Cucumber Almond Gazpacho Sauce

Last night I decided to whip up a cooling gazpacho sauce to take off the nonstop heatwave that we’re feelin’ here in Manhattan…it surely has been a bit too hot to turn on my oven and strike up the stove, so I opted for a fresh gazpacho sauce which I drizzled atop my tilapia dinner.

This sauce was the best idea because I was instantly rejuvenated and felt like  new person after sweating in this sweltering heat all day…So, why not get creative when making a gazpacho sauce and toss in some blanched almonds, agave and balsamic vinegar to add the perfect hint of pure sweetness to my fresh cucumbers and tomatoes.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cucumbers, coarsely chopped
  • 1 Heirloom tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup scallions, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup slivered blanched almonds
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. agave nectar
  • Pinch of chili powder
  • Pinch of sea salt and white pepper
  • Chives for garnish

Directions

  • In a food processor, combine all ingredients; blend until well combined.
  • Serve atop fresh fish, tofu, salads or any summertime dish.  Garnish with chives.
  • Enjoy!

Do you enjoy making cooling meals during the summer days? If so, I’d love to hear your recipe for chilled go-to entrees.

Product Review: Kettle Cuisine Gluten-Free Soups

I was recently sent a delicious complimentary package from Kettle Cuisine soups that were sent to me to sample.  Kettle Cuisine soups are my new go-to soup when I’m in a time crunch or when I’m yearning for a savory soup. Kettle Cuisine soups have been around for 23 years and use raw and unprocessed ingredients, all natural meat and poultry and top quality produce.  Moreover, in order to maintain the integrity of their quality ingredients, Kettle Cuisine prepares each soup by hand-cutting meats and vegetables, soaking raw, unprocessed beans and blending their own spices.  Wow; just like cookin’ in your own kitchen the way grandma used to cook, without the mess and with all the convenience and taste!

Kettle Cuisine sent me three delicious flavors and I must say that I enjoyed each one…especially because they were gluten-free and dairy free.

Tomato Soup with Garden Vegetables

This tomato and veggie soup was incredible…I’ve always been a fan of tomato soup, however, the addition of garden veggies to this soup gave it incredible flavor.  I paired this soup with a gluten-free, dairy-free grilled cheese….How perfect does that sound? I surely enjoyed it!

Organic Carrot and Coriander Soup

This soup was by far my favorite…I love carrots as I’ve been known to eat too many, hehe….Coriander is one of my favorite spices in my spice rack and I often toss a dash of coriander into my chicken and chili dishes.  I paired this smooth soup with a arugula and balsamic beet salad…it was quite delish.

Roasted Vegetable Soup

Who can turn down roasted veggies? They’re inredibly versitle for any dish whether hot or cold… I would have never thought to add them to a soup…this soup had an incredible hearty texture and I loved the chunky veggies.  I paired this soup with a grilled chicken breast and quinoa…what a well rounded meal!

Congrats to Shannon and Heather for winning my Siggi’s Gift Certificate Giveaway! Please email me your mailing address to thehealthyapple@gmail.com.

Thanks, Ladies! Enjoy your Siggi’s yogurts.

Smoked Chickpea Guacamole for Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone….I’ve created this amazing chick pea guac that will surely knock your socks off and keep your Cinco de Mayo festivities rollin’…

Ingredients

  • 2 avocados, peeled, pitted and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1/3 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon O California white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients; gently toss  until combined.  I preferred to keep the avocado chunks in the guacamole instead of completely mashing them, as this gave the guacamole a beautiful appearance and was easier to eat atop crackers.
  2. Serve with gluten-free crackers, atop a salad, spread onto a sandwich or as a dip with crudites.
  3. Enjoy!

Congrats to the winner of my Aurora Yoga Mat Giveaway: Lisa @ Lisasfoods.

Please email me at thehealthyapple@gmail.comyour mailing address to ship this beautiful mat!

Salmon Stuffed Sweet Peppers

We’ve all seen my tasty stuffed tomatoes, however, after purchasing a few yellow and orange peppers at Whole Foods earlier this week, I opted for a  stuffed pepper recipe that includes my favorite canned salmon from Trader Joe’s.  This is a quick n’ easy recipe that tastes just minutes to prepare and pop into the oven for a savory side dish or meal anytime of the day.

Ingredients

  • 1large yellow or orange bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup Greek plain yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tbsp. hazelnuts, ground
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • Pinch of chili powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 can Trader Joe’s salmon, drained
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup rice cheese, grated

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cut off top of each pepper, scoop out insides and discard.
  • Combine all ingredients (except rice cheese) into a mixing bowl; mix well.
  • Stuff mixture into hollowed peppers.  Sprinkle with rice cheese.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.
  • Enjoy!

Superbowl Casserole

Ready for the big game on Sunday?

