Three Ingredient Blueberry-Banana Ice

This Blueberry-Banana Ice is one of those recipes that is almost too basic (and good) to be true. Simple is sometimes better. Recipes with only three ingredients can be as fabulous and flavorful as if it had more. Who needs all of the fuss?

To prepare this recipe, purchase ripe bananas and in season blueberries and freeze them (I used zip-top plastic bags). Place these ingredients in the food processor or blender with a touch of honey. It’s that easy. Feel free to experiment with other berries if you wish. This is the perfect healthy dessert for summertime. It’s healthy, great for your immune system and all natural. It   truly hits the spot.

Easy Strawberry Cobbler

I began planning a Memorial Day weekend menu today, and this recipe for Easy Strawberry Cobbler is on my list. Now that strawberries are in season, it is the ideal time to prepare this warm, succulent cobbler. This recipe is extremely simple, with only fifteen minutes of preparation time. The most time-consuming part is slicing the strawberries.

A Southern dessert, a cobbler is usually prepared with a biscuit topping. For my recipe, I added oats to my topping mixture, which creates a slight crunch and nice texture. When my three kids tried this recipe they said, “Mom, this is the best thing you have ever made.”

Enjoy this for a fresh and fabulous Memorial Day dessert or any time while strawberries are at their peak. Have a fabulous holiday weekend and stay well!

Banana Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins

I am excited to share this recipe for Banana Dark Chocolate Muffins. This recipe is a twist of my very popular banana bread recipe from 10 years ago, which is one of my top posts ever.  What’s great about this recipe (besides the taste) is that all of the ingredients can be combined in one bowl, and no mixer is needed. I add nonfat Greek yogurt which adds moisture and increases the protein in the recipe.

These muffins are amazing, and my kids went wild over them. I almost wasn’t able to take a picture of them before they ate them all. Substitute semisweet or milk chocolate chips for the dark chocolate chips if you like (I personally like dark chocolate) Enjoy these muffins for a wonderful breakfast treat, afternoon snack, lunch, or dinnertime dessert during quarantine or any time.

Alison’s Chicken Pasta Salad

If you’re looking a great pasta salad with chicken recipe, look no further. The first time I made this pasta salad, I knew I wanted my name on it. Alison’s Chicken Pasta Recipe makes a great lunch or light dinner that can be ready for hungry kids or spontaneous guests. You may want to double the recipe because it goes so fast.

This is a recipe I developed for a recipe collection I worked on with Canolainfo.org. I like to grill extra chicken and use the leftovers to make this recipe. Serve it on a bed of mixed greens or as a light main course served with a nice glass of Pinot Grigio. It is a terrific recipe to take on a picnic or make at the lake or the beach. This recipe is healthy, fresh, easy and fantastic. I can’t give it any more props than that. Try if for yourself and let me know what you think. Happy May everyone!

NUTRITIONAL ANALYSIS

Per Serving

Calories 270
Total Fat 6 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 40 mg
Carbohydrates 34 g
Fiber 4 g
Sugars 5 g
Protein 21 g
Sodium 190 mg
Potassium 377 mg

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.

Tuna Checkerboard Sandwiches

With kids at home right now, I wanted to share a twist on the basic tuna sandwich. Make it fun by mixing and matching different types of bread to jazz up the kids’ sandwiches. These Tuna Checkerboard Sandwiches are my healthier version using fresh lemon juice and white wine vinegar instead of mayonnaise. I also add freshly chopped basil or dill to mine if you have that at home or in your garden. This recipe is light, flavorful and a great new way to get the kids to eat more tuna. Let me know how your kids like it. Stay well!

This recipe is in my first internationally published cookbook, “400 Best Sandwiches: From Classics & Burgers to Wraps & Condiments” published by Robert Rose, Inc. If you’d like to purchase a copy, purchase here.

What’s Hot at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse

What’s hot at Fleming’s? Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar has recently launched its new menu nationwide featuring dry-aged steaks, bold cuts and enticing Steak Companions. The restaurant debuted dry aging preparation for richer, bolder flavor on select cuts and delicious steak “companions” and sauces for an elevated taste experience that goes above and beyond the classic steak. I went to try them out and OMG amazing!

