cooking

Meal Planning

Dec 4, 2017

We’re all trying to get more done in less time, but being on the go all the time can negatively affect your eating habits.  The best defense is a good plan!  So take a few moments to plan your meals for the week.

Pumpkin Pie Dip

Nov 8, 2017

Pumpkin recipes are everywhere this time of year and if you’ve got a holiday party on the calendar, this pumpkin pie dip recipe will really please a crowd!

Grow Shitake Mushrooms

Nov 8, 2017

Mushrooms are versatile food sources that can serve as a meat alternative in your low-calorie diet.  Shitake mushrooms are easier to grow than you may think.  You’ll want to start with a hardwood logs like a chestnut or sugar maple, but their favorite hardwood is oak. 


Green Your Diet

Aug 24, 2017

We often talk about ways to go green on Earth Sense and often these tips can include turning off a light when you leave the room or reusing items to reduce landfill waste, but you can green your diet as well.  Here are five green super foods that will jumpstart your healthy eating plans. 


Summer Salads

Aug 3, 2017

Summers in South Carolina are hot, as you well know, so take a break from the heat of the kitchen with these delicious summer salad ideas


Cooking Vegetables

Aug 2, 2017

Vegetables are good year-round, but if you’re getting bored with the same old recipes, perhaps you should re-think the way you prepare vegetables


Homemade Salad Dressing

Aug 1, 2017

A leafy green salad is a delicious appetizer or delicious meal on its own, but the ingredient that can make or break a great salad is the dressing!  Whether it’s Thousand Island, Ranch, or acidic vinaigrette, you can make your own salad dressing at home to save money. 


Smoothie Freezer Packs

Jul 26, 2017

Eating well can be tough when your time is so precious- all too often, we choose the quickest food options rather than the healthiest ones.  But if you’re interested in getting into the smoothie craze, here’s a great time saving idea: spend ten minutes packing smoothie freezer packs that you can blend and enjoy on the go.  


Kitchen Heat in the Summer

Jun 28, 2017

During the dog days of summer who wants to slave away over a hot stove? Well with these simple tips not only can you beat the heat, but you can also reduce your energy bill. Salads are always a cool crowd pleaser, but you can also prepare entrees and side dishes without taking any heat.


Green in the Kitchen Part 2

Jun 27, 2017

So, you know that the electric coffee grinder, can opener, electric knife, juicer, and stand mixer can all be donated out of your kitchen to save energy and money, but which kitchen gadgets should you hang on to according to Consumer Reports?  Keep your rice cooker for sure.  Although this electric gadget does use energy, it’s preferable to turning on the stove to cook rice. 


Green in the Kitchen Part 1

Jun 26, 2017

We’re all looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint, but what about your kitchen cookprint?  Consumer Reports coined that term to describe the energy needed to cook the food we eat.  As a result, they listed five small kitchen gadgets to ditch and five to keep.  First up, donate these items out of your kitchen as they use a lot of energy but have better, eco friendly cousins. 


Pamela Strobel
Courtesy of Tim Sulton/Rizzoli

South Carolina native “Princess” Pamela Strobel ruled a small realm, but her powers ranged far and wide. Her speakeasy-style restaurant in Manhattan was for three decades a hip salon, with regulars from Andy Warhol to Diana Ross. Her iconic Southern dishes influenced chefs nationwide, and her cookbook became a bible for a generation who yearned for the home cooking left behind in the Great Migration.

Sesame Kelp Noodles

Apr 6, 2017

When trying to stay healthy and cook hearty meals at home, it can be tempting to just order out for some Chinese food.  But you can make delicious, low calorie and MSG free Asian style noodles at home!  Start with a package of kelp noodles (that’s K E L P noodles).  These are gluten free, low in carbohydrates and can be found at most health food stores. 


Vegetable Broth from Food Scraps

Feb 1, 2017

Most vegetable broths use onion, celery and carrot as the base, but when making your own (and it really is so easy to do), you can use all kinds of kitchen scraps for flavor like carrot peel, mushroom stems, green onion ends, shallot and onion skin, and even the stems of your favorite herbs. 

Juicer Pulp

Jan 6, 2017

Many people have discovered the joy of juicing.  It tastes great and does wonders for your health.  But what do you do with all that left-over pulp?  You could bake it into a batch of bran muffins for a little extra fiber, or sneak vegetable pulp into your macaroni and cheese recipe for an extra serving of vegetables.  Here’s a great way to flavor your morning bagel with that left-over pulp.


