Summer Citrus Dressing

Summer Citrus Dressing

Easy Summer Citrus Dressing Making your own salad dressing is actually very easy and much healthier because it eliminates many of the preservatives found in store bought dressing!  This is one of my favorites!  Citrus fruits have so many great benefits!  They are loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants to help you fight chronic inflammation and chronic disease. We know that eating more whole foods, especially vegetables can work wonders for your health.  Each color of vegetable has different nutrients, antioxidants, and phytochemicals that boost your immune system and help…

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Anti-Inflammatory Baked Chicken

Anti-inflammatory Chicken Strips

Anti-Inflammatory Herbs and Spices Lately, I have been working with a lot of clients to incorporate an anti-inflammatory diet.  They have Arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, IBS, Chronic ulcers, Sinusitis, and many other conditions that cause pain and unpleasant symptoms.  I was thrilled when this study came out showing scientific evidence that adding herbs and spices to foods can significantly reduce inflammation markers! The researchers used a particular blend of herbs and spices to create this effect.  These herbs and spices likely have their own unique benefits, but when they are combined…

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Asian Lettuce Wraps

Asian lettuce wraps

Trying New Recipes If you know me, you know that I can’t just follow a recipe.  I almost always modify it to increase the nutrition or to fit the tastes of my family.  I was bored and looking for something new to try.  I LOVE Asian food and a friend posted this recipe for lettuce wraps and I thought I would try it.  The recipe I used as a base was this one.  My modifications included adding more vegetables and decreasing the amount of turkey.  I also modified the sauce a…

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Broccoli Slaw

Broccoli Slaw

Broccoli Slaw Serves: 6 Cook Time: 0 Prep Time: 15 minutes This week I was trying to make my fresh vegetables last to reduce my number of trips to the grocery store.  I had bought some fresh broccoli including the stems and I was steaming the heads for dinner.  As I was about to throw away the stems, I started thinking about the waste!  Here I was in need of more fresh veggies and I was throwing away a perfectly good part of this broccoli.  I started brainstorming and came…

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Roasted Parmesan Broccoli

Roasted Parmesan Broccoli

Roasted Parmesan Broccoli I absolutely LOVE roasting vegetables!  It is one of my favorite ways to prepare and eat fresh produce.  Roasting brings out some wonderful flavors and with broccoli, it reduces the bitterness.  Lastly, roasting vegetables helps to break down the cell walls of the veggies to make more nutrients available to your body! Broccoli is full of vitamins C, fiber, potassium, and iron.  It is also one of our vegetables with the highest amounts of protein.  Broccoli has been shown to help increase our immune systems and reduce…

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Garlic Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower

Garlic Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower

Garlic Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower This simple side dish, garlic turmeric roasted cauliflower is so flavorful!  It is packed with wonderful nutrients from the garlic and the turmeric to help boost your immune system.  Allium from the garlic has amazing antioxidant, antiviral, and antibacterial properties.  The curcumin in the turmeric is anti inflammatory and may help to reduce risk of heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.  Learn more about the benefits of turmeric here.  Plus, you get all the good stuff from the cauliflower like vitamin C and vitamin K!  Don’t forget,…

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Easy Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

Easy Caprese Salad This caprese salad is so easy and delicious!  I love making different kinds of salads in the summer using the fresh vegetables right out of my garden.  There is nothing like the fresh taste of home grown tomatoes and basil. This salad is full of flavor and is a good sources of protein when using fresh mozzarella cheese.  My mozzarella this month came from this cheese maker, and was absolutely amazing! Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 4 Small chopped tomatoes, or about 40 cherry or snacking tomatoes, quartered…

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Lime Coconut Shrimp and Black Rice

Lime Coconut Shrimp and Black Rice This amazing Lime-Coconut Shrimp gets an super food boost when you use black rice.  With a hint of the tropics you can make this slightly more spicy if you decide to add some red pepper.  This recipe is easy, delicious and full of nutrients! Black rice contains more fiber and more protein than brown rice.  It also gives you some great antioxidants!  These antioxidants help to protect your cells from damage and are linked to lower risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other…

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Sweet Potato Falafel Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

Sweet Potato Falafel Salad with Crispy Chickpeas This recipe has a few pieces to it, but don’t get overwhelmed.  It is pretty easy, and it is super delicious!  Start to finish plan for 1 hour and 15 minutes.  To make it easier the night of, you can start with making the crispy chickpeas.  You can do this ahead of time also, they keep well in the refrigerator for up to 7 days!  Then make your falafel.  Last, assemble your salads. This salad is vegetarian and gluten-free–now that is hard to do! …

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Lemon Garlic Roasted Yellow Squash

Lemon Garlic Roasted Yellow Squash This lemon garlic roasted yellow squash was delicious!  It is easy to prepare, about 10 minutes, and really was quite good.  I love finding new ideas to put more veggies in my life! I was challenged a couple of weeks ago by one of my clients who asked me for more ideas for side dishes.  I was stumped.  I realized that my side dishes are often quite boring!  I decided to come up with some new, interesting, tasty, and easy ideas for vegetables sides.  This…

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