Easy Rum-Soaked Grilled Pineapple

Easy Rum-Soaked Grilled Pineapple

This Easy Rum-Soaked Grilled Pineapple recipe is my flameless version of “pineapple foster”. It’s fresh, easy and crazy delicious. And it’s also perfect for entertaining!     Oh, and then top this heavenly grilled goodness with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Reduce the rum+cinnamon+brown sugar marinade into a caramelized sauce, and drizzle it on top.  And then maybe even sprinkle on a pinch of cinnamon, if you’re feeling extra fancy....

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Roasted veggie Pitas with Avocado Dip

Roasted veggie Pitas with Avocado Dip

There is only one reason that it is a Top O’ The Monday kind of morning, and it is not the fact that I’m battling a throat-attacking cold, or the fact that we are embarking on some travels in just a few days for which I still have no hotels reserved, or the fact that our second bedroom/office is currently door-less because of a home fix-up project gone bad. Anti-inspiring Monday Things, I hereby banish you to another day. Or another life. Be gonesies.     Today...

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Crisy Black Bean & Rice Burritos

Crisy Black Bean & Rice Burritos

Burritos are BIG in our household, like seriously big.. I can’t imagine a few days going by without wrapping up one of these little baby’s. I love making burritos because they are super quick, easy, and healthy. Remember how easy those chicken burritos I made a few weeks ago were? well these burritos are very similar except with black beans and rice.       INGREDIENTS: 1 can of black beans ½ can of canned corn 1.5 cup mozzarella or Mexican blend shredded...

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Baked Jalapeno Popper Phyllo Cups

Baked Jalapeno Popper Phyllo Cups

Easy to make and even easier to eat, these baked jalapeno popper phyllo cups are the ultimate appetizer! Everyone is sure to adore this jazzed up, bite-sized, crowd-pleasing recipe!     This is totally one of those bonus recipe inception type of deals with a recipe within a recipe. You can follow the full schpiel and make the jalapeño bites as written above or simply serve the filling up as a dip with a small mountain of tortilla chips, some fresh bakery baguette,...

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Skillet Black Bean Queso

Skillet Black Bean Queso

Bold black beans and cheesy pepper jack are a match made in dipping heaven. Everyone loves this easy cheesy black bean queso!     There’s a burrito barn in Wilmington that has the most ridiculous black bean queso ever. It was getting to the point where I was starting to fantasize about driving two hours just to quell the craving. In traffic. With. A. Toddler.       INGREDIENTS:   3/4 cup tomatillo salsa verde 15 oz [1 can] vegetarian refried...

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Hummus Veggie Wrap

Hummus Veggie Wrap

This is one of those “recipes” that seems more of tour of assembly rather than an actual recipe. But because it’s become my standard lunch for the past two weeks, I deemed it in need of a share.     Hummus is easy to make at home. But perfecting the smoothest hummus can be tricky. Use store-bought or homemade hummus in this fast, fresh vegetable-filled lunch and add even more taste by using your favorite vegetable flavored wrap or tortilla. INGREDIENTS: 1 flavored...

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Loaded Guacamole Vegetarian Tacos

Loaded Guacamole Vegetarian Tacos

Veggie-loaded with lots of guacamole, black beans, corn, and peppers, these vegetarian tacos are full-on yummy.   Tacos, I think, more than any other savory food, make people happy. Set up a taco bar with lots of fixin’s, and you’ll have one giddy group of peeps. (Ever had a taco party in the summer? Lots of smoky-grilled toppings and free-flowing cocktails/mocktails/beer makes for one feel-good time.) And anything that includes guacamole. I made guac-loaded vegetarian...

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Skinny Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles

Skinny Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles

Every once in a while, I find the need to detox from all the cheese-stuffed, chocolate-dipped,sprinkled-topped creations that graze these pages. And there seemed like no better time than the present to lighten the caloric load with a healthier take on a comfort food favorite: Shrimp Scampi with Linguine.       So the great news is, you’ll have your wine, and when all is said and done, you’ll have spent just 30 minutes on this recipe for Skinny Shrimp Scampi...

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Spicy Edamame Burgers

Spicy Edamame Burgers

After going vegetarian toward the end of college I became well acquainted with black bean burgers. At most restaurants (at least in my hometown) that serve burgers, the only vegetarian option is a black bean burger. I quickly found that I LOVE them (thankfully!). If I ever decide to join back up with the meat eaters, I will probably still be ordering black bean burgers from time to time. (Just for the record, I am currently a pescatarian, meaning the only meat I eat is...

