Easter Recipe Roundup!

Easter is just around the corner, roughly two days away, and I’ve yet to plan our Easter Meal. This growing up thing sometimes is hard. Usually we visit family and they do all the cooking…But this year it’s just my cute little family, aka me and three picky eaters, so…I’m at a loss as of what to make right now!

I’ve scrolled through some of my recipes, and decided I’d share some Easter Worthy Recipes from The Diva Dish! Maybe we can discuss in the comments what everyone is making? Or maybe someone could come cook Easter Dinner for my family and then clean the dishes after? Or maybe we could go to Del Taco…

Either way…Discuss amongst yourselves.

 Blueberry Greek Yogurt Pancakes

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Tomato Basil Quiche

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White Bean Sun Dried Tomato Hummus

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Strawberry Broccoli Salad

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Maple Sage Glazed Carrots with Maple Toasted Pistachios

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Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Veggie Gravy

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Cilantro Lime Corn on The Cob 

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Lemon Parsley Spinach Pasta

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Guacamole Kale Salad

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Layered Cous Cous, Egg Plant, and Zucchini Casserole

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Chicken Spring Rolls w/ Crunchy Almond Butter Dipping Sauce

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Crock Pot Indian Spiced Lentils

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How To: Roast Chicken

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Hearty Whole Grain Basil Bread

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Banana Cake w/ Chocolate Fudge Frosting

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Rich Chocolate Banana Bread w/ Strawberries

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Chocolate Sun Butter Pretzel Cups

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Chewy Easter Egg Truffles

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Cinnamon Sugar Cups

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Chocolate Beet Cake

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Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

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Orange Carrot Juice

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5 Minute Creamy Hummus Pasta Sauce

Every so often I’ll make my girls this homemade, incredible rich, alfredo pasta. As I’m making the sauce, I watch as I whisk it’s creamy consistency around and around, and I can’t help but think…”Who needs bathing suit season anyway! I’d much rather just drink this.”

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I’m not saying eating alfredo sauce means that you won’t fit into a bathing suit.

I’m saying the way I WOULD EAT alfredo sauce means…I wouldn’t be able to get off the couch.

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I’ve been wanting to make an incredibly delicious and healthy alfredo pasta for The Diva Dish for a long time. I still haven’t perfected it, but I did however come up with this recipe when I was having a rough day and wishing for some comfort food.

It’s a quick and easy version of a creamy pasta that is EXTREMELY easy, so much so that you might actually be able to sit down and enjoy lunch. Not a lot of cleanup, serves 1-2 people…Oh, and it’s good for you! IMG_6808

Creamy Hummus Pasta Sauce
Serves: 1-2
 

Ingredients
  • ½ c. hummus-I used regular, but there are so many flavors that would work!
  • 1 TB. Melted coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp. garlic salt
  • ¼ tsp. onion powder
  • 3 TB. non dairy milk-or you could sub vegetable broth for a little different flavor
  • 1 TB. greek yogurt-or more non dairy milk
  • salt, pepper, spice-such as paprika, basil, oregano, etc.
  • Cooked pasta/vegetables

Instructions
  1. In a bowl whisk together all of the ingredients until combined and creamy. Pour over warm pasta or warm vegetables.
  2. Sprinkle with a little parmesan cheese if needed.
  3. Sauce makes enough for 1-2 c. of pasta or veggies!

 

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I’m headed off to Virginia this weekend, so there might not be a video on Friday…SHOCKER!

In the mean time, pray for me that I don’t have a complete anxiety attack on the airplane. I’m incredibly afraid of flying, I might need a horse tranquilizer pill to calm my nerves…

 

Boxtera Snack Giveaway

Ever since moving to Las Vegas, I’ve had this ‘Ba-Humbug’ attitude about what there is to do here that’s ‘family friendly fun’. Coming from San Diego where we had beaches and zoo’s and amusement parks…Hold on, I’m crying.

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I’ve tried to have a better attitude about Las Vegas, even though I’m convinced all these rocks and dry dirt backyards is what Hell might look like…It’s not all that bad. There are some places that have grass.

