Sweetener Conversion Tips!

December 11th, 2013 - Announcements, Food News, How-To

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When it comes to sweeteners, I personally like to use baking stevia and stevia packets. However, all of these recipes call for a sweetener that measures like sugar, which includes any sweetener that can be measured the same as sugar, or you could use sugar if you prefer.

If you prefer to use stevia or another sweetener, you will have to alter the amount based on the conversion table below, or according to your desired taste. This can take some experimenting, but once you get a feel for baking with different sweeteners, it is very simple to know how much to use. To get you started, I have provided a simple conversion table that works with stevia.

Please also note, that the amounts listed below may vary based on the brand of stevia you are using. The following chart pertains to NuNaturals stevia, which is the brand I personally recommend. If you are using baking stevia, simply use 1/2 of the sugar the recipe calls for. 

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Clean Eating Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas!

November 29th, 2013 - Food News, Inspiration

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Add Leftover Turkey/Veggies to any of these Dishes (simply swap out chicken for turkey!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Five Tips for a Healthier Halloween!

October 24th, 2013 - Announcements, Food News

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Halloween can be down right SCARY when it comes to all of the sugary treats and candy flying around! However, this doesn’t have to be an excuse to ditch your healthy lifestyle all together. Here are some tips to staying healthy this halloween!

 

1. Don’t be Fooled: Just because a label says ‘fun size‘ on it, doesn’t mean that it comes with a miniature amount of calories and sugar! For example, just one ‘fun size‘ Butterfingers bar has 100 calories and 10 grams of sugar! Almost all of the most popular ‘fun size’ candy bars have between 80-110 calories and 8-15 grams of sugar each!

2. Get Rid of Temptation: If temptation comes at you in the form of a little orange, brown, or yellow packet, (yeah…you know what I’m talking about), there is one simple way to put an end to the ‘drawing in’ of a sweet little treat. How do we get rid of temptation once and for all? Get it out of the house, off of your desk at work, or wherever candy may haunting you. If your kids just went trick or treating, you can allow them to choose a few of their favorites, then get rid of the rest. You could either donate it, give it away, or simply toss it! It’s simple: If you don’t have it around then you (and your kids…who also don’t need the sugar) won’t be tempted by it!

3. Swap Out Your Favorites: If you simply must have a Peanut Butter Cup, then simply swap it out for a healthier alternative! That is truly what Dashing Dish is all about…Not giving up your favorite foods and treats, but rather swapping them out for alternatives that are just as tasty (and don’t send you into a sugar slump!) Speaking of… I have a healthy PB cup recipe coming next week!

4. Don’t Buy Candy to Give Away: Going back to point #2, if you have candy in the house to ‘give away’ you most likely will be tempted by it. In addition, do you really want to add to the bag of ‘junk’ that those cute little kids are carting around!?! Instead, get creative, give non-edible ‘treats’ such as pencils or erasers (hey, it may sound lame to you, but my sister who is a 3rd grade teachers says those things go like hot cakes in her goody bin!) Or you could give away a healthier treat, such as 100% fruit leathers.

5. Bring Treats to Pass at Parties: It’s that time of year…From now until January 1st there will be holiday party galore!!! Parties are comprised of three main things: fun, socializing, and FOOD! There is no way around it, holiday parties often bombard you with all sorts of treats that look oh so tasty! The best way to deal with the ever present temptation from Trick or Treat to Happy New Year!?! Bring your own dish to pass! It really is that simple. I bring a dish, a dessert, or sometimes both to every party I go to, so that way I know there is going to be a healthy option for myself and friends to enjoy! This is one of the most simple ways to combat the all too common holiday weight gain. (With that, I must say, I personally always enjoy a few of my very favorite (full fat-full sugar) treats during the holidays, but I keep it to a reasonable portion, and when I do, I make sure I truly enjoy every bite!)

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Dashing Dish Pantry Essentials!

September 26th, 2013 - Articles, Food News

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One of my primary goals with Dashing Dish recipes is to keep the recipes simple, quick, and made with a few basic ingredients that most people have on hand…All while being delicious and using ‘clean’ (not processed) ingredients!

