Chicken Salad Jar

Make these easy Chicken Salad Mason Jar Salads for make-ahead lunches during the week! With grapes, apple, toasted pecans, and a creamy no mayo poppy seed dressing, these healthy salads are sure to become a favorite! Ingredients For the salads: 2 boneless skinless chicken half breasts (about ¾ pound) 3 ribs celery, chopped 1 apple, chopped 2 teaspoons lemon juice 1 cup grapes, halved 8 leaves romaine...

Carrot Cake Cookies

Turn this classic spring cake into a batch of cookies. You can spread the cream cheese icing on top of finished carrot cake cookies or make a sandwich cookie. These are soft cookies. Don't try to remove them from the tray too soon. To reduce some of the moisture, try squeezing some of the liquid out of the grated carrots by placing them in cheesecloth or in some paper towels. The dough should rest...

Asparagus and Gruyère Cheese

Especially when made with plump, in-season asparagus, this dish makes for a sophisticated, visually pleasing appetizer. Ingredients 1 sheet defrosted Puff Pastry 2 cups (abt 5 1/2 oz) shredded Gruyère cheese (Fontina works too) 1 1/2 lbs medium to thick asparagus spears 1 tablespoon olive oil salt & pepper flour, for work surface parchment paper Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  On a floured...

Pink Smoothie Bowl

The main idea of the smoothie bowl is to make a traditional smoothie thicker and more like a complete meal. Serving it in a bowl means that you can add delicious toppings and take your time enjoying it. Like traditional smoothies, the combinations are endless and they are great for sneaking in some greens that your kids wouldn’t normally eat. Ingredients 2 handfuls of spinach small piece of ginger* ½...

Coconut Carrot Cake Cheesecake

So the carrot cake itself is pretty much your typical carrot cake, except that I bumped up the moist factor with greek yogurt and I also went heavy on the vanilla. Never enough vanilla in my opinion. I also added coconut, which if you do not like you can omit, but in my personal opinion it really adds something super special and very spring/Easter like to the cake… which I of course love! The...

Lucky Charmed Cake

Here’s a fun cake idea for St. Patrick’s Day – using a box of Lucky Charms cereal, turn a regular buttercream-frosted vanilla cake into a fun and festive, cake. Ingredients Lucky Charms cereal Buttercream frosting 2 (or more) cakes Food processor Frosting spatula Directions Before You Start: Bake two cakes of the same size. While they cool, take a box of Lucky Charms cereal and separate the marshmallows...

Baked Chai Donuts

I love baked donuts and these baked chai donuts are nothing but sensational. These are slightly better, easier and great for your sweet tooth. Ingredients 1 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour 1/2 cup unrefined sugar 2 organic eggs 1 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder 1/2 teaspoon aluminum free baking soda 2 tbs olive oil 1/2 cup almond milk 1/3 cup apple sauce 1/4 tsp clove powder 1/2 tsp cardamon powder 1/4...

Thumbprint Cookies

Actually these are the best Christmas cookies I have made to date.  I’m not even kidding.  This batch only makes 15 cookies, and I’m telling you that is not enough…this recipe needs to be doubled.  They taste like butter and brown sugar with raspberry jam and the combination is intoxicating.  I made a batch in hopes of being able to send them with the kids to school in their lunches, but the first...

Spicy Turkey Meatloaf with Ketchup Topping

Turkey replaces beef in this meat loaf recipe, making it a healthier version of the traditional comfort food. The result is moist, flavorful, and a hit with our reviewers. Ingredients   1 tablespoon butter 2 cups chopped onion 1 (8-ounce) package presliced mushrooms 3 garlic cloves, chopped 3/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) 1/4 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth 3 tablespoons chopped fresh...

Coconut Lavender Lemonade

Summer has it’s many days of sunshine and fun adventures, but keeping refreshed is something that can never be taken for granted. This beverage recipe is my favorite for those sun lounging days. Tropical, herbal, sweet, and satisfying!This is a fresh squeezed lemonade made with coconut water and lavender simple syrup. It’s just as gorgeous as it is refreshing. Go ahead! Add some coconut rum or...