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honey roasted plums with fresh ricotta cheese in a glass bowl

Honey Roasted Plums with Fresh Ricotta

Honey Roasted Plums with Fresh Ricotta, a unique Italian style fruit dessert that opens up all sorts of delicious possibilities for summer evenings……

summer fruit salad with kefir poppy seed dressing in two glass bowls

Summer Fruit Salad with Kefir Poppy Seed Dressing

Summer Fruit Salad with Kefir Poppy Seed Dressing is one of my favorite ways to cope with the avalanche of fruit that tumbles into my kitchen every year, right about now.  Our eyes are always bigger than our fridges…

avocado and herb salad in a white bowl with lemon and parsley

Avocado and Herb Salad

This Avocado and Herb Salad is a delicious example of the new trend in healthy eating ~  fat (the good kind) is back!  There’s no sacrifice involved with decadent avocados and lots of bright fresh herbs, in fact this…

Heirloom tomatoes in a bowl with knife

13 Recipes that prove heirloom tomatoes deserve all the hype!

Heirloom Tomatoes are all the rage, but are they worth all the trouble?  They’re expensive, delicate, hard to find, and did I mention expensive?  The answer is a resounding YES!!  I’ve gathered together everything you need to know, plus the…

Tso glasses of Frozen Mint Lemonade (Limonana)

Frozen Mint Lemonade (Limonana)

Frozen Mint Lemonade (Limonana) ~ a slushy, minty, Middle Eastern version of lemonade that is honestly the most refreshing drink I have ever had in my life.  …

hands holding chia limeade popsicles

Healthy Chia Limeade Popsicles

Chia Limeade Popsicles ~ file this 2 ingredient frozen treat under easy, healthy, refreshing, vegan, and last but not least, delicious!…

Chopped ingredients for farmers market vegetable salad in a glass bowl

Farmers Market Vegetable Salad

Farmers Market Vegetable Salad is a chunky chopped veggie salad with a tangy tarragon/anchovy/lemon vinaigrette.  Hit the market, raid your garden, or clear out the fridge, this is a summer must-make.…

Hands tossing a Shirazi Salad in a white bowl

Shirazi Salad (Persian Cucumber Tomato Salad)

Shirazi Salad, or Persian cucumber tomato salad, is a combination of crisp cucumbers, ripe tomatoes, sharp onions, and fresh herbs ~ If you’ve had pico de gallo, Israeli salad, or even a good old Southern tomato salad, you already…

chicken salad summer rolls on a platter with herbed mayo dip

Chicken Salad Summer Rolls

My Chicken Salad Summer Rolls with an herbed mayonnaise dip is a delicious take on classic Vietnamese rice paper rolls ~ this easy 30 minute lunch or dinner is one of the most refreshing meals on the planet.…

Broiled Whitefish with Cherry Salsa and lemons on a baking sheet

Whitefish with Cherry Salsa

Whitefish with Cherry Salsa ~ whether you grill your fish over charcoal or pop it under the broiler, my juicy cherry salsa makes it a spectacular 30 minute meal.  …

A bowl of pasta alla checca

Easy Pasta Alla Checca

Easy pasta alla checca is a healthy raw tomato sauce from Italy that’s a refreshing way to do pasta when the temperatures rise.  Heat waves, record highs, sweltering nights…bring it!   This delicious 30 minute meal can handle it…

Spooning Charred Corn and Bean Salad into mason jars

Charred Corn and Bean Salad

Charred Corn and Bean Salad ~ everybody’s favorite healthy summer salad gets a delicious makeover with sweet corn that’s been blackened on the grill.  There’ll be no rolling back this update!…

Farmers Market Hummus in a white bowl

Farmers Market Hummus

My Farmers Market Hummus is topped with juicy heirloom cherry tomatoes and basil ~ they’re an unexpectedly perfect complement to a classic Mediterranean chickpea dip ~ it’s summer in an appetizer!…

a small dish of no churn blueberry frozen yogurt, with metal scoop

No Churn Wild Blueberry Frozen Yogurt

No Churn Wild Blueberry Frozen Yogurt (3 ingredients!) ~ that’s all natural, no fat and no refined sugar either, sounds like a pretty refreshing deal to me.  …

slicing a whole side of salmon

How to Eat Salmon Once a Week all Summer and Love it!

