Eggplant Gratin (Lightened Up)

Eggplant Gratin by Eating with a Purpose

With the holidays in full swing, I try to incorporate veggies wherever I can.  This dish is great way to get a healthy serving of just that.  When this month’s Recipe Redux theme challenged us to “redux” a recipe on page 54 or 154 from one of our cookbooks, I knew I wanted to choose a dish from Ina Garten’s books.  I love the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten’s, cookbooks, but I will be the first to admit that her recipes tend to be a little on the heavier side.  Her Eggplant Gratin from “Barefoot in Paris” immediately caught my eye.  Instead of frying the eggplant, I chose a lighter cooking method (baking) and substituted evaporated milk for the cream.  This dish would make a great vegetarian entrée, or a side dish at your next dinner party or holiday gathering.  As this will be my last post before Christmas, I wanted to wish you all a happy holiday and thank you again for your support this year!

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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.

How to Feel Good (and Be Healthy) During the Holidays

How to Feel Good (and be Healthy) During the Holidays by Eating with a Purpose

I’ll be the first to admit that trying to follow a “perfect” diet during the holidays is next to impossible.  I definitely believe in indulging during this time of year.  However, there’s nothing worse then feeling gross after overeating or feeling like you need to start a juice cleanse come January 1st (also, not realistic).  I’ve compiled my top 5 tips to help you enjoy the holidays, but feel good while doing so.

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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: December 6-12

Last weekend was a catch-up kind of weekend.  I won’t even tell you how many loads of laundry I did (it had been 2 weeks… oops).  Our Christmas shopping is (almost) done as we get ready to visit our families very soon!  At the end of a productive weekend, it only felt right to make a classic Sunday night dinner.  I think you may have gathered that Doug and I aren’t really “meat and potatoes” kind of people.  Don’t get me wrong, we enjoy meat and potatoes, but love trying ethnic and veggie-forward recipes.  Anyways, I made Nigella Lawson’s Butterflied Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary, paired with her Hasselback Potatoes.  When I lived at home, we would all get excited when we saw my Mom preparing it for dinner.  I forgot how fabulous the recipe is- and so simple!  If you’re thinking of making it, ensure your read my tips below 😉

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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.

Breakfast Cookies

Breakfast Cookies by Eating with a Purpose

I’m surprised I haven’t shared this recipe with you yet!  When I taught children’s cooking classes, these were a hit (amongst the parents too).  I love the texture of these cookies and that they contain a healthy serving of fiber.  Yes, they do have some butter and sugar in them, but less than a typical cookie.  Let’s be honest here, they will definitely be a better choice than the coffee shop muffin or granola bar you would have grabbed!  These are easy to make and a great way to use up apples that have lost their crunch.  Pair one with a latte, yogurt or other source of protein for a well-rounded breakfast to-go.

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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 29- December 5

If you remember from last week’s Thanksgiving re-cap, it was very indulgent on the eating front.  This week, we wanted to maximize our intake of veggies to make up for the lack thereof the week prior.  I made one of my favorite salad recipes and tried a new veggie bowl recipe from Pinch of Yum.  To mix things up, I also made a batch of turkey meatballs in the crockpot and served them over spaghetti squash (in place of noodles).  We got into the Christmas spirit this weekend and decorated our tree (we love the tabletop-sized trees from Whole Foods).  Doug was a good sport and made the trip to the mall to register for our wedding.  I think his knowledge of dishes and flatware grew ten-fold 🙂 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.

Gift Ideas for the Cook (or Foodie) in Your Life- 2015

Gift Ideas for the Cook in Your Life by Eating with a Purpose

Choosing a great gift for a loved one can be difficult.  Last year I compiled a list of some of my favorite products to help you out with your Christmas shopping.  This year, I wanted to add 10 more items that I think would be perfect wrapped under the tree.

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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.

Thanksgiving Re-Cap and My Favorite Restaurants in New Orleans

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To all my American friends- I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I took a little break from blogging as my parents were in town for the holiday.  We had so much fun together- spending a few days with them made me realize just how badly I want our next home to be the West Coast.   Our friends Betsy and Jeff also had their parents in town, and we all enjoyed getting to know one another.  The food was also fabulous- I’ve re-capped some highlights below.  Doug and I toured my Mom and Dad around New Orleans (especially the food scene).  After living here for two and a half years, we’ve tried many restaurants and have definitely selected some favorites.  I’ve also shared a summary of our culinary adventures and our menu selections, should you ever visit this amazing city!

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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.