Baked Curly Fries for Superbowl Sunday

Game Day fries with a literal twist.

Baked Curly Fries for Game Day

Baked Curly Fries for Game Day

I’m hosting my first ever Sportsball Party this weekend, so of course I’m most looking forward to the food. Lucky me, I just got a spiffy new addition to my kitchen gadget collection, the Paderno Spiralizer. Along with making oodles of zoodles, the first thing I looked forward to making was a baked version of a curly fry. The widest setting on the Paderno was perfect for this! It worked with both sweet and regular potatoes, and I plan to experiment with other root vegetables in the future. Perfect lighter fare for your game day plans, whatever other decadence is served alongside them. …

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Paleo Paella with Shrimp, Sausage and Cauliflower Rice

A savory, spicy, paleo version of paella using cauliflower rice. 

Paleo Paella with Shrimp, Sausage and Cauliflower Rice

Paleo Paella with Shrimp, Sausage and Cauliflower Rice

What do you think: Paelleo? Paleolla? Regardless, this paleo rendition of paella using cauliflower rice is truly every bit as flavorful as the original, with shrimp, chorizo and jambon, finished with a spicy garlic sauce that’ll knock your socks off. Perfect for low carb, paleo, or any other grain free, whole foods approach.

This is also a great use of Aneto’s Paella Valenciana Broth! Super rich with flavor. (Chicken or other stock works perfectly well here too, of course, but the paella base really does go the extra mile if you can get it!)…

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Fire Cider: Extreme Health Tonic

Fear not! This bold home remedy is not only packed with health-supporting properties, it packs a flavor punch you just might love.

Fire Cider

Homemade Fire Cider Health Tonic

Everything old is new again, right? If you’ve never tried a health tonic, there’s no time like the present, what with all manner of viruses and other seasonal maladies flying around. This potent fire cider is reputed to be warming and energizing, immune-boosting, great for relieving congestion and even a digestive aid. But on top of its health-enhancing properties, throngs of fire cider lovers enjoy its flavor enough to not just throw it back like a shot, but mixing it into lemonade or OJ, putting it in salad dressings in place of vinegar alone, using a few dashes in cocktails, adding it to chili, soups and stew for an extra kick.

If you like video tutorials, check out old school herbal goddess Rosemary Gladstar brewing up a batch. She recommends taking a tablespoon or two when you feel a cold coming on, and then if it sets in, repeat every 3 or 4 hours until symptoms begin to subside. To get the benefit for cold an flu season, make this now, since you want this to steep for at least a few weeks to get the most bang out of it! (And wear goggles when you grate the horseradish. YOW!)  …

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Cilantro Veggie Curry with Veggie Sauce

Nothing but goodness in this all-veggie curry with veggie sauce, plus extra veggies.

Cilantro Veggie Curry

Cilantro Veggie Curry with Veggie Sauce, plus extra veggies with veggies on top.


This is the perfect warm, mildly spicy dish for January, as it fits into just about ANY health-conscious approach to eating you can think of. It’s vegetarian. It’s vegan. It’s gluten and dairy-free. It fits with paleo, Whole 30, and all other manner of dietary reset plans. Even if your only resolution was to eat more vegetables, period, this fits the bill and then some. Bottom line, it’s absolutely packed with vegetables and vegetables only, save for the spices and broth – the sauce itself is made from pureed veggies that are incorporated into the dish itself.  You cannot go astray with this one.

I fist discovered a version of this in Nigella Lawson’s How To Eat, and have been tinkering with it for years. My latest additions are golden beets and cilantro, plus a touch of turmeric, all of which brighten the dish up. This iteration isn’t terribly spicy – you could certainly add more cayenne if you like, or more heat in another form. Add it to your meal in any of the aforementioned approaches. …

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Saturday Morning Low Sugar Green Juice

Green juice – a Kelly family weekend tradition!

Green Juice

Don’t you feel healthier just looking at this juice?

Most juice recipes call for using lots of high sugar fruits – like pineapple, melons, etc. And many smoothie recipes have tons of sugar.

At our house, however, we have a weekend obsession ritual tradition that uses low carb veggies – with just a touch of sweetness from a few apple slices. (Note: You can use a juicer for this, but we have tried it in a good blender – we have a Blendtec – and it works just as well with more fiber added in.)

So, here’s the combo we love: 3 parts celery; 3 parts cucumber; 5 parts spinach; one part apple; a few slices of ginger. DON’T skip the ginger – it gives the juice a kick that is so refreshing. The wonderful thing about juice recipes is that you can have fun experimenting and going crazy with the veggies and fruits – it took us about a year to develop this combo and we are crazy for it!

I have been reading lots about anti-inflammatory diets and how beneficial they are in reducing risks of heart disease and cancer – and this juice has lots of alkaline foods and ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory. You can drink it just for the deliciousness, of course, but I love drinking in powerful healthy nutrients as well.

I drink this green drink pretty much every Saturday. I miss it and crave it when I don’t get my Saturday Green Juice. It fills me up and makes me feel so good. Saturday Morning Zen. In a glass.