By my calculations there are 13 weeks  of summer, and that just happens to coincide with healthy salmon season ~ so here are 13 of my most mouthwatering salmon recipes to keep you in tip top shape all summer long.…

Roasted Salmon with Spicy Kiwi Salsa

Roasted (or grilled!) Salmon with Kiwi Salsa

Salmon with Kiwi Salsa is an easy 30 minute meal whether you roast it in the oven or pop it on the grill…the buttery fish and the tart tropical kiwi are made for each other ~ why haven’t we…

Mediterranean roasted sheet pan salmon with tomatoes, olives, onion, and lemon

Mediterranean Sheet Pan Salmon

Mediterranean Sheet Pan Salmon is impressive but really effortless when you start with a large filet and a sheet pan.  The healthy Mediterranean toppings are simple but paint a beautiful edible picture.  This is a 30 minute meal you’ll…

basil marinated mozzarella with sliced summer tomatoes on a white surface

Basil Marinated Mozzarella with summer tomatoes

Basil Marinated Mozzarella with summer tomatoes ~ you already know it, the simplest foods are the best. You know instinctively that ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil, and fresh mozzarella will taste incredible.  Take awesome ingredients and don’t screw…

a bowl of gluten free pasta salad

How to Make Gluten Free Pasta Salad That Tastes Fabulous

How to Make Gluten Free Pasta Salad That Tastes Fabulous ~ gluten free pasta is a great invention, but it doesn’t perform very well cold, which is  big problem for summertime salads.   I’ve got some tips and tricks…

overhead photo of pickled blackerry and grapefruit salad in round bowl

Pickled Blackberries and Grapefruit Salad

Pickled Blackberries and Grapefruit Salad ~ yes, you can pickle berries, and they’re amazing!   Serve this refreshing fruit salad as is for a first course, over greens for a light lunch, or drizzled with honey over creamy yogurt for…

A plate of Better than Restaurant Salsa and chips

Better Than Restaurant Salsa

My Better Than Restaurant Salsa combines the best of two worlds ~ it’s got that deep rich roasted tomato flavor and thickness that you love from your favorite cantina, but brightened with fresh colorful veggies and cilantro.  This is…

Rainbow Chard Salad in a white bowl with spoon

Rainbow Chard Salad

This Rainbow Chard Salad is a deliciously smart way to use a vibrant underutilized veggie. Watch your back, kale, there’s a pretty new super green in town and it’s moving in on your turf……

horizontal photo of grilled salmon salad with edible flowers

Grilled Salmon Salad with Spring Greens

Want to eat more fish but need a little nudge?  This Grilled Salmon Salad with spring greens is one of my favorite ways to eat fresh fish like salmon, ahi, or halibut.  This meal is low carb, gluten free,…

Baked feta cheese with olives, lemon, and rosemary with toasted bread on a tray with toasted bread

Baked Feta Cheese with Olives and Lemon

Baked Feta Cheese with Olives and Lemon ~ an easy baked cheese appetizer that shows off the spectacular sun drenched  flavors of the Mediterranean.  Serve it with some toasted bread and watch it disappear!…

Shrimp and romesco sauce in skillet

Shrimp in Romesco Sauce

Shrimp in Romesco Sauce ~ serve this grilled shrimp and bold roasted red pepper sauce along with some crusty bread for a Spanish style tapas menu.  It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the return of warmer weather.…

Easy Bone Broth Noodle Bowl with Herbs

My Easy Bone Broth Noodle Bowl with Herbs is a clean, nutritious, fast answer to that pesky question that keeps coming up at the end of every busy day ~ what’s for dinner?…

Chopped Asparagus Salad Recipe

Make my Chopped Asparagus Salad recipe when the spring asparagus is plentiful and cheap, and you’re craving a bit of fresh crunch in your life after a long winter.  This cold asparagus salad becomes a complete meal with a…

Fresh Asparagus Blender Soup

I make this Fresh Asparagus Soup so easily in the blender.  There’s no long cooking involved so this healthy soup stays bright and flavorful (all the vitamins remain right in the bowl where they belong.)  It’s a nice way…

