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...]

Weekly Meal Plan & My Happy Things:Fun with Friends in San Francisco

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Chinatown, San Francisco: The difference between boys and girls??  SiSi bought a pretty "cat" tile and a bracelet in Chinatown.  Big Tex bought a sword.  As in a REAL sword.  Naturally we had to ship it home, as I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have gotten past TSA. Hello There! How's everyone's summer going so far?? I just returned from a mini vacation to San Francisco where my family and I had the most wonderful time visiting old {Gold} friends and meeting new {Silver} ones. Today's post will be quick as I have heaps of post-vacation laundry to … [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...]

Sea Veggie Tacos with Asian Sesame Dipping Sauce

Sea Veggie Tacos

It's Recipe ReDux time again, and this months theme, "Sea What You've Been Missing" is an ode to the "more obscure" treasures from the sea, such as little fishies {aka sardines, anchovies, and smelts} and super nutritious sea veggies such as nori, wakame, and kombu. Being that this is a ReDux recipe, my Sea Veggie Tacos full fill two important requirements... One, they contain a very respectable dose of nutritious ingredients {sea veggies, napa cabbage, carrots, avocado...}, and two, they are absolutely, positively delicious! Napa … [Read more...]

Weekly Menu Plan, Photo Fun, and Other Good Stuff!

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{My lavender photo is linked up to Sweet Shot Tuesday's at My Three Boybarians} Hmm...not sure that's a catchy enough title... "Other Good Stuff" is rather vague don't you think??? In case you're wondering, the "other good stuff" refers to a blog post I just wrote for Stuffed-Pepper on the importance of eating a good breakfast, and an audio interview I recently did on nutrition and healthy skin for be for living. I'll point you over to both sites shortly, but first, my weekly menu plan... Spicy RD Weekly Dinner Menu March 26-April … [Read more...]

Weekly Menu Plan and Photo Fun: BLT Quinoa Salad and Memories of Spain!

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A tree lined street in Madrid, Spain So, what did everyone do for St Patrick's Day?? We had a rare "quiet" Saturday here since SiSi and Big Tex's baseball and softball games were cancelled due to the stormy weekend in San Diego. I made waffles in the morning, then we ended up running some errands as a family, to buy SiSi some new purple Vans {the soles were coming off her old ones}, search for a new point-and-shoot digital camera for our up coming family vacation {sadly my old Panasonic died on me}, and stock up on some Ayala's Herbal … [Read more...]

Fabulous Foodie Finds from Natural Products Expo West 2012!

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Last Saturday, I put on my comfy boots and hit the road with two of my healthy foodie friends, for a drive up the Southern California coast to attend the 2012 Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center. Natural Products Expo West continues to be the leading trade show in the natural, organic and healthy products industry. Rated as one of the top 200 trade shows in the US by Tradeshow Week, Natural Products Expo West continues to help attendees reach their business goals. Join 58,000 other industry professionals interacting … [Read more...]

{Almost} Wordless Wednesday: Pecan Coconut Muffins

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I hope you're all having a fabulous week so far! I made these AMAZING Pecan Coconut Muffins {kept all the ingredients the same except used melted virgin coconut oil in place of the butter} by Carrie Vitt of Deliciously Organic yesterday, and I pinned the original recipe image on to my Pinterest Board, {Delicious} Recipe's I've Made.  Check it out for more delicious inspiration! And, for a healthy breakfast idea, try this... Check out this post from Foodtrainers on how to make a poached egg in the microwave. I tried it this week too and it … [Read more...]

Happy Holidays and Papa’s Chocolate Chip Bar Giveaway Winner!

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Congratulations to the four lucky winners of my Helping Hands Bakery Papa's Chocolate Chip Bar Giveaway!!!! Chosen via random.org, the winners are... #17 Nelly~Cooking With Books #38 Karriann~Creative Cooking Corner #13 Sylvie~Gourmande in the Kitchen #9 Kim Congratulations Ladies!  I hope you enjoy these bars are much as I did! And, a big thank you to everyone else who entered and checked out the Helping Hands Bakery Website! As I stated in my earlier post, I love how Helping Hands in not only making delicious tasty … [Read more...]

December Fitness Challenge Check-In and a Delicious Gluten-Free Cookie Giveaway

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Can you believe we're halfway through the month of December, and halfway through the #DecFit Challenge??? How's everyone doing with their challenge so far? I've been getting my exercise the fun way these past few days... Skiing! Using this fitness calculator, I estimated that I burned 600 calories for each hour I skied. Not bad... Not bad at all considering I got in several hours of skiing over the course of my trip! {P.S....I know I burned a lot of calories, because I was absolutely EXHAUSTED at the end of each day, but … [Read more...]

Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake {Original and Gluten-Free} for #NellysBigDay

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I'm so excited to be celebrating a special occasion with you all today, and I hope you will join myself and all the other fun and fabulous bloggers in celebrating #NellysBigDay today with a virtual Bridal Shower for my lovely blogging and Twitter friend,  Marnely Rodriguez of Cooking With Books. Here's how it all started... “And …I said YESSSSS!” It happened one November midnight, in Twitterverse, we saw this tweet from our dear Nelly @nella22. Without missing a beat, we all knew Nelly had “said YES” to her beloved “M”,as she sweetly … [Read more...]

Recipe ReDux: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream Frosting

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Do you know what the world's smallest grain is??? I'll give you some hints... It's a true nutritional powerhouse, high in fiber, iron, protein, and calcium. It is an excellent vegetarian source of amino acids, especially lysine, which is often deficient in grains It can be used in gluten-free cooking and baking. It is thought that this grain originated from Ethiopia between 4000 BCE and 1000 BCE. It starts with a T and end with an F. Have you guessed it yet??? It's TEFF! And, it's the whole grain I am cooking with for … [Read more...]

The Latest Scoop on Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Celiac Disease/Gluten Sensitivity, and Snacks that Satiate!

Balboa Park and the downtown San Diego skyline.

After last weeks unseasonably foggy weather, it was so nice to see the sun come out and shine on all the dietitians attending the annual FNCE {Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo} convention which happened to take place this year in my home town of San Diego. It was fun for me, as this was the first FNCE conference I have attended in a LONG time.  I even got to meet some fabulous fellow foodie RD bloggers I have gotten to be friends with over Facebook and Twitter.  If you don't know them, I hope you'll check out their blogs: Regan … [Read more...]