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Snappy Salmon Burgers

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Sensational Summer Pasta for the Fourth from Holly Clegg

Sensational Summer Pasta for the Fourth from Holly CleggHere’s a Fourth of July guest post from Holly Clegg featuring a recipe from her new cookbook, Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC™ Eating Well To Fight Arthritis: 200 Easy Recipes and Practical Tips to Help Reduce Inflammation and Ease Symptoms [affiliate link]. Serve leftovers (if you have any) as a pasta salad the next day.

You can make this gluten free by using brown rice pasta. This is also perfect to serve as a Meatless Monday dish!

You can find more of Holly’s trim& TERRIFIC® recipes at hollyclegg.com and The Healthy Cooking Blog.

Red, White and Blue

Fourth of July is right around the corner, and I wanted to share the perfect summer recipe to add to the red, white and blue festivities. For a classic, any-occasion dish the pasta salad is where it’s at – and this Sensational Summer Pasta does not disappoint, especially since it is “red and white!” Fresh ingredients at their best, ripe juicy tomatoes, basil, and creamy mozzarella, meld together for an all-star crowd favorite.

An easy tip to seed tomatoes - cut the tomato in half from side to side and gently squeeze the tomato to watch seeds easily pop out. Try growing basil in pots as it is fairly easy and nothing beats fresh basil in the summer! You can easily chop fresh basil by rolling it up and slicing it into pieces. If you don’t have fresh basil handy, you can use dried at a ratio of 3:1. In other words, 1 tablespoon fresh = 1 teaspoon of dried herbs.

Add a side of blueberries, or your favorite blueberry cobbler and you have a delicious red, white and blue spread! Highlighting the fresh ingredients of the season to accompany the meat you throw on the grill, this trim&TERRIFIC recipe is sure be worthy of the fireworks on those hot summer nights.

Sensational Summer Pasta for the Fourth from Holly Clegg

Sensational Summer Pasta

This is one of those times that fresh is best! A simple salad with summer ripe juicy tomatoes, fresh basil and mozzarella really rocks!!!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups coarsely chopped ripe tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed basil leaves, torn or chopped
  • 1/4 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 ounces bowtie or curly pasta

Directions

  1. In large serving bowl, combine tomatoes, garlic, green onion, basil, cheese, and olive oil. Season to taste. Cover, and keep at room temperature at least 2 hours up to 6 hours.
  2. When ready to serve, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and add to tomato mixture.
Prep Time: 2 Hours 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 35 Minutes
Servings: Makes 8 servings
  • Serving size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 278
  • Calories from Fat: 97 (35%)
  • Total Fat: 11g
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Unsaturated fat: 8g
  • Sodium: 19mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 36g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Cholesterol: 12mg

Dietary Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 2 fat

Recipe and photo used with permission of the author.

Yam Chocolate Spice Bars

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Healthy Chicken Thai Pizza

Healthy Chicken Thai Pizza from This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

Here’s another recipe from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC™ Eating Well To Fight Arthritis: 200 Easy Recipes and Practical Tips to Help Reduce Inflammation and Ease Symptoms [affiliate link]. Holly shares this Terrific Tip:

Buy pre-shredded carrots in bag. Purchase chopped green onions in produce department for extra ease.

If Peanut Sauce is too spicy or if desired, substitute barbecue sauce. You can also top with red pepper slices for vitamin C.

If you’re gluten free, use Udi’s Gluten Free Pizza Crusts.

Healthy Chicken Thai Pizza from This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

Healthy Chicken Thai Pizza

Chicken, onion and carrots with peanut sauce make a spunky and robust phenomenal pizza.

Ingredients

  • 1 (12-inch) thin pizza crust or premade gluten free pizza crust
  • 1/4 cup peanut sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup red onion slices
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat oven 450°F.
  2. Spread pizza crust with peanut sauce. Top with chicken, red onion, carrots, green onion and cheese.
  3. Place on oven rack and bake 8-10 minutes or until pizza is lightly browned. Top with cilantro, if desired.
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 8 Minutes
Total Time: 28 Minutes
Servings: Makes 8 (1 slice) servings
  • Serving size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 221
  • Calories from Fat: 69 (31%)
  • Total Fat: 7g
  • Saturated fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated fat: 5g
  • Sodium: 356mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 21g
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 16g
  • Cholesterol: 30mg

Dietary Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 2 lean meat

Recipe and photo used with permission of the author.

