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Cilantro-Lime Black Bean Rice

Cilantro-Lime Black Bean Rice - easy, light, delicious, gluten free side dish. It will go well with grilled or baked meats (chicken, steak, pork), fish or any kind of seafood. It also works great as a stand alone meatless main dish. Easy, simple ingredients, but what a delicious flavor! Enjoy! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:276] […] Read More

Tomato Asparagus Chicken Pasta

Tomato Asparagus Chicken Fettuccine Pasta - delicious, healthy dinner.  Perfect choice if you are in love with the Mediterranean food! Lots of healthy ingredients: fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic, asparagus, and olive oil.  And, lots of flavor: garlic, crushed red pepper, basil, sun-dried tomatoes. This is a perfect Spring and Summer recipe! It's a healthy pasta […] Read More

One-Pan Pesto Chicken, Tortellini, and Veggies - healthy, easy-to-make Mediterranean-style dinner that is good for you and it tastes like comfort food! This easy chicken dinner is packed with colorful vegetables: red and yellow grape tomatoes, asparagus, and sun-dried tomatoes, combined with the delicious cheese tortellini.   Everything is generously smothered with basil pesto and olive […] Read More

Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Poppy Seed Dressing: apples, grapes, pomegranate tossed in a super flavorful honey-lime dressing with poppy seeds! This salad is so pretty - it will make a great appetizer, side dish, or a dish you could bring as party food to a family gathering! It's a great salad to make in the […] Read More

Spinach Salad with Fruit and Maple-Lime Dressing - refreshing, healthy salad with lots of color and winter fruit! A delicious way to get some nutrients during the cold winter months! This recipe couldn't get any easier than this: chop everything up, combine in a bowl, add the dressing and the salad is ready!  If you […] Read More

Garlic Parmesan Crusted Salmon and Asparagus

Garlic Parmesan Crusted Salmon and Asparagus - the best way to cook salmon with just a few easy ingredients! Delicious, healthy dinner that is naturally gluten free! Roasting garlic + parmesan on top of salmon and asparagus results in a nice flavorful crust: Here is how easy it is to cook salmon: First, coat the […] Read More

Butternut Squash & Spinach Salad with Pecans, Cranberries, Pomegranate with Poppy Seed Honey-Lime Dressing - a great choice for Thanksgiving or any other winter holiday menu!   This is a perfect Autumn or Winter salad , since it uses lots of seasonal ingredients that are available this time of the year.  Healthy, gluten free, packed with […] Read More

Orange Rosemary-Thyme Salmon

Orange Rosemary-Thyme Garlic Salmon baked in foil - one of the best and easy ways to cook salmon (for me). All the juices are contained within the foil, the salmon comes out nice and moist, without drying out. Gluten free, healthy dinner! Easy recipe, only 30 minutes from start to finish. This recipe is for […] Read More

Butternut Squash, Kale, Pecan, Cranberry, Apple Salad with Maple-Lime Dressing - this healthy, gluten free salad combines lots of Autumn flavors and is a great side dish / appetizer during the Fall/Winter season! Maple-Lime dressing is perfect for kale: it softens and balances its flavor. I really enjoyed this salad, and so did my husband […] Read More

Winter Fruit Salad with Maple-Lime Dressing

Winter Fruit Salad with Maple-Lime Dressing - healthy, gluten free salad that utilizes seasonal winter fruit. Great for every day, to fill you up with nutrients and vitamins during the cold winter months. It will also make a great holiday menu item, for Thanksgiving or Christmas or any other holiday during the Autumn and Winter seasons. […] Read More

Maple Butternut Squash, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Pumpkin Seeds, and Cranberries - perfect Autumn salad, bursting with colors and flavors! I love this recipe so much - to me it looks so much like Autumn on a plate. Last year, I made a very similar recipe but with pecans, this year my tastes have changed a […] Read More

Asiago Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Asiago Roasted Brussels Sprouts - crunchy, delicious little bites covered in melted Asiago cheese goodness. Asiago cheese is so flavorful - a perfect complement to normally bland Brussels Sprouts. You'll love this recipe! It's a great side dish in the Fall/Winter and would look great on your Thanksgiving table!   To me, these Brussels sprouts […] Read More

