Your Favorite Quinoa Salad Recipe to the Rescue!

Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is a healthy, high-protein, gluten-free alternative to grains. It is actually a seed and is considered a complete protein and a superfood. Quinoa has a light nutty flavor and is extremely versatile. I often use it in place of rice and toss it on salads and into soups. This quinoa salad is perfect as a side dish or you can throw some grilled fish or chicken on top for a main course. Give it a try!

Mediterranean Fish in Parchment Paper

Baking fish in parchment paper or tin foil is known in France as poisson en papillote (fish in a parcel). It is a very simple and healthy way to cook fish and is also very flavorful since the fish and vegetables cook together in their own seasoned juices. Cleanup is easy too! Any white fish will work. I used tilapia in this recipe. You can refer to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch guide to help you make ocean-friendly seafood choices.

Shrimp Stew, Brazilian Style

Brazilian Shrimp Stew, also known as Moqueca de Camarao, is flavorful and easy to make. Dende or red palm oil (not kernel palm oil) is rich in carotene antioxidants and gives the stew a nice orange color. Red palm oil is a common cooking ingredient in the tropical belt of Africa, Southeast Asia, and parts of Brazil. It can be found at health food stores and specialty grocers. Don’t worry if you can’t find it, the soup is tasty without it.

Blueberry Compote

Looking for an easy dessert that utilizes those luscious antioxidant-rich blueberries? We’ve adapted a simple recipe that our friends at Tufts University created for health-nuts who still have a bit of a sweet tooth. The secret ingredient in this dessert is chia seeds, which swell to form a gel when moistened. The newest addition to the super food list, chia seeds help thicken the juices in this compote made with convenient frozen berries

Quinoa Salad

Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is a healthy, high-protein, gluten-free alternative to grains. It is actually a seed and is considered a complete protein and a superfood. Quinoa has a light nutty flavor and is extremely versatile. I often use it in place of rice and toss it on salads and into soups. This quinoa salad is perfect as a side dish or you can throw some grilled fish or chicken on top for a main course. Give it a try!

Summer Smoothie

Summertime and the living is easy! As the temperature soars, ditch the stove and reach for your trusty blender. The following recipe is a great option for a protein- and vitamin-rich meal replacement or snack. Feel free to tweak the ingredients to your liking.

Lemon Chicken

Looking for a quick and delicious entrée that doesn’t involve a take-out menu? Adapted from a Prevention magazine recipe, this is one “fast food” that will delight your taste buds without abandoning your healthy diet resolutions. Pair with roasted red potatoes and a salad and you have a meal that the whole family will love … in less than 30 minutes!

Lemon Yogurt Pound Cake

Looking for a healthy indulgence to brighten your winter day? Your search is over! This versatile dessert features heart-healthy olive oil and protein-rich Greek yogurt, which replace the butter. A modern riff on a traditional favorite, egg whites help reduce calories, fat and cholesterol. Whole-wheat flour boosts the fiber content, too. Enjoy!