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Homemade Kale Chips with miso and cashews are crunchy with an addictive flavor

Spicy Red Kale Chips with Cashews and Miso

Crispy, light & flavorful – these chips are quite easy to make. The ultimate healthy snack! Recipe: Baked and RAW Make a flavor paste~seasoned topping and simply massage into leaves and bake. An explosion of flavor!

Massage into the kale leaves – the Tahini Sesame paste with Za’atar Seasonings

Tahini Sesame Kale Chips with Za’atar Seasonings

Crispy, light & flavorful – these chips are quite easy to make. The ultimate healthy snack! Recipe: Baked and RAW Middle Eastern Flavors are rubbed into the leaves and baked until crunchy. An explosion of flavor!

Stir-Fried Blackened Green Beans

Stir-Fried Blackened Green Beans

Dip these irresistible crunchy beans into my Roasted Garlic Remoulade Dip with Bread & Butter Pickles

The perfect refreshing condiment with Indian cuisine.

Quick Pesto “Chutney”

Compliments my Fabulous “Tandoori Chicken in an Instant Pot.” Basil replaces mint in this easy to prepare condiment.

Basil, Kale & Chive Pistou

An Herbal Pistou ~ Basil, Kale and Chives with garlic and extra virgin olive oil processed to a creamy paste. Adds a zesty and flavorful essence to soups, brushetta, pasta, vegetables and more! Similar to Pesto, but without nuts. Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese is optional…delicious without.

Thanksgiving Leftover Chef Salad ~ Cranberry Sauce Vinaigrette

Thanksgiving Leftover Chef Salad ~ Cranberry Sauce Vinaigrette

Make the most of your Thanksgiving leftovers with this healthy & tasty salad. Use what you have! Drizzle with this Cranberry Sauce Vinaigrette (it takes minutes to prepare!)

A Zesty Salsa with an extraordinary- fresh flavor.

Raw Tomatillo Salsa

A Zesty Salsa with an extraordinary- fresh flavor. Choose tomatillos that are ripe, firm  with a nice vibrant green color.

A Quick Healthy Summer Meal Served Hot Off the Grill. Make the Zesty Gingery-Miso Dressing ahead for a speedy recipe.

Grilled Shrimp & Pineapple with Gingery-Miso Dressing

A Quick Healthy Summer Meal Served Hot Off the Grill. Make the Zesty Gingery-Miso Dressing ahead for a speedy recipe. Pineapple is wonderful grilled and adds natural sweetness to the dish.  

A Zesty Sauce and Dressing. Great on a stir-fry, grilled proteins or over a salad

Gingery-Miso Dressing

A Zesty Sauce and Dressing. Great on a stir-fry, grilled proteins or over a salad

The Ultimate Grilled Burger Wrapped in Lettuces with Onion and Heirloom Tomatoes ~ Homemade Ranch Dressing.

Lettuce Wrapped Chicken Burger with Zesty Ranch

The Ultimate Grilled Burger Wrapped in Lettuces with Onion and Heirloom Tomatoes ~ Homemade Ranch Dressing. Pulse chicken in a food processor, then add vegetables and seasonings for these amazing burgers

Layer the cherry salsa with the tortilla chips and cheeses and bake

Fresh Cherry Salsa

During the height of the “cherry season” ~ try this wonderful Cherry Salsa that’s tart, spicy with a hint of sweetness. Add to layers of tortilla chips and cheeses for the ultimate, updated NACHOS ~ YUM!

Chock full of flavor from the brine with mustard seeds, red pepper flakes and freshly cracked black pepper.

Karen’s Zesty Quick Dill Refrigerator Pickles

So fun to make – and delicious to eat. Pickles are stored in the refrigerator – no special equipment required. Chock full of flavor from the brine with mustard seeds, red pepper flakes and freshly cracked black pepper. Low in salt & sugar too! Gourmet quality you proudly make in your kitchen in less than 30 […]

Asian-Style Satay Sauce made with Sunflower Seed Butter for a nutty-sweet flavor, yet NUT FREE.

Sunflower Satay Sauce ~ for Noodles and Grilled Chicken Skewers (Peanut-Free)

Asian-Style Satay Sauce made with Sunflower Seed Butter for a nutty-sweet flavor, yet NUT FREE. Easy blended sauce for Noodles and Grilled Chicken Skewers. Top with Sunflower Seeds and Sunflower Sprouts!

