Salad potluck: the easiest, cheapest, healthiest way to avoid packing lunch

It started with a workplace baby shower with a salad potluck directive: everyone bring something you can put on a salad. As we stood around munching, while cards were opened, we thought, "Hey, this was REALLY easy, and it's healthy, too! We need to do this more often!" It helps us all eat healthier and it makes "packing lunch" as simple as throwing a random fridge vegetable or a bag of dried cranberries or can of black beans in your bag.

Ain't no shame in the calorie counting game: How to erase guilty feelings about eating at parties!

It's the start of the summer party season for the US. Which means tons of BBQ meat, beers, margaritas and CAKE! You can't have a party without cake! The perfect time for all that anxiety in your gut to start rising up about your food choices, and just how "good" you've been the last weeks. (I'll talk in a minute about how "being good" actually means nothing, by the way.) But if you're like me, and have made the choice to start logging your food intake, calorie counting and parties can lead to a lot of anxiety.

Staple Sauce: My fool-proof (usually) marinara sauce recipe

I started dating someone who had never before been exposed to home-cooked food. The bar was set so low, and his appreciation was (and still is) so genuine, I that I felt no fear when trying out new things in the kitchen. So with that being said, here is one of the first recipes I tried on him when we decided to make homemade pizza.

I started with a family recipe and tweaked it until it fit my taste. This recipe is a great one to start with because it's simple and once you become comfortable with the bare bones, you can add or substitute ingredients until it becomes what you want.