Recently we’ve discovered the Springs Preserve Museum, and the girls love it. It’s a partly out doors dessert gardens, park, and discovery area! I have to admit I’ve fallen in love with it because there is a ton of walking, and I get a great workout in while the kids have a blast! Sadly, when summer hits and it’s 125 degrees we will have to say goodbye! So for now we are getting a lot out of the museum as possible!

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Usually I’ll pack a picnic lunch for us, but this time we were lucky enough to have our Boxtera Snacks with us! Remember last month when we had a giveaway from them? Guess what, It’s happening again!

The snacks worked great because I didn’t have to lug a cooler around to keep them from going bad, and there was something for each of our taste buds! Some had protein, some were salty, one was sweet! It was perfect!

After a few hours of running around exploring, out family was definitely hungry!  And more importantly everything is natural and healthy! Win Win! Except for the fighting over the Fruit Filled Bars…Someone didn’t win there.

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Would one of you like another chance to win a Box of Boxtera Snacks?!

Here is how you Enter:

 

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After my tired little babies filled their bellies, they went perfectly down for a nice loooong…

30 minute nap.

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Thank you Boxtera for sending me a sample of their snack box. I was not paid to write this post, all opinions are my own.

The Reality of Exercise…Sometimes!

Remember How I said I was trying to work on a better blogging schedule?

Well Friday I was supposed to post a video, and I didn’t.

BUT, I have one for you today, so I hope that you will forgive me :) . It’s technically only two/three days late which means I’m improving right?

Ok, so today’s video is a glimpse into an afternoon we had last week, and I talk about the reality of exercise. I also speak openly and honestly about fitting exercise in and the reality of being a busy mom/wife/person, and what happens when your ‘plans’ don’t work out!

Check it out!

 

Check the blog on Monday, because I have ANOTHER giveaway for you!!

 

Dessert Bullet Giveaway

I’ve always been a Magic Bullet fan from the beginning. In fact I’ve had mine for almost SIX years now, and I just recently used it yesterday! It was the first machine that I ever made  a green smoothie from (and this green muffin!)

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Well a few months back I was contacted by my wonderful friends over at Dessert Bullet, (same company as the Magic Bullet!), and they asked if I’d be interested in trying out their product! I obviously went all fan girl crazy and said yes, and couldn’t wait to try out the machine!

The Dessert Bullet is a machine that can make fresh & healthy sweet treats! For example, if you love Banana Ice Cream (Frozen Banana blended up), then you will LOVE this machine!

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Since then, I’ve been contributing 4 recipes per month for the Dessert Bullet Blog, and I have to tell you…I’m having such a fun time playing and creating recipes that satisfy my sweet taste buds! My girls love when mommy is playing the kitchen with her ‘ice cream toy’, they go crazy!

I‘ve made chocolate covered popsicles, fruit fizzy drinks, coladas, almond milk slushies, cheese cake ice cream with strawberry sauce, lime pie ice cream, and a purple velvet ice cream!

(And this coming month I’ve got even more fun recipes including cake & cookies! All Healthy, Light, and Natural!)

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Okay, are you ready for this!

My friends at Dessert Bullet and I will be giving away TWO Dessert Bullet Machines to my lovely readers and friends here at The Diva Dish!

I’d love for you guys to win one, so here is how you enter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Good Luck!

Blueberry Greek Yogurt Pancakes

I wish most mornings we had time to make pancakes, and maybe we would if I got my booty out of bed early enough. Unfortunately I just love to drop my daughter off at school looking like my picture should be uploaded on People of Walmart dot com.

It’s easy to get stuck in a breakfast rut. Especially when you have 10 minutes before your kids need to be at school and you technically need 45 minutes to accomplish everything.

But sometimes pouring a bowl of cereal or a quick smoothie does the trick, and that’s ok! It just makes weekends all the more special when we can sit and enjoy and nice hot breakfast together! Of coarse you can always freeze/refrigerate the extra pancakes and pull them out during the week, that is…If there is any left over… :)

Blueberry Greek Yogurt Pancakes via http://thediva-dish.com

The thing I love most about these pancakes is that they are made with greek yogurt, which is one of my favorite ingredients at the moment. It’s adds the perfect texture to these pancakes, making them fluffy and delicious! Don’t forget the added protein that comes with adding them to the pancakes! There is over 20 grams of protein in 1 cup of greek yogurt. Include that with the protein from the eggs, and any other toppings you add to the pancakes and it makes them extremely filling!

