Review Category : Recipes

Jul 29, 2013 0

Morgahn & Andrea Make The “Tastiest Breakfast Ever” Part 1:

They may not be the best in the kitchen, but Andrea and Morgahn share how to make a tasty breakfast recipe you and your family will love!

Recipe From: Woman’s Health

You don’t have to swear off meat to boost your health. In his latest cookbook, Mark Bittman explains how eating a plant-based diet—just until dinnertime—can help you shed pounds and feel energized. For breakfast, you’re going to love this apple dish.

Broiled Nutty Apples

  • 4 apples
  • 4 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Set the broiler to medium-high heat, with the rack at least 4 inches from the heat source.

Halve apples and scoop out seeds. Rub halves with oil and put them cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Broil until the skins are blistered and you can pierce with a fork, 3 to 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine spices and salt in a bowl. Turn apples over, sprinkle with spice mixture, and drizzle with syrup. Broil, cut side up, until apples are golden and fully tender, another 2 to 3 minutes; sprinkle with nuts and pass under the broiler again until they just begin to toast, no more than 1 minute. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes: 4 servings
Time: 20 to 30 minutes
Per serving: 260 cal, 15 g fat (1 g sat), 3 g carbs, 246 mg sodium, 6 g fiber, 3 g protein

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Let’s Talk Tequila!

Tequila 101

You may love to drink tequila, but do you know what it’s made out of? It comes from a Blue Agave Plant.

There are 5 Classes of Tequila:

  1. Blanco Silver or White: The traditional tequila having a unique agave flavor and is usually strong
  2. Reposado/ Rested: It’s obtained after 2 months to 1 year
  3. Anjeo/ Aged: Obtained after 1 year
  4. Extra Anejo or Extra Aged: Obtained after 3 years
  5. Joven/ Young: The combination of two tequilas using a Tequila Blanco and Anejo or Tequila Blanco and Extra Anejo

Have a love for margaritas?  Hilda, The Tequila Ambassador from La Cava del Tequila in Epcot Center suggests you use Tequila Silver to make margaritas because of its unique strong flavor.

The Difference Between Tequila & Mezcal

The difference lies in the plant. Hilda explains, in Mexico they have more than two hundred different agaves. Tequila is made with blue agave and mezcal is made with another kind of agave. They both have an appellation of origin, but from different territories in Mexico.

The Worm In The Bottle:

The worm was part of the Mexican tradition; but here’s something to remember, having the worm doesn’t mean it’s the best quality.

Recipes As Seen On Life Love Shopping:

Avocado Margarita:
  • 1 1/2 oz Tequila Silver
  • 1 1/2 oz Melon Liquor
  • 1 Slice of Fresh Avocado
  • 1/2 oz Agave Nectar
  • 1 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 1/2 oz Orange Liquor
  • Ice
  • Hibiscus Salt Rim
Horchata Margarita:
  • 1 1/2 oz Tequila Silver
  • 3 oz Rice Water
  • 1/2 oz Horchat Liquor
  • 1/4 oz Cinnamon Whisky
  • 1/2 oz Agave Nectar
  • Ice
  • Cinnamon/Sugar Rim
Jalapeño Margarita:
  • 1 Slice of Jalapeno
  • 3 Slices Of Cucumber
  • 1 1/2 oz Tequila Silver 100% agave
  • 1/2 oz Orange Liquor
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Agave Nector
  • Ice
  • Hibiscus Salt Rim
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Twist On Traditional Irish Drinks


Beer doesn’t have to be green this time of year, or boring.
Jeremy Roberts, the owner of Eternal Tap in downtown Orlando, came by the Life Love Shopping studio to show us some twists on the traditional Irish drinks just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.
If you’re in the Orlando area, be sure to check out their St. Patrick’s Day party.

Champagne Flute filled half way with Murphy’s Stout
Topped with Chandon

Eternal Tap’s Irish Kentucky Java (2 servings)
12 oz (1.5 cups) coffee
4 oz Jefferson’s
1 oz White Crème de Cacao
.5 oz Maple Syrup
-Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin, shake, pour into 2-4 coffee mugs, top with whipped cream, and cinnamon shaken over top.

