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Tag: Ellie Krieger

Shepherds Pie with Mashed Cauliflower and Potatoes

Shepherds Pie is a meat pie dating back to the Middle Ages. Traditionally “Mutton Pie” was made using lamb or mutton and vegetables baked in a thick pastry shell called a “coffyn”. The pastry was thick, tough and inedible. The “coffyn” was a type of […]

Three Steps to Eating Healthy

Teaching our children to have healthy nutrition habits starts when they are young. More importantly it begins with us, their parents. We can teach our children to eat correctly by offering them healthy options regardless of our own food preferences. Joan Lunden and Pediatrician Myron […]

Carrot Cupcakes with Lemony Cream Cheese Frosting

I love that these muffins are not greasy which is common with carrot cakes and zucchini bread. We opted to pass on the frosting and enjoy them simply as muffins.

3/4 Cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 Cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups finely shredded carrots (about two carrots)
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

4 oz Neufchatel cheese (or reduced fat cream cheese), softened
3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/2 tsp finely grated lemon zest

For Garnish:
2 tbsp finely chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, sift together both flours, soda, salt and spices. In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, brown sugar and eggs until well combined. Whisk in the applesauce, vanilla, and carrots. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in the walnuts.

Divide the batter between the muffin cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted in a cupcake comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To frost, beat together the cream cheese, confectioner’s sugar and lemon zest until smooth and creamy. Frost the cooled cupcakes and sprinkle with the walnuts. Store in the refrigerator for about 3 days.

Pesto Potato Salad

This is another recipe from Ellie Krieger of the Foodnetwork. 1 1/2 pounds small red potatoes 1 yellow pepper, cored, seeded and coarsely chopped (about 3/4 cup) 1 red pepper, cored, seeded and coarsely chopped (about 3/4 cup) 1/3 cup Basil Pesto, recipe follows Salt […]

Pineapple Rings

Ellie Krieger is one of my favorite chefs. I love her no-nonsense style to creating healthy meals. You can find more of her recipes on or her books “The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life and Small Changes”, “Big Results: A […]