Best Fish Taco Recipes

The fish taco is a dish that many people in the US regarded with skepticism when it first gained popularity in California. But these delicious morsels have won converts one bite at a time, and now they are popular from coast to coast. There are many great ways to make fish tacos, but these are the three you really must try.

Fish Tacos with Sriracha Cream Sauce

Fish Tacos with Sriracha Cream Sauce by Add a Pinch

Fish Tacos with Sriracha Cream Sauce – by Add a Pinch

I was sold on this recipe from the moment I saw the first photo – this site features some stellar photography! And when I saw the words Sriracha cream sauce, I knew I had found something special. This recipe is special but also easy, so Robin at Add a Pinch has really outdone herself.

Like most fish taco recipes, this one isn’t very particular about the fish you use. Any white flaky fish will work well, but cod, grouper and tilapia (a personal fav) are all great choices. This recipe calls for the fish to be browned in a skillet with some olive oil while you mix some sour cream with Sriracha to form a very simple sauce. Then in a flour tortilla, add pieces of fish over a bed of lettuce greens, drizzle on a bit of your sriracha cream sauce and some pico de gallo, and finish it off with a fresh squeeze of lime. Yum!

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Spicy Fish Tacos with Avocado-Yogurt Sauce

Spicy Fish Tacos with Avocado-Yogurt Sauce by Crumb Blog

Spicy Fish Tacos with Avocado-Yogurt Sauce – by Crumb Blog

Isabelle starts out making homemade corn tortillas. Kind of awesome! But if you are rocking the regular old store bought tortillas, don’t let that deter you from trying this recipe – it’s still great. It starts out with some pan-fried white fish (haddock, in this case) and kicks it up with a lime-chipotle marinade that also features cumin, paprika, salt and a touch of olive oil.

What I really liked about this recipe was the balance between the spicy, tangy flavor of the marinade and the soothing creaminess of the avocado-yogurt sauce, which also features cilantro and, of course, more lime. The recipe also calls for a garnish plate so everyone can top their tacos as they will. Isabelle suggests shredded cabbage, pickled red onions, cilantro sprigs, julienned radishes and lime wedges. All great choices, and of course you also can’t go wrong with simple lettuce or some cabbage coleslaw.

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Fish Tacos with Chipotle-Lime-Cilantro Slaw

Fish Tacos with Chipotle-Lime-Cilantro Slaw by Centsational Girl

Fish Tacos with Chipotle-Lime-Cilantro Slaw – by Centsational Girl

There are a few great things about this recipe. The first is that the fish is grilled – which is not only a lighter, healthier way to make fish tacos, but it’s also every bit as tasty as pan-fried. The second great thing is a completely delish dressing that features a diced chipotle pepper with adobo sauce (from those little cans), a bunch of cilantro, yogurt, mayo, vinegar, and a little salt and lime juice. As you can probably tell from the list of ingredients, there is a lot of flavor going on here.

Kate (the eponymous Centsational Girl) applies this dressing to a blend of finely chopped green and red cabbage with matchstick carrots. You layer the warm, soft tortilla with grilled fish and a heaping helping of your lime-cilantro slaw, and then the (critical) finishing touch: fresh sliced avocado. Yeah, I’ll eat that.

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Are you really hungry now, or are you one of the few remaining non-believers in the greatness of the fish taco? And which flavor wins the day, sriracha-cream, avocado-yogurt, lime-cilantro, or your own secret flavor sensation? You might also like a basic, super easy fish taco for busy work nights. Leave a comment to let me know your fav.

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Best Chicken Pot Pie Recipes

Pot pie is one of the world’s great comfort foods. Take chicken, place it in a flaky, buttery crust with a creamy sauce, and add an assortment of your favorite vegetables for an easy meal that everyone will love. Here are three of the most unique and delicious pot pie recipes to be found.

