Weekly Menu Plan and a Few of my Happy Things {Orange Pedicure Anyone?}

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Happy Thing #1: Shiny orange tootsies!Happy Thing #2: Having fun with Instagram.   Happy Thing #3: Spending time with my family at Disneyland and California Adventures, and conquering my fear of the Tower of Terror {SiSi was kind and held my hand :-)} P.S. The World of Color Show at California Adventure is spectacular-highly recommend! Happy Thing #4: Convincing my family and friends that kale is not only super healthy, but DELICIOUS as well.  I served my Kale Caesar Salad at a dinner party last night, and there was not a speck left on … [Read more...]

Rosemary Parmesan Polenta Fries

rosemary parmesan polenta fries

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...]

Roasted Potato Salad Nicoise

nicoise potato salad

This is a story of a love affair between the ever so humble potato and the even humbler more humble green bean.  Alone, they are quite delicious enough in my opinion {unless said green beans come from a can-no thank you}, but marry them with diced red spring onions, kalamata olives, and a simple dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, and golden balsamic vinegar, and they make your mouth sing with pure delight. Yellow Potatoes loaded with nutrients to promote good health.... Gorgeous "Red" Green Beans from Suzies Farm at the Hillcrest Farmers … [Read more...]

Recipe ReDux: A {Healthier} Peanut Butter Cup

peanut butter balls

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...]

Pour me a drink…a tall, frosty green one!

Kale Frosty // The Spicy RD

There are some days you just need a drink. Like today... The day  I had planned to share the most delicious  rosemary parmesan polenta fries with you, but then things happened and I got so busy I forgot to pick my son up from his sleepover {thank goodness said friend's mom is SUPER cool and understanding}, and I never had a chance to eat a decent meal {bad dietitian!}, or let alone have a drink of water or take a shower because {gulp!} my water got shut off because I forgot to pay my water bill. Yes. Today is a good day for a drink, … [Read more...]

Singing the Blues…Blueberry Lassi and a Blue Berry Basket Giveaway.

blueberry lassi

Blueberry Lassi~Best enjoyed poolside while listening to Billie Holiday singing the stormy blues. Update June 18, 2012: Congratulations to Sue {#46 chosen via random.org} for winning the Blue Berry Basket Giveaway!  The giveaway is now closed, but please scroll down to find and enjoy my Blueberry Lassi recipe, and happy berry eating everyone! At least a couple of times a week, a bowl of berries {blueberries...strawberries...raspberries...blackberries...and boysenberries}, graces our dinner table come spring and summer, when these healthy … [Read more...]

#icecreamlove: Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Ice Cream

oatmeal raisin cookie dough ice cream

Remember this post from the other day? Where I promised you a {Part Two} surprise??? Well I wasn't sure I could make raw maple cinnamon oatmeal raisin maple pecan cookie dough any better than it already was. But, you know what? I did. And if you like ice cream, and you like oatmeal raisin cookies, you will LOVE this Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Ice Cream. There's really not much to say about this creamy, oatmeal raisin cookie studded dish of deliciousness other than this... You.MUST.make.it. Trust me. Here's the … [Read more...]

Raw Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Maple Pecan Cookie Dough {Part One}

cinnamon maple pecan cookie dough

Happy Friday! Happy June 1! Somehow I was in a panic earlier today when I started thinking we were already halfway through the year. I even posted it on Facebook... Happy June 1!!! Who else besides me is having a hard time believing we are already half way through 2012??? In honor of the 2012 half-way mark, I think it's time for a sweet celebration! Check back soon for my sweet creation! As my friend, KB, might say, my "thinker" wasn't working very well today :-) Thank goodness Shelly brought me back to my senses when she sweetly … [Read more...]

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

pumpkin pesto bruschetta

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...]

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...]

{Not Rocket Science} PBJ Smoothie

pbj smoothie

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...]

#pastalove: Baked Enchilada Pasta

Baked Enchilada Pasta

So... What are you celebrating today? Are you donning a sombrero, a serape, and searching for your last shaker of salt? Are you cheering the ponies on to victory? Or, are you chowing down on a big bowl of delicious pasta??? Me? I'm doing all three :-) Happy Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby, and #Pastalove! In honor of this months pasta love fest, and Cinco de Mayo, I created a baked enchilada pasta dish that's partly based off of this recipe for enchiladas negras I whipped up last weekend for a party at our house. And, for the Kentucky Derby part, … [Read more...]

Banana Spice Milkshake

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SUPER EASY, SUPER  DELICIOUS...I just had to share this mornings "milkshake" that both my kids slurped up happily, then asked for more :-) BIG THANKS  to Sage and Berries, a lovely blog I recently discovered, for the free downloadable yellow floral background pattern used here! If you have kids, do they tend to like the same things, or do they have different tastes??? I LOVE hearing from you! Please click here to leave a comment or ask a question, or leave a suggestion. And, if you enjoyed the post, please stumble, tweet, pin, or share … [Read more...]

Recipe ReDux: Leek and Potato Soup with Spring Pea Shoots

Leek and Potato Soup

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...]

Weekly Menu Plan and Photo Fun: Springtime Asparagus Quiche & a Sneak Peek at NZ!

Red Telephone Booth Arrowtown New Zealand

Phone booth in gorgeous Arrowtown, New Zealand Kia ora. I am happy to be back home after a fabulous 2 weeks in New Zealand! I have a fun post planned in the next few days to share my photos and travel adventures with you, but, a girl's gotta eat {maybe a little less than usual this week after eating my way through New Zealand :-)}, so here's my weekly menu plan, plus a couple of sneak peek photos. Cheers! Spicy RD Weekly Menu Plan April 16-22 DAY ONE Springtime Asparagus Quiche Roasted cherry tomatoes. {Slice cherry tomatoes … [Read more...]