Creamed Turnips while Janice enjoyed the NY Strip with Creamy Polenta and Brussels Sprouts. Yes folks, there's a whole lot more to the South than grits and chicken fried steak!
Episode 121: Cooking With Canned Pumpkin
October 20, 2010
We celebrate Halloween on this week's Cooking with the Moms with a tribute to the almighty pumpkin. A member of the Cucurbita family (which also includes squash and cucumber), pumpkin is off the charts when it comes to versatility and nutrition: It's packed with immune-boosting vitamin A as well as fiber and nutrients like potassium. We shared some fabulous recipes on the show including a makeover for Trader Joe's Truffle Brownies, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars, Pumpkin Custard, Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Frosting, and a bunch more.
Episode 120: Interview with Chef Ann Cooper
October 13, 2010
There has been a lot of talk these days about school lunch reform, and on this week's podcast, we joined the conversation...in a big way. No, Jamie Oliver, host of the hit TV series, Food Revolution was not on the show. And no, First Lady Michelle Obama who launched Let's Move, did not join us. Our star guest was Chef Ann Cooper, author of Lunch Lessons and known to millions nationwide as The Renegade Lunch Lady. Ann is the director of Nutrition Services of the Boulder Valley School District and Founder of the Food Family Farming Foundation. The two main projects of the foundation are The Lunch Box and the Great American Salad Bar Project. Tune in for Ann's advice on reforming your school lunch program.
Episode 119: Flaxseed and Wheat Germ
October 6, 2010
Ground Flaxseed and wheat germ can add great nutrition to everyday recipes – everything from the breading on chicken Parmesan to pancake, cookie, muffin and quick bread batters. On today's show, we share two recipes. The first is for Cheesy Chicken Parmesan, a recipe made with ground flaxseed in the crispy coating, and the second is for Orange-Cranberry Wheat Germ Muffins made with super-nutritious wheat germ.
Episode 118: Seafood for Families
September 29, 2010
Does your family eat two seafood meals a week? That's the recommendation from the American Heart Association yet getting more fish on the table can be a challenge for many families. Seafood is rich in lean protein, omega-3 fats, and nutrients like selenium and vitamin D, and it's delicious...depending on how you prepare it! On this week's show, we share three recipes guaranteed to appeal to families: Almond-Crusted Tilapia, Shrimp, Zucchini & Corn Pancakes and Crispy Shrimp with Garlicky Sauteed Spinach.
Episode 117: Boston Gets Back to Nature
September 22, 2010
Boston's bustling City Hall Plaza was recently turned into a mini oasis: Picture lemon groves, a pergola surrounded by a mini field of sunflowers, vanilla beans hanging from orchids, and a mint and chocolate relaxation station. On today's show, we dish all about the "Back to Nature" event and share two recipes. The first is for homemade pesto made with fresh basil, mint and lemon zest...and the second for a cold cantaloupe soup featuring fresh mint, lemon, and vanilla bean.
Episode 116: Summer Tomatoes
September 1, 2010
Tomatoes are at their peak in New England right now, which means endless good eats as far as we're concerned. Janice's husband, Don, has a green thumb that just won't quit, and his backyard garden is brimming right now with the sweetest, juiciest tomatoes you've ever seen. As for Liz's garden, well, let's just say she's shelling out hard cash for her tomatoes this summer! During this week’s show, we serve up a new recipe creation for an Open-Faced PB & Tomato Sandwich (yes, it sounds weird, but it is soooo good), take you behind the scenes to Pumpkin Pond Farm on Nantucket where Liz sampled just-picked tomatoes, still warm from the sun, and share lots of fresh, new ideas for preparing tomatoes, inspired by our Twitter friends and Facebook fans.
Episode 115: Tyler Florence Interview
August 25, 2010
When it comes to feeding the public, celebrity chef and Food Network host, Tyler Florence is known for his uncomplicated recipes, bright flavors, and fresh food. And when it comes to feeding his family, this dynamic dad is clearly devoted to good nutrition. On this week's show, we caught up with Tyler to talk about his three kids, the importance of sharing family meals, and some clever ways to get picky eaters to try new foods. Tyler was in Boston for the National "got milk?" Milk Mustache Mobile Tour to discuss the importance of "milking the moment at mealtime." Tyler shared a recipe for Roasted Broccoli with Crispy Parmesan and Lemon and he also offered up a few autographed copies of his cookbooks for a Meal Makeover Moms' Kitchen giveaway.
Episode 114: Substituting Ingredients
August 18, 2010
How many times have you been in the middle of making a recipe only to discover you're out of a key ingredient? We can certainly relate to that! Thanks to Substituting Ingredients: The A to Z Kitchen Reference (Sourcebooks, 2010) by Becky Sue Epstein, the next time you run out of pumpkin pie spice, or teriyaki sauce, or even an egg, you'll be able to swap it in no time with something else from your pantry. Besides her substitution tips (don't have a cardoon ... no worries!), Becky also reveals common yields (did you know 1 pound of potatoes yields 1 ¾-cups mashed?), remedies for fixing common kitchen disasters, and household formulas. Be sure to check out our blog post for more information on this indispensable guide.
Episode 113: BlogHer 2010
August 11, 2010
At this year's BlogHer 2010 conference, everyone from food and fashion bloggers to mommy bloggers gathered in New York City to network and learn about new ways to blog better. We were there too, and on this week's show, we share our adventures. Highlights included working at the Got Milk booth and posing for a bloggers'-only Milk Mustache ad, attending educational sessions on photography and web analytics, and dining at some of New York's most delicious restaurants. Tune in for all the fun.
Episode 112: Healthy Summer Grilling
August 4, 2010
If Grilled Pork with Pineapple Pizzazz whets your appetite, be sure to tune into this week's Cooking with the Moms podcast. On the show, we join fellow podcasters for the Summer 2010 Podcast Project where we dish about our favorite summertime food adventures. Although we've been super busy this summer finishing the manuscript for our new cookbook, we've each enjoyed flavorful and nutritious meals prepared on the outdoor grill.
Episode 111: Great Sodium Debate
July 21, 2010
Should all Americans pay closer attention to shaking the salt habit? The answer is, "Yes" according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a group established to update the 2005 Dietary Guidelines. According to the committee, "On average, Americans of all ages consume too few vegetables, fruits, high-fiber whole grains, low-fat milk and milk products, and seafood, and they eat too much added sugars, solid fats, refined grains, and sodium." To that end, they suggest we all lower our sodium intake to 1,500 milligrams a day --- a lofty goal indeed given that, on average, Americans consume 4,000 milligrams daily. So in this show, we explore ways to cut back on sodium...everything from navigating the supermarket aisles to new ways to prepare food.
Episode 110: Cookbook: Sneak Preview
July 14, 2010
The manuscript for our new cookbook, NO WHINE WITH DINNER: 150 Healthy, Kid-Tested Recipes from The Meal Makeover Moms is done! The book will be available in early October, 2010, and we can't wait for everyone to see it. We wrote the book with the help of the many moms in our social media network. They tested recipes and offered feedback, and many sent us their best secrets for getting picky eaters to try new foods...without complaint. The goal of the book is turn mealtime whines into "wows." During today's show, we shared a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of our new book.
Episode 109: Power of Probiotics
June 30, 2010
On today's show, we chow down on probiotics, friendly bacteria that may support the immune system, regulate the digestive tract, and ease symptoms of lactose intolerance. Consuming foods swimming in bacteria may not sound appetizing, but when good bacteria like lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium are ingested, they help to keep us healthy. Probiotics can be found in supplements as well as in everyday fermented foods including yogurt, soy yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut.
Episode 108: No-Recipe Dinners
June 23, 2010
On this week's show, we cook up family-friendly dinners that are so easy, you don't even need a recipe. Everyone can probably relate to those nights when you walk in the door at 5pm and have no idea what to make for dinner. For some people, mac & cheese, frozen chicken nuggets, or a pizza become the dinner du jour... But all those "fast" foods aren't always the most nutritious. To make last-minute meals easy, we share lots of ideas for making quick dinners -- things like quesadillas, soups, and sliders -- from the foods you may already have in your pantry, and we promise that each and every one of them will be nutritious and good for your family.
