Summer

All Seasons, American, Chicken, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo/Primal, Salads, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetable, Winter

Chicken Chopped Salad

Serve with whole grain baguette and herbed goat cheese-

I found a great tutorial in a Better Homes and Garden magazine on making a great chopped salad. Mashing the garlic in salt and letting it sit while you prep the vegetables is the key to a creamy, tangy dressing that set the flavor for the salad. I had fun modifying a classic chopped green salad into a main dish version my family loves (and it’s a great way to sneak a lot of vegetables in too!).

Condiments, Condiments/Sauces, Contains Nuts, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetable

Easy Economical Pesto

I created this more economical version of pesto with walnuts rather than the traditional pine nuts. Walnuts are less expensive as well as the popular nut can usually be found in most kitchens while pine nuts are a less seldom used dry good. This version gives you more incentive to prepare this super healthy and delicious condiment more often.

All Seasons, Appetizer, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Sides, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

Kale Chips

Believe the craze for Kale Chips as this leafy green from the cruciferous family is one of the powerhouse superfoods that you want to make sure is a regular star in your diet. Chips are so Americana that actually having a healthy version is a no-brainer!

This is an easy, foolproof recipe; so easy you’ll be making multiple batches each week!

All Seasons, Dairy Free, Drinks, Drinks, Fall, Fruit, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Mexican, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Pineapple-Cilantro Margarita Protein Smoothie

I took a break one afternoon from having my nose in my laptop and desperately needing to recharge. Fueled myself with this incredibly refeshing, super yummy and uber healthy protein smoothie. It was the last week of Jazz Fest and I was daydreaming about the last time I was at this timeless music fest. Almost as memorable was finding El Gato Negro and their Pineapple-Cilantro Margarita. This is my smoothie verison and you’ll never miss the tequila (well, if it is before 5pm!).

All Seasons, Contains Nuts, Dairy Free, Dessert, Desserts, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Mexican, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Mexican Margarita Cookies

I adapted The Whole Meal’s popular and healthy raw Cinnamon Raisin Cookies for my friend, Kari L., for her Cinco De Mayo get together as she wanted to highlight fresh Mexican as well as healthier, in-theme desserts. This was a hit in testing with both kids and adults as it has just the right balance of sweet and salty with a punch of lime.

Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Seafood, Soups, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer

Salmon and Spring Vegetable Chowder

Serve with artisan rolls-

While I love a fresh piece of wild salmon either grilled or baked springtime seems the perfect season to chunk it up in a chowder and pair it with tender spring vegetables. This version is lighter than a typical chowder but hearty enough as a meal. All you’ll need is a hunk of artisan bread but a side salad would be a nice complement.

Gluten free, Main, Paleo/Primal, Seafood, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer

Poached Salmon with a Creamy Pea Sauce

Serve with Herbed Roasted Potatoes-

I have been serving this simple yet elegant salmon entree every Easter, as it is always requested and especially appreciated by the non-meat eaters. The cream sauce is light as the emphasis is on the meaty salmon and fresh seasonal spring vegetables. Include this on your Easter buffet or serve it with herbed roasted potatoes for a special springtime weeknight dinner.

All Seasons, American, Beans/Legumes, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Grains, Main, Sides, Sides, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Hoppin’ John

Serve with braised collard greens-

“Eat poor that day, eat rich the rest of the year. Rice for riches and peas for peace”. This is a southern saying on eating a dish of Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day to ensure a prosperous year filled with luck.

This is my quick, vegetarian version (the original Hoppin’ John calls for dried black eyed peas soaked overnight and a ham hock). While I like to make this on New Year’s Day (we all want prosperity and luck for our families, right?), it is also a great dish that I prepare almost year round.