Recipe: Fruit Salad with Cantaloupe, Grapes, Walnuts and Goat Cheese

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Fruit Salad with Cantaloupe, Grapes, Walnuts and Goat Cheese

In the spirit of providing my family with the nutrients we need to be healthy and happy, once in a blue moon I’ll chop up a fruit salad.

I’m one of those crazy people who isn’t fond of fruits. I’ll pop a carrot in my mouth before you’ll see me crunch on a grape.

That being said, if you serve me a dazzling fruit salad, I might eat a scoopful. After all, it’s a well known fact that eating 7 – 8 servings of fruits and vegetables is good for your body, and I don’t want to miss out.

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Meatless Monday Black Beans and Quinoa Veggie Burgers with Peach Salsa

Have you heard of Meatless Mondays?

Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers with Peach Salsa

Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burgers with Peach Salsa

Meatless Monday has been around since approximately 2003, and was started as a way to improve your health by abstaining from meat for a day. The idea was to help reduce your risk of cancer, heart problems and obesity, at the same time you would also be supporting our environment by reducing your carbon footprint.

Sounds like a good thing to me and these veggie burgers fit this theme perfectly.

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Quinoa Fruit Salad with Cherries and Walnuts

Have you tried quinoa yet?

Quinoa Fruit Salad

Quinoa Fruit Salad

If you haven’t tried this nutty tasting seed (yes, it’s a seed not a grain), you’re missing out.

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Baked Apples with Cranberries and Cashews

Before we talk about today’s recipe, I have an announcement to make.

My news isn’t life changing. I didn’t win the lottery, so I can’t quit my job, and no one in my family is getting married or having babies – at least not yet.

So what’s the big announcement you ask?

Yesterday I pushed the send button to deliver my first newsletter. It was a challenge becoming familiar with the software and working out the kinks, but worth every hair-pulling minute when I clicked that button.

Chicken and Barley Salad

Leftover Makeover Chicken and Barley Salad

Sharing recipes on this blog has been a terrific tool to help me stick (most of the time) to my healthy eating plan, but I wanted more. I wanted to share everything I’ve learned about healthy cooking over the past 15+ years in a weekly newsletter.

My favorite section is “Leftover Makeovers.” I don’t know about you, but I always have containers of food from previous meals. Transforming leftovers into a healthy lunch, or simple dinner is a very valuable dieter’s tool.

This was such a fun project that I’m already plugging way on next Saturday’s edition. I hope you’ll subscribe and give me your feedback so I can produce news and information that’s useful for you. Just enter your email address under the subscription section on the right.

Enough about the newsletter, it’s time to talk about today’s recipe.
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Mother Rimmy’s Healthy Recipe Picks of the Week

Every week I’m inspired by the healthy cooks I encounter in the food blogging world, so I decided to share my picks of the week with you.

These healthy recipes have landed on my must-make list. I recognize that my version of “healthy” might be different than yours, but I’ll bet something here will please you, and maybe make your list of must-make recipes too.

One of my favorite meals is roasted asparagus with poached eggs. However, my eggs don’t turn out nearly as beautiful as John’s at Kitchen Riffs. Notice their crazy shapes in the picture below? Overcooked too! Head over to Kitchen Riffs and learn how to make a beautiful poached egg.

Asparagus, Poached Eggs and Ham with Dijon Sauce

Asparagus, Poached Eggs and Ham with Dijon Sauce

If poached eggs aren’t your thing, then maybe one of these healthy recipes will inspire you this week . . .

  • I’m a new convert to the pleasures of chia seeds. Angie’s Berry Chia Pudding sounds like an antioxidant packed dessert choice, doesn’t it?
  • I always have bags of spinach on hand, so this Whole Wheat Linguine with Spinach Herb Pesto from The Picky Eater looks like a tasty way to use it up. I’ll bet kale would work well too.
  • Eat Yourself Skinny always has amazing food photos, and her Chickpea and Tomato Salad will make a perfect weekday lunch.
  • This Thai Kale Salad from The Edible Perspective will get topped with a pile of shrimp at my house this week. The orange and maple she’s added to her peanut dressing sounds amazing.
  • It can’t be all about the veggies, or my husband would jump ship. This Chicken and Biscuit Casserole from Healthy Seasonal Recipes will put to good use last week’s csa veggies, and make Mike a happy camper. Top any meal with a roll or bread and he thinks he’s died and gone to heaven.

