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Pumpkin season is around the corner and I couldn’t think of a better cozy Fall breakfast that tastes delicious and is loaded with healthy beta carotene and packed with iron. These Gluten Free Almond Flour Pumpkin Pecan Muffins are a spin off from my Carrot Banana Muffins with room for flexibility to incorporate applesauce or […]

Gluten Free Almond Flour Pumpkin Pecan Muffins


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As much as I love eating light, a summer salad just doesn’t cut it when I’m famished … especially during the cold winter months when we all start craving the flavors of carby comfort foods. Next time your craving a showstopping seasonal salad, you’ve gotta try this satisfying and hearty Roasted Pumpkin and Crunchy Red […]

Roasted Pumpkin and Crunchy Red Quinoa Salad with Sesame Mint Dressing


kids salad

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I should have named this kid-friendly salad the “happy mom salad.” I did cartwheels when my kids tried this and gobbled up their vegetables. The dressing is slightly sweet and perfectly suited for a kid’s palate. The thick sauce is bright orange in color, creamy, and bursting with flavor. I keep this, and my cashew dressing, […]

The Best Kid-Friendly Salad Dressing


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Tacos used to be off limits for me because of their highly processed bases and sauces. That is, until now. What have I been missing all this time? This recipe started as a spin on my Beef Lettuce Cups and turned into a medley of taco-spiced beef-and-vegetables-meets-summer-taco in a flash of creativity. I nibbled on this invention […]

Mouth-Watering Taco Salad


Perfect Kale Salad From Naturally Sassy

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A big thanks to Saskia from Naturally Sassy for sharing this outstanding Kale Salad! It’s packed with healthy ingredients: creamy cubes of avocado, caramelized sweet potato wedges, pomegranate seeds, maple roasted walnuts, and an amazing tahini-tamari dressing. Raw crunchy kale hardly seems appetizing, but with a little bit of magic, it really becomes delicious. The key to […]

Perfect Kale Salad from Naturally Sassy

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Eat more vegetables

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Take a moment and review everything you ate yesterday. What did you have for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner? Be honest. Take a mental look at your plate. What percentage of your daily food consumption came from vegetables? One way to make a radical shift in the way you eat is to consider making vegetables – […]

7 Creative Ways to Eat More Vegetables


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I watched the Food Network’s Bobby Flay in action over the summer and he gave me an ingenious way of using Brussels sprouts — RAW! Brussels sprouts often get a bad wrap, but they’re one of the most nutritious cruciferous veggies on the planet, rich in cancer-fighting phytonutrients, vitamin C and vitamin K. My Shaved Brussels Sprout Slaw Salad with […]

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Slaw Salad with Chicken


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Sandwiched between gobs of pasta and fries on any restaurant menu, you can almost always find –or customize–something green and lean. Whether you live in Hong Kong or are just visiting town, these salads will soon become your go-to meal of choice and a reliable way to keep light and healthy at lunchtime. Here are my 10 […]

Nealy’s 10 Favorite Salads in Hong Kong

Products I Love

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Life Cafe was epic. Five to ten years ago, before Hong Kong inevitably caught up with the undeniable trend of clean eating, Life Cafe was the only vegetarian restaurant where you could get a good salad. I was a regular and I always ordered the same thing: Life Salad, dressing on the side. And now […]

Life Salad

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kale and cauliflower salad

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I crave this salad. When I serve it for dinner guests, I’m always asked, “What’s in this that makes it so good?” Well, here you go. My absolute favorite new dish. Why is this so addictive? To start with, it’s packed with veggies, crunch, chewiness, flavor. It has protein. Plus, it packs a dose of good-for-you fats […]

Kale and Cauliflower Salad with Creamy Cashew Dressing

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spaghetti squash with rose sauce

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Just because you’ve given up heavy carbs like pasta doesn’t mean you have to suffer without spaghetti dishes any longer! Spaghetti squash is the perfect replacement for noodles because it still has the same feeling and taste as actual spaghetti. It’s also filled with vitamins and high in nutrients- minus the carbs and gluten! This […]

Artichokes served with spicy mayo sauce

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Artichokes are usually overlooked when it comes to sides but these green guys are loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants all while served up on a pretty plate! If you’ve never cooked them before, don’t be intimidated! They are super easy and taste delicious. The simplest way to make artichokes is to cover them […]

lamb chops dressed in lemon, mint and garlic

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Lamb chops may sound scary to perfect but, slathered with this marinade and seared in a pan you’re guaranteed to nail these crispy and crave worthy lamb chops! You could, of course, add these lamb chops with mint, garlic and lemon to your next BBQ too and they make the most decadent summertime dish. It’s […]

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