Top 10 Thanksgiving Recipes

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and I have already started to search for Thanksgiving recipes to create our family menu. Thanksgiving is definitely one of my and the kid’s favorite holidays, and I hope you’ll enjoy this lineup. Here are some of my top 10 Thanksgiving recipes, starting with this super easy recipe for Brussels Sprouts Tomato Salad via Ingredients, Inc. Happy November!

Roasted Stuffed Onions via Smitten Kitchen

Fig and Cranberry Compote via Real Simple

Paleo Idea: Mashed Cauliflower via Elanas Pantry

Wild Rice with Mushrooms via Southern Living

Mini Pumpkin Pies via Offbeat & Inspired

Sage and Garlic Crusted Pork Tenderloin via Martha Stewart

Quiona with Cranberries, Almonds and Mint via Ingredients, Inc.

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake via Cooking Light

Champagne Punch via Foodiecrush

 

Easy Tacos: Weeknight Dinner Idea

Two weeks down, and our school is in full swing. Can you believe it? We are up to our ears in homework, dance, football and soccer, so dinner is always a challenge. These Easy Tacos are an ideal super quick weeknight dinner recipe. Instead of using a store-bought taco mix, use this homemade spice mixture which will have a lot less sodium. You can even make the meat ahead of time to simplify the dinner process. If you are gluten-free or eating Paleo, spoon the meat over the salad or use gluten-free tortillas (that’s what I do). Enjoy and have a great week ahead!

8 Healthy Gluten-Free Tailgating Recipes

Happy first college football weekend! I have had so many friends asking for tailgating recipes this week, so I decided to compile a list of recipes starting with my Chipotle Vegetarian Chili. Since I have been eating mostly gluten-free lately, I thought I would share 8 healthy Gluten-Free tailgating recipes for this football season. With Alabama playing in Dallas tonight and Auburn playing in Atlanta, it’s a big night for our state. I smiled last night when my oldest son, Alec, told me to be sure to wake him up in time for the start of ESPN College Game Day this morning. Enjoy these tailgating recipes, and please leave me a comment telling me what are some of your favorites!

Gluten Free Chicken Skewers via Family Fresh Cooking

Caprese Skewers via With Style and Grace

Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip via Two Peas & Their Pod

 

Roasted Chickpeas via Ingredients, Inc.

Quick and Easy Salsa via Mountain Mama Cooks 

Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies via Fast Paleo

SCD and Paleo Vanilla Almond Granola via Against All Grain

Travel Tuesday: Spinach Quinoa from Westside Market NYC

This recipe from comes from the Westside Market NYC, a top market in New York, which has been in business for almost 50 years. Their market has seen a rise in the number of people purchasing quinoa at their four locations. Quinoa’s health benefits include it being a gluten free grain, boosting brain power and having high levels of iron and calcium. Maria Zoitas, wife of Westside Market’s founder John Zoitas, the creator of the “made by Maria” line of prepared foods at the market. Here is one of Maria’s healthy creations.

About Westside Market NYC:

Established in 1965, Westside Market NYC has been deeply engrained in the fabric of Manhattan’s Upper Westside life. A rare find in the food market business, Westside Market NYC is family owned and operated in the truest sense. Born and raised on a farm in Roupakia, a village on the island of Lefkada, Greece, John Zoitas arrived in the U.S. from Greece more than 45 years ago. He brought with him a love of fresh-grown produce, authentic cooking, and a steadfast commitment to service and quality. Each of our locations enjoys a remarkably loyal following, which is no surprise; it’s a direct result of the fact that the Zoitas family takes great pride in every aspect of their business. Under the tutelage of his father John, George Zoitas has taken the reigns of Westside Market NYC and made it into the premier market it is today. Our mission is simple: to become your favorite neighborhood food market and caterer of choice by offering the highest quality foods and hard-to-find products supported by friendly, personalized, efficient service. Discover Westside Market NYC, and experience the difference! For more information visit www.wmarketnyc.com

No-Bake Mini Healthy Bites: Gluten-Free and Passover

I love to experiment with “No-Bake” cookie recipes, especially those that are gluten-free, Paleo Diet or perfect for Passover which starts this week. I was excited to make this recipe for No-Bake Mini Energy Bites which I made and tweaked from a recipe I saw on the blog, “Gimme some Oven”.  Her recipe is great, but if you want a Passover or gluten-free version, try grinding your favorite nuts and omitting the oatmeal. These are incredible, and I honestly could not keep my hands out of the container. My 3 kids had absolutely no idea there was flaxseed in them. Feel free to use almond butter instead of peanut butter and any of your favorite nuts.

Broccolini with Pumpkin Seeds Recipe & Health Benefits

Broccolini is a cross between broccoli and kai-lan, a chinese broccoli. It is slightly sweeter than broccoli, and its stalks are thinner so it cooks quicker. I love it when I need to prepare a healthy, fast side dish. Broccolini has great health benefits such as having anti-inflammatory properties, cancer fighting benefits, high antioxidants and more (below). This recipe for Broccolini with Pumpkin Seeds is one of my new family favorites. My kids ate this with no complaints. This recipe is also gluten-free on the paleo diet, and is a super healthy side to add to your weeknight dinner table.

5 Health Benefits of Broccolini:

1. It has beta carotene which helps boost your immune system.

2. It has high levels of vitamin K and Calcium which is great for bone health.

3. It is high in fiber so it aids in digestion, curbs overeating and maintains blood sugar levels.

4. Broccolini is high in Vitamin A and C which help boost immune system, contribute to better vision and helps boost metabolism.

5. Broccolini is high in potassium which is good for the nervous system, promoting brain function and muscle growth.

For more recipes and great information and recipes on metabolism, health and wellness see my FoodLife Project. My first coaching class starts the week of March 26th.

Homemade Kale Chips

Last week I was talking about making kale chips on twitter, and so many people asked me about it, so I was excited to do a segment on NBC 13 Daytime Alabama showing how simple it is. I also talked about some of my favorite Power Foods, so tune in this Wednesday on NBC at 11:30 CST. My daughter, Leigh, can even make these on her own, so I promise that it’s a breeze. They are as healthy as they are delicious, and they work great as an appetizer or side dish.

Gluten Free: Grain-Free Granola

One of my food weaknesses is definitely granola so I thought I would develop a recipe for a Grain-Free Granola for all of those who can’t have grains, are gluten-free, are following the Paleo Diet or are watching their carbohydrate intake. This recipe for Grain-Free Granola is super easy to make, and it’s full of my favorite seeds and nuts. Feel free to use whatever you have on hand as all of the nuts and seeds are easily interchangeable. This granola makes a great breakfast idea stirred into nonfat Greek Yogurt or with almond milk. It also makes a great afternoon snack, a healthy sweet to put in your children’s lunch, or a wonderful dinnertime dessert served with fruit.

Gluten-Free Main Dish: Balsamic Chicken with Pine Nuts

I am so excited about sharing this simple, healthy main dish. In under 30 minutes, this recipe for Balsamic Chicken Cutlets makes a great healthy weeknight or weekend entree. This recipe is perfect if you’re following a gluten-free, Paleo or low carb diet. Pine nuts are a great source of protein, dietary fiber, magnesium and iron, and they add great flavor and crunch to this easy recipe.