Figs Stuffed with Sesame Mint and Quinoa

This recipe for Figs Stuffed with Sesame, Mint and Quinoa is incredibly creative! If you like figs, put this recipe on your list. Now that summer I here, I am in the mood to make more appetizers. These figs are stuffed with a flavorful trio of dried cranberries, quinoa and cool mint. If you have trouble finding fresh figs in the grocery stores, you can use halved apricots or pitted Medjool dates. If you’re a vegetarian or gluten-free, definitely put this recipe on your to-make list.

Find this recipe recipe along with 499 others in this comprehensive cookbook by Camilla Saulsbury published by Robert Rose books (my cookbook publisher).  In this cookbook, you will also learn so many things about quinoa. Examples of things that I learned are how to stock a quinoa pantry, how to cook quinoa, what is the thermos method, how to add quinoa to baked goods, how to toast it, how to sprout it and how to create quinoa flour.

Easy and Healthy Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup is so hearty, flavorful and healthy that I wonder why I don’t make it more often. This Easy and Healthy Lentil Soup is one my favorite lentil soup recipes. Hopefully, you have most of these ingredients already at home.

Lentils are filled with protein and fiber as well as iron, minerals and B vitamins. One-half cup of cooked lentils has:

Calories: 140

Fat: 0.5 grams

Carbs: 23 grams

Fiber: 9 grams

Sodium: 5 milligrams

Protein: 12 grams

Lentils come in three main varieties: brown, green and red. Most grocery stores carry brown lentils, usually dried. Green and red lentils may be found at specialty food markets. Unlike other legumes, lentils cook quickly without pre-soaking. Just make sure to rinse away any dirt, dust or debris before adding them to recipes.

5 Winning St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

My Mint Ice Cream Sandwich recipe on Momspark

 

Slow Cooker Irish Guinness Beef Stew

My recipe of Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Stew on Momspark

St.-Pattys-Day-Trail-Mix

Saint Patty’s Day Trail Mix via me and Ingredients, Inc.

Spinach-Pineapple-Smoothie

Spinach Pineapple Smoothie via me and Ingredients, Inc.

Saint-Patrick’s-Day-Fresh-Herb-Dip

Saint Patrick’s Day Dip via me and Ingredients, Inc.

6 Winning Super Bowl Nacho Recipes

Fully Loaded Nachos with green and red salsa

I am unsure if nachos or chicken wings are the most served appetizers for the Super Bowl or really any big game, no matter the sport. Did you see this? The National Chicken Council estimates 1.3 billion chicken wings will be consumed this weekend, with today being the second biggest eating day of the year. My family, especially the boys, absolutely love and request nachos. These 6 winning Super Bowl nacho recipes are very diverse including grilled, steak, rotisserie chicken, Greek Style and even Mexican street corn. Enjoy for the Super Bowl tonight or for March Madness, your favorite baseball game or even the Masters. Enjoy your Super Bowl Sunday and have a great week!

Fully Loaded Nachos with Green and Red Salsa via Bon Appetit

 

Greek Style Nachos

Greek Style Nachos via Ingredients, Inc.

Steak Nachos

Steak Nachos via Ingredients, Inc.

Mexican Street Corn Nachos 800 3298

Mexican Street Corn Nachos via Closet Cooking

Easy Rotisserie Chicken Nachos

Easy Rotisserie Chicken Nachos via The Food Charlatan

Grilled Blue Corn Nachos

Grilled Blue Corn Nachos via Ingredients, Inc.

Greek Style Nachos

Greek Style Nachos

Super Bowl Sunday is next week, so how about an appetizer that’s unexpected such as these Greek-Style Nachos. These are so easy to make, and your guests will be wowed. There is minimal preparation time (just 30 minutes of chill time). I used Gaea Kalamata Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the P.D.O. region of KALAMATA in the southwest Peloponnese, overlooking the Ionian Sea is a vast olive grove and the land that gave birth to the most sought-after world famous “Koroneiki” olive variety. Enjoy on Super Bowl Sunday or anytime of the year as a wonderful appetizer to start a meal of chicken, seafood or pork.

Pork Eggrolls

Pork Eggrolls

For an fabulous tasting appetizer, try these Pork Eggrolls which are so easy and come out great! These egg rolls make a great alternative finger food for the Super Bowl and are a family favorite served with fried rice or miso soup. Use water to seal the edges, but you don’t need much at all–not even 1 teaspoon on each wrapper. Use the preshredded cabbage already in the package to speed up the preparation time and feel free to substitute ground chicken. Be sure to make extra because these great heated up later or the next day. Check my favorite fried rice recipe, Quinoa Fried Rice  which is gluten free!

Quinoa Fried Rice

Best Salsa Ever

Instead of buying jarred salsa, you can easily make your own with this recipe for Best Salsa Ever. In only 20 minutes, you’ll have amazing fresh salsa. This is perfect to make this weekend for the Final Four, for spring entertaining or for weeknights to jazz up your kid’s tacos and quesadillas. Tomatoes are one of the most healthy foods, high in antioxidants, support bone health, have anti cancer benefits and more. One serving of ripe, red tomatoes is a good source of Vitamins A, C, K, folate and potassium. Tomatoes are also low in sodium, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. Tomatoes also provide fiber, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorus and copper. Enjoy and stay healthy!

30 Mushroom Recipes

I am so excited to announce my winner of this month’s mushroom giveaway! Congrats to Kelley from Mountain Mama Cooks for her submitting her recipe for Bacon and Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms. Be sure to check out all of the other contest entrants and the Mushrooms for Hope Pinterest Board for a collection of fabulous mushrooms recipes.

I love using mushrooms in my cooking, and you can always lighten up your family favorite recipes by using finely-chopped, umami-rich mushrooms for a portion of ground meat. Mushrooms and ground meat blend seamlessly to add an extra serving of vegetables to the plate by enhancing, extending or replacing the meat. Finely chopped mushrooms look similar and blend seamlessly with meat, so classics can be healthier without losing taste or satisfying texture. A great example of this is my Baked Spaghetti with Mushrooms, but there’s so many unique ways to use mushrooms in your cooking. Using more mushrooms reduces calories, fat and actually creates a healthier main dish (I actually think it tastes better too)! With the mushroom and meat blend, you don’t necessarily have to consume large quantities of meat to feel full and satiated, and your dish will also be more economical. Also, mushrooms bring important nutrients to your diet. See my blog post on 7 health benefits of mushrooms.

Check out the 30 mushroom recipes below!

Mushrooms are still available in their pink packaging for Breast Cancer awareness so add some of these recipes to your menu list! This post is sponsored by Mushroom Council, but all opinions are my own. I love mushrooms!

Feta and Olive Oil Cakes

With the Mediterranean diet has been continually recognized as one of the healthiest diets in the world, it’s no secret that many people are currently giving it a try. Cat Cora’s Kitchen products by Gaea are synonymous with the Mediterranean diet. They are awesome! This recipe for Feta and Olive Oil Cakes is one of my new favorites. It is ideal if you’re following the diet, but don’t want to leave behind their sweet tooth. These treats fit well in lunch bags as an afternoon snack or as a better-for-you dessert option at an upcoming get together. Enjoy!

Salmon Salad Crostini

Summer is in full swing, and so many friends go to the lake or beach for the weekends. Recently, I have had so many requests for summer appetizers. This Salmon Salad Crostini is one of my newest favorites. Salmon is so healthy for you, and I have been craving it a lot lately. This is a great way to use salmon in a different way or when you have salmon leftovers. This also makes a great shower appetizer or even a holiday appetizer this fall. In under 30 minutes, you’ll have this ready to serve.