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Enjoy a Lavender Mocktail when alcohol isn't an option. A non-alcoholic beverage made with lemon juice, lavender simple syrup, cranberry juice & ginger ale. 0

Lavender Mocktail {and a Hot Mama Cocktails Intro}

I’ve been making a lot of yummy beverages with my new lavender simple syrup. Even though I’m typically going to be using it in my home bar crafted cocktails, I knew I wanted to make some sort of Lavender Mocktail with it, too. About 10 years ago before I knew that “mocktails” were an actual thing (and trending), I came up with what I called “Hot Mama Cocktails.” I had 2 friends unexpectedly become pregnant at the time. We were a group of friends who went out to bars a lot, for karaoke or a game of pool. Although we...

Our Asian Inspired Chicken Salad is simple, fresh and healthy. Add this flavorful dinner salad to your low carb meal plan for a quick weeknight option. 0

Asian Inspired Chicken Salad

I’m so excited that we’re mere weeks away from lettuce gardening season. I’ve grown the best-tasting green leaf, red leaf, and mixed spring green lettuces in my garden the last few years. There’s nothing else like it. If you think homegrown tomatoes are good, garden grown lettuces really put the store bought varieties to shame! I’ve developed many salad recipes to use up my fresh spring lettuce. This Asian Inspired Chicken Salad is one of the best. Salads make a quick and easy dinner for busy weeknights, and are particularly great if you’re following a low carb meal plan. I always feel like...

Our recipe for Whole30 Baked Tuna Cakes with Dijon Sauce is a low cost, flavorful dinner option—also perfect for low carb menus! 0

Whole30 Baked Tuna Cakes with Dijon Sauce

My husband’s girlfriend (Paula Deen) has a recipe she calls Faux Crab Cakes. I’ve loved that recipe for years because it’s so quick and easy to make—and perfect for low budget weeks. Plus, the taste is great. Surprisingly, the recipe contains no butter at all. But Paula’s recipe doesn’t quite fit into a Whole30 lifestyle on account of the breadcrumbs and frying in oil. I decided to fix that—and I developed this recipe for Whole30 Baked Tuna Cakes with Dijon Sauce. We typically enjoy our tuna cakes with tartar sauce, which is also difficult to find in a Whole30 variety without spending...

Whole30 Shrimp & Sausage Gumbo Recipe 0

Whole30 Shrimp & Sausage Gumbo

I met my husband while living in Nashville. But there’s one more long-term love affair that started during my time in the South: Gumbo. Gumbo was one of the first uniquely Southern foods I tried after settling into my new part of the country. And I ate gumbo at about every opportunity I had after that first bite. I stumbled upon a really fantastic gumbo recipe in a cookbook that I previously would have been unlikely to want. It’s Clifford Wright’s Some Like It Hot. Even though my wimpy tastebuds have an aversion to spicy, I was totally geared toward...

Coconut Chile Lime Crusted Salmon from Dish-y.com is a quick and easy seafood main dish that's perfect when cooking for two. Sweet, spicy and delicious! 0

Coconut Chile Lime Crusted Salmon

The hubs and I try to incorporate fish (or seafood) at least once per week. I love cooking fish because it’s usually easy to prepare and cooks up quick. Salmon is a frequent choice because we love it and the healthy omega-3’s for the nutritional value. My go-to seasoning for easy salmon is dill and paprika, but it was time for something different. That’s why I developed this recipe for Coconut Chile Lime Crusted Salmon. The combination of flavors on this crusted salmon recipe would definitely be categorized as Asian fusion. These are some of my favorite tastes. Coconut and...

These quick and easy chicken fajita lettuce wraps are full of flavor, high on nutrition and protein, and perfect for low carb meal plans. 0

Chicken Fajita Lettuce Wraps

For the better part of the last month, I’ve been following a fairly low carb meal plan as part of the Metabolic Aftershock exercise program (more on that to come). Since I’ve not really ever followed a low carb diet much, I’ve been trying to think up creative recipes and ways to do low carb. I’ve always loved the gingery chicken lettuce wraps that are common in Asian restaurants, but wanted to try something a little different. Chicken Fajita Lettuce Wraps is the direction I went, and it’s definitely a keeper recipe! We love doing “Taco Tuesday” (even if it’s...

Zoodles take the spotlight in this Chicken with Zucchini Lo Mein recipe developed for the Ninja Cooking System. 0

Chicken with Zucchini Lo Mein

I’ve had my spiralizer for quite some time now, and I’m not sure why it took me so long to come up with a great idea like zucchini lo mein. Lo mein is one of my absolute favorite Asian foods. It might be because I’ve got a baby, a 5 year old, a hungry husband, a blog, a freelance job (down from 2 gigs), a small group, volunteer and family commitments, and a few neglected hobbies. It doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for flexing my creative muscles in the kitchen. Well, I’m just glad that it finally hit...

With red chili pepper and fresh ginger, this smoothie recipe will give your metabolism a welcome boost! 0

Rise & Metabolize Smoothie

I developed the Rise & Metabolize Smoothie as a delicious way to get more spicy in my life. As someone who is admittedly wimpy about spicy heat levels, why in the world would I want to do this to myself, you ask? Well, somewhere along the line in my research about losing weight, I discovered that there is a link between capsaicin and weight loss. Many researchers believe that capsaicin, the stuff that gives peppers their spicy heat, can boost our metabolism—along with a whole host of other health-related benefits. I’m game. I need to up tolerance for heat anyway,...

Coconut Curry Salmon with Zucchini Noodles Recipe from Dish-y.com 0

Coconut Curry Salmon with Zucchini Noodles

I developed the recipe for Coconut Curry Salmon with Zucchini Noodles for the Ninja Cooking System. One of my favorite dishes to order from our local Thai restaurant is Yellow Curry with chicken. I also make it at home, and load it with carrots, onions and potatoes. Delicious. Such a great comfort food dish. Of course, since it’s the beginning of the year, I’m on a kick to integrate more healthy dishes into our lineup. My focus is on getting more fresh vegetables (preferably green) and whole grains. But really, this is nothing new for me, I am just in...

Mixed Greens Salad with Apple, Goji & Bright Vinaigrette Recipe from Dish-y.com 0

Mixed Greens Salad with Apple, Goji & Bright Vinaigrette

It’s the middle of winter, I’m feeling motivated to eat well, and there currently aren’t many options for in-season produce. It’s a great time of year to put the power of dried bulk fruits to work, and I have been wanting to make a great salad with goji berries for quite some time now. Today’s the day. Did you know that goji berries are hailed as one of the most nutritionally-rich foods in the world? When I first heard about these berries almost 10 years ago, it was pretty difficult to get your hands on goji berries. But now I can...