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Rainbow Veggie Pinwheels & Sesame Lime Quinoa Salad

Rainbow Veggie Pinwheels & Sesame Lime Quinoa Salad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.     Two great back to school lunch options that use the same base ingredients – sesame lime quinoa salad and rainbow veggie pinwheels. A rainbow of veggies and chicken are combined with ranch spread on a rolled tortilla to make healthy and delicious pinwheel sandwiches. INGREDIENTS:   RAINBOW VEGGIE PINWHEELS: 4 large tortillas ⅔ cup whipped cream cheese...

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Italian Roasted Mushrooms and Veggies

Italian Roasted Mushrooms and Veggies

Italian Roasted Mushrooms and Veggies – absolutely the easiest way to roast mushrooms, cauliflower, tomatoes and garlic Italian style. Simple and delicious.     I have a simple recipe for you today and that is roasted mushrooms and veggies. I roast veggies like this all the time, on a weekly basis. This time I chose to use gorgeous and delicious cremini mushrooms, cauliflower and tomatoes. If you’ve never had roasted tomatoes before, my friends, this needs to go...

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Superfood Crunch Salad with Homemade Balsamic Apple Vinaigrette

Superfood Crunch Salad with Homemade Balsamic Apple Vinaigrette

In the spirit of a fresh start, let’s cue the token salad recipe to kick off another year of healthy, feel-good recipes! I’m going to skip the whole “oh I’ve been eating too many sweets and need to eat more veggies” spiel (totally true though) and just get to the recipe because its a good one!       I’ve never been one to think that a salad should be a punishment food. A good hearty salad is a cause for celebration. Call me crazy, but I tend to get as excited...

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Over The Rainbow Cabbage Salad with Tahini-Lemon Dressing

Over The Rainbow Cabbage Salad with Tahini-Lemon Dressing

Purple vegetables, such as this cabbage and others like eggplant and blueberries, contain anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are chemicals that protect body cells, decrease the spread of cancer cells, and more. Be sure to add some toasted sesame seeds (or hemp seeds would work) on top to compliment the salad nicely. I served it with fluffy garlic “buttery” quinoa, as a complete protein source.         INGREDIENTS: About 6-7 cups of roughly chopped red/purple...

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Detox Salad

Detox Salad

Whole Foods salads typically have short ingredient lists as well as vegan and wheat-free options. They are the perfect inspiration for salads at home when you’re getting bored of the usual lettuce and vegetable routine. World’s Healthiest Foods reports that cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, watercress, and mustard greens) are said to be detoxifying because they provide support for the immune system, inflammatory system, hormonal system,...

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Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks

Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks

These Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks are totally addictive – and if you’re looking for a low carb snack or lunch this is the recipe you need. Boring food isn’t going to keep me sticking to any kind of diet, I’ve learned that before. So what I set out to do is make more interesting food that’s going to make me actually want to eat it. Buffalo chicken anything always keeps me pretty interested. Wings are number one, which if you’re following low carb type diet isn’t the worst...

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Vegan Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Vegan Spinach and Artichoke Dip

This Spinach and Artichoke dip is dairy-free, but just as flavorful and creamy as the original version! It’s a perfect way to sideline meat and celebrate #MeatlessMondayNight on game nights! Since Spinach and Artichoke Dip is one of my favorite Monday Night Football treats, I thought it would be a great one to tackle. I had seen a yummy vegan version on Plant Powered Kitchen and thought it would be the perfect recipe to try some Silk Almond Milk in!      ...

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Dilly Cucumber Bites

Dilly Cucumber Bites

These fresh Dilly Cucumber Bites make a great healthy appetizer. Cucumber slices are topped with a fresh dill cream cheese and yogurt mixture, and finished with a juicy cherry tomato. Parties and get-togethers are a great excuse to make some of my favorite more indulgent treats, like brownies and cookies and cheesy dips. But this past month I had so many occasions to make snacks that I actually got a little sick of eating junk. Can you believe it?     Dill and...

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Healthy Sweet Potato Skins

Healthy Sweet Potato Skins

These healthy sweet potato skins are one of my all-time blog favorites – and they’re a reader favorite, too! They’re stuffed with a creamy sweet potato shallot filling with spinach and chickpeas to bump up the yummy health factor and then they are topped with a tiny bit of melty cheese and baked to sweet potato skin perfection.     INGREDIENTS:    2 medium or large sweet potatoes 1½ tablespoons butter 1 shallot, minced 1 bag fresh baby spinach ¼ cup light...