A zesty, simple emulsified vinaigrette with lemon and lime and little cubes of fresh avocados

Avocado-Citrus Vinaigrette

A zesty, simple emulsified vinaigrette with lemon and lime and little cubes of fresh avocados 

This fresh, seafood-rich trendsetter recipe of the early 20th century takes on a modern flair with Fresh (not frozen) Pink Shrimp and a Zippy Louis Sauce

Modern Shrimp Louis Salad

A Comeback for a Classic Dish! This fresh, seafood-rich trendsetter recipe of the early 20th century takes on a modern flair with Fresh (not frozen) Pink Shrimp and a zippy Louis Sauce 

Yes, you have been making hard boiled eggs all wrong! This single technique, you will steam them – SO EASY TO PEEL!!

How to Hard-Boil Eggs: Best Way Is To Steam Them!

Yes, you have been making hard boiled eggs all wrong! This single technique, you will steam them – SO EASY TO PEEL!! Yes, you have been making hard boiled eggs all wrong! This single technique, you will steam them – SO EASY TO PEEL!! Most everyone thinks (and have written) to boil eggs – Cover them […]

Yes, even the cherished recipe for guacamole can be modified, respectfully, for a deeper flavor and other favorable nuances.

New Guacamole with Roasted Zucchini and Lime Zest

A luscious and velvety Guacamole! Lower in fat but high in flavor – add some roasted zucchini for the perfect blend! Yes, even the cherished recipe for guacamole can be modified, respectfully, for a deeper flavor and other favorable nuances.

A satisfying and nutritious soup with creamy pine nuts blended in ~ warming and inviting.

Healthful Carrot and Pine Nut Soup

A satisfying and nutritious soup with creamy pine nuts blended in ~ warming and inviting.  An easy blender soup enriched with colorful heirloom carrots, steamed, and added to the pot. Baking the nuts with smokey seasonings and coconut oil awakens the soup and adds a layer of characteristic flavor.

Oven baked and delicious zucchini fries with a crispy coating of shredded coconut, corn meal and gluten-free flour.

Avocado Ranch Dip

A wonderful dip – made with coconut mayonnaise

The Ultimate Anti-Oxidant Salad Bursting with Color and Flavor… It’s Berry-Good!

Fruit and Nut Salad with Kaniwa, Blueberries, Almonds and Kale

The Ultimate Anti-Oxidant Salad Bursting with Color and Flavor… It’s Berry-Good!

Transforms the ingredients of Chimichurri into a healthy and delectable creamy dressing.

Salad Wedge with Chimichurri Dressing, Feta, Radishes and Pepitas

An easy salad with a good crunch that is simple and delicious! Transforms the ingredients of Chimichurri into a healthy and delectable creamy dressing.

A healthy, vibrant green dressing with zest! Chimichurri is a piquant sauce or marinade (in South American and Mexican cooking)

Chimichurri Dressing

A healthy, vibrant green dressing with zest! Chimichurri is a piquant sauce or marinade (in South American and Mexican cooking) ~ I’ve used the ingredients and created this dressing.

Delicious buttermilk waffles: Use as a base for appetizers – Karen’s Southern Pecan Chicken & Waffles with Collard Sauté and Bourbon- Maple Drizzle.

Karen’s Buttermilk Waffles

Use as a base for appetizers – Karen’s Southern Pecan Chicken & Waffles with Collard Sauté and Bourbon- Maple Drizzle. Each waffle will make 12 appetizer portions.

Wasabi, Lime and Dill flavor these simple Salmon Cakes. Without breadcrumbs- and they hold together beautifully. A perfect light dinner or healthy lunch. Gluten-free. Serve with my Green Goddess Dressing and Spring Vegetables.

Natural Salmon Cakes – Gluten-Free

Wasabi, Lime and Dill flavor these simple Salmon Cakes. Without breadcrumbs- and they hold together beautifully. A perfect light dinner or healthy lunch. Gluten-free. Serve with my Green Goddess Dressing and Spring Vegetables.

shaved carrots combine with coconut, beets and mint leaves with a Sesame-Ginger Dressing

Carrot-Coconut-Mint Salad with Sesame-Ginger Dressing

Three recipe suggestions below using the Sesame-Ginger Dressing – which is also an awesome marinade!  

One of my all-time favorite recipes: Sizzling Flounder. Simple Asian flavors surround this healthy, light and delicious dish – a must try for my readers.

