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Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Butternut Squash & Crispy Kale

Vegan baked gnocchi is tossed with delicious fall spices, butternut squash and crispy kale for an easy, healthy, sheet pan recipe made in just 25 minutes!

Gnocchi, butternut squash and kale in bowl with wooden spoons

Butternut squash is my favorite fall vegetable! It can be turned into an appetizer with this Roasted Butternut Squash Apple Bruschetta Recipe, a taco with this Vegan Butternut Squash Taco Recipe or a soup with this Chai Spiced Butternut Squash Soup Recipe. It’s so versatile and so delicious!

A few weeks ago I had a bag of diced up butternut squash in the fridge and a package of gnocchi in the pantry, I decided to experiment putting the two together in an easy sheet pan recipe for dinner.

That dinner turned out so delicious that I turned around and made it again the next day for the blog!

The crispy kale, paired with the tender gnocchi and creamy butternut squash creates the perfect trifecta of textures. And all of the fall spices really take the flavor of this recipe over the top!

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Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos are a healthy, easy recipe for dinner! The buffalo cauliflower is baked, then broiled for a crispy texture. It’s then wrapped up in corn tortillas, topped with a dairy free avocado sauce and jalapeno carrot slaw, creating a totally delicious & gluten free taco recipe!

Buffalo cauliflower tacos on corn tortillas with jalapeno carrot slaw and fresh cilantro on plate with small bowl of buffalo sauce

I’m never one to shy away from tacos! Breakfast Tacos, Pulled Pork Tacos or Greek Pita Tacos, there’s no such thing as “too many tacos” in my world!

When it comes to making vegan tacos, I love Butternut Squash Tacos in the fall, Grilled Veggie Chimichurri Tacos in the summer and these Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos year-round!

These tacos seriously couldn’t be easier to make!

Toss some cauliflower with buffalo sauce and roast in the oven. While the cauliflower is roasting, mix up a little jalapeno carrot slaw and blend together the avocado sauce. Once the buffalo cauliflower comes out of the oven, toss it all on a tortilla and you have one seriously scrumptious vegan taco recipe!

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Mediterranean Tuna Salad Stuffed Zucchini

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Roasted zucchini boats are filled with a healthy Mediterranean Tuna Salad, made with roasted red peppers, spinach, sun dried tomatoes and no mayo. This recipe is gluten free, dairy free and perfect for clean eating!

 

Mediterranean Tuna Salad with Roasted Red Peppers and Sun Dried Tomatoes Stuffed in Roasted Zucchini Boats on Wood Cutting Board

Thank you to StarKist Selects E.V.O.O. for sponsoring today’s post!

Getting into a routine of healthy eating can be tough, but with simple protein packed recipes with fresh ingredients, it gets a lot easier!

Zucchini Boats are one of my go-to healthy dinner options, made in under 30 minutes! You can fill the zucchini with buffalo chicken, Greek spiced ground turkey or delicious StarKist Selects E.V.O.O.™ Yellowfin Tuna with Sun Dried Tomatoes.

StarKist Selects E.V.O.O. Tuna is packed in extra virgin olive oil giving it a rich flavor and tender texture. It’s perfect for adding to a Mediterranean Tuna Salad because the olive oil works as a binding ingredient without adding any mayo or dairy to the tuna salad.

You might have had tuna salad as a sandwich or lettuce wrap, but did you ever think about stuffing it in roasted zucchini boats? I didn’t think so!

Welcome to a new, fun recipe that I know you’re going to love!

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The Ultimate Low Carb Nachos

The ultimate low carb nachos are made by loading mini peppers with all of your favorite nacho toppings, like cheese and veggies, for a healthy, gluten free & low calorie recipe, perfect for parties, game day and Super Bowl Sunday!

nachos made with sweet mini peppers, covered in taco seasoned ground turkey, corn, tomatoes, black beans, cheese and jalapenos

What’s not to love about nachos?! They’re easy to make, loaded with delicious toppings, totally acceptable to eat for dinner (in my book!), but also the perfect appetizer to share with friends at a party or sporting event!

While The Ultimate Pulled Pork Nachos used to be my go-to nacho recipe for game day, they’re now tied for first place with these Ultimate Low Carb Nachos!

Read the full recipe here!

Greek Turkey Stuffed Zucchini

Low carb, gluten free and delicious, this Greek Turkey Stuffed Zucchini recipe has it all! It’s healthy, scrumptious and easy to make in just 29 minutes!

Greek Turkey Stuffed Zucchini with Sun Dried Tomatoes

While zucchini noodles used to be my favorite way to add zucchinis to a meal, zucchini boats are now coming in at a close second!

My obsession started with these Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats and now to these Greek Turkey Zucchini Boats.

But don’t you worry, if you love zoodles, I still have plenty of those recipes too, like the popular Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls, the new Vegan Pad Thai with Zoodles and my personal favorite, Pesto Baked Salmon with Zoodles.

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Vegan Pad Thai with Zoodles

Ditch traditional noodles for zucchini noodles in this delicious, veggie packed, gluten free and vegan Pad Thai recipe, made with the best Pad Thai sauce in only 20 minutes!

Vegan Pad Thai with Zucchini Noodles, Sugar Snap Peas, Crushed Peanuts and Scallions

After 7 years of blogging (that’s right, my 7 year blogiversary is in 2 days!) one of my favorite things to do is take two really popular recipes and mash them up!

Enter 15 Minute Spicy Vegetable Pad Thai & Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls!

For this recipe I stole the zoodles from the zoodle bowl recipe and the pad thai sauce from the vegetable pad thai recipe, added A TON of veggies and voila, Vegan Pad Thai with Zoodles was born!

The result was one seriously delicious combination of textures and flavors in a totally easy, veggie packed recipe!

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Low Calorie Charcuterie Board

Your party guests will never guess that this charcuterie board is low calorie! Bursting with colors and flavors, learn how to make a charcuterie board that is easy to create, with a gorgeous display, that’s also healthy and gluten free!

Low Calorie Charcuterie Board with Carrots, Celery, Bell Peppers, Hummus, Berries and Chicken Snack Sticks

Charcuterie boards, oh how I love thee! You’re gorgeous, easy to make and filled with a few of my favorite things, meats, cheeses, fruits, veggies and dips!

While I usually create charcuterie boards for parties or as an appetizer for dinner with friends,  I’m definitely not above making a charcuterie board for two and eating it for dinner with Kurt!

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Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats

Zucchini boats are stuffed with ground chicken breast cooked with onions, garlic and buffalo sauce in this deliciously easy, healthy, low carb and gluten free recipe!

Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats with Pepper Jack Cheese and Cilantro

I love stuffed veggie recipes, they’re fun, colorful and healthy! Some of my favorite veggies to stuff are spaghetti squash, bell peppers and sweet potatoes.

