Pesto Garlic Knots

Pesto Garlic Knots

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Pesto Garlic Knots


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  • Author: Amy MS, RD, LDN
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x

Description

Pesto Garlic Knots are delicious bites packed with spinach pesto, garlic and cheese. Perfect as an appetizer or side dish!


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Start by making the Whole Wheat Pizza Dough and Spinach Pesto.
  2. Roll the pizza dough into a square, roughly 12×12 inches.
  3. Using a spatula, spread the pesto onto the dough, leaving about a 1/2 inch border around all sides.
  4. Evenly sprinkle the mozzarella over the pesto.
  5. Next, take the top half of the dough and fold down to meet the bottom. You are basically folding the dough in half here. (Check out the video for a play-by-play!)
  6. Then, using a knife or bench scraper, cut the dough horizontally into 6 sections. You should have 6 rectangles at this point.
  7. Now, take one of your rectangles and vertically cut two slits into the dough, keeping the top portion intact. Continue with remaining rectangles.
  8. Next it’s time to braid! Take one of your rectangles and fold the left dough portion over the middle section then repeat with the left side. Continue braiding until you reach the end of the dough. Then, pinch the bottom of the dough to seal. Now take the end you sealed and roll it up towards the other end. You will now have a braided pesto knot! Continue with the rest of the rectangles.
  9. Place the knots into a 9×9 baking dish and brush with a little olive oil.
  10. Place into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly and serve with marinara sauce. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer, Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 216
  • Sodium: 406mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 33g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 6mg
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Greek Chickpea Salad in a Jar

Greek Chickpea Salad in a Jar

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Greek Chickpea Salad in a Jar


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  • Author: Amy MS, RD, LDN
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Salads 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Chickpea Greek Salad is the easiest and tastiest plant-based meal prep!


Ingredients

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Chickpea Greek Salad:

  • 1 Can, 15 oz Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Cucumber, Peeled, Seeded and Diced
  • 1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata Olives
  • 1/4 cup Banana Peppers
  • 1/2 cup Feta Cheese
  • 1 cup Mixed Greens

Greek Salad Vinaigrette:

  • 1/3 cup Red Wine or Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. Add all the Greek Vinaigrette ingredients to a small bowl or mason jar and whisk to combine.
  2. Get out two large mason jars for the salads.
  3. Add 2 tbsp Greek Salad Vinaigrette to the bottom of each of the jars.
  4. Next, add the salad ingredients. 1/2 can of the drained, rinsed chickpeas to each jar.
  5. Then half the diced cucumber, half the cherry tomatoes, half kalamata olives and half banana peppers.
  6. Top with 1/4 cup feta cheese in each jar and finally 1/2 cup of Mixed Greens on top.
  7. Put the mason jar lid on and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to dig in!
  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Greek

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Salad
  • Calories: 204
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 643mg
  • Fat: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 17g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 33mg
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Mini Rosemary & Parmesan Foccacia Bites

Mini Rosemary Foccacia Bites

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Mini Rosemary & Parmesan Foccacia Bites

Mini Rosemary & Parmesan Foccacia Bites


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  • Author: Amy RD, LDN
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x

Description

Mini Rosemary & Parmesan Foccacia Bites make the perfect pair with a cozy soup or a flavorful appetizer for your next dinner.


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tbsp Rosemary, Minced
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp Parmesan Cheese, Grated
  • 6 tsp Olive Oil
  • Flaked Sea Salt for topping, Optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Get a muffin tin out and prep for the foccacia bites by pouring 1/2 tsp olive oil into each muffin tin section.
  3. Then, make the dough. To the bowl of a stand mixer, add the Greek Yogurt, flours, baking powder, 1/4 cup Parmesan and salt. Mix on low until all ingredients are incorporated. (Alternatively you can add to a large bowl and mix by hand with a spatula.)
  4. Remove the bowl from the mixer and divide the dough into 12 equal portions.
  5. Then, take each dough portion and flatten slightly with your hands and place into the prepared muffin tin sections.
  6. Top each dough section with the minced rosemary and 1 tbsp grated Parmesan. Then top with a pinch of sea salt on each.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes until slightly golden.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 84
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 114mg
  • Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 9g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 4mg
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Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan & Pepitas

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Roasted Broccoli Parmesan Pepitas

Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan & Pepitas


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  • Author: Amy RD, LDN
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Ingredients

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  • 1 Large Head Broccoli
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan, Grated
  • 1/4 cup Pepitas (Pumpkin Seeds)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425° F. Get a large sheet tray out and set aside.
  2. Using a large chef’s knife, trim the florets from the broccoli stem and place into a microwave safe bowl.
  3. Pour 2 tbsp of water into the bowl with broccoli, cover and microwave for 2 minutes to slightly steam the broccoli.
  4. Sprinkle half of the grated Parmesan onto your sheet tray. Then top with the broccoli florets, then sprinkle the pepitas over top and finally top with the remaining Parmesan.
  5. Place the broccoli into the oven and roast for 15-18 minutes until the cheese is melted and the broccoli is crispy.
  6. Remove from the oven and using a thin spatula, lift up the cheesy broccoli goodness and place onto a serving platter. Enjoy hot!
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Side, Lunch
  • Method: Roast
  • Cuisine: American
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Quinoa Greek Salad

Quinoa Greek Salad

Quinoa Greek Salad
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Quinoa Greek Salad

Quinoa Greek Salad


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  • Author: Amy RD, LDN
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

One of my most popular recipes! Quinoa Greek Salad is a great side dish, lunch and excellent to bring to potlucks!


