Spring Fresh

Spring Fresh

Spring Fresh Recipes and Tips for Health and Happiness Spring has sprung, and with it comes an abundance of fresh, seasonal vegetables and fruits to delight our taste buds. As the days grow longer and the weather warms up, it's the perfect time to embrace lighter...

Spring Fresh

Spring Fresh Recipes and Tips for Health and Happiness Spring has sprung, and with it comes an abundance of fresh, seasonal vegetables and fruits to delight our taste buds. As the days grow longer and the weather warms up, it's the perfect time to embrace lighter...

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Mango Shake

Mango Shake

Mango ShakeIngredients2 cups fresh or frozen mango chunks 1 banana ½ cup unsweetened almond milk ¾ cup unsweetened Greek yogurt ½ cup ice½ tsp good quality vanilla extract DirectionsAdd all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until...

Summer Strawberry Salad

Summer Strawberry Salad

Summer Strawberry SaladIngredients8 oz strawberries, hulled and quartered 5 oz arugula 5 oz spinach ⅓ cup silvered almonds, toasted 1 avocado, chopped 3 oz goat cheese, crumbled 1 cup quinoa, prepared to package directions (may also use farro or another whole...

Melon and Mozzarella Salad

Melon and Mozzarella Salad

Melon and Mozzarella SaladIngredients1 cantaloupe, halved and de-seeded 8 oz medium-sized (Ciliegine) Mozzarella balls 3 oz arugula 4 basil leaves4 mint leavesDressing 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp champagne vinegar (white wine vinegar can be substituted)...

Healthy Chocolate Pudding

Healthy Chocolate Pudding

Healthy Chocolate PuddingIngredients2 ripe bananas (1 frozen, 1 unfrozen)1 ripe avocado (pitted) 2 tbsp unsweetened cacao powder 2 tsp agave nectar or honey ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract raspberries or sliced strawberries (for garnish) DirectionsAdd both bananas...

Spring Fresh

Spring Salad with Lemon Mint Vinaigrette

Spring Salad with Lemon Mint VinaigretteIngredients5 oz mixed baby spring greens2 oz frisée greens 4 radishes, tops removed and sliced 1 can or box chickpeas, drained ½ cup green peas, fresh or frozen ¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled ¼ cup almonds, toasted 1...

Flax Pudding

Flax Pudding

Flax PuddingIngredients½ cup ground flax meal 6 oz almond milk (or other plant-based milk) ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract ¼ tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp honey DirectionsCombine all ingredients (ground flax, almond milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and honey). Mix well...

White Bean and Mint Dip

White Bean and Mint Dip

White Bean and Mint DipIngredients3 cups white beans (Cannellini, Northern or other), rinsed and drained 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced zest of 1 large lemon ⅓ cup fresh lemon juice ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil ⅛ cup fresh mint, chopped flaky salt and...

Spiced Pear Oatmeal

Spiced Pear Oatmeal

Spiced Pear OatmealIngredients1 cup rolled oats (regular or gluten-free) 1 cup unsweetened almond milk ¾ cup water dash of salt 2 tsp maple syrup ¼ tsp cinnamon 1 ripe pear, cored and chopped DirectionsIn a saucepan, combine almond milk, water, and a dash of...

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone SoupIngredients1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic2 bay leaves 3 carrots3 celery stalks1 yellow or white onion1 bunch dinosaur kale or swiss chard1 can (14 oz) whole peeled tomatoes 2 tsp chicken bouillon (or vegetable bouillon, if vegetarian),...

About Me

I am so glad you’re here!

I’m Barbara, and I’m so glad you found Plate43! I love cooking and creating recipes that are simple, delicious, and packed with nutrition. For me, making healthy food is near and dear to my heart. Ever since my mom was diagnosed with cancer when I was in high school and then my father when I was in college, the connection between what we eat, and our long-term health has been a passion of mine.

I went on to get a degree in Physical Education and Health from the College of Charleston, and now I’m excited to share with you the recipes I’ve been making for my two boys, husband of twenty years, and friends and family. Plate43 is all about living out my passion for healthy cooking and hopefully inspiring others to do the same.

Barbara with her family
Barbara cooking with her son

Why Plate43? I was born in Canada and have lived in multiple cities across the United States. Now, my family and I are happily rooted in Charleston, South Carolina—area code 843! Not only am I inspired by our local adventures and flavors, but also by my travels. I’m a little bit obsessed with recreating meals I’ve had elsewhere and making them healthy as can be (and just as delicious). So, welcome to my neighborhood!

Look forward to recipes that are simple, healthful, and don’t require you to be in the kitchen all day long—because who has time for that? I’ll also be including wellness tips, my favorite kitchen essentials, weekly meal plans, and anything else I think you might find helpful or inspirational.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheers,   Barbara

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