These recipes for Vegetarian Stuffed Spaghetti SquashTurkey Chili Stuffed Spaghetti Squash,  Whole 30 Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers and Chipotle Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are just a few of my favorite stuffed veggie recipes!

Now let’s talk about stuffing zucchini! You can stuff zucchini with a variety of ingredients, from pizza toppings, to taco seasoned meat, to veggies and beans for a vegetarian meal. Of course, I stuffed them with my favorite ingredient, buffalo chicken!

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Shishito Peppers with Soy Ginger Sauce

Blistered Shishito Peppers sauteed in Soy Ginger Sauce are an Asian restaurant favorite that you can now easily make at home with this simple 20 minute recipe!

Blistered Shishito Peppers in Soy Ginger Sauce with Crispy Panko Breadcrumbs

Over the years I’ve turned hundreds of friends and family members on to the deliciousness that is a Shishito Pepper! Ok, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but lets just say I’ve introduced a lot of people to these amazing little peppers, and out of all those people, everyone has loved them!

What are shishito peppers?

Shishito peppers are a sweet pepper from East Asia, often served as a starter at popular sushi restaurants such as Nobu, Ra and Katsuya. The fun thing about these peppers is that they’re a mild, sweet pepper, yet about one in every ten is spicy!  Surprise!

I call them the “Russian roulette” of peppers because you never know when you’re going to get a spicy one!

Up until a couple of years ago, I was only able to find fresh shishitos at the Asian markets around San Diego, but now I see them at most major grocery stores, including Sprouts and Trader Joe’s.

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Sheet Pan Salmon Fajitas

This incredibly flavorful recipe for salmon fajitas is made on one sheet pan in just 29 minutes for a quick and easy recipe! Serve the fajitas on tortillas or in a rice bowl for a delicious meal!

Baked Salmon Fajitas with Bell Peppers and Onions, Sliced Avocado and Lime Wedge in Bowl with Rice

Fajitas are a staple around our house. They are one of the few meals that Kurt actually makes himself, but for this fajita recipe, I took charge and switched things up a bit!

Inspired by these popular 10 Minute Veggie Fajita Rice Bowls, I turned these sheet pan salmon fajitas into a bowl for myself, but also served them in a more traditional style in flour tortillas for Kurt. Both versions are totally delicious, so serve as you’d like! You could even ditch the rice and tortillas to make this recipe Whole 30 approved!

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Spinach Artichoke Chicken

A creamy combination of goat cheese, greek yogurt, spinach and artichokes are stuffed into this delicious Spinach Artichoke Chicken recipe! It’s easy, healthy, low carb and keto diet approved!

Sliced Spinach Artichoke Chicken with Fresh Basil and Lemons

Healthy grilled chicken recipes are a staple around my house, from Bruschetta Grilled Chicken and Mango Salsa Chicken to Mediterranean Chicken Skewers and Chipotle Lime Chicken Fajita Skewers, I love how easy it is to create a healthy and flavorful grilled chicken recipe with the right marinade!

This Spinach Artichoke Chicken recipe has both the right marinade and the perfect filling to create a delicious and healthy dish!

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Mango Salsa Chicken

Looking for an easy, flavorful meal idea? Check out this scrumptious Mango Salsa Chicken, grilled in a chipotle honey glaze and topped with fresh, homemade mango salsa!

Grilled Chicken topped with Mango Salsa and Fresh Cilantro

Mmm mangos, the delicious tropical fruit that goes great in margaritas, salads and salsas, and is perfect for topping grilled meats in the summer!

When it comes to mango salsa, I love to eat it any way I can! Dipped up with chips, on top of baked salmon or with a spoon straight to my mouth 😉 Mango salsa is made up of a simple combination of mango, tomato, onion, jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice. All of these fresh ingredients combine to make a salsa worthy of eating straight from the spoon!

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Chimichurri Shrimp Skewers

With just 3 ingredients in 29 minutes, you can toss together these flavorful Chimichurri Shrimp Skewers! They’re so easy to make, gluten free and dairy free!

Chimichurri Shrimp Skewers with Limes and Chimichurri Sauce

Last week on Instagram, I declared that chimichurri was “the official sauce of summer 2018” and I’m sticking with it! Ever since I shared this easy 5 minute Chimichurri Sauce recipe earlier this summer, I’ve been receiving tons of Instagram messages from people letting me know that they’re as obsessed with this sauce as I am!

It’s so flavorful, so easy to make and you can toss it in a mason jar in the fridge to add to Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls, Grilled Veggie Tacos or Shrimp Skewers throughout the week!

Read the full recipe here!

Greek Bruschetta

Looking for the perfect Mediterranean appetizer made in just 15 minutes? Try this easy Greek Bruschetta recipe made with fresh cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, hummus and feta cheese!

Greek Bruschetta - Tomato Cucumber, Hummus and Feta Cheese on Toasted Baguettes

If you’re looking for a bruschetta recipe, you’ve come to the right place! From my famous Tomato Basil Bruschetta Recipe, to twists on the classic, like Avocado Bruschetta, Beet Bruschetta with Goat Cheese and Strawberry Balsamic Bruschetta, I love sharing new bruschetta recipes that are perfect for serving as snacks or appetizers!

Heck, why not try them all and set up a Bruschetta bar at your next party!

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Chimichurri Chicken Zoodle Bowls

Chimichurri chicken is marinated in an easy, homemade chimichurri sauce, grilled to perfection, then served over zucchini noodles with cherry tomatoes. This flavorful, gluten free & dairy free recipe is perfect for dinner or meal prep!

Chimichurri Grilled Chicken, Zucchini Noodles and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

With over 4.5 million views and 111,000 shares on Facebook, it’s easy to say that people love this recipe for Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls! And if you love that recipe, you’re also going to love this recipe for Chimichurri Chicken Zoodle Bowls! They’re healthy, gluten free and Whole 30 approved!

Earlier this month, I shared an authentic Chimichurri Sauce recipe that’s easily made in just 5 minutes! Now, I’m sharing some of my favorite ways to use the sauce in recipes throughout the week, like these Chimichurri Veggie Tacos and this Chimichurri Chicken Zoodle Bowl recipe.

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Quinoa Corn Salad with Avocado Dressing

Quinoa Corn Salad is the perfect side dish for summer! Fresh grilled corn, nutty quinoa and juicy cherry tomatoes are tossed with a creamy avocado dressing for a vegetarian & gluten free salad full of flavor and nutrition!

Gluten Free Quinoa Corn Salad with Cherry Tomatoes

I am all about fresh grilled corn, I’ll eat it straight off the cob, turn it into Deconstructed Mexican Street Corn, make it into Roasted Poblano Corn Salsa or add it to this Fresh Corn Salad recipe. It’s one of my favorite summer staples and I seriously can’t get enough of it!