Also, I thought about adding chocolate chips with the warm bursting blueberries, and I didn’t. Not sure if my brain stopped working for a moment or not, but now I am deeply regretting that decision.

So…

Don’t be foolish guys. Do the right thing.

 

Blueberry Greek Yogurt Pancakes
 

Ingredients
  • 1 c. white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 c. plain greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 TB. honey
  • 1 TB. vanilla extract
  • 4-7 TB. Milk of choice
  • ¾ c. blueberries

Instructions
  1. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk together the wet ingredients, except for the milk.
  3. Add the wet to the dry and whisk just a little bit. Add 4 TB. of the milk and whisk together until combined. Add a TB. until the desired consistency is reached.
  4. I used 7 TB. and they came out perfectly, but if you prefer thicker pancakes, add less milk!
  5. Makes 10-12 pancakes
  6. Top with maple syrup, nut butter, or additional maple sweetened greek yogurt!

These pancakes were inspired by these outrageously delicious looking pancakes found HERE.

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Pretty sure my girls will ask for pancakes for breakfast every morning now, which means I’ve actually got to get out of bed early and put some clothes on.

That is, like real clothes. I’m not insinuating I don’t wear clothes, and I just walk around in my undies all day because I’m super lazy. That’s my three year old.

Almond Butter Granola Bites

Ok so I’ve been trying to step up on my blogging, and make this blog a more ‘full time’ thing….

I had this idea that I would post every Monday/Wednesday/Friday. And Friday’s would be a video!

So today is Monday. And I posted a video.

So far so good.

Almond Butter Granola Bites via The Diva Dish

Today’s video is a favorite quick and easy snack that your littles can help you make! A lot of times during snack time it’s easy to scarf down a bucket of Pirate Booty, but to me they are just empty calories. (And purely delicious ones.) I hate to admit it but it doesn’t keep you or your littles full until the next meal.

I’ve made date/nut balls before, and honestly these are one of our favorite grab and go snacks to eat around the house. Whether we are running out the door, or I need a little something to hold them over before dinner!

Almond Butter Granola Bites via The Diva Dish

 

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Almond Butter Granola Bites
 

Ingredients
  • ¾ c.- 1c. dates (pitted & dried)
  • ¼ c. almonds
  • ¼ c. oats
  • ¼ c. honey
  • ⅓ c. almond butter
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Instructions
  1. Blend the dates and almonds in a food processor until fine crumbs. (This will take a few minutes.)
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients until the mixture comes together, and sticks together. If the mixture is too dry, add a little more liquid such as nut butter or honey.
  3. Roll into mini balls, press into a mold, or place in a pan fitted with parchment paper.
  4. Place in the fridge or freezer to let harden.
  5. Store in the fridge in a closed container.

 

But don’t worry. I won’t judge if you serve your kids pirate booty…Or you eat it yourself. It’s basically like eating air right?

 

 

 

Fresh Vegetable Tropical Fruit Smoothie

With spring just around the corner bringing warmer temperatures, smoothies have finally made a way back into our daily rituals!

I’ve started something new with making smoothies, which has been using fresh vegetable juice as the liquid base! Green spinach smoothies are so last year…(Ignore the fact that I had one for lunch.)

I’ve never been a  huge fan of throwing raw veggies into a blender and praying that the frozen banana will mask all the flavors, and honestly..I’m not a huge fan of fresh squeezed juice. I don’t get too excited to drink kale, lemon, ginger, and beets. Am I a horrible health food blogger or what?! I do believe though that If you play around with the ingredients enough, you can make the perfect combination of a fresh vegetable juice! Like my most favorite one of all I posted a while back!

 

But these type of smoothies are not only for adults, I actually prefer them for my growing girls! My 18 month old is still young enough to where she can’t quite chew raw veggies and when I cook them I can’t always guarantee she will eat them! This is another way that I can relax just a little bit more knowing that her body isn’t relying on the few foods she does love.

Because if that were the case, she’d be living off of the fishy gold fish crackers she found on the floor at Target the other day…(That’s probably why she is always sick.)

