Kale Guacamole

Kale Guacamole

I had a great time last weekend at Lake Austin Spa Resort where I was teaching smoothie bowl classes promoting my latest cookbook 200 Best Smoothie Bowls. I also had the amazing opportunity to workout, take a mediation for clarity class, try hydrobikes and experience amazing spa treatments and of course, food. The food at this Texas spa is out of this world with so many clever, creative and healthy combinations. The first night they had “Kale Guacamole” on their menu for an appetizer. They didn’t have the recipe, but I came home and recreated it tonight. My husband said, “It tastes just it.” This recipe is classic guacamole recipe with kale added. Why did I not think of that?

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Lightened Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

I am always looking for an amazing chicken salad at the grocery store or restaurants in town, but I typically have no luck find one that I absolutely love. I recently made these Lightened Up Chicken Salad Wraps with ingredients I had in my refrigerator. Instead of using bread, I served it on top of romaine lettuce leaves for a lunch last weekend, and my family loved it (they also said this was the best chicken salad they have had in so long). I used leftover grilled chicken, but a great shortcut is to purchase a rotisserie chicken and chop it for easy chicken salad. I used my favorite chicken salad ingredients–pecans, red grapes, nonfat Greek yogurt and dill. This will be a summer staple that I keep in the refrigerator this summer. Here are some of my other favorite chicken salad finds:

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Avocado Chicken Salad

Avocado Chicken Salad from Simply Recipes

 

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Passover Avocado Toast

Passover Avocado Toast

Recipes for avocado toast are everywhere, a super popular healthy breakfast or lunch option. Avocado toast was actually the TOP food trend of 2015, so if you haven’t tried it or made it, where have you been? Since it’s Passover week, I made this Passover Avocado Toast since my kids were wondering what they were going to eat for breakfast that is Passover worthy (besides eggs, smoothies and smoothie bowls). This recipe takes literally 5 minutes to prepare and is probably one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever see on my website. Eat on its own or top with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. It’s also fabulous with red pepper or chili flakes. Not only are people making avocado toast at home, but you’ll find it incredibly popular on menus, especially in California and New York! Try it, you’ll be hooked. It’s so good on matzah!

Grilled Guacomento

Grilled Guacomento

Since it’s National Grilled Cheese Day today and April is National Grilled Cheese Month, I wanted to celebrate with you by sharing my Grilled Guacomento sandwich recipe from my second cookbook 150 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. This creative grilled cheese recipe combines two of my all-time favorites: guacamole and pimiento cheese. Some of you might think this sounds a bit odd, but trust me. Avocado (and guacamole) enhances just about about any food dish, including this fantastic sandwich. Enjoy this recipe all spring or summer (it’s also a fun recipe for Cinco De Mayo too). My cookbook as 149 other amazing recipes, so if you’re interested in ordering a copy click here.

Courtesy of 150 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches by Alison Lewis © 2012 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.

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Super Simple Avocado Salsa

Super Simple Avocado Salsa

With Cinco de Mayo only one day away,  you may scrambling to find the perfect dishes to celebrate the occasion. For this healthy twist on a Cinco de Mayo favorite recipe, all you have to do is combine all of the above ingredients, and chill it in your refrigerator for about one hour. Pair this Super Simple Avocado Salsa with a bag of low fat chips or veggies, and you are ready to start snacking. Thank you to the team at BistroMD for allowing me to share this recipe. Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Guiltless Chocolate Ganache Tart

Guiltless Ganache Tart

My husband’s favorite travel destination is Scotland, and he continually raves about the Gleneagles, a magnificent French Chateaux set amid rolling hills in the heart of Scotland. With 232 rooms, 26 luxury suites, three championship golf courses, an ESPA spa and four restaurants, including Scotland’s only two Michelin stars in Scotland, I can see why. This Scotland destination is on my bucket list, but for now, I am thrilled to share this decadent Guiltless Chocolate Ganache Tart. This healthy recipes is made with raw Cacao and courtesy of Louise Westra, Naturopath at ESPA Life at Gleneagles Hotel.  As summer (and swimsuit season) approaches, it is possible to eat right while still satisfying your chocolate cravings. It is going on our Mother’s day menu!

Proving that Scotland cuisine extends far beyond the stereotype of haggis and whisky, the luxurious Gleneagles (just a 1-hour drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow) serves up healthy, tempting cuisine at its ESPA Life wellness center. ESPA Life is home to a hand-picked team of alternative health and fitness specialists, offering personal programs to optimize guests’ wellbeing and vitality.

 

Super Easy Cobb Salad: Kid Friendly Recipe

Lately it has been such a struggle to figure out what to make the kids for dinner. I am always trying to come up with something new and different to please all three of my kids. I made this Easy Cobb Salad recipe last week, and it was quite the hit. I used chopped rotisserie chicken, but leftover grilled chicken, shrimp or steaks would also be a nice addition. Between my daughter’s dance practices three nights a week and my two boy’s basketball schedules, January and February has been nuts. This main dish salad is a great new recipe that all three of them agreed that they really liked. Prepare your own salad dressing using red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard and olive oil or use ranch or blue cheese. Have a great week ahead!

Tortilla Soup with Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey

If you have any leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, I have a great recipe idea. This Tortilla Soup recipe is my newest favorite, and it’s a perfect way to use up your turkey leftovers. I served it tonight, and I couldn’t stop eating it. If you don’t have any turkey leftovers, feel free to use cooked chicken (or a rotisserie chicken is perfect if you’re in a hurry). You can also make this a vegetarian recipe by substituting vegetable broth for chicken broth, omitting the turkey and using an entire can of black beans. My 3 kids loved this soup, and they told me it is the best tortilla soup they have ever tried. I took this as a sincere compliment and good endorsement! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday! It was so nice to be with my family and catch up on some rest. I ran a 10K “Turkey Run” on Thursday, and I placed 5th in my age division. I’ll take it! Here is to a great week ahead!

Girls Night Out: Tomato and Avocado with Boursin Appetizer

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My friend, Kiel, just recently moved to Jacksonville, Florida, and she sent me some recipes from her “Girls Night Out” dinner. She and 10 of her friends get together every Tuesday night and alternate at their different houses trying new, fun and creative recipes. One night, they made Panini sandwiches and homemade tomato soup. Recently, they had an abundance of healthy, fresh salads. She sent me some of the recipes from her latest dinner. This Tomato-Avocado Appetizer with Boursin is such a breeze and tastes delish! It is so perfect for a crowd, especially during the summertime (such as this weekend for July 4th) celebrations. Thanks Kiel and your wonderful friends for sharing your recipes with me.

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Caprese Grilled Cheese

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When I was asked to come up with a unique grilled cheese recipe for the Wisconsin Milk and Marketing Board and their “Grilled Cheese Academy“, I thought, why not take my spring favorite salad and make it a grilled cheese. Caprese Grilled Cheese is the simple combination of tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. I added avocado to mine. Feel free to use your favorite bread and any other ingredients you like.