Jul 28, 2015

Strawberry Cucumber Salad


Strawberry Cucumber Salad – drizzled with balsamic glaze, an easy, light summer salad.

This easy light summer salad, made with cucumbers, strawberries, almonds and fresh herbs is great alongside grilled chicken, fish or for a light lunch you can double the serving and add some goat cheese to the mix or serve it over quinoa for more protein.

I'm love using balsamic glaze over salads, it's not just pretty it's sweet and tangy and there's no need for oil. Delallo makes the best one I've tried, but I've also seen the glaze at Trader Joes. If you don't have it, you can certainly drizzle the salad with regular balsamic, although it won't be as pretty.

Jul 27, 2015

Cedar Plank Spice-Rubbed Salmon


Cedar Plank Spice-Rubbed Salmon – topped with brown sugar and spices

I'm excited to share this guest post from my friend Jackie from CAFE, Celiac and Allergy Friendly Epicurian (A great source for gluten-free recipes!). A wonderful salmon dish made on a cedar plank topped with a brown sugar spice rub. If you follow me on Snapchat (username Skinnytaste), you probably saw me making this on the grill last week. I've included both my grilling method as well as Jackie's oven method. Please welcome her...

I went to a friend’s house for dinner and they served a dish that ultimately inspired me to write this recipe. Besides the presentation being absolutely beautiful, the cedar plank salmon was so flaky and perfectly cooked. I couldn’t wait to try my own version at home.

I didn’t have grill-safe cedar planks on hand but I did have an oven-safe one. Either method works perfectly well. If you are grilling, just be sure to remember to soak the plank for about an hour and a half beforehand. 

The brown sugar contrast nicely with the salt and pepper in the Montréal steak seasoning and the paprika adds beautiful color in addition to great flavor. The combination of the cedar and the spice rub transform sometimes-simple salmon into one hot number!

Cedar Plank Spice-Rubbed Salmon – topped with brown sugar and spices

Jul 23, 2015

Low Fat Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread


 Low Fat Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread – this super moist bread is loaded with chocolate chips, made with whole wheat flour and mostly apple sauce in place of butter.

A super moist zucchini bread loaded with chocolate chips in every bite. Made with a whole wheat flour blend and lots of apple sauce in place of butter for results that are moist and delicious.

I have so much zucchini I don't know what to do with it, then I was reading some comments on this older recipe and remembered how much we all loved this so I remade it and updated the photos. Madison was one when I first played around with this and loved it then, bit I wasn't sure how she would feel seeing small green specs (she doesn't like zucchini) in her bread now that she's five, but she loved it! Give this a try, I'm sure you'll agree, and bonus, a perfect way to get your kids to eat zucchini. And yes, you can also make these as muffins although the cooking time will be less.

Low Fat Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread – this super moist bread is loaded with chocolate chips, made with whole wheat flour and mostly apple sauce in place of butter.

Jul 21, 2015

White Bean Caprese Salad


White Bean Caprese Salad – a delicious, protein packed summer salad that is EASY to make, no cooking required!

Nothing says summer like a Caprese salad, and this one is made with white beans for added protein and fiber. It's EASY to make, and there's no cooking required which is a bonus during these hot summer temperatures we're having this week.

I served this as a side salad last night along with grilled fish and my husband really enjoyed it, but this would also be great as a main dish to pack for lunch if you increase the servings to 4 people. Perfect to make ahead and this can easily be halved.

Jul 20, 2015

Zucchini "Meatballs"


Zucchini "Meatballs" – delicious meatless zucchini meatballs baked and simmered in Pomodoro Sauce.

These meatless meatballs were a HUGE hit in my house, I even let my neighbors and friends try and everyone loved them! Made with grated zucchini, garlic, Pecorino Romano, basil, bread crumbs and egg, then baked in the oven and finished in a pomodoro sauce. Serve them as an appetizer, over zoodles, whole wheat pasta or with a crusty piece of bread on the side.

A few weeks ago I made these awesome eggplant "meatballs" and the most asked question I got in the comments and on Facebook was can you make them with zucchini? Loving the idea, especially since I have a few giant zucchinis on my counter I put this to the test and they turned out awesome! I had to change the recipe a bit from the eggplant one since zucchini is very watery, and they turned out great, even better than the eggplant in my opinion and everyone who tried them, loved them!

Jul 13, 2015

Quick Spiralized Zucchini and Grape Tomatoes


Quick Spiralized Zucchini (Zoodles) and Grape Tomatoes

I think it was on an episode of MasterChef Junior that I heard the quote "what grows together, goes together" which makes so much sense. Zucchini, tomatoes and basil are just made for each other, you can serve as a side dish, as suggested, or even as a main dish topped with some grilled shrimp or chicken.

Since grape tomatoes and zucchini are in season, I thought it would be a good time to revive this recipe from the archives. 

I've been using the thicker blade on my Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer to make my zoodles (zucchini noodles). I like the larger noodle because it has more of bite and I'm careful not to overcook them so they don't get soggy. Under two minutes is all they need, then I quickly remove them from the hot skillet or they will keep cooking.

Quick Spiralized Zucchini (Zoodles) and Grape Tomatoes