Episode 107: Beef News
June 16, 2010
On this week's show, we saddle up and head out on the range for the latest news on beef nutrition, tips for choosing the leanest cuts of meat, and a recipe for Lemon Thyme Rub, just in time for Father's Day. Last week, Liz traveled to Napa Valley, CA for the Live Well 2010 conference, sponsored by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. There, she met ranchers (some of whom were women!), scientists, and top California chefs, and she had an opportunity to cook at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America with fellow dietitians from around the country.
Episode 106: Whole Grain Goodness
June 9, 2010
During this week's show, we talk about the benefits of eating more whole grains, share tips for adding more of them to your family's diet, feature an interview with Bob of Bob's Red Mill, and serve up a delicious recipe for Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies. Tune in if you're curious about teff, amaranth, quinoa, and other whole grains.
Episode 105: Favorite Cookbooks
May 26, 2010
What are your favorite family cookbooks and how do you read them? For this week's show, we asked our fans and followers to share their cookbook reading habits, and it turns out that many read cookbooks like a novel. Others thumb through the recipes, see what catches their eye and then shop for the ingredients...while others look through the index for ingredients already on hand and then get cooking from there. During the show, we also share recipes for The Best Cookie Ever and Vegetarian EnchiladasVegetarian Enchiladas.
Episode 104: Soy Story
May 19, 2010
This week's show is all about soy. Soybeans are a type of legume native to Southest Asia. They may be tiny, but soybeans are the most widely grown legume in the world with about 210 million tons cultivated annually. That's a lot of beans! Foods made from soy include tofu, soymilk, edamame, soynuts, miso (soy paste), tempeh, soy burgers and soynut butter. To explain how soy foods can fit into a healthy family diet we invited pediatrician, Dr. Alan Greene, author of several books including Raising Baby Green and Feeding Baby Green, to be a guest on the show. Soy foods often find their way on to Dr. Greene's dinner table (he has four kids), so we asked him to weigh in on the health benefits of soy, the difference between whole and processed soy, and the role soy may play in heart disease and cancer prevention. We also have a recipe to share for Tropical Soymilk Smoothie.
Episode 103: Breakfast for Dinner
May 12, 2010
Lately, we've been up to our elbows in recipe testing for the new book. So when Eggland's Best Eggs invited us to a food blogger's dinner in downtown Boston, we jumped at the opportunity (plus, they've been our podcast sponsor since the show launched, so we were eager to meet them). At their Breakfast for Dinner event, we met fellow food bloggers from the Boston area, and had an opportunity to sample some delicious egg-inspired dishes: French Toast with Warm Vermont Maple Syrup, Linguini Carbonara, and Duck Omelet made with duck confit, crumbled blue cheese, and baby spinach. We also learned about the new-and-improved EB eggs – they provide vitamins D and E, lutein (an antioxidant good for eye health), and omega-3 fats. On the show, we also feature a kid-friendly recipe for Crispy Kale Chips (you'll have to listen to find out what kale chips have to do with eggs)!
Episode 102: School Lunch Revolution
May 5, 2010
What's happening in your community to improve the school lunch menu? On today's show we join the school lunch revolution with an overview of several initiatives going on across the country to reform school lunch programs. From Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution to Chef Ann Cooper's mission to transform highly processed school food to highly nourishing food, we explore some of the innovative programs taking place from coast to coast. We also share some kid-friendly brown bag ideas including a recipe for a Healthy Hero.
Episode 101: Foodie Conference
April 28, 2010
Recently, while Liz sat in Boston with nowhere to go (her family's flight to the UK was canceled due to the erupting Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland ... say that five times backwards!) Janice flew to Portland, OR for the annual meeting of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). She feasted on fine food and hobnobbed with famous foodies, and on today's show, she shares all of those fabulous adventures. During the show, she also serves up a recipe for Sesame Broccoli Pasta that she enjoyed during the trip. For more information, visit the Moms' blog at http://www.mealmakeovermoms.com.
Episode 100: Show 100 Celebration
April 14, 2010
Today marks the release of our 100th Cooking with the Moms podcast. It's hard to believe we made it this far...but we're fired up and ready for the next 100! When we look back, we can't stop smiling as we remember our favorite episodes. For Liz, our Composting for Dummies show (Episode 73 on September 23, 09) jumps out as one of the funniest ever. If you haven't listened to it yet, be sure to tune in. Janice's hubby, Don, was our guest, and for a mild-mannered home inspector, he's an absolute hoot! As for Janice, her favorite was Episode 83, Kitchen Stories with our Moms, which featured kitchen memories from Janice's mom, Carol, and Liz's mother-in-law, Joy. During the show, we share listener emails and a new recipe for "Sushi" Ham & Cheese Roll Ups.
Episode 99: Menu Planning 101
April 7, 2010
If you're like us and were NOT born with the organizing gene, this is the show for you. We're joined by Laura from the blog, I'm an Organizing Junkie, who shares her strategies for planning a healthy and delicious weekly menu the whole family will love. Laura says that menu planning saved her life, so tune in and find out why!
Episode 98: Teen Meal Makeovers
March 31, 2010
Teenagers are often tempted by a diet of pizza, white bagels, French fries, and soft drinks. On today's show, we give teen favorites a healthy makeover. We also answer common questions posed by teens and their parents including, "are diet soft drinks okay for teens," "what’s better, whole milk, skim or something in between," and "can certain foods help to fight stress?" Tune in too for tips on adding more fruits, veggies, and whole grains to teen diets.
Episode 97: "Lets Move" Michelle Obama
March 24, 2010
When Michelle Obama announced her Let's Move initiative to end childhood obesity, we jumped for joy (okay, maybe not literally, but certainly figuratively). The goal of Let's Move, in the words of the First Lady, is "to solve the problem of childhood obesity in a generation, so that children born today can reach adulthood at a healthy weight." Sadly, since 1980, rates of childhood overweight and obesity have tripled. Today, over a third of America's youth weigh too much. The initiative strives to tackle four things: Healthier Schools, Physical Activity, Accessible and Affordable Healthy Food, and Healthy Choices. That's certainly a tall order, but we believe Obama's challenge to all of us -- parents, school administrators, restaurants, supermarkets, the food industry -- is not just timely and critical ... it's doable. How do you feel about Let's Move and what's happening in your home or community to reverse the obesity/poor nutrition tide?
Episode 96: Good Manners for Kids
March 10, 2010
Does your child burp at the dinner table, diss your home cooking, get up and down from the dinner table, or run around at a restaurant when he should be sitting politely with a napkin on his or her lap? If you've struggled with good manners, be sure to tune into this week's show for advice from our guests, Alex Von Bidder and Leslie McGuirk. Alex and Leslie wrote the wonderful new children's book, Wiggens Learns His Manners at the Four Seasons Restaurant, and they know first-hand what it takes to get kids focused on good manners.
Episode 95: Potato Casserole & Spud Facts
March 3, 2010
On today's Cooking with the Moms' podcast, we feature a stick-to-your ribs, family-pleasing recipe for Ham & Broccoli Hash Brown Casserole. The inspiration for this dish came from a Facebook fan who sent us a saturated fat laden hash brown casserole recipe and asked us to give it a makeover. Not only did we slash the bad fat and the sodium in the recipe, we added some broccoli for extra good nutrition. In the show, we also share some fun facts about potatoes.
Episode 94: Stress Busting/Health Boosting Mom Tips
February 24, 2010
Do you spend every waking moment taking care of everyone...but yourself? Are you feeling stressed out? Does your back ache? Do you wish you could carve out even a few precious minutes for yourself each day? To bust through your stress and boost your health, we're joined this week by fitness expert, Joe Sweeney, author of I Know I Should Exercise...But and lifestyle guru at Rancho La Puerta spa in Tecate, Mexico. In addition to Joe's tips – breathing deeply 10 minutes a day, scheduling exercise like you'd schedule a dentist's appointment, starting small, making exercise fun – we also share a mom-friendly recipe for Squash-Apple Soup with Thai Red Curry and Mexican Red Rice.
Episode 93: Bring Back Sunday Dinner
February 17, 2010
When you were a kid, was Sunday Dinner part of your family's weekly mealtime routine? For this week's Cooking with the Moms, we reminisce about Sunday Dinner with two special guests: Janice's mom, Carol, and Liz's mother-in-law, Joy. We share tips for bringing families back to the dinner table – especially on Sundays, and we dish about fun ways to make mealtime more enjoyable. We also serve up two hearty recipes. The first is for Thyme Roasted Chicken and the second for Yorkshire Pudding, a British side dish similar to popovers.
