Archive for the 'Seasonal Goodies' Category

Sep 09

Sweet Potato & Bacon Soup

One of my favorite fall recipes EVER!

Jul 25

Turtle Bark

Need a last minute dessert that’s easy, gluten free and drenched in chocolate? You’re welcome.

Jul 07

Summertime Broccoli Salad

Broccoli salad for the weeknight dinner or summer picnic win!

May 04

Sheet Pan Sesame-Ginger Shrimp with Carrot Noodles

This 10-minute meal will save you on a busy weeknight.

Apr 08

Favorite Foods for Skin Health – and a Minty Mango Smoothie

Your diet plays a huge role in the health of your skin – get more of these 3 delightfully, skin pleasing foods.

Mar 29

Why My Kids Can’t Get Enough Mango

It has been mango madness at casa White! Find out why my girls can’t get enough.

Jan 06

Instant Pot (Frozen) Maple Dijon Salmon with Sweet Potatoes

Trying to eat more salmon? It helps if it can be ready in minutes! This one pot meal is as delicious as it is healthy and I am downright obsessed!

Jan 01

4 Weeks of Weeknight Dinners

4 weeks of easy, healthy and kid-friendly weeknight dinners.

Dec 12

Festive + Healthy Holiday Goodies

A round up of healthy and festive holiday treats.

Dec 02

Gluten Free: Flourless Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

A must try recipe for a gluten free treat. Any peanut butter lover will fall for these flourless cookie.


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Sweet Potato & Bacon Soup
Monday, September 9th, 2019

Makes 2 quarts

4 slices bacon, roughly chopped

1/2 yellow onion, chopped

1/2 teaspoon each kosher salt and black pepper

3 medium baked sweet potatoes, skin removed (about 3 cups)

1 quart chicken or turkey stock

1/4 cup heavy cream

Chopped chives for garnish

Cook bacon in a large soup pot until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. Add onions to pot, season with salt and pepper, and sauté over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add sweet potato and stock and stir to combine; bring to a simmer. Once bubbling, stir in cream and puree soup using an immersion blender. Serve topped with reserved bacon and chopped chives.

Nutrition Info (per 1 cup serving); Calories: 119; Total Fat: 4 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Total Carbohydrate: 17 grams; 
Sugars: 6 grams; Protein: 4 grams; Sodium: 305 milligrams; Cholesterol: 28 milligrams; 
Fiber: 3  grams

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Turtle Bark
Thursday, July 25th, 2019

Need a last minute dessert that’s easy, gluten free and drenched in chocolate? You’re welcome. You can find prepared caramel sauce at most grocery stores – Trader Joe’s and Stonewall Kitchen are my favorite brands but it’s so worth it to make your own – only takes about 10 minutes. For a quick hack you can also melt caramel candies in the microwave!

Turtle Bark

Makes 36 pieces

24 ounces semisweet chocolate

6 ounces pecan halves

1 cup gluten free shortbread cookies, crushed

1/2 cup salted caramel sauce (DIY with this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction)

Coarse sea salt

Melt chocolate in the microwave or over a double boiler. While chocolate is melting, toast pecans in a dry pan over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes, just until fragrant (keep a close eye on them so they don’t burn). Once chocolate is melted, evenly spread on to a parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with toasted pecans and shortbread cookies. Drizzle with caramel sauce and sprinkle with 1 to 2 teaspoon of sea salt. Allow to set until the chocolate is hardened. Pop in the fridge or freezer for faster setting. Once completely hardened, break into pieces.

Nutrition per serving: calories: 156; total fat: 10g; saturated fat: 4g; carbohydrates: 17g; protein: 2g; sodium: 134mg; fiber: 1g

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Summertime Broccoli Salad
Sunday, July 7th, 2019

A tangy yogurt based dressing teamed up with other nutritious ingredients means this salad packs in plenty of protein, calcium and fiber. Go ahead and make in advance, it actually tastes better once the flavors have a chance to mingle. Serve with any of your summer BBQ favorites.

