Spa Cuisine Recipes

walnut lentil planet burgers

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I’ve decided to start creating new, healthier recipes for burgers so when the burger craving strikes I can make something besides ground beef. Not to say I don’t like a real, beef burger now and then, but this way we can enjoy burgers more often. So far I’ve made Middle East Burgers (featuring spinach, lean…

pumpkin pie cookie butter baked oatmeal

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In the autumn and winter months I like to see how many new pumpkin recipes I can come up with. The reason for this is threefold. First, pumpkin is wildly popular and the recipes get shared like crazy among pumpkin enthusiasts. Second, it bugs some people that there are so many pumpkin recipes and I…

japanese turkey meatballs + homemade hoisin

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If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to all the junk food being served for Super Bowl Sunday, you’ve come to the right place. You and your family can enjoy these yummy, healthy meatballs guilt free. We serve them alongside oven roasted or steamed veggies and offer homemade hoisin, wasabi mayonnaise, sweet & sour sauce,…

slow cooker cuban beef {ropa vieja}

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This Cuban beef dish is healthy, high protein and delicious. The beef becomes ultra tender as it simmers away in the aromatic sauce in your slow cooker. Hearty, wholesome, comforting. Perfect winter fare. serves 8-10 4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided 4 lb. flank steak OR chuck roast 1/2 cup all purpose flour 1…

loaded veggie chickenetti bowl

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Healthy comfort food is the goal during the long winter months when everyone is craving warm, delicious (usually carb-laden) meals. I like to use whole grain, high fiber, high protein pastas, brown rice, farro, and quinoa in place of the white pasta and rice that is commonly found in the classic comfort fare. I also…

minestrone soup

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This is a wonderful, Italian soup that varies a bit, depending on what part of Italy you’re visiting. I personally like the Ligurian version which is served with a big dollop of fresh basil or basil pesto on top. I guess my version is still considered Italian-American because I add shredded cabbage to the pot,…

easy slow cooker shipwreck casserole

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Here’s an easy, comfort food meal that goes together quickly and simmers away in your slow cooker all day. Serve with a simple salad and buttery baguette. 2 lb. lean ground beef 4 medium potatoes, sliced into matchsticks 1 large onion, diced 1 stalk celery, chopped 1 green pepper (or other color), chopped (seeds and…

winter tomato pineapple salad + basil dressing

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I used to only eat tomatoes when they were in season, and I still stick with that rule. Mostly. This salad is an exception. There are some varieties of tomatoes that seem to do pretty well, even in the winter months and are sooooo much better when made into this salad. The acidity from the…

roasted red pepper hummus

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Hummus is a versatile, healthy, high protein dip that’s wonderful served with fresh, toasted pita or baguette, fresh veggies, thinned out and used as salad dressing… or (my favorite) as a topping for sandwiches and wraps. This particular recipe goes together quickly and you and your family will love it. Keep the ingredients on hand…

spicy honey sriracha pumpkin soup

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Pumpkin is so healthy, and the perfect thickener for this warming, spicy soup! I made up a big pot for a tea party I hosted recently and everyone loved it! Even people who claim to not like pumpkin. So there ya have it. 2 Tablespoons olive oil 2 Tablespoons butter 1 large onion, chopped fine…