Episode 92: Waffles for Your Valentine
February 10, 2010
For Valentine's Day, surprise your special someone with our fabulous Banana Brownie Waffles. They're perfect for breakfast in bed or for breakfast at your kitchen table. Made with our new Belgian waffle maker, these hearty and healthy waffles feature bananas, cocoa powder, eggs, whole wheat and all-purpose flour, and wheat germ. During the show, we share our new recipe along with our favorite frozen waffle brands.
Episode 91: Rancho La Puerta Adventures
February 3, 2010
On today's show, we take you on an amazing food and fitness adventure to Rancho La Puerta, a destination spa in Tecate, Mexico. The reason we're excited to talk about "The Ranch" is because we recently returned from a one-week visit where we gave a lecture on the Secret to Healthy Meal Makeovers and led a hands-on cooking class at the Ranch's beautiful La Cocina Que Canta (The Kitchen that Sings). We enjoyed meals of locally-grown, organic produce, fitness classes, early-morning hikes and so much more. One of the recipes we created for our cooking class was Grilled Salmon with Avocado Cilantro Sauce. Enjoy!
Episode 90: Casseroles with a Twist
January 20, 2010
Gooey and gloppy are just two of the words that come to mind when we think about classic casseroles. Typically made with creamed soups and lots of butter and full-fat cheese, casseroles get a bad nutrition rap because they have a tendency to stick to the ribs... and to the waistline. For this week's show, we decided to add a contemporary twist to casseroles by skimming away some of the bad fat and the excess calories and by incorporating some good-for-you ingredients (things like light soups, vegetables, whole wheat pasta blends)... and we do it without sacrificing the time-honored flavors. Our featured recipe is Silly Salmon Noodle Bake.
Episode 89: Vegetarian Delights
January 13, 2010
For today's show, we hop to one of the hottest food trends for 2010: meat-less meals. Vegetarian diets are growing in popularity. In fact, 3.2 percent of U.S. adults, or 7.3 million people, follow a vegetarian-based diet. To join the bandwagon, we created two new vegetarian recipes: Very Veggie Chili and Silky Chocolate Caramel Pie. The chili features Galaxy's really delicious soy-based Veggie cheese (completely cholesterol and saturated-fat free) and the pie is made with a surprise ingredient: tofu!!
Episode 88: 2010 Goals & Food Trends
January 6, 2010
What are your goals and resolutions for 2010? In this week's Cooking with the Moms podcast, we divulge our top resolutions for the year. Perhaps our biggest goal is to write our second cookbook! As for Janice, she's still dreaming of a new kitchen. Also on the show, we dish about some of the hottest food trends for the new decade: sustainability, simplicity, knowing where your food comes from, word-of-mouth food/restaurant recommendations (from social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs), low sodium, low carbon, and more.
Episode 87: Persimmon Cookie Rescue
December 30, 2009
In season October through February, bright orange persimmons are often found adorning holiday tables... but have you ever tried them before? Much to our embarrassment, neither of us had feasted on persimmons until Catarina, a Facebook fan from San Ramone, CA sent us a box filled with Hachiya (hi-CHEE-ah) persimmons picked straight from her father-in-law's backyard persimmon tree. When Catarina posted a note on our Facebook fan page asking if we could give her mother-in-law's persimmon cookies a healthy makeover, we accepted the challenge. Made with a cup of shortening, we knew we could lighten things up while removing all the unhealthy trans fats. Be sure to tune into this week's show to learn all about persimmons and to hear how we "rescued" Catarina’s wonderful Sweet Spiced Persimmon Cookies.
Episode 86: Quinoa Karma
December 23, 2009
A recently discovered ancient "grain" native to South America, quinoa was once called "the gold of the Incas." The Incas recognized the value of quinoa in increasing the stamina of their warriors. Quinoa is a complete protein – it includes all nine essential amino acids and is a good source of magnesium, manganese, iron and copper. It is similar in size to couscous and is technically considered the seed of a plant related to beets, chard and spinach. When cooked, the seeds "sprout" and become fluffy yet slightly crunchy. The three delicious, family-friendly recipes featured in today's show include: Crunchy Quinoa with Almonds & Apricots, Lemony Red Quinoa with Butternut Squash and Roasted Quinoa with Potatoes and Cheese.
Episode 85: Gourmet Magazine Tribute
December 16, 2009
It's hard to believe that Gourmet, The Magazine of Good Living, has closed its doors after nearly 70 years. First published in 1941, Gourmet was the first magazine devoted to food and wine. To pay tribute to this illustrious foodie publication, Liz's Gourmet Cooking Group recently enjoyed a holiday-inspired feast with recipes exclusively from Gourmet. We hope you savor this week's show as we dish about Gourmet and Liz's favorite recipes from the meal -- Porcini Mushroom Soup and Gingered Carrot Latkes.
Episode 84: Breakfast Any Time
December 9, 2009
What's your favorite meal of the day? If it's breakfast, you're in luck. On a recent trip to Napa, CA, we ate a spectacular breakfast at the Boon Fly Café. The dishes we devoured inspired us to create two family-friendly breakfast recipes that you can enjoy at any meal. The first recipe for Green Eggs & Bacon Pizza is sure to please every child at your table. Made with eggs, a few slices of all-natural bacon, baby spinach, and reduced-fat cheese, it's hearty and healthy, and all of our kids loved it. Our second recipe for B.L.T. with More is a classic B.L.T. topped with a surprise ingredient: an egg.
Episode 83: Kitchen Stories with Our Moms
December 2, 2009
This week, we toured ten lovely kitchens in Melrose, MA (that's where Janice lives). The kitchen tour was part of a local fundraiser, and we decided to bring Janice's mom along as well as Liz's mother-in-law, who was visiting from England. After the tour, we invited the moms back to our studio to record a podcast on all of our kitchens from the past as well as our kitchens of the present (with a few dreams for the future mixed in). We had lots of laughs and learned about the challenges past generations faced when it came to getting a healthy, square meal on the table (let's just say there were no Sub Zero refrigerators back then)!
Episode 82: Healthy Thanksgiving
November 25, 2009
On this week's show, we're talking turkey with two family-pleasing recipes! Clearly we're not the only ones with turkey on our minds. According to the National Turkey Federation, every year, Americans consume an estimated 46 million turkeys on Thanksgiving Day alone. Our first recipe for Golden Mashed Party Potatoes calls for Yukon Gold potatoes, which have a naturally creamy and buttery flavor, and sweet potatoes, packed with immune-boosting vitamin A. The fat and calories in this simple side dish are considerably less than most traditional mashed potato recipes -- typically made with beaucoup butter -- because we get away with just one tablespoon. For our second recipe, we cooked up a turkey leftover recipe from the November, 2009 issue of Bon Appétit magazine for Barbecue Pulled-Turkey Sandwiches. The sandwiches were tasty, filling, and best of all, kid friendly!
Episode 81: Napa Valley Adventures
November 18, 2009
On a recent trip to Napa, CA for the Manic Mommies annual Escape, we cooked up a fabulous new recipe for Quick Apple Sausage Quesadillas. All the moms at the Escape loved the recipe because it's easy, versatile (you could use any kind of meat or veggie in the quesadillas), and after trying it, many agreed even the pickiest of eaters would be willing to try it. In this week's show, we also dish about the amazing restaurants we enjoyed during our trip to San Francisco and Napa: Chez Panisse, Ubuntu, and Pica Pica, and Bottega.
Episode 80: Pizza Tonight
November 11, 2009
Kids between the ages of 3 to 11 prefer pizza over all other food groups for lunch and for dinner. Pizza is a quintessential family favorite, but it can also be a nutritional nightmare when topped with things like pepperoni, sausage, and gobs of full-fat cheese. To lighten things up, we created two new pizza recipes guaranteed to keep the troops happy. Our first recipe for Buffalo Chicken Pizza Pies uses whole wheat English muffins as the base. For the topping, we sauté diced chicken and bell peppers with hot & spicy buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressing. Part-skim mozzarella cheese is the final topping. Our second recipe for Sausage, Mushroom & Cannellini Pesto Pizza is packed with great flavor, and the "sauce" will surely surprise you. Tune in for lots of pizza trivia and our brand new, super-yummy recipes.
