Spa Cuisine Recipes

restaurant style salsa


I love the fresh, warm, homemade tortilla chips served at our favorite local Mexican restaurant… and when they bring out the bowls of freshly made salsa… oh MY! One of my favorite treats. Here’s a delicious recipe for restaurant-style salsa that is soooo good, and easy to make! Now you can enjoy the flavors of…

the ultimate chocolate chip zucchini muffins {gluten free}


It’s another hot, steamy day out there today. We went for a hike on the Cannon Valley trail and then had some lunch at the Red Wing Brewery. BEST. PIZZA. EVER! Now we’re relaxing in the AC, sipping wine and planning tomorrow’s outing. Maiden Rock Swimming Hole here we come! Tonight we’re grilling up some…

middle eastern burgers + greek yogurt cucumber mayonnaise


We’re getting into eating healthy in our house. We’re eating piles of vegetables and fruit, sprouted whole grains, lean meats and fish, and lots of plain greek yogurt. I never understood how people could eat 4 to 6  smaller meals a day instead of the three “square” meals that I grew up with, but now…

japanese restaurant-style salad


The flavors of this salad will transport you to your favorite Japanese restaurant. It’s loosely adapted from Gwyneth Paltrow’s awesome cookbook It’s All Good. I made a few major tweaks to the recipe and I just love it. If you choose to use the Nori-Sesame Sprinkle over the top of this salad, it tastes a…

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…