Rosemary Citrus Turkey Rub for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is only a few days away, but some of my running friends were talking today about the best ways to prepare their Thanksgiving turkey. I mentioned to them, “Why not a turkey rub?” They all liked the idea of preparing a turkey rub. This Rosemary Citrus Rub is too easy for words. With only 5 ingredients, you can prepare a super easy fresh and healthy recipe for your holiday Thanksgiving turkey. I love the lemon zest, garlic and citrus combination on my turkey. I like to use this rub for chicken recipes and pork too. I am getting so exciting about Thanksgiving this year. Please leave a comment and tell me how yo make your Thanksgiving turkey. I’m always looking for new ideas.

Plum Recipes: Pork, Plum and Rosemary Kabobs

This week’s Summerfest from the Food Network features one of my favorite stone fruits: plum recipes. My recipe for Pork, Plum and Rosemary Kabobs is a main dish favorite at our house during the summertime. The sweet and herb flavors blend wonderfully with the pork and plums. When I grill these, the kids are so excited. I love to cut additional plums for grilling because usually the kids are arguing about who took more. Enjoy this easy summer recipe, and take a look at the other fabulous plum recipes below:

Virtually Homemade: Grilled Plum Pizza With Goat Cheese
Cooking Channel: Best Plum Dessert Recipes
BGSK: Grandma Esther’s Plum and Walnut Cake
Delicious Lean: Plum Delicious Pork Chops
Daily*Dishin: Roasted Chicken With Plum Chili Salsa
Healthy Eats: 6 Ways to Cook With Plums
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Time for Plum Cobbler?
Thursday Night Dinner: Plum BBQ Chicken
From My Corner of Saratoga: Plum Upside Down Cake
Cooking With Elise: Vanilla Plum Tart
Sweet Life Bake: Plum Pineapple Margarita
And Love It Too: Plum Pickin’ Pineapple Jam
FN Dish: Perfect Plum Recipes

4 Healthy Super Bowl Recipes: Rosemary Infused Nuts

Super Bowl XLVI is coming up this weekend with the New York Giants and the New England Patriots, and most of us are having or going to Super Bowl parties. I have had so many email requests for easy, healthy ideas for game, so I wanted to share one of our favorite lightened-up football snack recipes. Rosemary Infused Nuts are a tremendous hit! This simple, 20 minute recipe is filled with cashews, almonds and pumpkin seeds. Nuts are a great source of healthy fat, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and protein. By consuming this type of fat, you’ll feel less hungry, and your sugar cravings will diminish. They are filled with the following power food nuts:

Pumpkin Seeds: I love using pumpkin seeds in this nut mix because they are high in zinc and have been linked to so many benefits including great looking skin and boosting your immunity.

Almonds: Almonds are a power nut high in Vitamin E and potassium and one of the most nutritious nuts.

Cashews: Cashews are also a rich source of iron and zinc, and they have been linked to hair, skin and bone health.

Other Lightened Up Super Bowl Snack Ideas

Chicken Chipotle Dip   

Spinach Dip with Greek Yogurt

Panko Roasted Drumsticks

Rosemary-Chipotle Spiced Nuts

Every year, I try to come up with a new roasted, spiced nut recipe for holiday food gifts to give to friends, teachers and loved ones. Rosemary-Chipotle Spiced Nuts has to go to the top of the list as one of my favorites. They are so easy to prepare, and I love the combination of using fresh rosemary and dried chipotle seasoning to give a hint of earthiness and spiciness to the nuts. These nuts are great on their own as a snack, but also wonderful tossed in a salad or on top of roasted vegetables, sautéed spinach and even stirred in yogurt. They make a healthy, homemade food gift just in time of the holidays.

Summer Fest and Stone Fruits: Pork and Plum Skewers

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I was so excited that Summer Fest 2010 this week is featuring recipes using stone fruits from bloggers around the country. To read more about Summer Fest, check out Away to Garden and join the community. I love this recipe for Pork and Plum Skewers. It’s so easy to prepare. Just make a simple marinade, thread plums and pork on skewers, and grill. This recipe was featured in the July issue of Birmingham Magazine, and I couldn’t wait to share it for Summer Fest.

Easy and Healthy Side Dish: Grilled Zucchini with Rosemary and Feta

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I get a lot of requests for easy and healthy side dish recipes, and this is one I absolutely love. Grilled Zucchini with Rosemary and Feta is incredibly flavorful and so versatile. It can be paired with any main-dish: chicken, shrimp, steak, burgers, fish, pork, etc. If you don’t have time to preheat your grill, you can certainly use a grill pan indoors over the stove. Feel free to substitute goat cheese for the feta, and my favorite by far is Belle Chevre.

Awesome Low-Fat, Low-Calorie Tapas/Appetizer: Steak Tomato Crostini

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I had a busy week with my friends from Laura’s Lean Beef in town on their media tour stop at Health, Cooking Light and Southern Living magazines. I treated some of the food editors to some appetizers featuring Laura’s Lean Beef, and this was one of my favorites. They are only 200 calories and 4 grams of fat per serving, and Steak Tomato Crostini are fabulous. Start by combining fresh rosemary, basil, sun-dried tomatoes in the food processor and then stir in fresh roma tomatoes. Then, top the French bread with the tomato mixture, steak and blue cheese. I developed this recipe a while back, but it is a wonderful classic, especially for steak lovers.