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 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.

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cauliflower is the latest trendy vegetable right now, and did you know it makes a great substitute for rice in fried rice? Believe me, it does! This Cauliflower Fried Rice recipe is so amazing, and it makes yummy leftovers too. When you pulse the cauliflower, it resembles the texture (and color of rice). Sautéing it creates a winning main dish for those who are following a gluten-free diet or those who can’t eat rice. Cauliflower also makes a good substitute for mashed potatoes.

And did you know that cauliflower is really good for you? Cauliflower is high in Vitamin C, B Vitamins, fiber and vitamin K. The antioxidants in cauliflower can helps with our immune systems and aid in reducing the cancer and stroke. Eating cauliflower works well for those on an anti-inflammatory diet, and it can also help maintain bone and brain health. Enjoy this thirty minute recipe for Cauliflower Fried Rice on any weeknight since it’s quick and easy! Serve it with a salad, and dinner is done is ready.

Sparkling Shamrock Cocktail

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Are you having a St. Patrick’s Day party or just in need of a super easy cocktail recipes? This Sparkling Shamrock Cocktail is too easy for words, made with Sparkling Ice , rum, lime and fresh mint. With only 4 ingredients, this cocktail can be made in minutes. Multiply the recipe if you want to make a pitcher… any amount works great! You will be prepared on March 17th, and this makes a great spring and summertime cocktail, perfect for sunny, warmer weather.

 

Valentine’s Day Red Salad

 

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I am starting off the week trying to offer up some healthier Valentine’s Day recipes with this Valentine’s Day Red Salad. This is a great starter salad full of amazing flavor contrasts. February is also Women’s Cardiovascular Health Awareness, so this is perfect for heart health with some of my favorite ingredients including grapefruit, orange, beets, fennel and chicory. This healthy combination is ideal for Valentine’s dinner or anytime this season. This recipe is adapted from mother-daughter duo Tracy and Terry Paulding. Paulding & Co. a San Francisco based family owned business who hosts culinary classes and catering. Serve prior to any Valentine entree of your choice and enjoy!

Smokey Barbecue Hamburgers

Smokey Barbecue Hamburger

With a house full of teens hamburgers on the grill are the ideal summer or anytime go-to dinner idea. They LOVE this recipe for Smokey Barbecue Hamburgers! To keep it a bit healthier, combine different kinds of ground meats and season them using this Smokey BBQ Ketchup to bridge the smokey flavors of barbecue with the classic ketchup texture and taste. Use a mixture of ground beef, turkey, lamb, chicken….any combination works and mix in a few tablespoons of the Smokey BBQ Ketchup to the meat as you form the patties.It’s SO easy and flavorful! I am loving this ketchup collection from Victoria Amory! Look for it in a store near you or order it on her website.

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Chicken Apple Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese

April is National Grilled Cheese Month, and I can’t believe it has been 2 years since the release of my 150 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich Cookbook published by Robert Rose. To celebrate, I am sharing my Chicken Apple Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese Sandwich. The roasted chicken pairs nicely with more info

the sweetness of the apple and smokiness of the Gouda cheese. Feel free to substitute turkey, pork, or shrimp for the chicken. If you are on a gluten-free diet, use your favorite gluten free bread or tortilla wraps. I use one deli-style rotisserie chicken. It yields the perfect amount and will save you time. Enjoy and happy April! To purchase copy of my book, click here.

 

Salted Caramel Coffee Martini

Guess what saturday is? It’s National Caramel Day! In honor of this yummy day, I thought I would share this super simple Salted Caramel Coffee Martini recipe. It uses, RealBeanz, founded in Brooklyn, New York which is a ready-to-drink gourmet iced coffee company combining premium-brewed beans and reduced-fat milk with functional ingredients such as vitamins and herbs. Each variety aims to satisfy health-conscious consumers without the extra calories while helping to enhance their lifestyles. You can find it at Whole Foods. All you need is these 5 ingredients, and you’re ready to go! Happy weekend! 🙂

3 Ingredient Coffee Milkshake

We are HUGE fans of milkshakes at my house, and my kids are always concocting recipes and new variations. Since my youngest son, Zachary, loves coffee ice cream, he blended only 3 ingredients together to make this amazing 3 Ingredient Coffee Milkshake. It’s definitely as good as it looks. I think I have another future recipe developer on my hands :). And don’t forget: Milkshakes can be healthy! They contain milk which is high in protein and our bones need it so enjoy!