Episode 79: Dining in Denver
November 4, 2009
During our trip to Denver for the annual meeting of the American Dietetic Association last month, we dined our way around The Mile High City in style. Liz feasted on local favorites like buffalo and rattlesnake at The Fort, savored fine Mediterranean cuisine at Rioja, and enjoyed local/sustainable cooking at Root Down. Janice took a cool cooking class at Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, tried the local beer at Wynkoop Brewery, and hob knobbed with friends from Johnson & Wales (a culinary school in Providence, RI) at Venice, a yummy Italian restaurant. We concluded that the food scene in Denver rocks!
Episode 78: New Food Product News FNCE 2009
October 28, 2009
Every year, we attend the annual meeting of the American Dietetic Association. It's called FNCE (Food & Nutrition Conference and Exposition). This year, we had an opportunity to sample a wide array of healthy new food products, sure to appear in a supermarket near you. Some of our favorite new foods included Chobani Greek yogurt for kids, Larabar (we like their new PB&J flavor), barramundi, a sustainably raised farmed fish, and Welch's 100% grape juice with fiber.
Episode 77: Halloween Cupcakes & Scary Stories
October 21, 2009
Halloween is one of our kids' favorite days of the year. But let's face it: All that candy can be a bit much. If you're looking for a healthy "treat" for your little ghosts and goblins, try our Carrot Camouflage Cupcakes. They're made with healthy ingredients like carrots, whole wheat flour, and canola oil, and they're perfect for a neighborhood party or as something special when the kids get home from school. In addition to the recipe, on this week's show, we also share some scary stories about the food mistakes we've made this year. Be sure to visit our Flickr page for photos of our food faux pas.
Episode 76: Healthy Brunch
October 14, 2009
Brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch, often served after a morning event or prior to an afternoon one … and it's one of our favorite meal occasions. In this week's show, we share two recipes. The first is for Raspberry Breakfast Cake … a recipe we adapted from Gourmet magazine. Our second dish for Easy Enchilada Casserole first appeared in our cookbook, and it's a favorite among our loyal Meal Makeover Moms' following! We use meat-free grounds in the recipe so it's ideal for vegetarians, but you could also use ground beef, turkey or chicken and it would be just as yummy.
Episode 75: Autumn Apples
October 7, 2009
In this week's show, we chomp our way through autumn's finest apples. With names like Fuji, Honey Crisp, Jonah Gold, and Rome, who could resist. To celebrate one of nature's crispiest, crunchiest fruits, we share two recipes during the show. The first is a recipe for Baked Apples with Walnut & Dried Fruit Filling, inspired by a recipe we found in Eating Well magazine. We also have a recipe for Sautéed Cinnamon Apples which Janice created as a side dish for roasted pork.
Episode 74: Kid Food Makeovers
September 30, 2009
In lots of families, dinnertime is a stressful exercise in figuring out something healthy to make, and then getting the kids to actually eat it. What if, instead of trying to get your child to taste a new veggie tonight, you gave in and had mac & cheese? You can do just that, minus the guilt, thanks to our healthy updates of some tried-and-true kid favorites. Our recipes for the show include Mac & Cheese & Carrots and Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies.
Episode 73: Composting for Dummies
September 23, 2009
Get ready to take your coffee grounds, cucumber peels and egg shells out of the trash, because this week, Cooking with the Moms is all about composting. To help us sort through the dos and don'ts of backyard composting, we roped Janice's husband, Don, into coming onto the show. Home inspector by day and composter, well, by day, Don is an old pro at turning food scraps and garden clippings into rich, nutrient-packed soil. Composting does wonders for the environment, helps gardens grow (you should see Don’s herb garden), and it's easier than you may think. Tune in to the show for lots of tips and tricks and for resources for getting started.
Episode 72: Lunch Box Salads
September 16, 2009
Now that the kids are back in school, they may be suffering from brown bag boredom. To shake things up in the lunch box, we created two new cold pasta salads we hope your kids will love (ours certainly do). The first recipe for Better-Than-B-Plus Pasta Salad features bow tie pasta mixed with diced red bell pepper, feta cheese, chicken, and Italian salad dressing. It's a favorite with Janice's daughters. Our second recipe for Squiggly Chow Mein Salad with Snow Peas & Tofu is made with a super-flavorful sauce of soy sauce, tahini, ginger, and honey. Your kids will be the envy of the cafeteria!
Episode 71: School Birthday Parties
September 9, 2009
Birthdays come just once a year. Or do they? If your child is in daycare, preschool, or elementary school, chances are there's a class celebration every week or two. That's a lot of cupcakes. As moms and dietitians, we have nothing against an occasional cupcake, but we understand why some schools have revised their party policies. Among the concerns: food allergies, a commitment to more time spent on learning and less on parties, and worries over the expanding waistlines of American children. If a "no cupcake" rule in your kid's classroom has you stymied, tune in for our Krazy Face Fruit Kebab and Meringue Cloud Lollipop recipes as well as our food-free party ideas.
Episode 70: Julie & Julia and Julia Child Memories
September 2, 2009
Julie & Julia was deliciously funny and awesomely entertaining. Between us, we've seen the movie three times, and between us, we give it four thumbs up! This week's show is devoted to our thoughts on this year's number-one foodie movie and to our memories of the grand dame of cooking herself, Julia Child. Over the years, we've had the pleasure of meeting Julia. Once, we were both at her house for a luncheon with chocolate company executives (yum) and Liz even interviewed her several times when she worked at CNN. To hear more about our culinary encounters with Julia, be sure to tune into the show.
Episode 69: Slow Cooker Favorites
August 26, 2009
For the past few weeks, it's been way too hot outside to even think about turning on the oven inside. To get fast and healthy meals on the table without heating up our kitchens, we devoted this week's show to all things slow cooker. Our first recipe for Spinach Goo was featured on our blog recently as part of our ongoing Recipe Rescue series. It's a great side dish or vegetarian main dish. Our second recipe, Sweet & Hearty Beef Stew, is a 5-minute meal you'll definitely want to make over and over again. Be sure to tune in because we also have lots of great slow cooker tips to make your meals turn out terrific every time.
Episode 68: Gluten Free Diets
August 19, 2009
On this week's show, we feature the gluten-free diet, a diet for people diagnosed with celiac disease. The gluten-free diet has received a lot of attention over the past few years as more and more people have been diagnosed with this autoimmune condition. It's estimated that 1 in 133 individuals suffer from celiac disease. The only treatment is a diet devoid of gluten – the protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. During the show, we discuss many of the helpful books and websites now available and share two gluten-free recipes: Fudgy Black Bean Brownies and Garden Minestrone Soup.
Episode 67: Back-to-School Breakfast
August 12, 2009
Now that the lazy days of summer have abruptly come to an end for many families across America, we decided to record a show on back-to-school breakfast ideas for kids of all ages. It's often been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The reasons: Research shows that children who eat the morning meal have higher achievement scores, lower rates of absence from school, and increased concentration in the classroom. Eating breakfast is also associated with a healthier body weight. According to the American Dietetic Association, however, more than half of all teens don't eat breakfast on a regular basis. To entice your children to the breakfast table (or back to the table if they've been skipping it), we have two new recipe creations. The first for Blueberry Breakfast Parfait is a fun change of pace from the usual bowl of cereal. Our second recipe -- Berry Good French Toast -- features a naturally sweet, super healthy topping alternative to maple syrup.
Episode 66: Summer Food Adventures
August 5, 2009
From a giant 22-pound lobster to Korean barbeque to the biggest pancake you'll ever see, this week's Cooking with the Moms podcast is all about our culinary adventures this summer. Liz's travels took her throughout New England. First up was a trip to Nantucket where she ate at Town, Dune, and Lola 41, and stayed at a lovely inn called the Veranda House. She also visited Chatham, MA and Portsmouth, NH. They say Portsmouth has more restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the U.S. Janice and her family drove from Boston to D.C. Packed in her car was a cooler filled with her CSA produce from the week (which she cooked up for friends on their first night away)! She ate at Annandale Yechon, a Korean barbeque and got a view of Michelle Obama's White House vegetable garden.
