Apr 23, 2015

15 Healthy Adult Snacks


15 Healthy and Light Adult Snack Ideas

Here are 15 healthy adult snacks that are perfect to fuel you up in between meals whether you're home, at your desk or on the go!

Apr 22, 2015

Green Harissa Salmon


Green Harissa Salmon – a quick weeknight dish!

I'm excited to share this guest post from my friend Jackie from CAFE, Celiac and Allergy Friendly Epicurian (I great source for gluten-free recipes). I made this for lunch yesterday with roasted broccoli and loved it! Please welcome her...

Green Harissa Salmon – a quick weeknight dish!

My 8 year old son absolutely loves this Asian-Marinated Salmon recipe so I make it almost every week. I like to encourage healthy eating habits and give the kids seafood as much as possible. However, while they don’t mind (and actually even prefer) repetition of meals, I like a little variety. 

Today I made two versions; Asian-marinated for the kids and this spicy green harissa baked salmon for the adults. This dish is very easy to prepare. It didn’t feel like too much extra work. Also, my kids aren’t into foods with too much heat. If my husband and I are craving spicy food, sometimes two variations are a necessity.

Harissa is one of my go-to sauces for adding a quick burst flavor to any ingredient. You can put it on veggies, meats, seafood, and eggs and even use it as a dipping sauce. For this recipe, I literally just smothered the harissa on top of the salmon with a little lemon zest and put it in the oven. A little sprinkle of sugar at the end helps it caramelize a bit and cuts into the acidity of the vinegar in the sauce.

I used Mina brand green spicy harissa but you can use any kind you like or are able to find near you, including red spicy or mild. 

Apr 21, 2015

Quick Cabbage Slaw


Quick Cabbage Slaw - a delicious quick healthy side dish

This quick, simple slaw is a staple in my house. Perfect when you need something acidic to balance a savory dish. Everyone loves this, including my toddler only for her I leave out the red onion.

A few weeks ago I updated the photo on my Slow Cooker Pernil Recipe (this is on regular rotation in my house) and I often serve it with this quick slaw. I've since gotten so many emails on how to make the slaw, so here it is. Hope you enjoy!

Apr 19, 2015

Blueberry Banana Bread


Blueberry Banana Bread – moist and low in fat!

Blueberries and banana combine so well together in this delicious, super moist bread made with lots of very ripe sweet bananas which allow you to cut back on the fat without sacrificing the flavor and texture. This is perfect for breakfast or snack and can also be made as muffins if you prefer.

I don't know why it took me so long to add blueberries to my banana bread, it's a delicious combination I'll be doing more often. We love banana bread in my house, Madison especially loves when I make it so she can have it for breakfast or snack in school. I have several varieties, Banana Nut Bread, Chocolate Chip Banana Petite Loaves, Roasted Strawberry Banana Bread and a Gluten Free Banana Bread.

Blueberry Banana Bread – super moist and low in fat!

Apr 16, 2015

Mustard Herb Crusted Chicken Breasts


Mustard Herb Crusted Chicken Breasts - quick, light and delicious!

These chicken breasts are are lightly brushed with Dijon mustard and herbs and breaded with panko and parmesan cheese. Then they are lightly pan fried until golden and finished in the oven. 

A quick and easy weeknight chicken dish that I served with a simple green salad on the side. This would also be great with roasted parmesan green beans or roasted broccoli with smashed garlic on the side.

Mustard Herb Crusted Chicken Breasts - quick, light and delicious!

Apr 15, 2015

Stir Fried Pork and Mixed Veggies


Stir Fried Pork and Mixed Vegetables – ready in 15 minutes!

Stir-fries are perfect for busy weeknights because they take under 15 minutes to prepare, and you can us any protein or vegetables you wish!

I chose to use lots of colorful veggies and lean pork, but you can also make this with chicken, beef, shrimp or even tofu if you wish. The stir fry sauce has a slight kick from the sriracha which I love, but if you're not a fan of spicy food, leave it out (or add more if you like it HOT!)

Stir Fried Pork and Mixed Vegetables – ready in 15 minutes!

I ate a big bowl of this and felt completely satisfied, but if you want to serve this with brown rice, perfect! I am loving Trader Joe's frozen brown rice, it's so good and such a great time saver! If you want to keep it low carb you could make my favorite Cauliflower "Fried Rice" on the side.