Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

DSC_0281-edited 1There are an endless number of ways to make chicken salad, however as with most classic recipes the simplest preparations are often the best. Aside from cooked chicken, all you need to make delicious chicken salad is high quality mayonnaise, lots of crunchy celery, a few scallions, and some seasonings.  Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad veers only slightly from this classic preparation.  It calls for avocado mayonnaise instead of mayonnaise made with vegetable oil or olive oil, and contains cranberries, walnuts, and orange zest – 3 foods that, on their own provide incredible flavor harmony, but when combined with the other ingredients is this dish make for a chicken salad symphony! (more…)

Chocolate Peppermint Tofu Ice Cream

Chocolate Peppermint Tofu Ice CreamChocolate Peppermint Tofu Ice Cream is an amazingly simple vegan ice cream with rich chocolate taste and refreshing peppermint flavor.  It’s made with tofu and almond milk, sweetened with maple syrup, and even for non-vegans is a great substitute for regular ice cream when you want something light without as much fat and calories. (more…)

Spinach Parmesan Quinoa

Spinach Parmesan QuinoaSpinach Parmesan Quinoa is a simple, delicious side dish requiring just 5 ingredients. I came up with this recipe on the fly one night when I needed something to go with our dinner entrée that I could prepare quickly. The nice thing about Spinach Parmesan Quinoa is that it checks both the “vegetable” and “starch” box. With only a handful of ingredients, it is perfect for busy weeknight dinners. The sun-dried tomatoes are a delicious, savory addition to the quinoa and spinach and provide a welcome pop of color while the parmesan cheese adds a creamy quality and eliminates the need for any additional seasoning. This is a real winner of a side dish! (more…)

Potato Skins Pizza

Potato Skins PizzaPotato Skins Pizza is my newest recipe remix and I’m so pleased with the results! Smashed, roasted baby potatoes masquerade as pizza crust in this seriously addictive rendition of loaded potato skins. In addition to the potato/potato skin base, you’ll find all of the signature ingredients you associate with classic potato skins – cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, and chive infused sour cream. I’m not kidding when I say that Potato Skins Pizza takes “delicious” to a whole new level. (more…)

Panko Parmesan Crusted Asparagus

Panko Parmesan Crust AsparagusWe all need to eat our vegetables, right?  The USDA recommends that adults eat 2-3 cups of vegetables daily for maximum health benefits, but let’s face it – sometimes vegetables are boring.    Sure, super fresh veggies that are perfectly cooked are delicious, but even then, we’re not likely to consider them a treat.  That’s why Panko Parmesan Crusted Asparagus is such an awesome recipe. It turns ordinary asparagus into something of a vegetable treat!  A delicate, golden brown crispy coating of panko-parmesan breadcrumbs encases each spear, highlighting and accentuating all that is right about this wonderful spring-time vegetable.  One taste and you’ll be hooked! (more…)

Basil Avocado Yogurt Sauce

Basil Avocado Yogurt SauceBasil Avocado Yogurt Sauce is my new favorite condiment. It’s deliciously cool with a pleasant tang, and because it’s made with Greek yogurt instead of cream or mayonnaise, it’s light and refreshing. With the warm weather fast approaching here in New England, it’s natural to gravitate toward recipes that are suitable for picnics, backyard barbecues, and all manner of summer time celebrations. This means lots of grilled meat, seafood, and vegetables with accompanying side salads and sauces. Basil Avocado Yogurt Sauce is the perfect summer time sauce for almost anything grilled and can be prepared in a matter of minutes. (more…)

Artichoke Rosemary Tart with Polenta Crust

Artichoke Rosemary Tart with Polenta CrustThis Artichoke Rosemary Tart with Polenta Crust is a great alternative to Quiche Lorraine.  Although it looks like quiche, and contains ingredients typically found in quiche, like eggs and cheese, it differs in almost every other way.  The vegetarian filling is made of Greek yogurt, infused with fresh herbs, and surrounded by a delicious, gluten-free, cornmeal crust.  Artichoke hearts and rosemary are the base flavors in this elegant tart but you can easily swap them out for other vegetable and herb combinations. Asparagus with dill, mushrooms with thyme, and tomatoes (technically a fruit) and basil, would all taste delicious and work well with the other ingredients in this recipe.

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Raspberry Chia Black Bean Brownie Cups

Raspberry Chia Black Bean Brownie CupsI found a new fix for my chocolate cravings in the form of Raspberry Chia Black Bean Brownie Cups. These blissful little bites of chocolate goodness have rich, deep flavor.  A layer of sweet, tart raspberry jam is nestled inside of a dark chocolate, fudge-like brownie, creating a decadent treat sure to satisfy any chocoholic.  The fact that Raspberry Chia Black Bean Brownies Cups contain healthy ingredients is a bonus because there is no sacrifice in taste whatsoever.  The recipe on which Raspberry Chia Black Bean Brownie Cups is based comes from the blog Chocolate Covered Katie and is apparently the most popular recipe on her blog. I’m not at all surprised. I couldn’t believe how good these Black Bean Brownies tasted the first time I made them. And then I did what I do every time I find a recipe I love – I started thinking about how to tweak/change it and what variations might create another fabulous dish, and before I knew it, Raspberry Chia Black Bean Brownie Cups were born! (more…)

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