Ziti Spinach Alfredo

Ziti Spinach Alfredo

Who knew you could substitute heavy whipping cream and butter in alfredo sauce with cauliflower?  When I mentioned it to one of my friends, she emphatically told me not to try it because she made a cauliflower alfredo recipe from Pinterest and it failed miserably.  Her husband made her promise, swear, and crosse-her-heart to never try it again.  Well, you know how I love a challenge.   I’ve had a couple recipe fails too.  The sauce wasn’t creamy enough or too thick or not flavorful enough.  However with a little tweaking and determination, by George I think she’s got it! I love LoVe LOVE making recipes taste so delicious that no one will believe how healthy it is.  This, my friends, is a keeper.  I tested it out on my husband, his brother, and close friend without telling them the ingredients.  After they cleaned their plates and dishing up seconds, I told them the sauce was cauliflower!  They didn’t believe me and neither will you.  I can’t wait to hear what you think of this creamy cauliflower alfredo sauce!     Since I want you to skip all the fails and jump straight to success with this recipe, let me share a couple things I’ve learned.  A quality, good blender is a must!  I feel like I’m a broken record now, but I really do use my Vitamix daily.  I mention it frequently in my recipes because it makes healthy living so much easier and healthy eating so much tastier.  Whether you’re Team Vitamix, Team Blendtec, or Team Ninja, it’s time to invest or you’ll continue to miss out on...
Easy Strawberry Spinach Salad

Easy Strawberry Spinach Salad

When it comes lunchtime, I’m a salad-aholic.  There’s just something about combining crisp, fresh vegetables and fruits sprinkled with a little dressing.  Since I’m usually juggling my ready-for-a-nap 2 year old while quickly preparing lunch, I forego the photo shoot and just enjoy eating.  Well, I couldn’t pass up sharing this spinach strawberry salad.  It’s quick, easy and full of flavor.  You can also adapt the salad to include your favorite ingredients.     If you haven’t tried balsamic vinegar, what are you waiting for?!?!  I fall more and more in love with its versatile flavor.  Its fabulous spicy when combined with chili powder and cayenne pepper like in my Chili Chicken Skewers or delectable with fresh lime juice like in my Balsamic Quinoa Salad.  For this easy strawberry spinach salad dressing, I combined balsamic vinegar with organic agave to make it sweet.  It’s a must buy ingredient!  I’ve enjoyed this $5 Colavita Aged Balsamic Vinegar.  It’s a great flavor for the price… trust me, balsamic vinegar can get pretty pricey.           You really can play around with this salad and make it your own.  I love to add diced Fuji apples or fresh blueberries when I don’t have fresh strawberries on hand.  You can also add crumbled blue cheese or feta (I’m staying away from soft cheeses due to my current pregnant status) or even black beans.  My husband also digs a couple grilled chicken tenders on top.  Make it your own, my friends!  You’ll never get tired of it’s incredible flavor and textures.   PrintEasy Strawberry Spinach Salad Ingredients2 large handfuls of fresh organic spinach (about...
Chicken and White Bean Soup

Chicken and White Bean Soup

It’s that awkward time between Winter and Spring.  The weather flip-flops from bitter cold to pleasantly cool.  This confusing weather always make me crave comfort food.  Comfort food, however, does not necessarily mean unhealthy.  GASP!  I promise it can be done! This soup will hit just the spot… warm and savory chicken broth, variety of spices, juicy chicken, white beans, soft brown rice, and flavorful tomatoes and spinach.   Even my 2 year old couldn’t get enough. Low-Sodium organic chicken broth is used in several of my recipes.  It’s cheaper to buy it in bulk, and it’s a kitchen necessity to always have some handy.  Well, friends, we may not have warm weather quite yet, BUT we can have some flavor rich and soothing soup in the mean time. PrintChicken and White Bean Soup Ingredients1 cup brown rice 2 Tbs olive oil 1 Tbs minced garlic 1 small sweet onion, diced 32 oz organic low-sodium chicken broth 1 cup water 1 tsp black pepper 1 tsp dried basil 2 Tbs dried oregano 10 chicken tenders, thawed and cut into 1 inch pieces 1 can (15 oz) organic white kidney beans (cannellini), drained and rinsed well 1 can (15 oz) organic diced tomatoes, drained 2 Tbs dried or fresh parsley 2 Tbs white wine vinegar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 large handful of fresh spinachInstructionsIn a large sauce pan, bring 1 and 1/2 cup water to a boil. Add brown rice, stir, and cover. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 to 25 minutes until tender. Meanwhile, in a large pot over medium heat, add olive oil. Heat for 1 minute...
Breakfast Quiche

Breakfast Quiche

This breakfast quiche recipe has become one of my most popular.  You’ll quickly see why.  They are full of flavor, packed with nutrition, and will be gobbled up by the pickiest of eaters.   If you, your spouse, or child despise breakfast, these quiches will quickly turn that frown upside down.     One key, very important detail is purchasing deli ham slightly thicker than sandwich width.  It prevents the edges from burning and contains the quiche much better.  I’ve already made that mistake for the both of us.  Also, you’ll soon wonder how you lived without Cajun seasoning.  It’s the ideal seasoning for eggs and especially fantastic in dishes like my Cajun Jambalaya Pasta.  I’ve tried all three brands below and think they all have great flavor.  You’ll never want scrambled eggs without this seasoning again.           My husband’s co-workers are always envious of the fresh 2 dozen breakfast quiches I send with him to work.  My husband warms 3 or 4 up in the mornings when he gets there and they last about 2 weeks refrigerated.   You can even freeze them up to 3 months.  When you’re ready, just thaw them for 24 hours and then microwave for 30 to 45 seconds.  Viola!  A mouth-watering, fresh breakfast each time.  Your world will thank you for introducing them to such a fulfilling and scrumptious breakfast.     PrintBreakfast Quiche Ingredients12 eggs, beaten 2 Roma tomatoes, diced 1 red or green bell pepper, diced 2 stalks of green onions, diced 1 large handful of fresh spinach 1 jalapeno, finely chopped (optional... as usual, keep seeds for added...
Ziti Spinach Alfredo

Ziti Spinach Alfredo

Who knew you could substitute heavy whipping and butter in Alfredo sauce with cauliflower?  Healthy eating just got that much better.  I love LoVe LOVE making healthy recipes tastes SO good that no one will believe how healthy it is.  This, my friends, is a keeper.  I tested this out on my husband, his brother, and close friend without telling them the ingredients.  After they cleared their plates and were dishing up seconds, I told them the sauce was cauliflower!  They didn’t believe me and neither will you.  I can’t wait to hear what you think of this Ziti Spinach Alfredo!   PrintZiti Spinach Alfredo Ingredients8 to 10 chicken tenders or 3 large chicken breasts, grilled or baked and cut into 1 inch pieces 1 lb whole wheat ziti or small tube pasta, prepared according to package directions 2 Tbs olive or coconut oil 1 sweet onion, chopped 1 Tbs minced garlic 3 cups original coconut milk (make sure it's not sweetened or vanilla flavor) 1 cup organic chicken stock or broth 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper 1 head of organic cauliflower, washed and cut into florets 2 Tbs Italian seasoning 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 4 cups fresh spinach 4 cups cherry tomatoes, washed and sliced in halfInstructionsThere are two options when preparing your chicken: grilling or baking. For grilling, spray chicken with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill on an electric grill or outdoor grill on medium-high for 3 to 4 minutes until center no longer pink. For baking, preheat oven to 375. Spray chicken breast lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle with...

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