Inspiring healthier eating one dish at a time

Pina Colada Ice Cream with Salted Macadamias {Recipe ReDux}

Super-simple pineapple coconut ice cream that transports you to an island vacation.  You’ll never guess it’s vegan!

Hello from Hawaii!  How perfect did this work out?  Today is a Recipe ReDux post day.  The theme is to share a favorite vacation memory food.  I’m in Kauai right now.  Guess what’s for dinner?  Yep.  Pina Coladas.  Or in this case, pina colada ice cream with salted macadamias.  You’re welcome. Continue Reading..

Newsworthy Nutrition Nuggets

Here’s what’s new and newsworthy in the world of nutrition this August.

I’ve been bad about sharing.  Sometimes I read so many news stories, blog posts, research studies and the like about diet, food, fitness and health that if it’s not earth shattering, I tend to put it on the back burner in my head.  But it occurred to me the other day, that just because it’s not earth shattering, doesn’t mean it’s not helpful or important to share with you.  I’m Sorry!

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10 Healthy Ways to Love Watermelon

Best summer fruit? Watermelon, without a doubt!  Here’s why and how to eat lots of this nutritious fruit all summer long.

If summer produce had an academy awards, it would go something like this… Best vegetable (OK I know it’s really a grain) goes to corn on the cob, for it’s starring role as grilled street corn.  Best fruit – has to go to watermelon, for it’s starring role in EVERYTHING.  I can’t even narrow it down to one or two starring roles or dishes, because they’re all so delicious and positively summery!  Whether you eat it straight, over the kitchen sink, with juice dripping down your chin, or you use a ripe, sweet watermelon in a recipe, nothing says summer fruit quite like it.

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Roasted Figs Blue Cheese & Walnut Spread

When figs are in season, roast them up and make roasted figs, blue cheese, and walnut spread to wow your guests, or just treat yourself.

 

Can you believe before last week I had never, ever tasted a fig?  Well, that’s not entirely true.  I’ve had fig newtons, and that fig jam that comes in a jar and you get at the fancy cheese counter.  But I honestly couldn’t say what a fresh fig looked like until the other day.  And now I have a bowl full.  Hooray for tasting new foods!


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Pulled Turkey Sliders with Peach-Chipotle BBQ Sauce and Sweet-Creamy Slaw...

Try turkey for your next summer cookout – pulled turkey sliders are a perfect make-ahead meal that everyone loves.

This post is sponsored by the National Turkey Federation, but my love for turkey is all my own!

Summer barbecue season is in full swing, and no doubt your grill has seen its fair share of burgers, dogs, and chicken breasts already.  If you’re thinking about more of the same for your cookout – hold on there!  Let’s talk turkey instead!  Sure, it’s great for sandwiches or Thanksgiving, but turkey’s assorted cuts (think breast, thighs, wings, and even sausages) also work for summer holidays (or weeknights) too.


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Freekeh-licious Corn and Tomato Salad

You know it’s summer when you find fresh, farmstand corn and tomatoes, and this salad is the perfect way to show them both off!

Picking a favorite summer vegetable is kind of like picking a favorite child when they’re all on their very best behavior, don’t you think?  There is no other time of the year when they ALL taste SO GOOD!  That’s exactly how I feel about this corn and tomato dinner salad. Continue Reading..

Chopped BLT Salad Pizza {Recipe ReDux}

This Chopped BLT Salad Pizza is even better than the sandwich, and the perfect summer dinner when it’s too hot to cook.

To say that I’ve been in no mood to cook lately would be an understatement.  We’ve had record breaking temps for the past 4 days, and in Arizona, that means high one-teens to 120 degrees in some towns.  I’m not complaining – I’ll still take it over shoveling any day, but when it gets this hot, there’s no chance at all that I’m turning on the stove or oven.  Tonight was a perfect night to invite some friends over for a float in the pool, a few bottles of very cold wine, and a totally delicious summer farmer’s market pizza – recipe courtesy of a fellow RD and blogging friend, EA Stewart. Continue Reading..

