Tangy Broccoli Salad

Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Salads and Dressings, Sides | 0 comments

Tangy Broccoli Salad

This is a delcious salad that may be a great way to make someone into a  broccoli-lover. The sweet and tangy dressing is a great way to win kids over. My friend, nurse Denise (a.k.a. “Dee”) shared this recipe with me. It’s a crowd pleaser, and as you can tell it won the Tiny Tasters over as well. I used “Vegenaise” (a vegan mayonaise substitute) and was able to pack this as a side for lunch the next day I made it (I find it at Wegman’s in the refrigerated area of their health...

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Christmas Tree Veggie Appetizer with Lemony White Bean Hummus

Posted by on Dec 8, 2012 in Feeding Children, Salads and Dressings, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Christmas Tree Veggie Appetizer with Lemony White Bean Hummus

Around the holidays many of us are asked to bring food to holiday gatherings. Instead of bringing the usual chips and dip or Christmas cookies, how about a veggie Christmas tree with lemony Whity Bean Hummus! This 3-D appetizer piled high with veggies and surrounded by hummus will be a hit at the party and will delight kids. You can also feel happy that you are contributing a healthy item to your holiday gathering. I made this last night for a neighborhood Christmas party. My mom saw it and loved it, so we made...

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Fresh Melon Salsa

Posted by on Aug 28, 2012 in Desserts and Snacks, Salads and Dressings | 0 comments

Fresh Melon Salsa

I recently make this recipe with our kids cooking class.  The kids really loved it, and got to work on their knife skills as they chopped all the ingredients. This is a perfect recipe when melons are in season.  I served this with tortilla chips and cassava chips (made from a root also known as “yuca”).  Blue corn tortillas work well with this salsa and look really pretty against the orange melon. Salsa is a great way to get in some veggies (or fruit, in this case) and is a healthier choice than a...

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Yummy Summer Rolls

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 in Desserts and Snacks, Recipes, Salads and Dressings, Sides, Vegetarian | 2 comments

Yummy Summer Rolls

My sister and I have always loved making summer rolls for family gatherings.  They are fresh, easy, and healthy.  Recently my friend Cheryl inspired me to make these again when she brought a beautiful dish of summer rolls she had created for a party.  I love making these because there is a lot of room to improvise with your favorite summer veggies. This recipe is vegetarian, but you could easily use shrimp, pork, or chicken along with the vegetables. These are also fun to make with kids.  They can easily help...

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Watermelon Berry Salad with Goat Cheese and Mint

Posted by on Aug 6, 2011 in Salads and Dressings, Sides | 0 comments

Watermelon Berry Salad with Goat Cheese and Mint

                      This is a great salad for summer when there are tons of watermelons at the farmer’s markets.  This is a good introduction into some more grown up tastes using a familiar summertime fruit. You can use blueberries or blackberries in this salad depending on what is available.  My kids are REALLY into goat cheese recently, so they have enjoyed this salad a lot.  I would go a little easy on the dressing at first, as it may be too...

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Creamy Chicken Salad

Posted by on Jul 12, 2011 in Entrees, Salads and Dressings | 1 comment

Creamy Chicken Salad

Believe it or not, this creamy chicken salad is as healthy as it gets.  Using lowfat yogurt for the bulk of the dressing gives it a tangy creamy taste which is nutritious and rich-tasting at the same time. Adding the fruits and veggies makes it interesting and packs in more nutrition.  Feel free to improvise other favorite chicken salad ingredients like pecans, raisins, celery and apples.  Cook the chicken several hours before (I made mine the night before). Serve on lettuce, whole wheat bread or pita...

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Healthy Pesto

Posted by on Jun 16, 2011 in Salads and Dressings, Sides, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Healthy Pesto

I love pesto-it’s just so versatile.  It can be drizzled over pasta, on sandwiches, or almost anything that comes off the grill. This is a recipe that uses chicken broth in place of some of the oil.  The result is a flavorful pesto with many fewer calories.  This also gives it a slightly thinner consistency which makes it easy to drizzle over.  I made this tonight with some basil from our container herb garden.  It got mixed reviews from the Tiny Tasters.  With time and repeat exposures this is a...

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Maple Syrup Vinaigrette

Posted by on Apr 20, 2011 in Salads and Dressings | 0 comments

Maple Syrup Vinaigrette

Getting kids to eat salad can be a challenge, but finding a great dressing helps.  We found a great summer tomato dressing a couple of years ago, and since then my son Zane is much happier eating salad.  He has now branched out to try other salad and dressing combinations. Making your own dressing is a great way to experiment with different flavors, and can be cheaper than store bought dressing.  Also, homemade dressings can be made without all the saturated fats, corn syrup and other additives and...

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