Green Eggs, No Ham {Veggies for Breakfast}

kale, basil, eggs, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Recipe ReDux: Grilled Polenta Veggie Stacks with Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes


Today, I'm super excited to be sharing my first Recipe ReDux post with you!  And, I'm especially thrilled to be in the company of so many other fabulous healthy food bloggers! Before I share my recipe with you, let me tell you a little bit about the Recipe ReDux... As the first and only recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians {Regan Jones, Serena Ball, and Deanna Seagrave-Daly}, the Recipe ReDux is focused on taking delicious dishes, keeping them delicious, but making them healthier for you. The first Recipe Redux challenge is … [Read more...]

A is For Amazingly Addictive Artichoke Squares


Care to join me in an artichoke square??? I've been wanting to share these delectable morsels with you for some time now... I made my first batch last month for the nutrition talk I gave at SiSi and Big Tex's school, and I thought I might have had some leftovers to share with you. No such luck. They were devoured almost immediately. My poor husband didn't even get to try any of the last batch, because SiSi ate the few squares I did have leftover for a snack... I tell you, that girl is ALWAYS hungry :-) I got the idea for … [Read more...]

Springtime Asparagus Quiche {Regular or Gluten-Free}


Can you believe it's springtime already? Somehow, it just snuck up on me...oops...sneaked up on me {Click here for a little history of how the word snuck finagled its way in to the dictionary}. And, whether your a sneaker or a snucker, there's no disputing the fact that springtime heralds in some fantastic produce....Strawberries...artichokes...and ASPARAGUS! Growing up, asparagus was one of my favorite veggies.  My grandmother Edith always served it for Easter brunch {ALWAYS with the requisite hollandaise sauce}. These days, one of … [Read more...]

Kids in the Kitchen…Quesadillas with Homemade Pineapple Salsa.


So how's everyone doing getting lots of color on your plate this month? As I promised in my first "Eating a Rainbow" post, here's a little bit more info on what all those gorgeous colors are providing in your diet... Carotenoids are natural plant pigments found in red, orange, yellow, and green foods.  Beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin are just some of the carotenoids.  These are found in a wide range of fruits and veggies including tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit, sweet potatoes, carrots {Yes, … [Read more...]

Something Green and Good to Eat…My Chia Pet!


Happy Saint Patrick's Day! What is everyone doing today to celebrate?  Here's what's on my agenda... Wear green!  Of all the St. Patrick's Day traditions, this is my favorite one, and not just because I don't want to get pinched!  I love wearing green any day of the year, and I just noted that it is the most popular color in my closet.  Right now, I just counted 14 tops and sweaters ranging in various shades of gorgeous green... Enjoy all the beautiful shades of green in my garden.  Here's a little inspiration... … [Read more...]

Kids in the Kitchen: Quick and Easy Chicken and Veggie Stir Fried Rice.


This is the kind of recipe you need to make when you have "one of those" days... or, in my case, "one of those" weeks... Here are just a FEW highlights from our past week... Softball AND baseball season have begun for SiSi and Big Tex.  All you parents with kids in sports...I know you know what this means.... Computer trouble!!! {Any other Mac owners have Helvetica font problems???}.  I owe a HUGE thanks to my dad and to the UTC Apple store Genius Bar for helping me get it fixed! Unexpected trip Friday night/early Saturday morning … [Read more...]

Ring in the New Year with More Fruits and Veggies: Part II


Here it is, as promised.  The "whys" and "hows" of adding more fruits and veggies to your diet. Do you know that's it's REALLY pretty EASY to consume the optimal number of fruits and veggies when you put a TEENSY bit of effort in to it? Do you know how many fruits and veggies you should be consuming each day?  Would you like to try a yummy, super easy fruit laced dessert tonight?  {Hint: It's made with oranges.}  If so, then read on... How many fruits and veggies should I aim for each day? Aim for a MINIMUM of 5 or more servings each … [Read more...]

Ring in the new year with more fruits and veggies!


Happy 2011! I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and got to spend a lot of time with family and friends. I know I did! I also want to thank everyone who has visited, recommended, shared, or commented on my blog in 2010.  I TRULY appreciate your support and comments and look forward to more friendship and Spicy RD interaction in 20011! This blog post, my first one in the new year, was inspired by a friend a couple of days ago.  We were fortunate enough to be spending a lazy morning in our pj's with our families in a condo in Mammoth.  … [Read more...]