Archive for May, 2013


Crunchy Lentil Salad IMG_0782


1 T Dijon mustard

2 T balsamic vinegar

4 T olive oil

½ t salt plus salt and black pepper to taste

1 1/4 cups of dried lentils (can also use 2 cans of lentils, rinsed and drained)

2 ½ cups lower sodium chicken or vegetable broth

1 ½ cups chopped tomatoes

1 cup peeled and chopped English cucumbers

1 cup chopped carrots

1 cup chopped celery

¼ cup chopped scallions

¼ cup chopped dill (can also use parsley)


In a medium sized saucepan, combine the lentils with the broth. Heat over medium-high heat. Once the broth begins to boil, lower the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Drain excess liquid and set aside to cool.

Chop all the vegetables.

Mix the mustard, vinegar, oil, and salt in a large bowl with 2 T of water. Whisk until well combined.

Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and toss until coated with the dressing. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

(Adapted from a recipe found in “Women’s Health”,  June, 2013)

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If you’re a woman ponder this: Imagine your life without your close imagesgirlfriends. Impossible, right?  I don’t know about you, but without my girlfriends, I could never navigate through this jungle of life!

I think one of the greatest aspects of girlfriends is the symbiosis that occurs. Beyond the mutual benefits that we derive, female friends are the best cheerleaders around, offering something even greater than just support.

Here’s something else to think about: Imagine if, we could be our own best girlfriend?

The other day, I was talking to a client, who has made incredible lifestyle changes over the past several months. I got the feeling, though, that she wasn’t seeing her accomplishments—that she felt “EH” about all that she’s achieved. I then asked her to imagine one of her closest girlfriends achieving what she’s accomplished. Funny, but when we changed the perspective, my client WAS able to her success in a much clearer way. I even asked her to tell me what she would say to her friend, and  her response was far more than just “EH”.

Change is hard so even the smallest lifestyle changes are huge successes. If you’re able to do this, you need to celebrate and be your own cheerleader. If you can’t, try the trick– imagine this on one of your girlfriends. You’ll then be able to see it and perhaps even able to give yourself some well-deserved praise!

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Bucatini with Fresh and Dried Oregano IMG_0777

(serves 4)


2 handfuls fresh oregano, very finely chopped

2 tablespoons dried oregano

16 ripe red cherry tomatoes, seeded and chopped

16 ripe yellow cherry tomatoes, seeded and chopped

3 T extra virgin olive oil, divided

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 lb bucatini (can also use linguini if you can’t find bucatini)


Mix the fresh and dried oregano together.

Marinate the tomatoes in 1 T of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Cook the bucatini in generous amounts of boiling salted water, then drain thoroughly and return to the pan. Toss the oregano mixture with the remaining 2 T of olive oil. Place a small amount of the tomato mixture on the top of each serving.

(Adapted from a recipe found in “The River Café Cook Book”)

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I consider myself a fairly sensitive person. But when it comes to personal Unhappy-customer-300x199training, I’ve grown quite a thick skin. And it’s a good thing that I did. If I didn’t, I would just stick my head in the oven. Check out what I hear all day, every day:

  • Where do you come up with this shit?
  • Are you kidding………we have TWENTY minutes left?
  • Can I pay you to leave now?
  • We’re doing that again—can’t you come up with any new ideas?
  • What’s with you and push-ups?
  • This exercise is AWKWARD!
  • What can I say………..I’m NOT like you…………I don’t like exercise!
  • Boy, this hour is just DRAGGING!!!
  • Are we done yet???
  • I can’t believe I have to PAY for this!
  • Why do you keep saying “LET’S” instead of “YOU”???
  • This room is a torture chamber.
  • Have you always liked bossing people around?

In spite of this, I’m still standing. So bring in it on………..I can take it, thanks to my thick skin!

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Tabbouleh-Style Basmati Rice Salad (serves 8) rice_tabouleh


1 cup uncooked basmati rice (can also use brown basmati)

1 t kosher salt, divided

¼ cup olive oil

3 T fresh lemon juice

½ t minced garlic

1 T tahini

pinch of cayenne

2 cups diced seeded tomatoes

1 cup diced seedless cucumber (can also use English cucumbers)

1 cup finely chopped curly leaf parsley, including stems

½ cup thinly sliced scallions

¼ cup finely chopped mint, plus a few sprigs for garnish

cherry tomatoes for garnish


Heat 1 ¼ cups of water to a boil in a shallow saucepan. Add the rice and ½ t of salt. Cook covered over a low heat until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender, about 12-15 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, ½ t salt and cayenne in a large bowl. Add the rice, tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, scallions and mint. Toss to blend. Spoon the salad onto a platter. Garnish with cherry tomatoes and mint leaves. Serve at room temperature.

(Adapted from a recipe found in “Food and Nutrition”, May/June, 2013)

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