Healthy Cooking & Tips

The posts in this section focus on cooking techniques, tips and tricks to amp up taste while dialing down fat and calories. After working in many New York City restaurant kitchens for years, it's now time to share those Skinny Chef secrets!

Decadent 100 Calorie Snacks

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Healthy snacks under 100 calories have been the topic of morning TV segments, in blogs and in magazines, but I find that some of those snacks mentioned don’t satisfy me when I’m really hungry before meal time. So here are some ideas for snacking on real foods that are under 100 calories each!

How To Make Food Taste Better

Cooking at home should not be a chore, and there are some basic tenements to cooking that will make your time in the kitchen more efficient and more enjoyable! Here’s three basic techniques, no culinary school required!

Soups For Summer

When the summer heat wave hits, I start to think about recipes that don’t require the oven or stove top, and that’s what inspired my recent recipes in Self Magazine. In this post, I focus on easy-to-make, flavorful summer soups that only require a few fresh seasonal ingredients.

Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches

I indulged in many a store bought ice cream sandwiches in my teen and 20’s, before I knew what was in them. I still like to have them from time to time, but now that I’m used to eating lighter I want a chilly bite that’s more ‘ice cream’ and less sandwich – something small that I can make myself with less preservatives.

Start Your Fall Off Right With Superfoods

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Summer’s not over yet but you can start planning for fall the fun way. Do a little surfing, both in the ocean waves and on your favorite food blogs! Bookmark some fresh new meal ideas that use the healthiest foods around, like pomegranate, quinoa, and pumpkin seeds to make your fall more fabulous. I’ll show you cooking hacks and tips to get these foods fast, so you can smoothly sail into your fall routine.

Washing Fruits and Veggies

Concerned about pesticides on your fruits and veggies? If you only have enough room in your grocery budget for a few organic ‘must haves’, then zero in on the following 12 fruits and vegetables. In this article, I also explain my philosophy on waxed fruits.

5 Easy Ways to Eat More Whole Grains

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What are whole grains and what’s all the hubbub anyway? How can you get more whole grains into your diet?

Grilling May Not be as Healthy as You Think

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Most of us think of grilling as an easy low-fat way alternative to cooking on the stove top. But how healthy is your grilling, really? Let’s take a closer look at your grilling habits and choices!