Happy New Year, All~

Other food bloggers do green juice:

My Favorite Green Juice, Lauren’s Latest
Benefits of Green Juice, Healthy Green Kitchen
Happy Herby Detox Juice, The Blender Girl
Green Juice Recipes, Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Kale Grape Ginger Lemon Juice, Jeanette’s Healthy Living

– posted by Donna

Hoppin’ John Salad for a Lucky New Year

A salad spin on the traditional New Year’s Day dish

Hoppin’ John Salad to start your New Year off right!

Even if cornbread, collards and blackeyed peas with bacon or ham weren’t reputed to bring one wealth, luck and overall prosperity in the the year to come when eaten on New Year’s Day, I’d still enjoy eating them all. Hoppin’ John is the component of the  New Year’s meal from the American South that brings prosperity, and if you save some for leftovers the following day, it becomes “Skippin’ Jenny”, which demonstrates your commendable frugality and further increases your chances of manifesting that prosperity.

We though we’d try a salad variation of Hoppin’ John, and since it’s a bean salad, it definitely keeps well and even improves for a next-day reprise. There’s one collard leaf in there, less for flavor and more for tradition, though I love any extra green in a salad like this. You could also omit the ham for a still-totally-flavorful vegetarian version. …

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2014 Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

We all need some 11th hour inspiration from time to time. If you’re still working out the kinks in your menu, here are some  favorite fun ideas.

What sweet little Thanksgiving Turkeys.


For starters, if you have a lot of kids in attendance, here are a few fun ideas to keep them occupied AND make some great contributions to the feasting table. As per the picture above, try making some adorable candy turkeys. Check out the video below: …

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Wild Rice Salmon Salad with Pine Nuts, Lemon and Parsley

This wild rice and salmon dish is a perfect salad for your Thanksgiving lineup.

Wild Rice Salmon Salad with Lemon, Parsley and Pine Nuts

Wild Rice Salmon Salad with Lemon, Parsley and Pine Nuts

To mangle Robert Burns, the best laid recipe plans aft gang agly . . . but also sometimes turn out deliciously regardless. My original thought with this dish was to make a sort of wild rice maki, that would be fitting on a Thanksgiving table, rolled up in slices of lox-style smoked salmon. Round 1: Tastes great, but sliced salmon won’t hold the shape together well enough. Round 2: Chopped up salmon and mixed it into the rice, and tried using nori to wrap the whole mixture up. Not sticky enough to work. Round 3: Decide the tasty rice mixture does just fine all on its own. Tossed in a bowl it is!

As it stands, the salad is gluten-free (some would consider it grain-free as well, as wild rice is actually a kind of grass) and dairy-free, though I have it on good authority that some crumbled chevre in the mix is a lovely addition as well. …

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Winter Grape Salad Recipe with Toasted Walnuts

 Winter Grape Salad – a blend of sweetness and crunch.

Winter Grape Salad with Toasted Walnuts and Pomegranate

Winter Grape Salad with Toasted Walnuts and Pomegranate Seeds

Thanksgiving sides are on my mind these days, and on the minds of most of American cooks preparing for the Big Kahuna meal of the year: Thanksgiving Dinner.

One of my favorite childhood food memories is the fruit salad we made every year for Thanksgiving. You know the one: fruit cocktail (with some extra pineapple tidbits thrown in, and maybe some coconut) and then that very famous whipped topping stirred in. I liked to pick through the bowl while spooning my serving to look for the maraschino cherries hiding behind the pear chunks. So, every year since my childhood (NOT saying how many that is, BTW) I put a dish at my table that has some sort of fruit in it on Thanksgiving Day.

I wanted to update this fruit salad – so I subbed a fabulous new Australian style yogurt for the whipped topping, and I must say I like this version better.  Noosa is a brand I tried in Seattle at the International Food Blogger Conference in September this year. It is an Aussie yogurt – and so delicious that I swooned. Truly, truly smooth and creamy and so flavorful. I recommend you drop whatever you’re doing and run to the nearest grocery store to buy some. I used the plain Noosa in this – for the tartness, but their other flavors would work well, too. I must try the coconut with this STAT.

The Hubs is addicted to the Strawberry Rhubarb Noosa because he grew up with a mom that made fabulous rhubarb pie. He will even clean out the garage if I promise to buy him some of this. Takes him right back to his childhood!

For crunch I added walnuts – toasted first, of course. Toasting nuts is something I learned to do from other food bloggers – and now is a routine step in all my recipes using nuts.

SO pretty for your holiday table!

(( Read to the end of this post to see what is reflected in the spoon in this photo!))

– posted by Donna

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Cinnamon Apple Cider Slush

A beverage that’s both refreshing and still very much flavored by fall.

Cinnamon Apple Cider Slush

Cinnamon Apple Cider Slush

Fresh apple cider is always an autumn treat to look forward to, but I thought I’d try jazzing it up in a very simple way. This may be the perfect beverage for a Thanksgiving table – still full of classic fall flavor, but a cool, refreshing counterbalance to the hot, hearty and often rich holiday fare.

Getting to test drive a Nutri-Ninja Duo blender thanks to the team who hooked us up at IFBC this year was a total bonus. And yes, I will totally vouch for its design, ease of use and efficiency. This recipe uses 14 ice cubes, and it was rendered into delicious slush in seconds flat, thanks to the blade that spirals up the center of the pitcher.  And for extremely easy cleaning, that blade lifts right out – no having to scrape tediously around it at the bottom. But no matter what blender you have, this might be your next autumnal addiction. …

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