Here’s a quick and easy recipe that will have your Superbowl fans begging for more.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup gluten-free vegetable broth
  • 1 Roma tomato, sliced
  • 1 cup organic tomato sauce
  • 1 large sweet onion, finely diced
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. agave nectar
  • 1 cup SoyaKaas Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup SoyaKaas Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Jalapeno Cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/6 tsp. ground sage
  • Dash of sea salt and pepper
  • 2 cups shredded chicken or turkey
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups organic corn or rice chips
  • 4 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Toppings: Greek plain yogurt, guacamole, organic salsa

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine vegetable broth, tomato sauce, tomato slices, onions, scallions, olives, spices, agave nectar, sea salt and pepper to form a sauce.  Set aside.
  • Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray.  Layer half of the chicken, then beans, then half of the sauce, Cheddar Cheese, Jalapeno Cheese and tortilla chips.
  • Repeat layers, ending with cheese on the top.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until casserole is bubbling and cooked.
  • Garnish with cilantro and top with a dollop of each: Greek plain yogurt, guacamole and salsa.
  • Enjoy the Game!

Fillet of Sole with Spicy Cilantro Salsa

Last evening, I created a delicious dinner for myself…I spent my afternoon in the long lines of Whole Foods Market at Columbus Circle…after waiting online and fighting the New Year’s Eve crowds (at 3 PM), I was a happy camper with my fresh piece of sole, parsley, cilantro, onions, tomatoes and kale.

I created a tasty dish, quite simple, in fact…I simply cooked the fillet on the stove top, covered, with a touch of low sodium vegetable broth, sea salt and freshly ground white pepper.  Once the fillet was cooked, I served it over steamed kale and my new concoction ‘Spicy Cilantro Salsa’.

Spicy Cilantro Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Greek plain yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. spicy, stone ground mustard
  • 1 small tomato, finely diced
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. dulse flakes

Directions

  • Simply combine all of the above ingredients into a medium sized bowl and mix well.
  • Serve chilled or at room temperature atop fillet of sole, steamed kale and blanched sweet onions.
  • I served my sole with an additional dollop of Greek plain yogurt and salsa (gotta love the extra’s, hehe) as you can see in my picture below.
  • Enjoy!

Happy New Year Bloggies!

Get Those Kids Cookin’…

Ever wonder how to get your kids involved in the kitchen? Here are a few tips that I offer to my clients…whether you have young children, nieces, nephews, neighbors, family or friends…these tips are sure to get your little ones active and entertained in the kitchen.


  • Cucumber Caterpillar: Slices of cucumber held together with natural peanut butter. Place the Caterpillar on ‘greens’ to look like grass.
  • Taco or Burrito Bar: Serve brown rice, black beans, onions, hot peppers, sprouted grain or gluten free tortillas, broccoli, arugula, cauliflower, guacamole and  salsa.  Add nuts, seeds and spices in tiny serving dishes to jazz up the flavors!
  • Salad Bar: Spin your greens in a salad spinner, then dress dry greens with a lime dressings made by combining sesame oil, fresh lime juice, low-sodium tamari, cayenne pepper, agave nectar, balsamic vinegar and water.
  • Mashed Potato Parfaits- Sweet Potatoes, Parsnips and carrots mixed together…topped with raisins, cinnamon, shredded coconut and agave nectar
  • Individual Pizzas: Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.  Choose gluten free or sprouted whole grain tortillas, caramelized onions, spinach, red onion, mushrooms, kalamata olives, artichokes, fresh basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Add each ingredient atop each tortilla and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Panini Party: Gluten Free or sprouted whole grain bread, SoyaKaas Gluten Free/Dairy Free cheese, tomato slices, eggplant slices, fresh basil leaves, balsamic vinegar, avocado, zucchini and squash slices.  Add all ingredients to 2 slices of bread.  Place onto a panini maker (sprayed with cooking spray); cook until cheese is melted and veggies are warm and cooked.  Dip into marinara (red) sauce.
  • Stir-Fry: Switch up your usual recipe with unique grains such as millet, quinoa or buckwheat.
  • Fruit Salad: Add exotic fruits to spice up the flavors.  Use a melon baller and serve in a wine glass to add to the allure of this meal.  Add a dollop of plain Greek yogurt atop each fruit salad serving and sprinkle with cinnamon and stevia.
  • Slaw Wraps: Cabbage, celery, carrots, bok choy, mushrooms, peppers, snap peas, bean sprouts, snow peas, green beans and Napa Slaw can easily be combined and wrapped in rice paper.  Liven up this dish by pairing it with a special sauce of grapefruit juice, ginger, balsamic vinegar, lemonade and seeds such as pumpkin and sunflower.  Toss with fresh apples or cumin roasted chick peas.  Adding berries such as blackberries, raspberries and cherries add a nice antioxidant punch to these wraps.
  • Peanut Butter Chicken Fajitas: The best way to make a good peanut sauce is by combining organic peanut butter, fresh ginger, cayenne pepper, agave nectar and low-sodium tamari/soy sauce.
  • Frozen Basil and Banana Pops: Blend together 2 cups ice, 2 cups fresh basil leaves, 1 ripe banana, 1 cup fresh mint leaves, 1 1/2 cups water, 1/2 cup agave nectar in a blender.  Blend well and pour into glasses! This is a wonderful treat for a healthy dessert!

Have fun and experiment with some of my ideas above…Getting the kids active in the kitchen is fun…and who knows, your kids may just start to ‘enjoy’ their veggies!!!

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