Fresh Fruit Salad

Fresh Fruit Salad

If you want something that will be consistently devoured by your family, you’ve come to the right place.  I make a large batch of this fresh fruit salad for every family gathering and it’s a hit each time.  Who would love juicy pineapple, crisp apples, and crunchy sweet grapes? Although a 3 ingredient fresh fruit salad is quick and easy, you don’t want to skip out on my tips. First, wash your grapes and apples!  And by washing, I don’t mean rinsing with water. Scrub those babies! Here’s a post on washing vegetables where you can see the difference between washed and rinsed grapes. I’ve used a few vegetable washes in my day.  I keep coming back to Fit Fruit & Vegetable Wash.  Big BIG fan! For grapes, I pluck them and place them in a large bowl.  I pour a cap full of Fit Fruit & Vegetable Wash over the grapes and fill the bowl with cool water until all the grapes are covered.  Let them sit for about 3 to 5 minutes and use your hands to gently scrub the grapes while still in the water in a circular motion.  Drain and rinse with water. For apples, spray each apple 2 to 3 times with wash.  Scrub the apples with your hands for about 15 to 20 seconds.  While rinsing under cool water, scrub the apple with your hands until you feel the residue wash off.  You’ll oooh and aaah over how great they feel!   After you finish cutting your fresh pineapple into chunks, don’t throw away the rind just yet!  Those crisp delicious apples need the juice from the rind in order to prevent them from...
Jamba Juice Orange C-Booster CopyCat

Jamba Juice Orange C-Booster CopyCat

Jamba Juice lovers… holla!  I didn’t realize so many people crave Jamba Juice like I do until my healthy copycat recipes started blowing up! Do you know what my Mango-A-Go-Go, Peanut Butter Moo’d, Razzmatazz, and Caribbean Passion have in common?  They are 4 ingredients or less, dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, and scrumptious-FULL!  Let’s keep this party going by introducing Jamba Juice Orange C-Booster! Okay, I’ll try to chill out on using so many exclamation points…. really, I’ll do my best. When I’m under the weather, my mind immediately turns towards a soothing Jamba Juice Orange C-Booster.  It’s overflowing with vitamin C and nothing feels better on a sore throat than a cold smoothie. I had the flu (yes, the real flu) a couple months ago and it knocked. me. out. I was in bed for a week and my body felt on fire.  The body aches were the worst part!  I’ll stop complaining… there’s a reason nurses make the worst patients.  Since being sick is a form of torture, I of course needed Jamba to comfort me.  Thanks to my sweet honey, Orange C-Booster made an appearance.  It almost makes being sick worth it. Almost. Like my other Jamba Juice copycats, there are only 4 ingredients: orange juice, peaches, pineapple, and banana.  The original recipe calls for orange sherbet which contains added sugar and dairy.  A frozen banana quickly replaces the sherbet and its creamy texture tastes like vanilla ice cream.  Don’t believe me?  Try my 3 ingredient blender ice cream.    Freezing bananas is really simple.  Wait until your bananas are the perfect yellow (not green and not brown).  Peel your bananas (up to 6), place in ziplock gallon...
Pineapple Chicken Fried Rice

