Coconut Lemon Bread

Coconut Lemon Loaf by Eating with a Purpose

My Mom makes a killer lemon loaf.  It was quickly coined “Ang’s Luscious Lemon Loaf.”  Unfortunately, Mom’s loaf includes a lot of butter…  I’m all for an indulgence here and there, but today I was looking to make a lighter version.  I promise I’ll share the original recipe one day.  This version is far lower in sugar and fat, with a healthier fat profile overall.  With this month’s Recipe Redux theme being “Creative Quick Breads,” I decided to put a spin on the classic lemon loaf and also add some new flavors and textures.  We adore coconut, so of course I had to add that.  Poppy seeds and millet were added to create a slight crunch.  Trust me, this bread is yummy!  A loaf of lemon bread also makes the perfect gift for a hostess or new Mom.

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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 Thanksgiving Recipes

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes by Eating with a PurposeAs a Canadian, celebrating Thanksgiving at the end of November still feels somewhat odd to me.  I do, however, welcome the extended break prior to the Christmas rush.  It’s also a great excuse for my parents to visit while I have a few days off- I am so looking forward to seeing them.  We will be having a large “friendsgiving” at our good friends’ house as we did last year.  It’s always fun to get together with a group and prepare our favorite dishes and reminisce over family traditions.  Thanksgiving can be an indulgent time from a nutritional perspective.  I polled my dietitian colleagues to create a list of healthy (and delicious) options for your Thanksgiving.  For my Canadian friends, these recipes would also be great at Christmas!

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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: November 8-14

Two very special people in my life celebrated birthdays this week- both Doug and my Mom.  Unfortunately I couldn’t celebrate with either- Doug was on an “interview trail” along on the West Coast.  He is in the process of visiting residency programs throughout the country.  It’s hard to believe that in a few months, we will likely be ending our chapter in New Orleans and moving onto somewhere new.  While we love NOLA, we have our fingers crossed that we will end up closer to family.  My parents will be visiting during Thanksgiving- I cannot wait to see them and celebrate my Mom’s special day.  I was definitely into soups this week.  The temperature dropped near the end of the week and inspired some cold weather meals.  This week’s line-up includes lots of ethnic flavors and incorporates a range of veggies.  Enjoy!

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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.

Mulligatawny Soup

Mulligatawny Soup by Eating with a Purpose
With Thanksgiving around the corner, I’m all for recipes that incorporate leftover turkey.  Although my Mom does make a great broth-based turkey soup, I was looking for something a little different.  Mulligatawny soup is an English soup based off an Indian recipe.  I love the pungent flavors of the curry balanced with the slight sweetness from the apples and parsnips.  While the classic recipe uses chicken, you could easily substitute an equal amount of turkey.  I have listed chicken in my ingredients, as I think you’ll be making this again outside of the holiday season.  To complement the flavors of the soup, I recommend topping it with siggi’s spiced apple yogurt.

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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.

Cookbook Review: The Natural Pregnancy Cookbook

Cookbook Review: The Natural Pregnancy Cookbook

You can imagine Doug’s reaction when he came home and saw this book sitting on the kitchen table… it was my laugh for the day.  Needless to say, I am not expecting but wanted to share with you one of my favorite blogger’s new cookbook, The Natural Pregnancy Cookbook.  Sonali Ruder aka The Foodie Physician is pretty amazing to say the least- in addition to being a chef and blogger, she is also a physician and Mom.  You will quickly realize her skill set as you read her book full of practical tips, delicious recipes and scientifically-based nutrition advice.  I have featured a few of Sonali’s recipes in my previous weekly recaps- do you remember the Sweet Potato Coins with Chipotle Crema or Spaghetti Squash Lasagna?  I want to highlight that this book is a great resource for general healthy eating- expecting or not.  The recipes incorporate loads of veggies, lean protein, healthy fats and whole grains.  Most importantly- they are full of flavor. 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: October 25-31

Halloween is a big deal in New Orleans.  The old Southern mansions make the perfect haunted houses and there is no shortage of events.  Unfortunately the weekend weather forecast was poor and trick or treating was officially moved to the 30th.  Doug takes Halloween very very seriously.  He always makes the most creative costumes and refuses to buy anything pre-made.  This year was no different as he created a Kermit the Frog costume from scratch.  Of course, I was Miss Piggy- however I did obtain some assistance from Amazon.  This week I finally succeeded at a classic New Orleans dish- Creole style white beans.  They are so easy to make, and so yummy!  Check out my tips (after many attempts) for a flavorful, creamy beans.

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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.