Consider this smoothie as the first step of fresh veggie drinks. It’s a good step in the right direction, and eventually I’ll create that kale & beet juice smoothie that my kids, and yours too, will go crazy for!

Fresh Vegetable Tropical Fruit Smoothie
Serves: 1-3
 

With Spring just around the corner, fresh tropical smoothies pair perfectly with the warmer temperatures! Instead of the typical ‘green’ smoothie, this drink uses fresh veggie juice as the liquid base followed by tropical frozen fruit!
Ingredients
  • 2-3 stalks celery
  • 2-3 large carrots
  • 1- 1/ ½ apples
  • Handful of frozen mango
  • handful of frozen peaches
  • ½ banana
  • 1-2 TB. ground flax seeds
  • 1 TB. honey
  • ice (optional)

Instructions
  1. Using a juicer, juice the celery, carrots, and apple. You need enough juice to measure 1 c. of liquid.
  2. Add the fresh juice to a blender, and add the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Blend until creamy.
  4. Enjoy!

 

The only bad thing about Spring approaching, besides allergies, is the fact that I’ve got to shave my legs on a regular basis. Can’t get away with hiding behind leggings anymore!…

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Here is one of my favorite fresh green juices of all time! 

 

Taste The Rainbow-Eat Your Veggies- Veggie Hummus Pizza

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day….We’ve already covered a Rainbow colored fruit dish, and today is all about veggies!

I think veggies are probably one of the hardest forms of food to convince people to eat, no matter how many servings of ranch you serve with them! (Just ask my husband.)

Ever since I made the switch years ago to eating healthier, I’ve made a commitment to myself to try and include some form of vegetable with almost every meal and snack. It’s hard, and being creative is key, but I truly love (raw) veggies and the sweetness that they do have! The only vegetable I’m turned off by is eggplant. It’s just not right.

The more you eat them, the more you will crave them. I promise.

It’s like chocolate. The more you eat it, the more you want it. And eventually you’ve bought a 5 pound bag of dark chocolate from Costco. The same goes for veggies. Seriously, I promise.

Recently I’ve been making ‘colorful’ veggie sides & dishes for my family because  honestly it’s more appealing than a scoop of broccoli. My girls have been more willing to try their veggies when I’ve combined a few different types/colors, then when I just use one. I do wish their were more pink & blue veggies out there though…

The idea of this pizza came from a meal I had at one of my favorite healthy restaurants in Las Vegas (I’ll share soon!).

It was a flat bread greek pizza, drizzled with this sauce and OMG I wanted to cry! I’ve been making varieties of flat bread pizzas at home ever since, and this one is a quick and easy one any one would love!

The base for the pizza is hummus, which obviously is my favorite condiment/food group. (Hummus is a food group, didn’t you know?) I love using hummus because it has a bean base (Bonus!), lots of flavor, and gives pizza that extra oomph needed when you aren’t adding cheese on top!

Then I topped it with my choice of sauteed vegetables that I cooked for a few minutes in coconut oil and salt & pepper.

While the pizza was cooking, I made a ‘Ranch’ dressing sauce to go on top. Since the pizza is cheese less, I knew this added bonus would give the pizza exactly what it needed to come together.

If you are ever craving ranch, you must try this:

Greek Yogurt + Organic Ranch Dressing Mix=Heaven.

It’s added protein with that ranch dressing flavor, and it goes perfectly with veggies!

 

I thinned it out with a little non dairy milk to make it liquid-y (is that a word?) to drizzle on top of the cooked pizza! Sprinkled some chopped parsley on top and well…

I promise, eating vegetables will be pretty exciting after this!

(I’ve been making a lot of promises lately…)

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Taste The Rainbow-Eat Your Veggies- Veggie Hummus Pizza
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Serves: 1-2
 

You can change up the veggies, sauce, spread, etc. with this flat bread pizza! It’s all up to your taste buds and what you have on hand! Have fun and enjoy tasting the rainbow of veggies!
Ingredients
  • 1 flat bread, tortilla, naan bread, etc.
  • coconut oil
  • salt & pepper
  • choice of chopped veggies. (for this recipe I used green & yellow pepper, red cherry tomatoes, carrots, purple onion, yellow tomatoes, and garlic.)
  • Choice of spread (I used Hummus-favorite brand is Sabre!)
  • Ranch Dressing Sauce-Mixture of a ¼ c. greek yogurt, organic ranch dressing mix, and a few TB. of non dairy milk)
  • Fresh parsley chopped.

