All Posts By Amie Valpone

Gluten-Free Baked Onion Rings

by in Healthy Recipes, July 7, 2013

Forget fried onion rings and fire up your oven to make better-for-you, crispy baked onion rings instead. These Vidalia onion rings tossed with a combination of paprika, ground almonds, corn cereal and ground flax seeds before being baked to crispy perfection. I bet you’ve never had an onion ring quite like this one! There’s no bread or gluten in this recipe, so they’re not just healthy, they’re perfect for those who can’t eat gluten. Make these for a summer BBQ or a weeknight dinner at home.

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Mexican Macaroni and Corn

by in Healthy Recipes, July 5, 2013

Everyone loves a good bowl of comforting mac and cheese, right? When it’s too hot to turn on the oven to make baked macaroni and cheese, make this easy, stove-top version instead. It’s extra-flavorful and you can whip up this easy dish in no time. I’ve tossed in corn and spinach for added fresh flavor (plus fiber) as well as red pepper flakes for a bit of heat to fire up summer celebrations. And did I mention, it’s both dairy and gluten-free? So you can rest assured your guests all have something to enjoy. Leftovers for this dish taste great the next day added to a fresh bed of leafy greens such as arugula.

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Garlicky Grilled Romaine

by in Healthy Recipes, July 4, 2013

Grilling for Fourth of July? Add grilled romaine to your BBQ menu; it’s a quick and easy recipe that takes only a few minutes to prepare and can be jazzed up with a variety of flavors. I added garlic powder and balsamic vinegar to this recipe but you can also add fresh lemon juice and chili powder for a bit of extra flavor. Kids and adults love to enjoy this recipe because it’s fun to eat and doesn’t look like your ordinary soggy green salad. It’s a winner for a weeknight family side dish or your annual Fourth of July cookout, so toss a few heads of fresh romaine onto your grill and get your party started!

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“Creamy” Tarragon Pasta Salad

by in Gluten-Free, Healthy Recipes, June 28, 2013

This party-perfect recipe is a great replacement for traditional mayonnaise-based salads; it gets its creamy texture from dairy-free yogurt. The fresh carrots, grapes and tarragon give this salad an exciting, fresh taste. Gluten-free pasta makes it gluten free, of course, but if you don’t have a sensitivity, any pasta will do.

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Watermelon Fresca

by in Healthy Recipes, May 11, 2013

watermelon fresca

As summer approaches, try this cooling fresca as a replacement to sugary lemonade. The fresh watermelon and lime juice give this mock-tail a unique flavor and you can top it off with springs of cilantro for a touch of fresh garden flavor. It makes the perfect family-friendly beverage for a Mother’s Day brunch.

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Almond-Pea Soup

by in Healthy Recipes, May 10, 2013

pea soup

Spring to me means fresh green soups and that’s just what I created for this year’s Mother’s day menu at our home. This soup combines sweet veggie flavor from the peas with creaminess from almonds. I added a few sprigs of fresh mint and my favorite Vidalia onions to dazzle taste buds and add a sweet touch without any added sugar. Pair this soup with a salad and lean protein such as grilled fish and a spinach salad for a Mother’s Day dinner that Mom will love.

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Spinach-Strawberry-Almond Salad With Balsamic-Lime Dressing

by in Healthy Recipes, May 8, 2013

spinach salad
Mmm springtime! Forget a basic garden salad, this salad is filled to the brim with flavorful strawberries and a touch of sweet balsamic vinegar and lime juice. You can make this salad to accompany lunch or dinner; I’m planning to serve it to my mother for Mother’s Day brunch on our back deck alongside roasted vegetables. This salad is packed with nutrients — everything from fresh basil to crunchy almonds that will leave you (and Mom) smiling!

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Chili Kale Chips

by in Healthy Recipes, May 5, 2013

chili kale chips
Forget chips and salsa! This recipe is perfect for any fiesta or afternoon snack and it’s far more nutritious than your average bag of potato or tortilla chips. I added a touch of heat to these kale chips with a dash of chili powder and used sesame oil instead of olive oil for a savory taste you’ll love all spring.

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Mexican Bean Salad

by in Healthy Recipes, May 3, 2013

mexican bean salad

This bean salad is perfect for any celebration, but it bursts of flavor make it ideal for Cinco de Mayo. Aside from classic Mexican ingredients, this bean salad takes a twist using white beans instead of black, Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and almonds instead of pepitas. This salad can be served as a light, vegetarian main meal or as a side dish for lunch and it’s perfect for the warm weather that’s headed our way!

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Hummus Deviled Eggs

by in Healthy Recipes, March 31, 2013

deviled eggs
You’ve never had deviled eggs quite like these. I’ve added hummus to this recipe for a protein punch and savory flavor — feel free to use any hummus flavor you’d like. I used traditional, but you can also try roasted red pepper or garlic flavored. Spicy chili powder adds a nice kick of flavor; I prefer it over paprika, which is usually used for deviled egg recipes. The key to getting your eggs perfectly hard-boiled, is to dunk them in cold water for several minutes after boiling. These deviled eggs are the perfect Easter party hors d’oeuvre, or use up your leftover Easter eggs to make Hummus Deviled Eggs for a snack or lunch this week.

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