For more on Eternal Tap, head to their website 

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Mar 13, 2013 0

DIY Irish Soda Bread

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, you can bring the taste (and smell) of Ireland into your own home. Here’s a traditional soda bread recipe by Darina Allen.


  • 1 pound all-purpose flour (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 13 to 16 ounces buttermilk (depending on the consistency of the buttermilk)


Preheat the oven to 450° F. Mix the flours in a large wide bowl, add the salt and sieved baking soda. Lift the flour up with your fingers to distribute the salt and baking soda.

Make a well in the center and pour in all the buttermilk. With your fingers stiff and outstretched, stir in a circular movement from the center to the outside of the bowl in ever increasing concentric circles. When you reach the outside of the bowl, seconds later the dough should be made.

Sprinkle a little flour on the worktop. Turn the dough out onto the floured worktop. (Fill the bowl with cold water so it will be easy to wash later.)

Sprinkle a little flour on your hands. Gently tidy the dough around the edges and transfer to oven tray. Tuck the edges underneath with your hand; gently pat the dough with your fingers into a loaf about 1 1/2-inch thick. Now wash and dry your hands.

Cut a deep cross into the bread (this is called ‘blessing the bread’ and then prick it in the center of the four sections to let the fairies out of the bread).

Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes then turn the oven down to 400°F for a further 15 or 20 minutes. Turn the bread upside down and cook for a further 5 to 10 minutes until cooked (the bottom should sound hollow when tapped). Cool on a wire rack.

Makes 1 loaf.

Brown Soda Bread: Replace half the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour.

Dubliner Soda Bread: Before baking, brush loaf with egg wash (egg beaten with a little milk) and sprinkle with shredded Dubliner cheese.

Cheese Scones: After the soda bread has been shaped, flatten it out and cut into pieces to form scones. Brush tops with egg wash (egg beaten with a little milk), dip tops into shredded Dubliner cheese and bake, cheese-side up, 10 minutes in a 450° F oven; cook on wire rack.

Recipe by Darina Allen courtesy of Kerrygold Irish Butter

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Creative Party Snacks

by Tara Gidus, RD

The Big Game is coming up and you KNOW you’re looking forward to nothing but commercials and the buffet table.  So here are some creative ideas to break you away from the usual nachos and potato skins.


Get your snack on with pistachios–they are the “skinny nut”

  • Nutrition Powerhouse – Shaped like footballs and naturally crunchy, pistachios are easy to serve. Simply pour them in a bowl, and you are ready for kickoff.
  • Pistachios offer more nuts per serving compared to most snack nuts – 49 nuts per 30 gram serving, compared to 18 cashews or 14 walnut halves.
  • Pistachios are one of the lowest fat, lowest calorie snack nuts – 30 nuts is roughly 100 calories.
  • For more info on pistachio nutrition, visit
  • Get Your Head in the Game with Mindful Eating – Don’t be too focused on the game that you forget what you eat.
  • In-shell pistachios can take longer to eat, so the consumption time may be slowed.
  • Two very preliminary studies suggest that empty pistachio shells may serve as an important visual cue about the amount consumed, potentially encouraging “mindfulness” as one eats and may reduced calorie intake.
  • Flavors on the Field – You can easily add a taste strategy to your game plan with pistachios. They come in a variety of options from salted, lightly salted and unsalted to fun flavors like sweet chili and salt and pepper to spice up your party.
  • In-shell pistachios are a great snack to have at your Super Bowl party because they have fiber and protein, and are a more mindful snack because you have to take them out of the shell. You can enjoy 30 of them for 100 calories and they come in great new flavors.

