Autumn Chopped Salad with Apples, Fennel, Cheddar Cheese, Macadamia Nuts, & Apple Maple Vinaigrette

Inspired by my recent trip to Vermont to hang out and collaborate with an awesome community of healthy food bloggers at Blog Brulee {more on this in a post coming soon}, this Autumn Chopped Salad with Apples, Fennel, Cheddar Cheese, and Macadamia Nuts dressed with Apple Maple Vinaigrette is the perfect combination of tangy, sweet, crispy, crunchy, and creamy deliciousness. It's also just the ticket for those of you, like me, who are craving the comfy flavors of fall, but aren't quite ready to dig in to a big ol' bowl of soup. … [Read more...]

How to Make the Tastiest Homemade Gazpacho in 5 Minutes or Less

This super quick and easy, no-cook recipe for fresh homemade gazpacho tastes like summer sunshine in a bowl! Huge thanks to Danielle Omar and her delicious looking Watermelon Gazpacho recipe that I pinned the other day for the inspiration for this latest Instameals recipe... I was all set to make her homemade gazpacho when I realized my basil and cilantro were sadly shriveled and the shallots I thought I had were nowhere to be found. … [Read more...]

Strawberry Chia Rhubarb Crisp + The Tale of the Green Mixing Bowl

You can thank my Grandma Edith, and her green mixing bowl for this delicious Strawberry Chia Rhubarb Crisp! Inspired by this month's Recipe ReDux theme, Treasured Cookware, I used my beloved green Bauer Pottery vintage mixing bowl that I inherited from my Grandma Edith to mix together two springtime treasures, strawberries and rhubarb, with pure maple syrup and chia seeds, then did a little more mixing to top the fruity mixture off with my favorite gluten-free crisp topping. … [Read more...]

Coffee Talk + Fresh Strawberry Chia Baked Oatmeal Pie

Pull up a seat because we're having pie tonight.  As in Fresh Strawberry Chia Baked Oatmeal Pie. … [Read more...]

Re-Boot Green Juice to Fire Up Your Day!

Some mornings need a quick re-boot, like this super delicious, nutrient packed apple, kale, lime, basil green juice! Do you ever have those mornings where, no matter how many cups of coffee you knock back, there's just no energy flowing at all? … [Read more...]

{Recipe Redux} Pistachio Pairing Party for One

"By posting this pistachio pairing with in-shell pistachio nuts, tangerines, melted chocolate, and green tea, I am entering a contest sponsored by the Pistachio Health Institute and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest.  I received free pistachio samples from the Pistachio Health Institute. I was not compensated for my time." Today you are having a party. It is just for you.  No one else is invited. Shhh...Don't tell a soul. … [Read more...]

Warm Tropical Wild Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Sundae

Disclosure: By posting this Warm Tropical Wild Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Sundae recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest.  I was not compensated for my time. Ever have a sundae for breakfast? Ever have a sundae for breakfast and feel super virtuous while eating it??? If you have {eaten one that is} that's A-ok. But you could probably eat this "Maine meets the Tropics" inspired Warm Tropical Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast … [Read more...]

Recipe ReDux: Raw Chai Spiced Pear Tart & a Giveaway!

Let it be said, that I will never be called the dietitian that told you not to eat dessert. Especially when it's this Raw Chai Spiced Pear Tart, loaded with healthy nuts {walnuts.pecans.cashews}, warming chai spices {cardamom.cinnamon.ginger.cloves}, and ,oh yeah, and let's not forget those pears...fresh, in season & one of fall's favorite fruits. Speaking of fall. Or autumn if you call it that... Happy {almost} Autumnal Equinox {just a fancy term for happy fall :-)} if you are reading this on September 21. Or, if you are … [Read more...]

Super Duper Raw Power Salad

How many times have you gone to a restaurant, eaten something super duper delicious, and wanted to re-create that meal at home?? Like this Super Duper Raw Power Salad with apples, kale, cabbage, and more?!!, about a zillion handful of times, but then my crazy busy life takes over, and my memory gets muddier and muddier, until I no longer remember what it was about that meal, that was so gosh darn delicious. Not this time though. A couple of weeks ago, Mr. Spicy treated me to lunch at one of my favorite local eateries, Urban … [Read more...]

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

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...]

Recipe ReDux: Breakfast Bananas Foster with Cinnamon Streusal Topping

A healthier twist on the traditional version, yet equally delicious, this recipe for Bananas Foster with Cinnamon Streusel Topping and Greek Yogurt, is a delicious way to start the day or enjoy as an afternoon snack!This month's Recipe ReDux Theme "Fresh Starts" is near and dear to my heart. There's no better way to start the day than with a healthy breakfast makeover... You see... I've never met a breakfast I didn't like. And that includes eating said breakfast for lunch and dinner too. Sadly, Ian {the husband} isn't much of a … [Read more...]

#citruslove: Cara Cara Orange Salsa Fresca

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...]

#applelove: Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Crisp

Care to join me in a Candycrisp??? Apple that is! Today I went to the store to pick up some apples for my #applelove post, and happened to stumble upon a brand new apple variety I had never heard of before. Apparently the clerk at Jimbos hadn't heard of it either as she said to me, "What kind of apple is this?" "Candycrisp" I replied. "I've never heard of it, and thought it looked good." Well... It was good, and, as you would imagine, it was sweet. My tastes run towards tarter apples though, so although I liked it, I'm glad I also … [Read more...]

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

Forbidden Rice with Nectarines and Maple Cashew Coconut Cream 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 … [Read more...]

Simple Strawberry Smoothie

My kids have been eating me out of house and home this summer. And, one of the first things we always run out of, is fresh fruit. Now, I'm definitely not complaining... As a certain well-know Martha would say, That's a good thing! It's just that I'm not too keen on running to the store EVERY day to buy more fruit... Thank goodness for frozen organic fruit! When I'm out doing my regular grocery shopping, I always peruse the freezer section to see what's on sale and then stock up.  Each store I usually shop at typically has some … [Read more...]