Category Archives: Healthy

Kick It Up A Notch

I love dips! They are mostly packed with protein and make a very tasty snack, appetizer or side dish, plus they are so simple to make and take seconds to whip up.  This black bean dip took me three minutes to make (seriously, I timed it)!  All you need is a food processor and the ingredients listed below and you are in business! 
 

The dip has a nice kick from the red onion and is amazing to pair with crackers and vegetables.  This dip is also fantastic spread on a wrap or sandwich as a flavorful and healthier alternative to mayonnaise.   The options are endless! 

 
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Kicked Up Black Bean Dip

Makes About 1 Cup
¼ Small Red Onion
1 – 15 oz. Can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1 Tbs. Lemon Juice
1 Tbs. Fresh Mint
1 tsp. Cumin
¼ tsp. Salt
Olive Oil, garnish
Mint Leaves, garnish
Red Pepper Flakes, garnish

In a food processor, pulse all the ingredients together until desired consistency is reached.  Place in a bowl and garnish with mint leaves, a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.  Serve cold.


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Chinese Noodles Two Ways!

Guest Blog Post by Rena Tuchinsky

Hi I’m Rena! I recently started blogging over at my blog “No Way That’s Healthy!” I’ve known Alison for about 7 years now. When I got married Alison made me this huge cookbook with tons of great recipes. C’mon, how awesome is she! I’ve used so many of her recipes and some have even become staples in our home.

One of those recipes is Teriyaki Chicken salad. It is such a hit and I love to use it as a starter to a meal or even on its own for dinner. It goes really well with my sesame or peanut butter noodles. Some recipes call for a ton of unnecessary sugar and if you read my blog you know that I like to find alternatives. So I’ve adjusted these recipes to make them healthy without sacrificing any of the great taste. And of course, they’re super simple. Just the way I like it!



Sesame Noodles
1 Bag of whole wheat spaghetti or fettuccine noodles.
1/2 C. Low odium oy sauce
1/4 C. Sesame oil
1/8 C. Honey, can use up to 1/4 cup if you like it sweeter.
2 Scallions, sliced thinly using the white and dark part.
sesame seeds, to sprinkle

Boil pasta till cooked. Mix together the soy sauce, oil, and honey. Stir into the hot pasta. Mix in the scallions and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
This can be served warm, cold, or room temperature.  


Peanut Butter Noodles
1 bag of whole wheat spaghetti or fettuccine noodles.
1/2 C. All natural peanut butter
3 TBS. Teriyaki sauce
3 TBS. Soy sauce
1 TBS. Minced garlic
3/4 tsp. Powdered ginger or fresh minced ginger if you have
1/2 C. Water or more
1/8 -1/4 C. Honey (optional if you’d like it sweeter)
optional: for some heat add a splash of siracha sauce.
Handful of chopped peanuts
Sprinkle of sesame seeds
Boil pasta till cooked. Whisk together sauce ingredients except for the honey. Add water to thin out. Taste. Add honey if you’d like it sweeter. Pour over warm pasta. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and sesame seeds. Can be served warm, cold, or room temperature.
Note: The natural peanut butter and teriyaki sauce I used had a sweet taste therefore I did not need honey, but I have used brands before that were not sweet and I’ve added honey to balance out the flavor.

Enjoy!

Thanks Ali for having me as a guest! 

Feel free to check out more of my healthy recipes and tips on my blog nowaythatshealthy.blogspot.com

Avocado for Dessert?!

“Avocado for Dessert? No way!!”
This was my first reaction. I wasn’t so keen on the idea either.  In the past, I have seen a few recipes calling for avocados in dessert, but never had the courage to try it…until now!  Let me tell you…it’s great!
Now, don’t expect it to be like Graeters or Haagan-Dazs, but this tangy and creamy sorbet will be sure to give your taste buds a treat!
Go ahead…try some avocado for dessert!  You will be pleasantly surprised!


Raspberry Sorbet

I believe in keeping it fresh and healthy during the summer!  This raspberry sorbet is made with an avocado that makes it naturally dairy free and oh-so creamy.  I recommend eating this straight from the food processor to your bowl.

1 Avocado
1 lime, juiced
2 C. Frozen Raspberries*
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 C. Water
1 C. Sugar
In a food processor, process avocado, berries, lime and vanilla.  Combine water and sugar in a pan and simmer on stove till sugar dissolves and creates a simple syrup.  Pour the simple syrup** into the food process or and process till smooth.  Serve immediately or freeze for later
*Any fruit may be used for the sorbet. 
**If you don’t like the sorbet as sweet, you can use half of the simple syrup.