Serves: 8

¼ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 tablespoon honey

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

½ teaspoon kosher salt

½ cup raisins

1/4 red onion, thinly sliced

2 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, diced

3 slices cooked bacon, finely chopped

4 cups finely chopped broccoli

In a large bowl whisk yogurt, mayonnaise, honey, vinegar and salt. Add raisins, onion, cheese, bacon and broccoli and toss well. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Per Serving: Calories: 137; Total Fat: 6.5g; Saturated Fat: 2.5g; Cholesterol: 17mg; Sodium: 371mg; Carbohydrate: 13g; Fiber: 4g; Protein: 7g

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Sheet Pan Sesame-Ginger Shrimp with Carrot Noodles
Saturday, May 4th, 2019

This 10-minute meal will save you on a busy weeknight. Serve solo or with along with  brown rice or rice pasta.

Serves: 4

1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
12 oz sugar snap peas
4 large carrots, spiralized or thinly sliced

2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce or gluten-free tamari
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger root
1 clove garlic, mined
3 scallion, finely chopped
Sesame seeds (optional)
Sriracha for serving, optional

Preheat oven to 400-F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Place shrimp on one side of the sheet pan, place sugar snap peas in the middle and carrots next to the peas. In a small bowl combine soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, ginger and garlic; whisk to combine. Pour sauce over shrimp and vegetables. Place in the oven and roast for 10 minutes until shrimp is pink and vegetables are crisp-tender.  Remove from oven and garnish with sesame seeds and chopped scallions. Serve with Sriracha, if desired.

Calories: 185 ; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Carbohydrate: 20g; Protein: 21g Sodium: 652mg; Fiber: 4g

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Favorite Foods for Skin Health – and a Minty Mango Smoothie
Monday, April 8th, 2019

This blog was created in partnership with the National Mango Board, but all opinions are my own.

 This time of year, I am paying extra attention to my skin. The winter dryness is finally subsiding and I’m looking forward to hitting the beach for more sunshine (wearing sunscreen, of course). Sunshine aside, your diet also plays a huge role in the health of your skin.

One part of eating for skin health is backing off on foods that work against a healthy complexion like candy, fried foods, alcohol and salty snacks. The more enjoyable part of eating for skin health includes getting more of these 3 delightfully, skin pleasing foods.

Mango

Juicy mangos help keep me hydrated plus they have several skin loving nutrients. More research is needed to make a direct connection about mangos and skin health but mangos have nutrients in all the right places. Mangos are an excellent source of vitamin A, a nutrient vital for skin and eye health. They are also an excellent source of vitamin C which may help improve the texture, moisture and elasticity of skin.  Vitamin C also plays an essential role in the syntheses of collagen – the protein that gives skin strength and structure.  Mango coleslaw and fruit leather are my warm weather go-to recipes, but one of the best ways to enjoy mango is in this inflammation fighting smoothie where the sweetness of mango is teamed up with the cool freshness of mint See recipe below

 Salmon

High in inflammation fighting omega-3 fats and low in mercury, I have committed to eating more salmon in 2019! It makes for a healthy and fast weeknight dinner when roasted or after (my new favorite) a quick cook in the Instant Pot.

Nuts

With healthy fats and plentiful amounts of vitamin E, nuts like almonds, walnuts and pistachios can promote heart and skin health. Add nuts to smoothies, salads, trail mix and homemade granola. For a decadent, lower guilt treat try chocolate bark.

Minty Mango Smoothie

Serves: 2

1 cup chopped fresh mango

1 frozen banana

3-4  fresh mint leaves

2 tbsp hemp seeds

1 cup orange juice

2 tbsp dried unsweetened coconut

Ice

Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

Nutrition Per Serving: Calories: 248; Total Fat: 9 grams; Saturated Fat: 4 grams; Total Carbohydrate: 42 grams; Sugars: 30 grams ( 0g added sugar); Protein: 6 grams; Sodium: 4 mg  milligrams; Cholesterol: 0 milligrams; Fiber: 4

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Why My Kids Can’t Get Enough Mango
Friday, March 29th, 2019

This blog was created in partnership with the National Mango Board, but all opinions are my own.

