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Carolyn Hodges Headshot

Carolyn Hodges, M.S., RDN

Title: Freelance Writer

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

Education: B.S. in Food & Nutrition/Dietetics, Loyola University Chicago; M.S. in Public Health Nutrition, Case Western Reserve University

Expertise: Nutrition and wellness, recipe development, meal planning, meal prep, family meals

- Culinary nutrition expert
- Founder of The Dinner Shift website

Experience

Carolyn Hodges, M.S., RDN, has been an EatingWell contributor since 2018. She is a culinary nutrition content creator and recipe developer for clients with a focus on family meal planning, meal prep, weeknight-friendly recipes, and general nutrition and wellness topics.

Highlights

- Founder and creator of The Dinner Shift, a food-rule-free website dedicated to helping families get dinner on the table with weeknight-friendly recipes, simple meal planning and meal-prep basics

- Over 5 years of experience creating food- and nutrition-related content for clients, including recipe development and food photography

- Extensive experience in health and wellness programming and education, including nearly a decade of experience teaching nutrition at the college level

When she's not creating content for The Dinner Shift website, Carolyn develops and photographs recipes and creates nutrition-related content for clients. She has developed over 300 recipes for clients since 2018.

She is a registered dietitian who leverages her training in public health nutrition and experience in higher education and corporate wellness programming, along with a decade of feeding her own family, to develop content covering a variety of food, nutrition, cooking and health-related topics.

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Store-bought spinach ravioli and a handful of basic pantry items are all you need to get a healthy dinner on the table in 15 minutes. Ingredients like oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, briny Kalamata olives and toasty pine nuts help to build big flavor fast. If you can't find frozen artichokes, swap in a 15-ounce can (just be sure to drain and rinse them well).
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Follow these steps for prepping healthy, high-protein lunches you can grab on your way out the door.
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Skillet Ravioli Lasagna
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This easy inside-out ravioli lasagna is the ultimate weeknight comfort food—no layering or mixing bowls required. Feel free to swap in ground turkey for the beef. Look for fresh mozzarella balls (also called "pearls") in the specialty cheese section of your grocery store.
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Oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes pull double duty in this chickpeas and kale recipe. Use the oil from the jar to cook the kale, then stir in the sun-dried tomatoes to add flavor and texture to the dish.
A bold, smoky marinade elevates roasted cauliflower in this meal-prep version of our popular Chipotle-Lime Cauliflower Tacos by Carolyn Malcoun. To cut down on prep time for these healthy taco bowls, look for precut cauliflower in the produce department. You can also save time by using microwaveable quinoa pouches (you'll need one 8-ounce pouch for this recipe) instead of cooking quinoa.
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Ground turkey and ground beef both have their benefits but is one healthier than the other? Here a dietitian breaks down the nutrition profile of both to help you decide.
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Teriyaki Tofu Rice Bowls
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With a handful of shortcut ingredients from your local specialty grocery store, you can prepare an entire week's worth of high-fiber meals in about 15 minutes. Look for precooked wild rice packets to cut down on prep time. Plus, wild rice is a good source of fiber. Topping these bowls with prebaked tofu also cuts down on the time it takes to make this quick meal-prep lunch.
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This speedy meatloaf dinner incorporates a number of pantry ingredients and shortcuts like frozen cauliflower and steam-in-the-bag green beans to cut way down on prep time. Baking the meatloaf in a muffin tin reduces cook time by more than half.
Natural almond butter gives these gluten-free cookies a wonderfully rich flavor and tender, slightly chewy texture. Folding in chopped toasted almonds along with mini chocolate chips ensures plenty of chocolate and crunch in every bite.
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From wedges to steaks, learn how to cut cabbage properly with this step-by-step guide.