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Fresh Healthy Vegetable Omelets To Go

Posted by | Bakeware, Housewares, Recipes | 44 Comments

Having a healthy breakfast is the way to start your day off on the right foot. But sometimes finding time to make it is the challenge. With the start of spring, my goal is to create easy, healthy, on-the-go types of dishes. Since eggs are perfect for any time of day, this was a great place to begin. 

Most people have muffin pans in their kitchen. Have you ever wondered if there is another way to use them? Well, how about making individual omelets that you can make and eat like you would a cupcake? No fork needed.

Inspiring Kitchen Omelets to go

This is the simplest recipe and something you can do to completely accommodate your family or guests’ food preferences.… Read more

Mediterranean Quinoa with Kalamata Olives and Roasted Broccoli

Posted by | Holidays, Recipe, Recipes, Side Dishes | 15 Comments

When it comes to finding delicious holiday recipes for sides dishes, it’s easy to run out of ideas. In my family, we try to create flavorful yet healthy options to go with the sometimes, decadent meals we eat this time of year.

Mediterranean Quinoa with Kalamata Olives and Roasted Broccoli

Instead of using rice or pasta, I’m using quinoa, which doesn’t fill you up as much. Plus, it is filled with wonderful protein that is always good for you. Starting with Mezzetta’s Kalamata Olives, I began adding ingredients to the quinoa that offered different textures, tastes and colors to make the dish so visually appealing that you will want a big serving.… Read more

Rice Recipes from Around the World

Posted by | Foods | 25 Comments

After getting home from a long day at work, the last thing I want to do is pull out numerous pots and pans to make dinner. When I look for convenience foods, I am trying to find healthy options that offer variety in terms of flavor and preparation.

Having learned about Veetee Rice products (http://www.veetee.com/en-us), I was intrigued by the assortment of rice combinations they offered. This gave me a bit of creativity to add proteins, spices, herbs and fruits to make the rice my own. Here are some examples of the types of rice combinations they offer:

Chicken Flavored Rice

Whole Grain Brown Rice & Quinoa

Spicy Spanish Style Rice

New Orleans Style Red Beans & Rice

Thai Lime & Herb Rice

Basmati Rice

Thai Jasmine Rice

Wholegrain Brown Rice

 

If you are Gluten-free, Vegetarian or Vegan, you will find Veetee options just for you.… Read more

Tapioca Pudding Parfait with Fresh Summer Berries

Posted by | Dessert, Recipe, Recipes | 5 Comments

Having friends over for a last minute gathering and wondering what to do for dessert? How about a light and creamy Cinnamon, Berry and Tapioca Pudding Parfait? Elegant, colorful and lovely in individual glasses or larger serving pieces. I grew up eating tapioca pudding enjoying the sweet, delicious flavor and pearls of tapioca in each spoonful. With July 15th being National Tapioca Pudding Day, this seemed like the perfect time to share it with my guests.

This recipe is so easy to make using all-ready prepared Kozy Shack Tapioca Pudding layered with the freshest berries of the season. Finish with a dusting of spicy cinnamon and then top with a crunchy cinnamon biscuit.… Read more

New Paleo Cookie and Brownie Mixes

Posted by | Baking, Cookies, Foods, Gluten Free, Healthy, Vegan | No Comments

As people become more and more aware of the food in their diets, where it comes from and how it is made, many are searching for healthy alternatives. The paleo method of eating became popular a few years ago showing us how to eat simply and cleanly. Fulfilling cravings for sweet treats is always a goal no matter what your lifestyle. With that in mind, I wanted to share with you a line of cookies and brownies called Paleoful, that may be just what you need (or want!). 

Inspiring Kitchen Paleoful cookies

 

The story behind the brand’s creation comes from its creator, Lauren, in Salt Lake City, Utah, who struggled with food allergies feeling better when she followed the paleo diet.… Read more

Vegetables with a Spiralized Twist

Posted by | Entertaining, Family, healthy eating, Housewares, Kitchen Equipment, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian | 28 Comments

Aren’t we always trying to find a way to get more vegetables in our diets? Or maybe I should say, aren’t we always told we should do this?! But just how do we do this so that the dish looks as appetizing as it tastes? I have a solution for you in the form of a kitchen tool called a Spiralizer. (Paderno World Cuisine Spiralizer Pro, 4-Blade)

 Inspiring Kitchen Vegetables with a Spiralized Twist

There are a few brands that offer a piece of equipment that does something like the Paderno Spiralizer but this is the one I like the best and recommend. The Spiralizer is a fantastic way to creatively make dishes that contain vegetables, fruits, onions and potatoes that resemble noodles.… Read more

No Guilt Sweet Gummy Candies

Posted by | Candy, Dessert, Fruit, Gluten Free, Healthy, Retailers, Vegetarian | 2 Comments

Isn’t there always that moment in the day when you just must have a sweet snack? A little treat that isn’t loaded with calories, ingredients you can’t pronounce and yet still fulfills that need for something sweet. Personally, I love chewy candies. My challenge though is that I don’t want to eat anything made with traditional gelatin as it is made with animal products.

 Inspiring Kitchen goody good stuff candy

So, when I learned about Goody Good Stuff all natural gummy candy, (http://goodygoodstuff.com/en/), I was excited to try them (especially since that sweet tooth just doesn’t go away!). What I like about this candy is that not only did they remove the gelatin issue for me, but they also created candy with only natural fruit and vegetable extracts, nothing artificial.… Read more

Sabra Hummus & Dip Recipes

Posted by | Foods, Mediterranean, Recipes, Vegetarian | 11 Comments

Hummus. That creamy, slightly tangy dip made with garbanzo beans (aka chick peas) that go great with pita chips. So delicious and filled with protein and other healthy ingredients. I had the very good fortune to work with the Sabra Hummus people recently who offered me the opportunity to learn more about their products. This was definitely a fun experience using all my creative cooking skills as I am all about coming up with innovative ways to use products.

 Inspiring Kitchen Sabra Logo

Here’s a bit about the Sabra brand as I was surprised at the vast assortment of products that they offer. We know they have hummus but did you know they offer 12 different kinds!… Read more

Vegetarian Option The Meat Alternative

Posted by | healthy eating, Party food, Vegetarian | 5 Comments

Aren’t we all trying to find ways to eat healthier these days? Adjusting our meals to increase the “good-for-you” ingredients while subtracting those that are high in saturated fat and calories. As someone who enjoys vegetarian options, I am always on the look-out for new products that will be protein focused. Most of what I have seen in the grocery store aisles is soy based meat alternatives. Well, I am happy to share that I have recently had the opportunity to learn about a UK company called Quorn, that gives meat free options a whole new category.

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I am fortunate to be a part of a tight group of Chicago based bloggers called the Chicago Blogger Network who invited me to this special event.… Read more