Episode 65: Summer Gardens & Greens
July 29, 2009
Last week when Janice and her family traveled to Washington, DC on vacation, they stopped by the White House and had a chance to see Michelle Obama's organic vegetable garden. Though they couldn't get too close -- the secret service were everywhere so scaling the fence was clearly not an option -- Janice imagined she saw a bounty of ripe, juicy tomatoes, zucchini, and Swiss chard growing throughout the eleven hundred square foot garden. Our backyard gardens will never be as fancy as Michelle's, but we're still pretty darn proud of what we've each managed to grow this season. That's the topic of this week's show. Tune in as we dish about the nutritional merits of all sorts of greens -- spinach, chard, collards -- and share two fun recipes: Panko Crusted Goat Cheese Rounds and Beet Rosti with Rosemary.
Episode 64: Healthy Road Trip Food
July 15, 2009
According to AAA, over 37 million travelers took a road trip of 50 miles or more over the fourth of July weekend. That's a lot of driving and a lot of pit stops! To steer clear of fast food restaurants and road-side convenience stores, we suggest you pack your own foods – preferably healthy ones – the next time you hit the highway. In this week's show, we share two easy-to-pack nibbles: Turkey 'n Cheese Pretzel Sticks and Ham & Cheese Wraps. We also serve up a list of portable & healthy snack ideas for hungry travelers.
Episode 63: Food Blogging 101
July 8, 2009
There are literally thousands of food blogs on the world wide web featuring just about every food topic imaginable: vegetarian, gluten-free, gourmet, family meals (that's us), cupcakes, recipes using bananas (it's true), Southern cooking, and a whole lot more. For this week's show, we're joined by Maris, a 20-something publicist living in the Big Apple who loves to cook. She tells us all about her blog, In Good Taste and dishes with us about how to start and maintain a food blog. She also shares some of her favorite food blogs and a recipe for Baked Penne with Spinach & Sausage ... you and your family are going to love it!
Episode 62: Kebabs on the Grill
July 1, 2009
On this week's show, we celebrate the lazy days of summer with two new kebab recipes. They're perfect for the outdoor grill. Our Very Veggie Kebabs provide a sure-fire way to get kids excited about eating their vegetables. The zucchini, bell peppers and mushrooms in this simple side dish get soft and sweet as they caramelize on the grill. Our second recipe for Hoisin BBQ Kebabs with Pineapple Salsa calls for top sirloin steak, a lean cut of beef, and features a super flavorful salsa on the side.
Episode 61: Summer Strawberries
June 24, 2009
Strawberries are one of our favorite summertime fruits. Naturally sweet and packed with vitamin C and manganese (a nutrient important for normal bone formation), they're ideal for snacks and desserts. In this week's show, we share two terrific recipes. The first is a playful recipe for Strawberry Shortcake on a Bun ... perfect for a healthy afternoon nibble or a summer cookout. The second, Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Buffet, is one of those recipes that encourages kids of all ages to eat more fruit.
Episode 60: Pregnancy Nutrition
June 17, 2009
A lot of the conventional advice about what to eat before, during, and after pregnancy has changed quite a bit since we had kids. For the latest, greatest diet recommendations, we turned to Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD, author of the new book, Expect the Best. On this week's Cooking with the Moms' podcast, she shares a lot of surprising information. For example, did you know that when couples are trying to get pregnant, dads-to-be should take a daily multivitamin? The reason is that men need folic acid, vitamin C, and zinc for healthy sperm formation. Another surprise: Pregnant women, on average, consume about 54 milligrams of DHA omega-3 fat per day though their needs are much higher at 200 to 300 milligrams. To put that recommendation into perspective, consider that a 3-ounce serving of salmon has 740 milligrams. For lots of interesting pregnancy guidelines as well as Elizabeth's Salmon Burger recipe, be sure to tune into the show!
Episode 59: Underweight Kids
June 10, 2009
Recently, Liz overheard one of her son's 10-year old friends say, "I have to eat junk food because I'm too skinny." Liz's ears perked up because this thin, physically fit 4th grade boy was by no means "underweight." There are two common misconceptions we hear bantered about all the time: The first is that if a child is skinny, he must be "underweight." The second is that skinny kids should eat junk food in order to gain weight. To set the record straight, we explain how doctors and dietitians calculate a child's weight (technically, an "underweight' child falls below the 5th percentile for age and gender), share tips for adding high-quality calories to an underweight child's diet, and serve up two delicious recipes packed with great nutrition: Ham & Cheesy Breakfast Sandwiches and Krispy PB & Chocolate Treats.
Episode 58: Kids & Constipation
June 3, 2009
Today's show is flush with information on kids and constipation and simple lifestyle strategies designed to keep kids regular. There are various reasons children (and adults for that matter) get constipated: not enough fiber in the diet, lack of physical activity, ignoring the urge to have a movement, and dehydration. On the show, we focus on fiber, offering busy parents lots of tips for adding more roughage-rich foods during meals and snacks.
Episode 57: Sports Nutrition for Kids
May 27, 2009
On this week's show, we answer many of the questions we hear on the soccer field sideline and in the basketball stands: "What are the best kinds of carbs for kids?" "Does protein really build strong muscles, and do kids who play sports need more than kids who don't?" And, "are sports drinks really necessary?" To help us answer those questions and many more, Nancy Clark, author of Nancy Clark's Sport's Nutrition Guidebook, joins us in the studio. Nancy also share some of kid-friendly recipes from her book: Sugar & Spice Trail Mix, Homemade Sports Drink, and Crushed Tortilla Chip Casserole.
Episode 56: Healthy Baby & Bridal Showers
May 20, 2009
'Tis the season for baby and bridal showers. If you're looking for clever party ideas or delicious and nutritious recipes, this is the show for you! On today's Cooking with the Moms, we're joined by Emily Miles Terry, author of Postcards from the Bump: A Chick's Guide to Getting to Know the Baby in Your Belly. Emily shares two recipes: Little Monkey Muffins and Pasta Salad with Chicken, Tomatoes, and Corn, and she offers some really cool party themes for your next bridal or baby shower. Some of our favorite themes are "Once Upon a Time," "Green/Eco-Friendly," and "Showered with Advice."
Episode 55: Eating Green
May 13, 2009
Did you know that our food choices have as much of an impact on the planet as the cars we drive? In fact, the average American's diet creates an estimated 2.8 tons of carbon emissions each year – that's more than we generate through driving. On this week's podcast, we're joined by Kate Geagan, author of Eat Green, Get Lean. She offers tips for eating green – compost your food waste, join a CSA, buy energy efficient appliances – along with two delicious recipes: Hearty Corn Muffins and Tofu Cashew Stir-Fry with Sugar Snap Peas.
Episode 54: Vitamin D Nutrition
May 6, 2009
Vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin – is best known as the vitamin that cured rickets. But today, vitamin D is being hailed for doing much more. It helps the body absorb calcium, so it maintains healthy bones and helps prevent osteoporosis (10 million Americans over the age of 50 are diagnosed with the "brittle bone" disease every year). New research suggests that vitamin D may also protect against certain cancers, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and autoimmune diseases. Good dietary sources are fortified foods such as milk, yogurt, margarines and cereals, catfish, sardines, salmon, tuna and egg yolks. Our two featured recipes in today's show can help to boost your vitamin D intake: Banana Split Smoothie and Grilled Mozzarella & Smoked Salmon Panini.
Episode 53: Food Safety Dos and Don'ts
April 29, 2009
Now that the weather is warm and backyard grills are back in action, we figured now is as good a time as any to talk about the dos and don'ts of food safety. In this week's show, we dispel the myth that mayonnaise is a key food spoilage culprit, share a recipe for Red, White & Blue Potato Salad, and give a pop food safety quiz to our listeners! Did you know that as a rule of thumb, leftover foods should not stay out of refrigeration for more than two hours while in hot weather (80 degrees F or warmer), the time is reduced to just one hour? Stay tuned for lots of tips and tricks for keeping your food healthy and safe for everyone to enjoy.
Episode 52: Cholesterol Lowering Foods
April 22, 2009
On today's show, we serve up the latest news on foods that lower cholesterol. Some of the power foods we dish about are oatmeal, walnuts and other nuts, fatty fish such as salmon, olive oil, beans, and spreads fortified with plant sterols and stanols. Our two cholesterol-lowering recipes are Oatmeal Power Breakfast topped with pure maple syrup, blueberries, and chopped nuts and Shrimp & Black Bean Tacos -- contrary to popular belief, eating shrimp won't raise your cholesterol ... in fact, it can have the opposite affect.
