Barbara Baron’s Grandma Rose’s Savory Escarole Pie
This month I want to highlight Registered Dietitian Barbara Baron, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND who helps build a healthier you – one meal at a time! ™ She loves traditions, and creating family memories with food!
Barbara loves to celebrate family gatherings. Her husband and two sons were grateful to travel together to Procida, a small island off the coast of Naples, Italy to visit the hometown of her grandfather and meet her cousins. It was while she was enjoying an espresso at their local café, she took a double-take when on top of the counter staring at her on a big platter was an escarole pie. It looked just like HERS, and it was so good she had to
take a photo!
Lobster Fra Diavolo – generation to generation preserving traditional Christmas Eve dinner of seven types of fish served at her very traditional Christmas Eve dinner with people she cherishes.
Who is Barbara?
Barbara Baron is the Family Meals Dietitian™, who understands the challenges of preparing healthy meals especially as a full-time working mom raising two active boys, now in their twenties. As a coach, consultant and speaker she provides personalized nutritious meal plans to enjoy around the table and simple snacking solutions. Barbara helps you prepare achievable goals to help build a healthier YOU (and family) — one meal at a time.
What do you love?
The beach is my favorite place on earth!
Swimming in the ocean in the summer or taking a walk on the beach or boardwalk near the water – taking in the fresh air and hearing the waves roll in and out makes my heart sing! (One of the first times Barbara and I chatted she was parked in front of the water watching the waves roll in.)
What is your empowering belief that gets you back in motion again?
If I get frustrated or disappointed when things don’t exactly work to plan, I have to pause and remind myself to let go and trust God and be grateful because things really have worked out for me and still will, and then I am usually pointed in the direction of a fruitful solution. Although I understand it, I am not a fan of the “fake it to you make it” statement (I am not trying to trick myself into something), instead, I like to say “Believe it, Feel it, and You will make it!” Ultimately, we have to be our own cheerleaders, because no one knows what you want and need as much as you.
What did you have to let go of or accomplish to get you to where you are today?
I didn’t listen to nay-sayers. “Why are you doing this or Why don’t you do this?” I believed in myself and trusted God will show me the way! Fear or the little voice in your head may say that you are not good enough, but it is more important to focus on the feeling and your passion of knowing it will and can work out!
Why did you become a registered dietitian?
Love of food science and nutrition, given mis –information.
What is your advice for someone who wants to get into this field?
I have a lot of advice: Know why you want to be in this field and pursue your dream. Volunteer or shadow RDNs in the areas you are interested in pursuing. Join AND DPG volunteer, network and give back. I have met students and colleagues who I am happy to help, and they have enriched my profession just as much if not more.
What is on your Bucket List?
It isn’t that big. On the personal side I already checked off traveling to Niagara Falls (with my family) and going under the falls. I loved traveling to my grandfather’s birthplace and meeting my relatives (and introducing my boys to their cousins) in Procida, Italy; cooking with family in Sorrento; a wine tour in Tuscany; renting a house near the beach and inviting family to spend the week with us to share fun bike rides walks to the beach and BBQ’s. On the professional side, I’m working on two projects, one being an Italian food tour in Brooklyn this spring – so stay tuned.
You can stay in touch with Barbara at:
Contact Barbara for her signature talk “7 Habits of Effective Family Meals” and be sure to grab her Handy Serving Tips. She wants to help you make your meals more memorable and healthy at the same time!
Barbara and I can’t wait to know what your family meal traditions are.