Figs Stuffed with Sesame Mint and Quinoa: Cookbook Giveaway

Passover is here, and Easter is this weekend, so how about a great looking quinoa appetizer and fabulous cookbook giveaway? A flavorful trio including dried cranberries, quinoa and cool mint combines with lush fresh figs in this creative appetizer for Figs Stuffed with Sesame, Mint and Quinoa. Other fruits, such as halved apricots or pitted Medjool dates, may be used in place of the figs.

This recipe along with 499 others can be found in this comprehensive cookbook by Camilla Saulsbury published by Robert Rose books (my publisher).  You will also learn how to stock your quinoa pantry, how to cook quinoa, the thermos method, how to add it to baked goods, how to toast it, how to sprout it, how to create quinoa flour and more.

For a chance to win this giveaway, leave a comment telling me why you like quinoa. The winner will be drawn on Thursday, April 4th  at 8 a.m central.

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Kale Salad: Family Friendly, Gluten Free and Healthy

If you are trying to eat healthy and want to get your year started off right, this Kale Salad recipe is ideal. I recently made this for the kids, and they loved it. It is great on its own as a salad or side dish, served over arugula or greens or even mixed into a salad with chicken, shrimp or fish. For some information on health benefits of kale, see my article on the 10 health benefits in MindBodyGreen or how kale can save your sex life in this article (which I did not write) in MindBodyGreen. I hope you will enjoy this family-friendly, simple vegetarian recipe anytime of the year.

Crustless Kale Quiche: Gluten-Free

Who loves breakfast for lunch or dinner? I do. I was craving something with kale, and I thought to myself, why not  a Crustless Kale Quiche? My daughter, Leigh, decided to help me  (payment for a new comforter she’s been wanting). I jotted down a recipe that I thought might work, and I gave it to her. Amazingly enough, it worked. We sat down and ate half of it for lunch, and she said, “The kale is what makes this so good.” (music to a parent’s ears). She took it upon herself to add turkey bacon, but you could easily prepare it without it. It’s great with the mix of mushrooms, kale and bacon, egg whites, eggs and cheese. Later, my boys were skeptical about having quiche for dinner, but before I knew it, the entire Crustless Kale Quiche was devoured. For information on the Top 10 Health Benefits of Eating Kale, see a post I wrote for Mindy Body Green

8 Healthy Gluten-Free Tailgating Recipes

Happy first college football weekend! I have had so many friends asking for tailgating recipes this week, so I decided to compile a list of recipes starting with my Chipotle Vegetarian Chili. Since I have been eating mostly gluten-free lately, I thought I would share 8 healthy Gluten-Free tailgating recipes for this football season. With Alabama playing in Dallas tonight and Auburn playing in Atlanta, it’s a big night for our state. I smiled last night when my oldest son, Alec, told me to be sure to wake him up in time for the start of ESPN College Game Day this morning. Enjoy these tailgating recipes, and please leave me a comment telling me what are some of your favorites!

Gluten Free Chicken Skewers via Family Fresh Cooking

Caprese Skewers via With Style and Grace

Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip via Two Peas & Their Pod

 

Roasted Chickpeas via Ingredients, Inc.

Quick and Easy Salsa via Mountain Mama Cooks 

Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies via Fast Paleo

SCD and Paleo Vanilla Almond Granola via Against All Grain

Flourless Chocolate Cookies

A friend recently passed me this recipe for Flourless Chocolate Cookies, and she told me to try them. I am always willing to try any new flourless or gluten free recipe, especially when it comes to dessert.  She was absolutely correct when she said they were simple as can be. If you’re on a gluten-free diet or trying to watch your flour intake, these are perfect for you. Feel free to double the recipe because they go really fast. Just be sure to store them in a cool, dry place. These cookies would also be wonderful served on Passover so stash this one away for next spring.

7 Fantastic Gluten Free Recipes

I have been trying a lot of new gluten free recipes lately, and I really feel great when I follow a gluten free diet. I don’t eat gluten free always, but I know many of you have allergies or use the paleo diet. Here are 7 fantastic gluten free recipes that I just had to share. Pictured above is my Quinoa Chicken Fried Rice. It is always a hit with my 3 kids. Please feel free to leave a comment telling me about a favorite gluten free recipe that you have tried recently.