Instructions
  1. Chop veggies.
  2. Add coconut oil to medium/low heated pan. Add veggies and toss in oil. Sprinkle in salt & pepper.
  3. Cook for about 5-7 minutes on medium heat, until veggies and cooked down a little.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Put your flatbread on a baking sheet. Spread hummus onto flat bread. Add cooked veggies and place pizza in the oven.
  6. Cook for 10-15 minutes, or until pizza edges are crisp.
  7. While the pizza is cooking, make the greek yogurt dressing by mixing the greek yogurt with a few tsp. of dressing mix. (Add more or less for desired taste/taste as you add.)
  8. Thin out with a 1-2 TB. of non dairy milk.
  9. Add greek yogurt to a plastic bad and cut a corner edge off.
  10. Drizzle greek yogurt sauce onto cooked pizza. Sprinkle with fresh parsley.
  11. Cut into pieces and enjoy!

 

Honestly my husband could not stop eating this! It made me mad because when I sat down to eat it I asked him if he wanted some and he said, “No WAY!” 1 minute later he’s begging for a bite. Then another. And another…Then he ate 3/4 of the pizza…

Happy St. Patricks Day! Don’t forget to taste the rainbow in a healthy way!!

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I just love my little cutie!

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Taste The Rainbow Fruit Parfait!

 

I kind of feel like St. Patricks Day is my least favorite holiday.

Obviously any excuse to eat a bowl of Lucky Charms with green milk is a fantastic holiday, but the idea of wearing green bothers me. I remember being in middle school and making my dad rush me to the nearest store to find some hideous green t-shirt because EVERYONE would be wearing green  at school the next day and I didn’t have ANY green shirts. (Was that a run-on sentence?)

I still don’t.

Do people even wear green shirts?

I wish I could say that my children don’t know what Lucky Charms are, but sadly grandma and grandpa have taken care of that. And I’m not going to lie and say Lucky Charms are horrible and unhealthy and no one should ever eat them because, well…Marshmallows for breakfast?! Come on!! That sounds amazing…

When are they going to come out with Lucky Charms made with JUST dehydrated stale marshmallows?!

This is a healthy lifestyle blog.BTW.

With the holiday soon approaching, I could obviously share many ‘Green’ recipes, but this year I want to focus on the rainbow! For some reason when a plate is full of color and vibrant foods, it becomes all that more appealing. (At least to me and my babies.) This first ‘rainbow’ food post is all about fruit, and tomorrow I’ll post a recipe made with veggies! I’ve got both your bases covered!

The idea of this rainbow fruit parfait is that it’s topped with white clouds and a sprinkle of gold, because gold is found at the end of every rainbow! The fruit is interchangeable, and if you have more time you could make the shape of a rainbow on a plate. As for the white clouds, I used greek yogurt for added protein. You could easily use a non dairy yogurt or a whipped coconut milk cream! Yummmmm!

 

Rainbow Fruit Parfaits
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Taste the Rainbow!
Ingredients
  • Rainbow colored assorted fruit
  • Greek yogurt mixed with honey-or non dairy yogurt, or coconut milk whipped cream
  • gold sprinkles

Instructions
  1. Arrange the fruit by color in a shallow glass. (You can also arrange in the shape of a rainbow.
  2. Add a dollop of your ‘clouds’, or cream on top, followed by gold sprinkles.
  3. Serve immediately.
  4. (If wanting to make ahead, don’t add the greek yogurt or cream until it’s ready to be served!)

Don’t tell anyone, but I’m almost tempted to buy a St. Patty’s day t-shirt at Walmart. Do you think the other moms will be wearing them too?? I hate feeling left out…

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Looking for a Shamrock Shake, similar to the one a popular fast food joint serves?! The big difference is it’s healthy, made with natural sweeteners, and it’s good for you!

A Better For You Shamrock Shake

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