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Mushroom Frittata (serves 6) IMG_0726


2 ounces finely grated fresh pecorino Romano cheese

¼ t freshly ground pepper

8 large eggs

½ t salt, divided

1 T olive oil, divided

1 (8-ounce) package of sliced mushrooms

¾ cup chopped green onions

1/3 cup chopped fresh basil

2 cups baby arugula

2 t lemon juice


Preheat the oven to 3500 F. Combine the first 3 ingredients; add ¼ t salt, stirring with a whisk.

Heat a 10-inch ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 t of oil and swirl to coat. Add mushrooms and remaining ¼ t of salt. Sauté 6 minutes or until mushrooms brown. Stir in the green onions and sauté for 2 minutes.

Reduce the heat to medium. Add the egg mixture and the basil to the pan, stirring gently to evenly distribute the vegetable mixture. Cook 5 minutes or until the eggs are partially set.

Place the pan in the oven. Bake for 7 minutes or until the eggs are cooked through and the top is lightly browned.

Remove the pan from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes. Run a spatula around the edge and under the frittata to loosen it from the pan. Slide the frittata onto a plate or cutting board.

Combine the remaining 1t of oil, arugula and lemon juice. Cut the frittata into 6 wedges and top with arugula mixture.

(Adapted from a recipe found in Cooking Light, January/February, 2013)

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Acceptance is a bitch.

It’s not easy accepting the fact that we have so little control in life. It’s challenging accepting our own personal flaws. And let’s face it…….. we all have a rough time accepting the idiosyncrasies of our parents, our children and our spouses.

We also have a difficult time accepting certain aspects about our physical selves. I see kitten-looking-in-mirror-seeing-a-lion_crop380w-300x197this all the time with women and their bodies. More often than not, I will be looking in the mirror with clients and find that we see two different images: I see (and marvel at) newly developed muscles but my clients see things like “upper arm flap”, “that horrible double chin”, or “the jiggly spare tire”. That’s not what I see!

I’m guilty of this, too.  The other day I was talking to my friend about body shape. I told her that I have NO curves whatsoever because my ribcage is so BIG. Her perspective? “Your ribcage isn’t so BIG……..your hips are so SMALL.”

We’re all ridiculous!

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  1. It’s cold
  2. It’s dark
  3. It’s very difficult to exercise outside
  4. Everyone feels stiff in the morning
  5. Everyone is sick
  6. Everyone is cranky
  7. Everyone is depressed
  8. Everyone wants to eat comfort food
  9. Everyone wants to drink too much red wine
  10. No one wants to exercise because of #’s 1-9

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Moroccan Lentil Soup SP8217_Ardito_0


2 t olive oil

2 cups chopped onions

2 cups chopped carrots

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 t ground cumin

1 t ground coriander

1 t ground turmeric

1/4 t ground cinnamon

1/4 t ground pepper

8 cups vegetable broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth

3 cups chopped cauliflower (about 1/2 medium)

1 ½ cups dried lentils, rinsed

1, 28-ounce can diced tomatoes

2 T tomato paste

4 cups chopped fresh spinach or one 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

2 T lemon juice

salt and pepper to taste


Heat oil in a soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat; add onions and carrots and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add cumin, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon and pepper; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add broth, water, cauliflower, lentils, tomatoes and tomato paste; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are tender but not mushy, 45 to 55 minutes. Stir in spinach and cook until wilted, 5 minutes.

Just before serving, stir in cilantro and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

(Adapted from a recipe found on “”)

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I learned the hard way how important it is to be CLEAR when giving instructions.

A while ago, I had a client who was on a quest to lose weight. I first suggested that she started measuring her food so she could understand portion sizes. I made the mistake of not reviewing the proper way to measure–I just ASSUMED she knew.  This became evident when she failed to lose weight. At that point, I asked her what was going on and stumbled across measuring gone astray.

Here is a quick  example of what I would consider “delusional measuring”:  Peanut butter. A serving size of peanut butter is 2 tablespoons, which will cost  you about 200 calories. I know we’d love to believe this but this is NOT 1 tablespoon.

Yes, we have to level it off. Instead, it looks like this:

While you can be more accurate by weighing food, if you are using measuring spoons or cups, you gotta level them off.  There is a big difference in 1 cup of pasta and one HEAPING cup. Ditto for 1/2 cup a rice vs. a 1/2 cup with an additional mound on top. It’s not really an issue if you’re inaccurate every now and then. But like my client, if you are consistently not measuring correctly, those additional calories will add up.

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