Half-Homemade Meal Ideas

Whether clients are working from home, starting to go back to work, or getting their kids to summertime activities, it can be difficult for them to make homemade meals. As dietitians, we often recommend home cooking because clients can control what goes into their meals, ideally making them more healthful. However, cooking every meal from […]

Addressing Cooking Fatigue

More than eight months ago, our clients, and maybe dietitians alike, relished the extra time to get into the kitchen and prepare meals. Moms and dads were cooking with their kids, social media feeds were full of #quarantinekitchen food posts, and people were experimenting with new recipes and cooking from scratch. But as the months […]

How to Use Nutritional Yeast

Have your clients been asking you about nutritional yeast? Well, that’s a good thing! There’s much to love about “nooch”—the affectionate term for nutritional yeast, the plant-based essential that adds savory flavor and a nutritious kick to recipes. If it’s not already a go-to ingredient in your kitchen, consider bringing this staple, with its signature […]

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 […]