Sophisticated Soul Food

It’s not often that the words ‘organic’ and ‘local food products’ are synonymous with the South; however, the owners of Alligator Soul restaurant, Hilary and Maureen Craig, are bringing a new spin of healthier food options to the Savannah, Georgia area. Their Seattle, Washington restaurant by the same name quickly made Zagat’s “Best Places to Eat in the Northwest” list, and we’re excited to now have this sophisticated Southern food spot in our own back yard. With their extensive menu offering your Southern favorites and exotic cuisine such as [... more]

Blueberry Oatmeal Surprise

Oatmeal has all the right elements for a great morning meal: it’s warm, has enough dietary fiber and protein to keep you feeling full, and the healthy whole-grain carbohydrates give you energy. But let’s be honest: a blueberry muffin tastes way better. Thankfully, someone finally had the idea to combine the two. This Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal recipe creates a rich and healthy morning meal, but with a rich muffin taste and sweet blueberries. Oh, and it’s gluten-free. With a mix of simple ingredients and a little bit of maple syrup and coconut [... more]

A Different Couscous

Make virtually any meal more delicious with this healthy concoction. Couscous, while typically made by steaming granules of wheat, gets a bit of a makeover with this Warm Cauliflower Couscous Salad. Mince up cauliflower in a food processor before cooking and draining it (as if it were rice). Next, mix in fresh lemon juice, olive oil and herbs before taking this recipe’s final step. To complete your salad, throw in crumbled feta cheese and pumpkin seeds and garnish with a few micro greens.   Now that your [... more]

Men Have Skin Too

Men often overlook their bodies’ largest organ, their skin, thinking it may seem feminine to take care of it with lotions, balms and creams. However, since you’re going to be stuck in your skin just as long as any lady is, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to start paying attention to it. Guys, let us introduce you to Ursa Major. The company’s line of skin care products, targeted specifically for men, provides a combination of all-natural ingredients coupled with a highly pleasurable experience for its users. [... more]

Un-Fried Green Beans

An egg-free, vegan-breaded green bean recipe doesn’t exactly get the taste buds somersaulting. But trust us, it tastes so much better than it sounds. In fact, these Breaded Green Bean Fries even give the fried alternatives a run for their money—and they’re better for you. In addition to the obvious baking vs. frying benefit, these fries call for unsweetened almond milk instead of regular milk and extra light virgin oil instead of vegetable oil. And for the vegan breading, a seasoning blend of onion powder, garlic powder, [... more]

Creative Pizza

The French dish ratatouille comes in many forms. While it usually consists of a variety of stewed vegetables, the veggies chosen and how they are used often vary. This recipe for Ratatouille Pizza takes a few more liberties and turns the traditional stew into a pizza. This creative twist came about when the author discovered she had some dough in the freezer and leftover eggplant and zucchinis from a lasagna she had made. With an adventurous spirit, she transformed them into this tasty dish. The pizza is [... more]

Skinny Donut Holes?

Doughnut holes, those doughy balls of goodness, become even more delicious when smothered in powdered sugar and a decadent vanilla glaze. But get this: The creator of these Skinny Bakery-Style Donut Holes swears that they’re only 22 calories apiece. We don’t know how, but we’re not complaining! The recipe yields about 170 donut holes, so you may want to halve it or freeze some of the dough for later. When making them, be sure to keep them bite-size—the dough really rises. Enjoy them while they’re still warm.

Great Balls of Flavor

A modern twist on the Italian classic, these Turkey Spinach Meatballs put run-of-the-mill meatballs to shame. Short on preparation time and kid-friendly, the recipe doubles easily and freezes well for up to two weeks. Another bonus: We love that the meatballs brown under the broiler in just 15 to 18 minutes, and forgoing the stovetop means less oil splatter to clean up. Simply add the cooked meatballs to the homemade marinara sauce, and dinner is ready to serve.

Kudos for Cauliflower

Some less-popular vegetables, such as cauliflower, don’t receive the recognition they deserve. Yet, this heart-healthy vegetable, which can help prevent cancer and reduce your risk for a host of diseases, delivers serious benefits. It also tastes great prepared a variety of ways. Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower makes a delicious side dish, especially when paired with seafood (try it with Scallops with Herbed Butter). Top with thyme and some Parmesan, and you’ll be craving these every night for dinner. As an alternative, blend the ingredients together to create mashed cauliflower. [... more]

The Fried List

Northerners like to say that Southerners will fry anything. Well, we don’t know about that, but after seeing this recipe, we just added avocados to the list. Crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside, Avocado Fries With Cilantro Lemon Dipping Sauce makes a hearty appetizer or side dish and offers a healthy alternative to the popular potato version. This recipe calls for two avocados sliced into wedges and then coated in breadcrumbs before frying to achieve that delicious crispy texture. The breaded exterior is a [... more]

Veggies Galore!

Springtime Pasta With Blistered Tomatoes and Eggs may seem like the strangest combination of foods (not to mention its weird name), but once you taste it, you will surely be a fan. The distinct flavors of shiitake mushrooms, asparagus spears, grape tomatoes, minced garlic, fresh Parmesan cheese, and poached eggs meld together perfectly to create a hearty and healthy entree. And because the dish requires only a small amount of measuring, roasting, and poaching, it makes a great option for busy weeknights.

Meatless Mexican

When you think of tacos you probably picture ground beef and shredded cheddar cheese, right? Well, this recipe offers another, more creative option. With no meat in sight, Roasted Veg Tacos With Avocado Cream and Feta refreshes on a hot spring day while also helping you use up those vegetables that have been taking up space in the refrigerator. Fresh and light, these tacos still offer the classic Mexican flavors we love all wrapped up in authentic corn tortillas. This blogger uses sweet corn, onions, peppers, summer [... more]

Better Than a BLT

I can’t get enough of seasonal tomatoes. I’m enticed by their vibrant red color and their incredible flavor, especially if they’ve been picked at their peak. Ripe tomatoes steal the show in a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich. For a healthier twist on a traditional BLT, try this BLT Chopped Salad recipe. Lime vinaigrette drizzled over bacon, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and the unexpected avocado, corn kernels, plus crumbled goat cheese combine to create the most delicious BLT I’ve ever tasted.

Simple Spring Salad

Soaring temperatures this time of year in the South can push even the most avid cooks out of the kitchen. No need to worry though, because we found a salad that is fast and easy to make and won’t require turning on the stove. Featured on the blog Two Peas and Their Pod, delicious Chickpea, Avocado, and Feta Salad requires only those three ingredients in its name plus a little cilantro, green onion, and lime juice for extra zest. A variation of the blogger’s favorite sandwich, this [... more]

A Lightened Up Lasagna

This Eggplant and Herb Lasagna takes a tasty twist on the classic meat-filled pasta dish. As healthy as it is delicious, eggplant adds plenty of flavor as well as a hefty dose of nutrients. Be sure to buy the eggplant mid-summer when it’s at its peak. To prepare, spread a generous amount of sauce on the bottom of the pan while adding a fresh layer of fresh, uncooked lasagna. The longer you let the sauce cook, the richer the flavor. Next, spread a thin layer of ricotta [... more]

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