Wonderful Pistachio Pairings

  • Wonderful Pistachios + Aged Gouda + Gala Apple Wedges Drizzled with Lavender Honey + Cold Ginger Beer or Cold Ginger Ale
  • Yum, yum, yum. A hint of salted, dry-roasted pistachios counterbalances the caramel-like sweetness of aged Gouda blend to blend naturally with the crisp juiciness of Gala apples. Lavender honey adds a fragrant sweetness to this pairing and accents the salty crunch of the pistachio to make it the star of the show.
  • How to serve: Thinly slice Gala apples and arrange on a platter; drizzle with local lavender honey and serve alongside chunks of aged Gouda and bowls brimming with Wonderful Pistachios.

Dole Bananas

  • DOLE Bananas makes it possible to create unique, tasty snacks for your Super Bowl party without being penalized for bad health or nutrition.
  • You can enjoy eating healthy and getting your fruits and veggies – even on the biggest snacking day of the year!
  • These healthier Game Day snacking alternatives are part of Dole’s “Peel the Love” initiative, which reminds Americans that bananas aren’t just convenient, a great energy source and good for you.  They’re fun too!
  • For more banana recipes and serving suggestions, go to

DOLE Bananas Recipes

Grilled Bacon Maple Banana Bites


  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 8 slices center-cut bacon
  • 2 large DOLE® Bananas
  • 1 tsp chili powder


  1. Preheat gas grill to medium heat. Spray grill grates with cooking spray or lightly oil.
  2. Pour maple syrup into shallow dish.
  3. Place bacon onto a microwave-safe plate lined with paper towels. Cover with another paper towel and microwave on HIGH for 1 minute or until bacon just barely begins to cook, but is still pliable and not crisp.
  4. Sprinkle peeled bananas with chili powder (can use more or less to taste). Cut each banana into four roughly equal pieces. Roll each piece in maple syrup and wrap in one slice of bacon. Secure with toothpick.
  5. Grill on medium heat for 5 to 8 minutes or until bacon is nicely browned and crisp, turning occasionally. Serve immediately.

Island Kabobs With Tropical Fruit Salsa


  • 2 ripe, firm DOLE® Bananas, peeled, each cut into 6 pieces
  • 1 ripe DOLE Banana, peeled and diced
  • 2 chunks DOLE Tropical Gold® Pineapple
  • 16 extra large or jumbo shrimp, shelled and de-veined
  • 1 green or red bell pepper, cut into 8 pieces
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 1 Tbsp chopped mint
  • 1 DOLE Green Onion, minced
  • 2 to 3 tsp minced jalapeño pepper


  1. Thread banana pieces, pineapple, shrimp and bell pepper pieces equally onto skewers.
  2. Whisk together lime juice, oil and allspice in small bowl. Brush 2 tablespoons over kabobs.
  3. Combine remaining marinade with diced banana, mango, mint, green onion and jalapeño pepper; place in a serving dish.
  4. Grill kabobs over medium high heat 8 to 10 minutes, turning once or until the shrimp are opaque.
  5. Arrange the kabobs on top of the salsa.

Banana Chips

  • 2 large firm DOLE® Bananas
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice


  1. Cut bananas diagonally into 1/8-inch thin slices. Dip banana slices into fresh lemon juice. Place slices on baking sheets sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Bake at 200°F 2 hours, turn slices over; continue baking 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until slices are crisp. Remove slices to wire rack and cool completely. Store in airtight container.
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Create Raw Chocolate

Cindy Piccoli is a Holistic Nutritionist who showed us how to make raw chocolate. For more about Cindy, visit

Raw Chocolate Recipe
  • 1 cup raw cacao butter 
  • 3/4 cup ground raw cacao powder in glass bowl
  • 4 T. agave syrup in glass bowl
  • 2 tsp vanilla in glass bowl
  1. Slowly melt the raw cacao butter on low heat.
  2. Pour all the ingredients in a bowl and stir.
  3. Pour into molds (molds can be found easily at craft stores or online).*
  4. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  5. Pop chocolate out of the molds and arrange on a plate or put in a gift box.
Another option is use a a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Simply pour the mixture onto the parchment paper and set in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Cut into bars or chunks.
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Healthy & Colorful Thanksgiving Sides

by Diet Diva Tara Gidus

We’re two days out from the biggest food holiday of the year.  Still looking for recipe ideas for Thanksgiving the rest of the holiday season?  We’ve got some mouth-watering ways to get your fruits and veggies in!