Chicken Pot Pie with Herbed Potato Crust

Chicken Pot Pie with Herbed Potato Crust by Cheeky Kitchen

Chicken Pot Pie with Herbed Potato Crust – by Cheeky Kitchen

Brooke at the Cheeky Kitchen must have decided that one comfort food was not enough, so she decided to double down and add mashed potatoes to her pot pie. She starts browning ground chicken, onion and garlic, to which she adds bacon bits, asparagus, and a frozen blend of peas and carrots. Her sauce is chicken broth with a bit of lemon juice, thickened with cornstarch. Like another of my pot pie recipe favorites, she also adds a bit of cream cheese to her sauce. How did I never think of that?

The other interesting touches this recipe includes are a whole wheat pie crust, and, of course, the mashed potatoes. Brooke mashes them with butter, milk and an egg and then stirs in fresh herbs including chives, dill, thyme and the old standbys, salt & pepper. Spoon it roughly over the pie and bake. The golden brown ridges that form on the mashed potatoes as the bake give it a delicious appearance, don’t you agree?

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Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes

Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes by BevCooks

Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes – by BevCooks

Cupcakes for dinner? It’s as awesome as you’d think, but not nearly as naughty. These pot pie cupcakes are not only completely cute, but they are super easy to prepare, making them a great choice for the next occasion where you don’t have a lot of time to cook, but still want everybody to rave over your dinner.

Bev’s secret is starting with prepared biscuit dough. Just press it into cups in a cupcake tin, then pour in a mixture containing chopped chicken, cream of chicken soup, and mixed veggies (frozen works fine!). Also included are some seasonings (you might consider a touch of cumin as well), and the finishing touch, a bit of shredded cheddar for extra deliciousness.

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Chicken Pot Pie with Cream Cheese and Chive Biscuits

Chicken Pot Pie with Cream Cheese and Chive Biscuits by Joy the Baker

Chicken Pot Pie with Cream Cheese and Chive Biscuits – by Joy the Baker

Joy starts out by baking biscuits, which replace the crust in this pot pie. To her biscuit dough she adds coursely ground black pepper, chopped fresh chives and half a brick of cream cheese – which seems to me like a perfect choice. She uses a rotisserie chicken, though of course, you are welcome to cook your own chicken. Either way, I’d recommend using the bones to make your own chicken stock instead of using canned broth, if you want to make it extra special!

The sauce for this recipe is also unique, as it includes lemon, nutmeg and some of the leftover cream cheese, giving it a delightful taste that is both fresh and creamy at once. Add to this mix a selection of fresh vegetables including garlic, onion, zucchini, peas and carrots, and you have one of the tastiest and most unique chicken pot pie recipes I’ve seen.

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There are many good recipes for chicken pot pie, but these three are extra special. Which sounds best to you, the mashed potato crust, the cream cheese biscuits, or the perfectly-sized pot pie cupcakes? Leave a comment to let me know your favorite, or point me toward your favorite chicken pot pie recipe!

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Best Waffle Recipes

Waffles are a favorite breakfast food for many, and it’s easy to see why. Light, fluffy and crispy, they are also very versatile. Below are three great waffle recipes that each take the classic dish in a unique and delicious direction.

Cinnamon Waffles with Caramelized Apples

Cinnamon Waffles with Caramelized Apples by Annie's Eats

Cinnamon Waffles with Caramelized Apples – by Annie’s Eats

Annie at Annie’s Eats shares this recipe for a wonderful apple cinnamon waffle that sounds perfect for fall (though I’d be glad to eat it right now, as well). She begins with a fairly standard buttermilk waffle batter, to which she adds a teaspoon of cinnamon and a quarter teaspoon of nutmeg. She also mixes the egg yolks and egg whites into the batter separately, a step which isn’t strictly necessary, but which will improve the texture and crispiness of the waffles.

The real coup de grace for this recipe is the caramelized apple topping. Thinly sliced apples cook in butter, cornstarch, and more cinnamon and nutmeg until soft and brown. Stir in a touch of vanilla at the very end and you have a sweet, flavorful fruity topping that goes perfectly with the crispy waffles.

