Author: Ariel

No Guilt Oatmeal Pancakes


One thing my family can’t get enough of are pancakes. And while I never object to pancakes, they are not something I can eat a lot of. Traditional pancakes are full of butter and flour and leave me feeling heavy and tired after the indulgence. As an alternative, I’ve started making these oatmeal pancakes which […]

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Everyday Green Smoothie aka Endless Possibility Smoothie


For the past year or more, I have started my day with this green smoothie. It is easy to eat on a just-woken-up stomach, nutritious, filling, and very tasty. It sets me up to have a strong and productive day, free from the distraction of a growling belly. On the days I don’t have this […]

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Best Ever Banana Bread


I have such fond memories of growing up eating delicious homemade banana bread that it was one of the first recipes I sough to perfect so my children could also experience this essential simple pleasure. Plus, there is nothing quite like the smell of fresh banana bread wafting through the house.  This recipe captures everything I […]

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Spaghetti with Meat Sauce


Nothing brings my family more joy than to learn we are having spaghetti and meat sauce for dinner. It is comfort food to the extreme: warm, filling, and each bite tastier than the last. But this is no gratuitous plate of comfort food. This is a recipe made with complex flavors that will please children […]

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Oodles of Zoodles!


Zoodles took over our house last summer when zucchinis were abundant at the farmers’ markets, and a beloved house guest gifted us our first spiralizer. The spiralizer was surprisingly easy to use, and once we got the hang of it, we were making zoodles in about 15 minutes. Zoodles, or zucchini spiralized into noodles, are […]

Everything in Moderation


One of my favorite researchers is Dr. Aaron Carroll, a Pediatrician and health services researcher who writes for the NY Times Upshot, has a terrific blog, and a really informative and fun YouTube channel. I have learned so much from him and his smart yet easy to understand analysis on a range of health topics. […]

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Intentions in the New Year


I am not one to make resolutions—they are too strict and unforgiving, the opposite of what I think life should be. But I do think the new year is a prime opportunity to reflect on our lives and the ways we hope to cultivate more joy and serenity in them. As the calendar refreshes, so […]

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Green Goodness Salad (Kale Cabbage Salad)


This salad is a sleeper hit. In fact cabbage has been a sleeper hit in our household. I first picked up cabbage about a year ago when I noticed it at one of my favorite farmers market stands. It was something I had overlooked for years, thinking it boring and tasteless. But for some reason […]

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Carrot Zucchini Raisin Bran Muffins


I know what you might be thinking, bran muffins? Um, no thanks. Well, these are really worth trying even if you’re not a bran fan. They are so rich and tasty, and they will fill your belly way more than any sweet, processed, mirage of a muffin ever will.  The only sweetener is a small […]

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Farmers’ Market Sunday Dinner


There is nothing like having a full and satisfying Sunday, filled with something fun and something outdoors, but not so busy that there isn’t a moment to breathe and rest for a little bit too. And then following up the fun-fulled day with a hearty and wholesome meal. Yesterday we had such a day. We […]

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