California Raisins

  • California Raisins are an all-natural, dried-by-the-sun fruit you can feel good about eating. The ingredient list says it all: Raisins.
  • With California Raisins, the nutrition label tells a great story. Zero fat, no cholesterol, no added sugar and a quarter cup serving has nine percent of your daily value of fiber and potassium and six percent of your daily value of iron. Plus, just a quarter cup of raisins provides a serving
    of fruit.
  • California Raisins come by their sweetness naturally. In fact, raisins can proudly carry the Produce for Better Health Foundation’s Fruit & Veggies—More Matters logo because they are 100% fruit. Also, because raisins contain no added sugar the USDA’s Food-A-Pedia website shows that a serving of the fruit contributes no empty calories.
  • Further, when grapes undergo the simple, sun-dried process to become California Raisins, some nutrients are concentrated. In particular, calcium and potassium levels increase. Fiber also increases.
  • A great value, too – the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) ranks raisins as the most economical dried fruit.
  • A quarter cup of California Raisins is an ideal way to add one serving of fruit to meals and snacks while also helping to meet the USDA MyPlate guidelines that recommend filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables.
  • Convenient and portable, California Raisins are great choice for wholesome, healthy, on-the-go snacking.
  • Exceptionally versatile, California Raisins add delicious, one-of-a-kind flavor to both sweet and savory recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack time, too! Check out this Savory and Sweet Stuffing or California Raisin Bacon Brussel Sprouts.

Country Crock


  • Mangoes are power-packed with antioxidants beta carotene and vitamin C, and contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals.
  • Mangoes are a super-fruit—bursting with antioxidants and over 20 different vitamins and minerals.
  • Mangoes are a premier source of vitamins C and A, and contain antioxidant nutrients with lots of health benefits.
    • Vitamin C is an antioxidant that promotes healthy immune function.
    • Vitamin A supports vision and bone health.
  • The fresh flavor of mangoes is a satisfying and wholesome choice—nutrient rich and naturally free of fat, cholesterol and sodium.
  • Mangoes are a good source of fiber. Diets low in fat and high in fiber-containing grain products, fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors.
  • Squeeze gently to judge ripeness. If the mango has a slight give, it’s ripe and ready to eat. If it’s too firm, let it ripen on the counter for a few days at room temperature.  Don’t judge a mango by its color.  The red blush you’ll see on some varieties is NOT an indication of ripeness or quality; it’s simply a characteristic of the variety.
  • Check out this scrumptious recipe for Mango and Almond Yams


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Delicious & Nutritious Holiday Meals

by Diet Diva Tara Gidus

The biggest food holiday of the year is coming up next week! Here are delicious and nutritious ways to make sure we’re still getting our fruits and veggies in.

Dole Bananas

You know bananas for breakfast and lunch.  But did you think about them for the holidays?  Dole, the world’s largest banana provider, is going bananas for the holidays, and offering fun and healthy ways to enjoy America’s favorite fruit for Thanksgiving, Christmas and year-end celebrations.

Baked bananas on the holiday table can be as easy as the ten-minute Baked Bananas with Honey and Cinnamon – or as elaborate as Holiday Cranberry Banana Cheesecake.

Regardless of how you enjoy them, DOLE Bananas are a guilt-free, naturally sweet holiday treat that contain no fat, cholesterol or sodium.  They are an excellent source of vitamins B6 and C and a good source of potassium and dietary fiber.

To see more creative holiday creations from Dole, go to

Dole Salads

A salad filled with the tastes of the season is a perfect addition to your holiday table – as well as a quick, easy and healthy entrée during the busy shopping season.

Dole offers 47 varieties of bagged salad blends and all-natural kits to make holiday meal-planning easy.