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Overnight Buttermilk Waffles

Overnight Buttermilk Waffles by Baking Bites

Overnight Buttermilk Waffles – by Baking Bites

Nicole at Baking Bites is a professional pastry chef and food writer, so she knows a thing or two about good eats, and she shows it with her overnight buttermilk waffles recipe. Her waffle batter needs to be prepared the night before (which depending on your schedule in the mornings might actually be a good thing). This is because like Belgian waffles, this waffle recipe uses yeast to rise, which takes time but gives the waffle a light and fluffy texture with a crisp exterior – everything you’d hope for a waffle to be.

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Chocolate Waffles

Chocolate Waffles by Budding Baketress

Chocolate Waffles – by Budding Baketress

Is it possible to make the light, fluffy, syrupy breakfast goodness of waffles even more delicious and decadent? Kerry at Budding Baketress has found the answer: Yes. Just make them out of chocolate.

These waffles get their chocolate flavor from 1/2 a cup of cocoa powder and 2/3 a cup of mini chocolate chips (optional, but who are we kidding). Beyond that this is a fairly simple no-yeast buttermilk waffle recipe, which makes it that much more tempting for a morning treat. Kerry suggests topping the waffles with fresh cut strawberries, powdered sugar, and… vanilla ice cream. I like the way she thinks.

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That’s three amazing waffle recipes, each with a distinct flavor that will make breakfast special. Which one is going on your morning meal plan? Do you know of any other great waffle recipes? Leave a comment and let us know.

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Best Breakfast Burrito Recipes

Filling, tasty, and convenient to hold on busy mornings, the breakfast burrito quickly became a hit with families everywhere. If you’re looking to make breakfast a better part of your mornings, you can check out a simple breakfast burrito recipe, or view our award winners below for something extra special.

Black Bean Breakfast Burritos

Black Bean Breakfast Burritos

Black Bean Breakfast Burritos – by GoodLife Eats

Katie at GoodLife Eats brings the burrito full circle — from dinner to breakfast and back to dinner again — with a breakfast burrito perfect for breakfast-for-dinner (it’s also great for regular breakfast, don’t worry).

Like most breakfast burritos, the recipe begins with scrambled eggs, but then takes a unique turn: black beans, feta, and avocado. This gives the dish a rich, creamy, and flavorful slant that makes it stand out from other breakfast burrito recipes. Top with salsa and some chopped cilantro, and this is one recipe you will enjoy morning, noon or night.

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Breakfast Burrito Bonanza

Breakfast Burrito Bonanza by Mom on Time Out

Breakfast Burrito Bonanza – by Mom on Time Out

Trish from Mom on Time Out sticks to more standard breakfast flavors, but loads them up into a killer burrito that any hungry man (or woman!) would love. Her recipe calls for breakfast sausage, bacon, and ham, along with seasoned roasted red potatoes, shredded Mexican cheese, and a whole mess of scrambled eggs.

This recipe makes a lot of burritos – and that’s a good thing. They’re the perfect meal to make in bulk then freeze, giving you a delicious hot breakfast to go any time you need it. Trish gives instructions for freezing the burritos properly so they won’t stick together. Then it’s just a few minutes in the microwave on a busy morning, and breakfast is served.

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Vegan Breakfast Burrito

Vegan Breakfast Burrito by Oh She Glows

Vegan Breakfast Burritos – by Oh She Glows

This breakfast burrito takes an unusual twist by forgoing eggs entirely – in fact, it’s completely vegan. The core protein comes from your choice of tofu, black beans or chickpeas. Angela at Oh She Glows went with tofu, but the black beans sound most tempting to me.

This burrito also has plenty of other stuffings to keep it packed with flavor. Sauteed garlic and onion, diced potatoes, and sliced crimini mushrooms give the burrito its heft, while fresh parsley, fresh basil, lemon juice and a bit of salt and pepper add extra flavor. It’s a terrific choice for anyone who wants a healthy breakfast that tastes great but will still leave you satisfied.

