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Quick Pickled Cucumbers

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Looking for an effortless side dish with crunch and zing?   These “Quick Pickled Cucumbers” are right up your alley.   

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Roasted Asparagus with Pancetta and Shallot Vinaigrette

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Asparagus is in season and is featured in grocery stores and farmers markets right now.  This vegetable is so easy to prepare and makes an elegant accompaniment to any spring or summertime meal.

This recipe features roasted asparagus with an indulgent vinaigrette of pancetta, shallots, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard and red pepper flakes.  A bit of fresh basil from the garden finishes off the side dish with a flourish.

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Tunisian Cauliflower ‘Couscous’

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This innovative vegan and gluten-free main dish is inspired by the robust flavors of Tunisia.  Cauliflower is grated to resemble ‘couscous’ and then sautéed with olive oil, pistachios, harissa spices, dates, and olives.

It’s a healthy, 15 minute meal that is certain to wow.

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Marinated Baby Carrots

No Comments | Written on December 19, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

I love giving edible gifts this time of year.  Of course it is fun to make homemade cookies, fudge and candies, but sometimes it is nice to also offer a healthy gift for the holidays!  This recipe for “Marinated Baby Carrots” in a jar is just as easy and fun to make, and can be a welcome alternative to sweet treats.  Carrots are a nutrition powerhouse, providing over 15 essential vitamins and minerals along with phytonutrients and fiber that are important for good health.

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Sweet-Hot Marinated Cucumbers

No Comments | Written on September 6, 2013 at 12:00 am , by

I admit…we have had a few indulgent recipes posted over the past few days.   How about a crisp and flavorful vegetable side dish (or snack) to round out the week?

These “Sweet-Hot Marinated Cucumbers” are a great accompaniment to an Asian-inspired meal or just a crunchy snack to satisfy those afternoon cravings.

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How to Make Refrigerator Pickles

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One way to capture the flavors of summer is through pickling.  If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of home canning, refrigerator pickles are a great option.  They keep for up to 3 months in your refrigerator, but my guess is they will disappear much faster than that!

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Four Bean Salad

5 Comments | Written on April 24, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

We are in the middle of “gluten-free” week here at Better Recipes!

For the recipe contest, we are in search of the “Best Gluten-Free Recipe Ever.”   (Click here to view the entries and upload your own!)

Plus, we are giving away an awesome Gluten-Free Baking Prize Package right here on the blog.  Complete with a gluten-free baking mix developed by Thomas Keller!  Yep, you need to click here and enter.

This easy and flavorful recipe also just happens to be Gluten-Free and Vegan.  With recipes like this, I can get behind this movement!

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How to Prepare Spaghetti Squash

6 Comments | Written on October 23, 2012 at 5:00 am , by

Have you ever looked at a spaghetti squash and wondered where to begin?  I mean, how can something resembling pasta come from that crazy gourd!  I am here to break it all down for you.  This is a step-by-step lesson on how to prepare spaghetti squash!

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Untraditional Christmas Appetizer Recipes

17 Comments | Written on December 14, 2011 at 5:00 am , by

Do you have a holiday guest who is gluten-free?  Maybe you invited a vegan friend over for a cocktail party?  Traditional holiday fare can be tough when dealing with a variety of dietary restrictions.  No worries!  I have a list of my top 5 favorite appetizer recipes – each of which is great not only for those on a special diet, but ones anyone can enjoy!

Take a look at my Top 5 Untraditional Christmas Appetizer Recipes for Special Diets:


This Gluten-Free Fiesta Dip with Homemade Corn Chip “Stars” is a great addition to any holiday menu.  Everyone will love the spicy dip and the star-shaped chips make the recipe even more festive!

Gluten-Free Fiesta Dip


8 ounce package block-style cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup hot taco sauce

4 ounce can chopped green chiles

2 Tablespoons chopped onion

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon salt


Chili powder for dusting

Chopped cilantro

Gluten-free chips for dipping


Combine all ingredients except garnish and chips.  Spoon into serving bowl; dust with chili powder and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.  Serve with tortilla chips, corn chips, or homemade baked chips.

*To make homemade corn chip “stars” I used a star-shaped cookie cutter and my favorite brand corn tortillas.  I lightly spritzed them with olive oil and baked at 350 until crispy!


Healthy and adorable!  This Vegan “Christmas Tree” Veggie Plate with Hummus is prepared without any animal products.

 Vegan “Christmas Tree” Veggie Plate with Hummus


Your favorite homemade or prepared hummus

Broccoli florets (reserve stem)

Cauliflower florets

Cherry or Grape tomatoes

Garnish:  Slice of starfruit, or yellow bell pepper cut in a star shape


On a large serving platter, spread a layer of your favorite homemade or prepared hummus.  Lightly press the broccoli florets into the hummus in the shape of a Christmas tree.  Use the reserved broccoli stem to make the tree trunk.  Use the cauliflower florets to fill in all the blank space on the platter.  Garnish the broccoli “tree” with cherry or grape tomatoes and top with a slice of starfruit!  (If starfruit in unavailable, simply cut a yellow bell pepper into the shape of a star.)


Bottled cocktail sauce can be laden with extra sugars or high fructose corn syrup.  This recipe for Shrimp Cocktail with Spicy Sugar-Free Cocktail Sauce tastes so much better and can be enjoyed by everyone!

