healthier recipe

© Matthew Hranek

Healthy Monday: For this healthier, grilled version of fish tacos, chef Kerry Simon enriches the guacamole with low-fat sour cream and adds lots of flavor with sliced jalapeños, red onion and cilantro. The crispy, tangy slaw is made by simply tossing cabbage with an instant lime vinaigrette.

Recipe: Fish Tacos with Creamy Lime Guacamole and Cabbage Slaw

Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes


2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup soy yogurt (plain or vanilla)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ginger
1 cup finely grated carrots
¼ cup chopped walnuts
¼ cup raisins

For icing:
¼ cup Earth Balance margarine, softened
¼ cup vegan cream cheese, softened
1 ¼ cups confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line muffin tin with paper liners or lightly coat with nonstick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together sugar, vegetable oil, yogurt, and vanilla. Sift the dry ingredients together, then add to the wet ingredients, mixing until smooth. Fold in carrots, walnuts, and raisins.
  3. Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 26 to 28 minutes.
  4. While the cupcakes are baking, beat margarine and cream cheese together with an electric mixer until just combined.
  5. Continue to beat while adding the confectioners sugar in small batches. Mix until smooth and creamy, then beat in the vanilla.
  6. Once cupcakes are completely cooled, pipe or spread on cream cheese frosting, and garnish with chopped walnuts.

Makes 12 cupcakes.

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Recently I’ve been cooking more which has done a lot for my mental health?

- Better, more nutritious food (some of my recipes are healthier than others, of course…) that isn’t loaded with sodium and preservatives like the processed stuff so my body feels less sluggish

- When I cook in my crockpot I have something to look forward to when I come home from work

- Sense of accomplishment when I make something that I really like (i.e. I made some pretty good chili recently, and this really nice creamy parmesan chicken zoodle recipe)

- Grocery shopping puts me in a weirdly good mood (?) and I spend longer in the grocery store when I’m looking for unfamiliar ingredients

- People are pretty impressed when they see me eating/making slightly more complicated dishes which is a good confidence booster

- Sometimes I will freeze portions of my meal which means that if I’m tired or having a rough day I can still enjoy a homecooked meal with minimal effort