Pumpkin Recipes

Oct 21, 2016

Pumpkins are everywhere this time of year!  And they’re such a versatile fall fruit.  When it comes time to carve those scary jack-o-lanterns, don’t throw out the meat and seeds!  Use all that pumpkin goodness for cooking and snacking.  Pumpkin is great for soups and pies, but have you ever considered pumpkin macaroni and cheese or pumpkin cheesecake?  And don’t forget about pumpkin pancakes and muffins! 


Spaghetti Squash

Aug 26, 2016

For many people with dietary restrictions like a low-carbohydrate diet or gluten free lifestyle, pasta can be one thing you crave.  But here’s a low calorie, gluten free and grain free way to enjoy pasta: replace noodles with spaghetti squash.  It’s a deliciously stringy way to eat more vegetables and reduce your carbohydrates and at only 37 calories per 4 ounce serving it’s great for those of us watching our waste-lines too!  


Spice Instead of Salt

Jul 14, 2016

We’re all looking for ways to get healthy, and one quick tip is to use smaller dishes.  Research suggests that the larger your plate, bowl or glass, the more likely you are to eat more.  Reducing your consumption of salt can also help you lose weight while reducing your blood pressure. 


Jumping Monkey Smoothie

Jul 8, 2016

Whether you need a little pick me up in the morning, or a nice afternoon break, this smoothie recipe, called the Jumping Monkey will really get you moving!  This recipe serves two or maybe just one really jumpy monkey.


National Soup Month

Jan 15, 2016

It’s no wonder the coldest month of the year is also National Soup Month.  And to keep you warm through the winter, here is a warm and hearty idea for Butternut Squash soup.  Start by melting three tablespoons of butter and two tablespoons of olive oil in a large soup pot.

Smoothie Freezer Packs

Sep 23, 2015

Eating well can be tough when your time is so precious- all too often, we choose the quickest food options rather than the healthiest ones.  But if you’re interested in getting into the smoothie craze, here’s a great time saving idea: spend ten minutes packing smoothie freezer packs that you can blend and enjoy on the go. 


Baslamic Strawberry Ice Cream

Apr 30, 2015

There’s nothing better than a delicious dessert to cleanse the pallet after great meal.  So while your burgers are on the grill and your green bean fries are in the oven, grab some fresh strawberries, balsamic vinegar and your favorite vanilla ice cream for this tasty treat.

Ginger Lemonade

Apr 29, 2015

This is the perfect weather for lemonade!  While the classic drink is always refreshing, try this spicy ginger version for a little something different.  In a saucepan, combine eight cups of water, one cup of sugar, and ½ a cup of grated ginger over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.

Green Bean Fries

Apr 28, 2015

When you think of burgers, the best side is fries, right?  But French fried potatoes can pack a lot of calories and not many nutrients.  But you can make lean green bean fries that are not only low in cholesterol and fat, but also high in dietary fiber, protein and iron.

Carrot Burger

Apr 27, 2015

This is the perfect time to grill out, but maybe a burger isn’t what you’re craving.  Try Dr. Anne’s recipe for a light a refreshing carrot sesame burger:  In a food processor shred three large carrots and set half aside in a large mixing bowl.

No-Bake Energy Bars

Feb 13, 2015

Do you find that your energy drops off dramatically in the afternoon?  Are you struggling to stay awake and stay on task during the day?  While coffee and caffeine may offer a temporary pick-me-up, a better alternative is a light snack packed with protein, fiber and antioxidants to rev your energy and keep your brain firing on all cylinders.  Here is a great recipe for no-bake energy bars.

Overnight Oatmeal

Feb 6, 2015

If you find your mornings are too hectic, save yourself a little stress by making this oatmeal the night before.

Kelp Noodles

Oct 2, 2014

When trying to stay healthy and cook hearty meals at home, it can be tempting to just order out for some Chinese food.  But you can make delicious, low calorie and MSG free Asian style noodles at home!  Start with a package of kelp noodles.

Spaghetti Squash

Oct 1, 2014

For many people with dietary restrictions like a low-carbohydrate diet or gluten free lifestyle, pasta can be one thing you crave.  But here’s a low calorie, gluten free and grain free way to enjoy pasta: replace noodles with spaghetti squash.