Lovely Lentil Salad with Kale, Cherry Tomatoes, Almonds & Lemon Vinaigrette

Simple ingredients, easy to make, and super healthy to boot, you'll love everything about this lovely lentil salad with kale, cherry tomatoes, almonds and  lemon vinaigrette! Bonjour! Bok! Ciao! I've missed you!! If you've noticed an absence of posts lately on The Spicy RD, it's because I've been traveling with my family in France, Croatia, and Italy for almost the entire month of July. It was an absolutely fabulous trip {minus getting my wallet stolen in France, and my dad getting his wallet stolen in Italy-shame on you crooks!}, … [Read more...]

Kale & Basmati Soup w/ Pumpkin Seed Pesto + the 21-Day Tummy Cookbook Giveaway

Warm up, and chill out, with a big bowl of this nourishing Kale and Basmati Soup with Pumpkin Seed Pesto {Gluten-Free, Vegetarian Option, Low FODMAP}, and enter my giveaway to win a copy of the 21-Day Tummy Cookbook written by Liz Vaccariello, along with Kate Scarlata, RD! Big Tex asked me a question the other day... "Mom. What was the best Christmas present you ever got as a kid?" … [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...]

Fresh Pineapple Ginger Kale Smoothie

Fresh Pineapple Ginger Kale Smoothie...Spring is almost here! Hello dear friends! Have you noticed an absence of posts lately? It's been crazy here, for sure, these past few weeks, getting my new website ready to launch {fingers crossed, the week of March 25!}, and working long hours with my friend and co-chair, Miss Kim, on SiSi and Big Tex's annual school fundraiser and art auction, so please bear with me, just an itty bit more over the next couple of weeks.  I promise you're in for a real treat when the new site launches :-) I … [Read more...]

Green Eggs, No Ham {Veggies for Breakfast}

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...]

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

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...]

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

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...]

#greenslove: Peppery Kale Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons

Peppery Kale Caesar Salad w/ homemade gluten-free croutons. March is one of my favorite times of year here in Southern California. Strawberries dripping with juicy goodness are coming in to season... Delosperma cooperi starts blanketing the San Diego Freeway in all its hot fuschia colored glory... And the normally golden hued hillsides are swathed in spring green for at least the next month or so... So, naturally, I find it very fitting that this month's love bloghop, #greenslove, is dedicated to that super nutritious category of … [Read more...]

Lemony Kale, Pasta, and Pistachio Salad

I'm convinced this world is made up of mixers and non-mixers. Me.  I'm a mixer. And if I weren't a mixer, I never would have come up with this light and refreshing combo of kale, pasta, and pistachio nuts dressed in a lemony vinaigrette. It all started last week, when I was set to make this lovely Kale Salad with Pistachio Nuts from Deanna at Teaspoon Communications that I had pinned on to my "Healthy Recipes to Make" board. The plan was to serve it with a simple pasta-gluten-free pasta tossed in olive oil, minced garlic, salt and … [Read more...]

Blueberry Orange Kale Smoothie: {Hate It?} or Love It!

It's probably not very smart of me to insert the works "Kale" and "Hate" in the title of my blog post... I mean, really, who's gonna want to drink a smoothie with a title like that??? But here's the thing... Big Tex and I really loved this smoothie {OK, maybe Big Tex really LIKED it}, and my husband and SiSi really didn't care for it at all. No way. No how. No thanks. At all! But, as Sam I Am might say, You do not like a kale smoothie? Try it! Try it! And you may see. You'll really like my kale smoothie! OK, … [Read more...]

Recipe ReDux: Creamy Triple Pepper and Kale Dip

This healthy and delicious Creamy Triple Pepper and Kale Dip puts the ever popular spinach dip to shame! You're probably all familiar with the infamous spinach dip in a bread bowl, right? You know the one... Huge hollowed out sourdough bread bowl...lots of sour cream and mayo...throw in some spinach...and, yes, the requisite chopped water chestnuts. Mmm...I actually love the added crunch from those water chestnuts! OK-fess up time... I really <3 this dip! BUT in honor of this months Recipe ReDux theme, Condiments, … [Read more...]

Veggie Experiment #2: K is for…Kale!

Have you ever tried kale? I tried it a few years ago, and really liked it...but haven't had it since (well, I might have had it in a restaurant since then, but I haven't prepared it at home). The first time I tried prepared Kale, I got it from the mecca of Texas grocery stores: Central Market.  If you've never been to a Central Market grocery store before, just know this-it's bigger and better than every grocery store you've ever been too.  Just like they say everything in Texas is... The kale I had from Central Market was already … [Read more...]