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Shrimp Bruschetta Zoodle Bowls

Delicious Italian marinated grilled shrimp is topped with homemade tomato basil bruschetta and served over sautéed zucchini noodles in this healthy, Whole 30 and gluten free Shrimp Bruschetta Zoodle Bowl recipe!

Bruschetta, Grilled Shrimp and Zucchini Noodles in Bowl

With over 4.5 MILLION video views on Facebook, over 100,000 shares and 40,000 comments, it’s clear to see that these Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls are a hit!

The original inspiration for these bowls came from my Tomato Basil Bruschetta Recipe that I’ve been making for years! I wanted more ways to eat this delectable recipe, rather than just as an appetizer, so I served it over grilled chicken, on a bed of zoodles and the world took notice!

Today, I’m sharing how to make a similar bruschetta zoodle bowl, but with delicious grilled shrimp! And I’m serious when I say DELICIOUS grilled shrimp! I could eat this shrimp by itself, all day every day… and I did! I could not resist gobbling up a few grilled shrimps before putting these bowls together!

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30 Easy Whole30 Recipes + Shopping List

Check out these 30 easy Whole30 recipes that will make it simple to create healthy Whole30 meals, that also taste delicious! Plus, use the handy Whole30 shopping guide to grab everything you need to make these tasty recipes at home!

Check out these 30 easy Whole30 recipes that will make it simple to create healthy Whole30 meals, that also taste delicious! Plus, use the handy Whole30 shopping guide to grab everything you need to make these tasty recipes at home!

I’m wrapping up “Whole30 March” today with a list of 30 Easy Whole30 Recipes + a convenient Whole30 shopping list that will make it simple to purchase ingredients for the Whole30 diet that you might not already have in your kitchen pantry.

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Grilled Cajun Chicken with Bell Pepper Cajun Slaw

This recipe features the best cajun chicken marinade ever, that just so happens to also be dairy free, gluten free and Whole30! Grill the chicken up and serve it with Bell Pepper Cajun Slaw for a healthy, complete meal.

This recipe features the best cajun chicken marinade ever, that just so happens to also be dairy free, gluten free and Whole30! Grill the chicken up and serve it with Bell Pepper Cajun Slaw for a healthy, complete meal.

We’re coming up on the end of “Whole30 March” and I’m so excited to end the month with a couple new favorites. This Grilled Cajun Chicken recipe being one of them!

I’m being totally serious when I tell you that this is the worlds best Cajun chicken marinade! Whether you’re looking for a healthy Whole30 recipe or not, you’re going to want to make this recipe!

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Whole30 Chipotle Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Deliciously easy Whole30 chipotle chili is added to these stuffed sweet potatoes for a scrumptious gluten free and dairy free meal, made in under an hour!

Deliciously easy Whole30 chipotle chili is added to these stuffed sweet potatoes for a scrumptious gluten free and dairy free meal, made in under an hour!

I can’t say enough good things about the delicious combo of smokey, spicy chipotle chili + creamy baked sweet potatoes. They’re a match made in Whole30 heaven, that I could eat every week!

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Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Green Chili Avocado Sauce & Spaghetti Squash

This delicious Whole30 recipe combines roasted spaghetti squash and green chili avocado sauce with cilantro lime shrimp for a healthy, gluten free and dairy free meal!

This delicious Whole30 recipe combines roasted spaghetti squash and green chili avocado sauce with cilantro lime shrimp for a healthy, gluten free and dairy free meal!

I love this recipe because it’s a combination of two of my favorite recipes, Chili Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Green Chili Avocado Sauce, combined with my favorite squash, spaghetti! I altered the two recipes slightly to make them Whole30 compliant and the result was delicious!

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Whole30 Eggplant Roll Ups

Italian seasoned ground turkey and mushrooms fill these delicious eggplant roll ups, baked in a flavorful tomato sauce. This recipe is gluten free, dairy free and Whole30 compliant!

Italian seasoned ground turkey and mushrooms fill these delicious eggplant roll ups, baked in a flavorful tomato sauce. This recipe is gluten free, dairy free and Whole30 compliant!

Although I love all of my recipes, this might just be my favorite Whole30 recipe so far (shhh don’t tell the others!)

What can I say, I’m a sucker for Italian food. Even when I was a picky eater growing up, I always loved my Italian food! I know, the blasphemy that a food blogger used to be a picky eater!

Usually pasta and cheese are at the top of my Italian menu but I was determined to make an equally amazing Italian dish without the pasta and cheese that was Whole30 compliant.

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Balsamic Salmon Zoodle Bowls

Roasted balsamic salmon is served over zucchini noodles topped with a berry avocado salsa for a flavorful meal that’s easy to make, gluten free, dairy free and Whole 30 approved!

Roasted balsamic salmon is served over zucchini noodles topped with a berry avocado salsa for a flavorful meal that's easy to make, gluten free, dairy free and Whole 30 approved!

Four and a half MILLION, that’s how many times my Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls video has been viewed on Facebook! This viral sensation has led me to see that the zoodle bowl trend is one that’s here to stay!

From Teriyaki Pineapple Chicken Zoodle Bowls to Greek Chicken Zoodle Bowls to this delicious Balsamic Salmon Zoodle Bowl, you can find enough zoodle bowl recipes on the blog to fill up an entire weeks menu!

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Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers – Whole 30 Recipes

You definitely want to add these Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers to your list of Whole 30 Recipes! They’re healthy, gluten free, dairy free and delicious!

Ground chicken, spices, veggies and buffalo sauce are baked in bell peppers for a healthy recipe that's gluten free, dairy free and Whole30 compliant!

It’s the 1st of March and also the first day of “Whole 30 March” on the blog!

I decided to share a month of Whole 30 recipes for a few reasons. I wanted to create new healthy recipes both for the blog and for my weekly menu. I had several friends and followers request Whole 30 recipes. And I realized that you could have buffalo sauce (certain brands, of course!) while eating Whole30 and then I was in!

I’ve never been a “diet” person but I do believe in balancing healthy eating along with indulgent eats for a well rounded diet that let’s you enjoy the foods you love, along with making sure you eat your peas and carrots! 😉

The Whole 30 recipes I’ll be sharing this month are not just for those on the Whole30 diet. These recipes, like Balsamic Salmon Zoodle Bowls, Turkey Taco Salad and Chipotle Chili Sweet Potatoes, are perfect for those with gluten or dairy allergies or sensitivities as they’re all gluten free and dairy free. They’re also for those of us (like me!) looking for recipes that are healthy but also incredibly flavorful and delicious.

I spent a lot of time developing recipes that fit within Whole30 compliance, but also seriously taste great, so you’ll never feel like you’re missing out on a really great homemade meal when you make these recipes!

