Orange-Scented Spiced Nuts {Recipe ReDux}

Adding Merriment to Mixes With the holiday season upon us, this month’s Recipe ReDux theme challenged us to come up with DIY offerings from our kitchen. Whether for hostess gifts or holiday gifts, there are lots of homemade mixes – and adorable packaging – that are easy to make. Plus, since it’s for the ReDux, you’ll be doing your loved ones a favor by providing them with a healthy gift just in time for the new year.  I’m a fan of sweet and spicy nut mixes –… read more »

Nutritional Benefits of Concord Grapes

Purple Power! Purple is one of my favorite colors. I wear purple clothes, I dress my girls in purple, even my bridesmaids wore purple to my wedding! And when it comes to purple foods, I enjoy almost all of them. You may not realize how much produce falls into the purple/blue category: blueberries and blackberries, plums and dried plums (aka prunes), grapes and raisins, eggplant, and purple cabbage. But despite the plethora of purple and blue fruits and vegetables, they only account for 3 percent of to… read more »

Mashed Sweet Potatoes {Recipe}

Mashed potatoes are among the more classic side dishes for Thanksgiving dinner. But unless potatoes are roasted and crispy or in the form of well-done French fries, I am not one for the white potato. Despite what some people think, it’s not a nutritional no-no – in fact, the white potato is filled with health benefits (unless of course it’s doused with sour cream or mashed with loads of butter!). It’s just the flavor and texture of white potatoes that I’m not the big… read more »

Kale and Quinoa Salad {Recipe}

This post was written by Rosemary Squires I recently tried a kale and quinoa salad my friend made and had to get the recipe! Not only is this salad delicious, it is also extremely nutritious! Kale is a leafy vegetable and a great source of vitamin K and the antioxidants vitamins A and C. Quinoa is an edible grain-like seed that is a nutritional superfood. It’s a complete protein and a great source of fiber, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, and calcium. Also, quinoa is great for people with celiac diseas… read more »

Sweetpotato Black Bean Quesadillas {Recipe ReDux}

Disclaimer: I received free samples of California sweetpotatoes mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Sweetpotato Council and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.  In case you missed my previous post, it’s sweetpotato season and no, I didn’t misspell that. California sweetpotatoes are now being known as one word to emphasize that they are not the “swe… read more »