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Which of these breakfast burrito recipes catches your fancy? Do you know of another great breakfast burrito recipe you’d like to share? Leave a comment and let me know.

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Best Quesadilla Recipes

Quesadillas are fun, great tasting, and simple to put together. While they make a delicious snack for a Cinco de Mayo party, they also stand out a great workday dinner, with easy, leftover-friendly recipes like this leftover steak quesadilla.

Below we review three of the best quesadilla recipes that take this classic Mexican dish and give it a unique and mouth-watering spin.

Greek Quesadillas

Greek Quesadillas by A Couple Cooks

Greek Quesadillas – by A Couple Cooks

Quesadillas are one of the most well-known Mexican dishes, but as this recipe shows, they also adapt well to other ethnic flavors. Sonja at A Couple Cooks starts with what she describes as the “essential ingredients” for Mediterranean flavor: feta cheese, oregano, and red onion. She also includes fresh spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, black olives and shredded Mozzarella cheese. The recipe is completely vegetarian, and with whole wheat tortillas, it serves as a wonderful health-conscious quesadilla.

Sonja wisely points out a few key tips for quesadilla preparation: cut your ingredients thin, don’t overload your tortilla, and keep cooked tortillas warm in the oven if you need to cook several and serve them all at one time.

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Barbecue Chicken Quesadilla

Barbecue Chicken Quesadilla by Iowa Girl Eats

BBQ Chicken Quesadillas – by Iowa Girl Eats

Chicken is one of the most common ingredients for homemade quesadillas – and no surprise, it’s an excellent match for Mexican flavors. Kristin at Iowa Girl Eats gives it a twist by blending in another flavor that chicken loves: barbecue sauce. She uses a very simple recipe, adding shredded chicken, barbecue sauce, sharp cheddar, and her “secret ingredient”.

Kristin’s secret ingredient is caramelized Vidalia onions, which I think is a great addition. I often make a big batch of these and then stick them in everything; they add a wonderful flavor to many dishes, and go especially well with chicken. The recipe as it is written doesn’t incorporate many traditional Mexican flavors. If you’re looking to recapture some of that fiesta flavor, consider adding some diced green chilies, or serving with salsa, sour cream or guacamole dipping sauces.

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King Crab Quesadillas

King Crab Quesadillas by Eating Richly

King Crab Quesadillas – by Eating Richly

This recipe features a seafood take on quesadilla, using that most coveted seafood ingredient, king crab legs. Diana starts by steaming just two crab legs (while still frozen) and extracting the meat. Diana combines this in the tortilla with a little queso fresco, avocado, and a mango salsa she makes with red onions, jalapenos, and lime.

King crab can be expensive, but Eating Richly is a blog dedicated to budget recipes, and Diana prices each of these tortillas at only $4.20 – a bargain for enjoying the sweet, succulent flavor of king crab. It would also work well with canned lump or claw crab meat if that works better for your budget or your schedule. If you’re looking to try a classy, light seafood quesadilla, give this recipe a try.

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These three unique quesadilla recipes pack lots of great flavors into a tasty and convenient package. Will you be munching on one of these next Cinco de Mayo, or do you know of another great quesadilla recipe you’ll try instead? Leave a comment and let me know.

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Best Guacamole Recipes

Guacamole has become one of America’s favorite treats, and no wonder – it’s got all the creamy goodness of a fattening dip, but it’s made with healthy avocados. You can make a simple guacamole using salsa, or treat yourself to something special with one of these excellent takes on an awesome snack:

Spicy Guacamole

Spicy Guacamole by My Baking Addiction

Spicy Guacamole – by My Baking Addiction

This recipe sticks mostly to classic ingredients, but it loads up on them, creating a thick-and-chunky guacamole with a lot of texture. This recipe can be quite spicy, but includes notes for anyone who wants to dial down the heat.

