{announcement!!} My First Live TV Cooking Segment Debut

Jeanette Chen's first live TV cooking segment debut on WTNH, an ABC-affiliated television station

This past Sunday, I had my first live TV cooking segment debut on WTNH (channel 8), an ABC-affiliated television station! I demonstrated how to make my Watermelon Strawberry Coconut Water Smoothie for the Labor Day weekend with news anchor Stephanie Simoni.

 Jeanette Chen's first live TV cooking segment debut on WTNH, an ABC-affiliated television station. Shown here with news anchor Stephanie Simoni and meteorologist Gil Simmons.

This is the kitchen set up at WTNH’s studio. I brought everything you see on display, including the white and red checked cloths, cutting boards, blender, ingredients, props and pre-made smoothies.

I woke up at 5AM, did my own hair and makeup and was ready to go by 6AM. The suggested dress code was professional in a single color. Dark jewel tones look best on me, so I chose this purple dress. I was scheduled to go live with Stephanie at 7:45AM so we got there at 7AM to set up.

I’m not going to kid you – a lot of prep went into this segment, especially since it was my first time. Although the segment was only a little over 4 minutes, I practiced my key talking points a ton in the days before the shoot. I also did a mock set up at home to see how everything would look on the set and made a list of things to bring to make sure I had everything I needed for the segment. I prepared a few smoothies ahead of time to bring on the set, as well as prepped all the ingredients for the smoothies ahead of time.

Once we got to the studio, I set everything up the way I did at home. Then, I took a peek from the camera’s view and made a few adjustments arranging everything on the counter. Once everything looked good, I had a few free minutes to watch Stephanie and meteorologist Gil Simmons do their live news segments. They are both fabulous and fun to watch!

I was actually more nervous the night before the segment than on the day of. Stephanie was super nice and made me feel right at home during the shoot.

Afterward, Stephanie Simoni and meteorologist Gil Simmons (pictured with me below) posed for a picture with me. Do you see them holding my smoothies? They really enjoyed them!

You can watch myTV segment on how to make a Watermelon Strawberry Coconut Water Smoothie here:

This first live TV cooking segment was a great personal growth experience for me and I was honored to be on WTNH with such wonderful hosts!A HUGE thank you to my husband who drove me an hour up and back from the studio, coached me in the car, and helped me lug everything onto the set.

Source: Jeanette’s Healthy Living

Creamy Thai Carrot Sweet Potato Soup

This creamy, Thai-spiced carrot and sweet potato soup comes from Angela Liddon's new cookbook, Oh She Glows Everyday! cookieandkate.com

Is it too soon for soup? When I had a full-blown cold last week, soup sounded like just the ticket. I flipped through Angela’s new cookbook, Oh She Glows Every Day , and landed on this creamy, plant-based soup bursting with vitamin A and other goodness.

soup ingredients

Carrots, sweet potato, and warming Thai curry blended with an unexpected ingredient—almond butter—made it a sweet and spicy, rich soup. I wish it could say it cured me for good (if only soup could), but it definitely made me feel better that evening. And the next morning, when I heated up leftovers for breakfast.

Fans of Angela’s first book, The Oh She Glows Cookbook , will find tons of new favorites in her new one. Fun vegan breakfasts, smoothies, salads and soups, hearty plant-based dinners—this book has it all, with lovely bright and light photos by Ashley of Edible Perspective. Good work, ladies!

Before I forget, if you have a spare minute, could you please hop over to Bloglovin’ and vote for Cookie and Kate? We’re up for best food blog this year (our category is about halfway down the page), which is quite the thrill!

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    Recipe type: Soup

    Cuisine: Thai

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    Roasted tamari almonds



    Recipe minimally adapted, with permission, from Oh She Glows Every Day by arrangement with Avery Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © 2016, Glo Bakery Corporation.
    Make it soy free: When making the tamari almonds, use coconut aminos instead of tamari.
    Make it gluten free: Verify that your tamari is gluten free (most, but not all, are).


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  • 20 Easy Healthy Backtoschool Dinner Recipes

    20 Easy Healthy Back-To-School Dinner Recipes - a collection of simple recipes that take less than 30 minutes to cook plus easy slow cooker recipes

    These 20 Easy Healthy Back-To-School Dinner Recipes are a must try for busy school nights.

    20 Easy Healthy Back-To-School Dinner Recipes - a collection of simple recipes that take less than 30 minutes to cook plus easy slow cooker recipes

    Schoolis back in session and many of us are looking for easy, healthy dinner ideas for our kids. With all the after-school activities, it can be difficult to get everyone to sit down at the table together. When my boys were younger, I used to feed them dinner as soon as they got home from school. They were starving, so it was easy to get them to eat an entire dinner, including fruits and vegetables.

    As my boys got older, dinner time became later and later, with sports practices into the evening. So, slow cooker recipes or recipes that could be made quickly became my staples.

    I’ve got 20 easy healthy back-to-school dinner recipes that are sure to please your entire family. You’ll find easy recipes that take less than 30 minutes to cook as well as slow cooker recipes in this collection.