Ingredients

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Salad Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups Quinoa
  • 3 cups Water
  • 1 pt Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata Olives
  • 1/2 cup Feta Cheese
Balsamic Dressing Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper

Instructions

For the quinoa and veggies
  1. Rinse the 1 1/2 cups quinoa in a fine mesh strainer. In a medium saucepan, heat 3 cups of water over high heat. Add the rinsed quinoa. Bring quinoa and water to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. The quinoa is done cooking when all the water is absorbed and it is light and fluffy.
  2. Prep and slice veggies.
  3. Peel cucumber and slice off the ends. Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise. Using a small spoon scoop out the seeds. Next, slice each half lengthwise into 1/2 inch long sections. Then stack your long sections together to dice into 1/2 inch dice. Place diced cucumber into a large bowl.
  4. Rinse your cherry tomatoes. Slice each tomato lengthwise (its prettier!). Place into bowl with cucumber.
  5. Slice kalamata olives in half. Place into bowl with cucumber and tomato.
 
For the balsamic dressing
  1. Into a small mixing bowl or mason jar add all dressing ingredients. Whisk until the dressing is fully emulsified. Taste the dressing and adjust seasonings per your preference
Putting the salad together
  1. Once the quinoa has finished cooking add 3/4 of the dressing to the hot quinoa and stir to mix well. This will allow the quinoa to really absorb the dressing.
    Place the quinoa into the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  2. Once the quinoa has cooled, place it into a large bowl. Add the cucumber, cherry tomatoes and kalamata olives. Next add the feta and mix together, taking care not to smash your tomatoes. Add the remaining 1/4 of the dressing and mix together. Place the salad back into the refrigerator for 1 more hour. Serve chilled, enjoy!
 
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Salad, Mediterranean, Lunch, Sides
  • Cuisine: Greek

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 173
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 392mg
  • Fat: 11g
  • Carbohydrates: 14g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 4g
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Lightened Up Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Lightened Up Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Lightened Up Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Lightened Up Garlic Mashed Potatoes
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Lightened Up Garlic Mashed Potatoes


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  • Author: Amy RD, LDN
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

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  • 1 Head Cauliflower
  • 5 Garlic Gloves
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 2 lbs Russet Potatoes
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 4 tbsp Unsalted Butter

Instructions

Roasted Cauliflower and Garlic
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Set a large sheet tray out for roasting.
  2. Rinse the cauliflower. Using a sharp knife cut around the root of the cauliflower to remove the florets. Continue working your way around the cauliflower until all florets are removed. Place cauliflower florets onto the sheet tray. Add the whole garlic cloves to the tray. Sprinkle kosher salt and drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil over top. Using clean hands mix together. Place into the oven and roast for 20-25 minutes until the cauliflower is soft tender.
  3. Allow the cauliflower and garlic to cool slightly. Place cauliflower and garlic into the bowl of a food processor. Add 1/4 cup of milk. Process until smooth. Set aside.
 
Mashed Potatoes
  1. Scrub the potatoes, peel and cut them into large dice.
  2. Fill a large pot with water and heat to boiling. Add the diced potatoes. Cook the potatoes until they are fork tender, about 12-15 minutes.
     
  3. Drain the potatoes and return to same pot you boiled them in.
  4. Using a potato masher, hand held mixer or potato ricer, mash the potatoes until your desired consistency.
  5. Add the cauliflower puree, additional 1/4 cup of milk, 1/2 tsp kosher salt and butter to the potatoes and mix to combine.
  6. Check the seasonings and adjust the salt and pepper as needed. Serve hot and enjoy!
 
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Category: Dinner, Sides, Holiday

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 172
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 289mg
  • Fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze


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  • Author: Amy RD, LDN
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings

Ingredients

Roasted Brussels
  • 1 1/2 lbs Brussels Sprouts
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
Balsamic Glaze
  • 1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Sugar

Instructions

For the Brussels Sprouts
  1. Preheat your oven to 400° F. Set a large sheet tray out for roasting the Brussels sprouts.
  2. Rinse the Brussels sprouts. Trim the root end off and discard. Slice each sprout in half and place on the sheet tray. Some leaves will fall off, this okay simply add them to the sheet tray too. Discard any outer leaves that are yellow and not green.
     