Asiago Roasted Broccoli

Asiago Roasted Broccoli - thinly sliced broccoli florets baked with Asiago cheese on top. Crusty, crunchy, delicious side dish or just a snack to crunch on! Healthy, gluten free recipe. Because broccoli is sliced thinly, the broccoli florets are crunchy and super addictive! Make sure to slice each broccoli floret horizontally into thin, flat slices, coat […] Read More

Cilantro Lime Potato Salad

Cilantro Lime Potato Salad - delicious chunks of red potatoes mixed with an amazing, freshly made, salad dressing: olive oil, freshly squeezed lime juice, minced garlic, chopped cilantro. Healthy, gluten free recipe that will make a great side dish for any meal! I love eating potatoes when it's cold outside. Potato salads just seem so […] Read More

Chicken and Sweet Potatoes with Spinach in a creamy Parmesan Sauce - moist and tender chicken thighs smothered in a super creamy sauce. This recipe is a great choice if you're looking for new ways to incorporate sweet potatoes into savory recipes. Not only did I enjoy this dish for several nights this week, this […] Read More

Pacific Cod and Asparagus with Garlic Lemon Caper Sauce baked in foil! A delicious and easy recipe to cook any white fish - Pacific Cod (on photos), tilapia, halibat, mahi mahi, sea bass, etc. Healthy, low carb, gluten free recipe! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:242] […] Read More

Radish Avocado Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Green Onions + easy homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette with Garlic.  Healthy, Mediterranean Style Recipe, full of fiber and nutrients. This is a great recipe to use radish.  Radish is so good for you, and this healthy, edible root vegetable should not be ignored!   It should be on your grocery shopping […] Read More

Paprika Chicken, Asparagus, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Skillet - delicious, easy-to-make, 30 minutes from start to finish Mediterranean dinner! In this recipe, I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs cooked in paprika and sun-dried tomatoes - I loved how the chicken tasted: super flavorful, moist, tender, easy-to-cook and easy on the budget! The recipe is basically done […] Read More

Tomato Basil Avocado Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Dressing - you'll love this refreshing, healthy, Mediterranean style salad. Made with fresh ingredients, it's perfect for the Summer! One of my favorite salad dressings ever is just a simple dressing with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and honey. It goes really well with these salad ingredients: This salad […] Read More

Pesto Sea Bass and Veggies

Basil Pesto Sea Bass and Veggies (Asparagus and Sun-Dried Tomatoes) baked in foil - delicious, easy, 4-ingredient, 30-minute recipe. I used Corvina Sea Bass, but really, any white fish will work in this recipe: black sea bass, Chilean Sea Bass, flounder, red snapper, tilapia, corvina, mahi mahi, grouper, catfish, Pacific cod, halibut, swordfish, haddock, you […] Read More

Cilantro-Lime Shrimp Pasta

Cilantro-Lime Shrimp Pasta - it's just like shrimp scampi but with cilantro and lime! So good, refreshing, light, yet satisfying. Perfect dinner for any time of the year (but especially Summer!) In this recipe I used large shrimp but small shrimp can be used too, as long as it's 1 pound and it's raw shrimp. […] Read More

Best Homemade Guacamole

Best Homemade Guacamole made completely from scratch, seasoned with the natural seasonings, such as freshly squeezed lime juice and cilantro - SO GOOD AND REFRESHING!  This healthy guacamole recipe is a great snack - Scroll down for instructions on how to make guacamole. Making guacamole is pretty easy, and I think you'll really like this version: it has […] Read More

One-Pan Chicken Thighs with Cilantro-Lime Black Bean Rice - flavorful, delicious, healthy, gluten free dinner! Very easy to make, everything is done in one-pot, on stove-top, no need to turn on the oven! Just let the rice cook in the juices from the chicken thighs and in the chicken broth (or vegetable broth). The rice […] Read More