Sizzling Flounder with Soy, Lemon and Sesame

To commemorate Chinese New Year, I am sharing one of my all-time favorite recipes: Sizzling Flounder. Simple Asian flavors surround this healthy, light and delicious dish – a must try for my readers.

Skillet Succotash with fresh corn, lima beans, butter beans, (optional) multi-colored zucchini, caramelized shallots and a touch of jalapeño.

Karen’s Skillet Succotash

Succotash is a simple corn and beans sauté. A traditional dish of many Thanksgiving celebrations in New England – first developed by the Narraganset Indians in Rhode Island. Today, many chefs add ingredients that are local to them, or that complement the mix. 

Made from garden-ripe tomatoes, no cooking required. "Raw sauce" combines garden fresh tomatoes and seasonings in a blender

Garden Tomato Raw Sauce

Made from garden-ripe tomatoes, no cooking required. A fresh tasting sauce for pizza.

Beet, Tomato and Radish Salad ~ Beet Green Vinaigrette

A summer bonanza of colors and flavors! Use the beet greens to make an earthy and delicious vinaigrette

Ratatouille in Zucchini Cups with Herbal – Garlicky Crumbs

Ratatouille – Summer’s Classic Vegetable Stew

Fall in love with this Provencal Vegetable Stew with bright colors and bold, mellow flavors. A wonderful vegetable stew celebrating summer’s splendor. A plethora of eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes simmered with herbs and spices.

Grilled Chicken and Corn Lettuce Wraps / Satay Sauce / Cucumber Salsa

Summertime is all about light, fresh meals, and these chicken and corn lettuce wraps fit the bill exactly. Loaded with lush flavors and textures – the perfect recipe to master… and enjoy!

Potato Salad with Artichokes – Lemon Thyme Dressing

A light and zesty potato salad perfect to serve outdoors with your favorite Bar-B-Que favorites. A quick and easy recipe… use just one bowl!

Karen’s Salsa Verde

My Salsa Verde is an easy blender salsa – can be made hot or mild, depending on your taste-buds. The flavor comes alive adding green apples to tomatillos, garlic,  jalapeños, onion and parsley.

Greek Eggs with Homemade Salsa in a Casserole

Greek Eggs with Homemade Salsa in a Casserole

THE new breakfast classic – a hearty vegetarian spin on Huevos Rancheros filled with Greek flavors to enjoy anytime of the day! Think Shashuka with a twist. A one pan meal with such vibrant contrasts and loaded with vegetables, but light on your waistline. The tried-and-true Huevos Rancheros recipe is a similar spiced baked-type egg dish – […]

Thai Ramen Noodle Bowl with Chicken, Veggies, Basil and Peanuts

 

BLT & C Crostini ~ Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Cheese

It’s soon Game-Day. The ultimate Easy Super Bowl Appetizer ~ Girls & Guys alike will devour!

Charred Clementine Salsa

Put all those zesty winter Clementines to use with this Healthy and Vibrant Salsa, I’m loving it over Chile and Honey Glazed Salmon

Healthy Roasted Garlic and Onion Dip

Healthy Roasted Garlic and Onion Dip

Dip Into This!  A Updated, Healthy Roast Garlic and Onion Dip Need a dip for the weekend game-day get together that doesn’t break the calorie bank? A real crowd pleaser  – there won’t be any leftovers! This is a REDUX recipe – a healthier version of Lipton Soup Mix Dip

Master Pad Thai Blender Sauce

Quick Refrigerator Pickles – Asian Style

Super Easy, Super Crunchy ~ Super Delicious!

A l’ Orange Chicken Sauce for Grilled Chicken ~ French Style for Today’s Cook

A l’ Orange Chicken – special enough for company – perfect for a weeknight meal! In recipe: sauce, how to julienne an orange rind and perfect – thin sliced grilled chicken breasts.

Seared Chilean Sea Bass in a Red Chard Leaf ~ Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

The seared fish is finished in the oven until it flakes perfectly inside. The meyer lemon vinaigrette is an ideal accompaniment.

Thanksgiving Leftover Frittata with Greens, Sweet Potatoes and Fontina

Use leftover ingredients from your holiday feast.. everything but the Turkey! Make my cranberry vinaigrette and serve drizzled over fresh lettuces with the frittata.

Smoked Pesto

Adds a distinctive smokey note which does not overpower. A great year-round pesto, and handy in cooler months when basil is not as plentiful.

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