Curried Sweet Potato Soup

Curried Sweet Potato Soup

I have been working with root vegetables for a big client recipe testing project this week, and I was so excited to make Curried Sweet Potato Soup recipe. This warm, healthy soup with sweet potatoes is ideal for the changing temperatures. It’s also super healthy and made with detoxifying ingredients such as cinnamon, curry powder, and even spinach. If you’re short on time, this easy soup can be whipped up with basic ingredients found in the pantry. Pair it with a salad for a wonderful weeknight meal. Thanks to Michele Periquet and Firouze Zeroual‘s for introducing me to this great recipe!

Watermelon Kale Smoothie

Watermelon Kale Smoothie

Watermelon and Kale are two superfoods that (believe it or not) my three kids love! Last week we went out walking in our fun Alabama 97 degree heat, and I made this Watermelon Kale Smoothie topped with chia seeds and fresh watermelon and OMG it was so good! I know, I know. It looks weird at first. Trust me on this one. You just have to try it! For 152 calories and 3.6 grams of protein, this recipe also is very high in vitamin C and manganese as well as potassium, Vitamin A and B6! For health benefits of watermelon click here. For health benefits of kale click here.

Thai Salad with Blood Oranges

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Tuesday is World Health Day (April 7th) so how about a recipe for Thai Salad with Blood Oranges? This recipe is super healthy and filled with some of my favorite colorful and flavorful ingredients. If you can’t find blood oranges, feel free to use regular oranges or even fresh strawberries for a twist. If you want to use a fresh Thai Chili instead of red pepper flakes, start slow when adding it to the dressing because they are very spicy. Also, be careful not to touch your eyes after handling the chopped chilis. This salad is also great served with grilled shrimp, steak or chicken, but my kids and I love it on its own. The dressing is fabulous and can be made ahead and stored for up to a week. It uses Colman’s mustard, tons of lime juice and some other wonderful ingredients. Happy spring and World Health Day!

Healthy Tortilla Soup

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My sister, Julie, makes the best tortilla soup I have ever tried. I finally asked her for the recipe which actually came from The Food Network Kitchens. I adapted their recipe to create this Healthy Tortilla Soup. This recipe is so easy and only takes 10 minutes of preparation time. I used a rotisserie chicken for the chicken in this recipe which made this soup even simpler. Feel free to use fresh tomatoes and fresh corn if you’re making this in the summertime, but canned tomatoes and frozen corn are won’t compromise the flavor. My 3 kids loved this recipe, and it’s going on our Super Bowl recipe menu for sure! Enjoy this 30 minute recipe all winter and year round.

 

Pineapple Mango Smoothie Recipe

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School is back in full swing…already!  No matter what age your kids are (mine are 13, 15 and 17), school mornings can be hectic. I needed a healthy back-to-school breakfast recipe, so I came up with this Pineapple Mango Smoothie recipe. This recipe starts with frozen fruits from Dole which make this smoothie recipe quick and simple (no chopping, no washing, and there is also no need to use ice). It has vitamins and minerals as well as protein which will help keep your kids fuller longer throughout the morning. Frozen fruits are picked at their peak of freshness, from the moment they are harvested so they are just as healthy as fresh. They are a great value and portioned which makes them great for snacking and quick recipes (and less waste). Feel free to add your favorite frozen fruits to make something new for breakfast, an afternoon snack or dessert. For more recipes using frozen foods, fruits and vegetables see Easy Home Meals.

Tofu Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Tofu Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

It’s back to school season, and we are trying to be super healthy! Treat your kids, their friends, the class, and/or  the teachers to a new cookie recipe from House Foods Tofu. These Tofu Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are made by combining House Foods Organic or Premium Tofu Soft with old fashion oats and raisins. If you are not a fan of raisins, you can substitute coconut (just substitute equal amounts of coconut for the raisins). You can also add chocolate chips if you like (just stir in chocolate chips after the batter is combined). America’s leading tofu purveyor since 1983, House Foods Tofu is my favorite tofu choice. This recipe helps make the transition of back-to-school simpler and so much healthier. Enjoy these cookies for dessert, after school snacks or even for breakfast.

Tofu Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

 

Blueberry Banana Bread Recipe

blueberry banana bread

Since the kids love blueberries and bananas, I found Giada De Laurentiis recipe for Blueberry Banana Bread and it was fantastic! I made some tweeks to it and here it is. This is perfect for breakfast, dessert or an after school snack. Our schools are already starting next week so this will definitely be on my to-cook list. With just 80 calories per cup and virtually no fat, blueberries offer many nutritional benefits. They are packed with Vitamin C, fiber, full of antioxidants and a good source of manganese (which is important in bone health). Enjoy this Blueberry Banana Bread recipe with a cup of coffee, milk or just on its own!

 

Grilled Corn Salad

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I love summertime salads, and I am so fortunate that my kids do too. I bought some fabulous fresh summer corn at the Farmer’s market last week and decided to make a Grilled Corn Salad.  The corn was so sweet and amazing that when I tossed it with tomatoes, onion and basil it did not even need any specific dressing, lime juice or even salt and pepper. I served it over arugula with a slight drizzle of sherry vinegar and olive oil and it was divine! Don’t forget that corn is so healthy! I often have people asking me isn’t corn fattening and filled with sugar? Actually, one ear of corn has about the same number of calories as an apple and less than one-fourth the sugar. Corn also not only provides the necessary calories for healthy, daily metabolism, but is also a rich source of vitamins A, B, E and many minerals. Its high fiber content ensures that it plays a significant role in the prevention of digestive ailments like constipation and hemorrhoids as well as colorectal cancer. The antioxidants present in corn also act as anti-carcinogenic agents and prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Enjoy this month, Labor Day weekend, or for any summertime dinner while corn is in its peak season.

Super Foods Salad

Super Salad

This is a sponsored post for Weight Watchers Cheese, but all opinions are my own.

My kids are constantly asking me to purchase snack cheese, and these Weight Watchers Natural Reduced Fat Colby Jack Cheese Sticks have become their favorite. These are so convenient and a healthy on-the-go snack that we can grab on the way to dance, baseball or put in in their lunches for school. They are also perfect for mid morning or afternoon summer snacks after we come in from the pool. I made this Super Foods Salad for lunch with kale, arugula, berries, and of course, cheese. This also makes a great main dish salad topped with grilled chicken, shrimp or steak.

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These cheese sticks from Weight Watchers are full of flavor and fun to peel, this colorful blend of reduced-fat Colby and Monterey Jack cheese are only 60 calories per stick. They are an excellent source of calcium and protein and are 2 PointsPlus® value per serving. They make the perfect healthy snack! What’s your favorite healthy on-the-go snack?

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11 Ways to Use  Weight Watcher’s Snack Cheeses

Use with crackers

Skewer with fruit

Skewer with turkey and tomatoes for gluten free sandwiches

Serve over soups

Put inside omelets

Serve with apples and nuts

Serve on pita chips with a slice of apple

Skewer with strawberries and pineapple

Make your own lunchables

Serve with olives and salamis

Serve with cooked edamame beans or fava beans

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