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Vegan Avocado Smoothie Bowls

Fresh avocados, bananas and spinach are blended up with almond milk yogurt and coconut water in this delicious, vegan avocado smoothie bowl recipe!

Fresh avocados, bananas and spinach are blended up with almond milk yogurt and coconut water in this delicious, vegan avocado smoothie bowl recipe!

As we head into Spring in just a few short weeks, I’m excited to share lots of simple, healthy and fresh recipes featuring some of my favorite pantry and refrigerator staples.

One of those refrigerator staples is Silk Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative. I’ve partnered up with Silk to share this awesome avocado smoothie bowl with Silk Vanilla Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative. This delicious vegan product is great for adding to smoothies or smoothie bowls or simply topping with fruit and granola for breakfast or an afternoon snack!

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Mediterranean Chicken Skewers

Fresh spinach, spices, lemon and olive oil are combined in an amazing marinade for these grilled Mediterranean Chicken Skewers! 

Fresh spinach, spices, lemon and olive oil are combined in an amazing marinade for these grilled Mediterranean Chicken Skewers! 

Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at Vons!  All opinions are my own.

It’s the beginning of a new year and healthy eating is on the minds of many. If you’re looking for a new healthy recipe that’s also amazingly flavorful, then you have to try these Mediterranean Chicken Skewers!

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Balsamic Chicken & Butternut Squash Noodle Bowls

Grilled balsamic chicken & roasted butternut squash noodles are topped with a pomegranate apple arugula salad in this healthy, gluten free bowl recipe!

Grilled balsamic chicken & roasted butternut sqaush noodles are topped with a pomegranate apple arugula salad in this healthy, gluten free bowl recipe!

Today’s post is sponsored by Litehouse & features affiliate links to some of my favorite kitchen products that helped me make this delicious recipe! 

The leaves are changing colors, the temperatures are dropping and I’m trading in zucchini noodles for butternut squash noodles, yes, it’s true, fall has officially arrived!

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Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon salsa is refreshing, flavorful and will be the hit of the summer! Serve it with tortilla chips for a vegan and gluten free snack or serve it over chicken, fish or tacos for a delicious meal!

Watermelon salsa is refreshing, flavorful and will be the hit of the summer! Serve it with tortilla chips for a vegan and gluten free snack or serve it over chicken, fish or tacos for a delicious meal!

I first made this watermelon salsa in the summer of 2015 to serve on top of chorizo tostadas, but after making it too many times to count this summer as a party and picnic snack, I had to give the recipe it’s own post on the blog!

I made this recipe three times 4th of July weekend and by the third time, I learned my lesson and doubled the recipe!

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Green Tahini Sauce

This healthy, vegan and gluten free Green Tahini Sauce Recipe is perfect for topping buddha bowls, chicken and fish, or serve it as a dip with veggies!

This healthy, vegan and gluten free Green Tahini Sauce Recipe is perfect for topping buddha bowls, chicken and fish, or serve it as a dip with veggies!

Trader Joe’s Green Tahini Sauce and dip, a delicious and healthy staple on my Trader Joe’s shopping list that has magically disappeared from my local store. Say what?! I know, the travesty is real y’all!

I went to pick up a tub of this delicious sauce last week to top my Grilled Veggie Green Buddha Bowls (recipe coming on Thursday!) and there was none to be found. It’s slot in the refrigerator section wasn’t even there anymore. Could this be another delicious Trader Joe’s product gone into retirement?! I don’t know, but just in case, I’m now prepared to make my own at home!

Luckily, this green tahini sauce is so easy to make at home!

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Healthy Asian Chicken Rice Bowls

Sesame ginger marinated & grilled chicken tops these Healthy Asian Chicken Rice Bowls filled with oranges, almonds, veggies & tons of flavor!

Sesame ginger marinated & grilled chicken tops these Healthy Asian Chicken Rice Bowls filled with oranges, almonds, veggies & tons of flavor!

I simply can’t get enough of the current “bowl trend”, for me it’s a fun and delicious way to eat healthier without just eating a salad every day!

But of course, I do have to admit that this recipe was inspired by A SALAD (ironic, I know!) at one of my favorite San Diego restaurants, Coffee Cup. Their Chino Citrus Salad is a combination of mixed greens topped with orange slices, carrots, bean sprouts, cilantro, grilled chicken and their delicious homemade dressing.

After eating it for lunch last week, I decided to come home and recreate the salad as a bowl!

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Kale Pistachio Pesto

Fresh kale, pistachios and coconut oil are combined in this vegan, gluten free, healthy pistachio pesto recipe. It’s perfect with pasta, chicken or on pizza!

Fresh kale, pistachios and coconut oil are combined in this vegan, gluten free, healthy pistachio pesto recipe, perfect with pasta, chicken or on pizza!

I love pesto! Spinach pesto, basil pesto, sun dried tomato pesto and now kale pistachio pesto!

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Cinnamon Chipotle Salmon

Baked Cinnamon Chipotle Salmon is a healthy, gluten free recipe that has the perfect balance of sweet and spicy, and is made in only 29 minutes for a quick and easy meal!

Baked Cinnamon Chipotle Salmon is a healthy, gluten free recipe that has the perfect balance of sweet and spicy, and is made in only 29 minutes for a quick and easy meal!

Easy baked salmon recipes are a go-to for me during the week. They’re healthy, quick and simple which is key for busy weeknights!

You can bake the salmon with veggies for a complete meal in just minutes!

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Greek Chicken Zoodle Bowls

Marinated & grilled Greek Chicken is served on a bowl of zucchini noodles, topped with cucumber tomato salsa for a healthy, gluten free meal made in under 30 minutes!

Marinated & grilled Greek Chicken is served on a bowl of zucchini noodles, topped with cucumber tomato salsa for a healthy, gluten free meal made in under 30 minutes!

Oh hey everyone, happy Thursday! I’m so excited to share this recipe today because it combines two WhitneyBond.com recipe favs, Greek Tacos and Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls!

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Healthy Turkey Lettuce Wraps

These PF Chang’s copycat turkey lettuce wraps, made in only 15 minutes, are prepared with lean ground turkey, making them a healthy & gluten free option! 

These PF Chang's copycat turkey lettuce wraps, made in only 15 minutes, are prepared with lean ground turkey, making them a healthy & gluten free option!

If you’ve ever been to a PF Chang’s, there’s a 99.9% chance, you’ve had their famous lettuce wraps!

While I don’t frequent many chain restaurants, (I’m lucky to have so many amazing local options in San Diego!) I do have to say that I don’t mind a little PF Chang’s every once in a while, some Chicken Lettuce Wraps, followed by Sweet & Sour Chicken, delish! But, I also love being able to make these recipes at home for a little less money and a lot less calories!

