Basil and Sun-Dried Tomato Turkey Meatloaf

If you don’t like meatloaf, I can change your mind with this Basil and Sun-Dried Tomato Turkey Meatloaf recipe. My sister, Julie, first told me about this recipe several years ago. We have been perfecting it over time. This recipe is not your typical meatloaf. Using fresh mushrooms, fresh basil and sun-dried tomatoes adds amazing flavors. It is the best!

Start by combing the ground turkey, fresh basil, sun dried tomatoes, eggs, gluten-free Panko, fresh mushrooms, onion, garlic and salt and pepper all in a large mixing bowl. Place the mixture in a lightly greased loaf pan and bake it in the oven.

I like to make this ahead and prep all of the ingredients on the weekend and put it in loaf pan. Then, I bake it on the day I’m serving it. Serve this main dish recipe with a potato side dish and green beans. This recipe turned me into a meatloaf fan when I can promise you I was not one. It is always a winner!

Watermelon Fennel Salad

What are you making this weekend for the July 4th holiday? This Watermelon Fennel Salad is on my list.  I love this recipe because it is so versatile for lunch or dinner. Serve it with pork, chicken, seafood or steak. It is especially good with grilled salmon. I call this a Superfood Salad.

If you have not experimented with fennel, it has a very fresh, aromatic anise flavor. It can be eaten raw, sautéed, roasted, or added to soups and pasta sauces. I love it for its flavor, but it also is very low in calories and has man health benefits. It is filled with nutrients including vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and manganese.

Watermelon also has many health benefits, so I like to put it in “Superfood” category. Watermelon is high in Vitamins A and C. Vitamin C is great to boost your immune system. Vitamin A, beta-carotene, Vitamin B and much more.

Try this healthy fresh salad this weekend or anytime this summer and let me know how you like it. You can eat it and feel good you are gaining so many healthy and vitamins!

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.

Very Berry Blueberry Juice Recipe

Trying to avoid or fight off a cold? Boost your immune system with this Very Berry Blueberry Juice recipe. Blueberries contain antioxidants such as vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin E, anthocyanin, iron, zinc, copper and selenium. So combining them with strawberries, kiwi and mint, you are helping to enhance your body’s immune system to ward off illnesses such as colds and the flu.

This juice recipe is the perfect way to start off your morning or even to give the kids for an afternoon snack. Juicing is a great way to add fruit and vegetables to your diet. Especially those, you or your kids wouldn’t normally eat during the day. Juicing also is a great energy booster and great for your skin too. My 3 kids are hooked!

Note: I used my Omega Juicer for this.

Berry Banana Smoothie Bowl

This Berry Banana Smoothie Bowl recipe is my favorite new breakfast recipe. Not only is it easy to prepare, it’s filing, fast and filled with healthy raw ingredients. I am trying to consume a lot of immune boosting ingredients right now. Strawberries are packed with fiber, vitamins and a high level of antioxidants. Using strawberries in smoothies and smoothie bowls adds color and great flavor to your recipes.

Blueberries are also a great immune boosting fruit. One cup of blueberries has four essential nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese. Now is a great time to be enjoying them because they are in peak season. I always have bananas in my kitchen. Bananas are high in vitamin B6. This vitamin is needed to keep the immune system functioning properly.

Smoothie bowls have so many health benefits. Read on, and you’ll see why I love them so much.

  • Smoothie bowls contain all-natural ingredients. Most of the ingredients are raw, so they are packed with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants.
  • They are made with natural superfoods that are high in fiber. This aids in digestion and keeps you feeling full longer.
  • Many smoothie bowls contain anti-inflammatory ingredients.
  • Smoothie bowl recipes are loaded with vitamin C, which may help boost the immune system.
  • Many smoothie bowls include dairy products and other ingredients that are rich in calcium, which helps improve bone density and prevent osteoporosis. If you use nondairy milk, make sure to purchase one that is fortified with calcium.)

This smoothie bowl recipe is one of 200 of my recipes in my latest cookbook 200 Best Smoothie Bowl recipes. Recipe courtesy of 200 Best Smoothie Bowls by Alison Lewis © 2016 www.robertrose.ca  Reprinted with permission. Available where books are sold. Image credit: Colin Erricson

Immune Boosting Smoothie Shots

These Immune Boosting Smoothie Shots are a fabulous way to kick off the week. In only five minutes and a quick few sips, you will get a healthy serving of immune boosting raw fruit and vegetables. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. If you want the mixture colder or thicker add ice and for added protein, add protein powder. Adding half of an avocado also adds thickness and more vitamins.

