Raw Kale and Grapefruit Salad

I am obsessed with this super simple and fresh salad. For some reason, grapefruit has been particularly juicy, sweet, and delicious this season. I paired the grapefruit with some winter kale and crunchy pumpkin seeds for a light salad.

For this recipe, it is perfectly acceptable to play with your food. Massaging the kale with extra virgin olive oil, salt, and lemon juice makes the kale leaves soft and tender. See the leaves before and after…kind of crazy what a difference a little massage can make!
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By |January 25th, 2012|Salads, Side Dish, Vegan, Vegetarian|9 Comments

Skinny Spinach and Artichoke Dip

If you’re going to partake in game day, munch on this Skinny Spinach and Artichoke Dip, and you won’t feel guilty after the game!

Instead of globs of cream cheese and sour cream, it is made with creamy white beans that have been puréed with a bit of mayo and cheese.

As a spinach and artichoke dip aficionado, I can attest that this dip is equally as scrumptious as the traditional version.

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By |January 23rd, 2012|Appetizers, Dips, Game Food|3 Comments

The Perfect Roast Chicken

The Perfect Roast Chicken is a recipe that all cooks should master. In culinary school, it is the first roast that we practice. The key is crispy, golden brown skin on the outside and juicy, tender meat inside.

The epitome of comfort food, roast chicken is warm and homey on a cold night. It can also be transformed into an elegant dish that will impress guests at any dinner party.

Once you have this simple and versatile recipe down, you can make it your own!

In this recipe, I add lemons, garlic, and thyme to the cavity of the chicken. Melted butter is brushed on before roasting to ensure golden brown and crispy skin.

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By |January 21st, 2012|Main Courses|6 Comments

Savor your Scones

I have a definite weakness for breakfast pastries. I think I enjoy them because they slow me down during the rush of a hectic morning.

Scones, in particular, remind me of lazy Sunday mornings, when you have time to nibble on your pastry, sip your coffee, and enjoy your day.

They remind me that even on a busy weekday, it is important to slow down and take time to savor your breakfast – especially if it consists of these orange scones with walnuts.

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By |January 10th, 2012|Breakfast, Scones|1 Comment

Chai Spiced Poached Pears

Finally, a dessert you can feel “good” about eating while still satisfying your sweet tooth.

Lately, chai tea has been a must for me in the afternoon. I wanted to take those flavors and apply them to a healthy dessert.

The pears are naturally sweet and delicious. With a few added chai spices and a little bit of sugar, this is the perfect, light dessert.

Cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger are the spices I chose to incorporate into my chai spice. These spices give the pears a warming glow.

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By |January 8th, 2012|Dessert|4 Comments

Meatless Monday Dinner

Once a week I try to have a vegetarian diet for the day. Usually this takes place on Monday due to the international Meatless Mondays campaign.

This initiative encourages people to not eat meat on Mondays to improve their health and the health of the planet. It’s just one day a week, right? You can do it!

Spicy Eggplant Steaks with Tabbouleh Salad is a delicious way to start your week on Meatless Monday!

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By |January 6th, 2012|Main Courses, Vegetarian|1 Comment

Crunchy Granola

Once you try homemade granola, you will never want to buy it again! Trust me.

I was spending $5.00 for a 2 cup bag of granola at a health food store. Completely fed up with this ridiculous price, I had to make my own…

The end result: sweet, salty, crunchy, healthy, simple, quick, and CHEAP granola!

Why didn’t I do this sooner?!

When making your own, you can control how much sugar is added. Also, you can change the ingredients (dried fruit, seeds, nuts, spices) depending on your taste or mood.

I love this granola with a little bit of non-fat vanilla yogurt. I usually add a drizzle of honey to the yogurt first! It is also good with a splash of cold milk. Or take it on the go for healthy snacking.

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By |January 5th, 2012|Breakfast, Snacks, Vegan, Vegetarian|5 Comments
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