Shortcut Guacamole

It had been a long day at work and I was in full-on chef mode; as I was slicing away, the sight of a perfectly ripe avocado set off thoughts of zesty guacamole… What to do with this time-sensitive, ever-ripening delicacy?  I forgot to grab a few fresh tomatoes from the grocery store, so I was close to putting off the recipe for another evening; … Continue reading Shortcut Guacamole

Grilled Corn, Black Bean and Avocado Salad

Remember the amazing Baja Shrimp Tacos that I made for my family a while back?  This hearty side dish accompanied that meal to remember.  There’s a lot of prep involved (chopping, grilling, seeding, etc), so make sure to leave plenty of time to compose this dish–trust me, it will be worth it! The original recipe can be found in Cooking Light magazine; I’m not a … Continue reading Grilled Corn, Black Bean and Avocado Salad

Tropical Trail Mix

Trail mix provides an ideal balance of fat, protein, and carbs. Careful, though. Many popular varieties contain upwards of 15 grams of sugar per 1/4 cup. The apricots are a bit high in sugar, so opt for unsweetened banana chips and other naturally dried, unsweetened fruit. Ingredients  1 C Dried Pineapple 1 C Dried Papaya 1 C Unsweetened Banana Chips 1 C Dried Apricots ¾ C Raisins ½ C … Continue reading Tropical Trail Mix

The Perfect Salad: Baby Spinach with Grilled Veggies

If I’m lacking inspiration for dinner, I turn to the classic spinach salad.  Smoky grilled veggies are a nice contrast to fresh spinach, steamed corn and tangy homemade balsamic dressing.  Pair this salad with grilled sweet potato fries, Parmesan crusted chicken or portobello and broccoli quiche with tempeh. Ingredients: 2-3 C Baby Spinach 1 1/2 Sliced Red Bell Pepper (strips should be about 1/8″-1/4″) 1 … Continue reading The Perfect Salad: Baby Spinach with Grilled Veggies

Grilled Sweet Potato Fries

I was tempted to prepare homemade French fries after receiving a picture of some luscious, thick-cut russets from my close friend Nathan.  I’m a huge fan of sweet potatoes, so I applied his method using this variety.  The experiment was successful! Greasy, caloric fries are now a thing of the past (thank you grill!)  They’re the perfect side dish for a burger, brat or salad.  For … Continue reading Grilled Sweet Potato Fries

Spaghetti Squash

Rarely do I eat pasta; instead, I opt for spaghetti squash!  With 42 calories per cup,  it’s a simple, healthy alternative to pasta. For “rustic” presentation, place seasoned squash back in the rind and top with marinara sauce and cheese.  Prepared squash will keep for up to five days in the refrigerator, but it does not freeze well. Ingredients: 1 Large Spaghetti Squash 1/3 C Water 1/4 … Continue reading Spaghetti Squash

Shortcut Cilantro-Lime Rice

Cilantro-lime rice is the perfect accompaniment to any Mexican dish, but preparation is time-intensive. This short-cut recipe will do the trick in just a few minutes.  Ingredients 1 pouch steam-in-bag brown rice (frozen brands like Rice Expressions, Trader Joe’s work best) 1/3-1/2 C cilantro, finely chopped 1 lime, juiced Dash of salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste Method 1.  Cook rice according to package instructions, … Continue reading Shortcut Cilantro-Lime Rice