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Lemon and Fresh Herb Rice Salad

Lemon and Fresh Herb Rice Salad- Brown rice tossed with an easy homemade lemon dressing, fresh herbs, veggies and peanuts. It makes a light, flavorful and unique side dish that will surely be a crowd pleaser!
Brown rice tossed with an easy homemade lemon dressing, fresh herbs, veggies and peanuts. It makes a light, flavorful and unique side dish that will surely be a crowd pleaser!

“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by USA Rice Federation and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

This light and flavorful Lemon and Fresh Herb Rice Salad is one of my favorite cold side dishes to make. It’s a perfect spring or summer salad to serve at your next party or potluck. I even enjoy just having a bowl for lunch.   

If you have an herb garden it is also a great way to use up some of your mint, basil and cilantro! I was so glad I was able to use up a bunch of our mint leaves. And not to mention all the citrus fruits my parents have been giving me from their trees.

I knew this recipe would be perfect to share for Recipe ReDux’s contest sponsored by the USA Rice Federation. In honor of March being National Nutrition Month, they are looking for nutritious and appetizing recipes made with U.S. grown rice.  U.S.-grown rice is easily found in most grocery stores and can be seen labeled as “Grown in the USA Rice” or shows the product origin as USA.

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Southwestern Cobb Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Southwestern Cobb Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing-A Mexican twist on a classic salad, spiced up with an easy homemade dressing. This salad is so colorful and bursting with flavor and nutrients.
A Mexican twist on a classic salad, spiced up with an easy homemade dressing. This salad is so colorful and bursting with flavor and nutrients.

This is by far one of the tastiest salads I have made.  I love southwestern flavors on just about anything! When I saw the Recipe ReDux theme for January is “Start Smoking in the New Year”, I knew I wanted to do another recipe using my beloved chipotle peppers   !  So here I bring you…Southwestern Cobb Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing!

Back in September I posted my Smoky Chipotle Sweet Potato Salad (click to check it out!) where I gave some tips on pureeing and freezing a whole batch of chipotle peppers for future use. Well to make this awesome Chipotle Ranch Dressing, all I had to do was grab a cube out of my frozen stash. Easy!

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Loaded Apple Nachos

These Loaded Apple Nachos are drizzled with a mixture of nut butter and honey, and then sprinkled with California Raisins, white and dark chocolate chips, granola and strawberries. Perfect for your next holiday party for after school snack for the kids. Very simple, sweet, colorful, fun and healthy!
These Loaded Apple Nachos are drizzled with a mixture of nut butter and honey, and then sprinkled with California Raisins, white and dark chocolate chips, granola and strawberries. Perfect for your next holiday party for after school snack for the kids. Very simple, sweet, colorful, fun and healthy!

“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Raisin Marketing Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

I’m excited to participate in this month’s Recipe ReDux contest sponsored by California Raisins. The theme is “Naturally Sweet for the Holidays with California Raisins”. We were challenged to create a delicious and nutritious holiday recipe using wholesome California Raisins. Challenge accepted!

It’s now that time of the year when we are all faced with the temptation of eating masses of indulgent sweets. Cookie exchanges, work parties, holiday meals, food gifts, baking traditions! Today I am sharing a delicious and fun recipe you can feel good about serving at your next holiday party. Loaded Apple Nachos! They would also make a great snack for after school snack or a special occasion for the kids.

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Cajun Spiced Sweet Potato Fries

Cajun Spiced Sweet Potato Fries- Crispy baked sweet potato fries tossed in flavorful Cajun spice seasoning.  Makes a tasty yet healthy side dish or game-day snack!
Crispy baked sweet potato fries tossed in flavorful Cajun spice seasoning. Makes a tasty yet healthy side dish or game-day snack!

Recipe Redux’s October challenge theme is “Spooky Spices”: “You know they are lurking there: Way in the back of your spice drawer. There lie the herbs, spices, or rubs that are getting dusty because you’re afraid to use them… you simply don’t know what to do with them! Well, pull them out and show us a recipe you created to deliciously conquer that fearful spice. (Or maybe the recipe was a flop – and the spice still give you nightmares?!)”

So as instructed, I went digging in the back of my spice cabinet and found this container of Slap Ya Mama” Cajun seasoning my grandpa gave me a while ago.

My grandpa is one funny guy. He’s a pretty simple man but also has certain favorite things he labels as “the best”, whether it’s a particular brand of pajamas or type of mustard. He goes on and on why it’s “the best” and will stay very loyal to it.   

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Smoky Chipotle Sweet Potato Salad

Smoky Chipotle Sweet Potato Salad- This isn’t your typical potato salad! Sweet potatoes + cranberries + pecans+ chives + amazing chipotle dressing= A unique yet perfect combo of sweet, salty, tart and roasted flavors.
This isn’t your typical potato salad! Sweet potatoes + cranberries + pecans + amazing chipotle dressing= A unique yet perfect combo of sweet, salty, tart and roasted flavors.

I recently joined a blogging group founded by registered dietitians called Recipe Redux. They believe that all healthy meals deserve to taste delicious, as do I! The main idea of the group is to challenge members to share a recipe every month based around the monthly theme, and post on the 21st and 22nd of the each month. Well, today is my group’s day and do I have a tasty dish for you! The September theme is “Get Your Dehydrator On”, which can be a recipe on how to dehydrate produce or use it in a recipe. I have a fabulous recipe I’d like to share using dried cranberries.

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Summer Fruit Salsa

Summer Fruit Salsa- A fresh and juicy salsa made up of strawberries, mangos, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro and avocado
Summer Fruit Salsa- A fresh and juicy salsa made up of strawberries, mangos, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro and avocado

Here is another light and summery recipe for you! I’ve been making this summer fruit salsa for a few years now and it is SO fresh, juicy and yummy. It’s the perfect refreshing snack to munch on while lounging out by the pool on a hot day. Well at least I imagine I’d be doing that if I had my own pool. 🙂 It also makes a fun and unique appetizer, instead of your typical salsa, to bring to your next gathering. Some fruit salsas are also made with homemade cinnamon chips, but I actually prefer it with regular chips because of the tasty sweet n salty combination. Pair it with a tasty marg and you are good to go!

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Zucchini Pizza Boats

Zucchini Pizza Boats- Crispy zucchini topped with garlic, cheese, tomatoes and basil, and then baked until golden and bubbling with cheesy goodness.
Crispy zucchini topped with garlic, cheese, tomatoes and basil, and then baked until golden and bubbling with cheesy goodness.

These crispy zucchini boats are topped with garlic, cheese, tomatoes and basil, and then baked until golden and bubbling with cheesy goodness. They would make an excellent side dish, snack or appetizer.   I just  them because they are so easy and have the flavors of a pizza or garlic toast, without the bread!

You’ll likely have all of these ingredients in your kitchen already, so this makes a quick veggie side dish to whip up real quick! It bet it would taste amazing to even put a little pizza sauce on there too or any other toppings you may have.

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Cilantro Hummus

Cilantro Hummus
Cilantro Hummus- a tasty twist on traditional hummus, easy to make, and tastes so much better homemade!

I had my first taste of hummus about 10 years ago when my brother-in-law took us to this small Middle Eastern restaurant in Tempe called Haji-Baba. I was hesitant. Dipping pita bread in this light brown paste did not look appetizing. But then I had my first taste and I was surprised how flavorful and amazing it was! Besides just eating it with pita bread, it is delicious as a spread in a sandwich or wrap, on pizza, or served with fresh or grilled vegetables. This is also a fun dip for kids and a great way to sneak in some veggies 😉

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