Jamie starts with mashed avocado and lime juice, which adds a touch of citrus flavor and stops the avocado from turning brown. She then adds salt, cumin and Sriracha hot sauce for flavor. Finally, it’s time for add-ins, which include diced red onion, jalapeno pepper, roma tomatoes, minced garlic and a handful of cilantro. This recipe is a great choice if you are looking for classic guacamole flavor, but want to take it to the next level.

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Pineapple Guacamole

Pineapple Guacamole by I Am A Food Blog

Pineapple Guacamole – by I Am a Food Blog

Adding fruit to guacamole may sound strange at first, but guacamoles with mango or pineapple are becoming increasingly popular. The sweet flavors of tropical fruit create a delicious counterpoint to the rich, creamy (and sometimes spicy) flavors of guacamole.

The recipe hits most of the usual notes: salt, pepper, lime juice, cilantro and onion mixed with mashed avocado. The bits of sweet pineapple are the only unusual ingredient, but after tasting it you will agree that one ingredient is enough to transform the flavor of the dish. While the recipe calls for a birdseye chili, you should feel free to make a substitution if something else is more familiar or accessible to you.

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Wasabi Guacamole

Wasabi Guacamole by Serious Eats

Wasabi Guacamole – by Serious Eats

This recipe puts an Asian fusion spin on guacamole, adding scallions, wasabi powder and pickled ginger to the usual guacamole trappings. The wasabi adds a spiciness to the guacamole that is very distinct from the heat you get from chili pepper or hot sauce. It definitely creates an interesting and enjoyable taste that makes this a very unique guacamole.

One other touch is the addition of sour cream. While avocados are naturally creamy, sour cream lightens the mixture up and adds a creaminess of its own. It also gives this guacamole a lighter color and more airy texture than most.

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That’s three stand-out guacamole recipes rounded up for your approval. Does one call out to you for a chip, or do you know another guacamole recipe that can compete with the big boys? Leave a comment and let me know.

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Best Baked Salmon Recipes

Succulent and packed with omega-3s, salmon can be remarkably easy to prepare (check out Herb-Baked Salmon for an example). Just remember the cardinal rule of salmon: Do Not Overcook! Salmon is a versatile fish that adapts well to different flavors and accents. If you want to make it really special, try one of these top-notch baked salmon recipes:

Toasted Sesame-Ginger Salmon

Toasted Sesame Ginger Salmon by How Sweet Eats

Toasted Sesame Ginger Salmon – by How Sweet Eats

Jessica starts out by marinating her salmon with soy/garlic/ginger marinade with a touch of brown sugar. Note that she only marinates for 30 minutes – salmon can get mushy if you marinate it for too long. She then broils it for 10-12 minutes (again, not too long) until it is opaque and flakey.

One of the most interesting parts of this recipe – and the part that makes Jessica’s photos look so wonderful — is the sesame ginger honey glaze she adds just before serving. This glaze duplicates some of the flavors from the marinade (sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger), but also adds honey. It is thick enough to cling to the salmon and keep those sesame seeds stuck tight.

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Baked Salmon with White Wine Dill Sauce

Baked Salmon with White Wine Dill Sauce by Life's Ambrosia

Baked Salmon with White Wine Dill Sauce – by Life’s Ambrosia

This is a light and simple recipe, which is perfect for fish, and salmon especially. Des at Life’s Ambrosia bakes her salmon with just some lemon slices and a little salt and pepper. At 20 minutes this recipe has a cook time that is slightly on the longer side, though it spends half that time in a foil tent. Just keep a close eye on it and shorten the cook time if you think you need to.

As with the previous recipe, this one is enhanced by a sauce applied just before serving. This time it’s a white wine, reduced by a third, along with butter, garlic and fresh dill. These flavors match up beautifully with the salmon itself and the hint of lemon it picks up in the cooking process. Not to mention it looks great – the rough cut mince she uses for her garlic adds a nice touch.

