Fall Fest Fall Salad: Black-Eyed Pea Salad over Arugula

I have been working on some new fall salad recipes for upcoming television cooking segments this month. I was in the mood for a Black-Eyed Pea Salad and trying to increase the fiber in my kid’s diets. This recipe starts with a simple lime and chipotle vinaigrette combined with the black-eyed pea and black bean mixture. The mixture is served over peppery arugula which makes a fresh, flavorful and light salad. This is a great starter salad, but it would also be wonderful as a main dish topped with grilled or cooked chicken, shrimp, turkey or steak. This recipe is also a part of “Fall Fest” which is a continuation of Summer Fest, a cross blog recipe swap from various food blogs. These events were started by Margaret Roach of Away to Garden and Deb Puchalla of The Food Network. The theme this week is “fall salads” so I hope you enjoy this one.


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.

NBC Television “Daytime Alabama: Alison Lewis, Brooke Smith and Kale-Lentil Soup

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So many ask people ask me about my television work. I love to do food television, and have been fortunate enough to do so many shows in the past year. I thought I would show a glimpse of us in action from yesterdays tapings for NBC 13 “Daytime Alabama” in Birmingham, Alabama. On one of the shows I featured “kale”. Everyone loved the recipes and was so excited to learn about kale and ways to use it in quick and healthy recipes. I made an awesome Kale-Lentil Soup filled with kale, lentils, garbanzo beans , andouille sausage and farro. I also made a Kale Saute with dried cranberries, walnuts and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar that I developed for Clean Eating Magazine. It was so much fun, and I thank Brooke Smith, Wes, Nicole and Alatia for all their great work and so much fun!

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Healthy and Flavorful Stuffed Baked Potatoes

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Sometime it feels like sides dishes get left out, and people ask me all the time for side dish ideas. These Stuffed Potatoes are low-fat and easy to make. The touch of Greek Yogurt and Gruyere add great flavor and texture. They go perfect with meat, fish or pork, and best of all, the kids love them. See me on Thursday 11:30 central time on NBC 13 “Daytime Alabama” making a few of my favorite side dish recipes.

Traditional Thanksgiving Dressing with a Southern Twist: Biscuit-Cornbread Dressing

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Every year, I make cornbread dressing for Thanksgiving, which usually takes place at my house. Last year, one of my favorite friends told me that their mom makes her cornbread dressing with the combination of cornbread and biscuits: Biscuit-Cornbread Dressing. I was so excited to try it and of course, I was wowed at the results. It was awesome, really southern, and everyone loved it! My kids request it anytime they want pure southern down-home comfort food and are looking forward to having it again this Thanksgiving.

Note: If you don’t have the time to make your own cornbread and biscuits, use store-bought or packaged cornbread or frozen biscuits. You will need 3 cups of cornbread and 3 cups of biscuits.

Gifts from the Kitchen: Maple-Chipotle Spiced Nuts

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Since I’m teaching a cooking class next week -“Gifts from the Kitchen”, I thought I would share with you my recipe for Maple-Chipotle Spiced Nuts. There’s no oil or butter in this recipe. Just egg whites, some of my favorite seasonings and nuts. I love Priesters Pecans, especially this time of year. This makes a great Christmas gift but is wonderful anytime. For more information on my class, see Birmingham Bake and Cook. I am also taping a “Gifts from the Kitchen” television segment Tuesday for NBC 13 Daytime Alabama and will let you know when it’s going to air.

Halloween Healthy Snack: Apricot-Almond Snack Mix

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I try to make new snack mixes for my kids, especially around holidays. I made this one up the other day, and my kids said it looked like Halloween. Feel free to add any of your favorite nuts or dried fruits. Beware though, once you starting eating it, you can’t stop.

Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Milkshakes

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We have been on a huge milkshake kick at my house lately. Every night we take our favorite flavor ice cream and blend it up with skim milk, a touch of chocolate syrup and our favorite topping. I made this for NBC 13 Daytime Alabama coming up to air September, but Brooke Smith called me after the shoot and made these milkshakes that night.