brain food

If you haven’t done a good job eating “the right foods” this week this recipe will make up for it. This salmon recipe is easy, delicious and good for you…have a sweet potato and a salad with it and be proud of yourself you’re doing great. One day at a time…
Simple Pan Seared Salmon
Serves 4
4 6-ounce salmon fillets
Smoked or sweet paprika
Olive oil
Sprinkle the salmon fillets generously with salt and pepper, and dust with a little paprika.
Coat the bottom of a large, heavy-bottomed pan with oil, add a couple tablespoons butter and place over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot and the butter is melted, add the salmon fillets, skin side down. Cook, without moving, until the sides are cooked just past halfway up the fillets. Flip and cook, without moving, until the sides are fully cooked, then remove from the heat for medium-rare. Serve warm.

who eats what?

Dear Mom- I am having a party and everyone invited is on a different diet. How do I make food for all of the different diets?

Don’t cook. Make sure that you have a lot of fresh veggies and fruit and order the rest of the food from a gluten-free place, vegan place and any other “foodie” place that you can think of or tell the really restricted people to BYO.

go your separate ways

Dear Ask Mom: I am going to my hometown for a visit, but I don’t want to stay with my family or friends. How do I stay in a hotel and not insult anyone?

Even if they say that they are insulted they probably aren’t, so it’s ok. Being a houseguest and having a houseguest are each lots of work, unless you live in a mansion with servants, I don’t. Enjoy spending as much time together as you want to and then go your separate ways to relax or do whatever you want to do. You’ll look forward to seeing each other more that way…

silence is golden

Dear Mom, I hate the music my best friend listens to and he hates my music. What can we do besides listen to some of each, that’s not a solution.

I agree that’s a terrible solution because then one of you is unhappy all the time. How about listening to a podcast or some golden silence…


Hi Mom, I like to invite my friends over for dinner and I do most of the cooking. Usually the girls offer to help clean up, but the guys don’t. Is it ok to ask the guys to help clean up too if they don’t offer to help?

Absolutely, you’re doing their future others a big favor…

eat warmly

This soup is prefect for a day when you don’t really want to cook, but you don’t want to eat more frozen or fast food. Add or take out anything you want to, and it’s really a whole meal with warm crusty bread…

Easy Green Minestrone

Serves 4 to 6 (Makes about 8 cups)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
3 celery stalks, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fresh thyme (1/2 teaspoon dry)
1 bay leaf
6 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1 pound red potatoes (4-5 small potatoes), cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
1 pound small-shaped pasta, like shells or elbow macaroni
6 ounces greens, like spinach, kale, or chard, cut into ribbons
1 (15-ounce) can white beans, like Great Northern or canneloni, drained and rinsed
Salt and pepper to taste
Grated parmesan cheese, optional, to serve

In a large soup pot, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and cook until the onion and celery are soft and translucent, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic, thyme, and bay leaf, and cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Add the chicken broth, the potatoes, and 1 teaspoon of salt to the pan. Increase the heat to high and bring the soup to a boil. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer the soup for 5 minutes. Add the green beans and simmer for another 5 to 10 minuets, until both the potatoes and the green beans are tender.

While the soup is simmering, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta to al dente. Drain and set aside.

When the vegetables are tender, stir the greens and the white beans into the soup. Simmer until the greens are wilted and tender, 1 to 3 minutes. Taste and add additional salt and pepper if needed.

To serve, add a scoop of pasta to each bowl and ladle the soup over top. Sprinkle some parmesan cheese and pesto over top, if using. Store pasta and soup leftovers separately; they will keep refrigerated for 1 week.

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not worried

Mom- I’m worried that I worry too much. How much is too much worrying?

Telling me that you are¬†worried that you worry too much is too much worrying. You’re worrying too much by a lot…worrying about it never stopped something bad from happening

Stop worrying and stop worrying about worrying and find something else to do…

go have fun

Dear Mom, we are about two weeks into the new year and I was determined to have more fun, but so far it’s not working. What can I do?

Smile. As much as possible. Watch, listen to or read something that makes you laugh everyday and even if you’re not happy pretend that you are. You could fool yourself into being happy. Get out there and take on the world, you’re not going to have fun sitting around thinking about not having fun…



how to eat better

Dear Ask- I need to start eating healthier, but I don’t know where to start.

If that’s a question here’s the answer if you’re serious about it: start by stopping fast food, cook all of your meals and cut out sugar. Then add a good grain and a new vegetable or fruit every couple weeks. If you go through severe fast food withdrawal eat it once in a while, but only if you have to. Your taste buds will start to change and you’ll feel better really, don’t give up…

are you listening?

Dear Ask Mom, I still haven’t made a New Year’s resolution because I want it to be meaningful and I want to stick to it so I am taking my time to make it really good and because I can’t think of anything! What should I resolve to do this year?

Resolve to become a better listener. It could change everything…