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Roasted Red Pepper Turkey Bolognese

Roasted red peppers add a delicious flavor to this healthy Turkey Bolognese recipe, serve over spaghetti or with zucchini noodles for a gluten free meal.

Roasted red peppers add a delicious flavor to this healthy Turkey Bolognese recipe, serve over spaghetti or with zucchini noodles for a gluten free meal.

With a new year, comes new years resolutions to eat healthier. For me, one of the best ingredients to keep in the fridge to stay healthy is Jennie-O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast.  It’s loaded with protein and low in fat and calories, making it a great choice for substituting ground beef in recipes like tacos, meatballs, chili and bolognese!

This turkey bolognese has only 272 calories and 5 grams fat per serving, while it boasts 31 grams of protein per serving. (This recipe makes 4 servings!) The sauce can be served with traditional pasta, or switch it up and serve the sauce over roasted spaghetti squash or sautéed zucchini noodles to keep it low carb and gluten free!

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Thai Peanut Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl

Roasted sweet potatoes and quinoa are topped with delicious Thai peanut sauce in this healthy, gluten free & vegan buddha bowl recipe!

Roasted sweet potatoes and quinoa are topped with delicious Thai peanut sauce in this healthy, gluten free & vegan buddha bowl recipe!

While 2016 was the year that the Wall Street Journal claimed “Bowls Are The New Plates“, the bowl trend isn’t going anywhere according to the “Pinterest 100” naming Buddha Bowls one of the Top 10 Food Trend Predictions of 2017!

So what exactly is a Buddha Bowl? It’s a healthy bowl filled with a whole grain, such as brown rice or quinoa, raw and cooked veggies, such as sweet potatoes, broccoli or cauliflower and topped with a healthy sauce or dip, such as hummus, peanut sauce or pesto.

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Spinach Artichoke Turkey Burgers

Spinach Artichoke Turkey Burgers

The sun is shining, the coats are put away and the grill is lit, because it’s almost summer and that means grilling season is here!

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Healthy Swaps with Healthy Choice

This post brought to you by Healthy Choice.

Healthy Swaps with Healthy Choice

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What Healthy Means To Me with Healthy Choice

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Healthy Choices with Chef Jackie

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit the Healthy Choice headquarters and find out just what healthy means to them. I met with Chef Jackie who is part of a team that creates all of the Healthy Choice meals you’ll find in your grocers freezer section.

We talked about how Healthy Choice considers people with dietary restrictions and different health concerns when creating their meals, just as I do at home when creating recipes for the blog.

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Blood Orange Baked Salmon & Carrots

Chipotle pepper, honey and blood oranges create a delicious glaze for this healthy and gluten free baked salmon recipe with rainbow carrots!

Blood Orange Baked Salmon Recipe

I love my friend Carla for many reasons, she’s loud, fun and loves food, just like me 😉

Oh and she comes with one major friendship bonus, she has a blood orange tree in her front yard!

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Turkey Chili Spaghetti Squash

Turkey Chili Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Tomorrow is the first day of fall and I couldn’t be more excited for the delicious flavors of the new season!

Two of my favorite things to make during fall are chili and squash, so I’ve combined them both in this tasty & healthy new recipe!

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Energy Boosting Berry Banana Smoothie

Energy Boosting Berry Banana Smoothie Recipe

I know that the winter months can be tough, it’s cold and dark in the mornings, making it much more difficult to wake up.  Well, that’s why I’m here today to bring you an energy boosting smoothie to start your day!

Read the full post here!

Beet Hummus

Beet Hummus

A few years back I watched a segment on all of the health benefits of purple foods. I then proceeded to go on a total “Purple Food Kick”.

It’s crazy how many purple foods are out there when you look, purple potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, and of course beets!

Read the full post here!

Greek Quinoa Salad

This greek quinoa salad is filled with flavor, healthy ingredients and tons of protein without any meat, and it’s gluten free!

Gluten Free Greek Quinoa Salad

While I draw inspiration from many places when developing new recipes for the blog, one of my go-to stops is the “most popular” and “most pinned” recipes on WhitneyBond.com.

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Avocado Scallop Ceviche

Avocado Scallop Ceviche

After the amazingness of my Bacon Pistachio Scallops last weekend, I went on a scallop frenzy. It was all I wanted to eat for the next three days! One of the creations that I came up with while on my “Scallop Bender” was a delicious Avocado Scallop Ceviche Recipe.

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Spiralized Jicama & Avocado Salad

Jicama Avocado Salad



When I first purchased my Spiralizer, I went to the grocery store, perusing the produce section for anything and everything I could potentially spiralizer. One of the items that I found was jicama. 

Jicama, also known as a “Mexican Yam” is a vegetable traditionally from Mexico and Central America.  It’s a slightly sweet, starchy vegetable that resembles the consistency of a pear or apple.  It’s high in dietary fiber and Vitamin C making it a healthy addition to your diet!

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Heart Healthy Oatmeal Berry Granola Bars

Berry Almond Granola Bars

Last week my friends at San Diego 6 News asked me to host a segment on “Heart Healthy Dishes”.  I knew I wanted to make my healthy and delicious Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Burgers, loaded with heart healthy ingredients, but I also wanted to throw a couple of new recipes in the mix!

Read the full post here!

Italian Turkey Sweet Potato Casserole

Italian Turkey Sweet Potato Casserole



I am so excited to share my first recipe using my brand new spiralizer!

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Cranberry Brussels Sprout Stuffed Acorn Squash

Brussels Sprout Stuffed Acorn Squash

I made this recipe last week and couldn’t wait to share it with all of you, but between the craziness of holiday travel, parties and family activities, I’m just getting the chance to share it! Consider it a belated Christmas present from me to you 😉

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Banana Date Protein Shake

Peanut Butter Date Protein Shake

Ever since I began incorporating Beaming Superfood Smoothie Blends and Proteins into my life I’ve been alternating juicing and smoothies every morning!

After trying a few different Protein Shake Recipes, I feel I’ve perfected the most delicious and protein packed shake possible!

Beaming Superfood Protein Smoothie

This shake packs over 50% of daily protein needs with 34 grams of protein! It is also vegan, making it perfect for those that need extra protein in their normal diets!

Banana Date Protein Shake Ingredients

Ingredients

Begin by adding the dates and banana to a blender, next add the remaining ingredients.

Banana Date Protein Shake Recipe

Blend 1-2 minutes or until all of the ingredients are smooth and creamy.

Banana Date Protein Shake

This protein shake is so delicious, you’ll think you’re drinking a milkshake, but luckily for you, this milkshake is vegan, gluten free and packed with essential protein, vitamins and potassium!

