6 Healthier New Years Recipes

Pear Pecan Crostini

Healthier New Years recipes, yes it’s true! New Years Eve has snuck up on me this year, and I am still not sure of my New Years plans yet I typically make a really nice dinner at home with some wine and/or champagne, a great appetizer, entree and nice dessert. I have been working on some healthier New Years recipes this year as you’ll see below my developed recipes for SC Johnson,  Fitness Republic, Momspark and of course, Ingredients, Inc. starting with my Pear Pecan Crostini Recipe from Ingredients, Inc. Here are some of my top healthy lifestyle tips that I am going to try to stick to in 2016:

  1. Do not skip breakfast!
  2. Drink more water.
  3. Eat more color: more vegetables and fruits everyday in orange, green, yellow, purple, red and white
  4. Do more yoga
  5. Live in the moment and be more mindful.
  6. State gratitude: Write down or say to myself three things I am grateful for every day.
  7. Exercise including cardio and weight training
  8. Read more
  9. Step out of my comfort zone more often
  10. Keep on traveling

Leave a comment below and let me know what’s on your list?

Champagne Punch

Champagne Punch via Fitness Republic

New Years Good Luck Soup

New Years Good Luck Soup via momspark

New Years Lucky Dip

New Years Lucky Dip via Fitness Republic

Kale-and-Bacon-Dip

Warm Kale and Bacon Dip via Ingredients, Inc.

Balsamic Glazed Collard Greens

Balsamic Glazed Collard Greens via SC Johnson

Californian Sandwich Recipe

Californian Sandwich

After I wrote my cookbook, 400 Best Sandwiches Recipes, I was often asked in television and radio interviews which sandwich recipe was my favorite? I can’t tell you how difficult it is to choose between 400 different sandwich recipes. This California Sandwich is in my top 5 favorites. I love the simplicity of the goat cheese spread combined with zucchini, squash, tomatoes, avocados and sprouts on this multigrain bread. If you can’t find alfalfa sprouts, I love using kale or broccoli sprouts, which are also widely available in grocery stories. This sandwich is perfect for the summertime for lunch or a light dinner served with a fresh corn salad and fruit. I promise it is as good as it looks!

Quinoa Tabbouleh Wraps

With back to school in full swing, I try to come up with new ideas for school lunches for my kids. These Quinoa Tabbouleh Wraps are great for the kids as well as for those of us who take their lunch to work (or work from home). Place the tabbouleh in an airtight container and bring your tortillas separately. This recipe is also gluten free if you use gluten free tortilla wraps. One more great thing. This recipe can be halved or if you have leftovers, this is a great, healthy salad to have on hand.

Excerpted from 400 Best Sandwich Recipes by Alison Lewis © 2012 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved: Not to be reprinted without publisher permission.

 

Breakfast Wraps

I can’t believe that school starts in a week! It’s time to get organized with before school breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Since my daughter dances everyday after school, my oldest son plays golf, and my youngest son plays football, I have to get my kids day started off on the right foot. They need great fuel from their morning breakfast, and this recipe for Breakfast Wraps is wonderful for families on the go during the week or the weekend. These Breakfast Wraps are loaded with protein, vegetables and carbohydrates and incorporate frozen foods which make my life easier. I love using frozen food, even for breakfast, because frozen fruits and vegetables are typically less expensive and more convenient than their fresh counterparts. They can really trim down on the prep time in my cooking. I know most of my friends tend to forget that frozen foods start out the same as their fresh counterparts, coming from the earth and sea. They are picked at the peak of ripeness and flash frozen, sometimes right on the field, to lock in all the beneficial nutrients and keep them in their perfect, just-picked state. Also, frozen foods are real food. The ingredients are picked in the field and prepared by chefs and the recipes are tested in a kitchen. For more breakfast options, check out the freezer aisle range from low-fat and organic to ultra-indulgent and everything in between. Feel free to add or subtract ingredients from this recipe. My 3 kids love avocado, and edamame beans. You can add your children’s favorites, and I’ll bet you’ll having one yourself. You’ll find more great recipes such as this one on Easy Home Meals.

 

Adapted from a recipe in my book 400 Best Sandwich Recipes by Alison Lewis © 2011 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.

 

Healthy Holiday Appetizer: Pear, Pecan and Gorgonzola Crostini

If you’re looking for a simple holiday appetizer for Christmas or Hanukkah, look no further. These Pear, Pecan and Gorgonzola Crostini are so fresh, pretty and easy to make. I am making these on television today for a  “healthy holiday appetizer” show on NBC 13 Daytime Alabama. You can find this recipe and 399 others in my latest cookbook, “400 Best Sandwiches: From Classics & Burgers to Wraps & Condiments” published by Robert Rose.

 

Tuna Checkerboard Sandwiches for Back to School Lunches

It’s so fun to mix and match different types of bread to jazz up the kids’ sandwiches. This recipe for Tuna Checkerboard Sandwich gives regular tuna a twist using lemon juice and white wine vinegar instead of mayonnaise. It is healthier, light and a great new way to get the kids to eat more tuna. This recipe is in my latest cookbook, “400 Best Sandwiches: From Classics & Burgers to Wraps & Condiments” published by Robert Rose, Inc.

Kids Cook it Up: Sausage-Vegetable Pizza

My kids are already out of school for the summer, and they are so excited. They love having friends over, of course, and I like to ask them if they want to help out in the kitchen. My kids (and their friends) love being in the kitchen. It’s the center of our home. Most of their friends know that I’m a Recipe Developer and Cookbook Author and that I’m always taking pictures in the kitchen. We made these Sausage-Vegetable Pizzas the other day, and they had a blast. Making pizzas is a fun kid’s activity. I love to set up an array of toppings, and I let them create their own. Try this for an awesome summer activity.


Easy Pork Fajitas for Cinco De Mayo

It’s been a wild week in Alabama. So many heartbreaking stories and scenes of destruction just a mile or so away. We are very lucky even though it’s 6 days and no power. Work and life continues, and I’m headed to Nashville on Friday to be on Newschannel 5 “Talk of the Town” at 11 a.m doing a sandwich show for my new book “400 Best Sandwich Recipes: From Classics & Burgers to Wraps & Condiments”. Before I go, I thought I would leave you with one of the easiest recipes for Pork Fajitas. I like to use thinly sliced pork tenderloins that can be found at the grocery store. These are thin, healthy, low-fat and cook very quickly. Happy Cinco De Mayo everyone!

Classic Passover Mandel Bread

Every year my sister, Julie, and sister-in-law, Debby, make the best Mandel Bread for Passover. If you haven’t tried Mandel Bread before, it’s very similar to biscotti. It is a great Passover dessert, afternoon snack or perfect for breakfast served with coffee or tea. I will warn you that it is also super addictive, so once you start, you almost can’t stop eating it. You can make it with or without chocolate chips, but this version with lemon juice and almond extract is wonderful.

Great Passover or Easter Dish: Mediterranean Chicken

Passover, one of the most widely celebrated Jewish holidays, is only a few weeks away, beginning on April 18th. I have had so many email and tweets for recipe ideas, so I thought I would share this Mediterranean Chicken recipe which is a family favorite. This recipe and a Passover menu will be featured in the spring issue of “Yum Food” Magazine. This chicken is simple, yet elegant, and it’s perfect for Easter as well as all holidays.