Spa Cuisine Recipes

sriracha parmesan hummus


Looking for a new twist on the classic hummus? We eat SO much hummus that we’re always looking for new ways to make it interesting. Here’s what we made when we were craving spicy! 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained well 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/4…

roasted beet salad with chevre & sherry vinaigrette


We always have cold grilled chicken in our refrigerator in the summer so we can make salads at a moment’s notice. Jeff just grills up extra and we store them in ziplocs. Another easy tip that will help you prepare dinner more conveniently, and without heating up the kitchen. To make 2 of these crazy…

avocado toast


Jeff and I have this little lunch ritual where we share an avocado and make simple, open faced sandwiches. If there are avocados in the house, this is what we’re having. Sometimes we change it up and do a combination of Parmesan cheese and extra virgin olive oil in place of the mayonnaise/Vegenaise. Sometimes we…

{better than cafe yumm’s} yumm bowl


Looking for a delicious, easy and healthy meal idea that goes together in seconds and won’t heat up your kitchen? You’ve come to the right place. Make up a big batch of brown rice, white rice or quinoa. Cover it and put it in your fridge. That will be the base of your Yumm Bowl.…

star spangled berry salad


A “bonus” blog post for your 4th of July, Lovelies! This is colorful, refreshing, healthy and festive! serves 4 4 cups spring greens or baby spinach 2 cups fresh blueberries 2 cups fresh strawberry slices 2 cups jicama stars 4 green onions, chopped crumbled blue cheese, feta or goat cheese (optional) salt and pepper to…

polka dot poppyseed dressing {lite version}


Here’s a lightened up version of my polka dot poppyseed dressing! I made the first version for my Four Seasons Fruit Salad. Both dressings are magnificent and can be used interchangeably. 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (any fat content is fine) 1/4 cup real mayonnaise (not Miracle Whip) 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar OR white…

restaurant style pico de gallo


Sweet breezy summer days here in the Mississippi river valley. It’s been cool and rainy, off and on. It seems the sun can’t make up it’s mind. I read somewhere that this has been the rainiest June in Minnesota in 100 years. I believe it, and I’m not complaining. I’ve been getting so much done!…

protein power lunch {salad in a jar}


We’ve been so busy with warm weather activities that I’m getting a little dizzy. It really has been a wonderful summer so far though. We love to pack picnics this time of year and this salad in a jar has it all. It’s the perfect thing to take along on a hike in the woods…

tuscan villa garden italian salad dressing


Who’s ready for another homemade salad dressing? We make big salads almost every single day in our house, so I’m always inventing new combinations of ingredients and yummy dressings to drizzle over them. I’ve received several requests for the BEST Italian dressing. This is it. I’ve been making it this way for years and years.…

lemon curd frozen yogurt


Today is one of those days that I’m feeling lazy. I don’t want to cook, I don’t want to clean, I don’t really want to walk anywhere. I just want to sip iced tea, read a book and take a nap on the hammock. I am going to do a little cooking, however… and I…