Ganache Filled Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites via Urban Poser

Grilled Vegetable Stack with Lemon Hummus via Gluten-Free Goddess

Chocolate Chip Brownie Bar via Roxana’s Home Baking

Blueberry Coconut Waffles via All Day I Dream about Food

Gluten-Free Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes via With Style & Grace

Chocolate Cherry Cookies via Anjas Food 4 Thought

Summer Squash and Kale Sauté: Summer Side Dish

It’s summer squash season, and now is the perfect time to prepare healthy side dishes using summer squash. This Summer Squash-Kale Sauté is one of our favorite side dishes, and it’s a breeze to make. Serve it with grilled fish, chicken or pork or any main dish. It’s even really fabulous stirred into some cooked thin spaghetti noodles. Summer squash is full of health benefits such as being high in Vitamin C, A, antioxidants, potassium, fiber and manganese. One cup of yellow squash contains 37 calories, 7 grams of carbohydrates and less than one gram of fat. Check out some other fabulous summer squash recipes as part of Summer Fest from the Food Network from some of my favorite blogs.

Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Quick and Easy Sesame Summer Squash Stir-Fry 
Cooking With Elise: Orange Summer Squash Bread
Feed Me Phoebe: Summer Squash and Cornmeal Cakes With Tarragon
Chez Us: Zucchini Pancakes With Minty Dill Crème Fraiche
And Love It, Too: Peter Pan Squash Spiced Oven Fries
Made By Michelle: Pattypan Squash and Tomato Frittata
Cooking Channel: Our  Top 5 Favorite Squash Recipes
Daily*Dishin: Summer Squash Confetti Salad
Delicious Lean: Summer Squash Ribbons With Feta and Pine Nuts
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Summer Squash Chips
Thursday Night Dinner: Summer Squash Medley
Sweet Life Bake: Zucchini Fried With Tequila-Spiked Avocado Dip
Dixie Chik Cooks: Fried Summer Squash Parmesan Sliders
Healthy Eats: Summer Squash Any Way You Slice It
FN Dish: Cheesy Summer Squash

Travel Tuesday: Spinach Quinoa from Westside Market NYC

This recipe from comes from the Westside Market NYC, a top market in New York, which has been in business for almost 50 years. Their market has seen a rise in the number of people purchasing quinoa at their four locations. Quinoa’s health benefits include it being a gluten free grain, boosting brain power and having high levels of iron and calcium. Maria Zoitas, wife of Westside Market’s founder John Zoitas, the creator of the “made by Maria” line of prepared foods at the market. Here is one of Maria’s healthy creations.

About Westside Market NYC:

Established in 1965, Westside Market NYC has been deeply engrained in the fabric of Manhattan’s Upper Westside life. A rare find in the food market business, Westside Market NYC is family owned and operated in the truest sense. Born and raised on a farm in Roupakia, a village on the island of Lefkada, Greece, John Zoitas arrived in the U.S. from Greece more than 45 years ago. He brought with him a love of fresh-grown produce, authentic cooking, and a steadfast commitment to service and quality. Each of our locations enjoys a remarkably loyal following, which is no surprise; it’s a direct result of the fact that the Zoitas family takes great pride in every aspect of their business. Under the tutelage of his father John, George Zoitas has taken the reigns of Westside Market NYC and made it into the premier market it is today. Our mission is simple: to become your favorite neighborhood food market and caterer of choice by offering the highest quality foods and hard-to-find products supported by friendly, personalized, efficient service. Discover Westside Market NYC, and experience the difference! For more information visit www.wmarketnyc.com

No-Bake Nutella Oatmeal Cookies

I made these No-Bake Nutella Oatmeal Cookies a few weeks ago, and they were too good to be true. Not only are they a “No-Bake” cookie recipe, but they are filled with my favorite ingredients: Nutella, peanut or almond butter, dark cocoa powder, oats and almond milk. These are an ideal afternoon gluten-free snack or dessert. I think I definitely need to make a batch for Mother’s Day.

No-Bake Date Nut Energy Bars

I am always looking for new, healthy snack ideas for the kids, and if I can come up with a no-bake recipe idea, then even better. My two boys love dried dates, so I thought this combination of dates, nuts and flaxseed would make a great healthy snack, dessert or breakfast idea. You’ll love these too. No-Bake Date Energy Bars are not only “no-bake”, they are also gluten-free and perfect for all of my friends following the Paleo Diet. They also make a great pre or post workout snack so enjoy!

This recipe was adapted from “The Dramatic Pancake”.