Spa Cuisine Recipes

gracie’s iced pumpkin spice cookies


My daughter, Grace, has been on a mission to create simple, delicious and healthy treats. These little cake-like cookies are only 40 calories a piece when they’re unfrosted, and they’re mostly sweetened with healthful stevia. You can ice them with a simple powdered sugar icing (as shown above) or you could just dust them with…

sesame seared ahi tuna


We’re still having fun celebrating our 19th Wedding anniversary! I woke up to a huge bouquet of fresh pink and purple Alstroemaria flowers, French press coffee, and our favorite bagels and lox breakfast. We want to cook something slightly fancy, delicious and healthy for dinner tonight and we’re thinking this sesame-seared ahi tuna with sushi…

red quinoa tabbouleh salad


I’ve always been a fan of tabbouleh, and now that I have this little recipe in my bag of tricks, I make it all the time. It’s much healthier and lighter than the bulgur wheat version, and I honestly think it tastes better too! Quinoa is a wonderful substitute for bulgur, rice and cous cous.…

california salmon sprout sandwich


It seems like whenever I see a sandwich with California in the title, it has a heap of sprouts on it… so I thought I’d follow suit. This is one of my favorite, healthy “go to” lunches when I’m in a hurry and craving protein. I love this served with baby carrots and grape tomatoes…

espresso black bean chili {chicken & vegetarian options}


This is a recipe I created that was inspired by a much simpler chili by Mark Bittman. He uses minimal ingredients in his, which makes sense, because he’s called The Minimalist. I’m not, and therefore, I kept adding ingredients and tasting the chili until I realized that the only things left in the kitchen were…

turkey taco salad bowl


Taco Salad is such a delicious, healthy meal when it’s prepared with both taste and nutrition in mind. There’s no need to load this salad down with salt and fat. The rich, fresh ingredients all taste awesome when paired with the classic Mexican spices and textures. This is, hands down, one of my favorite things…

thai peanut chicken noodle jar


This past summer was definitely the summer of “jar” picnics. We enjoyed quite a few! As summer turns to Autumn, we’re still taking salads and meals in jars wherever we go. This is my latest creation. for 4 thai peanut noodle jars: 4 cups whole grain spaghetti noodles, cooked according to package and chilled 2…

the sloppy jane {sloppy joe’s skinny sister}


These sloppy sandwiches are healthy and every bit as delicious as traditional Sloppy Joes. I used lean ground turkey in place of ground beef and everyone loved them. This is an awesome recipe to make on a busy night when you don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. serves 4 to…

peach basil frozen yogurt


We’re nearing the end of that time of summer when we can enjoy all of the glorious summer fruits that the season has to offer. Peaches are one of my all time favorites. I love basil and peach together. If you use really ripe, fresh, sweet peaches for this frozen yogurt recipe you’ll hardly need…

marinated veggie grill


We love grilled veggies along with our grilled chicken, steak and pork chops. The very best way to make grilled veggies is to use a grill wok. We always marinate our vegetables for several hours prior to grilling. It adds tons of flavor and minimal calories. ~ this makes enough as a side dish for…