Coming to a Menu Near You — Calorie Counts

Although many fast food restaurants already list calorie counts on their menu boards, soon it will be a requirement for all chain restaurants that have 20 or more locations. That’s good news for those of us who want to watch our caloric intake, but bad news for people who haven’t a clue as to how many calories are really in that slice of pizza. Continue reading

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Crock Pot Pineapple Chicken

Crock Pot Pineapple Chicken

Here’s a quick and easy dinner recipe. Just cut up the chicken, throw it in the crock pot, add the other ingredients, and you’re good to go. It’s pretty low calorie and very filling. Make sure and use the reduced-sodium soy sauce to cut down on the sodium content. Serve with rice and veggies. It also freezes very well. Continue reading

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Gluten-Free Dining in Zephyr Cove

Gluten-Free Chicken Sandwich and Salad at Zephyr Cove Restaurant in South Lake Tahoe

Sometimes you have to be creative on the road when you are dodging the gluten, so I have taken to ordering my sandwiches without the bread. This has lead to more than few quizzical looks from servers, but it’s one way to stick to my lifestyle plan while traveling. Yesterday I was all set to order my standard no bread sandwich at the Zephyr Cove Restaurant in South Lake Tahoe, when I saw those four glorious words at the bottom of the menu — “gluten-free buns available”. For a few moments I was in heaven. Continue reading

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Reno Whole Foods is a Winner

I’ve been to a number of Whole Foods in my travels, and to be honest some are better than others. I’ve never actually been to one that I’ve hated, but some just have better lunch selections. And then there are those that rise above the rest, like the store in Reno. Continue reading

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If at First You Don’t Succeed

A huge fail, but I kept on trying!

I love it when a new recipe turns out perfectly, and I can snap a picture and share it with my internet friends. And although I usually share all of my successes, I rarely share the failures. Not because I’m embarrassed by them — I am way beyond that — but, because in most cases it serves no purpose. Continue reading

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Genghis Grill Added to Healthy List

My healthy lunch at Genghis Grill

I’d been wanting to try Genghis Grill for quite some time; however they don’t seem to have any restaurants near us. So I was thrilled to discover that they had one in Reno, as that’s a frequent lunch stop for us on road trips. I finally got to give them a try a few weeks ago, and I have to say I’m quite impressed. Continue reading

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Great Gluten-Free Pizza in Reno

The gang at Noble Pie really knows how to whip up a tasty gluten-free pizza!

It’s not often that I rave about gluten-free pizza (other than my own creations); but a recent visit to Reno left me wowed by the wheat-free pie at a local pizza joint. Located just a few blocks from Virginia Street, Noble Pie is everything you could ask for in a healthy pizza restaurant — and more. Continue reading

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Poached Cod and Green Beans with Pesto

Poached cod and Green Beans with pesto

An easy and healthy way to prepare cod.


1 T olive oil

1 pound green beans, trimmed

3/4 C shallot, thinly sliced

1 1/4 pounds cod, cut into four portions

1/4 t pepper

1 1/2 C low-sodium or homemade chicken broth

1/4 C pesto


Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beans and shallot, and cook for one-to-two minutes, until the shallot begins to soften.

Sprinkle both sides of the cod with pepper. Spread the beans into a flat layer in the pan and gently place the cod on top. Increase the heat to high, add broth, cover and cook four-to-six minutes, until the fish is cooked through.

With a slotted spoon, transfer the cod and beans to plates. Cover to keep warm. Cook the broth over high heat uncovered, until reduced to about a half-cup. Remove from heat and stir in pesto. Pour the sauce over the fish and beans.


4 Servings

Calories: 264

Sodium: 371 mg.

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String Bean Chicken Breast

String Bean chicken Breast

This is a Panda Express copycat recipe; and although it’s not exactly like the restaurant version, it’s still very tasty. The first time I made it I forgot the sugar and it tasted horrible. I’m glad I gave it a second go-round because it’s really a tasty dish. I served it over rice, but to be honest, it would also be good alone. Continue reading

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Thai Chile Plum Glazed Chicken

Thai Chile Plum Glazed chicken on the grill

Here’s a quick and easy summertime grilling recipe. The original recipe had fish sauce in it, but I used the hoisin to lower the sodium. Continue reading

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