Chocolate Raspberry Tart {Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free}

Today didn’t start out like any regular early May morning, it actually began with me whipping up a creation to celebrate National Raspberry Tart Day (May 3rd) a couple days early. I postponed my early run to plan and prepare for my future – a future filled with raspberries and chocolate!

Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Tart slic

My Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Tart Recipe is a winner, quick and easy enough to make for weeknight dinners yet stunning for any special celebration thanks to decadent dark chocolate and a regal crown of raspberries. Read on to get this 30-minute raspberry tart recipe that may just be one of the best Paleo or vegan desserts I’ve tasted in a long time! Continue reading

Slow Baked Raspberry Dill Salmon

Now that I have eaten #AllTheThings this past month leading up to Christmas, I’m planning a lighter menu for New Year’s Eve. A whole side of salmon is a showy (and amazingly simple) celebratory meal that will make waves with your family and friends ringing in 2017. Wow your crowd with my recipe for Slow-Baked Raspberry Dill Salmon, it’s just as delicious as it is dazzling. Slow is the way to go! Raspberry Dill Salmon Horiz

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Raspberry Walnut Wheat Berry Salad with Grilled Chicken

Raspberry Walnut Wheatberry Salad with Grilled Chicken is a quick and easy summer meal but is also beautiful enough for outdoor entertaining.Berry delicious! Are you craving a dinner that is bursting with seasonal yumminess, simple to pull together and healthy with an exclamation point? My recipe for Raspberry Walnut Wheat Berry Salad with Grilled Chicken is all these things — plus it’s gorgeous enough for outdoor entertaining.

Raspberry Walnut Wheatberry Salad with Grilled Chicken so delicious, nutritious and easy on a summer day!I first made this recipe for the Living Litehouse blog at LitehouseFoods.com; it builds on the flavors of their vibrant Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette. This elegant entrée salad features all the food groups with spinach, grilled chicken breast, raspberries, walnuts and wheat berries all playing nicely together.  What, you’ve never eaten wheat berries?! This versatile whole grain has a sweet, nutty taste and pleasant, chewy texture – a nice swap for brown rice when you’re looking to bust out of a rut. Wheat berries are also a great source of vitamins, fiber and other essential nutrients – and offer healthy source of carbs to fuel your day.

 

Raspberry Walnut Wheat Berry Salad with Grilled ChickenYou can also layer up all the ingredients into a jar salad to take to work or to refuel right after a gym session. Starting by pouring dressing in the bottom of the jar, then layer up everything in order of “sturdiness and wiltability” – meaning the wheat berries go next and then the delicate spinach up top.  When you’re ready to eat lunch, just shake-shake-shake the jar and pour out on a plate (or eat straight from the container, it’s one less dish to clean)!

Raspberry Salad DressingIf you can’t find the Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette from Litehouse Foods, then try this homemade Raspberry Dressing recipe that first appeared in Southern Living.

Raspberry Walnut Wheatberry Salad with Grilled Chicken so delicious, nutritious and easy on a summer day!
Raspberry Walnut Wheat Berry Salad with Grilled Chicken
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Make life easy and grill chicken ahead of time or substitute rotisserie chicken from the deli that has been cut up into chunks!
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Raspberry Walnut Wheatberry Salad with Grilled Chicken so delicious, nutritious and easy on a summer day!
Raspberry Walnut Wheat Berry Salad with Grilled Chicken
Print Recipe
Make life easy and grill chicken ahead of time or substitute rotisserie chicken from the deli that has been cut up into chunks!
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Instructions
  1. In small bowl, mix together the cooked wheat berries with ¼ cup of Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette. Set aside.
  2. Add spinach to large bowl. Toss with dressed wheat berries, grilled chicken strips, green onions, raspberries, walnuts and feta.
  3. Serve with remaining ¼ cup dressing.
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3 No-Cook Summer Jicama Recipes + More Yum

Jicama is a root vegetable that tastes a bit like a mild apple. It doesn't oxidize when cut -- the perfect crunchy ingredient for salads and summer no-cook recipes.

Mister Jicama Head

Mr. Jicama Head!

Have you ever tried jicama? It’s not the prettiest pick in the produce section (in fact, you’ve probably buzzed right by it), but it’s certainly a cool and crispy addition to no-cook summer recipes. Jicama is an edible root from Mexico that resembles a cross between a potato and turnip. Jicama has a thin brown skin that is easily removable with a vegetable peeler and the white flesh inside is crispy, crunchy and very mildly sweet – some say it reminds them slightly of pear or apple mixed with a water chestnut texture. But, unlike pears and apples, a convenient thing about this root is that it doesn’t oxidize when cut open and exposed to air – which means you can prep your dishes well in advance and not worry about the vegetable turning brown.

Another perk of jicama is that it’s pretty darn inexpensive and for just a few bucks you can get one big enough to make several recipes. Or, just cut raw jicama up into sticks and eat like celery sticks with your favorite sweet or savory dip!  Some sweet dips I love to use with jicama are Opadipity By Litehouse Foods Sweet Greek Yogurt Dips  — three flavors including Cheesecake, Strawberry Delight and Vanilla Almond.  Lower in calorie and higher in protein that similar products you’ll find at the store – plus, everything is free of preservatives and high fructose corn syrup.

Berry and Yogurt Jicama Crust Pizza makes a healthy choice for your summer dessert!

Berry  & Yogurt Jicama Crust Dessert Pizza – Perfect for when you need something sweet but are being mindful of your diet. This healthy dessert recipe was first shared on the Living Litehouse Blog, check it out!

Raw Jicima Nachos make a vegan swap for the traditional recipe.

Raw Vegan Jicama Nachos – A meatless, non-dairy take on the quintessential patio happy hour food! Another bonus of this healthy appetizer recipe is that no cooking is required!

Strawberry, Jicama and Jalapeno Confetti Salad is so colorful and healthy!

Jicama Jalapeno Confetti Fruit Salad – This delicious bowl of fruit and jicama is the definition of eating a rainbow! Kicked up with jalapeno, the jicama adds a crisp crunch to all the best fruits of the summer season.

JicamaCheck out Cooking Light for more healthy recipe ideas using jicama — I think this vegetable is going to become one of your new favorites! You’ll also find great tips on how to pick out this root vegetable at the market and how to best store and prep it at home.

 

Arm Balance Yoga

I’ve been working on my yoga practice – I try to do a little bit each day to improve my runner-impaired hip and hamstring mobility (some of the simplest moves are the hardest for me)!  I have lots of fun trying some of the arm balances – they use so much concentration, strength and balance. I’m just waiting to break my face on some of the crash landings!

 

 

Are you a fan of jicama?  Do you have any favorite jicama recipes?

What is a new fitness-related thing you’ve tried lately?

Jicama is a root vegetable that tastes a bit like a mild apple. It doesn't oxidize when cut -- the perfect crunchy ingredient for salads and summer no-cook recipes.
Berry & Yogurt Jicama Crust Dessert Pizza
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Indulge your sweet tooth with this healthy option for a light summer dessert.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
0 minutes
Jicama is a root vegetable that tastes a bit like a mild apple. It doesn't oxidize when cut -- the perfect crunchy ingredient for salads and summer no-cook recipes.
Berry & Yogurt Jicama Crust Dessert Pizza
Print Recipe
Indulge your sweet tooth with this healthy option for a light summer dessert.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
0 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
0 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Slice jicama into 1/3" rounds. Rinse berries, set aside to dry.
  2. Mix greek yogurt with stevia to achieve desired sweetness. Spread evenly over tops of jicama rounds.
  3. Top Greek yogurt with berries as desired and sprinkle with fresh mint.
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