Monday, December 8, 2014

Three Bean Kale Minestrone

Make this super easy, hearty and scrumptious stew ahead of time and you'll have a winning lunch/dinner for the work week!  With the days shorter and the nights colder, this dish really warms the soul!  ENJOY :-)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Nutritious Autumn Apple Salad

We went apple picking this weekend on such a beautiful fall day and returned with tons of varieties of scrumptious treats from Winesap to Granny Smith to Braeburn and the list goes on!  Here is my first apple recipe of the season using our newly picked fruits.  Hope you like this nutritious salad that's packed with fun and energizing ingredients!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel French Toast

Was so craving French toast a few weeks ago and figured I'd give my trusty cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread a shot for a healthier version! Turned out to be amazing!! (Especially with just a tiny drizzle of organic 100% pure maple syrup;) ). Whipped up a fresh local peachy plum Greek yogurt smoothie to go with...bliss!!! 

Try this super easy recipe for a healthier take on a classic that you'll absolutely love!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Persian Saffron Chicken Kabob Salad

A while back, I posted my family recipe for Delicious and Nutritious Persian Saffron Chicken Kabobs. If you haven't yet tried them, you can click here for the recipe.  The beauty of this dish is that when there are leftovers, you have a scrumptious lunch to look forward to the next day.  Add the chicken kabob pieces (and leftover grilled veggies if you have them) to a bed of mixed greens and fresh veggies...a splash of fresh lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil...and you have a delicious and flavorful salad to chow down on the next day!

Hope you enjoy!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Get ready because these are gooooood!  They are a perfect make-ahead snack for the entire work/school week...just store them in the fridge in an air-tight container and you're golden.  You can play around with the ingredients...add raisins or other dried fruit, substitute a different nut (hazelnuts, pecans etc) or even try them with butterscotch morsels (I think that would be divine!)

Depending on your mood, alternate this recipe with my other make-ahead snacks on a weekly basis to keep it exciting!!  Try my Bananarama Bars, All Natural Super Health Bars and "I can't believe they're vegan" Ridiculously Delicious Blueberry Muffins!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Totally Awesome Tabbouleh with Japanese Persian Flair

Because I make a lot of Persian and Japanese food, I naturally have a variety of ingredients from both Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines.  We were craving tabbouleh the other day so I figured why not combine the ingredients into a sort of fusion tabbouleh.  The result?  A deliciously awesome healthy tabbouleh with Japanese Persian flair that I am psyched to share with you.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Easiest Bolognese Ever

1 onion chopped
3 cloves garlic crushed
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
3 vine ripe tomatoes pureed 
1 heaping tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 cup red wine (your choice; I use Pinot Noir because I like to enjoy a glass with this meal as well)
1-2 tablespoons of your favorite fresh herbs chopped (I used sage this time.  Love oregano and basil too.)
1 lb organic, grass-fed, lean ground beef or lamb
Red-hot pepper flakes and salt to taste
A touch of your favorite shaved/grated cheese...Parmesan, Romano, Asiago (or I use all 3!)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Delicious Good-For-You Cinnamony Oatmeal Raisin Anytime Cookie

It's a long title I know!  But I needed one to convey all that this cookie is!  Originally, I named it a "breakfast cookie"... my husband took one bite, gobbled up the entire cookie and immediately asked me what exactly makes this a breakfast cookie?  I started by explaining the oats, the raisins, the flaxseed and he wasn't convinced...mainly because he strongly felt this cookie should not be reserved exclusively for a morning meal and he's totally right.  This is an awesome grab-and-go bite in the morning but no need to compartmentalize this cookie as a "breakfast"....enjoy it when you feel a snack attack coming on or even for dessert!  They're crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside and a cinch to make.  Best part is they aren't packed with all the unnecessary calories in those super buttery cookies or processed ingredients in the ones you find on the grocery shelves.  Enjoy one with a cup of tea, coffee or my favorite...a tall glass of cold milk, YUM!  Have FUN with these "Anytime" cookies anytime you feel the moment is right...we did!!!

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