    Over the years, I learned a few easy tricks to getting a healthy dinner on the table:

    Easy Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta

    Easy Pasta with Spinach Tomatoes and Parmesan Cheese

    Pasta Primavera with Fresh Tomatoes Basil and Garlic

    Lemon Pasta with Shrimp Peppers Tomatoes Corn and Basil

    Easy Chili Garlic Shrimp with Pesto Pasta

    Easy Pan Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

    Easy Herb Spiced Roasted Chicken

    Roast Chicken with Cumin and Cilantro Scallion Salsa

    One Pot Chicken Chorizo Paella

    Chicken Cheese Pasta Casserole with Parmesan Breadcrumb Topping

    Slow Cooker Jamaican Spiced Chicken

    Slow Cooker Pumpkin Curry Chicken

    Slow Cooker Chicken Vegetable Stew with Rosemary Thyme and Sage

    Slow Cooker Chinese Curry Chicken

    Mexican Turkey Taco Meatloaf Muffins

    Mexican Taco Nacho Macaroni and Cheese (great way to use up leftover taco meat)

    Turkey Taco Nacho Casserole

    Slow Cooker Turkey Bolognese Sauce (serve over whole grain pasta, zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash)

    Brazilian Rub Salmon

    15 Minute Spice-RubbedRoasted Salmon

    Do you have any easy healthy back-to-school dinner recipes? Please share in the comments below.

    Source: Jeanette’s Healthy Living

    What To Cook This September

    Learn what's in season this month at cookieandkate.com!

    September already? Could it be? September is possibly the best month for fresh produce. Get ready, because this month’s list is a long one. Below, you’ll find plenty of inspiration to fire up your oven, and maybe even your favorite orange squash.

    I hope you all have a fantastic Labor Day weekend! I’m fighting off a summer cold (bah!) so I can celebrate at my best friend’s bachelorette party. In last month’s roundup , I shared some fun links, but received mixed feedback as to whether you want more of them. This month, I just really need you to see that time when Simone Biles found a bee in her bouquet . That is all.

    Gluten free and easily vegan

    “I made this salad last night ahead of time, and added the toasted seeds and cheese (gruyere) at serving time. It’s so delicious! I also traded the tarragon for mint. I will use this recipe whenever I get kohlrabi in my CSA box. Thanks!” – Erin

    More apple recipes »

    Gluten free and easily vegan

    “This fruit salad is amazing! Definitely the highlight of my brunch, loved by all. Used basil, not mint. Spectacular flavors!” – Liz

    More blueberry recipes » (also blackberries , raspberries and strawberries )

    Easily gluten free and easily vegan

    “I made this last night. Followed the instructions precisely. Divine. I think it’s worth taking the time to roast the veggies. It’s going in my “make again…and again” file.” – Laureen

    More broccoli recipes »

    Gluten free and vegan

    “Made this tasty slaw as part of Friday’s dinner-for-two (paired with veggie enchiladas) and loved it so much, I prepped a much larger batch on Sunday for a BBQ! It’s delish! I added one tiny spoonful of mayo for a creamier dressing :)” – Becca

    More cabbage recipes »

    Easily gluten free and easily vegan

    “I made this recipe as directed and they came out incredibly delicious. I will definitely keep the recipe and add it to the repertoire! Thanks!” – Maryel

    More carrot recipes »

    Gluten free and easily vegan

    “These tacos are perfection. I made the recipe for the first time for a dinner party (taco bar, vegan option (using vegan mayo)) and it was a smashing success. It’s always risky to make a new recipe to feed guests, but the rave reviews were spot on. These are going into my weeknight rotation. Thank you!” – Rachel

    More cauliflower recipes »

    Gluten free and easily vegan

    “Made this tonight and it was SO delicious! I’m a physician assistant student (which means there’s no such thing as being done studying) and I have an 8 month old. Basically, I don’t have time to eat, let alone cook. This was healthy, easy, and incredible – definitely going into the regular rotation! Thanks!!” – Kate

    More corn recipes »

    Gluten free and easily vegan

    “I made this last night and it was SO good- loved the dressing especially. I skipped the shallot and marinating part because I was short on time and it was fine without. Used fresh tomatoes and cucumber from my deck pots. You give The Mixx a run for their money. Definitely will be making again :)” – Emily

    More cucumber recipes »

    Easily gluten free and easily vegan

    “I made the vegan version of this recipe the day you posted it. I didn’t have orzo so I used small penne. It was delicious! I will be roasting eggplant again! And the roasted tomatoes were also amazing–roasting enhances their flavor. The lemony dressing is very good and compliments all of the tastes in the dish. We were mmmm-ing and wow–ing as we ate. Thanks! I know I will make this again and again.” – Julie

    More eggplant recipes »

    Gluten free

    “Not sure why I waited so long to try this one – just exceptional. Made it for a supper club last night and it was such a hit. The fennel is such a perfect touch – cannot wait to use it more often. Luckily, I have enough ingredients to continue whipping this up throughout the week. Can kale salads please be your biggest chapter in the upcoming book? My absolute favourite!” – Emily

    More fennel recipes »

    Just vegetarian

    I need you to try these crostini and let me know how you like them!

