Budget Gourmet! Goat Cheese Pizza with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Onions

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Super easy to make and loaded with healthy veggies, this Goat Cheese Pizza with spinach, mushrooms, and onions, is one of my favorites to make for do-it-yourself-pizza night. My mom, the official "Queen of Coupon Clippers" would be very proud of me today. She clips coupons like it's nobody's business, and  keeps me so well-stocked in her "bargins" such as aluminum foil and other kitchen goods, that if you ever need any, please come to my house and take some. Please. I'm pretty sure I have an almost lifetime supply of Reynolds … [Read more...]

#peachlove: Peach and Berry Cream Cheese Tart with a Cinnamon Almond Crust

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I'm sitting here writing this post feeling bad.   REALLY bad. Because I can't share this delicious peach and berry cream cheese tart with a cinnamon almond crust with you for breakfast... Yes, breakfast. Loaded with healthy stuff like fresh, in-season peaches {duh}, rasp/boysen/blue/straw berries blended in to a lovely sauce, cinnamon spiced almond flour, a little dose of calcium from Greek Yogurt and Neufatel or cream cheese, plus a hint of maple syrup sweetness, this tart is DEFINITELY breakfast worthy. And, that's why I'm … [Read more...]

Green Eggs, No Ham {Veggies for Breakfast}

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That Sam I am...that Sam I am... Do you think he would like my green eggs, no ham? Green Eggs, as in scrambled eggs, topped with a savory kale pesto sauce and a few sweet cherry tomato halves thrown in for good measure! I think if Sam I am tried these green eggs, no ham, he would feel delicious all day long. Just like I feel every time I start my morning off with veggies for breakfast. How about you? Are you a veggie eater in the morning? If not, you should try this breakfast... Green Eggs {No Ham} Topped with Cherry … [Read more...]

Rosemary Parmesan Polenta Fries

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When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, right? But what about when your garden gives you rosemary? As in lots, and lots, and lots of rosemary? You make Rosemary Parmesan Polenta Fries. As in a heaping batch of deliciously crispy quinoa studded polenta fries flecked with savory parmesan cheese and fresh rosemary. I first made my own version of these rosemary parmesan polenta fries a few weeks ago, after inspiration from this recipe at Kitchen Vignettes. Since I didn't have any uncooked polenta on hand, I decided to use … [Read more...]

Recipe ReDux: A {Healthier} Peanut Butter Cup

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Happy Birthday Recipe ReDux.  You are one year old today, and what a healthy and delicious year you have had, thanks to your fabulous founders Regan and Serena and Deanna! To celebrate this month's theme, "Small Bites", I'm pairing two of my {almost daily} favorites, dark chocolate and peanut butter, with just a few other ingredients, to make a peanut butter cup, that is no less delicious than the original, but a "tad bit" on the healthier side. In this case "healthier" meaning, higher in protein, fiber, healthy fats {monounsaturates and … [Read more...]

A Days Worth of {Delicious} Recipes for Skin Cancer Prevention

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Loaded with phytonutrients, this triple pepper kale dip may play a role in skin cancer prevention. I've been celebrating Celiac Awareness all month long, but there is another important celebration going on in May that is near and dear to my heart, and that is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.  I hope you will celebrate with me by trying some of my favorite antioxidant and phytonutrient rich recipes, that are not only delicious, but may also play a role in skin cancer prevention. As a blue-eyed blonde {ahem...with a little help from my … [Read more...]

{Not Rocket Science} PBJ Smoothie

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I had a craving for PBJ today.  Not the sandwich type, smooshed between two slices of bread, but, rather, the ice cold smoothie type, poured in to a glass and sipped with a straw, or spooned in to one's mouth depending upon the desired level of thickness. So I decided to make one, but I debated sharing it with you, because, really, making a PBJ smoothie isn't rocket science... One thing led to another, and this got me thinking about my father, a nuclear physicist, who wears a t-shirt that says "I really am a rocket scientist" Yes.  He … [Read more...]

Recipe ReDux: Leek and Potato Soup with Spring Pea Shoots

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Spring has sprung, and tasty veggies are sprouting up everywhere.  We're talking leeks, scallions, garlic scapes, pea shoots, and ramps.  Oh, and lets not forget my beloved asparagus, and childhood favorite, rhubarb {at least in my mom's delicious pie!} Thanks to Katie at Healthy Bites, this month's Recipe ReDux theme is "The First Shoots of Spring." With all these gorgeous green spring veggies at my disposal, it was hard to choose one to cook with, but I finally settled upon making a dish with one that I hadn't eaten in a very, very long … [Read more...]

