Edible Flower Garnishes

For RDs who focus on communicating through food, whether it be with culinary demonstrations, recipe development, food blogging, or live television segments, presentation is everything. A key element of success is inviting the audience to eat with their eyes and stir interest in trying something new. An easy way to elevate any food presentation and […]

Recipe for Dynamic Food Demos

From the retail setting to the community private practice, there seems to be no shortage of opportunities for RDs to plan and host cooking classes. Showing our clients and community residents nutrition in action engages and inspires them, convincing them that what we recommend is attainable and desirable. However, careful planning is key to making […]

Get Cooking in Community Gardens

Now that spring has sprung, you may be spending more time outside in your garden—but, as an RD, you may want to consider branching out to someone else’s garden—that is, a community garden. Community gardens are a great way to connect neighborhoods with the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor, and they’re a perfect venue […]

Indian Slow Cooker Cuisine

As an Indian RD, I field many questions about recommendations for Indian recipes. To the typical American client, traditional Indian food can appear difficult and time-consuming to cook and involve long lists of unfamiliar spices and other ingredients. This isn’t surprising, as Indian cuisine comprises the traditions of nearly 30 regions, each with their own […]

Fun New Kitchen Gadgets for Clients

The Instant Pot is so last year. This year, as we encourage clients and patients to continue their healthful eating plans by getting back into the kitchen, we should talk about kitchen tools that don’t require reading a lengthy instruction book. (True story: My Instant Pot has sat in its box for a year!) Although […]

Tips for Healthful Slow Cooking

Slow cooking provides opportunities to save time, improves the odds of a healthful meal being served, and promotes higher vegetable intake in both children and adults. Creating slow cooker meals is a great way to help novice cooks become more comfortable in the kitchen, and busy parents can benefit from using a slow cooker to […]

Developing Recipes for Brands

Developing recipes for consumer brands is different from creating and developing your own personal recipes. You are representing the brand, the product, and yourself. I’ve been developing recipes for a major brand for the last 10 years and have learned a lot along the way. Here are three things RDs should consider when developing recipes […]

Learn to Love Sardines

Canned tuna was a staple in my house when I was a kid. Back in the day, my elementary school didn’t have a cafeteria, so we actually went home for lunch every day. While I can’t even begin to count the number of tuna sandwiches my mom made for our one-hour school lunch, I don’t […]

Cooking With Kids: Creating More Than Food

Teaching children to cook is the best way to raise adventurous eaters and form good nutrition habits for life. In my nearly 12 years of being a mother, some of my favorite memories with my children have occurred in the kitchen. Watching them go from chubby-fingered toddlers playing with their food to helpful and adept preteens […]