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Healthy Latkes: Baked Not Fried

Baked Latkes

Try this nutritious twist on latkes: skip frying & try baking. Don’t worry, they will still be crispy… Latkes can be a wonderfully healthful snack any time of year — not just Hanukkah fare. This recipe uses egg whites instead of whole eggs and uses skin-on potatoes. The skin, which has more nutrients than the […]

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White Bean Hummus Dip

White Bean Hummus Dip

Great northern white beans are the creamiest beans around and a great alternative to chickpeas when making hummus.  Both types of beans are a wonderful source of plant based protein (over 14 grams in one cup of the white beans). One cup of white beans also contains over 12 grams of fiber (which is over […]

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Classic Homemade Hummus

Homemade Hummus Recipe

Happy Labor Day! As everyone gears up for BBQs today, bring along (or serve) this healthy and crowd pleasing appetizer. Serve with these festive and patriotic Terra chips: Stripes and Blues Sea Salt Chips which include striped beets, sweet potatoes and blue potatoes, which create the patriotic red, white and blue mix. This hummus is […]

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Salsa Guacamole

This is the easiest guacamole you will ever make – just two ingredients plus a squeeze of fresh lime. I was in the mood for guacamole this weekend but didn’t have a lot of time to chop a bunch of ingredients, so I dumped some salsa onto chopped avocado and the rest is history.  Couldn’t […]

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Healthy Quesadilla

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Forget Taco Bell!  This homemade and very healthy quesadilla is perfect for a Mexican food fix.  It is super-easy to make and a real crowd pleaser.  Plus, it is filling with the addition of ground lean turkey meat.  A full meal! Serves 2 Ingredients 1/3 pound ground turkey meat (lean) 1 tbsp extra virgin olive […]

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Black Bean Dip Recipe

Black Bean Dip Recipe

Football season is in full swing!  This zesty dip is perfect for serving with raw veggies or chips on game day.  It can even be used as a healthy spread in place of mayo or meat for your sandwich or wrap. Health Benefits of Black Beans Beans are technically a mature form of legumes and […]

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Salmon Stuffed Mushrooms

This elegant and light appetizer is perfect for a quick snack or for entertaining.  Most stuffed mushroom recipes contain cheese and/or mayo – this recipe keeps it creamy with hummus and flavorful with dill and garlic. The health factor of this tiny bite is huge… salmon is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids […]

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Sweet Potato Fries

This undercover vegetable is a fun and nutritious appetizer that is great to snack on before or during dinner. Ingredients 1 12 oz. bag of sweet potato spears (peeled, cut and ready to cook) 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil Garlic powder Pepper Rosemary Instructions Preheat oven to 400 degrees Throw the spears into a […]

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White Bean Hummus

This makes for a healthy (and easy to prepare) Super Bowl dip.  It is creamier than hummus that is made from chickpeas and is a huge crowd pleaser.  Pair it with raw veggies, whole grain pita slices or honey whole-wheat pretzel sticks. Ingredients 1 12 oz. can of white beans (cannellini beans) 1/8 cup canola […]

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Avocado Crostini with Pistachios

This recipe’s inspiration came from an appetizer at an excellent restaurant in downtown DC – Cork Restaurant & Wine Bar.  It combines four rich and satisfying ingredients that balance each other out well from both a taste and texture perspective.  It can be served as a unique appetizer or a healthy, high-fiber snack (or even […]

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Lighter Latkes: Baked Veggie Pancakes

Hanukkah is the “festival of lights” and is a holiday where oil has a special meaning.  Because of this, there are a lot of foods served with heavy oil for this Jewish holiday.  Instead of frying your latkes, try baking them with a minimal amount of oil to keep them healthy – they will still […]

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Chunky Guacamole

This guactastic dish is super easy and so yummy. Serves 4-6 Ingredients 2 avocados (perfectly ripened), cut into large chunks 20 grape tomatoes, sliced in half ½ cup red onion, diced ½ lime, squeezed 4 garlic cloves, pressed 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper Preparation Gently mix together ingredients with spoon without smashing the avocado […]

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Tomato, Basil, Avocado Salad

A perfect no cook appetizer with the perfect taste of summer! Grab a large heirloom red tomato from your farmers market, some fresh basil from your herb garden and one creamy avocado to make this oh-so-fabulous appetizer.  It is cool and refreshing and boasts surprising flavor from this fresh dressing. Ingredients 1 red heirloom tomato, […]

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Chilled Lemon-Garlic Shrimp

Chilled Lemon Garlic Shrimp

Delicious does not begin to describe this crowd-pleasing appetizer… forget the cocktail sauce and bring out the natural flavor of fresh shrimp with this refreshing marinade. Ingredients 25 shrimp Marinade: ½ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp canola oil 1 shallot, minced ¼ Vidalia onion, extra thinly sliced […]

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Super Bowl of Spinach Dip

Game day dips can often times be full of high-fat ingredients. Up the nutritional value of your Super Bowl party with this healthy dip recipe! 4 cups spinach 2 cups canned cannellini beans, rinsed ¼ water 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 3 garlic cloves 2 tsp onion powder 1 tsp black pepper Combine all […]

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Garlic Hummus

This healthy appetizer is always a crowd pleaser.  Serve with pita chips or fresh, crunchy veggies like carrots, radishes, celery, red peppers or cucumbers. Ingredients 2 15 oz. cans of garbanzo beans (chickpeas) 1-cup canola oil (the more you use the creamier the consistency) 5 garlic cloves and/or garlic powder 2 tbsp sesame tahini ½ […]

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