Lauren Zembron
Healthy Food For Living
Newtown Square, PA
Wellesley, MA

About Me: I strive to find a balance between the two basic food philosophies of "eat to live" and "live to eat". I believe that food should be (and is!) one of the great pleasures of leading a healthy lifestyle. I am drawn to the eating habits instilled in me by my health-conscious parents; gravitating towards unprocessed foods and cooking with fresh ingredients. My goal is to make food that is simultaneously wholesome and delicious. My blog, Healthy Food For Living, is the main vehicle through which I share my love of healthful foods with others.

When I’m not cooking food, photographing food, or writing about food, I am either spending time with my wonderful husband, playful dog, and cuddly cat, reading novels, or out hiking and otherwise enjoying the peaceful calm of the woods.

Recipes Posted by Lauren Zembron:

When I think of breakfast or brunch, my mind immediately wanders to the sweet side. Therefore, it was a given that the recipe I entered in this contest was going to be sweet. I settled on French toast… with a twist: individual baked French toasts stuffed with cinnamon raisin peanut butter and topped with a creamy peanut butter yogurt sauce. Peanut butter and yogurt are not only delicious when paired together, they are also protein power houses and will energize you for the remainder of the morning!

In my mind, nothing can rival a warm and gooey cinnamon roll fresh out of the oven and slathered with sweet frosting on a cold snowy morning. Especially if it happens to be Christmas morning! Imagine waking up not only to the excitement of opening presents with loved ones, but also to the intoxicating aroma of warm cinnamon, sweet sugar, and rich peanut butter wafting from the kitchen. My inspiration for creating these peanut butter and raisin cinnamon rolls was threefold: my brother’s love of peanut butter (it must run in the family), my sister-in-law’s tradition of making cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, and my nephew’s adoration of raisins. Therefore, these sweet and rich peanut buttery cinnamon rolls dotted with raisins are dedicated to Dan, Jaime, and Aiden!

One of my all-time favorite sandwiches is the “gobbler.” This sandwich can consist of any permutation of Thanksgiving leftovers, but my ultimate combination absolutely must include turkey, homemade whole berry cranberry sauce, and mashed sweet potatoes. To be perfectly honest, I don’t reserve the gobbler only for the day after Thanksgiving… I enjoy it throughout the year using either sliced deli turkey or poached chicken breast meat. Although my interpretation of the gobbler is real close to sandwich perfection, the unique, but absolutely delicious addition of maple peanut butter seals the deal because — let’s face it — doesn’t peanut butter make everything better?

Who doesn’t love the classic flavor combination of peanut butter and chocolate?! I certainly do, and almost always have both ingredients – in multiple varieties – on hand in my pantry. Although there are instances in which a square of chocolate dipped straight into the peanut butter jar will suffice to fulfill a craving, there are other occasions which call for a more sophisticated dessert. The inspiration for these White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups is the ubiquitous peanut butter cups, which inevitably make their way into every kid’s Halloween trick-or treat bag. Although homemade candy may not be the best thing to distribute to trick-or-treaters, these White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups would be a fantastic addition to any Halloween party dessert spread.

Although biscuits are a standard side dish in many American households, my family reserved the light, flaky, buttery discs of deliciousness for a special annual occasion. I spent many of my childhood summers with my family on the island of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia for a blissful month of hiking, fishing, fossil-hunting, beach wandering, and of course-cooking and eating. Without fail, every summer my mom and I would whip up a bunch of buttermilk biscuits to serve with a meal featuring the freshest seafood you can imagine. In an effort to recreate those delectable biscuits through an original interpretation, I came up with this recipe for Peanut Butter Buttermilk Biscuits. Although I wouldn’t recommend serving these peanut butter biscuits with a seafood dinner, I would highly suggest that you make a batch to enjoy slathered with butter, jam, honey, or additional peanut butter for breakfast or as a snack.

This recipe is a tribute to my mother for all those times she fed and nurtured me. Happy Mother’s Day Mom!

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more comforting, soul-warming, perfect-on-a-cold-day, one-pot meal than chili. Especially if the chili features peanut butter as a main ingredient! The creamy richness of peanut butter balances out the tang of tomatoes and the heat from traditional chili spices. I chose to include ground chicken in the chili, as poultry is a fantastic protein to pair with peanut butter (think of chicken satay, chicken Pad Thai, etc.). Chili is one of my favorite slow-cooking meals to make for many reasons: once all of the ingredients are in the pot, you can forget about it for 1-2 hours; the aroma it emits while cooking is nothing short of intoxicating; although chili warms you up, when prepared healthfully, it doesn’t weigh you down; and there is almost always extra chili in the pot after dinner, which inevitably tastes even better as leftovers.

Peanut Butter Chicken Chili