Kale + Cannellini Bean Soup with Maple Smoked Bacon

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A big food trend for 2015 is smoked foods. And this month, the Recipe Redux theme is to heat up a recipe with smokiness or spiciness. I aimed for both with this one! And did it without a smoker. Though that’s not because I don’t want a smoker. I’ve never met a cooking tool that I […]

Spicy Chicken “Pho”

Spicy Chicken Pho

This month’s Recipe Redux challenge was to venture into the spice cabinet (or shelf in my case) and choose that “spooky spice” that sits in the back, avoided, because you’re never quite sure what the heck to do with it. Usually, I’m pretty adventurous with spices because I love how they add flavor, color, nutrients, and antioxidants […]

Sweet Potato Almond and Coconut Breakfast Patties


St. Patty’s day might be over but the Recipe Redux team is celebrating the ‘patty’ in this month’s recipe challenge. The goal was to make a healthier patty and I originally thought that I was going to try to come up with a veggie burger but I had both an sweet potato and an apple […]

Honey Ginger Lime Soda


February’s Recipe Redux challenge was to create a healthier beverage. So, I tried to think about some of the most unhealthy beverages I know and soda jumped to mind first. With loads of high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners, chemicals and artificial colors, soda is not a healthy option. However, it can be healthier […]

Maple Syrup Vinaigrette

Last winter, I did a cross country ski trip through Maine Huts and Trails and stayed at the eco-friendly Poplar hut, which featured cozy cabins and a main lodge that offered family-style meals. It was there that I ate some of the best food my life (not kidding). They used fresh, local ingredients to prepare hearty […]

Recipe Redux: Lentil Spread, A Healthy Dip

This spread can actually be used as a side dish, paired with brown rice, quinoa, fish or chicken. But I love to dip things, and it can be tough to find a healthy dip option. So I suggest spreading this spicy lentil mix over pita chips or toasted whole wheat tortillas. The best part? Lentils […]

Recipe Redux: Power Breakfast!

Alright, you have to promise me that I am not going to lose you once I name this breakfast because it is not only for those over age 75. Promise? Ok. We are talking about Muesli today. This breakfast is rich in detoxifying fiber, quality protein, energy-boosting B-vitamins and a whole host of other vitamins and minerals […]