Hummus & Tabbouleh Salad

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Holly Clegg’s Easy BBQ Chicken Pizza

Holly Clegg’s Easy BBQ Chicken Pizza at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.comLiving in a post-graduation world can be stressful for many. You’re looking for work or may have just landed your first real job. You’re living on your own and you may be missing the ease of college life. Well, my friend, Holly Clegg, has a wonderful cookbook for those just starting to cook for themselves, roommates and friends - Holly Clegg's trim&TERRIFIC KITCHEN 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence: Cooking Basics Plus 150 Easy Healthy Recipes [affiliate link] – which features delicious and easy-to-make recipes like this one for BBQ Chicken Pizza. (Holly’s Terrific Tip: Great option to use leftover or rotisserie chicken for a quick meal. )

Find more of Holly’s trim& TERRIFIC® recipes at hollyclegg.com and The Healthy Cooking Blog. Don’t forget to check out Holly’s new cookbook, Clegg's trim&TERRIFIC Eating Well to Fight Arthritis: 200 easy recipes and practical tips to help reduce inflammation and ease symptoms (affiliate link).

Graduation – don’t let the kitchen be stressful in a time of change

So you just graduated, now what? Graduation and moving out of the nest and into your first apartment can be a very exciting yet overwhelming time. Don’t let the kitchen be a reason to stress. Holly Clegg's trim&TERRIFIC KITCHEN 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence is your answer to all things food, helping you stock your pantry, and cook your favorite meals healthy and easy!

This will be your go-to book for simple dishes that feed and please – no need for unhealthy dining out! Forget dialing the delivery guy when you can whip up this fast food BBQ Chicken Pizza in no time! With just a few simple savory ingredients you can keep on hand you can easily impress – and this pizza happens to be good for you! With everything you need to know about tackling the kitchen, from healthy delicious recipes to all you need to whip them up – this cookbook, KITCHEN 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence is a must have for the proud graduate this season!

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Easy BBQ Chicken Pizza

Nothing beats this all-time easy favorite.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons plus 3/4 cup barbecue sauce, divided
  • 1 (10-13.8-ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust, Boboli crust or premade gluten freee pizza crusts
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese or reduced-fat Cheddar cheese (or combination)
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions

Directions

  1. Preheat oven 425°F.
  2. In large nonstick skillet, season chicken to taste and stir-fry over medium heat until done. Remove to bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce.
  3. Coat nonstick pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray. Unroll crust and place in pan; starting at center, press out with hands. Spread pizza crust with remaining 3/4 cup sauce. Sprinkle evenly with cheese, red onion slices, chicken and green onions.
  4. Bake 8-10 minutes or until light golden brown.
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes
Servings: Makes 8 servings
  • Serving size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 271
  • Calories from Fat: 62 (23%)
  • Total Fat: 7g
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Unsaturated fat: 4g
  • Sodium: 569mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 28g
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 21g
  • Cholesterol: 50mg

Dietary Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 other carbohydrate, 2 1/2 lean meat

Recipe and photo used with permission of the author.

Eating Well to Fight Arthritis cookbook review

Eating Well to Fight Arthritis cookbook

My friend Holly Clegg, an occasional contributor to this site, just sent me her latest book, Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC™ Eating Well To Fight Arthritis: 200 Easy Recipes and Practical Tips to Help Reduce Inflammation and Ease Symptoms, an arthritis cookbook to help the estimated 46 million adults in the United States living with a form of arthritis*.

With over 100 types of arthritis and no known cure, physical therapy, medication and lifestyle changes, such as healthier eating and recipe preparation modification, are the best defenses to dealing with this condition. Also, arthritis is not just an old person’s disease. I have several friends in their 30s and 40s who have arthritis. My husband developed reactive arthritis in his 20s. He had to use crutches and a cane for nearly a year and was constantly sick to his stomach from the powerful drugs he was taking.

Not just for arthritis sufferers

Now you may be thinking that since you don’t have arthritis, you don’t need this cookbook. However, all of us should be eating a low inflammation diet for better health. Several books I’ve read, like Anticancer, A New Way of Life preach that low inflammation diets can help prevent cancer. Also, after being diagnosed with food sensitivities, I know the foods I have to avoid, like gluten and whey, cause an inflammatory response in my body.

Holly worked closely with the Arthritis Association of Louisiana to research and learn the correlation between food and arthritis. Her family-friendly recipes take foods that can help alleviate arthritic symptoms, such as joint inflammation, fatigue and nausea. The chapters in Eating Well To Fight Arthritis are organized by the symptoms they combat, including:

  • No Fuss Foods: Easy-to-prepare foods that are light on the joints
  • Bone Building: Recipes high in calcium and vitamin D which combat osteoporosis
  • Fight Fatigue: Foods that boost energy when tired
  • Spice Up Your Life: Recipes heavy on spices that have anti-inflammatory properties

For easy reference, the nutritional and dietary exchange information are included for each recipe. This is very helpful if you’re on a weight loss plan like Weight Watchers since losing unwanted weight can also help lessen arthritis symptoms. In Eating Well To Fight Arthritis, Holly also includes symbols that highlight what’s freezer friendly, vegetarian, gluten free, or diabetic friendly. Additional helpful features include Terrific Tips that provide quick recipe references and shortcuts, and Nutrition Nuggets, which give important information about the nutrient-rich ingredients in each recipe.