Episode 51: Seven Dinners Under Seven Dollars
April 15, 2009
Imagine a dinner that costs less than seven dollars for a family of four! Wow... talk about budget busting meals. In this week's podcast, we share seven low-cost recipes that you and your family are sure to love. Our first recipe for Ravioli & Chard Lasagna is easy, kid friendly, and costs just $1.75 per serving. We also share a new recipe for Meat 'n Potato Bites – a delicious, inexpensive side dish you're sure to make again and again.
Episode 50: Easter and Passover Food Memories
April 8, 2009
When we think about Easter and Passover, fond food memories come to mind. At Easter, Janice dreams of her neighbor's lamb cake. That's right! This delectable cake is shaped like a lamb and decorated with white frosting and shredded coconut. For Liz, Passover conjures up memories of matzoh and her mom’s pot roast. For the holidays, we created two new recipes: Nutty Noodle Kugel and Minty Lamb Burgers with Walnuts & Feta.
Episode 49: April Fool's Nutrition
April 1, 2009
On today's show, we laugh our way through the whacky world of nutrition. For starters, we discuss common nutrition myths such as, "potatoes and bread are fattening," "eating late at night goes straight to your hips," and "eggs raise cholesterol," and debunk them all. We also share two of our favorite recipes: Frog Legs – a perennial favorite with kids -- and Devil's Food Layer Cake with Peppermint Frosting with its 1,300 calories and 75 grams of fat (oh, and "April Fool's")!!
Episode 48: Bento Box Lunches
March 25, 2009
If your kids suffer from brown bag boredom, try packing their school lunch in a bento box. Bento boxes are traditionally used in Japan for storing separate small dishes that comprise an individual meal – most often lunch. The boxes are beautifully designed, and a staggering 12 million bento-box meals are sold each day. You don't have to live in Japan though to use a bento box. For school-age kids, there are plenty of simple, plastic bento boxes to choose from (we like the boxes from LaptopLunches.com). In this week's show, we share some bento packing tips as well as favorite school lunch and snack ideas from blog readers and podcast listeners. We also serve up our newest recipe for Thousand Island Roast Beef Wraps.
Episode 47: Lowdown on Legumes
March 18, 2009
Legumes are some of the healthiest foods on the planet yet they are often misunderstood. Legumes include thousands of plants -- beans, lentils, peanuts, peas, and soybeans -- that have seed pods split along both sides when ripe. Ask most people, "what’s a legume?" and you’ll hear a bunch of answers such as, "a body of water," or "a grassy swampy area," (lagoon) and "stockings" or "socks" (leggings)! Legumes are packed with protein, fiber, iron, folate and other health enhancing nutrients. The two kid-friendly recipes in this show are Mexican Lasagna featuring black beans and Peanut Butter Power Cookies featuring peanuts, a legume and not a nut.
Episode 46: Irish Food Light
March 11, 2009
On today's show we celebrate St. Patrick's Day with some Irish inspired recipes. Though neither one of us is Irish, we never miss an opportunity to celebrate the foods and flavors of any holiday. For St. Patrick's Day, we take traditional corned beef and use it in a slimmed down, more nutritious version of corned beef hash (did you know a 1-cup serving of canned corned beef hash over 1,600 mg of sodium?). You're going to love our recipe for Corned Beef & Carrot Hash. We also take traditional Irish bread pudding and give it a makeover for our Better-for-You Bread Pudding.
Episode 45: No Whine with Dinner
March 4, 2009
On today's show, we share tips and tricks for putting the kibosh on your kids' moans and groans at the dinner table. For us, there's nothing worse than spending precious time on making dinner only to have the kids complain and whine when it's served. That's why today's show is called, No Whine with Dinner. Our goal is to show you how to make mealtime pleasant and peaceful and to ultimately bring better nutrition to your family table. Some of our tips include establishing a "zero tolerance whine policy," hiring the kids to be recipe reviewers (click here for a copy of our Recipe Reviewer Chart), and making mealtime fun and enjoyable by using pretty placemats, lighting a candle, using a Lazy Susan, etc.
Episode 44: Healthy Comfort Food
February 25, 2009
On today's show, we're adding a healthy, kid-friendly twist to comfort food. Comfort food can be notoriously high in fat, calories and sodium and somewhat lacking in the good nutrition department. The result: All those stick-to-your-ribs bites end up sticking to your waistline. Our two recipes – Chicken & Broccoli Casserole with Crunchy Almond Topping and Slow Cooked Barbecue Beef are easy to make and are guaranteed to appeal to your entire family.
Episode 43: Seafood Kids will Eat
February 18, 2009
Seafood isn't exactly the number-one food kids clamor for, so on today's show we share tips for getting your entire family hooked for life! Seafood – salmon, shrimp, tilapia, catfish – is a great source of high-quality protein, rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fats and contains nutrients that promote good health. Our two recipes, Almond-Crusted Tilapia and Shells with Shrimp & Edamame are sure to appeal to your kids, even if they're picky!
Episode 42: Valentine's Without the Guilt
February 11, 2009
On this week's show, we let our hair down with two dessert recipes that feature one of our favorite foods: chocolate! Chocolate is one of those foods that says, "I love you." (It's too bad Brussels sprouts and broccoli don't elicit that same warm & fuzzy feeling). To show all the special people in your life how much you love them, try our Chocolaty Coconut Party Torte and our Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries – two recipes with some surprising and healthy ingredients.
Episode 41: Pressure Cooking 101
February 4, 2009
In today's show, we turn the dinner hour into the dinner minutes. Recently, we discovered the amazing ease, health benefits, and convenience of cooking in a pressure cooker (not the one your grandmother used but the modern-day style that won’t explode!). To help busy families get nutritious meals on the table quickly, we have two recipes: Butternut Squash Risotto, bursting with great flavor and immune-boosting vitamin A, and Shane's Fabulous Lentil Soup, a kid-friendly recipe we got from pressure cooker guru, Jill Nussinow (AKA The Veggie Queen).
Episode 40: Super Bowl Light
January 28, 2009
To celebrate this year's Super Bowl, we created two deliciously healthy recipes for you, your friends, and your family. The first recipe, Tailgate Chili, is made with two types of beans – Great Northern and red kidney – and is perfect for the vegetarians in your life. Our other recipe for Post-Season Pesto Pizza is bursting with flavor thanks to two of our favorite ingredients: caramelized onions and basil pesto. This recipe is also versatile -- you can use the ingredients and layer them on two 16-ounce Italian bread loaves versus the two pizza crusts. As for who we are rooting for in this year's Super Bowl ... The Patriots (ooops, they didn't even make it into the playoffs this year)!
Episode 39: Winter Vegetables
January 21, 2009
Just because it's cold outside (especially here in New England where we live) doesn't mean vegetables are out of season. Cruise the supermarket produce section and you'll see an array of colorful winter veggies – everything from broccoli and Brussels sprouts to snow peas and squash. For today's show, we'll tempt your family's taste buds with two vegetable side dishes: Saucy Spaghetti Squash and Mashed Potatoes & Turnips.
Episode 38: Host a Cooking Party
January 14, 2009
When our cookbook was released in 2004, we wanted to share our recipes and tips with fellow moms and dads, so we started a series of cooking demonstrations called Meal Makeover Mom Cooking Parties. We traveled the country and met amazing people along the way. Since we couldn't keep up with the travel, we created a do-it-yourself guide -- complete with a sample invitation, suggested recipes, and an FAQ -- on our website. The parties are perfect for mother's groups, PTAs, or a bunch of friends who want to get together to learn and laugh! Some of the recipes we suggest are Corny Salmon Cakes and B.L.T. in a Bowl.
Episode 37: Recipe Rescue
January 7, 2009
On today's show, we'll share our best-kept secrets for giving recipes a healthy and delicious makeover. If you think healthy means bland and boring, you'll love our tips and tricks for making your favorite family recipes fast, flavorful and more nutritious than ever. New on our Meal Makeover Moms' Kitchen blog is a feature called, Recipe Rescue. Readers send us their favorite recipe and tell us why they want us to give it a makeover. We choose a new recipe every few weeks, give it a rescue and then showcase it on the blog. Two recipes we've "rescued" recently are: Cheesy Spinach Bites a healthier version of spinach balls and Double Strawberry Smoothie Pie, featuring a better-for-you Graham cracker crust.
