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Rice Frittata with Caramelized Tomatoes Asparagus & Smoked Gouda

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by USA Rice Federation and I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time but as usual, all opinions are my own.

How much do you know about rice? I’ll bet you don’t think about it much, unless the server at the Chinese restaurant forgets to bring it to the table!  Rice is actually a pretty important food, and a great choice to talk about (and eat more of) for National Nutrition Month, and all year long.  This month, The USA Rice Federation challenged members of the Recipe ReDux to Think Rice – and show you how and why healthy cooks love to include rice in our meals.

So let’s have a pop quiz about rice! Continue Reading..

7 Grab ‘n Go Breakfast Recipes

Let’s get our breakfast on starting this week people! March is National Nutrition Month, and this year, the theme is Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle. Lots of research shows that breakfast eaters tend to have better eating habits throughout the day, and an easier time maintaining a healthy weight, so, how ‘bout we start the month by biting into some good-for-you breakfast ideas?

We all know making it is the hardest part about breakfast. So get out your grocery list and work on your plan-ahead skills. Most of these high-energy recipes are easy enough to throw together at night, so breakfast is ready to grab and go when you are. Continue Reading..

52 Shades of Green – How to Love Avocados all Year Long

Remember when avocados used to be that exotic and curiously interesting food found only in Mexican restaurants?  Well, times have changed, and avocados are definitely now the cool kids on the block – the fruit that every other member of the produce aisle wants to be!  They’re lovely, luscious and deliciously decadent to eat, and now they’re popping up everywhere – even in dessert.

Even though they’re high in fat (that’s what makes them so buttery and luscious), avocados are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. They’re full of monounsaturated fat that can help to reduce your cholesterol. Here’s another bit of news – a very recent study showed that avocados could help with weight loss, and keep your insulin levels more stable, if you eat ½ of an avocado at lunch. They’re also full of lots of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and they help to boost the nutrients in other foods you eat.  So – no, they’re not just a pretty green thing to put on your chips anymore. Continue Reading..

Oat, Cheddar & Apple Breakfast Muffins with Bacon Streusel Topping

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by National Dairy Council and the Quaker Oats Center of Excellence and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Here’s my definition of “breakfast muffin”~ noun A sweet, floury domed mini-cake often studded with a few small morsels of fruit or nuts in an effort to pass itself off as a quick and somewhat healthy option for breakfast. True breakfast muffins have a high glycemic index, which causes an instantaneous spike in glucose and insulin, thus causing the consumer to crash and burn within an hour. Continue Reading..

Morning Glory Overnight Oats

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by National Dairy Council and the Quaker Oats Center of Excellence and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

I am what you would call, a creature of habit. If you come to my house on any day of the week, you’ll find me eating pretty much the same breakfast, at pretty much the same time. I love my coffee with lots of milk first thing, then I work for a little bit until I get hungry, and then it’s always oats + dairy. I never get bored because I’m constantly trying new fruits and flavors to mix in. I make hot oatmeal in the winter, but whenever it’s warm – or if I just know I’m going to be too busy to make it in the morning, I love overnight oats. Continue Reading..

High Fiber Seeded Bran Muffins

Hello dear reader! Today’s post is sponsored by Kellogg’s. I hope you enjoy this recipe for Seeded Bran Muffins made with Kellogg’s All Bran cereal. They’re delicious and convenient for a quick and high fiber breakfast on the run.  They’re also great with a piece of fruit for an afternoon snack.  Did you know you should eat at least 25 grams of fiber each day?  One of these muffins has about 5 grams of fiber (and 6 grams of protein).  Try throwing in a handful of raisins or dried cranberries for even more fiber!

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Breakfast for Dinner {Meatless Monday}

Remember when you were a kid and your mom made pancakes and sausages for dinner sometimes, and you were all “mom you’re the best!” And “this is so fun, let’s do it all the time!”?

Well, maybe (probably) you really do have the best mom in the world, but chances are your mom (or dad) was probably just really busy and forgot to thaw out the meat, or was out of anything that might resemble dinner food.  So they got creative and served breakfast for dinner.

If you usually eat a good healthy breakfast (and by healthy I mean a meal consisting of a protein, a fruit or vegetable and a whole grain – not a donut, muffin or a “bar” washed down with some coffee), then you probably know that breakfast food can be really delicious, in addition to nutritious and filling. It’s a great opportunity to get a quick and easy well-balanced meal.  Breakfast foods also include lots of great non-meat proteins like eggs or dairy foods, or even beans or tofu, which means having breakfast for dinner is an easy way to do Meatless Monday.

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Pina Colada Overnight Oats

Have you ever noticed just how much the sense of smell is linked to memory?  Cinnamon and nutmeg take you right to Thanksgiving, pine transports you right to the day you put up your Christmas tree, and for me freshly mowed grass is Saturday morning in the summer.  Sometimes in the winter when I need a little “mind vacation” I might or might not have been known to sniff sunscreen.  Coppertone especially takes me way back to my teens, and Banana Boat just takes me any place warm.  I know, I’m weird like that.  Continue Reading..

Wild Blueberry Cheesecake Baked Oats

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

I get really excited when I learn something new about food, especially when it involves health – good or bad – because I love to spread the word.  Thanks to the Recipe ReDux and the Wild Blueberry Association of North America, I learned a lot this month (all good) and I can’t wait to share it! Continue Reading..

Why I Love Avocados in December

Almost every December I threaten to scrap all of the Christmas baking, decorating, shopping, wrapping, etc. and take a nice family vacation somewhere warm instead.  My kids are in their 20s, so this isn’t really as horrible as it sounds.  In fact, they’ve been warming to the idea ever since I talked them into having Thanksgiving in Costa Rica a few years ago.  It was heavenly, and I cooked a turkey breast for dinner when we got back.  No worries 🙂

As much as I love the thought of escaping to somewhere warm right now, it’s not going to happen again this year.  Instead, I’m stocking up on fresh Hass avocados.  I know that sounds a little bit crazy, but avocados just put me in a warm weather frame of mind.  And they’re quite a bit less expensive than airfare.

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