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

Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls

Pistachio Chewy Bite Cinnamon Rolls 2 copy
Are you searching for an easy, delicious  recipe to make in celebration of Mother’s Day coming Sunday, May 10th? Delight the special moms in your life with these scrumptious vegan Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls. Take a short cut and use Pistachio Chewy Bites to speed up this recipe. Thanks to Jenny Engel and Heather Goldberg of Spork Foods, for sharing this recipe with my readers. These are perfect for a mother’s day brunch menu.

No-Bake Spiced Cheesecake Bars

No-Bake Spiced Cheesecake Bars

Spiced to perfection, I am so excited to share this easy-to-make, No-Bake Spiced Cheesecake Bar recipe. Combine fresh orange zest with the delicious crunch of a Coconut Chia Granola crust in these cheesecake bars made with Nature’s Path Chia Plus™ Coconut Chia Granola. It’s my latest granola crush with 5 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber per serving with the addition of the superfood, chia seeds! It works fabulous in the curst of this bar recipe! Add a little more zest to the top if you’re in love with the burst of citrus flavor in these bars (I am). This is what I will be making this week for some holiday parties and get togethers. I made this for some friends, and they loved them! Enjoy for holiday gifts, Christmas or Hanukkah dessert. Here’s the nutrition information so serve your guests and friends a healthier holiday treat.

Calories per serving: 152

Fat 11g

Cholesterol 31mg

Sodium 79mg

Carbohydrates 12g

Fibre 0.5g

Sugar 9.5g

Protein 3.5g

Salmon Burgers with Greek Yogurt

Now that Thanksgiving is over, and Christmas is on our heels, it’s tough to stay on track. I have been trying to come up with what’s for dinner as I multi task work, the kids, and extra holiday related tasks. These Salmon Burgers with Greek Yogurt are always worth preparing, and my 3 kids always love them. Feel free to serve on a bun or just on a bed of greens. Canned salmon is one of the most calcium-rich, non-dairy foods. One 3.5 ounce serving with the bones contains two thirds as much calcium as a cup of milk. For women and children especially, consuming plenty of calcium is important for building and maintaining strong bones and reducing the risk of bone fracture later in life. Alaska canned salmon provides high quality protein that is easy and safe to digest by people of all ages. In less than 30 minutes, you’ll have something super healthy for dinner for the entire family.

Blackberry Glazed Turkey Tenderloin Salad

I have been getting so many questions at all of my recent health/wellness speaking engagements about lean proteins. Since people tend to forget about turkey (except during Thanksgiving), how about cooking turkey tenderloins? This recipe for Blackberry Glazed Turkey Tenderloin Salad is a 30 minute, simple recipe that is fresh, fast and pretty. The most difficult part is turning on the grill. The barbecue sauce, paprika and blackberry preserves add great flavor to the turkey. Enjoy the turkey sliced over a salad (such as above) or paired with grilled asparagus and a quinoa side dish for a healthy dinner.

Weekend Inspiration: Recipes, Decor, Yoga

Happy First weekend of March everyone! I thought I would share some awesome inspirational favorites I saw this week via the web. But first, I thought I wanted to share (again) one of my favorite recipes for Breakfast Almond and Raspberry Quinoa which has been so highly requested. Look for big, big news on my site next week. Thanks for everyone’s continued support! Have a great weekend, Alison

Fabulous beyond words via Pinterest

Incredible Laundry Inspiration via Houzz

 Amazing Yoga Inspiration

Creamy Broccoli Spinach Soup via Gourmande in the Kitchen

Funfetti Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting via Bakers Royale

Favorite Valentine Finds: Valentine’s Day Recipes and Crafts

Since Valentine’s Day is next week, I thought I would share a few of my favorite finds (and splurge recipes) from around blogosphere. What are some of your favorites? I will start with my Cookie Dough Truffles (above).

   

Sweet Sugar Cookie Bracelets from Food Plus Words 

 

Chocolate Malt Cake from Dessert First

Valentine Fruit Kabob Dessert from Best Friends for Frosting

Valentine’s Day Trail Mix from Ingredients, Inc.

How To Pipe Lace on Cookies    

The Best Peanut Butter Cookies from Created by Diane

Valentine Printable Treat Bag Toppers from Love from the Oven

Homemade Valentine Cards from Thirty Handmade Days

Valentine’s Day Heart Topiary from Tiny Prints

Valentine’s Day Trail Mix

Valentines is almost here, and I thought I would share my latest healthy idea of what you can snack on at home, in the office or at your kids’ class parties. This Valentine Trail Mix is filled with healthy nuts, yogurt covered pretzels and raisins. Feel free to add your favorite nuts and dried fruits. Top it off with a small amount of regular or peanut M & M’s, and you’ll have a winning Valentine’s Day treat that is fairly healthy too.

Quinoa Salad with Almonds, Cranberries and Mint

Quinoa is one of my favorite Super Foods of 2012. I talked a great deal about quinoa this weekend at my nutrition/healthy eating seminar including how to pronounce it, purchase it and cook it. I had a lot of wonderful questions regarding this gluten-free grain. One serving of quinoa provides all 8 essential amino acids, and it is high in protein and fiber. It’s also a wonderful grain for those on a gluten-free diet, and it works wonderful for breakfast, a side, in soups and salads. I recommend buying the rinsed version to make your life even easier. I developed this recipe for Quinoa Salad with Almonds, Cranberries and Mint for Thanksgiving for Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms Turkey. It makes a great side dish or salad, and my kids absolutely loved it. Add grilled chicken or shrimp if you wish for a main dish salad.

Dunkin’ Doughnuts Coffee Giveaway

For years, my sister, Julie, always served the best coffee at her house. The funny thing is that she wouldn’t tell us where it came from. Finally, she spilled the beans (pun intended) that she purchased it from Dunkin Doughnuts Coffee in Atlanta (it wasn’t sold in Birmingham at the time). Now, I am so excited that almost any local grocery store in town carries “Dunkin’ Donuts Original Blend Coffee”. It’s one of my top picks for coffee brewed at home. This unique mix of 100% Arabica beans has a smooth, delicious flavor with soft, subtle flavors, making it very easy to drink. It’s ideal for that first cup in the morning or paired later in the day with dessert. For more information, visit Dunkin’ Donuts and for coffee promotions, coupons, special offers and more. One lucky winner will receive the Dunkin’ Donuts Prize pack containing one bag of Original Blend, one bag of Decaf, and two Dunkin’ Donuts Mugs. Winner will be chosen, Monday, January 9th at 8 a.m. CST. To enter, do the following:

1. Leave a comment telling my why you want to win this. For more chances to win, do the following:

2. Like Ingredients Inc. on Facebook

3. Follow Alison Lewis on twitter

3. Tweet this link: I entered to win the Dunkin’ Doughnuts Prize pack from @alisonlewis https://www.ingredientsinc.net/2012/01/dunkin-doughnuts-coffee-giveaway/

Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee at Grocery compensated me for participation in this campaign. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.