Asiago, Bacon, and Garlic Roasted Asparagus - a delicious way to cook asparagus! Asparagus comes out crispy and crunchy - you'll love the Asiago cheese and bacon combination! The recipe takes 30 minutes from start to finish! Healthy, gluten free recipe. Great as a side dish to any kinds of meat; it also makes a […] Read More

Tomato Basil Artichoke Baked Chicken

Tomato Basil Artichoke Baked Chicken - delicious chicken breasts smothered in fresh mozzarella cheese, chopped artichokes, tomatoes, fresh basil, and baked to perfection! Comfort food made with healthy ingredients. I love Mediterranean style recipes this time of the year (Spring - Summer) - as the temperatures get warmer outside, I always crave something that's light […] Read More

Broccoli Pecan Cranberry Salad with Bacon

Broccoli Salad with Pecans, Cranberries, Raisins, and Bacon - healthy, DELICIOUS, gluten free salad, packed with fiber! One of my most favorite salads! If you love nuts and dried fruit - this is a great recipe for you! I like to rehydrate dried cranberries and raisins in boiled water so that they are plumper and […] Read More

Broccoli Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Broccoli Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad - this delicious salad is loaded with veggies (broccoli, cherry tomatoes, sweet peas), sharp Cheddar cheese, pasta shells, and bacon! With so many veggies in this salad, you get both healthy food and comfort food all in one! The salad can easily be made gluten free by using gluten free […] Read More

Spaghetti Squash, Spinach cooked with garlic in olive oil, combined with bacon, topped with melted, freshly grated, Parmesan cheese AND then sprinkled with toasted pine nuts. Delicious, healthy, gluten free! You'll love this simple, healthy, wholesome recipe! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:208] […] Read More

I want to introduce you to my new favorite salad:  Southwestern Chopped Salad, loaded with tons of veggies, juicy and flavorful chicken, and topped off with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing (Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® brand)!  It's a salad, side dish, and dinner all in one - depends on how hungry you are! And so easy-to-make - only 30 minutes […] Read More

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

The Best (and easy) Mashed Sweet Potatoes, with butter, maple syrup, cinnamon and Montreal steak seasoning - a perfect combination of sweet and savory flavors! You'll love these potatoes! In this recipe, it is important that you melt the butter together with maple syrup and Montreal steak seasoning for 2-3 minutes to soften the Montreal […] Read More

Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette - healthy, delicious, easy-to-make salad! Perfect for the Thanksgiving menu, this is one looking holiday salad.  With lots of good for you ingredients, this recipe is packed with fiber, and it's gluten free! While this salad is especially great for the holidays, such as Thanksgiving or Christmas, it has […] Read More

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cinnamon Butternut Squash, Pecans, and Cranberries - this easy Thanksgiving side dish is not only delicious and bursting with Fall and Holiday flavors (cinnamon, maple syrup), it's also healthy, gluten free, vegetarian, and packed with fiber! I love the combination of ingredients here!  Even if you don't like Brussels sprouts, you'll love […] Read More

Trout with Garlic Lemon Butter Herb Sauce

Trout with Garlic Lemon Butter Herb Sauce - simple and delicious way to cook fish, especially if you're in a hurry!  The whole recipe takes only 30 minutes.  Italian herb seasoning, chopped fresh parsley and garlic give great flavor to the fish! Note: I have also made this recipe using the type of fish I've […] Read More

Steelhead Trout with Caper-Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce - healthy, low-carb dinner rich in lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids. And did I say it was gluten free?! As I was cooking this beautiful steehead trout, I couldn't help thinking that this recipe would work great with salmon as well!  Steelhead trout is an incredibly easy fish […] Read More

Cilantro-Lime Honey Garlic Shrimp

Cilantro-Lime Honey Garlic Shrimp, cooked in the skillet on stove-top - easy, healthy, gluten free appetizer. Low fat, low carb and low cholesterol recipe.  And, it takes only 30 minutes to make from start to finish! If you're looking for an alternative to shrimp scampi, you came to the right page! This is a very […] Read More

