All Posts By Amie Valpone

Asparagus Spinach Salad With Tahini Dressing

by in Easter, Healthy Recipes, March 28, 2013

asparagus salad
With the weather warming up, and the sun peeking out just a little bit more day by day, our meals are lighter and include more fruits and veggies. For a satisfyingly fresh lunch, I’ve combined fresh spring asparagus and spinach — with nori seaweed as a surprise ingredient — into a lovely spring salad. Instead of store-bought salad dressing I use tahini for creamy flavor and texture. Lemon juice and fresh ginger add bold flavor without excess calories and fat. Slivered almonds provide filling healthy fats to keep you satisfied all afternoon. Bring this salad to an outdoor spring picnic party, or serve it as an Easter side dish. Read more

Spring Pea Salad

by in Easter, Healthy Recipes, March 21, 2013

spring pea salad
I love peas; I enjoy them whole and juiced but my favorite way to munch on them is in this spring salad. There is so much green in this dish: mixed greens, avocados and peas. No dressing from a bottle here! Sherry vinegar and freshly squeezed orange juice make this salad flavorful without the added calories and fat of traditional store-bought dressings. I also like to throw in some flax oil for an added dose of healthy fats. Serve this salad for lunch or as a side at dinner.

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Mint Green Tea Spritzer

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, March 17, 2013

green tea spritzer
For a refreshing and festive non-alcoholic St. Paddy’s day beverage, try this cooling mint green tea spritzer. Green tea is full of good-for-you antioxidants and the revitalizing fresh mint leaves provide drinkable stress relief. Plain seltzer water makes this drink super fun and bubbly. No table sugar here – honey acts as a natural sweetener. Serve these drinks spruced up with some fresh lemon wedges on the side of the glass.

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Beer Brussels Sprouts

by in Gluten-Free, Healthy Recipes, March 15, 2013

brussels sprouts
When you think of St. Patrick’s Day, what comes to mind? The color green? Beer? Leprechauns? Well, this recipe has St. Paddy’s Day written all over it. These Brussels sprouts are doused in beer to give them a savory, hoppy taste (made with gluten-free beer so if you have a gluten sensitivity you can still enjoy them). I love roasting and steaming veggies to get food on the table fast, but I decided to create this recipe on the stovetop. You can also toss all of the ingredients into a baking dish and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees F if you prefer to roast them. There are only 5 pantry staples in this recipe so you’ll have these sprouts on the table with minimal effort.

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Mini Green Pizzas

by in Gluten-Free, Healthy Recipes, March 11, 2013

Mini 'Green' Pizzas

Looking for an easy weeknight meal or weekend lunch? Whip up these mini green pizzas topped with spinach and pesto to pack on the fiber and flavor. For a unique spin on your regular pizza pie, this recipe uses ricotta cheese instead of mozzarella, and has gourmet toppings like baby spinach, pesto and sesame seeds. No need to wait for the dough to rise — I’ve subbed the dough for toasted gluten-free bread instead.

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Chocolate-Covered Bananas

by in Gluten-Free, Healthy Recipes, Valentine's Day, February 14, 2013

chocolate-covered bananas
Let’s not make dessert complicated this Valentine’s Day. For the easiest, tastiest dessert, all you need are three ingredients and three steps: cinnamon crackers, bananas and chocolate; then melt, roll and freeze! These are ingredients you most likely already have in your pantry, and if you don’t they’re certainly easy to find at any grocery store. The dairy-free chocolate-covered bananas are made extra-special with a crunchy coating of crushed cinnamon crackers. If you have kids, invite them to help out in the kitchen by peeling bananas or crushing the crackers. With such a tasty and simple recipe, this might just become a year round dessert staple.

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Ricotta “Sundaes” With Gluten-Free Granola

by in Gluten-Free, Valentine's Day, February 12, 2013

ricotta sundae
Instead of curling up with a pint of ice cream while watching a romantic comedy on Valentine’s Day, try a lower fat ice cream-alternative instead. This special sundae recipe uses low-fat ricotta cheese to lessen up the calories, while maintaining a creamy taste. Top your “sundae” with crunchy add-ins like KIND Healthy Grains Clusters along with a sprinkle of dried fruit and coconut flakes for a fun, crispy texture. (Save any extra granola and fruit for snacks later on during the week with milk or on top of yogurt.) A sprinkle of dairy-free chocolate makes this sundae gleefully indulgent. So go ahead, dig in all you want.

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29 Gluten-Free Valentine’s Day Recipes

by in Gluten-Free, Valentine's Day, February 11, 2013

gluten free fudge
Are you planning on cooking a romantic dessert for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day or want to spread the baked goods love to your friends and family? Here are some yummy, gluten-free desserts from a few amazingly talented bloggers and bakers. These desserts use some surprising ingredients like quinoa and buckwheat flour to make these sinfully sweet treats healthy for those who avoid gluten. You don’t have to be a master baker to create a mouthwatering dessert either — some of these recipes are just as simple as a delicious spin on pancakes! From fudge to cakes and even s’mores, these desserts will make everyone fall head over heels for gluten-free treats!

Valentine’s Day Round Up: 29 Gluten-Free Recipes

  1. Chocolate Almond Cake with Chocolate Butter Icing by Jeanne Sauvage of The Art of Gluten-Free Baking
  2. Raw Vegan Banana Chocolate Hazelnut Nutella Mousse Crepes by Tess Masters of Healthy Blender Recipes
  3. Gluten-Free Eclairs by Karen Morgan of Blackbird Bakery
  4. Devil’s Food Cupcakes from the Gluten-Free Mommy
  5. Allergy -Free Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats by Cybele Pascal of The Allergy-Friendly Cook Read more

Chocolate Love Bark

by in Gluten-Free, Healthy Recipes, Valentine's Day, February 11, 2013

chocolate bark
The perfect Valentine’s Day pair is chocolate and nuts. This homemade chocolate bark is super simple to make. Just combine dairy-free chocolate chips and your favorite nut: hazelnuts, pistachios, pecans, walnuts — whatever you like. Chocolate Love Bark is also kid-friendly; ask kids to help you choose the nuts and sprinkle them onto the melted chocolate. This dessert is perfect for bringing to a Valentine’s Day party or for gifting; it keeps well wrapped up in plastic wrap or in a container.

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Garlic Sweet Potato Chips

by in Healthy Recipes, February 2, 2013

sweet potato chips
Instead of reaching into a bag of super salty, oily potato chips from the convenience store, make your own crispy- and healthier- spuds. Use sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes for a dose of vitamin A. Football fans, get crunchin’ with these oven-roasted, lightly salted sweet potato chips. Garlic makes this recipe mouthwatering and savory. No matter which team wins, you’ll feel good about snacking on such healthy and delicious game -ime snacks.

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