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Panko-crusted Salmon

Panko-crusted Salmon by Simply Recipes

Panko Crusted Salmon – by Simply Recipes

Elise at Simply Recipes (a favorite food blog) offers this recipe for salmon in a thick panko crust. As she mentions, panko not only adds a nice crispiness to the fish, it also forms a shell to hold in juice and flavor to prevent the fish from drying out. Elise mixes her panko with thyme, olive oil, Italian parsley and sweet paprika, but before she applies it she spreads the fish with a honey mustard mixture to help the breadcrumbs stick and add an extra note of flavor.

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Which of these salmon recipes are you most eager to try? Do you know of another great baked salmon recipe that deserves to be included here? Leave a comment and let me know.

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10 Easy Tips For Planning Healthy Meals

Young woman eating apple and carrying a weight scale over white background

Life is often so busy that after a long day it is tempting to go to a restaurant, grab fast food takeout, or nuke a frozen dinner in the microwave for supper. But these options come with a hidden cost: they are often short on nutrients and loaded with unhealthy fat, excess salt, and surprising amounts of processed sugar. Eating this way can cause you to feel tired, bloated and overweight.

But there is a solution: you can prepare healthy meals at home that will give you long term energy, help you lose weight, and provide an array of important health benefits. And even better, it can be easy. Follow these tips to start planning healthy meals at home, or check out our meal planning tool to get a healthy meal plan generated for you automatically.

  1. Focus on using fresh, colorful, healthy ingredients. Healthy meal planning doesn’t have to be about depriving yourself of foods you love. Instead you can focus on increasing your intake of delicious healthy foods. To borrow a commercial slogan, you should try to “taste the rainbow” by eating fresh vegetables and fruits in a variety of different colors. Dark green leafy spinach, fluffy orange sweet potatoes, anti-oxidant rich blueberries and fresh yellow summer squash are all examples of great colorful ingredients to enjoy.
  2. Eat more healthy proteins. A steak or a burger now and then is delicious, but for your every day meal plans focus on leaner, healthier proteins. Fresh fish and seafood is a delicious choice, and a well cooked salmon fillet or tuna steak is tasty, satisfying, and packed with healthy omega-threes. Grilled or baked chicken can also be a great choice, as can meatless proteins like beans, nuts or soy products.
  3. Add a salad to your meals. Salads are a great way to enjoy fresh vegetables (and fruit!) and help you curb your appetite before you dive into the main course. Fresh greens often taste the best, but if you’re short on time feel free to grab a bag of spinach or even a prepared salad mix. Just don’t make your salad boring! Spruce it up with healthy addons to keep it interesting and enjoyable. Add items like nuts, beans, chickpeas, fresh berries, crumbled feta cheese, avocado slices, chopped peppers or kernels of corn.
  4. Choose healthy carbohydrates and fibers. Despite what some fad diets say, you don’t need to cut out all carbohydrates to enjoy a healthy diet. Instead, focus on eating “Good carbs” like whole grains, which keep you full longer, stabilize blood sugar, and contribute to heart health. Try whole grain breads, pastas and flours, and healthy grains like quinoa and brown rice. Skip white flour, white rice, refined sugar and regular pasta.
  5. Make a big pot of soup. Soups are wonderful meals. Even a little meat can add lots of rich flavor to the broth, and soups are a perfect home for healthy vegetables like corn, green beans, sweet potatoes and more. And best of all, a major ingredient in soups is water, which keeps you hydrated and helps fill you up for 0 calories. Make a big pot of soup over the weekend when you have more time, and then enjoy it throughout the week whenever you need an easy meal.
  6. Plan a treat for yourself every day. Eating healthy does not mean being perfect, and trying to cut out every unhealthy food at once will make you feel hungry and unsatisfied, and may end up with a splurge. Specify a moderate serving of a favorite treat that you can enjoy at a set time. Knowing you have that to look forward to will help you resist temptation at other times. And some treats (like a few pieces of rich dark chocolate) can have health benefits of their own.
  7. Don’t starve yourself. Some people think healthy eating means skipping meals and starving themselves for as long as possible. Don’t fall into that trap. Skipping meals can slow your metabolism making you burn calories more slowly. It can also make you feel starving, causing you to overeat or binge on snacks. Instead, enjoy frequent small but filling meals throughout the day, starting with a healthy breakfast.
  8. Reduce your portion size. Portions have gotten so large in many restaurants that it is neither healthy or natural. Smaller meals can be healthier and just as satisfying once you get used to them. Try using smaller plates so that your meals seem larger (a psychology trick that is proven to make people feel fuller). Also, start off by putting only half as much food as you want on your plate. Eat slowly, and when you are done, wait a few minutes before going for seconds – you’ll end up eating less and feeling fuller than if you had eaten it all at once.
  9. Plan balanced meals. Meat should not be the centerpiece of every meal. Instead, it should be used to add flavor and complement other ingredients. Remember that an appropriate serving of meat is about the size of a deck of playing cards. This means that in order to satisfy you, your meal should also contain equally sized servings of fresh fruit or veggies and whole grains. For healthy eating, side dishes can be as important as the main course.
  10. Keep a list of healthy favorites. When you find a healthy recipe you like, write it down and keep it somewhere you will remember. This will make it easier to put together a healthy meal plan each week, since you will have a ready source of tried-and-tested healthy recipes. If you use our online meal planning tool, just rate the recipes you’ve tried with five stars, and your healthy recipe suggestions will remind you of that recipe on a regular basis.
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Best Deviled Eggs Recipes