Pan-Seared Chicken Breast with Shallots

Pan-Seared Chicken Breast with Shallots - easy, 30-minute dinner, with flavorful shallot and garlic wine-based sauce! Use a small onion if you don't have shallots. Healthy, gluten free recipe, packed with protein. It's great served alongside rice or pasta! You'll love the smell of shallots (or onion) and garlic sauteing in olive oil and butter: […] Read More

Cilantro-Lime Honey Garlic Salmon baked in foil - easy, healthy, gluten free recipe that takes 30 minutes from start to finish! Serve the salmon with rice or greens on the side! Cilantro, freshly squeezed lime, combined with honey and garlic creates a really winning combination of flavors! The recipe is super easy. Place the salmon […] Read More

Disclaimer: I received compensation from BHG (Better Homes and Gardens) to make this recipe and promote it.  All opinions are my own. Pesto Chicken, Tomatoes, and Carrots with Parmesan Noodles - you'll love all the Mediterranean flavors in this pasta dish! I made this recipe for Better Homes and Gardens - Delish Dish Blog - […] Read More

Disclaimer: I received compensation from BHG (Better Homes and Gardens) to make this recipe and promote it.  All opinions are my own. Balsamic Chicken with Asparagus and Tomatoes – delicious, healthy, low fat, low cholesterol, low calorie meal, packed with fiber (vegetables) and protein (chicken). I made this recipe for Better Homes and Gardens - […] Read More

Pasta Salad with Bacon, Garlic Roasted Tomatoes and Mozzarella - delicious and healthy recipe! Perfect for Summer cookouts, picnics! What makes this salad so special is that you're roasting cherry tomatoes with garlic, olive oil, and oregano, and them add them, including all the delicious drippings from the pan, to the rest of the ingredients. […] Read More

Disclaimer: I received compensation from BHG (Better Homes and Gardens) to make this recipe and promote it.  All opinions are my own. Chicken, broccoli, and yellow bell pepper stir-fried in Asian-style sauce - healthy, low-fat meal packed with protein (chicken) and fiber (vegetables). And, it takes only 30 minutes from start to finish! I made […] Read More

Disclaimer: I received compensation from BHG (Better Homes and Gardens) to make this recipe and promote it.  All opinions are my own. Pasta Salad with Roasted Tomatoes and Mozzarella - healthy, light, vegetarian side dish! Perfect for Summer cookouts, picnics! Gluten free friendly recipe (if you use gluten free brown rice pasta)! I made this […] Read More

Chicken Alfredo Pasta with Bell Peppers, Asparagus, in a Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce. The very creamy alfredo sauce is made completely from scratch with half and half, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, basil and crushed red pepper! This pasta is very easy to make, and all the ingredients and the vegetables complement one another nicely. YOU […] Read More

Chicken Caesar Salad with Cannellini Beans and Avocado – healthy, gluten free salad. The salad is rich in natural fats, fiber, protein, and makes a great lunch or dinner! Cannellini beans (or any white beans) + avocado + Caesar dressing make this salad so very creamy - you'll love it! The addition of grilled chicken […] Read More

Crunchy Asian Salad with Chicken and homemade Sesame Peanut Dressing - gluten free, healthy recipe, full of fiber and nutrients! Lots of vegetables: spinach, cucumbers, red bell pepper, carrots, sugar snap peas – all tossed in a delicious, homemade peanut dressing, and topped with grilled chicken, toasted peanuts and sesame seeds. The salad dressing is […] Read More

Penne Pasta, Bell Peppers, and Asparagus in a Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce, with basil and crushed red pepper. This Italian-style pasta dinner is easy to make, full of flavor and just pure comfort food. It's so easy to make - perfect for busy week nights! What I personally love about this dish is that it's […] Read More

How to Cook Fresh Spinach

Best cooked spinach, with garlic, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and topped with lemon zest (peel)! Tasty, quick, healthy, and beautiful side dish! Goes great with pasta, grilled meats, steak, and chicken. It's very easy to make, inexpensive, paleo, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free! If you have too much spinach, or want a steakhouse quality side […] Read More

Caesar Salad with Cannellini Beans and Avocado - healthy, vegetarian salad. Creamy, rich Cannellini Beans are a great, gluten-free alternative to bread croutons! I love white beans in salads - and they are a great addition to the Romaine lettuce salad with classic Caesar dressing. So good! Everybody raved about this recipe, even the kids! […] Read More

This Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad with Pecans, Avocados (and Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing) is so good, you might as well double the recipe when you're making it! The recipe is filled with so much flavor, that I'm having a hard time finding the right words to describe it but I will try. :) Let's […] Read More

White Chicken Chili with Pinto Beans, Chickpeas, and Corn. Topped with Mexican (or Cheddar) shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips, and sour cream. Easy and delicious! This is one of the best white chicken chili recipes I've ever tried! I actually prefer this easy white chicken chili to any regular beef chili: the flavors are so […] Read More

Asian Beef, Broccoli, and Cabbage Stir-Fry

Asian Beef, Broccoli, and Cabbage Stir-Fry - so easy-to-make and healthy! Cabbage is cooked in a simple homemade Asian sauce until soft and very flavorful! Great dinner or side dish! The recipe is gluten free as I am using gluten-free tamari sauce.  Regular (non gluten-free) soy sauce can be used as well if you're not […] Read More

Breakfast Egg Muffins with Bacon and Spinach

Breakfast Egg Muffins with Bacon and Spinach Recipe: These muffins make a great breakfast, lunch, or a snack to pack up for work, school, or a picnic! I love that these muffins are very easy to make, and all the ingredients in them constitute, basically, a classic breakfast. These muffins have protein (eggs), meat (bacon), […] Read More

Asian Sesame Chicken and Noodles

Asian Sesame Chicken & Noodles in a homemade Asian sauce: a delicious and easy-to-make weeknight dinner! Thinly sliced bell peppers, blanched broccoli, grilled or seared chicken, toasted sesame seeds, chopped green onions - all mixed in a simple super-tasty Asian sauce made from scratch so that you know exactly what ingredients are going into your […] Read More

Healthy Quinoa Salad with Bacon, Roasted Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onions and Feta cheese, with French Vinaigrette salad dressing (I used Brianna's French Vinaigrette salad dressing). You can also top the salad with pine nuts (optional but delicious!) This salad is so healthy and it's gluten free! For this salad, you will need to roast peeled […] Read More

Chicken Vegetable Soup with Pasta

Chicken Vegetable Soup with Pasta is a delicious, easy-to-make meal, filled with vegetables: spinach, green bell pepper, carrots, tomatoes, and beans. Spiced up with oregano, basil and paprika! So good – it makes a great dinner and a perfect lunch! All the flavors work really well in this soup, and it looks very presentable and […] Read More

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

Disclaimer: I received compensation from BHG (Better Homes and Gardens) to make this recipe and promote it.  All opinions are my own. I am very excited to be guest posting today for the first time at Better Homes and Gardens. BHG is such a great source of recipe ideas, gardening tips, and all things home! […] Read More

I have a great recipe for you: Chicken Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Spinach in a Creamy Cauliflower Sauce.  It's a healthier version of a regular fettuccine alfredo: instead of the usual alfredo cream sauce this pasta is coated with creamy, silky, healthy, low-calorie, and low-fat cauliflower sauce - all made with healthy, natural, and […] Read More

Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce Recipe

If you're looking for a healthier, low-calorie, low fat version of a regular alfredo sauce, this Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce is it!  It's delicious, creamy, and very silky, without using any cream!  When I was making this recipe, my main objective was simplicity: I wanted to make the process as simple as I could.  In this […] Read More

Pumpkin Quinoa Chili

Delicious Pumpkin Quinoa Chili with Black Beans and Chickpeas (garbanzo beans) - a yummy vegetarian version of a regular chili - this recipe will keep you full and satisfied! I love making SAVORY recipes using pumpkin puree, without any sweetness or spices that are usually associated with pumpkin - and I love how tasty this […] Read More

10 Reasons to Shop at Whole Foods Market®

The story goes that after borrowing $45,000 from friends and opening their very first health food store in Austin in 1978, the Whole Foods Market® founders lived in that store for a little while, because they got evicted from their apartment for storing food in it. Today, Whole Foods Market® has one of the best […] Read More