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Thai Mango Cabbage Wraps with Crispy Tofu and Peanut Sauce

Thai Mango Cabbage Wraps with Crispy Tofu and Peanut Sauce

You should make these salad wraps. Over-stuff them all you want. I had a general “tropical salsa meal” concept on my recipe list already, but these wraps didn’t come to be until I tried Ali’s Thai-style nachos at her super cool loft. She topped her nachos with mango salsa and a drizzle of peanut sauce. Delicious!     Mango salsa, crispy baked tofu and an irresistible peanut sauce on cabbage leaves. These salad wraps are light and delicious! Recipe yields 6 to 8...

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Coconut Rice with Brussels Sprouts

Coconut Rice with Brussels Sprouts

This Brussels sprouts dish jumped out to me when I first flipped through the book, and it’s just as delicious as it looks on their pages. I’m not sure I would have thought to combine mint, basil and avocado with coconut rice and seared Brussels sprouts, but they all came together perfectly, in Jeanine’s characteristic light and flavorful style. I’m sure you’ll see the combination again soon. This recipe is a simple dinner or lunch. Fair warning: I couldn’t stop eating it...

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Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Fresh spring rolls arrived at the table that afternoon, and I didn’t know what to think at first. Their oddly translucent skins made them look almost alien-like, but I saw familiar, friendly herbs and vegetables peeking through at me and trusted that I’d like them. We each dunked a roll in spicy sauce and, in between bites, drifted back into conversation about our usual topics of discussion: pirates, Halloween costumes, our dogs. Pure nonsense. I hope you’ll give these...

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Veggie Sushi Bowls

Veggie Sushi Bowls

Somewhere, in the deep recesses of my kitchen drawers, lies a sushi rolling mat. I have used it once, about five years ago, during my first and last attempt at rolling sushi at home. I made some lumpy rolls that day and deemed sushi rolls to be far too much work to make at home. To buy vegetarian sushi at restaurants (when it’s not on happy hour), though, is to spend way too much money on rice and cucumber. I definitely appreciate the skill involved after my own endeavor,...

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Veggie Chinese pancakes

Veggie Chinese pancakes

These vegetarian Chinese pancakes are so quick and easy and the perfect starter if you’re making Chinese food from scratch. These vegetarian Chinese pancakesare full of health-boosting ingredients too such as potassium, which is great for your metabolism, so these are a tasty and healthy alternative to spring rolls. Working out at only 255 calories per serving, these pancake rolls are filled with veggies such as spring onions mangetout and baby corn and plenty of...

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Broccoli with Parmesan Cheese

Broccoli with Parmesan Cheese

Ya see, when broccoli, oil and a wee bit of kosher salt are tossed together on an aluminum sheet pan and roasted in a 500 degree oven… magic happens. The oil crisps the green tops and the broccoli stems so that it’s not only caramelized but super crispy.   INGREDIENTS: 1 bunch Fresh Broccoli, trimmed into florets 3 tablespoons of Extra Light Olive Oil or Safflower Oil Kosher Salt Black Pepper Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated   INSTRUCTIONS: Step 1 Preheat your oven...

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Vietnamese Fried Mixed Vegetable

Vietnamese Fried Mixed Vegetable

Now let’s start cooking one of stunning Vietnamese Recipes Vegetarian for your family and friend with me, Ok? It’s really easy for you guys to follow. INGREDIENTS: 1 carrot 200gr baby corn 4-5 shiitakes 100g peas A few branches of scallion Seasoning: soy sauce, sugar, salt, cooking oil, flour. INSTRUCTIONS: Step 1 Washed peas, cut, and removing thread on 2 sides of peas *** Washed corn, cut in half. Sliced carrots as small size   *** Cut green onion for 0.5cm diagonal,...

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Cream Cheese and Parmesan Asparagus

Cream Cheese and Parmesan Asparagus

I don’t know about you but I’m always on the hunt for easy and delicious side dishes. I’m always leaning towards potatoes or corn because that is what I have on hand, but when Asparagus is on sale I am always sure to stock up. Typically I would just lightly drizzle some olive oil and some coarse salt and broil it for a few minutes, but my mom discovered a new and AMAZING way to make Asparagus. Seriously, my friends, it is delicious!! It’s called Cream Cheese and Parmesan...

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