Episode 36: New Year's Resolutions
December 31, 2008
On today's show, we ring in the New Year with recipes and tips for sticking to your New Year's Resolutions. Of course we don't know what your resolutions are but we can take a guess! Getting fit, losing weight, eating right, and encouraging picky eaters to try new foods are some of the most popular ones we hear about. To help families eat right in 2009, we have a recipe for Confetti Chicken Wraps a healthy alternative to fast food (because it's super fast) and Smooshed Sweet Potatoes, a kid-friendly dish that's sure to help everyone get more veggies on the table.
Episode 35: Food Reflections
December 24, 2008
We take a reflective look back at 2008 and dish about our favorite recipe makeovers, restaurant meals, and new food products as well as our most exciting food adventures – can you believe Liz's son Josh caught an 8-pound lobster in Maine? We also share our predictions for the top 2009 food & nutrition trends including omega-3s, vitamin D, sodium, and sustainability.
Episode 34: Hearty Winter Dinners
December 17, 2008
Now that the days are shorter and the weather is colder, we’re spending more time in the kitchen cooking up hearty dinners for our families. To keep you warm, well nourished and well fed this winter, try our "Mom the House Smells Great" Roasted Chicken and our Lazy Day Beef & Vegetable Soup. The aroma of the chicken will entice even the pickiest of eater to the table, and the slow cooker soup is so easy and tasty that everyone in your family is sure to love it.
Episode 33: Holiday Cookie Swap
December 10, 2008
There's nothing better than getting together with family and friends to swap holiday cookies. Even though we're dietitians, when it comes to holiday treats, our attitude is more elf than scrooge. That said, however, we can never resist the opportunity to give the sweetest, most gooey goodies a healthy makeover. In this show, we offer tips for hosting a holiday cookie swap and share two of our favorite recipe makeovers: Ginger Drizzle Cookies and Peppermint Meringue Snowballs (which are perfect for people on a gluten-free diet).
Episode 32: Eat the Mediterranean Way
December 3, 2008
The traditional diets of the Mediterranean are naturally delicious and naturally nutritious. People who live in countries like Italy, Spain, Turkey, France, and Morocco have lower rates of heart disease and live longer thanks to their super-healthy diets. Foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, olive oil, and seafood make up the diet … foods everyone, adults and kids alike, can easily enjoy. In this show, we have two Mediterranean-inspired recipes, Potato Ole Omelet and Walnut Cannellini Wraps, as well as lots of ideas for adding more Mediterranean foods to your family's diet.
Episode 31: Holiday Party Nibbles
November 26, 2008
On today's show, we're hitting the holiday party scene with healthy and delicious nibbles. Our first recipe for Sugar & Spice Pecans is lower in sugar than most spiced nut recipes out there, and it's packed with heart-healthy fats. Our second hard-to-resist nibble is for Mini Mango Cheesecakes which your family and friends are guaranteed to love. Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season! Be sure to check it out.
Episode 30: Thanksgiving Light
November 19, 2008
Today, we're talking turkey with lots of tips for eating healthy during the holiday season, even when temptation lurks around every corner. And speaking of tempting, we have two terrific recipes your family and friends are sure to love: Rosemary Roasted Turkey and Maple Pecan Carrots. When you click the links to Rosemary Roasted Turkey and Maple Pecan Carrots, you'll find the written recipes along with a video of preparing each one! Be sure to check it out.
Episode 29: Healthy Eating on a Budget
November 12, 2008
Food prices may be on the rise but it's still possible to feed your family a super-nutritious diet ... for less. On today's show, we have two easy recipes that cost less than $2.50 per serving: Skillet Pasta & Beef Dinner and Sunflower Zucchini Pie. Also on the show -- tips for saving money at the supermarket, and a list of our Top 8 Money Saving Must-Haves to keep food budgets low and the health-factor high.
Episode 28: Soups that Satisfy
November 5, 2008
Soups are a quintessential comfort food. At their best, soups are swift, simple, and soothing. But, they can also be way too high in salt thanks to the canned broth products and bouillon cubes often called for in recipes. To lighten things up while boosting the nutrients in every serving, we created two family-friendly recipes for today's show: A-Plus Alphabet Soup and Carroty Lentil Soup with Bacon. We also have some great tips for choosing the best canned and prepared soups at the supermarket. Some are definitely better than others!
Episode 27: Five Minute Meals
October 29, 2008
If you think fast meals mean a dinner of fast food, takeout, or pizza, we'll prove that even if you have no more than five minutes to spare, it's still possible – not impossible -- to get a super healthy meal on the table. In this show, we whip up two five-minute recipes: Last-Minute Black Bean Soups and Meatball Submarines. We also take you into our kitchens for the inside scoop on some of our favorite healthy convenience ingredients.
Episode 26: Healthier Halloween
October 22, 2008
When trick-or-treaters are given the choice between super-sized candy bars and fistfuls of candy or a toy (i.e. a glow-in-the-dark bouncy ball or a cool Halloween pencil), they choose the toy 50% of the time. In other words, non-food treats are often just as fun as gooey goodies and sticky lollipops. In this show, we serve up tips for healthier Halloween handouts and good-for-you party foods. We also feature a recipe your little ghosts and goblins will surely gobble up: Spooky Chocolate Pumpkin Cake.
Episode 25: Pasta and Pizza
October 15, 2008
If you're stuck in a cheese pizza rut or if the only form of pasta your kids will eat is mac & cheese, you're going to love the pizza and pasta recipes featured in this show. First up, we have a recipe for Cheeseburger Pizza -- mini English muffin pizzas topped with sauteed lean ground beef, red bell peppers and gooey cheese. Next, we have a fall-inspired recipe for Cheese Ravioli with Pumpkin Sauce! Also on the show ... why vitamin C does a lot more for your health than fight the common cold.
Episode 24: Pancakes Any Time
October 8, 2008
On today's show, we feature two of our favorite pancake recipes: Hearty Cornmeal Apple Pancakes (Janice's number-one pick) and Blueberry Banana Pancakes (a staple at Liz's house). Each recipe is packed with great nutrition – we use whole grains, healthy oils, eggs, and fruit -- and is super appealing to kids. One of the best things about pancakes is their versatility. They're not just for breakfast … they're perfect for dinner too, especially when you're pressed for time or the fridge and freezer are bare. Tune in for tips on adding more whole grains to your family's diet.
Episode 23: The Picky Eater Show
October 1, 2008
As dietitians and busy moms, the number-one mealtime question we get from fellow parents is, "How can I get my picky eater to try new foods?" So in this show, we answer that all-too-common question with tips and tricks to entice your kids to eat their vegetables (and any other new food for that matter). We also have two incredibly kid-friendly recipes that are sure to please everyone at your table: Mommy's Edamames and Have-it-Your-Way Tacos.
Episode 22: Apple Desserts
September 24, 2008
The old adage, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" is actually based on fact, not just folklore. In this show, we talk about the amazing health benefits of apples and cook up two simple and nutritious desserts for your family: Apple Butterscotch Cake and Apple Blueberry Walnut Crisp. Fresh fruit never tasted so good! Free recipes at http://www.mealmakeovermoms.com
Episode 21: Vegetarian Recipes
September 17, 2008
About five million Americans follow a vegetarian diet – it could be mom, dad, or more likely than not, a teenager who decides to give it a try. Whether it's one member or the entire family, the key to a healthy vegetarian diet is variety. To help you plan delicious vegetarian meals, we have two recipes – Vegetable Garden Tofu Pie and No-Crabs-Allowed Cakes as well as tips for making sure everyone at your table gets all the important nutrients they need. Free recipes at http://www.mealmakeovermoms.com
Episode 20: After-School Snacks
September 10, 2008
Chips, cookies and crackers may be convenient as an after-school snack, and they keep kids happy, but most offer calories and not a whole lot more. Instead, strive for snacks that fill in the food-group gaps in your child's day. Often in short supply: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and calcium-rich foods. In this week's show, we cook up recipes for Grab & Go Granola Bars and Lime 'n Honey Black Bean Dip and offer tips for many other fast and easy after-school snacks.
