Magical Gluten-Free Side Dish: Southwestern Quinoa Salad

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A lot of people have asked me lately, “What is quinoa?”. I answer, “It’s the magical grain.” Quinoa is the amazing gluten-free grain that is high in fiber and a complete protein, meaning it has all nine amino acids. Quinoa also contains high amounts of  lysine, manganese, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus. It is a great replacement for rice or couscous and works great here in this simple recipe for Southwestern Quinoa Salad. Serve it room temperature or chilled. It’s awesome, and my kids even ate it too! By the way, quinoa can be found at Whole Foods Market or any of your specialty stores.

Easy, Healthy Summery Recipe: Shrimp Caesar Skewers

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The two food items that all of my three kids love, is shrimp and Caesar Salad. So I knew that when I came up with the recipe for Caesar Skewers for Kraft, I better make plenty for everyone. This recipe is too easy for words, only 15 minutes of prep time. Feel free to purchase already-cooked, frozen shrimp if you find that it’s cheaper. I have been buying it a lot lately, and the quality is great. Enjoy this as summer nears for a light one-dish meal.

Celebrate Earth Day: Spinach Salad Wraps

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In honor of Earth Day, I thought I would offer a simple salad recipe that can also be a sandwich. This Spinach Salad Wrap is a breeze, fresh and flavorful.

For Earth day:

1. Shop Local, Buy Local

2. Clean green

3. Eat vegetables and fruits in season

4. Eat more organics

5. Save water

Healthy Baking for Kids at Your House: No-Bake Granola Bars

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When I was coming up with recipe ideas for my “Healthy Baking Cooking Class” for kids, I knew I needed to be creative and offer a few no-bake items since there was only going to be one large oven. These No-Bake Granola Bars were a huge hit! They have wonderful, kid-friendly and healthy ingredients, and adults as well as kids, love them. Feel free to use any of your favorite dried fruits, blueberries, cranberries, cherries, etc. Enjoy, but beware: they are very addictive!