Poached Halibut Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

Poached Halibut Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette ~ the simple idea of poached fish with fresh salad greens is the perfect way to get a spring-ish vibe going in your kitchen ~ it’s healthy, gluten free, dairy free, low…

Spring Tonic Carrot Soup

Spring Tonic Carrot Soup ~ a vibrant raw soup packed with beta carotene and Vitamin A that’ll kick start you into the new season ~ are you ready?…

Pretty Plated Tuna Salad

This Pretty Plated Tuna Salad is a fun reminder that the simplest foods can provide a feast for all the senses.  Serve this elegant tuna salad platter for a brunch, luncheon, shower, or just because.…

15 Noodle Bowls You Can’t Live Without

15 Noodle Bowls You Can’t Live Without ~ that’s right, these are game changing meals inspired by the iconic bowls of Japan, China, Thailand, Korea, and Vietnam.  Rich flavorful broth, amazing noodles, and piles of colorful, healthy toppings make…

Not Your Grandma’s Chicken Soup

It’s definitely not your grandma’s chicken soup ~ for one thing, this vibrant soup won’t be simmering on the stove all day, it’s ready in 30 minutes.  And I’m pretty sure grandma wasn’t using the full arsenal of comforting…

Roast Chicken with Blood Orange and Olives

Roast Chicken with Blood Orange and Olives ~ you’re going to roast chicken anyway, so why not make it special?  Peel a couple of blood oranges (substitute regular oranges or tangerines) and throw in some green olives to bake…

Irresistible Bagel Toast (your new favorite snack!)

Bagel Toast ~ whether it’s a Game Day bagel bar for a crowd, or a quick snack for one, these bagel toasts are hearty, healthy, and yummy ~ you can layer them up in a million delicious ways, so…

Tangerine Poppy Seed Pancakes

Tangerine Poppy Seed Pancakes are a variation on one of my most popular recipes.  Fresh tangerine juice, Greek yogurt, and crunchy poppy seeds make a lighter and healthier version of everybody’s favorite pancake breakfast.…

Rosemary Roasted Rainbow Potatoes

Rosemary Roasted Rainbow Potatoes are a colorful and easy side dish that brings some excitement to the table, and they’re no more trouble to make than regular roasted potatoes.  These easy roasted potatoes bring a splash of color to…

Pomegranate Mulled Cider ~ and giving up alcohol

Pomegranate Mulled Cider is a delicately spiced, antioxidant rich, and delicious way to ring in the New Year ~ this healthy mocktail has helped me give up my daily drinking habit!…

Black Rice Salad with Roasted Vegetables

Black Rice Salad with Roasted Vegetables ~  this clean-out-the-fridge salad can be changed up in countless ways depending on what you have around…and it’s proof that leftovers don’t have to be boring!…

Wild Rice Bowl with Watercress and Hazelnuts

My Wild Rice Bowl with Watercress and Hazelnuts is a quick pilaf of rice and mushrooms served warm over spicy watercress and topped with toasted hazelnuts.  This earthy gluten free vegan bowl celebrates the best fall flavors!…

Wheat Berry Salad with Beets and Feta

Wheat Berry Salad with Beets and Feta ~ this earthy whole grain salad is homey, but festive enough for the holidays, and even if you’re dealing with a mashup of  carnivores, flexitarians, weight watchers, picky eaters, and vegetarians around…

Rye and Carrot Salad

Rye and Carrot Salad ~ I’m all about grain salads in the cooler months, and this one made with healthy rye berries is wholesome, satisfying, and incredibly tasty!  Serve it as a side dish or turn it into a…

One Hour No Sugar Apple Butter

One Hour No Sugar Apple Butter ~ this healthy small batch fruit butter has the flavor of fresh apples with just a hint of spice, and best of all, it’s ready in an hour!…

Dark Chocolate Dipped Apricots

Dark Chocolate Dipped Apricots  ~ this uber simple treat is surprisingly delicious, I call it dessert minus the guilt, which is a beautiful thing.…

How to Roast Squash Seeds ~ five ways!