With these foods on hand, you are just about guaranteed to be able to almost any recipe on Dashing Dish! Hope it helps keep you organized and prepared to whip together a DD creation any time of day! To find out where I get some of my products, check out my “Favorite Products” page!

Protein/Meats:

Lean Ground Turkey or Beef

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

Salmon/Tilapia

Beans (Garbanzo Beans, Black Beans, Kidney Beans, White Beans)

Protein Powder  (I like Designer Whey- Vanilla Flavor)

Dairy:

Low Fat Cottage Cheese

Plain Lowfat Greek Yogurt

Unsweetened Almond Milk (or low fat/skim milk)

Cheese (Grated Parmesan, Thin Sliced or 2% Shredded Cheddar, Feta, Thin Sliced Swiss)

Eggs/Egg Whites

Breads/Grains/Flours:

Ezekiel Bread/Whole Grain Bread

Low Carb /High Fiber Wraps

Quinoa/Whole Grain Rice

Old Fashioned Oats (use gluten free if sensitive)

Oat Flour (Made from Old Fashioned Oats Ground in a Blender/Food Processor)

Almonds/Almond Flour (Made from Almond Ground in a Blender/Food Processor)

Peanut Flour (aka PB2)

Occasionally: Coconut Flour

Vegetables:

Year Round:

Broccoli, Onions, Spinach, Cauliflower, Sweet Potatoes, Lettuce, Bell Peppers, Corn

Spring/Summer Specific:

Zucchini, Summer Squash

Fall/Winter Specific:

Spaghetti Squash, Butternut Squash, Pumpkin

Fruit:

Tomatoes, Berries, Avocado, Bananas, Apples, Unsweetened Applesauce

Seasonings/ Condiments:

Salt/Pepper

Onion Powder/Dried Minced Onion

Minced Garlic/Garlic Powder

Italian Seasoning (or basil/oregano)

Cinnamon

Parsley

Chili Powder

Taco Seasoning (or cumin, chili seasoning and salt)

Pumpkin/Apple Pie Spice (in the fall mostly)

Stevia (Baking or Packets)

Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

Honey/Low Sugar Maple Syrup

Hummus

Low Sugar Ketchup

Mustard

White Vinegar/Rice Vinegar/Red Wine Vinegar

Occasionally: Tru Whip (in desserts)

 

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Fourth of July Recipe Round-Up!

July 3rd, 2013 - Announcements, Food News, Inspiration

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Fourth of July is a time to Celebrate! This celebration takes place to observe our nations freedom, and to honor the awesome men and women that serve our country!

I don’t know about you, but this celebration always seems to revolve around the outdoors and the wonderful food that is best during the sweet summer time…Which means grilling and all things BBQ of course! Here are a few ideas to get your holiday cook-off started!

Main Dishes:

Teriyaki Pineapple Burger

Inside Out Jalapeño Popper Burger

Greek Style Feta Burger

Grilled Chicken Kabobs

Sides Dishes:

7 Layer Salad

Fresh Zucchini Guacamole

Layered Taco Dip

Grilled Balsamic Parmesan Veggies

Creamy Chocolate Fruit Dip

Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

Layered Pizza Dip

Loaded Pasta Salad

Treats:

Strawberries & Cream Trifle

Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

Cookies and Cream Frozen Pie

Peanut Butter Cup Fro Yo

4th of July Strawberry Poke Cake

Creamy Watermelon Pops

 Peanut Butter Cup Pops

 Superman Ice Cream

Cheesecake Fro Yo Pops

 

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What is Clean Eating all About!?!

January 24th, 2013 - Announcements, Food News

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There is a lot of talk about ‘Clean Eating’ these days…And I don’t know about you, but when I first heard these words, I was wondering what all the ‘buzz’ was about! I was pretty excited when I started learning more about clean eating, as I came to find out that about 90% of my recipes fall into the category of clean eating without me even knowing it! Yippee!

Because clean eating has become pretty popular these days, I have decided to discuss it further to shed some light on the topic! (Keep in mind, I don’t claim to be an expert…Just did my fair share of research, and thought I’d share my findings and my point of view!)

