Mar 30, 2015

Mushroom Ceviche

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Mushroom Ceviche – a delicious meatless appetizer!

Mushrooms marinated overnight with lemon juice, cilantro, red onion and bell pepper. I couldn't decide if I wanted to call this poor man's ceviche or vegetarian ceviche, but what I did want to make clear is that the flavors in these marinated mushrooms are what you would expect to taste when enjoying ceviche, only without the seafood.

This makes a great appetizer, and the flavor gets better with time. My husband, who's not a mushroom fan loved this! You can make this up to a few days ahead, if desired, it would last a week if not longer.

Mushroom Ceviche – a delicious meatless appetizer!

Mar 29, 2015

Coconut Macaroon Nests

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Coconut Macaroon Nests - perfect for Easter

Coconut macaroons shaped like a bird's nest, filled with mini chocolate Cadbury eggs. An tasty Easter treat!

These were inspired by this month's Martha Stewart Living magazine, but after trying the recipe in the magazine, I thought it would taste better adapting it from my favorite coconut macaroon recipe instead. But rather than baking them on a cookie tin, you use a mini muffin tin to create the little nests. Fun to make with the kids!

Coconut Macaroon Nests

Mar 27, 2015

Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb

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Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb – seasoned with rosemary, lemon juice, Dijon mustard and garlic, YUM!

Roasted boneless leg of lamb seasoned with rosemary, lemon juice, Dijon mustard and garlic is a succulent Easter delight that truly celebrates Spring.

With Easter coming soon, I am re-posting this easy, crowd-pleasing dish from the archives because I LOVE lamb, not just for Easter, but any time of the year.

If rosemary is not your thing, you could use other fresh herbs such as thyme or oregano. Ask your butcher to trim off all the fat for you to make this easier. I like to roll and tie the lamb myself so I can season the inside as well as the out. If you are nervous about doing this, you can just have the butcher do it and just season the outside.

To compliment the lamb, serve it with Teeny Tiny Potatoes with Rosemary and Asparagus with Dijon Vinaigrette for a Skinny Easter Feast, and don't forget the cupcakes!



Mar 26, 2015

Spiralized Apple and Cabbage Slaw

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Spiralized Apple and Cabbage Slaw – a quick and easy side dish!


This beautiful apple and cabbage slaw is sweet, bright and crisp, the perfect side dish to any meal and great to bring to a potluck.

You don't need a spiralizer to make this, you can of course core and cut the apples into thin strips, but if you have one, use it because it's so much easier and quicker to do! No coring, and the seeds just pop out. II used the thicker blade on my Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer to make my apple zoodles, which are not just for zucchini!

Spiralized Apple and Cabbage Slaw – YES! You can spiralize apples!


I just remove the stems and place the thicker end in the little spokes for a better grip.  Then spiralize and quickly add the dressing so the apples don't brown (lemon juice works too).


Spiralized Apple and Cabbage Slaw – Yes! You can spiralize apples


The poppy seed dressing is the perfect finish to this slaw, hope you enjoy!


Spiralized Apple and Cabbage Slaw – a quick and easy side dish!


Mar 24, 2015

Southwestern Black Bean, Quinoa and Mango Medley

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Southwestern Black Bean, Quinoa and Mango Medley

This healthy salad is a great way to jump start your Spring! Quinoa, black beans, mango and vegetables with cilantro and lime juice – a delicious combination perfect for lunch or as a side dish. (perfect for Meatless Mondays!) Leftovers are great, the flavors only get better the next day.

This recipe is from the archives, since the weather is getting warmer I find myself craving more salads and lighter dishes like this. It's packed with vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber, folate, iron and lutein so it's not just tasty, it's good for you.

Southwestern Black Bean, Quinoa and Mango Medley – super healthy, perfect for lunch or as a side dish!

This recipe is from The Plant-Powered Diet by Sharon Palmer, RD who I met in California on my trip to the Dole Blogger Summit. A great book if you're are interested in adding more vegetables and plant-based foods to your diet.

Mar 23, 2015

Asparagus Egg and Bacon Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

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Asparagus Egg and Bacon Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette – hard boiled egg and bacon tossed with a Dijon vinaigrette – it has Spring written all over it!

I love the combination of this simple salad of asparagus, hard boiled egg and bacon tossed with a Dijon vinaigrette – it has Spring written all over it!

I'm sharing this from the archives because asparagus is in season right now, and this is one of my go-to salads this time of year. Asparagus and eggs are a match made in heaven, but not just for breakfast, it's great for lunch too! I always keep hard boiled eggs on hand in my fridge to use throughout the week, therefore this salad came together in less than 10 minutes. It's perfect to pack for lunch, and you can easily double or multiply the recipe to feed more. It's also very inexpensive to make, low-carb, high in protein and fiber and perfect for gluten-free and Paleo diets.

hard boiled egg and bacon tossed with a Dijon vinaigrette – it has Spring written all over it!