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.

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.

Huevos Rancheros Wraps

Start your Cinco De Mayo off on the right foot today with a healthy and easy morning breakfast. My Huevos Rancheros Wraps are loaded with protein, vegetables and carbohydrates. This recipe is great for the kids and adults, with only 15 minutes of preparation time.

When I worked on my first cookbook 400 Best Sandwich Recipes, I wanted to the first chapter of the book to be a breakfast chapter. This was in 2011, when breakfast sandwiches were not very popular. I have twenty breakfast recipes in the breakfast chapter, and my publisher continues to tell me how much foresight I had. Nine years later, I’m still making these Huevos Rancheros Wraps.

Feel free to add or subtract ingredients from this recipe to make this your own. For example, substitute thawed frozen edamame beans for the black beans. Add corn and substitute Monterey Jack cheese for the cheddar cheese. If you don’t like black olives or onions, remove them. If you want to add additional protein, top these wraps off with plain nonfat Greek yogurt. I hope you enjoy this recipe. Have a great Tuesday and week ahead!

This recipe is from my book 400 Best Sandwich Recipes by Alison Lewis © 2011 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.

 

Alison’s Chicken Pasta Salad

If you’re looking a great pasta salad with chicken recipe, look no further. The first time I made this pasta salad, I knew I wanted my name on it. Alison’s Chicken Pasta Recipe makes a great lunch or light dinner that can be ready for hungry kids or spontaneous guests. You may want to double the recipe because it goes so fast.

This is a recipe I developed for a recipe collection I worked on with Canolainfo.org. I like to grill extra chicken and use the leftovers to make this recipe. Serve it on a bed of mixed greens or as a light main course served with a nice glass of Pinot Grigio. It is a terrific recipe to take on a picnic or make at the lake or the beach. This recipe is healthy, fresh, easy and fantastic. I can’t give it any more props than that. Try if for yourself and let me know what you think. Happy May everyone!

NUTRITIONAL ANALYSIS

Per Serving

Calories 270
Total Fat 6 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 40 mg
Carbohydrates 34 g
Fiber 4 g
Sugars 5 g
Protein 21 g
Sodium 190 mg
Potassium 377 mg

Green Coconut Bowl Recipe

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Smoothie bowls are the perfect way to add fresh fruits, superfoods and proteins to everyday fare. Adding a smoothie bowl to morning routines guarantees a great start to the day and for lunch too. Smoothie bowls are thicker than regular smoothies – thick enough to eat with a spoon. My cookbook 200 Best Smoothie Bowls has 200 recipes that can be enjoyed anytime for a refreshing, filling and healthy meal or even a delicious dessert. To order a copy, click here.

smoothie bowl cookbook alison lewis

Here’s just a small sampling of the sumptuous smoothie bowl recipes:

    Breakfast Smoothie Bowls

  • Breakfast Harvest Bowl, Frosty French Toast, Breakfast Starter, Pear Pleaser, Sunrise Smoothie Bowl, Energy Buster, Peanut Butter Oat Bowl
    Green Creations

  • Clean Green Bowl, Blueberry Flaxseed Bowl, Strawberry Avocado Bowl, Green Zinger, Citrus Kale Bowl, Parsley Pear Bowl, Spinach Almond Bowl
    Kid-Friendly Smoothie Bowls

  • Almond Butter and Jelly Bowl, Berry Crunch, Nutella Banana Bowl, Peach Paradise, Mocha Smoothie Bowl, Grape Ape, Peanut Butter Cup
    Anytime Smoothie Bowls

  • Pistachio Vanilla Bowl, Pick-Me-Up Bowl, Watermelon Strawberry Bowl, Dreamsicle, Chocolate Cherry Bowl, Pumpkin Pie Bowl, Afternoon Delight

These thick, creamy and delicious smoothie bowls will undoubtedly become a welcome addition for any family. See recipe below for my  Green Coconut Bowl recipe pictured above.

