I am always looking for ways to use chicken as I eat a lot of it. I came up with this chicken salad recipe after having grilled a few too many chicken breasts during a get together. Using grilled chicken gives this recipe an extra depth of flavor and that familiar summertime fun grilled charred taste.
Chicken salad is usually loaded with mayonnaise but this version has none. I substitute yogurt and avocado for the mayo. Combined, these give you the creaminess you crave in a chicken salad but using only healthy fats. This salad also includes lots of protein, fiber and vitamins.
This salad can be served on whole wheat toast or on a bed of lettuce. I also like to top it with pickled jalapeño
That’s probably because it was a childhood comfort food. There is something very satisfying about having a great meatloaf with a side of creamy mashed potatoes. This is my healthy version, turkey meatloaf.
I have tinkered around to come up with this healthier version. Replacing the beef with lean turkey will help reduce the saturated fat. Be careful when choosing your turkey as white turkey meat has less saturated fat than sirloin but not less than dark turkey meat. Read the label and make sure it contains only lean white meat. Don’t be fooled though, because this isn’t your typical dry turkey meatloaf. My secret ingredient of mushrooms gives this meatloaf a great Unami flavor and keeps the turkey moist and juicy. I also like to limit my sugar intake, especially my processed sugars, so I replaced the typical ketchup topping with a fresh salad of radishes, apples and arugula.
I usually serve this with quinoa or my favorite mashed potato substitute – mashed cauliflower (see my pastel to papa recipe for my mashed cauliflower recipe). Meat and potatoes are a classic combo but can be very heavy on your stomach. The turkey and cauliflower are much lighter but still satisfy that meat and potato craving.
Are you looking for a great breakfast, lunch or dinner? Avocado eggs are so easy to make and only takes about 25 mins total. There are only a few ingredients and endless options for toppings.
Avocado eggs are loaded with protein and all types of vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. Avocados are a nutrient dense fruit that have tons of benefits.
I can’t take credit for this recipe idea as I saw this on the internet a while back . I wish I could remember where so I could give them credit. Since I can’t leave anything alone, I decided to add the chives and hot sauce on top.
There are many versions of tacos – from beef, pork, bean, etc., but lots of people have never heard of shrimp tacos. My introduction to shrimp tacos came while living in Arizona and I instantly regretted not having tried them sooner. Some seafood tacos use fried fish or shrimp, shredded cabbage and some sort of salsa or pico de gallo. While this is delicious I found a way to still enjoy my shrimp tacos but in a healthier way. In an attempt to make this dish a little healthier, I have switched from fried shrimp to grilled shrimp. I also love to serve them with a pineapple guacamole, and topped with chipotle yogurt sauce.
The mix of the savory seafood, sweet and spicy guacamole, crunchy cabbage and spicy chipolte sauce is like a flavor bomb exploding in your mouth. I personally like soft corn tortillas but you can substitute hard shells if you prefer. There are many ways to modify this recipe as the options are almost endless.
Many people ask me what type of seafood I use. My answer is usually that shrimp or any white fish will do. I have used halibut, flounder, walleye, and perch to name a few. I like to marinate the shrimp or fish a little in a mixture of paprika, garlic, onions, chili powder, cumin and lime juice to add even more flavor before grilling.
Enjoy this recipe, and again – please share your version or opinions.
Everytime I offer chimichurri to my guest they look at me and ask…what is it? Then after trying it they usually ask me for the recipe or tell me I should bottle it. You can find many recipes on the internet but I want to share the way my mom made it.
Chimichurri is an Argentinian sauce or condiment that is very popular in Argentina and all over South America. It is healthy, packed with flavor and so versatile. Chimichurri can be used as a marinade, a sauce or a condiment. It goes great with so many thing, including, red meat, chicken, fish and potatoes to name a few. Don’t be afraid to even serve it alone with a nice artisan bread to dip.
There are many ways to make it. This is a version as I remember my mom making it. Feel free to add or change some of these ingredients to suit your taste and server it at your next dinner party but be prepared to answer the question, what is chimichurri?
Growing up in an Argentinian/Italian household in New Jersey I ate my share of pasta. My mom was known for cooking and her marinara sauce was her number one recipe. Her marinara sauce was well known throughout my circle of friends and even their friends. In fact, she had helped during a cooking class to teach my friend’s mom how to make it. I still crave pasta pretty often, so I have figured out a way to eat my “spaghetti” with this healthy Italian recipe.
If you’ve never had spaghetti squash you will wonder why it took you so long to try it. Roasting the squash gives it a great savory yet sweet flavor with an awesome texture that will help “squash” your pasta craving. I use my mom’s tomato sauce recipe (which I will post soon) but any marinara sauce will work. When topped with some melted mozzarella and Parmesan it hits all the flavors of Italian cooking. I hope you enjoy this recipe.
You can modify this recipe in lots of way by adding some turkey meatballs, chicken sausage, or even sound ground turkey. Feel free to add protein as you see fit. Don’t be afraid to use your imagination and tweak this and any recipe to your taste . We love to hear from you so please share your ideas, healthy Italian recipe and tips with us.
Here is a great healthy recipe for a side dish that goes with so many things and also can be eaten by itself.
I can’t take credit for this healthy recipe as I have seen different versions of this but most are loaded with mayo and sugar. My version is much healthier and I also added the quinoa which has protein and lots of amino acids. Quinoa is on of the few grains that has all nine of the essential amino acids. So if you looking for a healthy side this summer, look no further. Please feel free to comment or share your version of the healthy recipe or any on my blog.
So if you have read my other blogs you would know I belong to a local farm CSA. Well this week share had some great organic in season vegetables. I incorporated some of them into my meal tonight.. and made a delicious season salad to top my grilled salmon. This meal has lots of different flavor and textures.
I love to grill all year round. My neighbors know this as they see me out there usually four to five times a week even in rain or snow. I have grilled lots of different vegetables but never tried grilling beets until tonight. Grilling beets adds a great, smoky flavor. After tonight I know I will be doing it more often! I love to include some type of salad in my dishes. This time I topped my salmon with the peppery goodness of radishes paired with a sweet apple and pea shoots. I made this dish for the first time and it ended up working out great. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I did.
If you don’t know what a CSA is, don’t worry I didn’t either until about a year ago. CSA Stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSAs allow consumers to have direct access to high quality, sometimes organic fresh produce or meat grown locally by regional farmers. When you become a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a “share” of vegetables/meat from a regional farmer. Some CSAs have a “season” cost or like the one I belong to – will have a weekly cost. I belong to Jack’s Farm CSA in Pottstown and absolutely love it. Being a week to week CSA it allows you to choose each week if you want a share. This is great as you can skip a week and not pay if you will be out-of-town or if something comes up. Other CSAs have a one – time up front cost and if you are away you will lose that share for that week. Jack’s CSA is only for fresh organic produce, but others out there also offer options for meat, eggs and cheese. A good website to find a local CSA is here.
There are several reasons why I enjoy belonging to a CSA. One, it gives me access to fresh organic produce that is grown locally. It also allows me to support a local farm which means a lot to me. Also, if you are like me, you are a big fan of food networks, especially the show “Chopped”. When you belong to one you will receive a lot of ingredients that you wouldn’t normally buy or even see in your local supermarket. This gives me the chance to pretend I am a contestant on “Chopped” and create healthy unusual recipes. I always love being challenged and cooking is no different.
I highly recommend you finding a local Community supported agriculture program and supporting a local farm. It might not be the cheapest method for produce, but you will get the freshest and usually best tasting produce you can find. All great recipes and food have the best ingredients!