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Recipes I've Shared:

Quinoa Stuffed Squash

via http://maxandevelyn.blogspot.com/2012/10/q
uinoa-stuffed-squash.html

BrownEyedBaker Best Ever Potato Salad

Slightly revised from BrownEyedBaker's recipe, which you can find at http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2011/04/18/b
est-ever-potato-salad-recipe/

Japanese Apple Dip

This is just the most awesome, creamiest dip, and I'd love to call it healthy, but I'm not too sure it is. Well, no less, it's delicious! My friend Mona, who was raised in Japan and is a whiz with all things soy, made this for me a couple years ago and I've been addicted ever since.


Incredible! (1 rating)
Homemade Kidney Bean Burgers

While browsing the Whole Foods Market Recipes iPhone app the other day for vegetarian dishes, I came across a recipe for Homemade Black Bean Burgers. I had all the ingredients stocked, so I decided to make up these burgers for a BBQ my husband and I hosted for our friends and family. These burgers were delicious, but what I got most rave reviews about were a variation of these made from kidney beans.

These kidney bean burgers were actually a happy accident, as I grabbed a canister that I thought was bread crumbs and started pouring. It turned out to be Flax Sprinkles and gave the a nice consistency to to the mix while adding a lot of nutritional value with the Omega-3s.

Make note when following this recipe: I don't often measure ingredients while preparing food. I just throw in the ingredients until the mix looks like how I think it should. All the measurements below are estimates, excepting the kidney beans and egg. You make need to add more or less flaxseed and bread crumbs based on how much sauce/salsa you use.

Shiitake Mushroom, Spinach and Strawberry Omelet

Quick and easy, this delicious omelet is the perfect way to start your morning! You'll get plenty of protein and vitamins A and C with this tasty anti-inflammatory recipe. If you're eating low-carb, this is the definitely the breakfast for you. However, if you prefer to round out your breakfast with complex carbs and fiber, add a piece of whole wheat toast to the side.

Most folks know that spinach and strawberries are packed with vitamins and minerals, which provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Shiitake mushrooms are particularly beneficial in the mushroom realm. According to noted doctor and herbalist Andrew Weil, MD, (www.drweil.com), shiitake mushrooms contain a compound, lentinan, that research shows strengthens the immune system. Organic versions of each item is preferred, as non-organic of these particular freggies are high in pesticides.

Blackberry Bruschetta

This is a variation of a recipe for Strawberry Bruschetta found on Fitness.com via EatingWell.com. I made the original version and, although I enjoyed it, found that the wheat bread overpowered the strawberries. The next night I decided to use blackberries instead. Voila! The perfect dessert! With five simple ingredients, you get your fiber AND flavor all in one low-calorie dessert!

Black Bean Chili

This nutritious chili's chocked full of fiber and protein, as well as potassium and Vitamin A and C.

Pumpkin-Bean Soup

This soup is super easy to make! Using just a few ingredients, in less than 15 minutes you'll have a healthy, savory soup that you and your whole family will enjoy!


Very Good (4 ratings)
Spring Bruschetta

Just over 7 years ago, I found a recipe for bruschetta online and surprised my husband, then my new boyfriend, with it for Valentine's day. We ate so much of this amazing bruschetta that we hardly had enough room for dessert.

We bring this recipe out for special events, family outings, and sometimes just for dinner for the two of us. So whether this is your full meal or simply an appetizer, buon appetito!


Very Good (11 ratings)
Healthy Italian Wedding Soup

This recipes takes traditional Italian Wedding Soup to a healthier level! Trading cornstarch mixture for eggs and extra lean ground turkey for ground beef to make the meatballs, you will have a deliciously yummy soup with less fat and cholesterol!

Christmas Breakfast

Christmas Breakfast has been a tradition in my family as long as I can remember. I used to hate it when I was a kid, but now I can't even imagine Christmas without it. My mom would prepare it before us kids went to bed Christmas Eve, and in the morning between browsing through the presents Santa left and opening our stockings, my mom would place the baking dish in the oven to bake. To a kid early Christmas morning, it seemed forever when we'd actually eat. I guess 45 minutes must be eternity in kidland. Then when we'd sit down at the dining room table, still bundled in our pajamas, robe, and slippers, I'd pick at breakfast, eager to get back to opening our alluringly wrapped presents.

