Twenty One (Awesome) Cookout Recipes!


This was originally published last year – but it’s definitely worth a second look! So many perfectly healthy and delicious recipes for your July 4th cookout, right here! Click on the photos for the recipes! ************ Happy Independence Day, everyone! We hope you’re having a lovely day with family and friends, enjoying good company and… 

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Roasted Garlic Guacamole

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Guacamole is one of those treats that many people put off when they’re watching calorie counts. It’s true avocados do have more fat and calories than some other vegetables but they’re full of healthy fats, lots of protein, and fiber – not to mention plenty of other vitamins and minerals. But don’t go out and… 

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Easy Canned Pickled Beets

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Growing your own beets is really easy to do, even if you only have a small space.  They can be grown in containers on your sunny patio or your raised vegetable beds.  It is best to harvest beets when they are about 2-2 1/2 inches in diameter.  They can get tough if they get too… 

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Spring Hummus

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You might think this looks like guacamole. And you’re kind of right. The green in this delicious Spring Hummus DOES start with avocado. But then I added in some spinach and arugula. And it got REALLY green and springlike, thus the name. To add bulk, but not fat? Chickpeas. It really is a guacamole/hummus hybrid…. 

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Saucy Asian Meatballs


I’m drooling just looking at this picture. These saucy Asian meatballs are pretty amazing.  Citrus, salt, sweet and a little zesty. Seriously, amazing. If you’ve never tried ponzu, it’s basically a citrus soy sauce. Really delicious and a great addition to any pantry. But you can most definitely substitute low sodium soy sauce.  Most of… 

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Touchdown! 12 Game Day Recipes

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I may be just a little excited about the Super Bowl. I might have shed a tear and whispered ‘is this really happening?’ when my team clinched the victory sending them to the big dance. Yup. I’m beyond excited. I can’t wait for the big game! Even if you could care less about who wins… 

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Skinny Taco Dip

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This dip is a little sentimental for me. The original recipe is from my late mother-in-law, and I really can’t help but think of it as Karen’s Taco Dip. It makes an appearance at pretty much every family function. It’s a little way to remember her – I just love how food can evoke such… 

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Skinny Jalapeno Poppers

skinny jalapeno poppers

This recipe for Skinny Jalapeno Poppers was originally run in March of 2012, but with all the big football games coming up, it’s definitely worth reposting! Enjoy!! ***** Great for your next fancy soiree or tailgate! Pop a few of these babies into your mouth (not at the same time, unless you’re a professional), and then laugh… 

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Sundried Tomato Pesto

Sundried Tomato Pesto

My mother came up with this sundried tomato pesto recipe about nine years ago. I’ve made modifications over the years. Sometimes I will substitute a roasted garlic head instead of the 4-8 cloves of fresh garlic. I only do this if I’m concerned about “garlic breath” which is not very often. Fresh garlic provides a… 

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Lemon Peasto & Roasted Mushroom Tartine

Peasotto Mushroom Tartine

Tartines are French open-faced sandwiches topped with any number of delicious meats, cheeses, and vegetables. They make great appetizers or the perfect accompaniment to a steaming bowl of soup.  I knew this recipe was a hit after my husband, who normally wouldn’t touch a pea or a mushroom with a 10 foot pole, readily ate… 

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