Super Simple Avocado Salsa

Super Simple Avocado Salsa

With Cinco de Mayo only one day away,  you may scrambling to find the perfect dishes to celebrate the occasion. For this healthy twist on a Cinco de Mayo favorite recipe, all you have to do is combine all of the above ingredients, and chill it in your refrigerator for about one hour. Pair this Super Simple Avocado Salsa with a bag of low fat chips or veggies, and you are ready to start snacking. Thank you to the team at BistroMD for allowing me to share this recipe. Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Feta and Roasted Red Pepper Dip

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If you’re like me, you can never have enough recipes as the holidays near. Dips and salsas are perfect for getting a party off to a great start. This Feta and Roasted Red Pepper Dip recipe is only 3 ingredients. If you have the ingredients on hand, this tasty dip can be ready to serve in about 5 minutes. Serve it with crudités, crackers or pumpernickel rounds for an elegant appetizer. Tip: Use creamy feta cheese. The lower-fat versions produce a drier dip. If your results seem dry, add 1 teaspoon or so of extra virgin olive oil and pulse.

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This recipe comes from 150 Best Dips & Salsas from my cookbook publisher Robert Rose. Most of the dips and salsas in this book can be prepared ahead of time, are simple, and are made from the freshest ingredients. They cater to different tastes, dietary preferences, including vegetarians (such as this recipe). This book is the ultimate party dip and salsa resource! Enjoy this appetizer recipe for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any holiday or weeknight parties.

Best Salsa Ever

Instead of buying jarred salsa, you can easily make your own with this recipe for Best Salsa Ever. In only 20 minutes, you’ll have amazing fresh salsa. This is perfect to make this weekend for the Final Four, for spring entertaining or for weeknights to jazz up your kid’s tacos and quesadillas. Tomatoes are one of the most healthy foods, high in antioxidants, support bone health, have anti cancer benefits and more. One serving of ripe, red tomatoes is a good source of Vitamins A, C, K, folate and potassium. Tomatoes are also low in sodium, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. Tomatoes also provide fiber, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorus and copper. Enjoy and stay healthy!

Panko-Crusted Fish Sticks with Edamame Salsa

On a busy school night or jam-packed weekend, these Panko-Crusted Fish Sticks are a snap to prepare and one of my kids’ favorites! They taste and look so fantastic – no one will ever know they are oven-fried. And with only 390 calories and 10 grams of fat, I feel good about serving this recipe to the kids and their friends. Whether you pair them with this Edamame Salsa or chop them up for a salad, they are perfect for football parties, picnics and casual dinners! On top of it all, what I really love is that the exact measurements can be used to make fish “cakes” as well.

I developed these crunchy fish sticks as part of the CanolaInfo “Home is Where the Heart is” Recipe Collection for World Heart Day 2011 (Sept. 29). This observance encourages families to take their health into their own hands starting at home with diet and exercise. To learn more about World Heart Day or to view the complete recipe collection, visit CanolaInfo.org. Lastly, be sure to check out CanolaInfo’s new interactive Facebook game, which features my recipes!

Under 30 Minutes: Salmon with Pineapple-Pomegranate Salsa

If you’re looking for a dinner idea under 30 minutes, try Salmon with Pineapple-Pomegranate Salsa. This main dish is incredibly heart-healthy, pretty and filled with great flavors. This salmon recipe is truly one of my favorites. Start simply by combining maple syrup and Dijon and brushing the mixture over the fish. Top it with the easy, fresh Pineapple Salsa combination made with chopped fresh pineapple, fresh cilantro, lime juice and pomegranate seeds. When pomegranate seeds are out of season, you can substitute fresh blueberries or dried cherries. Feel free to also grill the salmon when grilling season rolls around. Enjoy this dish for a weeknight or weekend, and serve it with your favorite rice and a mixed green salad.

Lightened-Up and Healthier Mexican Layered Dip

It’s so exciting to live in Alabama. Last year, the University of Alabama played (and won) the national championship game, and now this year Auburn faces  Oregon in the Tostitos BCS Championship Bowl for the national championship. So many friends went to Arizona to partake in the fun (and get warm). I will be making this Lightened-Up and Healthier Mexican Layer Dip since it features Tostito Scoops. The mixture of Greek yogurt and salsa makes a wonderful base for the dip. I love using nonfat Greek yogurt because it is so high in protein and low in carbohydrates with zero fat. Feel free to substitute chicken instead of beef or any of your favorite taco toppings. This is a great appetizer for the Super Bowl too or anytime you’re having company. My kids loved it, but it was so funny because they said it was almost too pretty and perfect to eat.

Salmon with Warm Black Bean Salsa

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When Whole Foods Market asked me if I would do one of my television cooking segments for NBC 13 “Daytime Alabama” on Alaskan Salmon, I said, “Yes, please.” We eat salmon at least once a week at my house. Salmon is called a “superfood” because it’s high in omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fat that seems to decrease the risk of heart disease. It’s also a prime source of protein and contains vitamins A and B. This salsa works great with the dish featuring “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spray”. Serve the salsa warm or at room temperature.

Watch my segment, Friday, July 9th at 11:30 central time.

Healthy and Light: Simple Pork Tenderloin with Pomegranate Salsa

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So many people tell me that they’re intimidated to grill pork tenderloins. Don’t be. They are really simple to do and come out tasting great, especailly this recipe for Pork Tenderloin with Pomegranate Salsa. I developed this recipe for POM Pomegranate juice and promotion of pomegranates, and it is really delcious and healthy. If you don’t eat pork, this salsa goes great with chicken or fish. This makes a great Sunday night or weeknight dinner. It’s so pretty and flavorful.

Easy Summer Weeknight Dinner: Chicken Cutlets with Greek Salsa

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I know I have been on a Greek kick lately, but this recipe is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. My kids love Greek-style ingredients: feta, kalamata olives and fresh herbs so this is perfect served alongside chicken cutlets. You can grill these outside or use a grill or saute pan if you wish. This Greek Salsa is also great served with fish, shrimp, steak or pork.