grilled romaine salad with dijon vinaigrette

Cut romaine hearts in half and place on a hot grill for a summertime twist on salad!

Lightly crisped and topped with garden ripe tomatoes, olives, salty cheese and a dijon vinaigrette creates a meal in itself!

Grilled Romaine Salad ~ A summertime twist on salad!

Romaine lettuce is thought of as one of the most nutrient dense varieties of lettuce around.  It is high in vitamin K, chlorophyll, vitamin A, vitamin C and folic acid.  Romaine lends a nice crunch to salads or can be added to soups and stews in place of other leafy greens.  Grilling it is my new favorite way to eat it!

Make sure lettuce is dry, placing freshly washed lettuce on the grill will result in a soggy mess!

Grilled Romaine Salad ~ A summertime twist on salad ~

grilled romaine salad
Dijon Vinaigrette recipe from "Food and Wine" magazine
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Serves: 4
  • 4 romaine hearts, washed and dried
  • ¼ cup parmesan or asiago cheese (optional)
  • ½ cup large black olives
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • For vinaigrette:
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place romaine cut side down on a medium hot grill. Grill until lightly crisp and grill lines appear. Remove from heat.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together vinaigrette ingredients slowly adding olive oil.
  3. Assemble salads with olives, tomatoes and cheese.
  4. Drizzle with vinaigrette and enjoy!

For a vegan version, omit cheese and add with any toppings desired such as nutritional yeast, avocados or sunflower seeds!

Grilled Romaine Salad ~ A summertime twist on salad ~

 Get in those grilling days while they last!!!

peanut butter blast brownies ~vegan, gluten free~

I guess you can say we have a bit of a brownie addiction in our house!  

Peanut Butter Blast Brownies ~vegan AND gluten free~ Made with sweet potatoes and cacao powder, a healthy way to treat yourself!

You can probably include a chocolate addiction somewhere in there too!

Unlike my usual brownies made with chickpeas, these are made with two heaping cups of sweet potato!  Fudgy, gooey and a totally healthy way to treat yourself!

Peanut Butter Blast Brownies ~vegan AND gluten free~ Made with sweet potatoes and cacao powder, a healthy way to treat yourself!

Vegan AND gluten free…antioxidant rich, fiber filled and super simple to make!

peanut butter blast brownies
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 16
  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon flax meal + 3 tablespoons warm water) or 1 egg
  • 2 cups sweet potato puree
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons almond or soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup cacao powder or high-quality cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup gluten-free flour mix (I use Bob's Red Mill)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • For the Peanut Butter Sauce:
  • ¼ tablespoon creamy all-natural peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon agave or maple syrup
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, grease a 8x8 baking pan with oil or cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl stir together flax seed meal and warm water, set aside for 10 minutes or until a gel is formed.
  3. In a large bowl combine flax egg, sweet potato puree, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, milk and vanilla. Use a hand-held mixer and mix until well combined and fluffy.
  4. In another bowl mix together cacao powder, GF flour, baking soda and salt.
  5. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until well combined. Pour batter into baking pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool before cutting.
  6. To make Peanut Butter Sauce:
  7. In a small saucepan whisk together peanut butter, coconut oil and agave syrup until smooth. Drizzle over cooled brownies.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 169 Fat: 12 Carbohydrates: 13 Sugar: 6 Protein: 4

Peanut Butter Blast Brownies ~vegan AND gluten free~ Made with sweet potatoes and cacao powder, a healthy way to treat yourself!

I roasted two medium sized sweet potatoes and let them cool before scooping out the inside.  You can also boil peeled and cut sweet potatoes, but I feel that roasting them brings out more of a naturally sweet flavor.  If you don’t get a full 2 cups of sweet potatoes, add applesauce to make up the remainder.

Peanut Butter Blast Brownies ~vegan AND gluten free~ Made with sweet potatoes and cacao powder, a healthy way to treat yourself!

Talk about an easy way to get in a serving of vegetables!

Hope you enjoy them :)

pomegranate lavender iced tea

A double dose of antioxidants, brewed lavender black tea and pomegranate juice make a powerful pair!

Pomegranate Lavender Iced Tea ~ A double dose of antioxidants!

In the hot summer months we tend to forget about drinking tea for optimal health.  Tea of all kinds, green, black or white all have extremely high amounts of antioxidants making it one of my favorite superfoods…superdrink I guess I should say!  Tea contains polyphenols, which is an antioxidant that protects our cells from damage and stress.  While green tea contains more polyphenols than black tea, regular consumption of black tea may lower risk of heart disease and diabetes.

I brewed Earl Grey black tea infused with lavender flowers for more of an aromatic flavor however, you can use any tea you prefer!  Added citrus fruit, berries and apples give this iced tea an added dose of flavor and nutrients!

pomegranate lavender iced tea
Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 2
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 teaspoons loose tea leaves (or 2 tea bags)
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar or your preferred sweetener (optional)
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • ½ orange, sliced
  • 4 strawberries, halved
  1. Boil water and steep tea for 3-5 minutes. Remove tea leaves or tea bags, stir in sweetener and place in the refrigerator to cool. Once cooled, stir in pomegranate juice and fruit. Pour over ice and enjoy!

Pomegranate Lavender Iced Tea ~ A double dose of antioxidants!

For an adult version, add a little sweet summer red wine to the mix!