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

Autumn Chopped Salad with Apples, Fennel, Macadamia Nuts and Maple Dressing

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

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

Fresh 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

Greek Feta Sweet Potato Fries

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

Roasted Carrot Salad w/ 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!

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

Avocado Smash // Avocado, Chickpeas, & Veggies

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

Fresh Summer Veggie Juice in A Jar // The Spicy RD

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

Crunchy Asian Chopped Cabbage Salad with Peanut Dressing // The Spicy RD

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...]

Budget Gourmet! Goat Cheese Pizza with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Onions

goat cheese pizza with veggies

Super easy to make and loaded with healthy veggies, this Goat Cheese Pizza with spinach, mushrooms, and onions, is one of my favorites to make for do-it-yourself-pizza night. My mom, the official "Queen of Coupon Clippers" would be very proud of me today. She clips coupons like it's nobody's business, and  keeps me so well-stocked in her "bargins" such as aluminum foil and other kitchen goods, that if you ever need any, please come to my house and take some. Please. I'm pretty sure I have an almost lifetime supply of Reynolds … [Read more...]

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...]