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Healthier Holiday Appetizers to Share

Are you looking for a few heart healthy recipes for your holiday gathering? Maybe this holiday season you would like to bring your own appetizers to share if you are going elsewhere or perhaps for your own holiday gathering that you are hosting yourself. As this is the time of year that many of us want to focus on the spirit of the season while still watching our waistline. Below, you will be able to accomplish both of these goals with these healthy, yet delicious recipes and healthy foods. I am including 3 separate recipes for you to enjoy. 1. Spinach Dip Spinach’s vibrant color is not only eye-catching – but also full of nourishment. To collect spinach leaves with greater amounts of vitamin C, look for leaves which...

Gluten Free Gingered Chicken with Cashews and mixed Vegetables

njoy this gluten free asian inspired dish. Note the  refreshing change of serving the gingered chicken and vegetables over stir fried kale instead of rice; a great way to add your greens and lower your calories and glycemic load of your meal.  Stir frying the kale, olive oil and salt adds a nice mix with the stir fried chicken and mixed vegetables.  The ginger adds the  great benefit of  anti-inflammatory properties and taste. Ingredients: 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast Sea Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 Tbsp reduced-sodium, gluten free Tamari or Coconut Aminos 3 Tbsp extra-Virgin Olive Oil 1 large bunch kale, stemmed and roughly chopped 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped 1 large bunch of green beans 6 scallions, finely chopped 1 cup roasted cashews   Directions: Mix the...

Grilled Ratatouille

Every week on Saturday, I look forward to our local Farmers Market! I also love to eat seasonally when I can, so this week, I thought, hmmm….what can I make with what is currently available seasonally from the Farmers Market? Once I noticed what was currently available (eggplant, summer squash, tomatoes, peppers), the idea of Ratatouille came to mind. I am not usually a huge Ratatouille fan because eggplant is not my favorite. However, I found this recipe from Bobby Flay, and I must say that this is super delicious! So, if you like and have not tried this version of Ratatouille then you will definitely love the grilled version and if you have never tried Ratatouille ever, now is the time for a new adventure....