Kale Lasagna Soup

Kale Lasagna Soup

Happy New Year! For New Year’s day and football watching, I made this comforting and fabulous Kale Lasagna Soup recipe. It has all of my favorite ingredients including kale, Italian sausage, tomatoes, basil and carrots. This soup is filling, a one dish meal, and so quick and easy. Feel free to use gluten-free noodles or no yolk ribbon noodles–they look like mini lasagna noodles. My family loved this recipe–we ate the entire thing in one day! This is perfect for a cold winter evening, Super Bowl or anytime during the year!

Warm Kale and Bacon Dip

Kale and Bacon Dip

Are you in the hustle and bustle of the holidays already? I certainly am, but I love holiday entertaining! Trust me, entertaining this time of year can be fun and easy. I am very excited to share this recipe for Warm Kale Bacon Dip just in time for your holiday gatherings. It’s my family’s favorite appetizer as it uses a few of our most loved ingredients such as kale, Borden and Sargento cheeseDannon Oikos Greek Yogurt and Bays English Muffins. What I really love about this recipe is its simplicity by using high-quality brands of shredded cheeses along with healthy ingredients such as Greek yogurt and kale. Friends ask me all the time for my top stress-free cooking tip and I usually tell them to keep it simple. Use your favorite ingredients and stop by the dairy and/or freezer section to make your life even easier. You can find so many items in these sections of the grocery store, which make cooking more economical, convenient and your recipes taste even better.

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For this dip recipe, start by roasting the kale with a touch of olive oil until it is slightly wilted and crispy. Then, add to the cheeses and yogurt, stirring well. Complete this by topping with crumbled bacon. If you’re not a bacon fan, you may omit this step. I used Bays English Muffins from the dairy section, which are a perfect accompaniment to this warm cheesy dip with their great texture and flavor.

Besides being tasty, this holiday appetizer is healthy too! It is filled with calcium, one of the body’s most important minerals for strong healthy bones, as well as active cultures in the Greek yogurt, which adds more protein to this appetizer while also aiding in digestion and boosting the immune system (we all need this during the cold winter months). Kale is another fabulous, healthy ingredient addition, known as a super-food with vitamins and minerals.

For more great recipes using frozen and refrigerated foods see Easy Home Meals.

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This post is sponsored by National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association and Easy Home Meals, but all opinions are my own.

Shredded Kale Salad with Date Puree and Pine Nuts

Shredded Kale Salad with Date Puree & Pine Nuts

Kale has become one of the most popular superfoods and National Kale Day is October 1st. I love innovative fall and winter salad recipes, and this Shredded Kale Salad with Date Puree and Pine Nuts is a beautiful recipe packed with so many nutrients. This recipe, from home and style expert, Svitlana Flom (also the Editor-In-Chief of Art de Fete) is one of my latest favorite kale recipes. Svitlana has an informative website that offers tips and recipes to help women enrich their home entertaining style. Beautiful recipe packed with so many nutrients. Be sure to check it out!

Super Foods Salad

Super Salad

This is a sponsored post for Weight Watchers Cheese, but all opinions are my own.

My kids are constantly asking me to purchase snack cheese, and these Weight Watchers Natural Reduced Fat Colby Jack Cheese Sticks have become their favorite. These are so convenient and a healthy on-the-go snack that we can grab on the way to dance, baseball or put in in their lunches for school. They are also perfect for mid morning or afternoon summer snacks after we come in from the pool. I made this Super Foods Salad for lunch with kale, arugula, berries, and of course, cheese. This also makes a great main dish salad topped with grilled chicken, shrimp or steak.

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These cheese sticks from Weight Watchers are full of flavor and fun to peel, this colorful blend of reduced-fat Colby and Monterey Jack cheese are only 60 calories per stick. They are an excellent source of calcium and protein and are 2 PointsPlus® value per serving. They make the perfect healthy snack! What’s your favorite healthy on-the-go snack?

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11 Ways to Use  Weight Watcher’s Snack Cheeses

Use with crackers

Skewer with fruit

Skewer with turkey and tomatoes for gluten free sandwiches

Serve over soups

Put inside omelets

Serve with apples and nuts

Serve on pita chips with a slice of apple

Skewer with strawberries and pineapple

Make your own lunchables

Serve with olives and salamis

Serve with cooked edamame beans or fava beans

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Kale Broccoli Slaw

Kale Slaw

Since my kids will eat kale and broccoli slaw, I combined them together to make this Kale Broccoli Slaw. It is fabulous with dried cranberries, almonds and the Greek yogurt tangy, sweet dressing. Broccoli slaw only has 25 calories per servings and 120% of daily needs of Vitamin C. Kale is a powerhouse of nutrition with so many health benefits to name. This makes a great starter or side to serve with meats, poultry or seafood. I also like it for a quick, healthy lunch (on top of arugula). Enjoy and happy weekend on it’s way (finally).

Being Green Juice for St. Patricks Day

St. Patrick’s Day is widely known for being one of the most fun, spirited holidays of the year but often leaves partygoers feeling like they overindulged the next day. Whether you’re looking for a healthy (but still celebratory) alternative to the typical St. Patty’s adult beverages this year or preparing an evening cure for your day drinking hangover, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has created a juice to help folks join in the holiday spirit and feel like they have the luck of the Irish in beating .

Being Green Juice is a nutrient-rich mixture of cucumber, celery, spinach, kale and lemon that’s  packed with  iron and Vitamin K to provide the much needed energy boost to either join in the festivities with fellow revelers or nurse your body back to health after a long day of celebrating. Kimpton is the first hotel brands to offer a fresh juice menu companywide and will offer this healthy perk at all properties by the end of 2014. I love them!!!

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 Ginger Juice

Start the new year off right with this Kale Ginger Juice. I have been trying to keep my kids healthy so to keep their immune systems in tact, I am sharing this recipe for Kale Ginger Juice which is loaded with super foods to help ward off the flu and seasonal colds. Raw kale is one of the best sources of vitamin C, important for protection against immune system deficiency. Each 100 gram serving of raw kale includes about 120 mg of vitamin C, well over the recommended dietary amounts for men (90 mg) and women (75 mg). It is also filled with tons of health benefits as you can read from my post on MindBodyGreen. Ginger also has various health benefits such as boosting bone health, strengthening the immune system, preventing various types of cancer, aiding in digestion and more. This juice is a nutritional powerhouse, and yes, my kids really do drink it! 🙂  Thanks to Omega juicers for making this recipe great!

Kale Almond Pesto

If you like kale and pesto, you will love this Kale Almond Pesto recipe. I thought is was so funny. My youngest son came home from school and started eating this as a dip with crackers. Proud mom moment! I love that my 3 kids are kale fans! See my post on MindBodyGreen on the health benefits of eating kale. This recipe is perfect served with fish, chicken or steak or mixed with pasta. It’s super easy to make too, and I think I just may make it to serve alongside our Thanksgiving turkey. Happy Friday everyone! So grateful for everyone of you who came by to read this post. Love, Alison

Kale Pasta Salad

I started getting together my Thanksgiving recipes, and put this Kale Pasta Salad on the list. It’s a cold salad (I know), but it pairs well with the holiday turkey. This has become one of our favorites with grilled meats and seafood. I even add grilled chicken to it, and the kids take it to school for lunch. It’s super easy, and it makes a lot so enjoy all week long.