Green Coconut Bowl

Prep: 10 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

1⁄4 cup unsweetened coconut milk (or milk of your choice)

1⁄2  frozen banana, cut into pieces if necessary

1⁄3 cup frozen chopped mango

1 cup trimmed kale leaves

2 tbsp  unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut

Ice cubes (optional)

Suggested Toppings

Sliced banana

Blueberries

Raspberries

Unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut

Chia seeds

  1. In blender, combine coconut milk, banana, mango, kale and coconut. Secure lid and blend (from low to high if using a variable-speed blender) until smooth. If a thicker consistency is desired, add ice, one cube at a time, and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a bowl and top with any of the suggested toppings, as desired.

Spinach Artichoke Pasta Bake

Spinach Artichoke Pasta Bake

If you like Spinach Artichoke Dip, this Spinach Artichoke Pasta Bake is for you. My daughter, Leigh, asked why I had not thought of this sooner. It’s the perfect side dish with chicken or even main dish. Also, putting chopped chicken in this also works too, and adds even more protein. I used whole grain noodles and light cream cheese, part skim cheese and nonfat plain Greek yogurt so you’ll get a nice mix of protein, healthy carbohydrates, and not too high in fat. It is so simple to make–I think the toughest part honestly is thawing the spinach and making sure you get all the water out (I press the spinach with the tines of a fork to speed up the process). Enjoy for a weeknight dinner or side dish. I bet you will love it too!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I truly have and thank my awesome husband for a candlelit dinner at home last night. I just landed in St. Thomas for a magazine story. Photo taken at Mariott Frenchman’s Reef. It’s a little cloudy on this Sunday afternoon, but no complaints from me. Have a great week, Alison

St. Thomas Mariott Frenchman's Reef

Salmon and Kale Pasta

This week I assigned our dinner menu to my my youngest son, Zachary. He came up with a great menu of pizza night, fajitas night, and the amazing idea for a pasta with fresh salmon and kale. I came up with this Salmon and Kale Pasta recipe, and all three of my kids loved it. My oldest son, Alec, talked about healthy it was with the protein, vegetable and carbohydrate all in one. He said it was a great dinner after his playoff basketball game (of course, he won that night). They have already asked me to make it again. 🙂

Kale Orzo Salad

If you read my blog on a regular basis, you know that my three kids are big fans of kale. I thought spring was the perfect time to come up with a Kale Orzo Salad recipe since it pairs nicely with grilled chicken or kabobs. This recipe also is perfect for spring or summer picnics or for a sunday side dish. Add grilled shrimp or chicken to make it a one dish meal or serve over arugula for a healthy lunch.

Blueberry Yogurt Parfait: Gluten Free

I get a lot of requests for gluten-free breakfast recipes, so how about this Blueberry Yogurt Parfait? Serve this gluten-free and high protein recipe for breakfast or an afternoon snack.  It also makes a wonderful, light dessert that my three kids like too. With only 3 ingredients, how can you possibly go wrong? Blueberries are so good for you. Here’s just a few of the wonderful health benefits of eating blueberries and adding them to your diet:

1. Blueberries are full of  Vitamin C-In just one serving, you can get 14 mg of Vitamin C which is almost 25 percent of your daily requirement. Vitamin C aids in the formation of collagen, helps maintain healthy gums and capillaries, and promotes a healthy immune system.

2. Blueberries are full of fiber-A handful of blueberries meets your daily fiber instate which is terrific for heart health and lower cholesterol levels.

3. Blueberries are high in antioxidants-Antioxidants help to neutralize free radicals linked to the development of cancer and Alzheimer’s. Blueberries contain polyphenols which have high antioxidant properties.

4. Blueberries can help protect against urinary track infections-Blueberries, like cranberries, contain flavonoides. Flavonoids can help protect bacteria that causes urinary tract infections from binding to the lining of the bladder.

Arugula-Tomato Pizza

Instead of going out for pizza, try this Arugula-Tomato Pizza, an easy 30 minute vegetarian option. I love using Mama Mary’s Pizza crusts which you can typically find near the deli section of the grocery store. They are quick and easy and not too high in calories, fat or carbohydrates. Arugula is so healthy for you, full of Vitamins A, C, K, Calcium and Iron. Arugula is said to be great for your eyesight and full of antioxidants which can help prevent cancer. It’s my daughter’s newest favorite salad green, so try to get your kids to taste it too!