“We’ve crafted an indulgent menu with a spotlight on steak, but take each cut to the next level,” said Chef Russell Skall, Fleming’s Corporate Executive Chef. “We’re introducing preparation techniques like dry aging our Prime beef on popular cuts, to serving each steak with surprising flavor profiles – we’ve got something for the purists and the adventurers.” Some of the new items and preparation techniques include:

  • Steak Companions:
    • Truffled Poached Lobster with bernaise sauce and caviar
    • Diablo Shrimp baked with a spiced barbeque butter sauce
    • King Crab with Herb Butter simmered with fresh herbs and garlic and topped with caviar
    • Flavor Trio with three steak spreads –  gorgonzola and mascarpone brulée, sweet onion bacon jam and cabernet mustard
  • Varied Preparation Techniques:
    • Dry Aged – Cuts aged a minimum of 21 days allowing a richer, bolder flavor with a distinctive nutty note (available for the Prime New York Strip and the Prime Dry Aged Ribeye);
    • Wet Aged  – Cuts aged a minimum of 21 days providing a juicy, flavorful and savory bite (available for Prime Bone-In, New York Strip, Prime Bone-In Ribeye and Filet Mignon);

Also in February, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is pleased to announce the popular Filet & Lobster pairing! From February 26th through April 13th, guests can enjoy a tender, 8-oz. Filet Mignon and a sweet 8 oz  Lobster Tail with drawn butter, plus a starter course, all for only $39.95. I want to go! How about you?

 

Friday Finds

Happy Friday! Here are a few of my favorite Friday finds that make me smile! Have a great weekend!

Spring Spa Hot list from my post at Huffington Post

Mason Jar Cocktail Kit and Bag via Pinterest

Coconut Creamsicle Margaritas from How Sweet It Is

Gorgeous Kitchen from Veranda House

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Pumpkin-Protein Smoothie: Kid-Friendly

How many smoothies do y’all make a week? I can’t even begin to count over at my house. My kids are always trying new creations, and I am trying to keep up with their creativity. This Pumpkin-Protein Smoothie was a recent favorite. I had some leftover pumpkin, and I thought why not try it with peanut butter? It sounds a little weird at first, but it works. Happy Halloween! Here’s to a great fall 2012!

10 Friday Finds I’m Loving: Fitness, Fashion, Food

What’s on your top 10 list? Here are 10 “Friday Finds” that I am loving (and wanting). I wanted to share a little fashion, a little fitness and a little food, as well as the men’s brand “Peter Millar”. I have these new crop running/workout pants (above) from Lululemon, and they are my newest favorite workout pant! I want them in every color! Check out my other friday finds and let me know what’s on your list?

I haven’t worn perfume in years so I went to Sephora to find a new scent and fell in love with Philosophy Amazing Grace via Sephora. It has a clean, feminine scent that isn’t too strong.

These cowboy boots are too cool! Ariat Women’s Caballera Boot from Country Outfitter are calling my name.

I am hoping for a pair of riding boots this fall. Loving these Tory Burch Riding Boots via Bloomingdales.

I just found the perfect running glove for this winter. It’s the Adidas Elite II Running Glove. They are the perfect weight, fit, and they have reflectors for when I run in the dark. Also they have a touch screen finger. What else could a runner possibly want?

As I mentioned, Peter Millar is a my latest favorite mens brand. Their collegiate collection is great looking. For all of you Alabama fans, they had no lifestyle shots with “Alabama” on them, so forgive me.

I am craving this Nike Sportwatch GPS with Sensor. It tracks, takes splits, reminds you to run—even remembers your PRs. With a customizable display and both GPS and indoor tracking capabilities, it’s a watch you can take on the road, trail, treadmill or any other terrain.

How about any of this name ring? I want this! Enough said on this one.
My daughter has been doing a lot of research on cross body bags this season. Apparently they are the rage this year with the teens. We love this Cross Body Bag via Coach.
I just tried this new version of sprouted bread that’s my new favorite! Made with the same freshly-sprouted, certified organic live grains, the new Ezekiel 4:9® Sprouted Flax Bread showcases an abundance of sprouted flax seeds throughout. Providing an excellent source of Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, this bread has it all. See Food For Life  for more information.