Banana Date Protein Shake

Don’t forget to order a bag of beaming’s soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free protein packed powder to make your own delicious (and vegan!) Banana Date Protein Shake at home!

Banana Date Protein Shake

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: One 16 oz Shake

Banana Date Protein Shake

Ingredients

  • 3 dates (chopped)
  • 1 banana (peeled & sliced)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 3 tbsp beaming Superfood Protein Blend
  • 2 tbsp Premium Gold Ground Flax Seed

Instructions

  1. Begin by adding the dates and banana to a blender.
  2. Next, add the remaining ingredients.
  3. Blend 1-2 minutes or until all of the ingredients are smooth and creamy.
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Metabolism Boosting Breakfast Smoothie

Metabolism Boosting Breakfast Smoothie

When the booking producer over at the San Diego 6 Morning News Show asked me to come on this week to talk about juicing and smoothies, I couldn’t wait to share some of the drinks I’ve been mixing up over in my kitchen every morning!

Healthy Breakfast Smoothie

While I’ll be juicing up some of my favorites like the Green Detox Juice and Antioxidant Immunity Juice, I also wanted to throw in a new drink made with my favorite smoothie booster, the beaming superfood blend!

This 100% natural, organic blend increases stamina, boosts energy, balances hormones and enhances mood. I don’t know about you all, but with long work hours and busy days, I could use all of the above!

Metabolism Boosting Smoothie Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 6 oz greek yogurt
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp beaming Superfood Smoothie Blend
  • 1 tbsp flax seed

Begin by adding the strawberries, blueberries and banana to a blender.

Metabolism Boosting Smoothie Recipe

Next add the greek yogurt, coconut water, honey, ginger, cinnamon, superfood smoothie blend and flaxseed.

Metabolism Boosting Superfood Smoothie Recipe

Blend well.

Blueberry Superfood Smoothie Recipe

Chill and serve.

Metabolism Boosting Smoothie

This smoothie not only helps speed up your metabolism, it also reduces nausea and aids in digestion.

Blueberry Superfood Smoothie

Don’t forget to tune in later this morning – June 6th – at 7:50 AM to San Diego Channel 6 Morning News where I’ll be whipping up this smoothie and more!

Metabolism Boosting Breakfast Smoothie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: One 24 oz Smoothie

Metabolism Boosting Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 6 oz greek yogurt
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp beaming Superfood Smoothie Blend
  • 1 tbsp Premium Gold Ground Flax Seed

Instructions

  1. Begin by adding the strawberries, blueberries and banana to a blender.
  2. Next add the greek yogurt, coconut water, honey, ginger, cinnamon, superfood smoothie blend and flaxseed.
  3. Blend well.
  4. Chill and serve.
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Green Detox Juice

Green Juice

This green detox juice is perfect for detoxing after a long weekend… such as Memorial Day… which just so happens to be this weekend!

After kicking back a few cold ones and some delicious BBQ, this juice will clear your skin and make you feel like a brand new person!

Green Detox Juice

The kale and lemons give skin an amazing glow, while the ginger is perfect for helping with digestion and the apples, well as the old saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away 😉

Detox Juice Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 6 apples (fuji or granny smith work best)
  • 1 bunch kale (app. 2 cups chopped)
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp size knob of ginger

Begin by slicing the apples.  If you have one of these handy-dandy apple corer-slicers, then this step is super easy!

Juicing Apples

Next, begin by juicing half of the apples, followed by the kale and ginger, then the rest of the apples, followed by the lemon.

Green Juice Recipe

Make sure to use a crisp apple, if the apple is too soft it will come out more like applesauce.  In this recipe mine were on the verge of too soft.  I’ve found that my favorite apples to use in this recipe are green granny smiths.

Green Apple Juice

Have a great weekend and happy juicing 🙂  Don’t forget to check out our Healthy Celery Pear Juice, Vitamin Boost Juice and Antioxidant Immunity Juice for even more healthy and delicious juice recipes!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Baskets

Dairy Free Tomato Basil Bruschetta Fillo Baskets

For the third and final dish of my low-sodium series for the San Diego 6 Morning Show, I chose to make my famous tomato basil bruschetta recipe. I skipped the cheese and replaced the baguette it’s traditionally served on for fillo baskets!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Recipe

One small slice of a baguette can cost you almost 400 mg of sodium, where as one fillo basket has only 10 mg, talk about a super swap!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Basket Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 4 roma tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/2 red onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 15 fillo baskets

Combine the first 7 ingredients in a small bowl.

Tomato Basil Bruschetta

Spoon the bruschetta into the fillo baskets and serve.

Yes, it’s really that easy!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Fillo Baskets

I love using fillo baskets for everything from these delicious Black Bean and Chorizo Appetizers to scrumptious Mini Dessert Cannoli’s!

They are healthy, vegan and perfect for parties!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Fillo Baskets

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian (and vegan!)

♦ Gluten Free Option: Replace the fillo baskets with strips of red bell pepper to make this recipe gluten-free.

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Baskets

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 15 baskets

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Baskets

Ingredients

  • 4 roma tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/2 red onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Enzo Basil Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 15 fillo baskets

Instructions

  1. Combine the first 7 ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Spoon the bruschetta into the fillo baskets and serve.
https://whitneybond.com/tomato-basil-bruschetta-baskets/

Gluten Free Carrot Date Muffins

Gluten Free Carrot Date Muffins

A muffin with no sugar, no butter and no gluten, sounds too healthy to be good, right?

Wrong!  I substituted natures own sweeteners, dates and honey for sugar, then switched out the butter for super flavorful Enzo Meyer Lemon Olive Oil.  For the gluten free flour I used Premium Gold’s blend of heart healthy whole grain and flax seed flours.

Carrot Date Muffin Recipe

The funny thing is, this whole “healthy muffin” originated from me being a total hippie and wanting to use the carrot pulp from my Carrot Orange Strawberry juice I made the morning before!

Carrot Date Muffin Recipe

Yes, I’ve been juicing every morning instead of drinking coffee!  No coffee?  What?  I know, I didn’t think it was possible to live without coffee in the morning (especially the first 2 days after going cold turkey on caffeine!)  But, fast forward 10 days and I’m going strong!

I’ve given myself a 30 day challenge to replace coffee with juicing.  Look for a post in a couple of weeks with the results of my challenge, and in the meantime follow me on Instagram: Whitney Bond or Twitter: @Whitney_Bond to see what I’m juicing up this week!

Now back to those muffins!

Gluten Free Carrot Date Muffin Ingredients

Ingredients

Begin by combining the carrots and dates in a small bowl.  Next add the olive oil and honey.

Carrot Date Muffin Batter

Next add the eggs and mix everything together well.

Carrot Date Muffin Batter

In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg, then add the carrot date mixture to the dry ingredients.

