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

orange pedicure instagram

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...]

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...]

Tooting My Own Horn: My Bean Homework Is Completed!

dried beans

With two kids under the age of 11 and one husband who still sometimes acts like a kid :-), you can well imagine that the topic of tooting comes up a lot in our house. I will spare you the gassy details, but suffice it to say, toots and beans, beans and toots, toots and pretty much anything {we can always blame it on the dog!} make for a lot of giggling at Casa Stewart. If you're wondering what all this tooting talk is leading up to, let me just tell you, that today I am tooting my own horn, because I finally finished the "Bean Homework" … [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...]

Banana Spice Milkshake


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...]

Recipe ReDux: Triple XXX Chocolate Biscotti


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...]

Recipe ReDux: Breakfast Bananas Foster with Cinnamon Streusal Topping


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 breakfast eater for breakfast, and especially not for dinner. Sigh... But SiSi, Big Tex and I all are, so when it comes to menu choices for the fist meal of the day, I've got plenty of options up my sleeve … [Read more...]

Farmers Market Finds: Nagoya Kale, Orange Honey Almonds, and the Chubbiest Carrots Ever!


In my other life {pre- kids and husband}, I used to go to the Del Mar Farmer's Market almost every weekend. It was easy. I walked out the front door of my {tiny} white washed brick cottage, headed to the street, turned left, went 1/8 of a mile down the hill, and there I was. Right in the midst of a bounty of seasonal and local produce, vibrantly colored fresh flowers, and {in my gluten-eating days} the tastiest Gyros I can recall ever eating. But then life got in the way. Marriage...a baby...a move...another baby...two more … [Read more...]

Recipe ReDux: Minty Cilantro Peas


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...]

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...]

Recipe ReDux: Creamy Triple Pepper and Kale Dip

Creamy Triple Pepper & Kale Dip//The Spicy RD

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, Spreads, and Dressings, I decided to make it a tad bit healthier. My version uses homemade aioli plus Greek … [Read more...]

#Ricelove Bloghop: 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 Speck. Here are some other interesting rice facts from Ancient Grains … [Read more...]

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


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...]