Vietnamese Pho-Style Salad

Vietnamese Pho-Style Salad

I love Vietnamese food.  Salad rolls are at the top of my list, but I also love pho.  In 100 degree weather, a hot noodle soup is not the most desirable option.  From a nutritional perspective, pho tends to be very starch heavy (large portions of rice noodles).  I wanted to create a fresh, flavorful salad that incorporate more veggies (and less noodles).  This salad turned out to be exactly what I was looking for! Continue reading

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

What I Ate this Week: July 19-25

I had a great weekend celebrating turning another year older- time is flying!  Doug joined me for a Barre 3 workout, we enjoyed brunch, did some boutique shopping and finished the night with a delicious dinner and cocktails at local spots.  I had been trying to get him to join me for a Barre 3 class, so he promised he’d come on my birthday.  He survived the class and actually really liked it.  We enjoyed more recipes from Plenty this past week- as you may have noticed- we love the cookbook.  Doug even tried making one- which turned out very well! Continue reading

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

Fresh Watermelon, Basil and Feta Bites

Watermelon, Basil and Feta Bites by Eating with a Purpose

This month’s Recipe Redux theme “Fresh from the Garden” challenged us to use fresh July fruits or veggies.  Sadly, having a garden is not really possible in our apartment- however, we did recently start some herbs from seed.  Clearly the hot, humid weather is perfect for herbs, as they are flourishing!  We are quite proud of ourselves, as our past attempts at keeping house plants have been disastrous.  My Mom had been talking about how much she loves watermelon, feta and basil salads for lunch.  Our abundance of basil and local (as well as very inexpensive) watermelon inspired me to finally try out the combination.  She was right- this dish was so refreshing on a hot summer day.  Talk about an easy appetizer- or lunch! Continue reading

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

What I Ate this Week: July 12-18

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the middle of July.  It was so nice this past weekend to just enjoy New Orleans with friends.  I love that there is always a festival, fun activity or new restaurant to try on the weekends in this city.  My friend Betsy and I actually had an impromptu wedding dress shopping date- I’m excited to say a couple hours later with my Mom on FaceTime from Vancouver, I bought my dress!  I was feeling creative in the kitchen this week and finally succeeded at a classic New Orleans dish, white beans.  Doug and I were also very lucky to be gifted a pasta attachment for my Kitchen Aid- that was lots of fun to try.  While I’ll admit that neither of these were “light” dishes, they were delicious.  Did you try any new recipes this past week?  I would love to hear about them! Continue reading

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

Healthy Tips for Dining Out

Healthy Tips for Dining Out by Eating with a Purpose

If you haven’t figured it out already, I enjoy having someone else cook for me as much (well, maybe more) than I enjoy cooking for myself.  We love to try new restaurants, and there is no shortage of great restaurants here in New Orleans.  As most of you already know, eating out can be challenging if you are trying to eat healthy.  However, for many, it is often inevitable as part of your job or social life.  I wanted to share a few pointers for your next visit to your favorite spot. Continue reading

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

What I Ate This Week: July 5-11

How was your Canada Day or Fourth of July?  You may have noticed that I didn’t post a line-up of recipes last week- we took an impromptu trip to Austin, Texas for Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic.  Austin is a fun city and has a great food scene.  We had been there briefly on our cross country road trip from Seattle to New Orleans a few years ago.  We enjoyed some tasty tacos, cocktails and plenty of other great eats.  Willie Nelson and crew, of course, put on a great show.  This week I cracked open “Plenty”, a cookbook I had heard rave reviews about and had only made one recipe (Broccoli and Gorgonzola Pie) from before.  The recipe I made this week was just as delicious as the last.  Doug suggested I “cook the book” as he is a huge fan of the two recipes I have tried.  I hope you are staying cool in the heat!  Have a great week. Continue reading

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

“Sophisticated” Tuna Casserole

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“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Bumble Bee Seafoods and am eligible to prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

I’ll admit- I love my Mom’s cream soup-based tuna casserole.  In fact, I think we’ve all had tuna casserole at some point and are fond of a specific recipe.  I wanted to create an updated version of the classic that incorporates new flavors.  At the same time, I wanted to lighten up the recipe.  My version delivers a punch of flavor with the addition of sundried tomatoes, basil and the replacement of cheddar with aged parmesan cheese. Continue reading

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

Lighter Summer Cocktails

Lighter Summer Cocktails by Eating with a Purpose

Happy Canada Day!  I think you’ll agree that cocktails are best enjoyed on a summer patio in the sunshine.  Cocktails, however, can be loaded with sugar- this can hurt not only your waistline but leave you feeling not so great the next day.  With Canada Day and the 4th of July this week, I wanted to share some lighter cocktail recipes shared by some of my favorite bloggers.  Enjoy the celebrations! Cheers! Continue reading

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.