The Dashing Dish Bridal Bootcamp is Here!!!

May 1st, 2014 - Announcements, Fitness News, Food News, Inspiration, True Beauty

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The Dashing Dish Bridal Bootcamp is Here!

This program was designed with brides in mind, but it is awesome for anyone who wants to get in shape for a big day!

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Top 30 Easter & Spring Recipes

April 17th, 2014 - Announcements, Food News

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Spring Has Sprung! I have collected 30 of my Top Easter & Spring Recipes here to make your meal planning simple and fresh this season!

Breakfast/Brunch:

 

 

 

 

Sides:

 

 

 

 

Dinner:

 

 

 

 

Desserts:

 

 

 

 

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Clean Eating Sweet & Salty Snack Ideas!

April 3rd, 2014 - Announcements, Food News, Inspiration

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There is something about a snack that gives us the energy boost we often need to make it through the day! Quick & Easy Snacks are great because they usually don’t require a lot of thought or preparation, and yet they can be delicious and satisfying! I personally like to eat one or two snacks a day, which typically range from 100 to 200 calories each.  I always try to incorporate some of protein and fiber in my snacks to keep me satisfied until my next meal. Here are some of my favorite snack ideas broken up into sweet & salty categories!

Sweet Snack Ideas:

Dashing Dish Protein Shakes or Smoothies

Dashing Dish Single Serve Cakes

Protein Bars (I like to make my own, but if I buy them, I look for ones that have less than 200 calories, more than 10 grams of protein, and less than 10 grams of sugar. Some good brands are Quest Bars, and  Think Thin Bars)

Apples with Peanut Butter (or Peanut Flour mixed with water to make a low calorie peanut butter)

Dashing Dish Protein Baked Goods (I like to make some of my protein muffins/bread and keep them in my freezer for when I need a quick snack, or to bring with me when I’m on-the-go)

Dashing Dish Overnight Oatmeal

Dashing Dish Granola

Greek Yogurt (I like buying the plain or vanilla flavors and adding stevia/honey with creative toppings, such as frozen fruit)

Sweet Potatoes (microwaved, and topped with cinnamon/stevia mixture)

Air Popped Popcorn (with stevia/cinnamon sprinkled on it)

Frozen Fruit (I personally like frozen berries, sweetened with a bit of stevia)

Fresh Fruit


Salty Snack Ideas:

Home Made Baked Pita Chips

Egg White Muffins or Fritatta with Vegetables

Skinny Easy Mac

Skinny Pizza Rolls

Cauliflower Pizza Bites

Home Made Tater Tots

Home Made Skinny Guacamole 

Fresh Vegetables with Hummus

Sweet Potato Fries

Green Bean Fries

Single Serve Pizza on a High Fiber Wrap/Pita

Roasted Veggies with Parmesan Cheese

Cheese Sticks

100-Calorie Pack of Roasted Almonds

Air Popped Popcorn with salt and/or parmesan cheese

Low Fat Cottage Cheese

These are not all of the ‘clean eating’ snack ideas out there, but these are just a few of my favorites! Please feel free to share some of your favorites in the comments! 

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Dashing Dish Fridge & Pantry Tour

February 27th, 2014 - Food News

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Holiday Recipe Round-Up!

December 12th, 2013 - Announcements, Food News

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Christmas is a wonderful time of celebration! A time to celebrate Jesus, family, and friends! Make each celebration a little sweeter with these breakfast, appetizer & dessert recipes!

Christmas Morning Breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Appetizers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Desserts, Cookies, and Treats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sweetener Conversion Tips!

December 11th, 2013 - Announcements, Food News

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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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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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