Thai Salad with Blood Oranges

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Tuesday is World Health Day (April 7th) so how about a recipe for Thai Salad with Blood Oranges? This recipe is super healthy and filled with some of my favorite colorful and flavorful ingredients. If you can’t find blood oranges, feel free to use regular oranges or even fresh strawberries for a twist. If you want to use a fresh Thai Chili instead of red pepper flakes, start slow when adding it to the dressing because they are very spicy. Also, be careful not to touch your eyes after handling the chopped chilis. This salad is also great served with grilled shrimp, steak or chicken, but my kids and I love it on its own. The dressing is fabulous and can be made ahead and stored for up to a week. It uses Colman’s mustard, tons of lime juice and some other wonderful ingredients. Happy spring and World Health Day!

Tofu Noodle Salad

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In honor of meatless Monday, how about creating a low calorie meal making this recipe for Tofu Noodle Salad. These noodles contain only 10 calories and 3 grams of carbohydrates per 4 ounce serving, compared to approximately 400 calories in 4 ounces of regular noodles or pasta! This easy to make dish combines House Foods Tofu Shirataki Spaghetti Shaped Noodles, chopped peppers and onions with Ponzu sauce and sesame oil. This simple low calorie, low carbohydrate recipe will make going for seconds, guilt free. Enjoy!!

Easy Vegetable Kabobs

Easy Vegetable Kabobs

Are you still trying to stay on track eating healthy and working out since the new year began? We are! I am trying to make sure my 3 kids eat more fruits and vegetables, and these Vegetable Kabobs have been a winner as a side dish at our dinner table. I used Ranch seasoning mix with olive oil for the marinade, and also make a yogurt ranch dip to go with them. You can use store-bought Ranch if you have it, but if you have time the recipe for homemade ranch is easy. It’s listed below. Just combine all the ingredients and store covered in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

1 (6 oz.) container nonfat plain Greek yogurt

5 tbsp. nonfat buttermilk

2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

1 tbsp. chopped fresh chives

1/4 tsp. grated lemon zest

2 tsp. Ranch seasoning mix

 

Hearty Lentil Soup

Hearty Lentil Soup

We are having soup week at my house this week with the freezing temperatures. My three kids actually love lentil soup and this Hearty Lentil Soup was a hit last night. This vegetarian version is so easy and super healthy. It’s perfect for lunch or dinner with a salad and a side vegetable (or crusty bread). Lentils are low in calorie and super high in nutrition! They are great for heart health, digestive health, cholesterol reduction and more. Lentils are also high in protein with 26% of the lentil’s calories attributed to protein. Lentils are also loaded with folate, fiber and iron. Lentils need no presoaking, and they cook in less than an hour (in some cases, under 30 minutes). Of all the kinds available, red lentils cook the fastest, because they are sold with their hulls removed. But they also provide less fiber than the black, brown, or green varieties, which come with their hulls intact. To store lentils, keep them a cool, dry place, and they will stay fresh for several months. Enjoy and happy New Year!

Mango Smoothie with Tofu

Mango Smoothie with Tofu

As the heat wave of summer approaches, we can’t think of a better way to cool off than with a smoothie that’s both healthy and indulgent. Enjoy this Mango Smoothie with Tofu made with House Foods Tofu. This recipe will satisfy any craving and rejuvenate anyone on a hot summer day. It’s perfect for breakfast, after a workout or an afternoon snack.

House Foods Tofu offers both Premium & Organic products in five consistencies – soft, medium firm, firm, extra firm and super firm.  All varieties are made exclusively with 100% US grown soybeans and are Non-GMO Product Verified, gluten-free and Kosher certified.  Not only is House Foods Tofu low in fat and high in protein, it also has the ability to soak up any flavor and add body and texture to your favorite dishes.

Tofu Tacos for Cinco De Mayo

Tofu Taco

I am thinking about making a vegetarian for Cinco deMayo on Monday (or maybe the Kentucky Derby tomorrow). These Tofu Tacos are perfect for Cinco De Mayo. I made these for my 3 kids, and they fell in love with tofu. This recipe is so easy, fast and healthy! I used House Foods Tofu which offers both Premium & Organic products in five consistencies.   All products are made exclusively with 100% US grown soybeans and are Non-GMO Product Verified, certified gluten-free and Kosher.  Not only is House Foods’ tofu low in fat and high in protein, it also has the ability to soak up any flavor and add body and texture to a dish. Happy Friday everyone and have a great weekend!

Vegetarian Quinoa Recipe

My daughter, Leigh, had to make a Peruvian Quinoa recipe for her advanced Spanish 2 class, which gave her and I the chance to come up with a new quinoa recipe. We experimented with many recipes, but we loved this Vegetarian Quinoa. Luckily, for me, my three kids love quinoa, and it’s a fabulous ingredient because it’s gluten free, rich in protein, contains all 9 of the essential amino acids and so much more. Quinoa is high in iron which helps our red blood cells stay healthy, high in lysene, essential for our tissues growth and repair. This superfood is also high in Riboflavin (B2) which is super important for our brain health and improves our energy and metabolism. It also has twice as much fiber as other grains. Need I say more? Enjoy this for lunch as a side dish or afternoon snack. I spooned it over fresh arugula with some crumbled feta cheese, and it was a great, healthy lunch. Here’s to a great and healthy week ahead!

Easy Spinach Lasagna

While I am still digging out after my move late last week, I somehow have managed to get dinner on the table the past two nights. Last night, I made a roast since I think the kids and I were craving comfort food. Then yesterday I made an Easy Spinach Lasagna. I have to be honest. I have never used oven-ready lasagna noodles. Since I knew my schedule was tight, I thought that this is the best time to give them a try. The kids didn’t notice (and ate it all) so I am thinking that is a good sign. Feel free to add anything to this recipe such as other vegetables, beef, shrimp or even substitute fresh kale of the spinach. Here’s to a fabulous week ahead! Cheers!

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.

Vegetarian Pasta: Clean out the Freezer

I cleaned out the freezer this weekend, and I created the most awesome Vegetarian Pasta dish. My kids loved it, and they asked me if we were having company coming over. This is so easy and quick, under 30 minutes to prepare. Feel free to use any frozen vegetables in this recipe or add leftover cooked chicken or shrimp if you wish. People tend to forget that frozen foods and vegetables are picked at their peak and then flash frozen so they are just as nutritionally healthy and sometimes even more economical. Read more about the use of frozen food tips on Easy Home Meals and NFRA.

Also, check out my television appearance last week in New York on Fox & Friends First and  Fox & Friends on “What to Toss and what to keep”. It was such a blast! Video is here.