Suzanne Hollander, MS, RD

As a dietitian, home cook, and enthusiast of all-things-delicious, I'm often asked, "so what do YOU eat?" Here's a blog to answer that very question! My hope is that you'll find (even just a little) inspiration from some of my favorite recipes, restaurants, party-ideas and food musings for your own happy, healthy, food-loving lifestyle.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Pumpkin Apple Spiced Oatmeal

Pumpkin and apple are a delicious and tasty autumnal pair. This morning, I made a batch of this hearty oatmeal. It not only made a great weekend breakfast, but it filled the air with the smell of fall! The recipe below serves 4, and whether you're serving 1 or more, I recommend making a hefty batch to re-heat and enjoy all week long. 

The Nutrition Rundown: A bowl of this well-rounded breakfast treat is full of  beta-carotene (aka vitamin A found in orange fruits and vegetables), and it boasts plenty of cholesterol-lowering, satisfying soluble fiber from apples, pumpkin, and oats. 

Pumpkin Apple Oatmeal
Serves 4

3 cups water
1 ½ cups rolled oats (or use steel cut and increase cooking time)
½ cup cooked or canned pumpkin puree
1 apple, chopped
¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 Tbs cinnamon
2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cloves
½ tsp nutmeg
1/3 cup raw almonds, chopped
¼ cup raisins
Honey (optional)

  1. Bring water to a boil. Add oats and reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring frequently, ~5 minutes or until oatmeal begins to thicken.
  2. Add pumpkin, apple slices, applesauce and spices. Turn heat to low and simmer another 10 minutes, stirring often.
  3. When oats are desired consistency and apples begin to soften, remove from heat. Stir in almonds and raisins.
  4. Nutrition Facts without added honey
  5. Serve warm as is or drizzled with honey. 

    Tuesday, September 24, 2013

    Homemade Pasta

    My husband and I recently invested in this pasta maker. We decided to go with a hand-crank instead of the automatic version after getting some tips that the hand-crank works just as easily and the automatic can overheat after a small amount of pasta. So far, the hand-crank seems to be a worthy investment in both pasta making and arm workout.

    For a first pasta attempt, we made basic spaghetti using the recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks.  It cooked in about 2 minutes in boiling water and was perfectly al dente. Our crank skills improved dramatically by the end of the process, so next time I'm looking forward to to trying out a new dough recipe.

    Friday, September 13, 2013

    Watermelon Basil Martini

    Summer is coming to a close, but with a last heat wave here in LA, I thought I'd sneak in an end-to-summer cocktail. This Watermelon Basil Martini is easy, light, and refreshing!

    The Nutrition Rundown: Many cocktails have added sugar or simple syrup. Fresh, seasonal watermelon adds sweetness without too many added calories. Seltzer lightens the alcohol content and calories as well. As always, try to enjoy in moderation...

    Watermelon Basil Martini
    Makes 2
    1/2 cup diced watermelon
    ~5 basil leaves
    3 oz (2 shots) gin- you could substitute vodka if you prefer
    1 cup ice
    6 ounces club soda

    1. In martini shaker, muddle/smash watermelon and basil. Add gin and ice.Place lid on shaker and shake vigorously. 
    2. Remove shaker lid. Add club soda and stir. Strain into ice-filled glass and serve.