  3. Pour one tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tsp kosher salt and 1/2 tsp ground black pepper over the Brussels. Using your hands mix it all together to coat the Brussels. Place the tray into the oven and roast for 25-30 minutes, stirring halfway. Watch them carefully for the last few minutes as the leaves can burn easily.
 
For the Balsamic Glaze
  1. While the Brussels sprouts roast, make the balsamic glaze. Heat a sauce pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the balsamic vinegar and sugar. Turn the heat up to medium high and bring the mixture to a low boil.
     
  3. Once it has reached boil, turn it down and simmer on low for 15-20 minutes. The mixture will cook down and get slightly thicker. You will know its done when the liquid will coat the back of a spoon.
  4. After the 20 minutes turn the heat off and allow the glaze to cool slightly. It will thicken and become glaze like as it cools.
 
To Serve
  1. Using a spoon drizzle the balsamic glaze lightly over the roasted Brussels sprouts. Enjoy hot!
 
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Category: Dinner, Sides, Holiday Sides
  • Method: Roast

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 96
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Sodium: 352mg
  • Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 16g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
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Delicata Squash & Apple Fritters with Caramelized Onion

Delicata Squash & Apple Fritters with Caramelized Onion

Delicata Squash & Apple Fritters with Caramelized Onion
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Delicata Squash & Apple Fritters with Caramelized Onion

Delicata Squash & Apple Fritters with Caramelized Onion


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  • Author: Amy RD, LDN
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 40 Servings

Description

Black Forest Farmer’s market delicata squash and apple fritters.


Ingredients

Fritters
  • 1 Delicata Squash, Peeled, Seeded and Shredded
  • 2 Apples (Gala, Honeycrisp), Cored and Shredded
  • 8 oz Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Feta
  • 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour (or Gluten-Free Flour)
  • 2 tbsp Pear & Beet Shrub or Apple Cider Vinegar
Caramelized Onion & Apple Topping
  • 2 Onions
  • 2 tsp Canola Oil
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 Apple, Julienned
  • 1 tbsp Pear & Beet Shrub or Apple Cider Vinegar
Cheddar Crisps
  • 1 cup White Cheddar Cheese, Shredded

Instructions

Make the onions
  1. Heat a large cast iron pan to medium-high heat, add the oil, then the onions and salt. Cook on medium-high for about 2 minutes then lower the heat to low and cook for 30-45 minutes until the onions have cooked down and caramelized.
     
Make the fritters
  1. In a large bowl combine all the ingredients for the fritters, squash, apples, cheddar cheese, eggs, feta, salt, pepper and vinegar.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Using a tablespoon, scoop your fritter mixture and then place into the hot skillet. With a spatula press the fritter batter to flatten slightly so it cooks evenly. Cook for 3 minutes on one side and then flip and cook for an additional two minutes. Continue this with the remaining batter.
     
  3. In a small bowl combine the caramelized onions, julienned apples and vinegar.
 
Make the cheddar crisps
  1. Preheat your oven to 400° F. To make the cheddar crisps, line a baking sheet tray with parchment paper or a baking silpat. Place teaspoon size portions of shredded cheddar onto the tray, spacing one inch in between each pile of cheese. Bake for 7 minutes, remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes to set.
 

 

To Serve

  1. Top each fritter with 1 tablespoon of the onion and apple mixture. Enjoy hot!
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 40

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Fritter
  • Calories: 65
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 137mg
  • Fat: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg
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Easy Homemade Salsa

Easy Homemade Salsa

Easy Homemade Salsa
Easy Homemade Salsa
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Easy Homemade Salsa


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  • Author: Amy RD, LDN
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

Description

This homemade salsa comes together in no time and has a fresh flavor, better than jarred salsa!


Ingredients

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  • 28 oz Canned Whole Tomatoes (no salt added)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 Red Onion
  • 1 Jalapeno (seeded)
  • 1 Lime, Juiced
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin, ground
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper, ground
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Parsley

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a food processor or blender, add the canned tomatoes and pulse 5-7 times to break up the tomatoes.
  2. Next, add the remaining ingredients and pulse/blend until the salsa reaches your desired consistency.
  3. For chunkier salsa, blend just a few seconds. For smoother salsa pulse 10-12 times.
  4. Serve with your favorite whole grain tortilla chips, sliced avocado and enjoy!

 

Notes

*The salsa is excellent right away or you can pop it into the fridge for at least and hour to allow the flavors to blend.
*For a spicier version, add 2 jalapenos.
*Salsa will last in the refrigerator for 5-7 days in a sealed container.

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Category: Appetizers, Lunch, Sides, Snack

Nutrition

  • Calories: 38
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Sodium: 315mg
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
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Crispy Roasted Potatoes

Crispy Roasted Potatoes

Crispy Roasted Potatoes
Crispy Roasted Potatoes
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Crispy Roasted Potatoes

Crispy Roasted Potatoes


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