Disclosure: I received free samples of wine from a Stout & Cellar consultant to develop this post. All opinions expressed are my own. JUMP TO RECIPE
Strawberry season is my favorite time of year. Not only because I love strawberries, but because once the warm weather arrives and the strawberries ripen, it means summer is finally underway. This year, strawberry season coincided with me receiving free samples of 14K Wines Rosé from Scout & Cellar, a direct to consumer distributor of clean crafted organic and vegan wines, and with it, I made these incredibly juicy and delicious Sugar-Coated Rosé Strawberries. “Clean crafted wines”, a term coined by Stout & Cellar, is a phrase you’ll probably start to hear more about. The clean eating movement has spurred health-conscious consumers to ask more questions about exactly what’s in their food and how it’s made/harvested, so it’s only a matter of time before they start demanding the same information about their wines. If you’ve ever woken up with a headache after drinking just 1 or 2 glasses of wine the night before, it doesn’t mean you’re getting old, it means the wine you were drinking had a lot of junk in it! And if you don’t like drinking reds because they stain your teeth, you should know that this is likely the result of a dye called Mega Purple or Ultra Red, an additive used in many mass-produced red wines. (more…)
The Recipe Redux is a group of like-minded food bloggers whose mission is to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover. Each month members post recipes to their blogs following a theme set by the group moderators. To celebrate ReDux birthday month, we’re showcasing healthy upgrades to the simple sandwich. Click the Recipe Redux logo at the bottom of this page to see links to all the posts for this month’s challenge. JUMP TO RECIPE
I’m not sure who came up with the idea of making bread in the microwave but whoever they are, they should be given some kind of an award! I’m calling my take on this trending recipe Miracle Microwave Gluten-Free Bread Slices. The first time I saw a recipe for microwave bread was in celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito’s cookbook Healthy & Delicious: More than 200 (Mostly) Plant-Based Recipes for Everyday Life. At the time I remember thinking that there was no way this recipe could possibly work. Healthy, gluten-free, dairy free bread made in the microwave in under 2 minutes? No yeast, no gluten? It sounded too good to be true. I was so intrigued I tried the recipe right then and there and was amazed at the results. Since then I’ve seen countless similar recipes, both online and in print publictions, but the recipe and technique that I subsequently came up for making microwave bread differs from most others out there. Read on. (more…)
A clean eating, no-cook salsa made from broccoli rice that’s fresh, light, and delicious. Vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free. JUMP TO RECIPE
Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season but it also signals a shift in cooking habits for many people and serves as a cue to step away from the oven and stove top in favor of outdoor grilling, and to pick recipes with minimal prep time that use light, fresh, ingredients. This clean eating, no-cook, Broccoli Salsa fits the bill and is super versatile. You can serve it as an appetizer with tortilla chips or crostini, make it a stand-alone salad with a protein mixed in (chicken or shrimp would be delicious), or pass it off as a simple side dish. Add this to your arsenal of summer recipes – it will not disappoint! (more…)
A lighter, healthier, oven-to-table shrimp scampi casserole that’s sure to become a family favorite!
One of my favorite dishes to order at a restaurant used to be shrimp scampi, but I finally gave up because I’d almost always be disappointed. The shrimp was usually drowning in a sea of butter and the taste of garlic waaaaay too strong. As is so often the case in restaurants, these dishes were simply too heavy. So, I came up with a lighter, healthier version of shrimp scampi and it’s become a family favorite. 15 Minute Light and Lemony Shrimp Scampi Florentine is simple to prepare and is terrific served over Lemon Rice or pasta. (more…)
I received free samples of Sabra mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
If you’re trying to reduce your consumption of animal products and eat more plant-based foods, Sabra hummus can help. The main ingredient in Sabra hummus is chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) and chickpeas are one of the best sources of plant-based protein. Sabra hummus is available in more than a dozen flavors, including organic varieties, and is great as a dip for vegetables and slathered on pita bread, but you can also use it as an ingredient in a variety of recipes such as these delicious Hummus Broccoli Fritters that I created for the Sabra Recipe Redux Challenge. (more…)
Unique crackers with gorgeous color made from super healthy ingredients. Vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.
