Kaleidoscope Salad

Kaleidoscope Salad

Spiralizers have become so popular, and they provide a new way to introduce more vegetables into dishes creating healthier recipes. This Kaleidoscope Salad kick-starts your senses with its curly, colorful, ever-changing textures, sweet and savory flavors and delectable crunchy topping. This recipe comes from the new book 150 Best Spiralizer Recipes by Jennifer Williams and Marilyn Haugen and Robert Rose Books.  It’s my latest favorite new book to get some fresh and healthy recipes to make. How does Twisted Thai Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing, Parsnip Spaghetti With Pine Nut Basil Pesto and Spiraled Fruit Tarts Sound? Amazing! In this book there are options for vegetarians, gluten-free diets and low carbohydrate diets, but there are also wonderful meat, poultry and seafood dishes too. Check it out and try one of my favorite recipes below!

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Tip for this salad:

After spiralizing bell peppers, you will need to remove the white flesh and seeds from the strands. Alternatively, you can core the peppers, but they will not hold their shape as well during spiralizing.

The salad topping can be used on a variety of fruit and vegetable dishes. It can be prepared ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Blackberry Glazed Turkey Tenderloin Salad

I have been getting so many questions at all of my recent health/wellness speaking engagements about lean proteins. Since people tend to forget about turkey (except during Thanksgiving), how about cooking turkey tenderloins? This recipe for Blackberry Glazed Turkey Tenderloin Salad is a 30 minute, simple recipe that is fresh, fast and pretty. The most difficult part is turning on the grill. The barbecue sauce, paprika and blackberry preserves add great flavor to the turkey. Enjoy the turkey sliced over a salad (such as above) or paired with grilled asparagus and a quinoa side dish for a healthy dinner.

Good For You Weeknight Recipe: Healthy Taco Salad

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People ask me all of the time for healthier versions of recipes, and this is one of my all-time favorite main-dish salads. This Healthy Taco Salad recipe has only 184 calories, 4 grams of fat and 19 carbohydrates per serving. It’s so easy starting with a homemade taco seasoning blend for the beef and homemade baked corn tortilla strips. This recipe can also be gluten-free substituting gluten-free tortillas and gluten-free salsa. Enjoy for a simple, healthy weeknight dinner.

Magical Gluten-Free Side Dish: Southwestern Quinoa Salad

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A lot of people have asked me lately, “What is quinoa?”. I answer, “It’s the magical grain.” Quinoa is the amazing gluten-free grain that is high in fiber and a complete protein, meaning it has all nine amino acids. Quinoa also contains high amounts of  lysine, manganese, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus. It is a great replacement for rice or couscous and works great here in this simple recipe for Southwestern Quinoa Salad. Serve it room temperature or chilled. It’s awesome, and my kids even ate it too! By the way, quinoa can be found at Whole Foods Market or any of your specialty stores.