Chocolate Walnut Hummus

Chocolate walnut hummus is a sweet twist on the savory snack dip.  Made even heart-healthier with the addition of California walnuts, cocoa powder and yes, chickpeas!

I received free samples of California walnuts mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Walnut Commission and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

I know exactly what your thinking.  Chocolate and hummus?  Not so much, right?  Waaaaitaminute my friends.  This is for real.  I admit I was skeptical when I kept seeing those black bean brownie posts on Pinterest a while back.  Then I started to see desserts that featured various types of bean-loaded recipes.  So when California Walnuts challenged members of the Recipe ReDux to come up with a heart healthy recipe that showcases walnuts, I thought… why not?! Continue Reading..


Easy Thai Coconut Curry Vegetables {Meatless Monday}

Fastest and easiest Thai food you’ll ever make and so perfect for Meatless Monday.  You may never need to order out again!

Ever since I moved to Arizona almost 2 years ago, I’ve been totally immersed in the deliciousness of Mexican food.  I’m sure people in Texas and California, and probably New Mexico would argue, but we have the most Ah-Mazing Mexican food here.  And margaritas – holy wow!  My new favorite is a mango-jalapeno margarita at a place down the street.

I’ve been so entranced by the Mexican food, that I totally forgot about my other favorites, and recently I realized I’ve been missing really good Thai food.  I haven’t seen ANY Thai restaurants in my travels.  Zip.  None.  Nada.  So a few weeks ago I went on a hunt.  I happily found a pretty decent Thai restaurant, but it’s a good 30-minute drive. Multiple sad faces to that. 🙁 🙁 Continue Reading..


Desserts with (Health) Benefits

Yes!  There really is such a thing as a healthy dessert – here’s proof!

It kinda makes me sad when people say “I was bad – I ate dessert”.  Dessert is GOOD.  Very good.  It makes your taste buds happy and it completes a meal.  I’m not saying you have to have it every meal, or every day, but if you can’t have some dessert every once in a while, well, that’s just wrong.

Here’s my take on dessert.  It’s just like everything you eat.  Make sure it’s balanced, and contains a few ingredients with health benefits – like fresh fruit, especially berries, or real dark chocolate, to get your antioxidants, or Greek yogurt, or a wholesome dairy ingredient to get some protein and calcium.  If the ingredients in your dessert are healthy enough to eat on their own and make you feel good, then they’re A-OK to get combined in some creative way and turned into a dessert. Right?  It’s what I call Desserts with Benefits, AKA, a Healthy Dessert, and these are some of my favorites for summer.


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Southwest Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers

Mini sweet peppers stuffed with a southwest black bean dip make a perfect small-plate dinner or appetizer for summer entertaining.

You know those little mini peppers that have popped up in grocery stores everywhere?  First, how cute are they?  And the fact that you don’t have to slice, core, seed…  Just pop them, bite off the stem (if there is one) and voila!  You’re eating more veggies!  Well, I recently discovered that with just a tiny bit more work, they also make a fun small-plate appetizer, when you stuff them with something delicious.  Continue Reading..

Grilled Tandoori Turkey Salad with Creamy Curry Dressing

Don’t limit turkey to the holidays!  It’s a perfect choice for summer grilling and it turns this savory and sweet salad into a quick summer meal.

Thank you to the National Turkey Federation for sponsoring this post and inspiring this recipe!

I was thinking the other day, that turkey doesn’t get nearly enough love. Not the kind of turkey from the deli, but the home-cooked kind that steals the spotlight on one important day of the year (and maybe shows up once more for Christmas), but then quietly takes a back seat somewhere in the poultry section…   We should change that, and include turkey in our summer festivities too, don’t you think?  How about we let a new bird take over the grill this summer? Continue Reading..


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