A healthy cookbook for the whole family

I applaud Holly for including mouthwatering pictures for all 200 recipes. So many authors aren’t able to do this, which can be a big handicap to those who aren’t experienced cooks or who are trying new ways to cook. Finally, I love that she includes family favorites like Mac & Cheese, Banana Muffins, and Good Morning Cheese Grits. (I adore grits!) If you have someone with arthritis in your family, it’s so much easier, especially on busy weeknights, to make one arthritis-friendly recipe that the whole family can enjoy than a special meal for them and something else for the kids.

Find more of Holly’s trim& TERRIFIC® recipes at hollyclegg.com, The Healthy Cooking Blog, and here at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet.

*Statistics provided by the Arthritis Association of Louisiana.

Mother’s Day: Mexican Breakfast Casserole and a homemade gift of Brown Sugar Scrub

Mexican Breakfast CasseroleMother’s Day is just around the corner. Luckily my friend, Holly Clegg, has a couple terrific ideas for mom’s special day from Mexican Breakfast Casserole for breakfast in bed to a brown sugar scrub that can easily be made by the kids as a lovely homemade gift for mom.

Find more of Holly’s trim& TERRIFIC® recipes at hollyclegg.com and The Healthy Cooking Blog. Don’t forget to check out Holly’s new cookbook, which should be on the shelves soon - Holly Clegg's trim&TERRIFIC Eating Well to Fight Arthritis: 200 easy recipes and practical tips to help reduce inflammation and ease symptoms (affiliate link).

Breakfast in Bed

One of my favorite ways to show Mom how special she is with a wonderful, stress-free brunch. And don’t worry, no one ever said brunch meant spending an entire morning in the kitchen. Mexican Breakfast Casserole is great because you can make it ahead of time to surprise your family the next morning. Prepare and put together easily the night before and simply bake in the morning so the whole family will wake up to the enticing smell of this fabulous dish. This hearty breakfast recipe is so full of flavor made with tortillas, green chilies, and turkey sausage – use corn tortillas for a gluten free meal. Impress your mom with this easy yet special one-dish meal for breakfast – just serve with juice…and maybe pick a flower from the garden!

Homemade gifts always take a special spot in Mom’s heart and kids of all ages will have fun mixing up this Diva Dermatology recipe from Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle At Any Age (affiliate link). Purchase an inexpensive container, fill, tie with a ribbon and Voila - your homemade skincare gift, Brown Sugar Scrub, is ready!

Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Recipe from Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle At Any Age 

Simple ingredients magically create this make-ahead scrumptious breakfast dish fulfilling everyone’s expectations in my house.

Makes 8-10 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 (4-ounce) can green chilies
  • 8 ounces ground breakfast turkey sausage
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red, green, or yellow bell pepper, cored and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 5 eggs
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 cups fat-free half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 1/2 cups reduced-fat shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 5 (8-inch) 98% fat-free flour or corn tortillas, cut into quarters

Directions:

  1. Coat 13x9x2-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Spread green chilies along bottom of dish.
  2. In large nonstick skillet, cook and crumble sausage until starts to brown. Add onion and bell pepper, cooking until sausage is done and vegetables tender. Add garlic and chili powder. Remove from heat. Cool.
  3. In large bowl, whisk together eggs, egg whites, and half-and-half. In another bowl, combine green onion and cheese.
  4. Spoon one-third of sausage mixture over chilies in baking dish. Top with one-third tortilla quarters and one-third cheese mixture. Repeat layers, ending with cheese. Pour egg mixture evenly over casserole and refrigerate, covered, at least 6 hours or overnight.
  5. Preheat oven 350°F. If using glass baking dish, place in cold oven and bake 50-60 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown and knife inserted into custard comes out clean.

Nutritional information:

  • Calories 262
  • Calories from fat 28%
  • Fat 7g
  • Saturated Fat 3g
  • Cholesterol 129mg
  • Sodium 578mg
  • Carbohydrate 23g
  • Dietary Fiber 2g
  • Sugars 5g
  • Protein 18g

Dietary Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 2 1/2 lean meat

homemade brown sugar scrub

Brown Sugar Scrub

Recipe from Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle At Any Age 

Your hands or whatever body part you scrub felt so soft afterwards. Olive oil contains vitamin E and antioxidants — good for nails.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Directions:

  1. Mix together and place in a decorative jar or container.
  2. Use on hand, feet or body. Rinse.

Recipes and photos used with permission of the author.

Fish Tacos with Southwestern Cole Slaw

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