Pineapple Chicken Fried Rice

If your mouth was throwing a party, fresh pineapple, curry powder, and sticky rice would be the superstars on the invite list.  I love EVERYTHING about those three.  Combine them together AND I won’t stop eating until either my stomach bursts or I run out of food.  Whichever comes first. Remember our heart to heart about rice in my Steak Stir-fry recipe?  Let me put my hands on your shoulders just in case I need to shake you in a minute.  Sticky rice is the only way to go.  Not only will it make you look like a master chopstick user, but the quality is MILES above the rest. Just to make sure you don’t get mushy instead of sticky, I suggest buying rice in packaging you can’t read because it’s all in characters.  I really like the Homai brand at Costco.  Here are a couple of Amazon’s top picks.  I’m actually excited to try the Tamanishiki.  It sounds legit!  It’s worth investing in some quality rice. I lived in Taiwan for 18 months over 8 years ago.  Even though time has past, my mouth has a great memory. How could it forget juice running down my chin after gracefully (HA!) biting into a fresh mango? Or the creamy peanut butter that resembled dessert more than a nut butter?  Seriously… why does Taiwan’s taste so much better than ours? BUT, one of my most favorite dishes was pineapple fried rice. Let’s just say I don’t think 99% of Taiwan’s ‘restaurants’ would pass FDA’s safety laws.  You purchase most meals from street food vendors.  The tried and tested method for preventing food contamination was having a fan turned on high with a couple...
3 Ingredient Blender Ice Cream

3 Ingredient Blender Ice Cream

    It was a sad, sad day when I realized that dairy and sugar were my migraine triggers.  No dairy?  No sugar?  No ice cream?!?!?!  Well, I’m not a quitter.  Life without ice cream just seemed to grim.  However, eating ice cream was not worth having a migraine which knocks me out for a couple days.  What was a girl to do? Well, I found a creamy, smooth and perfect solution!  Almond milk, frozen bananas, and frozen fresh pineapple did the trick.  No dairy.  No sugar. No migraines. I know I’m not the first to use a frozen banana in blender ice cream, and I definitely don’t want to be the last!  I want you to have success each and every time.  You know I have to say it… you HAVE to purchase a quality blender!  I’m a Vitamix girl.  Others have had success with BlendTec and Ninjas, but here’s a post why I chose Vitamix. Okay, back to the bananas.  I’m frequently asked how I freeze my bananas.  First, you want to wait until they’re completely yellow and before they’re too ripe (no brown on the inside).  In a gallon-size freezer lock Ziplock bag, place 6 peeled bananas inside, whole or cut in halves or quarters, and seal the bag.  Place in the freezer for at least 5 hours before using.  SUPER easy. Fresh pineapple is a frequent visitor in our home.  It doesn’t stay long… or should I say doesn’t last long.  So… as soon as I chopped up fresh pineapple chunks, I have about 2 cups join the bananas in the freezer.  Same thing, just thrown them in a...
Salmon with Sweet-and-Spicy Salsa

Salmon with Sweet-and-Spicy Salsa

Ladies and Gentleman, here’s my worst ‘before’ OF ALL TIME!  I mean, seriously.  What is that?  Two slabs of mystery meat?  I’m sorry you had to see this.  LOOK AWAY!  It’s hideous.   Okay… don’t look away just quite yet.  You’ll be glad I put your eyes through torture so your mouth could rejoice with gladness!     This juicy salmon topped with even MORE juiciness from the salsa will be a kick for dinner.  If you have hungry little fingers roaming your kitchen before the salmon is ready, just double the salsa recipe and let them enjoy some chips and salsa as little appetizer.   Print Salmon with Sweet-and-Spicy Salsa Ingredients 4 salmon fillets with skin about 5 ounces each, rinsed and patted dry 2 Tbs honey 1 Tbs olive oil 2 tsp plain rice vinegar 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1 tsp minced garlic For Salsa: 1/2 cup finely chopped onion I prefer a sweet onion 1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper 2 tsp plain rice vinegar divided 1 cup diced fresh pineapple 2 Tbs fresh cilantro finely chopped 1 small jalapeno seeded and finely chopped Instructions In small bowl, combine honey, oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and garlic. Place salmon in shallow baking dish and pour mixture over. Refrigerate and marinate for at least 15 minutes. In a small pan, saute onions, bell pepper, and 1 tsp vinegar for about 3 to 4 minutes until onions are translucent. Transfer onion mixture to a medium-sized bowl and combine with remaining 1 tsp vinegar, pineapple, cilantro, and jalapeno. Mix well and refrigerate. Preheat grill to medium heat. Lightly...

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