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...]

5 Reasons to Ditch Store Bought Dressings + The Perfect Homemade Vinaigrette

Once you whisk up a batch of this zesty 4 ingredient "Perfect" Golden Balsamic Vinaigrette, you may decide to ditch the store bought dressings altogether!This month's Recipe ReDux theme is DIY Kitchen Essentials... What favorite kitchen staples do you now make from scratch – but in the past you purchased? Show us your best DIY recipe for keeping cupboards, fridge or freezer stocked with healthy basics. Think homemade frozen waffles, salad dressing, broth or other kitchen essentials. Growing up I don't recall my mom or dad making salad … [Read more...]

Happy Things, Healthy Living | Perfectly Roasted Asparagus, Easter Brunch, & More!

Happy Things, Healthy Living is where I share my favorite things and healthy living inspiration. Take a peek, join the conversation and share your favorites as well so we can all inspire each other to live a happy, healthy, joyous life! Here's what's inspiring me lately...Last week I ate almost {gulp!} an entire pan of this Perfectly Roasted Asparagus. Super easy to make, it's my latest healthy addiction :-) Need some reasons to devour your own pan of roasted asparagus? How about this...It's rich in vitamin K, folate, copper, selenium, and … [Read more...]

36 “Feel Good” Sexy Salads to Get Your Glow On!

Feel fabulous and get your glow own with these 36 sexy salads from my super talented fellow foodie loving dietitian nutritionist friends! Note: All recipes are gluten-free unless otherwise noted. Most are vegetarian, and some are vegan too. I've got to tell you, I had so much fun writing this post. OK. So maybe it's the healthy foodie dietitian nutritionist in me that gets all worked up over salads, and not everyone feels the way I do, but aren't these salads gorgeous? Don't they make you feel fabulous just looking at them? Aren't they, … [Read more...]

Idaho Love | Roasted Potatoes w/ Brussel’s Sprouts & Cauliflower + 5 Perfect Days in McCall

I was compensated by the Idaho Potato Commission to create this recipe for Roasted Idaho® Potatoes with Brussels Sprouts and Purple Cauliflower. As always, my thoughts and opinions shared here are 100% my own. In addition, I did not receive any compensation for my trip to McCall, Idaho, as it was a personal trip. Have you ever been to Idaho? Maybe. Maybe not. Have you ever eaten a potato from Idaho? More than likely. And, I bet it was absolutely delicious! … [Read more...]

Pepper Jack Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

I received free samples of Cabot Cheese mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe for Pepper Jack Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms, I am entering a recipe challenge sponsored by Cabot Creamery and am eligible to win prizes. I was not additionally compensated for my time. Have you ever had a childhood song pop in to your head at the most unexpected time? That's what happened to me today after I polished off my first {of many} one of these amazing, melt-in-your-mouth Pepper Jack Stuffed Mushrooms. The song that came to mind? The Farmer in … [Read more...]

Autumn Chopped Salad with Apples, Fennel, Cheddar Cheese, Macadamia Nuts, & Apple Maple Vinaigrette

Inspired by my recent trip to Vermont to hang out and collaborate with an awesome community of healthy food bloggers at Blog Brulee {more on this in a post coming soon}, this Autumn Chopped Salad with Apples, Fennel, Cheddar Cheese, and Macadamia Nuts dressed with Apple Maple Vinaigrette is the perfect combination of tangy, sweet, crispy, crunchy, and creamy deliciousness. It's also just the ticket for those of you, like me, who are craving the comfy flavors of fall, but aren't quite ready to dig in to a big ol' bowl of soup. … [Read more...]

Raw Zucchini Noodles with Lemony Avocado Pesto

Fresh and creamy, with a zingy zip, you won't be missing the pasta after your first bite of these raw zucchini noodles with lemony avocado pesto. {Raw, vegan, gluten-free, low-carb, paleo, delicious!}So this is the first dish I created with my new Paderno Veggie Spiralizer. Oh, my, yum. As pretty as these noodles are though, I'm glad you didn't see my very first veggies noodle attempt with a carrot. … [Read more...]

How to Make the Tastiest Homemade Gazpacho in 5 Minutes or Less

This super quick and easy, no-cook recipe for fresh homemade gazpacho tastes like summer sunshine in a bowl! Huge thanks to Danielle Omar and her delicious looking Watermelon Gazpacho recipe that I pinned the other day for the inspiration for this latest Instameals recipe... I was all set to make her homemade gazpacho when I realized my basil and cilantro were sadly shriveled and the shallots I thought I had were nowhere to be found. … [Read more...]

Greek Feta Sweet Potato Fries, Gluten Sensitivity & “That” Study

I hadn't planned on sharing another Instameals post this week, but after I made these super easy and "begging for seconds" Greek Feta Sweet Potato Fries the other night, I knew I couldn't hold out on you any longer... … [Read more...]

Roasted Carrot Salad with Pistachio Herbed Goat Cheese & Blood Orange Vinaigrette

I received free samples of Breton Gluten-Free Original with Flax and Breton Gluten-Free Herb and Garlic Crackers from Dare Foods Incorporated mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe for Roasted Carrot Salad with Pistachio Herbed Goat Cheese and Blood Orange Vinaigrette, I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Dare Foods Incorporated and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. There's a lot going on in this title.  This, I know. … [Read more...]

Re-Boot Green Juice to Fire Up Your Day!

Some mornings need a quick re-boot, like this super delicious, nutrient packed apple, kale, lime, basil green juice! Do you ever have those mornings where, no matter how many cups of coffee you knock back, there's just no energy flowing at all? … [Read more...]

Love One Today: Avocado Nutrition 101 & The Avocado “Smash” Wrapped or Naked

Disclosure: Today we're talking all things avocado and delicious like this avocado smash. Although I did receive financial compensation for writing this post, all views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely and entirely my own and based on my own unique experiences. For nutrition information on avocados, plus some fabulous recipes, please be sure to visit the Love One Today website courtesy of The Hass Avocado Board. So... My sweet cousin Jori is about to have her first baby any day now {SO super excited for her!!!}, and if she … [Read more...]

Recipe ReDux ~ Fresh & Spicy Summer Veggie Juice in a Jar

Before I share the recipe for this Fresh & Spicy Summer Vegetable Juice in a Jar, let me just tell you that I have fully embraced this month's Recipe ReDux Theme, Raising the Bar on Food in a Jar. I mean, here's the great thing about serving food in a jar... It's fun, it's cheap economical {use any leftover jars you already have-no need to buy extra dishes!}, and if you use small jars, it's a great way to cut down on portion sizes. The next time you get an ice cream craving, bust out the little jars instead of the big bowls, and … [Read more...]

Crunchy Asian Chopped Cabbage Salad with Peanut Dressing

I would have posted this recipe for Crunchy Asian Chopped Cabbage Salad with Peanut Dressing sooner, but the dog ate the peanuts. You know. This guy. Please don't let him fool you...I know he looks all sweet and innocent, but he's really sneaky! By the way, he also ate the chocolate covered macadamia nuts I brought back from Hawaii. Or, at least he licked the chocolate off, and left a pile of macadamia nuts on my bedroom floor. Did you know macadamia nut oil stains your rug BRIGHT yellow? I know now. Anyways, back to … [Read more...]