Chicken Burrito Bowl

chicken burrito bowl

My kids love Southwestern foods, and grain bowls are a new hit at our house. This Chicken Burrito Bowl is one of their favorites, filled with black beans, chicken, corn, brown rice, and chicken. It’s so easy to prepare–you can even make it ahead of time. Perfect for a summer or fall healthy dinner, add this easy, healthy recipe to your menu list!

 

Easy Homemade Muesli

Easy Museli via @alisonlewis

 

It has been an amazing healthy summer, and I have some BIG news! I am working on my third internationally published cookbook! YAY!!! This book is a “Healthy Recipe” topic which is still hush hush for now. This Easy Homemade Muesli recipe might be in one of the chapters. It’s filled with oats, seeds and your favorite dried fruits. My kids have been indulging on this cereal (having no clue how many healthy seeds are included). Enjoy for breakfast with milk or yogurt or just as a snack. Happy Monday, love all of you!

Red White and Blue Cobbler

Cobbler recipes are my favorite desserts, especially in the summertime. This Red White and Blue Cobbler is perfect for Father’s Day this weekend or the Fourth of July which is right around the corner. This recipe uses fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries but feel free to mix is up and even use blackberries if you like (as long as you get 4 cups total berries).

If you are looking for more cobbler or crisp recipes, try my Fresh Peach Crisp

or Easy Strawberry Cobbler

Fish Tacos with Fresh Cherry Salsa

Fish Tacos with Cherry Salsa

I have had the most incredible cherries this week Washington State, plump and so sweet. I decided to make these Fish Tacos with Cherry Salsa, which were a huge hit at my house. In under 30 minutes, you’ll have your family or guests raving over these! This summer be sure to keep a plentiful supply of Northwest fresh sweet cherries on hand for a nutrition-rich snack.  Place a handful of cherries in sealable plastic bags in the refrigerator for quick grab-and-go snacks or to take for lunch for dessert.

These are so incredibly healthy too. Researchers found that consuming about 45 cherries daily may significantly decrease circulating concentrations of specific inflammatory biomarkers in the body. The research study, published in The Journal of Nutrition, was conducted at the USDA-ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center. Because of the link between inflammatory markers and some chronic diseases, the changes in the identified biomarkers suggest that consuming cherries may reduce risk or modify the severity of diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Whether eaten out of hand or added to your favorite recipes, remember the season for Northwest fresh sweet cherries is short so enjoy them now or you’ll have to wait until next year!

 

 

Grilled Salmon Burgers

Grilled Salmon Burgers with a Twist

For Father’s Day this year, I am thinking about making these Grilled Salmon Burgers which is my MOST favorite new burger recipe. They are amazing, healthy and so easy! The most difficult part is taking the salmon off the skin, but here is how:

Place the fillet, skin-side down, on a chopping board. Coat the tail end in salt to give you a good grip and stop it from slipping. Holding from the tail end firmly use a sharp knife to make a cut between the flesh and skin in the opposite direction from the tail end. Holding the end tightly, continue to cut along the length of the fillet, making sure not to cut through the skin; remove and discard the skin.  

Once you have the skin off, place the salmon in a food processor and make into patties. Make sure you follow my directions and allow them to set in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. They are taste terrific served with my wasabi mayonnaise mixture made with Greek yogurt, low-fat mayonnaise and low-sodium soy sauce, but you can also serve these with tartar sauce or cocktail sauce. These were also great made a day ahead and reheated so enjoy!

Sparkling Arnold Palmer Tea

SPARKLING Arnold Palmer

Tomorrow is National Ice Tea day so try this 5 minute, 3 ingredient Sparling Arnold Palmer Tea recipe for summer cocktails, Father’s Day, lake parties and beach getaways. All you need is some Sparkling Ice, lemon tea, vodka and lemon, and you have this simple cocktail. Have you ever wondered how this drink got Palmer’s name? According to Palmer, he was in the habit of drinking iced tea with lemonade at home, and in 1960 (at the US. Open), he ordered this at a bar, and a woman overheard him and called it “the Arnold Palmer” drink. The alcohol-based version is traditionally called a John Daly.

Watermelon Tropic Yogurt Bowl

Watermelon Tropic Yogurt Bowl

Yogurt and smoothie bowls are our favorite breakfast and after workout snacks so this weekend we created this 10 minute Watermelon Tropic Yogurt Bowl recipe with ingredients we had in our refrigerator and pantry. This recipe is super healthy, high in protein and full of vitamins and fiber. For health benefits of watermelon see my post on 5 health benefits here. Here’s to a great summer and another healthy and happy week ahead!

Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles

Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles

My daughter Leigh has been on this huge health kick lately so we decided to make some better-for-you popsicles and came up with these Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles. We used vanilla Greek yogurt, fresh strawberries and honey to create an amazing tasting frozen fruit popsicle that has 16 grams of protein. These make a great after workout snack or dessert after dinner. And with only 3 ingredients? What more can you ask for? Happy summer!

Grilled Salmon with Cherries

Grilled Salmon with Cherries

Sweet Northwest cherries are abundant right now, and this is one superfood that will be a constant in our refrigerator for the next few months. The Northwest Cherry Season is short, lasting from now until the end of August so be sure to take advantage of them while you can. Not only are cherries an irresistible summertime treat, but research suggests that they may reduce the risk or modify the severity of chronic diseases. Acting to lessen inflammation, cherries may be beneficial in combating arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, blood pressure and cancer. Cherries are so nutritious as they are considered a good source of dietary potassium, important for reducing the risk for hypertension and stroke. Cherries are also a good source of vitamin C and fiber, and are a natural source of melatonin, a compound which helps regulate the body’s sleep cycle. Enough said? If you’re not sold yet, try this Grilled Salmon with Cherries recipe is one of my newest favorites for a light and healthy dinner. Serve with a side of sautéed spinach or kale and you’ll have an incredibly lovely and healthy meal!

Oreo Ice Cream

Oreo ice cream

I received an ice cream maker for one of my wedding presents, and the kids and I are obsessed with it! My husband’s mom makes homemade ice cream for every holiday, so I had to step up my non ice cream making abilities  and learn the craft. This Oreo Ice Cream recipe is one of my first creations. This recipe is so easy with only 10 minutes of preparation time, and it can be made several days in advance. Substitute your favorite chocolate chip cookie or candy bars for the Oreos if you wish. Happy Memorial Day!