I love making these for my family for a simple way to get vitamins and minerals naturally. Kale is frequently called “the queen of greens” and “a nutritional powerhouse.” Kale is high in Vitamin C, which is helpful to keep your immune system strong. Kale is high Vitamin A is great for your vision and your skin. Just one cup of kale contains 206% of our daily vitamin A requirement. Kale is also high in calcium, iron and K, so it’s an all-around winning vegetable.

These Immune Boosting Smoothie Shots also contain blueberries, which are also two fantastic ingredients to help keep your immune system strong. Blueberries have been linked to so many health benefits. One cup of blueberries has four essential nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese.

Get your pineapple fix while you also boost your immune system. Did you know that pineapple has more vitamin C than an orange? You can also get your fix of Vitamins A, B6, E, and K, Calcium, Folate, Iron and Zinc by consuming pineapple. Some studies show the vitamins and minerals in pineapple can help shorten viral and bacterial infections and also help strengthen your bones. I’m ready to make another batch. Stay health everyone and have a great week!

Blueberry Peach Cobbler Bars

Nothing says summer more than fresh blueberries and peaches. Yesterday, my daughter, Leigh and I made these Blueberry Peach Cobbler Bars. We ate these warm with a glass of milk, and honestly, we couldn’t stop eating them! Now that peaches and blueberries are at their peak, this is a perfect recipe to make these. These are on my menu list for Father’s Day, July 4th and for anytime this summer when I want to make something sweet and fresh.  Also, these bars will feed a crowd so share with some of your neighbors and friends.

More of My Favorite Bar Recipe Include:

Vanilla Chai Power Bars

MoonBeam Bars

Super Easy and Healthy Granola Bars

You can also find some of my other favorite dessert or snack bar recipes on my Pinterest.

Cherry Margaritas

Cherry Margaritas

Find a handy spot to place the blender and make these Cherry Margaritas. Start with a mix of fresh sweet cherries, a little tequila and a hit of citrus, all whirled in the blender, and you will enjoy the perfect summer frozen cocktail creation. Cherries are so healthy for you!

One cup of raw cherries has 87 calories, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of protein and 3 grams of fiber. Enjoy cherries now while they are at their peak.  Cherries are a nutritional powerhouse fruit with so many incredible health benefits.

Eleven Health Benefits of Eating Cherries 

1. Cherries, known as a “super-fruit”, are packed with antioxidants called anthocyanins which aid in the reduction of heart disease and cancer.

2. Cherries can help aid in hormonal health. Cherries are one of the few food sources that contain melatonin, an antioxidant that helps regulate heart rhythms and the body’s sleep cycles.

3. Cherries contain magnesium which help regulate sleep quality, and Vitamin C which is essential for regulating estrogen and progesterone.

4. Cherries are an excellent source of beta carotene (vitamin A). In fact they contain 19 times more beta carotene than blueberries and strawberries.

5. Cherries are rich in vitamins C, E, potassium, magnesium, iron, folate and fiber.

6. Cherries are referred to as “brain food”, aiding in brain health and in the prevention of memory loss.

7. Because cherries contain anthocyanins, they can reduce inflammation and symptoms of arthritis and gout.

8. Eating cherries reduces the risk of diabetes.

9. Cherries are a good source of fiber which is important for digestive health.

10. Cherries are a great snack or dessert choice important for weight-maintenance.

11. Because of their powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, cherries are said to reduce pain and joint soreness for runners and athletes after workouts.

The Best Lightened Up Potato Salad

If you like potato salad, put this Lightened Up Potato Salad recipe on your list. My kid’s great grandmother, Dedee, made the best potato salad we have ever had. This Lightened Up Potato Salad is the closest version to hers. It’s the perfect side dish recipe to make this time of year, for picnics, and special weekends like Father’s Day, July 4th and Labor Day weekend.

This recipe is slightly lighter than hers, since it uses nonfat Greek yogurt, reduced-fat mayonnaise, fresh dill, celery and red onion. I hope you will love it as much as we do.

Strawberry Moscow Mule Cocktail

If you like Moscow Mules, check out this Strawberry Moscow Mule Cocktail recipe. I put a twist on a basic Moscow mule recipe and added fresh strawberries, and it came out great! If you have very ripe, sweet strawberries, cut the sugar amount in half. For a non alcoholic version, omit the vodka and white cranberry-strawberry juice instead. I have a ton of great Moscow Mule recipes pinned to my Pinterest Board “Cocktails Calling My name.” Here are some additions to jazz up this cocktail:

•Blackberries

•Pineapple

•Watermelon

•Grapefruit

•Peach

•Pomegranate

•Blueberry

•Hibiscus