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Raspberry Ricotta Toast

Shake up your breakfast or snack with some high fiber, antioxidant packed raspberries, and sweet ricotta on toast.

Do you eat get into eating ruts?  Like, do you eat the same breakfast every day, and 1 or 2 lunches and the same 4 or 5 dinners?  If so, you are not alone.  We’re all creatures of habit. I HAVE to mix up at least dinners so I have something to share on this blog, but here’s my confession – I eat the same darn overnight oats breakfast every day.  OK, I do vary the fruit, and the nuts, but otherwise, it’s pretty much the same.  Some weeks, I feel like even my grocery cart looks the same every week.  BO-RING! Continue Reading..

Baked Avocado Black Bean Egg Rolls

How about some fun finger food! Avocado, black beans, and a punch of Mexican flavors baked up in an egg roll.

Hello, Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday or Superbowl Sunday – here’s a twist on Mexican fare that everyone will love for any or all of the above mentioned days.  All of your favorite Mexican flavors (and guacamole ingredients) wrapped up all nice and snug in a fun to eat egg roll wrapper that’s baked instead of fried.  Can you say Olé!?   I mean, why should Chinese food have all the fun? Continue Reading..

Ho Ho Holiday Foods

Craving some clever, festive and fun holiday foods for your Christmas table this year? Look no further!

Well, hello sugar plum fairies and twinkly lights.  It’s so nice to see you again!  With the exception of crowded mall parking lots and brainstorming for gifts for those people who have everything, I really do love this time of the year.  Of course, for me, it’s all about the food. I get a little bit obsessed with the pinning, planning, shopping, and baking, which means that by the day after Christmas, I’m usually feeling like I need a very long vacation from my kitchen. Continue Reading..

Sweet Potato-Palooza

Sweet potatoes aren’t just a side dish for the holidays!  Check out the many healthy ways to enjoy them all day long.

Remember when you only ate sweet potatoes for the holidays, and they were more than likely covered with mini marshmallows?  WHAT were we thinking?  So many people have a negative opinion about sweet potatoes because of that recipe.  Way too sweet.  Is it a vegetable or dessert?  Surely sweet potatoes can’t be good for you.  Well, the mighty sweet potato has come a very long way since that casserole recipe.  They’re pretty much a staple in my house, not only because they taste good, but they’re also so ridiculously versatile. Oh, and they’re also incredibly good for you – full of fiber, potassium, vitamin A, and low glycemic index complex carbs.  Continue Reading..

Mini Turkey Meatballs with Curried Cranberry Sauce

These lightened up mini meatballs with a zesty curried cranberry dipping sauce are a perfect make-ahead appetizer for the holidays.

Happy holidays my friend!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and/or Friendsgiving, and are pleasantly full from turkey, stuffing, and quality time with family and friends.  I also hope you’re not all turkeyed and cranberried out, because I’ve got a perfect appetizer for you to make for your next holiday gathering.  And you know there will be gatherings galore in the next few weeks. Continue Reading..

Tex-Mex Nuts and Chex {Recipe ReDux}

Celebrate National Nut Day (the food, not the people), with this Southwest flavored, and nut-filled snack.

Hey ~ Happy National Nut Day!  No, this day is not necessarily all about celebrating all of the crazy people in your life (why can’t everyone just be normal like us?), it’s about the kind of nuts that you eat.  And because National Nut Day also falls on a Recipe ReDux post day, how totally great it is that we all brainstormed for you and came up with some fabulous nut-loving recipes to enjoy today and all year long! Continue Reading..

The 7 Best Snacks for Weight Loss

Have you heard? Americans are snacking more than ever, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Snacks can be a great way to sustain and power your body between meals, provided that they’re “nutrient dense” – yes, those are a dietitian’s two favorite words and I just said them. #NutritionGeek

Nutrient dense is a fancy way of saying that a food provides lots of bang (or health benefits) for not very many calories. Ideally a snack should include at least 2 or maybe even 3 of these nutrient dense foods, depending on how much fuel your body needs. Contrary to what you might think about adding calories from snacks, including nutrient dense snacks in-between meals helps keep your blood sugar stable and prevents the hangry horrors and mindless eating that happens when you’re overly hungry. THAT’s where too many calories come from. Continue Reading..

Black Olive and Sun-Dried Tomato Focaccia

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

 California black ripe olives have always been one of my favorite snack foods. Really. Since I was little. I was one of those kids who put one on the tip of each finger and just munched away. I’ve always loved their mild fruity, briny flavor, and their texture. I never gave much thought to whether they were good for me or not.  I just knew I really liked them.  Fast forward about a hundred years, and now that I know more about olives, I pop open a can every chance I get!  Most people are aware that olive oil is part of a healthy Mediterranean diet – well, guess where that oil comes from? Yep – olives, and they’re super-healthy too! Continue Reading..

It’s Appetizers for Dinner Tonight!

At no time is the expression “time flies when you’re having fun” more true than the last weekend of the summer. And, unfortunately, dear friends, it’s here. Cue the sad funeral music, because starting next Tuesday, it’s back to reality – even more so for those of us who never really left it. There is just something so darn sad about the end of summer, so let’s do something fun for dinner so we can enjoy every last minute of the most fleeting season of the year. Let’s close down the kitchen tonight! Sometimes, there’s just nothing better than pouring a cool drink and having appetizers for dinner — please tell me you can relate? Continue Reading..

Refrigerator Zesty Zucchini Pickles

Does your mouth water when you pass by the pickle section in the grocery store?  Just wondering, because mine does.  Every time.  And I’ve always wondered if the same thing happens to anyone else.  Sometimes if I see someone I know down the aisle, I’ll have to look away from the pickles, for fear that I’ll drool all over myself as I’m saying hi.

Ooo sorry – I just realized what an inappropriate visual and  intro that is to a post about a truly delicious food item.  I just really happen to love pickles, or anything pickled for that matter.  One of these days I’m going to get over my fear of canning vegetables and getting (or giving someone else) botulism, and I’m truly going to learn how to make real pickles that can sit in the pantry until I eat them one day in the middle of winter. Continue Reading..

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