    That’s my only recipe with grapes so far. More to come.

    Gluten free and easily vegan

    “This might actually be my favourite grain salad ever. The combination of textures is phenomenal– definitely don’t skip the toasted almonds! It’s a little bit involved but if you multitask it comes together fairly quickly. I’ve made it several times now and will definitely continue to do so as long as I can get fresh sweet corn!” – Elinor

    That’s my only green bean recipe! Here are some great green bean recipes at Love and Lemons »

    Gluten free and vegan

    “I made the Lentil salad tonight for my husband and I and we both loved it. I used green lentils as the black weren’t available. The dressing was great – I would use that again in a variety of things. My kids sampled it too (ages 10 and 9) and declared they would bring it to school in their lunches. Overall a hit with my family.” – Lisa

    More salad recipes »

    Gluten free and vegan

    “Delicious. First time I used my spiralizer. It made a bit of a mess in the kitchen but was lots of fun. Thanks.” – Jo Bay

    More basil recipes » (also cilantro and dill )

    Gluten free and vegan

    “I am an old vegetarian and a new vegan, and have really been enjoying expanding my repertoire with yummy new recipes, but *this* is one of my top two. I made it Sunday and we had it Monday for dinner, and it is so, so good. My omnivore partner said he was “prepared to choke it down,” but he actually loved it, and raved about it all night. This was also my first foray into a raw kale dish (other than smoothies, of course), and I am officially hooked. Thank you so much for this absolutely glorious recipe!” – Julie

    More kale recipes »

    Gluten free

    “I added pine nuts and pickled onion…..yum yum. Didn’t need the dressing. Love your site as I’m trying to clean up my eating but love food so it has to taste great! Your recipes fit the bill!” – Karen

    More watermelon recipes » (also cantaloupe and these honeydew margaritas )

    Vegetarian and delicious

    “Kate, I love this recipe! It’s such a good, quick, summery dinner. I popped it in the oven after a late night at work last week (when I was starving!) and the timer went off just after I had changed into some comfy clothes.

    Everyone: if you’re having a “sweets” craving, trying drizzling a little honey over the entire assembled dish. NOM.” – Jennifer

    More peach recipes »

    Just vegetarian

    “This morning I was frantically running around the kitchen in desperate search for a healthy lunch to pack. So you saved me! It took me 4 minutes to prep all of this and take it to-go. Now I’m sitting quietly at my desk waiting for lunch time. Is it here yet?” – Sylvia

    More pear recipes »

    Gluten free

    “We just finished eating this as our dinner. It was yummy and I am saving it to make again. It was incredibly easy! My husband said it will make for a great breakfast. Thank you again for a great recipe!” – Erin

    More bell pepper recipes » (also jalapeños )

    Gluten-free and easily vegan (see notes)

    “I made this as a dessert for a ladies group dinner and everyone LOVED it! Thank you.” – Daniela

    More plum recipes »

    Easily gluten free and easily vegan

    “I just made these and I can’t believe how amazing they turned out! Until now most of my healthy baking attemps were more or less a failure.. These little guys however are super fluffy, not too sweet and the warming spices are just right for rainy days. Thank you, I love it!
    I’m excited to try out your zucchini bread which is gonna ne next :)” – Janina

    More pumpkin recipes »


    “Thank you so much. Absolutely delicious. As a semi-new vegetarian I need extra inspiration this time of year to not feel like I’m missing out on all the meat dishes. And this does the trick and then some :)” – Cassandra

    More potato recipes »

    Gluten free and easily vegan

    “I just made these the other day and they are SO delicious! Exactly the flavor I was looking for and didn’t even know it. One bag of Trader Joe’s radishes works perfectly. Great on chicken salad, Caesar salad, or by themselves.
    Thanks!” – Leah

    More radish recipes »

    Easily gluten free and easily vegan (see notes)

    “My daughter and her boyfriend are both vegan and we’re attending a graduation party soon and needed to come up with something for them to eat there. Well let me just say…this is awesome! My husband, son and myself are not vegan but I tried this recipe on them tonight and it was a huge hit! I think we are going to be trying a lot more of these recipes! Thanks so much, and it was so easy too!” – Karen

    More zucchini recipes » (also yellow squash )

    Easily gluten free and easily vegan

    “This recipe was great! I can’t tolerate typical tomato sauce, even homemade, but eating this mostly raw version was a delight. Our entire family loved it and it’s now on our rotation. Thanks! :)” – Sarah

    More tomato recipes »

    Don’t forget to tag your Instagram recipe photos #cookieandkate so we can all see them! If you’re looking for an ingredient that didn’t make the list, check my ingredient index for relevant recipes.

    More resources you might appreciate: 13 make-ahead breakfast recipes , 16 recipes that pack well for lunch and 14 simple weeknight dinners . You can shop my essential kitchen equipment here . Don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest for a steady stream of recipe inspiration!

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