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Fast and Healthy Sides and Snacks

ginger spinach

Side dishes if your stomach cries out “I’m Still Hungry!!”

Garlic Broccoli
Green Beans with Shallots
Spicy Ginger Spinach
Pineapple Salsa with Chips

Fun Low Cal Bites for Entertaining

turkey corndog bites

Pineapple Salsa with Chips
Crostini with White Cheddar, Apples, and Onions
Corn Dog Bites

Chipotle Orange Shrimp

chipotle-orange-shrimp

Summer BBQ, here we come! Orange is the perfect summer flavor and the Vitamin C protects your skin while you are grilling in the sun.

Pasta Bolognese

Pasta Bolognese

I love Parmesan but if you’re on a tight budget tangy Romano cheese is an ideal substitute at half the price. I use reduced fat cream cheese in place of heavy cream that usually appears in the traditional version.

Double Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

My granny always had so much leftover zucchini in her garden, it was a challenge to use it all. I invented this recipe when she gifted me a huge bag of zucchini one summer fresh from her garden. Zucchini is very high in water and fiber content. It’s the perfect way to moisten brownies without adding extra fat and get extra fiber in your diet.

Chocolate Avocado Milkshake

Chocolate Avocado Milkshake

Avocado in a milkshake might sound unusual, but in Vietnam it’s a traditional treat that you can order in local restaurants. Enjoy a creamy, rich shake while getting a serving of vegetables to boot!

Orange Sherbet

Orange Sherbet

This healthy version of orange sherbet reminds me of the “push-up” pops I used to have as a kid that were filled with creamy sherbet, refreshingly cool during the hot summer months.

BLT Pasta

BLT Pasta

I created this recipe for my friend, the Fresh Grocer, Tony Tantillo. It’s an Italian spin on classic American flavors of bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes. I also added fresh fennel for extra flavor and texture.

Quinoa Risotto

Quinoa Risotto

Risotto is prized for its creamy texture and rich taste. Quinoa is naturally creamy and makes a lighter, whole grain version of this popular Italian comfort food. Spinach adds extra nutrition and flavor.

Broccoli with Garlic Sauce

Broccoli Garlic

Most kids love Chinese take-out and will gladly eat broccoli. I make this for the “bid kid” in my life- my husband. He hates veggies, but he coo-coo for Asian flavors that perk up this crisp tender, nutritional packed veg!

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