Decorating Easter eggs is fun, but once they’ve all been found you have to decide what to do with so many hard boiled eggs. Deviled eggs make a fun and tasty snack or appetizer, and they can be really simple – mash the yolks together with a little mayo and mustard and then pipe them back into the whites. But it is possible to add exciting flavors that make these eggs as much of a conversation piece as they are a snack. Here are three interesting deviled eggs recipes to make using up your Easter eggs a little more exciting.

Chipotle Bacon Deviled Eggs

Chipotle Bacon Deviled Eggs by Pinch My Salt

Chipotle Bacon Deviled Eggs – by Pinch My Salt

Nicole at Pinch my Salt pulls out the recipe trump card by adding bacon to her deviled eggs – a surefire way to draw the attention of the bacon loving multitudes on the internet. In addition to the standard mayo and Dijon mustard, she mixes white wine vinegar and chipotle chile powder with her yolks. She also stirs in chopped bacon, but reserves a few larger pieces to use as garnishes across the top of each egg – an appetizing touch.

When making this recipe, keep in mind that it calls for smoked paprika rather than regular. Regular paprika will give these eggs the same eye-catching appearance you see in the photo, but the smoked variety adds a much different flavor that compliments the chipotle taste. If you’re a fan of a chipotle flavors (or of course, bacon) then this recipe is definitely one you will want to take for a spin.

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Mediterranean Deviled Eggs

Mediterranean Deviled Eggs by Shockingly Delicious

Mediterranean Deviled Eggs – by Shockingly Delicious

This recipe packs Greek flavor into the tasty treats, using scallions, capers and finely chopped Kalamata olives. Also in the mix are oregano, balsamic vinegar and a hint of hot sauce to add to these eggs’ unique flavor.

Dorothy garnishes her eggs alternately with a slice of olive, a few capers, a slice of sun-dried tomato and a leaf of parsley, which is a fun idea if you want to give each egg a slightly different potent flavor. You might also try sprinkling a dash Greek seasoning over the top for appearances – but not too much, as you don’t want to mask the great flavors that are already there.

