Pumpkin Energy Bites

I found this great recipe on the website Gimme Some Oven. This is an easy “no bake” recipe which is perfect for a quick, energy dense snack. They work great in lunchboxes too. They are sweetened with dates and honey and I would recommend eating just one or...

Succulent Herbed Chicken Kabobs

This is my sister’s super special secret recipe for chicken shish kabobs. She recently shared this with me for the first episode of my new CVTV series, “A Wonderful Life with Doctor Yum.” After we taped the segment we served them at a garden party...

Zesty Plum Salsa

  In front of my new practice and Doctor Yum teaching kitchen is a great big flowering tree. Half of it looked dead this winter, but before removing it we decided to see what it looks like in the spring. Much to my suprise it is a plum tree, and right now...

Everyday Caesar Dressing

This Caesar dressing, adapted from a Jamie Oliver recipe. Unlike store bought Caesar dressing this one is made with a Greek yogurt base, making it a healthier alternative, and one that can be eaten as an everyday dressing on any type of salad!  I love Caesar dressing...

Magic Banana Cookies

These cookies are really amazing. No oil, no salt, no butter, NO SUGAR!! How can they be so good? This is why I call them Magic Banana Cookies! Anyone I serve these to is amazed by their magical properties and delicious taste. Thanks to my friend Wendy for introducing...

Hot Chocolate Party!

I grew up on Lake Erie, and I have fond memories of playing outside in the snow and coming in for a warm cup of hot chocolate. I always used those hot chocolate mixes in the packets, but looking closely  at labels I have noticed how many undesirable ingredients can be...

Power Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese is a kid favorite. Many of us crave grilled cheese and tomato soup from time to time, especially when the weather gets chilly. However, the traditional processed American cheese on white bread grilled with tons of butter and a can of condensed tomato...

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

  This is a great fall smoothie that I have made in my fall kids cooking class. Kids love smoothies, and this one has the added fun of crushed graham crackers on top. Kids love to crush the crackers, too! This recipe is part of our preschool nutrition...

Breakfast Pitfalls and Solutions

The research shows that we should all probably care a little more about breakfast. Kids who eat breakfast have better concentration, cognitive function and do better in school (just drinking one glass of water may even improve test scores!) Despite what many of my...

Ratatouille

This is a SUPER simple recipe that looks really fancy and is really fun to make. If you have helpers, the prep goes fast and feel more like arts and crafts than cooking. If your kids have seen the Disney movie, “Ratatouille” then they will love making this...

Tangy Broccoli Salad

This is a delcious salad that may be a great way to make someone into a  broccoli-lover. The sweet and tangy dressing is a great way to win kids over. My friend, nurse Denise (a.k.a. “Dee”) shared this recipe with me. It’s a crowd pleaser, and as you...

Strawberry Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

It’s strawberry season. Here’s a recipe that’s sure to please! This is a sweet and minty take on salsa, using fruit. Strawberries serve as the base, and your favorite fruit ingredients can be added to make the taste more vibrant and the appearance...

Kiwi Strawberry Pizza

This is a VERY simple recipe that incorporates fresh fruit, dairy, and whole grains to make quick snack. This can easily serve main dish for a school lunch but it’s also sweet enough to be a dessert. I love recipes that serve many purposes. Resist the urge to...