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Balsamic Chicken Tomato Basil Pasta Salad

Hopefully you have figured out a few different ways to maximize your tomato harvest from my last post. One of the ways I suggested you utilize your tomatoes is by making a pasta salad with tomatoes.  Personally, I am not a big fan of pasta salad with a mayonnaise base.  This pasta salad recipe uses a balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing and tastes delicious with fresh tomatoes. I discovered this recipe from my mother-in-law.  This is one of my husbands favorite recipes that his mom used to make him.  She gave him the recipe a few years ago for him to someday cook.  Sadly, he never learned to cook so I ended up making her recipe. For this recipe, I usually use cherry tomatoes.  You...

zucchini goat cheese tart

Zucchini Goat Cheese Tart

Happy Monday Everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. We celebrated my husband's birthday and watched the olympics.  Our puppy Champ has been in a puppy training class for the past 5 weeks and he had his test this Saturday, which he passed with flying colors! All in all it was a great weekend. I wanted to share a recipe for a Zucchini Goat Cheese Tart that I made this weekend that was delicious. The recipe uses zucchinis, which are in season right now.  It can be an appetizer, but it makes for an excellent meatless Monday dish. I found this dish to be very quick and easy to prepare.   Enjoy! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:5] I would love to hear from you! What did you think of this dish?...

Balsamic Fig Pork Tenderloin

Weeks ago, I promised to share a recipe that I would be testing out.  I happy to announce that I will finally be sharing this delicious pork tenderloin with you today.  As an added bonus, I will show you two different ways to prepare this dish. I am always looking for new marinade ideas and I recently discovered this balsamic fig marinade that goes extremely well with pork.  As I have mentioned in the past, the slow cooker/crock pot is something that can be used throughout the summer. It is a year round tool that I try to utilize as much as possible.  This recipe is great because it can be made in the slow cooker or on the grill.  If you do make it...

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Focus on Folate: Spring Pasta with Asparagus, Peas, & Herbs

This week we have been focusing on folate as the nutrient of the week. In the last post you learned how much folate you need and where you can find it. As I have mentioned before, I am a big believer in meeting your nutrient needs through diet. This recipe helps you focus on folate and meet your daily needs and uses fresh seasonal vegetables! This is a great seasonal pasta recipe. My husband loves Fettuccini Alfredo, but I don't like to make it because it is high calorie, and high in fat.  This is a great substitute for a white cream sauce and uses seasonal vegetables! We already have fresh asparagus in Maine and soon we will have fresh peas from the garden. This is a...

Focus on Folate

Happy Monday everyone! I apologize for my brief hiatus. I started a per diem dietitian job at a hospital and have been training, so I haven't had much time to write.  This is the post from a week and a half ago. I just wanted to refresh your memory on the importance of folate before I share with you the best sources of vitamin B9 and some new recipes. Over the past two weeks, we have discussed some important updates on some of the key nutrients that help improve ADHD symptoms, including, omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics.  This week we will turn our attention to a new nutrient and the role it plays in ADHD.  Folate is a water soluble B vitamin that plays an important role...

Slow Cooker Sunday: Sesame Ginger Chicken

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend and hopefully the weather is as nice where you are as it is here. It is finally starting to feel like spring and as summer get closer, you may be thinking about putting your slow cooker away for the summer.  Resist the urge! Slow cooker and crockpot recipes are not seasonal.  This Sesame Ginger Chicken is a great source of protein and is rich in zinc and magnesium. [mpprecipe-recipe:7] I hope you enjoy this slow cooker Sunday recipe. I would love to hear from you. What is your favorite slow cooker recipe? Leave a comment and share. Be sure to check back on Monday for an all new Nutrient to Focus On. Thanks for reading! Until Next Time, The Distracted Dietitian...

A Smart Recipe for ADHD

Today I want to share with you one last item I learned about at the seminar I attended by Dr. Michael Lara called "A Pharmacy in Your Kitchen".  One topic he spent a significant time discussing was cognition, which plays a major role in ADHD symptoms.  The main focus of the cognition discussion was Alzheimers, but a lot of this information can be applied to ADHD.  Improved cognition is something everyone can benefit from. As you may recall from my previous posts from this seminar, Dr. Lara's presentation focused on medical foods and specific nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics.  Another nutrient he focused on was medium chain triglycerides, also known as MCTs.  Medium chain triglycerides are saturated fatty acids that contain 6-12 carbon atoms. MCTs...

All New Meatless Monday Recipe: Black Bean Sweet Potato Burgers

Before we turn our attention to breakfast, I wanted to share this delicious Meatless Monday recipe with you. This recipe is the ideal recipe for individuals looking to improve their ADHD symptoms through diet. This vegetarian recipe contains protein, iron, magnesium, vitamin B6, and omega-3 fatty acids (thanks to the chia seeds).  Not only is this recipe a healthy meatless Monday choice, but it contains almost all the nutrients that can help improve your ADHD symptoms. [mpprecipe-recipe:3] I hope you enjoy this vegetarian dish. My husband and I liked this dish so much we are having it again for dinner tonight! Please let me know what you think in the comments and let everyone know what your favorite meatless Monday dish is.  I would love to hear from...

Slow Cooker Sunday Recipe: BBQ Chicken

As the weather starts to get warmer, I tend to move away from using the crockpot. This spring I am going to try something new and continue to use the slow cooker to make more seasonal dishes.  The bottom line is that the slow cooker makes life easier and allows me to do yard work all day and still have a delicious meal on the table for dinner.  This week's slow cooker recipe is Succulent BBQ Chicken. This recipe can be rich in vitamin B6 and zinc, which can improve ADHD symptoms, if you choose a combination of light and dark meat. Chicken is also a great source of protein, which is also important for individuals with ADHD.   The trick to this recipe is...

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