So there you are! Thanks to these healthy cooks, we’ll be eating well.

Happy, healthy cooking!

Watermelon Salad with Garbanzo Beans and Feta Cheese

One of the best ways to eat healthy is to keep your eyes peeled for recipes that stretch your comfort zone.

Watermelon and Feta Salad

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The Freshest Berries Come From My Local Farmers’ Markets and a Blog Hop

I’m one of those people who can eat vegetables morning, noon and night –  but put a bowl of fruit in front of me and it will likely stay there until someone else eats it.

My logical mind knows that fruit is an abundant source of good-for-me stuff, but my hand just can’t seem to reach for that crispy apple, or fragrant peach.

Strawberries and Walnuts

Strawberries and Walnuts

Berries are a different story. I can eat the whole container of freshly picked berries before you get a chance to pick out just one.

When I was a kid my grandmother had a backyard filled with raspberries. She would have us kids over to pick berries so we could take some home. I think Grandma wanted free labor, but we didn’t mind because she’d come from the house with bowls, sugar and cream (yes, whole cream). We’d take some of our loot and plop those tender berries into a bowl, top them with sugar (like they needed more) and cream. This was a treat to die for, as far as I was concerned.

Anyway, in the spirit of my love of berries of all kinds, I’m sharing a few of my favorite recipes with you in hopes that you’ll share your favorites with me.

For breakfast I’m all for smoothies and muffins . . .

Almond and Berry Smoothie

Blueberry Muffins

Lemon Raspberry Muffins

Berry Breakfast Muffins

Blueberry Banana Bread

For desserts you can’t beat cobblers, crepes and bars . . .

Blackberry Blondies

Crepes and Berries

Luscious Berry Custard Cobbler

And why not use berries in your favorite salad dressings and sauces . . .

Grilled Lamb Chops with Berry Sauce

Chipotle Raspberry Salad Dressing

See? I’m all about the berries and I’m hoping you are too. 

If you have a berry recipe you’d like to share with us, link it up here. If it’s a low calorie recipe, that’s even better!

Thanks for joining in the fun!

If you’re looking for more healthy and low calorie Weight Watchers recipes, check out my Recipe page. You’ll find hundreds of recipes that include nutrition information and Weight Watchers points. 

And don’t forget to visit my Facebook page, follow me on Twitter, or check out my Pinterest boards. I love to hear from you, and share my recipe finds from around the web. 

Please see disclaimer for further details. Nutrition information is compiled with MacGourmet. If you find discrepancies, please let me know. It’s important to  me that I provide you with accurate information.

Citrus and Berry Fruit Salad with O Clementine Olive Oil Vinaigrette

Recently Dave at eRecipeCards  suggested I enter O Olive Oil’s recipe contest where I was to review their products and create an original recipe.

Naturally, my contest entry has to be as healthy as possible, and O Olive Oil with their uniquely infused citrus oils make that task incredibly easy.

After all, olive oil is a healthful staple for any pantry!

O Olive Oil Fruit Salad

O Olive Oil Fruit Salad

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Healthy Memorial Day Barbecue Recipes

On Monday, as we remember those who have died in service to our country, at our Memorial Day barbecue we’ll be serving up a few lower calorie barbecue recipes to share with family and friends like this refreshing Asian Kale salad.

Asian Kale Salad

Asian Kale Salad

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Recipe: Mango Mousse

No big recipe post today, my friends. Just a quick snippet to show you how versatile and tasty yogurt cheese can be.

Mango Mousse with Yogurt Cheese

Mango Mousse with Yogurt Cheese

A whirl of yogurt cheese and fresh mango in my Magic Bullet created this simple mango mousse recipe. The consistency was that of a light mousse, and the flavor refreshing. Your family will think you served them the best dessert, but you’ll know it was nutritious too.

Enjoy your weekend!