Red Bean Salsa Nachos with Avocado Yogurt

Let’s hope your New Year’s resolution includes a game plan for a gradual lifestyle change for the better. February is probably the first true challenge of maintaining healthy goals. The football weekends leading to Superbowl are exciting events to spend with friends and family. Such celebratory events have unhealthy nibbles, bites and treats. Who’s winning?

Read more

Cornmeal Lime Cookies

Butter makes the world go round. Flavors swirl happily in it. We worship it. It’s a bit disheartening to see recipes using butter-flavored substitutes. It’s a marketing ploy to get people to eat healthy. Butter, another ingredient enjoyed for thousands of years, has been bullied into an unhealthy label. Guess what? Those butter-flavored substitutes are processed, artificial concoctions. Please serve the healthy and real dairy from the almighty golden cow (or goat). Besides, the health benefits of using real ingredients far exceed processed food. Read more

Chocolate Chip Yogurt Cookies with a Glass of Milk

A few months ago, a representative from Chobani contacted My Life Runs On Food about the amount of yogurt in my recipes. She enjoyed reading about the Orange Cornbread with Greek Yogurt and Blackberry Sauce and offered to ship a large box of any of their 11 flavors. Until her email was read, I was unaware of the amount of yogurt in my recipes. It’s not an ingredient associated with childhood memories. Today, a large container of 2% or whole milk, unsweetened yogurt is in my refrigerator. The unsweetened and plain flavor provides versatility for spontaneous cooking. It’s used in salad dressings, as a simple topping for Mexican-inspired dishes, and biscuits. In my favorite breakfast cereal of late, unsweetened yogurt is mixed with cream honey, chopped pears, granola, and toast pecans. Greek yogurt has unknowingly become a pantry staple. It was missed, especially after the first big and surprise blizzard of the season. Afterwards, I learned to maintain a full pantry of the basics: Flour, butter, dark maple syrup, eggs, both cow and almond milk, vanilla, and bittersweet chocolate. It’s not fun to wake up after a snowstorm to an empty refrigerator. It’s realized, most stores in New York open regardless of the weather, but who wants to walk through snow in the mornings? It’s best to hide under the covers for a few extra hours. Read more

Road Trip Picnic
Road Trip Picnic

Road trips are fun rides. However, when traveling, healthier food becomes less available the further one drives away from their city limits. Lucrative profits demonstrate how fast food services are a make believe needed commodity, for many people don’t mind eating food derivatives. Recently, the fast food industry has expanded their menus to include healthier food. The quality of ingredients and questions about their source continues my mistrust. With that reason, creating a road trip picnic is fun. It’s a lusciously inexpensive way to eat well. Quite possibly, its more relaxing to pull over at a park or a picnic area than to stand in a hectic line among frenzy, nerve-wracking patrons who are wary of sharing smaller spaces on wheels. In addition to creating a unique menu, food options are less greasy, healthier and easier to digest. It’s makes a huge difference between driving under the influence of a heavier versus a lighter fare.

Read more