Skinny Green Chile Chicken Tamales

IMG_1507In celebration of Cinco De Mayo, I decided to make tamales. In Denver, there are many authentic Mexican restaurants serving delicious tamales. However, traditional recipes usually call for lard, oil and fatty meats such as beef or pork. As usual, I thought of lighter alternatives and substituted olive oil instead of lard, and chicken instead of pork. They turned out tasting wonderful!

Because tamales are a time consuming dish to make, I recommend making the filling and soaking the corn husks one day ahead. In order to obtain a tender shredded chicken, four hours of cooking in a slow cooker is recommended.

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Vietnamese Quinoa Spring Rolls with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce


Spring has sprung, and a great way to celebrate the season is with fresh spring rolls. Not only are these rolls tasty and appealing, they are also healthy. The quinoa and shrimp pack on the protein, while the veggies supply a variety of essential vitamins.

Another great aspect about spring rolls is that you can add whatever you like, making them customizable  based on your preferences. Other ingredients may include: peppers, chicken, tofu, mint, cilantro, bean sprouts, or rice noodles. In this recipe, I happened to use what I had available in my kitchen. Continue reading

Healthy Deviled Eggs


Deviled eggs are great for appetizers, side-dishes, buffet plates and snacks. Traditional recipes call for heavy mayonnaise, which can load up the unnecessary calories. Instead of using mayonaise, try substituting plain greek yogurt or avocado. These healthier substitutions will cut back the unhealthy fat and calories, while maintaining a wonderful flavor. It’s also worth mentioning, that eggs are a protein packed food with a high amount of Vitamin D. After eating a couple of these deviled eggs, you won’t have to feel any guilt.

This afternoon, I decided to test a made-up recipe for healthy deviled eggs. After taking one bite, I was surprised at how flavorful these bite-sized creations were!

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