Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Quinoa Salad

Ingredients: 2 Cups Butternut Squash (1/2 inch cubes) 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 Cup Quinoa (Uncooked) 2 Cups Water 1 Pomegranate Seeds 2 teaspoons Chopped Fresh Sage ¼-1/2 Cup Crumbled Goat Cheese Salt and Pepper to taste Preparation: 1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil. 2. TossContinue reading “Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Quinoa Salad”

Spaghetti Squash Salad

Ingredients 4 Cups Cooked Spaghetti Squash (one large squash) 6 Sliced Jumbo Black Olives (add more to taste) 1/2 Cup Chopped Green Pepper 3 Tbsp Chopped Fresh Chives 3 Tbsp. Olive Oil 1 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinaigrette Preparation: Chop peppers and chives and slice olives. When squash is cooled, remove from shell and mix everything together.Continue reading “Spaghetti Squash Salad”

Cucumber and Radish Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing

  Ingredients:  2 cups cucumbers, chopped 1 cup radishes, chopped 1/3 onion, thinly sliced 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, plain 1 handful of dill, finely chopped Juice of 1/2 lemon 1 tsp sugar Salt, to taste Preparation: In mixing bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, sugar, salt, and dill. Mix well. Add onions, cucumbers, and radishes; mixContinue reading “Cucumber and Radish Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing”

Tomato and Herbed Cream Cheese Sandwich

Ingredients: 2 slices whole wheat bread 4 slices tomato (more or less depending on preference) 2 Tbs cream cheese, plain 1 garlic clove, chopped 1 tsp olive oil 1 Tbs Basil, finely chopped 1 handful of arugula Preparation: Combine cream cheese, olive oil, basil, and garlic in a small bowl to make the herbed creamContinue reading “Tomato and Herbed Cream Cheese Sandwich”

Lavender Lemonade 

Ingredients: 2 Cups Boiling Water 1 Cup Lavender Flowers 2 Cups Cold Water 1 Cup Lemon Juice Preparation: 1. Place lavender in a pitcher and pour boiling water over the lavender. Cover with plastic wrap and steep 10 minutes. 2. Strain lavender from water, then return water to the pitcher. 3. Add cold water, lemonContinue reading “Lavender Lemonade “

Microwaved Kale Chips

Ingredients: 1 bunch of Kale 4 teaspoons olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Any other desired spices (paprika, garlic powder, cumin, etc.) Preparation: 1. Wash and thoroughly dry kale. Remove stems from kale and tear into two inch pieces. 2. Toss Kale with olive oil and desired spices in a large bowl. 3. SpreadContinue reading “Microwaved Kale Chips”

Sweet Popcorn

Ingredients: 3 Tbsp coconut, peanut, or canola oil 1/3 cup popcorn kernels (preferably from UCD student farm) 3-quart covered saucepan Spices to taste (cinnamon, sugar, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce) Preparation: Stove: Heat oil in saucepan on medium to high heat. Put 3 popcorn kernels into the oil and cover the pan. Once the kernels pop,Continue reading “Sweet Popcorn”

Sautéed Summer Squash and Onions

Ingredients: 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil or Butter 2-3 Medium Summer Squash, sliced 1/4 Medium Sweet Onion, diced Salt and Pepper to taste Preparation: 1. Melt butter over medium-low heat in skillet. 2. Add onions and squash, cook until onions are translucent and squash is tender (approximately 8-10 minutes). 3. Remove from heat and add saltContinue reading “Sautéed Summer Squash and Onions”

Healthier Holiday Favorites

  Food is an essential part of how we celebrate the holidays. Most traditional holiday foods are rich and delicious, but don’t always satisfy our bodies’ needs. In order to stay active and immune to sickness during the holidays, we need quality fuel that will sustain our bodies. Here are some superfoods and recipes toContinue reading “Healthier Holiday Favorites”

Nutrition Myth Busters- Vegetarian Diet

This week I had the exciting opportunity to do a guest post on the SPE Certified Blog! I chose the topic of nutrition myths because there are so many that run rampant through our society and the media. I believe that it is important that these myths be proven or dis-proven with current, science-based information.Continue reading “Nutrition Myth Busters- Vegetarian Diet”