Carrot Date Muffin Batter

Mix together well.

Carrot Date Muffin Batter

Spoon the muffin batter into 9 baking cups lined inside a muffin pan.

Gluten Free Carrot Date Muffins

Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes.

Gluten Free Date Muffins

Gluten Free Lemon Date Muffins

They’re like little bursts of sunshine deliciousness!

Gluten Free Meyer Lemon Date Muffins

There’s so much flavor in every bite, from the tangy Meyer lemon, to the sweet dates, to the spicy cinnamon and a little carrot crunch!

Carrot Date Muffins

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Gluten Free Carrot Date Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 9 muffins

Gluten Free Carrot Date Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup carrots (shredded or carrot pulp left after juicing)
  • 1 cup dates (pitted and chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Enzo Meyer Lemon Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups Premium Gold Gluten Free Flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Begin by combining the carrots and dates in a small bowl.
  2. Next add the olive oil and honey.
  3. Next add the eggs and mix everything together well.
  4. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg, then add the carrot date mixture to the dry ingredients.
  5. Mix together well.
  6. Spoon the muffin batter into 9 baking cups lined inside a muffin pan.
  7. Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes.
https://whitneybond.com/gluten-free-carrot-date-muffins/

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

In this simple, yet super fun recipe fresh pineapple, mandarin oranges and mini marshmallows are skewered to resemble the fun fall treat, Candy Corn!

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

Serve them with a delicious fruit dip at a Halloween party or fall get-together!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 pineapple (cubed)
  • 1 can (11 oz) mandarin oranges
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey

Skewer the pineapple, oranges and marshmallows.  Mix the yogurt and honey together in a small bowl for dipping.

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

A healthy alternative to all the candy and cookies that the fall holidays bring!

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: app. 2 dozen skewers

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 pineapple (cubed)
  • 1 can (11 oz) mandarin oranges
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey

Instructions

  1. Skewer the pineapple, oranges and marshmallows.
  2. Mix the yogurt and honey together in a small bowl for dipping.
https://whitneybond.com/whats-for-dessert-candy-corn-fruit-skewers/

3 Healthy Swaps for Your Favorite Dishes

Everyone loves pizza, mac and cheese and fried chicken, what no one loves is an ever-expanding waistline and clothes that start to get a little snug! Never fear, I’m here to help keep the foods you love without that whole waistline situation!

I’ve highlighted three of my recipes which are healthy swaps for your favorite foods that will save you fat, calories, sodium and carbohydrates, delivering the foods you love without the waistline you hate!

Pizza

Substituting phyllo dough for the crust and replacing the cheese and pepperoni with delicious fresh roasted vegetables will save you over 1000 calories!

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Nutritional information for one Medium Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza from Pizza Hut:

  • Calories: 2000
  • Fat: 96 grams
  • Sodium: 4,720 mg*
  • Carbohydrates: 208 grams

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Nutritional information for one Phyllo Dough Pizza with Roasted Vegetables:

  • Calories: 829
  • Fat: 44 grams (**42 of which come from olive oil)
  • Sodium: 368 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 97 grams

*The recommended daily intake of sodium for an adult on a 2,000 calorie diet is 2400 mg.  Eat half a pizza, you’re at your limit!

**Over 70% of the fat in olive oil is monounsaturated, which is known as “good fat” and actually helps lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Mac and Cheese

Substituting spaghetti squash for macaroni noodles and a white cheese sauce for calorie heavy yellow cheeses, flour and butter that make up most macaroni and cheese sauces, will save you a whopping 39 grams of fat, as well as over 1000 calories!

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Nutritional information for one Macaroni and Cheese Side Dish at The Cheesecake Factory:

  • Calories: 1309
  • Fat: 51 grams
  • Sodium: 768 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 92 grams

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Nutritional information for one serving (1 cup) Spaghetti Squash with White Cheese Sauce:

  • Calories: 275
  • Fat: 12 grams
  • Sodium: 335 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 10 grams

Fried Chicken

Simply baking breaded chicken instead of frying it will give you the same flavor and texture with 75% less fat and one-third of the sodium!

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Nutritional information for one serving (6 oz) KFC Popcorn Chicken:

  • Calories: 560
  • Fat: 37 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 8 grams
  • Sodium: 1480 mg

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Nutritional information for one serving (6 oz) Baked Poppy Seed Popcorn Chicken:

  • Calories: 469
  • Fat: 9 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 5 grams
  • Sodium: 450 mg

Federal law passed in 2011 requires any restaurant chain with 20 or more locations to provide nutritional information on each item served, so before you cruise through that drive through or call in that pizza, do your research and make a healthier choice today!

Homemade Baked Sweet Potato Tots

Homemade Sweet Potato Tots

What do you serve with a super healthy Sweet Potato Quinoa Burger that will compliment the burger without ruining its health benefits?  Homemade, gluten-free, baked sweet potato tots, of course!

A large serving of tater tots at a fast food chain packs:

  • 580 calories
  • 31 grams fat
  • 1450 mg sodium
  • No fiber
  • No vitamins

An equivalent serving of these delicious Sweet Potato Tots has:

  • 212 calories
  • ZERO grams fat
  • 434 mg sodium
  • 6 grams fiber
  • 689% vitamin a
  • 47% vitamin c

Simply said, this is one starchy side dish you can feel good about eating!

Watch this step-by-step video for how to make the delicious tots and get the printable recipe below!

Sweet Potato Tater Tot Ingredients

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients (makes 2 dozen tots)

  • 1 lb sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Begin by boiling a large pot of water. Add the whole potatoes to the water with skins on. Boil for 20 minutes. Remove from the water and allow to cool.

Once cool enough to handle, shred the potatoes using a box grater.

*As you begin shredding the potatoes the skins will peel off. Snack on them while you prepare the tots or simply discard them.

Grated Sweet Potatoes

Add the grated sweet potatoes to a large bowl with the flour and salt. Combine well.

Sweet Potato Tater Tot Mixture

Now we get to my favorite part, putting the tots together. Actually my favorite part is eating them, but this part ranks up there simply because I lovingly named this process the “roll and squish”.

Roll…

How to make Sweet Potato Tater Tots

… and squish!

Sweet Potato Tots

And this is how you get perfectly shaped tater tots!

Place them on a baking sheet and into a 375° oven.

Baked Sweet Potato Tots

Bake for 30 minutes or until crisp on the outside.

Homemade Sweet Potato Tater Tots

Now it’s time to dig in!