It has been mango madness at casa White. All three of my girls are in solid agreement (which rarely happens) …. mangos are the fruit of the season! Whether it’s a healthy and fast breakfast, lunch box goody or a late night snack, we are reaching for sweet, juicy and brightly colored mangos that also has fiber and vitamins A and C.

I was thrilled to learn that mangos are always in season. The 6 main varieties found in the US peak at different times throughout the year so they are always available, which is helpful when keeping up with the high demand – we ate 4 yesterday! All of the varieties look different – so don’t use color for an indication of ripeness. Simply squeeze the mango slight and if it gives, it’s ripe!

One of the most popular mango recipes in my house is this smoothie. This colorful sipper has it all, plenty of fruit, protein and refreshing citrus tang. This is a breakfast staple for my 9 year old and also a very popular after school snack as the weather gets warmer. If you have any leftovers, freeze in popsicle molds!

Mango Berry Lime Smoothie

Serves: 2

1 cup chopped fresh mango (see TIP below)

1 cup frozen berries (I like a mix of blueberries, strawberries + raspberries)

1 frozen banana

1 container plain Greek yogurt

1 cup unsweetened coconut water

Juice + zest of ½ a lime

Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

Nutrition Per Serving: Calories: 194; Total Fat: 1 gram; Saturated Fat: 0 grams; Total Carbohydrate: 43 grams; Sugars: 30 grams

( 0g added sugar); Protein: 8 grams; Sodium: 59mg  milligrams; Cholesterol:  milligrams
Fiber: 6 grams

TIP

Want to learn how to cut a mango properly? Check out these step-by-step instructions and watch me demo it in this clip from last week’s appearance on Better Connecticut. My kids love them cut and turned inside out so they can just gobble the golden flesh right out of the skin.

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Instant Pot (Frozen) Maple Dijon Salmon with Sweet Potatoes
Sunday, January 6th, 2019

Trying to eat more salmon? It helps if it can be ready in minutes! This one pot meal is as delicious as it is healthy and I am downright obsessed! The salmon can go from freezer to pot with no defrosting necessary and the total cook time is LESS THAN 15 minutes, including pressure build time. If you do have fresh salmon on hand, cut down the cook time by 2 minutes and cut the sweet potatoes a little bit smaller to assure even and complete cooking.

Serves: 2

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

1/2 cup water

1/2 tsp kosher salt or Naughty Spice

1 tsp olive oil

2 (5 ounce) pieces of frozen salmon

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp maple syrup

2 slices lemon

Serving suggestions: fresh arugula, olive oil, fresh lemon juice + sea salt

Place sweet potato in the bottom on the inner pot; add water, salt (or seasoning) and olive oil and mix gently. Spray a wire rack with cooking spray and place inside the pot on top of the sweet potatoes. Lay pieces of salmon on the rack. In a small bowl mix mustard and maple syrup and then brush it on the salmon and top with lemon slices. Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. When the cook time is up, quick release the pressure and remove the lid. Remove the salmon and the rack and mash the sweet potatoes with a fork. Arrange a bed of arugula on a plate, drizzle with olive oil, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a sprinkle of sea salt – top with mashed sweet potato and salmon.

Calories: 349; Total Fat: 11g; Total Carbohydrate: 29g
Protein: 33g; Sodium: 447mg; Cholesterol: 64 mg
Fiber: 4g

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4 Weeks of Weeknight Dinners
Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

Dinner Road Map

Dinner doesn’t have to be stressful or overwhelming. Here are my best tips and recipes to master meal planning for weeknight dinners.

I use my basic meal plan guidelines as a starting point each week. One night is roasted or grilled protein with rice or pasta – I make extra and those leftovers become another meal later in the week. One night is seafood, another vegetarian, another is pizza. My busiest day of the week always changes but on that night it’s a low prep slow cooker or Instant Pot meal or something from the freezer.