Recipe ReDux: Triple XXX Chocolate Biscotti

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I'm really so very, very sorry, but I had to do it. I was forced by my fellow Recipe ReDuxers to post yet ANOTHER chocolate recipe this month. I'm sure after my #chocolatelove Molten Lava Cake with Raspberries, and last weeks Cinnamon Almond Mocha, you're all quite done with chocolate for the month. No? Whew. I hope not, because I have a REALLY good one for you today. Welcome to February's Theme: “Chocolate Love Is In The Air” It’s no secret that indulgent chocolate recipes are in high demand in February. Obviously the … [Read more...]

#citruslove: Cara Cara Orange Salsa Fresca

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Happy January everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous New Years, and that 2012 is off to a great start! I can think of no better way of celebrating the New Year that with a big dose of winter sunshine...citrus fruit! And I'm excited to join some other fabulous bloggers in co-hosting the first #love bloghop of the new year... #citruslove! Rich in vitamin C, folate, fiber, potassium and phytonutrients, a regular dose of citrus fruit is bound to keep you happy and healthy in 2012 and beyond! Truly, I've never met a citrus … [Read more...]

Recipe ReDux: Minty Cilantro Peas

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I never met a pea I didn't like. Nope. Never. As far back as I can remember, I've always liked loved peas. The best part about eating peas in one's childhood, of course, was putting one pea on each tine of the fork. Ah....good memories... All this pea talk is leading up to something, naturally, and that is this month's Recipe ReDux post, "Putting the P(ea) in Potluck." {Click here for more information, if you are new to the Recipe ReDux.} Inspired by Nicole of the lovely healthy living blog, Whole Health RD, the goal of … [Read more...]

#Squashlove: Spicy Cranberry Squash Chutney

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Love is in the air again.... #squashlove that is! These guys are technically gourds, but too cute with their bumpy, warty skin so had to share! For those of you unfamiliar with the #love bloghop series, here's the scoop: Conceived by Junia, of the lovely healthy recipe blog, Mis Pensamientos, each month #love bloggers create and post a different #love recipe.  So far we've had #cakelove {Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake with Brown Sugar Icing}, #ricelove {Forbidden Rice with Nectarines and Cashew Coconut Cream} and #applelove {Apple Cinnamon … [Read more...]

#Ricelove Bloghop: Forbidden Rice with Nectarines and Maple Cashew Coconut Cream

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Remember last month's #cakelove bloghop ? Well, this month I'm delighted to be co-hosting another LOVEly bloghop with some fabulous foodie friends, and this month were talking RICE! Did you know that about 120,000 rice varieties are known to exist, according to the International Rice Research Institute? Yes! There actually IS an International Rice Research Institute, which I found out about in one of my favorite cook books, Ancient Grains for Modern Meals, by Maria Speck. Here are some other interesting rice facts from Ancient Grains … [Read more...]

Veggie Experiment #3: Dandelion Greens {And a Yummy Pizza!}

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Have you eaten these before??? I hadn't, until the other day... But, spurred on by Marisa, the Food Sensitive Foodie, {My partner in crime in the "Sardine Challenge"} to a "Bitter Greens Challenge", I decided why not eat some weeds {dandelion greens}? Turns out that these particular bitter greens tasted... Well... Bitter!!! BUT... Pair them with sweet caramelized onions, a little aromatic garlic and EVOO, creamy Italian cheese, sweet and crunchy pine nuts, and, should you desire, spicy turkey sausage all on top of a pizza … [Read more...]

Luscious Lemonade Pie {Deconstructed}

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It's hard for me to believe, but it's already time for another Recipe Redux Post! August {and the whole summer for that matter!} has flown by! In less than 1 week my kids will be back to school, and hopefully {fingers crossed} I'll find some time to catch up on all my work projects that have gotten put aside for the summer. One thing that you won't want to put aside however, is a slice bowl of {Deconstructed} Luscious Lemonade Pie! I created this recipe after a childhood favorite frozen dessert of mine that my mom used to make-Pink … [Read more...]