I know it’s a little early to start thinking about summer, after all, spring just arrived, but I recently hosted a baby shower and made homemade crackers (in the shape of bunnies) as one of the appetizers. They were such a hit that I was inspired to pull out another one of my favorite cracker recipes – one that I make every summer. These Red Lentil Lobster Crackers are perfect for a summer picnic or lobster bake. They’re made with super healthy ingredients, and they happen to be the exact color of lobsters! I use them as a substitute for croutons in this lobster Caesar salad, but they are equally delicious dipped in hummus or guacamole. (more…)
Bright, delicious flavor in one of the easiest, most delicious sides dishes you’ll ever make!
I was tempted to call this dish “easiest ever quinoa”, or something along those lines, because Lemony Quinoa with Sun-Dried Tomatoes is so simple to make you barely even need a recipe. For food blogging however, specific, more descriptive titles are always better as they show up in internet searches more readily, and besides, any recipe title that begins with “lemony” always catches people’s attention, and believe me, this dish is deserving of attention! This is one of my go-to side dishes for entertaining because it’s easy, delicious, and only requires a handful of ingredients. Simply cook quinoa in vegetable stock (chicken and beef stock work too if you’re not vegan) and let it cool. Then, add lemon juice, lemon zest, fresh chopped parsley, and sun-dried tomatoes, and season to taste. That’s it! It doesn’t get much easier than that! (more…)
Broccoli rice and cheddar cheese are a match made in heaven in these delicious, savory waffles. Each waffle contains the equivalent of three servings of broccoli!
Waffles aren’t just for breakfast anymore! If you’re into cooking and trying new and different recipes, you’ve probably noticed that savory waffles have been trending for a while now. I developed my first savory waffle recipe about a year ago, but then forgot all about waffles until recently when I started using a lot of riced vegetables in my cooking. That’s when it dawned on me that riced vegetables would be the perfect addition to savory waffles. Ricing vegetables is an even hotter food trend than savory waffles. It began with cauliflower but has expanded to other vegetables, and has become so popular that some of the major food companies are now producing several varieties of frozen, riced vegetables. Fresh riced vegetables are also widely available in most upscale grocery stores, but it’s easy to make your own which is what I did for these delicious Gluten-Free Broccoli Cheddar Waffles. (more…)
Simple to make healthy brownies with intense, dark chocolate flavor.
Dark Chocolate Avocado Banana Brownies seem almost too good to be true! They’re flourless, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo friendly, and contain no refined sugar, yet they taste so decadent. And, they clock in at only 84 calories per serving! They have a tender texture that’s more cake-like than fudgy, and a deep, rich chocolate flavor that comes from cacao powder. You might be put off by the avocado in this recipe, but don’t be. The avocado replaces the fat that you normally find in brownie recipes (usually butter or oil) and you don’t taste it at all. The banana adds sweetness with a slight banana taste, but mostly what comes through in these brownies is intense chocolately goodness! (more…)
A flavor-packed homemade soup that doesn’t require slicing, dicing and chopping vegetables, or hours of simmering on the stove top.
During the long, cold winter months there’s nothing more comforting than a big bowl of soup. Unfortunately, many soup recipes require extensive preparation and long hours of cooking to get the deep flavor that we’ve all come to expect in homemade soups, and not everybody has that kind of time. That’s why blender soups have become my new best friend. I think of them as easy, chilly weather comfort food. You can whip them up very quickly, without a lot of effort, and, if you use the right ingredients, still get the same great taste as soups that have been simmering all day. This Curried Cauliflower Blender Soup is a case in point. Dump some cooked cauliflower into a blender or food processor, along with some other ingredients, and whir it up until it’s smooth and velvety. Then just heat it and eat it! It doesn’t get much easier than that! (Check out my Creamy Tomato Corn and Avocado Blender Soup too.) (more…)