Shrimp Cocktail with Spicy Sugar-Free Cocktail Sauce


6 ounce can tomato paste

1/4 cup Spicy V-8 Vegetable Juice

1 Tablespoon prepared horseradish

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon hot sauce

1/4 teaspoon salt


Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl until well blended.   Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour to blend flavors.  Adjust seasonings, if needed.  You can make it as spicy as you like!  Serve with cooked cold shrimp with tails.  Make the shrimp even more festive by wrapping them with chive “bows!”


Bite-sized appetizers are always fun for a party.  In this recipe, the “cups” are made out of sliced turkey!   Everyone will love these Low-Carb Turkey-Spinach Cups.

Low Carb Turkey-Spinach Cups


24 slices refrigerated deli-style shaved smoked turkey or oven-roasted turkey slices

10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

1/2 cup pre-shredded Italian blend cheese

1/3 cup Garden Vegetable flavor tub-style cream cheese spread

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt, or to taste

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg


Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Place one turkey slice into each of 24 miniature muffin pan cups. Press and form into a cup shape with high sides.  Combine all remaining ingredients until well blended.  Spoon a couple teaspoons into each turkey cup.  Bake for 15 minutes or until filling is hot and edges of turkey start to brown slightly.  Serve warm.


You don’t even need a recipe to make these Veggie “Chicken” Bites with Festive Garnish!  Holiday guests will love the splash of color and burst of flavor.

Veggie “Chicken” Bites with Festive Garnish


Vegetarian “Chicken” Patties

Cherry tomatoes, halved

Green onion, sliced

Parmesan cheese, grated

Sour cream

Jalapeno peppers, sliced

Red pepper, sliced


Prepare “chicken” patties according to package directions.  Slice into quarters.  Top half  of the wedges with cherry tomatoes, green onion and Parmesan cheese.  Top the other half of the wedges with a dollop of sour cream, jalapeno slices and thin slices of red pepper.  Serve with toothpicks.

Whole Foods Flagship Store

11 Comments | Written on June 9, 2011 at 5:00 am , by


Last week, while I was in Austin for the IACP conference, there was one side trip I simply had to make.  A quick visit to the original Whole Foods Market!  The chain began in Austin and I wanted to scope out the flagship store.


The first store was started by an idealistic bunch of 19 people dedicated to providing their customers with organic and sustainable products.  Today, with stores all across the country and over 50,000 team members their commitment to these core values are as strong as ever.


Here in Austin there is also a Culinary Center in addition to the grocery store.  There you can take cooking classes ranging from basic techniques to exotic culinary adventures.  They even provide full-service catering and event planning from this location.


Take a look at that sparkling kitchen as well as the fantastic variety of cookbooks for sale inside the Culinary Center!


One of my favorite parts of this store was the enormous bulk foods section.  Just about every herb, spice, grain or bean was available in these bins.  I love being able to buy bulk items.  It is more environmentally friendly as it cuts down on packaging and shipping.  Buying bulk can also save you money.  Think about all those times you have to buy an entire, expensive jar of a spice you only end up using once.  In this scenario you can simply purchase the one or two teaspoons you might need for a recipe and a fraction of the cost!


Of course, I am also a fan of any market that has a bar inside the store!  Shoppers could participate in wine and beer tastings, or just relax at the bar to enjoy a glass of their favorite beverage.  I was there on a Friday afternoon and they even had a local musician there to entertain the group.  Love it!


As I was leaving the store, this caught my eye by the front door.  So many grocery stores will have a basket of candy for children to snack on while their parents do the shopping.  Here at Whole Foods there are baskets of fresh fruit!  While I waited for my taxi to take me back to the conference I saw dozens of kids choose their favorite from these baskets.  Such a wonderful way to teach good habits from an early age.

Whole Foods also provides an array of healthy recipe cards scattered throughout the store.  I love anything with grapefruit, so this recipe for a simple and colorful salad instantly caught my eye.  Enjoy!



2 grapefruits

2 avocados, peeled, pitted and chopped

1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced

1 head Bibb or butter lettuce

Carefully peel grapefruits, making sure to remove all of the white pith.  Working over a large bowl to catch any juice, cut the membrane from the outside edge of each segment to release the fruit and let it drop into the bowl.  Add avocados and onion, and toss well.  Arrange lettuce leaves on a platter, spoon salad over the top and serve.  Serves 4.

Nutrition per serving: 230 calories, 15 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 10 mg sodium, 25 g total carbohydrate, 9 g dietary fiber, 12 g sugar, 4 g protein

Dairy free, Gluten free, High fiber, Low sodium, Vegan, Vegetarian

Check out other bloggers who covered IACP or Whole Foods!

Average Bettyhttp://www.averagebetty.com/blog/when-social-media-becomes-antisocial/ and http://www.averagebetty.com/blog/iacp-2011-diy-video-blogging-workshop/

Food Nouveauhttp://foodnouveau.com/2011/06/06/conferences/a-fulfilling-week-at-the-2011-iacp-annual-conference-austin/

Gluten Free Girlhttp://glutenfreegirl.com/gluten-free-in-austin/

Espresso and Creamhttp://www.espressoandcream.com/2011/06/greetings-from-austin.html and http://www.espressoandcream.com/2011/06/iacp-day-2.html

Worth the Whiskhttp://worththewhisk.com/2011/06/06/a-dorie-greenspan-lovefest-and-one-of-her-secret-ingredients/

What’s Gaby Cookinghttp://whatsgabycooking.com/iacp-2011-austin/