Posts Tagged "shellfish-free"

4 Easy Greek Yogurt Veggie Dips 00

4 Easy Greek Yogurt Veggie Dips

4 Easy Greek Yogurt Veggie Dips

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These four simple, healthy Greek yogurt veggie dips are low in calories, high in protein and made with real food ingredients. The famous healthy snack of raw veggies and a delicious dip can do no harm, right? Wrong. While fresh veggies are always a safe bet, what you dip them in makes ALL the difference. Traditional veggie dips made with cream cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream can be high in...

Healthy Chicken Meatballs with Red Wine Sauce 00

Healthy Chicken Meatballs with Red Wine Sauce

Healthy Chicken Meatballs with Red Wine Sauce

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These lean healthy chicken meatballs are oven baked in red wine sauce so that they remain juicy and bursting with flavor! A few things you might think when you hear that poultry has been substituted for the traditional beef, pork, and veal in these healthy chicken meatballs: These won’t be as good as the real thing These lean meatballs are destined to be dry There’s no way my spouse will eat...

What Does Allergy-Free Mean? 00

What Does Allergy-Free Mean?

What Does Allergy-Free Mean?

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With food allergies on the rise, brands and recipe developers are using terms like “gluten-free”, “grain-free”, “soy-free”and more. But what do all of these claims represent and what ingredients are they actually avoiding? What does “allergy-free” and “allergy-friendly” even mean? “Allergy-free” and...

Sun-dried Tomato and Garlic Super Seed Crackers 00

Sun-dried Tomato and Garlic Super Seed Crackers

Sun-dried Tomato and Garlic Super Seed Crackers

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These easy gluten-free seed crackers are bursting with flavor and heart-healthy sunflower, sesame, hemp, chia and pumpkin seeds! These gluten-free seed crackers are made by pressing together oats, sun-dried tomatoes, nutritious seeds and the perfect combination of herbs and spices to create a pizza-flavored snack with a chewy texture that can’t be beat! Don’t let...

Cherry Lime Chia Fresca 00

Cherry Lime Chia Fresca

Cherry Lime Chia Fresca

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Can you believe it’s already August? I can’t. I refuse to acknowledge that summer is coming to an end…mostly because the weather in Chicago continues to be hot with a capital H with no signs of cooling down anytime soon. In effort to stay cool, we’re guzzling down anything chilled over ice these days, including this Cherry Lime Chia...

Hasselback Russet Potatoes 00

Hasselback Russet Potatoes

Hasselback Russet Potatoes

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Trade in traditional baked potatoes for these accordion-sliced garlic herb Hasselback Russet Potatoes! This Swedish dish takes its name from Hasselbacken, a Stockholm restaurant where it was first served. The gourmet potato is crisp on the outside and soft and tender on the inside. This impressive side dish has a fluttered appearance with pockets stuffed full of garlic, butter and fresh herbs....

Pistachio Stuffed Chocolate-Covered Strawberries 00

Pistachio Stuffed Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Pistachio Stuffed Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! What will you be cooking up for the sweetie in your life? How about putting a fun twist on an old classic with these pistachio stuffed chocolate-chocolate covered strawberries! You feel guilt-free knowing that  you’ve done your due diligence to create a dessert that contains protein and fiber! This post is brought to you...

Balsamic BBQ Black-Eyed Peas 00

Balsamic BBQ Black-Eyed Peas

Balsamic BBQ Black-Eyed Peas

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Black-eyed peas don’t get enough love the rest of the year, so we are featuring them again today with spicy balsamic BBQ black-eyed peas! But how do you recreate that smoky bold bacony flavor without the bacon? The answer – chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. I seriously love these things. I always have a can open in my fridge to add to any dish needing a spicy or smoky...

Hoppin’ John Quinoa Sliders 00

Hoppin’ John Quinoa Sliders

Hoppin’ John Quinoa Sliders

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We are two weeks into the New Year and it’s time to pay homage to our lucky black-eyed peas! Hoppin’ John is a peas and rice dish made with black-eyed peas, onion, bacon, spices and sometimes greens like collard greens, Swiss chard or kale. The dish, traditionally served in the South, is meant to bring about a prosperous and lucky year. So I wanted to give this traditional dish a unique...

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Chocolate Cherry Granola

Chocolate Cherry Granola

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A few years ago, a family friend gave me a cute little cookbook called Salty Sweets at our engagement party. While the pages are filled with beautiful delectable desserts and tempting treats, they are also packed with sugar, butter, heavy cream and syrups. While many of us are gorging on all of the above this time of year, I decided to flip one of these sweet and salty recipes into something...

Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup with Moroccan Chermoula 00

Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup with Moroccan Chermoula

Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup with Moroccan Chermoula

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The Polar Vortex is on its way to Chicago….great. But let’s look on the bright side. Cold weather means soup season has arrived! Nothing beats a warm bowl of soup on a frigid day, especially in Chicago. The beautiful thing about soup is that you can cook once and eat for the week – who wouldn’t love this? Would you like chermoula with that? Yes that’s a real thing....

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Avocado Grasshopper Bars

Avocado Grasshopper Bars

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Ok friends, you love avocados and we do to. As promised in my Avocado Peanut Butter Ball post, my love for avocados continues today with these one-of-a-kind raw avocado grasshopper bars! Because I can’t make it through a single day without a small sweet treat (problem or blessing? I choose the later.), I try to create desserts that pack a nutritional punch so that I won’t...