Healthy Recipes: Sides, Salads, Soups

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Shallots and Green Beans

Shallots belong to the family of chives, leeks, garlic and onions. I think they look like tulip bulbs and taste a lot milder than garlic and onions. They lend a gentle onion flavor to vinaigrettes and are a great substitute for raw garlic that can sometimes be hard to digest

Ultimate Soup Guide

Making soups is easy, fun, and can save a lot of time in the kitchen since they double as additional mess-free meals throughout the week and can be packed for an easy lunch. So here’s the master list of skinny soups, along with the grocery list and my picks for the best storage containers.

Do Ahead Tips for Fall Meals

Cooking during busy weekdays can be a cinch and a pleasure when you do a little prep ahead for fast weeknight meals! Follow this simple guide to prep healthy foods ahead and use time-saving shortcuts so you won’t let take-out tempt you. Instead of reaching for the phone, you can grab a skillet and throw […]

Zucchini Salad with Lemon and Ricotta

Zucchini is such a tender vegetable, you can enjoy it without even having to turn on your stove. Eat it raw during the summer, when zucchini is at its peak. If you want to make this ahead of time, combine all the ingredients, but save the ricotta and fresh herbs to use right before you serve it.

Garden Veggie Bowl with Shrimp and Corn

Shrimp add flavor and low-fat protein to this easy veggie side dish. It’s a fast way to use up the best a summer vegetable garden has to offer. Enjoy a slice of cornbread or toast some whole wheat pita to make it a main course for two.

Tropical Fruit Salsa

Fresh tropical fruit is so sweet, it livens up any dish. I like to make a big batch of this salsa to use for chip-dipping and to accompany my grilled fish or meat. Just eating this salsa makes me feel like it’s 80 degrees and sunny outside year-round!

Creamy Corn Bake

Kids love sweet corn baked in a small dish, just the right size for them! Yogurt and eggs add lots of protein too. Do you have extra summer time corn? Swap out one of the cans of creamed corn and add 2 cups of fresh corn kernels cut from the cob before baking.

Cucumber Kiwi Gazpacho

Ever tasted a Chinese Gooseberry? If you enjoy kiwis you have! Whatever you call ’em, these hairy monsters are packing major vitamin C! A potent antioxidant, vitamin C helps to protect the skin against wind and sun damage and can be an ally in the fight against skin cancer. Perfect for your travel cup this summer