Episode 19: Back-to-School Brain Food
September 3, 2008
Now that the kids are back in school, it's more important than ever to fuel their bodies and their brains. In this week's show, we serve up recipes and tips for helping children concentrate and learn. Our family-friendly recipes, Szechuan Beef Stir-Fry and Teriyaki Salmon in Foil, are rich in flavor and great nutrition. This week's show also features a guest appearance by Liz's 9-year old son, Simon. You won't believe what he has to say about getting kids to eat their vegetables.
Szechaun Beef Stir-Fry
Teriyaki Salmon in Foil
Episode 18: Kid Food Makeovers
August 27, 2008
"Kid" foods – frozen chicken nuggets, hot dogs, mac & cheese, and fish sticks – may be easy to prepare but there's a catch: Many contain high amounts of sodium and saturated and are also nutritional lightweights, lacking fiber and important nutrients children need in order to thrive and grow. Dietitians Janice & Liz cook up Coconut Chicken Fingers and Cheesy Fish Sticks from scratch and offer tips for spotting the best frozen and boxed kid convenience foods on the market.
Coconut Chicken Fingers
Cheesy Fish Sticks
Episode 17: School Lunch Stuffers
August 20, 2008
For lots of families, it's back-to-school time for the kids. And with back to school comes the daily challenge of packing lunches. What you stuff into that lunch box or brown bag can have a positive impact on your children's diets, providing important nutrients to help them grown and to do better in school. In this show, Janice and Liz feature two sandwich recipes, BLT Makeover and A Sub to Love, and offer tips for getting more bone-building calcium into the family diet.
A Sub to Love
Kids & Calcium tip sheet
Episode 16: Easy Family Dinners
August 13, 2008
One of the biggest barriers to cooking healthy meals at home is the fact that many recipes take too much time to prepare. No wonder your local pizza shop is on speed dial! Dietitians Janice & Liz show busy families how to get in and out of the kitchen quickly with two homemade, kid-friendly dinners: Tortellini with Broccoli Pesto and Cutie Quiche Cakes. They also share tips for streamlining your time in the kitchen by cooking as efficiently as a restaurant chef.
Tortellini with Broccoli Pesto
Cutie Quiche Cakes
Kitchen Shortcuts from the Meal Makeover Moms
Episode 15: Frozen Treats
August 6, 2008
In this week's edition of Cooking with the Moms, Liz and Janice serve up three homemade popsicles brimming with good nutrition: Watermelon Pomegranate Pops, Banana Fudgsicle, and Orange Creamsicle. They also give the classic ice cream sundae a makeover and share fun facts about ice cream consumption.
Super Sundae with Strawberries
Watermelon Pomegranate Pops
Chocolaty Banana Pops
Orange Creamsicle Pops
Episode 14: Summer Salads
July 30, 2008
Dietitians Janice & Liz take advantage of the summer's best produce with two family-friendly salads. The first, a Creamy Caesar Salad with Feta & Dill, is a side-dish salad that's sure to get even the pickiest vegetable eaters hooked on "the green stuff." The second recipe for Tenderloin, Cranberry and Pear Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing is packed with great flavor and great nutrition.
Creamy Caesar Salad with Feta & Dill
Tenderloin, Cranberry and Pear Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
Episode 13: Slow Cooker Saviors
July 23, 2008
Why turn on your oven when your trusty slow cooker can do the work for you? In this show, Janice and Liz serve up two kid-friendly, slow cooker dinners – Pulled Pork Primavera Sandwiches and Chicken & Sweet Potato Enchilada Casserole -- that get you out of the kitchen during the hot days of summer. As a bonus, they'll also share their recipe for Cranberry Coleslaw, a perfect side dish for those pork sandwiches.
Pulled Pork Primavera Sandwiches
Chicken & Sweet Potato Enchilada Casserole
Episode 12: Healthy Grilling
July 16, 2008
If you can’t stand the heat in your kitchen, then head to your backyard. And when you get there, fire up the grill and get cooking. Grilling and great nutrition go hand in hand given all the good-for-you ingredients used including lean beef like tenderloin and flank steak, seafood, vegetables, and even fruit. In this show, Janice and Liz serve up Shrimp Kebabs with Pineapple & Peppers and Quick Beef Fajitas with Pico de Gallo.
Shrimp Kebabs with Pineapple & Peppers
Quick Beef Fajitas with Pico de Gallo
Episode 11: Healthy Picnics
July 9, 2008
From picnics at the park to neighborhood block parties and family reunions, outdoor dining is one of those summer traditions enjoyed by people of all ages. The Meal Makeover Moms share two of their favorite recipes – Makeover Deviled Eggs and Kitchen Sink Pasta Salad – along with some picnic packing pointers to keep your food fresh and safe when the weather heats up.
Makeover Deviled Eggs
Kitchen Sink Pasta Salad
Picnic Packing Pointers
Episode 10: Summer Camp Treats
July 2, 2008
When the kids head off to summer day camp, parents can pack along some special treats that provide great flavor as well as super nutrition. With Cookie in Disguise and Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, active kids are sure to stay happy, healthy, and energized throughout the day.
Cookie in Disguise
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Episode 9: Sensational Smoothies
June 25, 2008
Homemade smoothies are naturally sweet, easy to make, and loaded with great nutrition thanks to all the fresh and frozen fruit, yogurt, and 100% fruit juice. To celebrate the beginning of summer (and to stay cool), Janice and Liz whip up three of their favorite fruit smoothies: Mom's Mango Smoothie, Strawberry Banana Smoothie, and Blueberry Frosty. They also serve up some good news on blueberries, a super food packed with health-enhancing antioxidants.
Banana Strawberry Smoothie
Moms Mango Smoothie
Top Antioxidant Foods
Episode 8: A Better Burger
June 18, 2008
Burgers are what's for dinner tonight. That's because it's that time of year again when backyard grills get fired up and burgers make their way to the family table. With lean ground beef and some surprising ingredients including black beans and quick-cooking oats, Janice and Liz cook up two better burgers -- Cheesy Black Bean Burgers and a Lean Mean Cheeseburger – bursting with flavor and nutrition.
Cheesy Black Bean Burgers
Lean Mean Cheeseburger
Episode 7: Breakfast All Day
June 11, 2008
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day… so don't skip it! Research shows that eating breakfast can lead to higher test scores, greater alertness in the classroom, a healthier body weight, and a more balanced diet rich in calcium, iron, fiber and vitamins A and C. Janice and Liz hope their recipes for Toasty-O-Granola and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes tempt everyone to eat their morning meal.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Episode 6: Healthy Pasta Dinners
June 4, 2008
Kids love pasta. In fact, many kids are hooked on mac & cheese, and that’s about all they’ll eat. Tune in as Janice and Liz cook up recipes for Cheesy Penne with Chicken & Broccoli and Garden Turkey Meatballs & Spaghetti. Also listen as the dietitian duo shares tips for making boxed mac & cheese healthier.
Cheesy Penne with Chicken & Broccoli
Turkey Meatballs & Spaghetti
Mac & Cheese Makeover
Episode 5: Vegetables Kids Love
May 28, 2008
There's an assumption out there that kids hate vegetables, and the only way to choke them down is to cook, puree, and conceal them in everything from gooey brownies to the breading on chicken nuggets. While vegetables can be a tough sell with some kids, with the featured recipes in this show --- Perfect Parsnip Fries and Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts – even the pickiest eaters will be tempted to eat their vegetables.
Perfect Parsnip Fries
Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts
Bean Recipes: www.VegetableWithMore.com
Read Veggie Love in Kiwi Magazine
Episode 4: Lunch Box Makeover
May 21, 2008
Even though the school year is winding down, many parents still face the daily challenge of packing a healthy and delicious school lunch. If lunch box boredom is an issue for you and your kids, you’ll love the recipes featured in our podcast, Scoop-it-Up Tuna Salad and Fruit and Chicken Kebabs.
Scoop-it-Up Tuna Salad
Fruity & Chicken Kebabs
Brochure: Recess Before Lunch
Episode 3: Healthy Snacks for Kids
May 14, 2008
On average, kids consume over 850 snacks a year. In this show, Janice and Liz explain how snack time provides an ideal opportunity for filling in the nutritional gaps in a child’s diet. Featured recipes in this show include Juicy Mango Jigglers and Chocolaty Pumpkin Bars.
Juicy Mango Jigglers
Juicy Strawberry Jigglers
Chocolaty Pumpkin Bars