It’s hard to believe that these three simple ingredients can turn into a beautiful, healthy dessert in almost no time. I love making these brownies with my kids – minimal ingredients and no baking makes it easy, with almost-instant gratification. Of course the best part of the process is eating them :)
Sports fan or not, the Superbowl is a classic time for friends and family to get together. Perhaps you’re cheering for a specific team or player…. Or if watching the game isn’t your thing, perhaps you’ll be watching for the hundreds of commercials debuting during the prime time spot. Either way, who doesn’t love an excuse for a gathering?
I love hosting and the prep before the party is a great way to spend some time in the kitchen with my family and create some fun meals and snacks for everyone to enjoy. For an occasion like this, I typically tap into my vault of favorite appetizers that always get rave reviews. If you’re hosting at your house, or taking a dish to a friends’, here are some simple, yet delicious, recipes that you can show off.
Enjoy the game!
These recipes can be found (along with 94 others) in “The Healthy You Diet: The 14-day Plan for Weight Loss with 100 Delicious Recipes for Clean Eating”
Sometimes the hardest part of preparing a lunch or dinner meal is figuring out what you’re in the mood for. When in doubt, my go-to is a quinoa bowl full of my favorite foods. In this case, I put together chickpeas, kidney beans, carrots, and celery. A simple combination that satisfies my craving for a healthy, filling lunch that keeps me happy all afternoon.
To top it off, I put together an easy dressing with ingredients I had on hand. I love balsamic vinegar and with a dash of salt, pepper and oregano, I was able to add just the right amount of flavor.
I am always looking for different and creative ways to integrate vegetables into my family’s diet. (With a 6- and 8-year-old at home, I’ve discovered that I need to somehow keep veggies interesting). This Roasted Vegetable Soup recipe incorporates 8 fresh vegetables and simple herbs to create one amazing combination. Roasting the veggies before pureeing brings out their sweetness and intensifies their natural and delicious flavors.
I find that this soup hits the spot after a few weeks of indulging during the holidays. It’s a great recipe to take with you into the New Year!
It’s sometimes challenging to get my young kids to eat a healthy chicken meal. Like most kids, they tend to prefer fried chicken nuggets; so when I place a standard grilled chicken breast on their plates, I brace myself for complaints. Having this in mind, I tasked myself with creating a delicious chicken recipe that the whole family will enjoy while still providing nutritional benefits.
This crispy almond crusted chicken uses a splash of extra-virgin olive oil (eliminating the need for butter or peanut oil) and skips the white flour that is standard in most recipes. The end result is a gluten-free, nutty-tasting chicken that’s awesome on its own or atop a bed of greens. Feel free to add your favorite veggies, squash, or grains to create a heartier meal.
It’s no secret that breakfast is a favorite meal of mine. When I have time to sit down and create a substantial meal full of flavor, I’m a happy camper.
These breakfast tacos are easy, fast, and so tasty! Make a couple extras, wrap in foil and save for the next day. Then all you have to do is pull it out of the refrigerator and reheat in the oven.
Looking for a slightly sweet and refreshing way to start your day? This breakfast is not only nutrient-rich but it will provide you with the energy you need to get through your morning. If you’ve never tried chia seeds, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by their unique texture.
Never heard of chia seeds? Chia is an edible seed produced from plants native to Mexico and Guatemala. It is an unprocessed grain with a mild, nutty flavor. Chia seeds have become increasingly more popular, and for good reason. They provide healthy doses of omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, calcium, and antioxidants and can easily be added to foods to help increase energy, aid digestion, and lower cholesterol.
I originally created this Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding topped with fresh blueberries for EatClean.com; this version offers slight variation.
Years ago, before I had children (who are now 6 and 7), my husband and I would take our boat to a waterfront restaurant not far from our house. Although there are many waterfront restaurants to choose from (we live in Florida) we selected this particular restaurant because it had one of our favorite appetizers—shrimp ceviche served with tortilla chips. Although the restaurant no longer exists, this refreshing dish reminds me of the time we spent sitting on the restaurant dock drinking wine and enjoying this favorite appetizer.
Over the years, I’ve made some changes to the dish. The restaurant used baby shrimp but I found that I enjoy medium size shrimp that are chopped into smaller pieces rather than baby shrimp. I also added bay scallops to the recipe as the combination of shrimp and scallops ensures every bite is special.
If you want to do all the prep at once, do so, but just don’t combine the vegetables with the seafood until you’re ready to serve. I usually prep the seafood and while it’s in the refrigerator, I prep all the vegetables (except the avocado). I cover and store in the fridge until I’m ready to combine and serve. A little squeeze of fresh orange juice and the addition of avocado added immediately before serving and you have a perfectly healthy and crave-worthy dish.
In a glass or stainless steel bowl, stir together the lime juice, lemon juice, Add the shrimp and scallops, cover, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 8 hours. Stir once or twice during chilling.
When ready to serve, drain the shrimp and scallops. Add the tomato, cucumber, red onion, garlic, cilantro, Serrano chile, and salt and toss gently.
Just before serving, add the avocado and the juice of one orange and toss. Serve with tortilla chips.
There are certain foods that not only taste great but also make you feel great. Roasted vegetables do that for me. Whenever I eat this savory dish, I feel like I’m taking care of myself. Although I like vegetables and prepare them in many different ways, roasting is by far my favorite.
This dish is so simple to make but will impress even your vegetable adverse family members or guests. For this recipe I made the yellow, purple and orange carrots the stars of the dish but you can pick just about any vegetables including squash, asparagus, cabbage, etc.
It’s a great recipe to incorporate into your summer meals. Enjoy!
Blueberries and banana make for a perfect combination in this smoothie. Made with 5 simple ingredients, this protein-packed blueberry smoothie is sweet and refreshing. With a little bit of vegan protein powder, it can be a perfect breakfast or post workout snack. If you can’t find fresh blueberries simply use frozen.