Sweet Potato Tater Tots

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian AND vegan.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Homemade Baked Sweet Potato Tots

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 24 tots

Homemade Baked Sweet Potato Tots

Ingredients

  • 1 lb sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Boil a large pot of water.
  2. Add the potatoes to the water and boil for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from the water and allow to cool.
  4. Once cool enough to handle, peel the potatoes.
  5. Shred the peeled potatoes with a box grater.
  6. Add the grated sweet potatoes to a large bowl with the flour and salt. Combine well.
  7. Roll and squish the potatoes into tot shapes.
  8. Place them on a baking sheet and into a 375° oven for 30 minutes.
https://whitneybond.com/whats-for-a-side-homemade-baked-sweet-potato-tots/

Spaghetti Squash with White Cheese Sauce

white cheese sauce, spaghetti squash, recipe, healthy, alternative to mac and cheese, basil, food, fall, easyI asked and you responded, “what generally unhealthy dish would you like to see transformed into something healthy and delicious?”  The response was unanimous, Mac and Cheese.  So today I bring you the first ever “Transformation Tuesday”  where I turn a generally unhealthy dish into something healthy and yummy. Today I transformed Traditional Mac and Cheese into Spaghetti Squash with White Cheese Sauce.

The result was a delicious, gluten-free, vegetarian dish that packs way less calories, fat, carbs and sodium than any macaroni and cheese dish you will eat at a restaurant!

The Cheesecake Factory Macaroni and Cheese SIDE DISH packs 51 grams of fat, 1309 calories, 768 milligrams of sodium and 92 grams of carbs, and that’s just the side dish to the main course!!

My dinner portion of Spaghetti Squash with White Cheese Sauce comes in at 275 calories, 12 grams of fat, 335 milligrams of sodium and 10 grams of carbs for a 1 cup serving. Even if you double the serving size to 2 cups, you will still save 759 calories and 27 grams of fat!

Just to make the picture even more clear, if you are counting Weight Watcher points, one side of macaroni and cheese at The Cheesecake Factory counts for 25 points, while my dish weighs in at only 4 points!

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup part-skim mozzarella (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (shaved)
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup soy milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves (to garnish)

Start by cutting the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise, remove the seeds and brush with the olive oil then sprinkle with the salt and pepper.  Place cut side down on a baking sheet and roast in the oven at 400° for 45 minutes.

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Once all of the spaghetti squash has been added to the sauce, separate into four bowls and top with the fresh basil to serve.

white cheese sauce, spaghetti squash, recipe, healthy, alternative to mac and cheese, basil, food, fall, easyNow it’s time to dig in!

white cheese sauce, spaghetti squash, recipe, healthy, alternative to mac and cheese, basil, food, fall, easy♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

 

Mini Turkey Meatloaves

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, easy, food, recipes, thanksgivingWho doesn’t love Thanksgiving dinner? I know I love it and I’m pretty sure you do too.  That is why I created the (what was supposed to be) “Kicked Up 30-minute Thanksgiving dinner”, which I would now like to call the “Hour-or-so-but-still-well-worth-the-time-kicked-up-Thanksgiving dinner!”

I started off by turning the turkey portion of dinner into mini turkey meatloaves, “kicked up” by adding roasted jalapeños and Serrano chilies, a little chili powder and cumin, then topped off with a sriracha ketchup mixture. I then turned my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner, the stuffing, into little Spicy Stuffing Cakes!

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, easy, food, recipes, thanksgiving, stuffing cakesThe result was so delicious I’ve already eaten the leftovers twice (and I made it yesterday!)

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  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 red onion (chopped)
  • 2 carrots (chopped)
  • 3 stalks celery (chopped)
  • 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 4 serrano chilies (roasted, de-seeded and chopped)
  • 2 jalapeño peppers (roasted, de-seeded and chopped)
  • 1 tsp fresh sage (chopped)
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup Rice chex (crushed)
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Sriracha

Start by adding the chopped onions, carrots, celery and bell pepper to a skillet over medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil.

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, celery, onions, carrots, garlic, easy, food, recipes, thanksgivingSauté for 5-7 minutes, then add the minced garlic.  Sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes, then add the sage, chili powder, jalapeños, chilies and cumin.

chili powder, cumin, sage, jalapeños, serrano chilies,turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, easy, food, recipesIf you like it spicy, leave the jalapeño and serrano seeds in, most of the heat cooks out after they are roasted anyway!  If spiciness scares you (ahhhh!) then go ahead and remove the seeds!

Next, remove the vegetable spice mixture from the heat and place in a large mixing bowl with the ground turkey. Add the crushed rice chex and egsg.  Use your hands (or a spoon, if you’re civilized like that) and combine the mixture.

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, jalapeños, carrots, celery, onions, recipesPlace the mixture into a muffin pan (or if you have one, a muffin stone, my newest kitchen obsession!)

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, easy, baking stone, cupcake pan, recipes, thanksgivingPlace into the oven at 350° for 20 minutes.  While in the oven, make the sauce to top them with by combining the ketchup and sriracha in a small bowl.

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, sriracha, ketchup, spicy sauce, easy, food, recipes,After 20 minutes, remove the mini meatloaves from the oven and top them with the sauce…. like this…

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, spicy topping, food, recipes, thanksgivingOnce all the muffins have been topped with the sauciness, place them back into the oven for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the turkey is cooked through.

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, sriracha, spicy, recipes, thanksgivingI might have eaten one or two straight out of the pan… maybe… allegedly… probably.

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, easy, food, recipes, thanksgivingNew favorite dish?  Quite possibly!

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, easy, food, recipes, thanksgiving, saladAdd the Spicy Stuffing Cakes and make a “however-long-it-takes-because-it’s-delicious” kicked up version of Thanksgiving dinner tonight!

♣ Vegetarian Option: Use veggie crumbles instead of ground turkey to make this dish vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Rice Chex is gluten-free, so that makes this dish gluten-free!

Jicama Slaw

For our family BBQ a couple of weeks ago I decided to change-up my Pulled Pork Sliders with a new Jicama Slaw.  It went over extremely well!  No mayonnaise or heavy dressing, just lots of fresh veggies and spices that make it a delightfully flavorful, yet light side dish!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 head red cabbage (shredded)
  • 1/2 head green cabbage (shredded)
  • 1 large jicama (peeled and julienned)
  • 1 red bell pepper (julienned)
  • 1/2 cup carrots (julienned)
  • 1/4 cup green onions (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp celery salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin

Start by combining all of the chopped, shredded and julienned vegetables into a large bowl.

Next make the vinaigrette dressing by whisking together all of the ingredients from the juiced lime down.

Now lightly pour the dressing over the slaw. If you prefer a “less-dressed” slaw, only use part of the dressing and reserve the rest in the refrigerator to dress a salad or more slaw in the future.

Now toss together well.

And with that the new and improved BBQ side dish is ready to be served!

That extra crunch and flavor of the jicama adds something that people just eat right up!

With no mayonnaise and very little sugar, this slaw is delicious and guilt free!

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.