In a nutshell, clean eating is just a simple way of talking about a way of eating, (not a diet or short term thing, but more like a lifestyle). This way of eating incorporates whole foods that are unprocessed, don’t have chemicals added to them. Simply put, any food that has been stripped of all nutrient value by man, and injected with a bunch of chemicals is not considered ‘clean’. 

You may have noticed that most of my recipes are listed as  ’Clean Eating’, which again simply means that I use foods in their most natural state, and don’t include any processed ingredients. One example of this is that I use whole grain oats in my baked goods rather than white or whole wheat flour, (which is essentially a whole grain that has beens stripped of it’s nutrition in a factory).

There are many benefits to ‘clean eating’… Some of the most common being weight loss, increased energy, and improved digestion just to name a few!

So, if this sounds like something of interest to you, you may be wondering how to get started!?! Well, to start here are a few basic choices from each food group that are considered ‘clean’ to start you off:

  • Protein Sources: Chicken, Turkey, Fish, Egg Whites, Greek Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, Protein Powder
  • Veggies: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Zucchini, Squash, Green Beans, Onions, Sweet Potatoes
  • Fruit: Strawberries, Apples, Blueberries, Bananas
  • Whole Grain Sources: Old Fashioned Oats, High Fiber Pasta, High Fiber Wrap Bread, Ezekiel or Whole Grain Bread
  • Healthy Fat Sources: Avocado, Nuts, Nut Butters
  • Sweeteners: Stevia, Honey, Agave Nectar, Maple Syrup

These are some of the clean eating foods that can be found in most Dashing Dish recipes, which can be found under the ‘Clean Eating’ tab under recipes! 

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Dashing Dish “Favorite Things” Video!

January 15th, 2013 - Food News

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Christmas Breakfast Recipe Round-Up

December 20th, 2012 - Announcements, Food News, Inspiration

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Christmas breakfast is unquestionably one of the most celebrated meals enjoyed by families all over the country! Enjoy a healthier alternative to the most craved breakfast foods with some of these popular Dashing Dish breakfast recipes!

*I starred some of the recipes that I will personally be making this year!

 Pancakes

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How-to Put Together a Healthy Lunch Box For Back To School

August 28th, 2012 - Food News, How-To, Inspiration

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A Well-Rounded Lunch Box Includes:

  • Whole Grains (Examples: High fiber wrap, pita, or sliced bread with at least 3 g fiber per serving, (I like LaTortilla wraps, Brownberry protein and health-full bread, and Ezekiel brand wraps and bread. Other ideas include whole grain cereal in a ziplock, high fiber pasta, or a Dashing Dish muffin!)
  • Lean Protein (Examples: Low sugar Greek yogurt, lean deli meat, cheese sticks, thinly sliced cheese slices, hard boiled egg, or chicken or tuna salad.)
  • Veggie/Fruit (Examples: apple slices, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, bananas, sliced red peppers, cucumbers, baby carrots, etc.)
  • Healthy Fat (Examples: Small portion of nuts, hummus, or even olive oil based mayo or avocado on their sandwich. You don’t have to focus too much on incorporating a healthy fat, as many foods have at least some fat in them, like cheese or the yolk of a hardboiled egg for example! )

Other Tips for Preparing a Lunch Box:

  • It’s great to get kids involved in making their lunches! It gives them a sense of independence as well as sparking an interest in learning healthy habits at a young age! These habits will most likely carry them through life, so any time you can get kids in the kitchen to cook with you is truly a wise investment!
  • I have found in my own life that it is best to prepare lunches on the weekend, (I sometimes will prepare as many as a week’s worth of lunches on Sunday night!) or the night before. This prevents any feelings of being overwhelmed in the morning!
  • Leftovers often make great lunches as well and prevent any unnecessary wasting of food!

Need Inspiration? Check out the ‘Kid Friendly Recipes’ section of Dashing Dish!

 

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Zucchini & Summer Squash Recipe Round-Up!

July 23rd, 2012 - Announcements, Food News

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Hello Zucchini & Squash Season! If you have zucchini and squash in abundance right now, you are not alone! Check out these zucchini I just recently received from a friend!

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