Many years later, though I'm older and enjoy watching my nephew open his gifts more than my own, Christmas Breakfast is still that part of Christmas that never changes. My brother will still complain about eating this breakfast, and I'll still pick at the sausage since it's never been my favorite meat. But we'll never stop baking it for all the Christmases left in my lifetime.

Since I've been an adult and hosted Christmas at my home, I've experimented with how to make the traditional casserole healthier. Most variations have turned not so great, but I've continued on the quest. This year I finally got the recipe right without sacrificing the hearty flavor. My sister-in-law's mom even asked for the recipe and everyone at the breakfast table ate more than one portion, even my husband who's a confessed non-lover of the breakfast.

So enjoy this recipe and may you have many blessed Christmases to come!

Chicken & Veggie Stew

Some days, and quite honestly, lately it's been most days, I don't have the energy to cook. So instead, in the morning before heading out, I chop up a bunch of veggies, throw them along with chicken breast together with some gravy and ketchup, and slow cook everything while I'm at work. This recipe is easy, hearty, and tasty. And perhaps best of all, super good for you since it's low fat, low calorie, and high in vitamin A!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (w/ less calories, fat, & cholesterol)

By using a cookie mix, these cookies are extremely easy to make. Pumpkin gives traditional chocolate chip cookies an orange Fall hue while adding vitamin A and a serving of veggies. And by using a butter substitute and cornstarch instead of egg, you'll save nearly 40 calories, 4g of fat, and 27mg of cholesterol per serving.

Buckwheat Pumpkin Pancakes w/ Chocolate Chips

Here's a recipe for pancakes you can serve any time of year. Your kids are sure to love them with the chocolate chips, and they'll never know they're getting a serving of veggies (vitamin A! potassium!) along with a healthy dose of fiber in each portion.


Very Good (1 rating)
Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Pasta (Lower Calorie & Fat)

Modified for cost and efficiency from the original CookingLight.com version. Per serving, my version has 114 fewer calories, 6.9g less fat, 20mg less cholesterol, 3.6g fewer carbs, and 2.2g more fiber than the original recipe.

Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Bread

Revised from a kraftfoods.com recipe, my version of this pumpkin bread has 129 fewer calories, 5.4g less fat, 8g less carbs, and 0.5g more fiber than the original recipe.


Very Good (3 ratings)
Jackie's Version of Jamba Juice's Peach Perfection Smoothie

Last summer I spent an inordinate amount of time and money in Jamba Juice. A retailer that creates blended drinks from fresh and frozen fruit and juices, Jamba Juice's smoothies are simply delicious. But at about $3.50 for a 16-oz size, they're a tad pricey for a more than once a week fix. At least for someone on a tight budget.


So I decided to look up the ingredients of my favorite all-fruit smoothie, Peach Perfection, and make one for myself. I found their ingredients to be startlingly simple and their smoothies incredibly easy to make!


Here's my favorite recipe, one that I revise each season for what fruit's in season and what frozen fruit I have stocked in the freezer.

Provenšal Chicken with White Wine Lemon Butter Sauce

A low calorie yet savory dish that's easy to prepare!


Very Good (1 rating)
Spicy Cuban Mojo Chicken with warm Mango-Avocado Salsa

I originally found this recipe online at http://www.tasteofcuba.com/spicymojochicke
n.html about 7 years ago when I first met my husband. As he's of Cuban descent, I wanted to impress him with the newfound ability to cook Cuban food. He assures me that no Cuban actually eats a meat topped with fruit, but he does, so that's one down!


Very Good (1 rating)
Mango-Persimmon Sangria

A very fruity sangria with flavors of orange, mango, peaches, apples, and persimmon!

Using frozen peaches and mangos and fresh apples and persimmons makes this a great winter drink! And for summer, use fresh fruit!


Very Good (2 ratings)
Pumpkin Chili

This yummy, slow-cooked pumpkin chili is a perfectly easy to enjoy a hearty dinner in cool weather.

Jamaican Jerk Turkey Burgers with Mango Lime Salsa

Like a little spice with your burger? Try this deliciously healthy turkey burger with a kick of Jamaican jerk spice! Easy to prepare, super tasty--this is sure to be a family favorite!

Mango Strawberry Slushie

A deliciously sweet 'n tart snack for those hot summer months! Offers two fruit servings in one cup and 163% of your daily value of Vitamin C!