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?

Alison Lewis

DIY Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

I am really into making homemade fresh salad dressings this summer. When I was out of town last month in Cabo, I came home and my husband had planted various hanging fresh herb baskets in our backyard. Needless to say I was beyond excited, and this DIY Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette recipe will be the first of many recipes including fresh herbs in the coming months. This vinaigrette can be drizzled over salads, fish tacos, seafood, pork and chicken. We served it last night over a big mixed salad with grilled shrimp, and it was divine! If you want to grow your own cilantro this summer, it’s super easy. It just needs good sunlight and water almost every day.

fresh cilantro

Fresh cilantro is very low in calories, and its green leaves contain  antioxidants, vitamins, and dietary fiber, which may help reduce the “bad” cholesterol levels in the blood. It’s also high in potassium, calcium, folate, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. It’s also said to be a detoxifying food.

 

Easy Breakfast Tacos

Breakfast Tacos

If you’re looking for something to serve this holiday season or for Christmas breakfast, how about Easy Breakfast Tacos? My kids love any type of southwestern foods, and this breakfast recipe idea starts with chorizo, eggs, tomatoes, fresh cilantro and all of your favorite tacos toppings. I used a IMUSA tortilla warmer which is really cool (and a great tool and makes warming tortillas a breeze). This outstanding recipe will be one that your family or guests will remember. Enjoy this holiday season or all year long.

Spicy Cumin Chicken with Strawberry Coulis

Yay, it’s strawberry season! Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits and so versatile in so many recipes such as this Spicy Chicken with Strawberry Coulis recipe from Driscoll’s Strawberries. The Strawberry Coulis is a chunky sauce made with strawberries, green onions and cilantro. It pairs so nicely with the coriander and cumin spiced chicken. This recipe can be made in only 30 minutes, so it’s perfect for a weeknight dinner.

Summer Fest 2010: Green Beans with Cilantro and Pine Nuts

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I love cooking fresh vegetables in the summertime and love being a part of the Summerfest 2010 community where bloggers feature recipes for certain produce for the next few weeks. To participate, read more about Summer Fest on  Away to Garden from Margaret. This week’s theme features beans, greens and herbs, whichever you choose. My recipe for Green Beans with Cilantro and Pine Nuts is so easy and light. I added some leftover corn from grilling out the night before, but this recipe is great with or without it. The fresh lime juice and pine nuts add great flavor to this simple side dish.

Healthy and Light Salmon in Under 30 Minutes: Salmon with Orange Salsa

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I’m always looking for new recipes and ideas on how to prepare salmon since we eat it so often. I have been beyond incredibly busy lately with work, kids and more work. I love this recipe because it’s so easy and fresh and can be prepared in under 30 minutes. Plus, it’s really light and healthy. I made this recipe for NBC 13 “Daytime Alabama” that will air this month, and it is one of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter’s wonderful recipes that I tweaked (just slightly) for TV.

Grilled Chicken Salad with Cilantro-Dijon Vinaigrette

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Summertime is the perfect time of year for Grilled Chicken Salads for dinner. This recipe idea comes from a restaurant in Birmingham I love, The Cantina. They make an awesome Cilantro Vinaigrette. My version is slightly different with a touch of coarse-grain mustard and sugar.  It is also fabulous with shrimp or fish.

Easy Healthy Asian Chicken Salad

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I am amazed how many subscribers and fans on facebook I have that are college students, and I thank all of you and am so excited that ya’ll are cooking while in college! Carlie, a college senior at the University of Georgia, has particularly enjoyed when I post salad recipes, and she told me she has tried all of them. She asked me to “keep them coming” so Carlie, this one’s for you. This salad is a cinch! The ingredients are very simple and easy to find. Feel free to substitute salmon for the chicken or even add thin cooked vermicelli or rice noodles to this salad. I kept the dressing very light, but it is a little tangy so if you want to add more oil, feel free. 

 

Asian Chicken Salad

Prep: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

5 cups shredded romaine lettuce

1 large seedless cucumbers, thinly sliced

2 cups shredded carrots

1 tomato, thinly sliced

11/2 cups chopped cooked chicken

1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion

1/4 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts, toasted

2/3 cup rice wine vinegar

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon canola or sesame oil

2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Preparation

1. Combine lettuce and next 8 ingredients in a large salad bowl. Whisk together rice wine vinegar and remaining ingredients and pour over salad, tossing gently.