Category Archives: Starters

Grilled Chili Lime Nectarine Salad

Summer is in full scorching mode in the sub tropical south, it’s almost too hot to fire up the grill or wok!  My appetite always seems to change in the summer months, usually craving something lighter, cooler and fruity. Lately, … Continue reading

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Spicy Cheesy Organic Kale Chips

Kale chips are by far my favorite snack food without guilt.  There’s something about sweet, spicy & smokey that makes me very happy.  I’ve made several kinds of kale chips, from plain with sea salt, Himalayan salt or spicy cayenne pepper and even lemon, … Continue reading

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Spicy Avocado Cucumber Soup

When given a basket of Florida Avocados, you need to get creative to use them up quickly.  Cubed then sauteed, sliced on BLT’s, mashed for guacamole, chopped in ceviche the list is endless!  Spicy cold soup is something perfect for summer, … Continue reading

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Basic and Gourmet Healthy Hummus

Hummus is a staple in the refrigerator at our house.  It can be adjusted so many ways to fit your taste pallet.  Italian, with cannellini beans, sun dried tomato, basil, oregano, garlic & pine nuts.  Thai, with scallions, chili flakes, … Continue reading

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Skinny Butternut Curry Ginger Soup

There is something about creamy soup that makes fall complete, especially if the ingredients come from the mitten state.  This version of my skinny butternut curry ginger soup taste amazing, and it’s filling, and basically healthy for you. This little … Continue reading

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Grilled Peach Arugula Salad

It’s that time of year again, I’m all for eating local, sustainable organic produce although, I can’t find the peach trees or blueberry bushes here in the subtropical sunny south! Imported from our southern sister state Georgia, are some of … Continue reading

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Raw Kale Cocktail and Savory Kale Chips

What the Kale’s going on here?  Yes, it’s green goodness overload! I’m getting all my nutrients in a little jigger, and some crunchy snacks, that’s just what the doctor ordered.  I’ve had a annoying sinus infection for a month now, I’ve tried … Continue reading

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Green Goodness Pesto

Pesto is a favorite spring or summer time recipe to whip up because the basil is growing like weeds. Grab a loaf of Italian bread and with only a couple ingredients you have a wonderful pesto that you can slather … Continue reading

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Get Your Goat

I have found my new love that is produced in the Loire Valley France, believe it or not, it’s not red & made from grapes!  Maybe not a new love, but indeed a rekindled love……I love you chèvre, I just … Continue reading

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