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!

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

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.

The Best Veggie Burgers

These Veggie Burgers are a home run. I crave more vegetarian foods in the summertime so this is the prefect time to try this burger recipe. I developed this recipe for my first cookbook 400 Best Sandwich Recipes, but it is the very first time that I’m sharing it online.

When I started testing veggie burger recipes, I tried a lot of ingredients to create the best base. These burgers start with bulgur, which is a staple used in the Middle East. Combine the bulgur with pinto beans, oats, grated carrots, soy sauce, cumin, Parmesan and remaining ingredients.

This recipe is simple to make. Often, I prepare these burgers ahead of time and reheat them prior to serving. My husband is such a meat guy, but he gave me the thumbs up on these. So, did the kids, so I’m considering these a huge win. I hope you enjoy them too.

If you need new burger recipe ideas, I have 39 burger recipes in this cookbook. This recipe is excerpted from 400 Best Sandwich Recipes by Alison Lewis © 2012 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved: Not to be reprinted without publisher permission. Photo by Colin Erricson.

Quick Dark Chocolate Brownies

Do you need a sure thing brownie recipe? Here it is. This recipe for Quick Dark Chocolate Brownies has been in my recipe arsenal for nine years. I think it is a terrific idea to start off the week with a dessert recipe.

With Father’s Day and July 4th coming up, these brownies will come definitely come in handy. I consider these brownies to be better-for-you. They  are rich in chocolate, but balanced in sweetness by almonds, which also add a little crunch. You can substitute your favorite chocolate for the dark chocolate chips.

I originally developed this recipe for Canola.org for the World Health Day campaign, one of my favorite recipe projects. You will find a lot of fabulous recipes on their site. Here’s to starting the week off with something chocolate and sweet!

Figs Stuffed with Sesame Mint and Quinoa

This recipe for Figs Stuffed with Sesame, Mint and Quinoa is incredibly creative! If you like figs, put this recipe on your list. Now that summer I here, I am in the mood to make more appetizers. These figs are stuffed with a flavorful trio of dried cranberries, quinoa and cool mint. If you have trouble finding fresh figs in the grocery stores, you can use halved apricots or pitted Medjool dates. If you’re a vegetarian or gluten-free, definitely put this recipe on your to-make list.

Find this recipe recipe along with 499 others in this comprehensive cookbook by Camilla Saulsbury published by Robert Rose books (my cookbook publisher).  In this cookbook, you will also learn so many things about quinoa. Examples of things that I learned are how to stock a quinoa pantry, how to cook quinoa, what is the thermos method, how to add quinoa to baked goods, how to toast it, how to sprout it and how to create quinoa flour.

Rah Power Balls

I am so excited about this recipe. These Rah Power Balls are a recipe from One&Only Reethi Rah. They are now my new favorite go-to snack before or after a workout. Also, they are also easy to make. Be sure to prepare them ahead because they have to chill in the refrigerator at least 1 hour.

Made from some of the healthiest ingredients, these Rah Power balls taste as good as they look. Enjoy these fantastic balls for a mid-morning energy boost or a little treat after a workout. Check out this super healthy ingredient list:

Manuka honey aids in digestive health, have antiviral properties and more.

Bee Pollen is made up of  antioxidants, protein, carbohydrates vitamins and minerals. One tablespoon can have over two grams of protein.

•Turmeric is filled with health benefits.. Read my article about the health benefits of Turmeric here.

Surrounded by the wonders of the Indian Ocean, One&Only Reethi Rah makes its home on one of the largest islands in North Malé Atoll. The Resort is located 700km (430mi) southwest of Sri Lanka. One&Only Resorts have launched new initiative One&Only At Home, which is amazing creative content. Go check it out.

Easy Gluten Free Granola

I have a granola obsession. I eat it about five times a week. No joking here. This Easy Gluten Free Granola recipe is my new go-to granola favorite. It starts with gluten free rolled oats (my favorite one is from Trader Joes). I add raw pecans, almonds, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds and cinnamon for my base. My liquid mixture is comprised of a mixture of honey, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla. Bake it in the oven, and it is that simple.

I am so picky about granola. Honestly, I have tried every single granola brand out there. I cannot find one store brand that has wowed me over. When my daughter and I put this version together, I have been making it ever since.

How I use granola:

•Top off smoothie bowls or smoothies

•Add to Greek Yogurt with fresh fruit

•Eat as a grab-and-go snack.

•Add to warm oatmeal

•Serve with milk

•Give as a gift

If you want to add or subtract nuts to my recipe, go ahead. Also, if you want to add dried fruit to the mixture, add after baking.

If I do ever purchase granola, my favorite is the grainless granola is from Alabama Biscuit in Birmingham.