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Sriracha Avocado Deviled Eggs

Sriracha Avocado Deviled Eggs by The Perfect Pantry

Sriracha Avocado Deviled Eggs – by The Perfect Pantry

This unique recipe gets its striking green color from the avocado that is used in place of mayonnaise. That’s right – deviled eggs with no mayonnaise, and still creamy and satisfying because that’s what avocados do. Other key flavors include soy sauce, rice vinegar, lime juice and, of course, Sriracha (an Asian hot sauce I hope you already know well). This is definitely one of the most unique deviled eggs recipes I have seen, and one I am eager to try.

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Does one of these deviled egg recipes tickle your fancy, or does your heart belong to another? Are you making these out of Easter eggs or is there another occasion where you think deviled eggs are a perfect match? Leave a comment and let me know.

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Best Chicken Salad Recipes

As the temperature increases, chicken salad recipes start to become popular again. And no wonder – they are a light, cool way to enjoy chicken that is refreshing in the summer heat. Chicken salad is also a staple of picnics and a personal favorite as a sandwich filling. Rotisserie chickens from the deli are an easy source of tender meat for chicken salads, but this is also a great dish for using leftover chicken – just grab two forks and start shredding.

But there’s more to a good chicken salad than just chicken and mayo! Check out the chicken salad recipes below to see some interesting takes on this classic dish.

chicken salad in a bowl

Fancy Schmancy Chicken Salad by The Supermom Chef

Fancy Schmancy Chicken Salad – by The Supermom Chef

Don’t let the name fool you – this chicken salad recipe may be fancy, but not because it is a lot of work to prepare. Mandy (the Supermom of Supermom Chef) adds toasted chopped pecans, celery, and halved red grapes to her shredded chicken, giving it a bit of crunch as well as occassional bites of sweetness from the grapes. For her dressing she mixes apple cider vinegar, poppy seeds and honey with mayo, salt and pepper. Despite having relatively few ingredients there are lots of flavors layered into this recipe, and it gives a light, sweet take on your traditional creamy chicken salad.

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buffalo chicken salad sandwich

Buffalo Chicken Salad by FromAway

Buffalo Chicken Salad – by From Away

Chicken Salad is great for making sandwiches, and this recipe is custom made with that idea in mind. Malcolm starts by simmering chicken breasts in chicken broth, though other sources of cooked chicken should work as well. Once the chicken is chopped, it’s mixed together with chopped celery, grated carrots, bleu cheese dressing, crumbled bleu cheese, and, of course, buffalo wing sauce (like Malcom, I am partial to Franks).

By replacing most or all of the mayo with bleu cheese dressing and adding plenty of chopped celery, this recipe packs classic buffalo wing flavors into a chicken salad package. This recipe is loaded with strong flavors compared to most chicken salads, which are normally mild. But if you like your food to pack a punch (like I do), this is one chicken salad you will want to try.

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Chicken salad with roasted asparagus, peppers and mushrooms.

Spring Chicken Salad with Roasted Asparagus, Mushrooms and Peppers by Apron Strings Blog

Chicken Salad with Roasted Asparagus, Mushrooms and Peppers – by Apron Strings Blog

This is a unique chicken salad recipe without mayonnaise, making it especially light. It also features asparagus, which, like chicken salad, is a staple of spring and summer cooking. Anne starts with a marinade, soaking her chicken in balsamic vinegar along with some olive oil and seasonings. Then she trims her asparagus stalks and slices some red bell pepper and baby bella mushrooms, and tosses them with olive oil before setting them to roast. Finally, she combines the ingredients with the leftover marinade and chills before serving (though, as she notes, it would probably be great hot, too).

This doesn’t look like any chicken salad I have ever seen, but it does look delicious, and if you want a recipe for chicken salad without mayonnaise, I don’t think you could go wrong with this one.

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There you have it: three tasty, unique chicken salad recipes that take chicken salad beyond the average. Which of these would you like to try? Do you have a favorite chicken salad recipe that deserves to be listed here? Comment and let me know.

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