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Watermelon “Pizza”

11 Apr

When you find something you like, you must recreate it! Well, at least thats my thoughts when I find a dish I find tasty and fascinating. When I saw watermelon pizza on a menu, I complete passed by it because I thought DOUGH! You don’t find dough on this pizza, only healthy tasty ingredients. This makes a great appetizer or a side dish. I love it with smoked salmon or shrimp coctail.

  • watermelon slices
  • pesto
  • sliced almonds
  • cherry tomatoes, halved
  • arugula
  • balsamic vinaigrette
  • chopped onion (optional)
  • feta cheese (optional)

Toss the aruguala in the vinaigrette. Spread 1 tsp of pesto on each slice of watermelon, add the sliced almonds, tomatoes, arugula and the optional onion and feta cheese.

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Healthy Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

29 Mar

Some recipes sounds way too easy and healthy to be tasty, but this one is an exception. The origin of this easy recipe was featured on Facebook, so I had to play around with it. I added my own twist to it to satisfy chocolate lovers in my family. These muffins taste like Southern fruit cobbler. You could use raspberries, blackberries or diced peaches.

  • 2 ripe bananas smashed
  • 4 eggs
  • rasberries
  • dark chocolate chips

Blend the smashed bananas and eggs together. Place raspberries in the bottom of  greased muffin tins. Pour banana egg mixture on top of the berries. Top each muffing tin with 5 chocolate chips. Bake in 375 F degree oven for 15 minutes or until firm. Enjoy as dessert or breakfast.

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Flourless Healthy Brownie Bites

13 Jan

No one will ever guess the secret ingredient in this recipe: bananas. No added sugar or fat! These little brownie bites are as quilt free as any dessert can be. So far everyone who has tried them has loved them. I am super happy that my husband gets his sweet tooth craving satisfied with these little treats.

  • 1 1/2 cups smashed very ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup of all natural peanut butter (no sugar added)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder

Heat oven to 350 F degrees. Spray mini muffin pan with nonstick spray. Mix all of the ingredients until everything is well blended. Spoon into muffin pan evenly. Bake for 10-13 minutes. Cool and place in the fridge. Enjoy quilt free!

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Asian Salad with Miso Dressing

7 Oct

My husband has been teasing me lately, that I should  have been born in Asia since I love Asian flavors so much. Today I made salad that was restaurant delicious! You can use this marinade for the grill, a simmer sauce for an Asian stir fry or a salad dressing. I can’t wait to make this again.

Salad ingredients:

  • napa cabbage, thinly sliced
  • blueberries
  • 1 orange sectioned

Dressing:

  • 4 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbs seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tbs light miso paste
  • 2 gloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp minced ginger
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbs orange juice

In a food processor, blend all of the dressing ingredients. Toss the napa cabbage with the dressing and top with the fruit.

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Easy Peach Cobbler

16 Aug

Peaches are in peak season, so it is perfect time to pull out this old favorite recipe with healthier ingredients than the typical peach cobbler recipes. This is easy to make and so delicious that you won’t miss the added fat most recipes have.

  • 3 cups of sliced and peeled peaches (or other fruit)
  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 + tsp salt
  • 1 + tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup almond milk

Mix the dry ingredients together. Gradually stir in the milk. Pour into a greased 9 x 9 inch pan. Spoon the peaches slices on top of the mix. The crust will come up from the bottom as it bakes. Bake in 350 F oven for 40 minutes or until the crust is golden.

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Basil Wrapped Shrimp and Scallops

4 Aug

There is nothing better than grilled peaches, except grilled peaches and seafood. Grilling peaches intensifies their sweetness and adding spice makes the sweetness stand out even more. We  really enjoyed theses sweet grilled peaches paired with spicy seafood wrapped in fresh basil leaves.

  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp ground Aleppo pepper or 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper and 1 tsp paprika
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • scallops and/or shrimp
  • 1 large peach, sliced
  • large basil leaves

Heat the grill medium heat. Whisk together the oil, Aleppo pepper, salt and lemon zest. Add the shrimp, scallops and peach slices to the oil mix. Toss and let it sit 10 minutes. Wrap a scallop/shrimp in a large basil leaf and skewer it. Add a peach slice wrapped in a basil leaf. Repeat. Grill turning once until seafood is charred and just cooked through. 5-7 minutes. Season with black pepper.

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Spicy Hummus and Grilled Peach Piadine

3 Aug

One of our favorite Italian restaurants serves Piadinas. We absolutely love them. It is like salad on a bread. The difficult thing is deciding what kind we want. Typically we end up ordering two. One with hummus and the second one with pesto. Think of piadine as cross between Middle Eastern pita breads and Mexican flour tortillas. They are rolled out to the size of dinner plates and baked on a flat griddle or grill. I made my own verson using fresh whole wheat pita bread. Before grilling the pita bread, I brush it with water to keep it soft. I decided to experiment with the fresh spicy hummus and peaches  I bought at farmers  market today. It was unbelievably good! Next one I made with pesto, arugula, sautéed  wild mushrooms and cherry tomatoes. This turned out delicious as well.

  • pita bread
  • hummus
  • peach, sliced
  • mixed greens

Dressing: wisk together

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard

Place the peach slices on grill. Toss the greens with the dressing.  Turn the peaches on the grill. Put the pita bread on the grill, flip after a minute. Remove almost immediately. You want the pita to stay soft so you can fold it to eat.  Put the pita on a plate and spread hummus on it, top with greens and with the hot peaches off the grill.

Fillings to Try:

• Arugula and mozzarella
• Grilled chicken and pesto
• Grilled portobello
• Grilled eggplant with goat cheese
• Heirloom tomatoes and mixed greens

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