How to Roast Perfectly Crisp Squash Seeds ~ the secret to super crisp and delicious roasted winter squash seeds is simple and oh so easy…I’ll show you how to make five different varieties and five different flavors!…

Green Goddess Immune Boosting Soup

Green Goddess Immune Boosting Soup ~ this nourishing soup is the cold weather equivalent to your power smoothie.  It’s a vibrant soup packed with everything you need to get through cold and flu season without so much as a…

Chicken Thighs with White Beans and Wilted Greens

Chicken Thighs with White Beans and Wilted Greens ~ greens and beans are a superfood duo that’s been around for generations ~ this recipe is easy enough for a weeknight dinner, and perfect for when you want your company…

Paleo Fruit and Nut Breakfast Bread

Paleo Fruit and Nut Breakfast Bread ~ this amazing chunky quick bread is grain free, and dairy free, with no added sugar.  It’s also an ingenious way to use up all the random dried fruit and nuts in your…

Drizzling cider poppy seed dressing on a kale and fall fruit salad

Kale and Fall Fruit Salad with Cider Poppy Seed Dressing

Kale and Fall Fruit Salad with Cider Poppy Seed Dressing ~ this is the queen of fall salads, with pear, cranberries, figs, pomegranate, and grapes, all tossed in a creamy cider vinaigrette.  It’s healthy, hearty, and festive enough for…

Easy Lunch Prep Protein Boxes (video)

Easy Lunch Prep Protein Boxes with Three Bridges Tortellini ~ these energy packed protein bistro boxes made with mini tortellini skewers will set you up for healthy lunches and snacking!…

Detox Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

Detox Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups ~ when I need a little something sweet but don’t want to wreck my diet with a pint of ice cream or a stack of cookies, I go for one of these healthy…

A quick and healthy Miso Alphabet Soup recipe

Miso Alphabet Soup

Miso Alphabet Soup ~ healthy, easy, and fun Miso Alphabet Soup is a 15 minute meal that introduces kids of all ages to a classic Japanese dish.  Miso is one of the world’s oldest super foods, and nobody should…

Broccoli Salad with Pineapple, Bacon, and Spiced Pecans

Broccoli Salad with Pineapple, Bacon, and Spiced Pecans ~ don’t be surprised if everybody skips the main course altogether and heads straight for this salad!  This classic broccoli salad gets an extra burst of sweetness from fresh pineapple, and…

Asparagus Salad with Mimosa Vinaigrette

Asparagus Salad with Mimosa Vinaigrette ~ this healthy salad is simple enough for every day, but elegant enough for entertaining, or a romantic date night in.…

Papaya Breakfast Boats

Papaya Breakfast Boats ~ breakfast just got a whole lot more interesting, with gorgeous tropical papaya filled to the brim with non dairy yogurt and colorful fresh fruit.…

Cowboy Caviar ~ whether you call it Texas caviar, black bean salsa, black eyed pea salad, or Southwestern bean salad, this cross between a salsa and a salad is just plain GOOD!

Cowboy Caviar Recipe

Cowboy Caviar ~ whether you call it Texas caviar, black bean salsa, black-eyed pea salad, or Southwestern bean dip, this all-American cross between a salsa and a salad is just plain GOOD!  It’s a multi-tasker that’s always welcome at…

Salmon with Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa

Salmon with Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa ~ this is a healthy light meal for a warm night, and the spicy fruit salsa can double as an appetizer ~ just add chips and an ice cold beer or margarita!…

Fragrant Toasted Almond Rice Pilaf

My Fragrant Toasted Almond Rice Pilaf is meant for joyful gatherings ~ it has roots in the ancient cuisines of Persia, India, and Turkey, but I guarantee this pretty gluten free vegan dish will thrill everybody around your table,…

My colorful and crunchy Mediterranean Bean Salad is the perfect side salad ~ it'll take you through picnic and barbecue season with ease, and you'll want to make up a big batch to keep in the fridge for quick and healthy lunches, too, it's packed with protein!

Mediterranean Bean Salad

My colorful and crunchy Mediterranean Bean Salad is the perfect side salad ~ it’ll take you through picnic and barbecue season with ease, and you’ll want to make up a big batch to keep in the fridge for quick…

Multi Seed Crisps ~ homemade vegan crackers made entirely from seeds!

Multi Seed Crisps ~ Homemade Vegan Crackers

These vegan Multi Seed Crisps are a deliciously crisp cracker just perfect for snacking and dipping ~ and they couldn’t be easier to make! I was so intrigued when I saw this recipe on my blogging friend Angie’s blog…