Guacamole with Black Beans

Guacamole is one of my favorite dips – it’s creamy, packed with spicy flavor, and is always a crowd favorite. This guacamole with black beans is a new twist on the classic version. The black beans add a chewy bite to the creamy dip, plus add flavor, and give this healthy dip some added protein.

Whether you are making this dip for the big game or simply preparing it for an easy appetizer, this dip is a winner. The bright lime juice, fragrant cilantro, and spicy jalapeño are perfect mixed in with the the ripe avocados and black beans.

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Salmon Burgers and Homemade Tartar Sauce

I swear I am not totally burger obsessed! First the black bean burgers and now these salmon burgers and homemade tartar sauce. I wasn’t even paying attention and bought an eight pack of burger buns! Actually, I’m glad the lifeless buns were sitting on my kitchen counter. They inspired me to use the salmon I had in my freezer and make these burgers. I paired them with my award winning tartar sauce – it really did win an award in my culinary school class! While exploring the foods of Great Britain, I made fish and chips and this tartar sauce.

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Sweet and Sour Chicken and Vegetables

This easy sweet and sour chicken and vegetables skillet dish is a snap to make on a busy weeknight. And that is exactly what I did…

I had just finished planting a few vegetables in my garden and I hadn’t planned anything for dinner. With dirt on my clothes and I’m almost certain I had flecks of potting soil in my hair, I was in no shape to go to the grocery store to pick up anything.

Luckily I had just been the farmers market on Tuesday and had some fresh vegetables on hand. No sprouts yet in my own garden. With a few canned products, chicken in the fridge, and some staple pantry items, I was able to create this super quick and healthy dinner.

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Chili Lime Black Bean Burgers

I have made this chili lime black bean burgers recipe several times before. Using canned beans makes it super quick and easy, but this time I found some fresh black beans from the farmers market that I wanted to try. I have given measurements and instructions for both canned and dried beans. I made extra black beans and then measured out the amount for the burgers after they were cooked. I love having extra beans in the refrigerator for a quick lunch or snack.
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Chicken White Bean Chili Verde

A few mornings ago, I woke up and the ocean fog had rolled in overnight and cast a thick gray layer overhead. With a slight chill in the air, I knew that a big pot of this chicken white bean chili verde was about to be simmering on my stove.

I normally calculate how mild or severe the winter has been by how many times I have put on my heavy coat. After my very scientific calculation, I concluded that I had not put it on once this year, not once!

So, as you can imagine, I was all set for a cold day where I could snuggle up with a blanket and some warm soup. By noon, the fog had burned off and it was sunny and warm. This setback, however, did not interrupt my plans. I still made this chili!

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Asian Lettuce Wraps

These easy Asian lettuce wraps are filled with spicy ground turkey and fresh vegetables. They are the perfect quick dinner if you are looking to cut out carbs. Recently, I have been avoiding carbs for dinner and instead eating mostly protein and vegetables. Eating most of my daily carbohydrate intake for breakfast and lunch, I feel like I have more energy throughout the day. After dinner, I also have more energy because I don’t have a carb heavy meal weighing me down and making me sluggish. These easy Asian lettuce wraps are filled with spicy ground turkey and fresh vegetables.

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By |March 12th, 2012|Healthy, Main Courses, Quick and Easy|11 Comments

Krispy Krunchy Kale Chips

I’ve heard about kale chips. I’ve tried them a few times, but never bothered to make them. Seriously, how good can baked greens be? After seeing the super green at the farmer’s market, I was inspired to give them another shot. Now I see what the craze is about. These krispy krunchy kale chips are unbelievably delicious and satisfy every crispy, crunchy, salty craving you could ever have. I devoured them in one sitting…and I don’t feel a bit guilty about it!

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By |March 5th, 2012|Healthy, Snacks|5 Comments
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