The last rule to dinner meal prep is always have some sort of vegetable (raw or cooked) or salad with dinner. It doesnt have to be fancy or composed, even a bowl of carrot sticks or cucumber slices will work.

Here are 4 weeks of weeknight meals to help take the guess work out of dinner prep.

Week 1
1.    Chicken Breast + Brown Rice — make extra rice and reserve some chicken for night #3 – Season 4 bone-in/skin-on split chicken breasts with olive oil, salt and pepper – roast at 400F until internal reaches 160F (about 35-40mins)
2.  Tacos
3.  Chicken Fried Rice
4.  Pesto Roasted Salmon + baked sweet potatoes
5.  Pizza Night


Week 2
1. Slow Cooker Cha Cha Chicken
2. Grilled Chicken or Steak Quesadillas + Beet Salads
3. Turkey Burger Sliders (using meatballs) and Oven fries
4. Pita Bread Pizza
5. Sheet Pan Shrimp

 


Week 3
1. EZ Pasta + Meat Sauce
Sauté a pound of ground turkey or lean beef in this sauce and serve with pasta – sauce will also be needed for night #5
2. Dijon & Thyme Roasted Salmon + Quinoa – make extra quinoa for night #4  (back up – Trader Joes Fish Sticks for the Kids) or Grilled Catfish Tacos
3. Sheet Pan Chicken Legs + Sweet Potato
4. Quinoa Stuffed Peppers (with or without sausage)
5. Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore


Week 4
1. Chicken Breast + Brown Rice — make extra rice and reserve some chicken for night #3
Season 4 bone-in/skin-on split chicken breasts with olive oil, salt and pepper – roast at 400F until internal reaches 160F (about 35-40mins)
2. Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken
3. Burritos – chicken, cheese, brown rice, vegetables, avocado in whole grain tortillas
4. Cod Foil Packets with Summer Squash “Pasta”
5. Pizza Pockets

BONUS! Week 5
1. Choose a favorite from Week 1
2. Choose a favorite from Week 2
3. Choose a favorite from Week 3
4. Choose a favorite from Week 4
5. BONUS from below

 

BONUS RECIPES
Immunity Soup
Roasted Cauliflower Soup
Quesadilla Lasagna

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Festive + Healthy Holiday Goodies
Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Whether you are looking for the perfect side dish, hostess gift or healthy-ish sweet treat, I’ve got a combo of unbeatable recipes for your holiday. Thanks to partners POM Wonderful and Carapelli Olive Oil for sharing their recipes.

1.) Marinated Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms with Olive Oil Agrodolce

2.) Naughty and Nice DIY Spice Blends

3.) Chocolate Dipped Clementines

4.) For the POM Wonderful Party Punch – combine 2 cups of POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice with 2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice (or use mandarin oranges) and 2 tsp freshly grated ginger. Before serving, gently stir in 2 cups of chilled club soda or sparkling water. Pour into glasses and serve garnished with rosemary sprigs and frozen mandarin orange slices.

Happy Holidays!

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Gluten Free: Flourless Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

A must try recipe for a gluten free treat. Any peanut butter lover will fall for these flourless cookies.

Makes 24 cookies

1 cup smooth peanut butter

3/4 cup light brown sugar

1 large egg, beaten

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Coarse sea salt

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside. In a bowl, combine peanut butter and brown sugar – stir well. Add egg, baking soda, and vanilla; stir until all ingredients are well mixed, then gently mix in the mini chocolate chips.

Using a small ice cream scoop, place 8 cookies onto the sheet pan (give them some room as they will spread out). Gently press to flatten each cookie slightly. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes until puffed and spread out. Remove from oven and then sprinkle lightly with sea salt. Once completely cooled, store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Info Per Cookie: Calories: 111; Total Fat: 7g; Carbohydrates: 11g; Protein: 3g

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