The newest sensation are the three DOLE Extra Veggie salads, which combine Dole’s most popular blends with generous servings of fresh veggies in their own Stay Fresh pouch to ensure maximum crunch and freshnes.

I love Dole’s concept of Salad’tude.  It’s the idea that salad goes beyond food to encompass a range of positive emotions and experiences – from the familiarity of a family food tradition to the joy that comes from satisfying a specific taste or ingredient craving – which can be expressed through salad creation and sharing.

To see more creative holiday creations from Dole, go to

Dole worked with design and food expert Clinton Kelly to create a unique holiday salad based his own expression of Salad’tude:  Clinton Kelly’s First Thanksgiving Salad.


What are you going to do with all of the leftover turkey? Repurpose it!

Make a delicious Blueberry-Cranberry Turkey Salad with DOLE blueberries.  They are the perfect ingredient for holiday recipes, combining superfood nutrition and antioxidants with a taste the whole family loves.  Dole is one of the world’s largest growers of blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries.

Make a soup!  Tuscan Turkey and Pasta Soup using Dole’s Baby Garden Blend.

Natural Delights Medjool Dates

Caramel-like Medjool dates are the best-tasting, most luscious dates in the world – and a cherished holiday tradition.

Medjool date consumption triples during the holidays.

Known as the “Fruit of the Kings,” Medjools are one of nature’s most nutritious foods with many health benefits. They are filled with polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that help protect the body against the oxidation and inflammation of cells that can lead to cancer.  They are also rich in copper, vitamin B6, niacin, calcium and iron, which helps lower blood pressure.

Natural Delights, the country’s leading Medjool date brand, is offering new and nutritious ways to enjoy this naturally sweet and perfectly healthy fruit for the holidays.  They are referred to as “the perfect treat.”


Dreamy Medjool Date Pudding

Five-Minute Stuffed Medjool Date

Blueberry-Cranberry Chicken Salad

Prep: 30 min.

Makes: 4 servings

  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 1-1/2 cups DOLE® Blueberries
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped DOLE Celery
  • 1/2 cup diced orange or red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup lemon lowfat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pkg. (6 oz.) DOLE Butter Bliss or other DOLE Salad blend
  1. Combine chicken, blueberries, cranberries, celery, bell pepper and green onions in large bowl.
  2. Whisk together yogurt, mayonnaise and salt in small bowl. Gently fold into chicken-fruit mixture; chill.
  3. Arrange salad blend on small plates and spoon chicken-fruit mixture over salad.
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3 Easy Foods That Are Good For You

by Tara Gidus, Diet Diva

All too often when we think about nutrition, we are bombarded with messages about what not to eat. Instead, let’s focus on the positive of what’s in some of our favorite foods so we can feel good about eating them.

Frozen Meals

A recent study found that people who ate a portion-controlled frozen Healthy Choice meal in place of their typical restaurant or cafeteria lunch, without changing anything else about their normal diet or exercise routine, lost weight and improved their diet quality at the end of 30 days.

Replacing lunch with a Healthy Choice meal led to decreases in total fat, saturated fat, trans fat and sodium in the participants’ overall diets.

Eating frozen, portion-controlled meals for lunch is a convenient and effective way to decrease daily calorie intake and improve diet quality.

While overall calories consumed per day decreased, the study participants’ intake of the food groups dairy, fruit and vegetables did not change.


Results of a recent study show that popcorn, a popular 100% whole grain snack, can help people to increase their consumption of whole grains.

Researchers looked at the diets of people who ate a daily snack of 100 calories of popcorn for three months without being asked to change anything else about their diets.  At the end of the three month period, those who ate popcorn as a snack increased their consumption of whole grains while also decreasing their consumption of refined grains.

Less than 5% of Americans eat three ounces of whole grains per day, which is the amount recommended by the 2010 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Orville Redenbacher Smart Pop! is a low calorie delicious way to get whole grains!

Canned Tomatoes

Researchers recently looked at the most common non-starchy vegetables in Americans’ diets to determine the vegetable that provides the highest level of antioxidants based on total consumption and antioxidant capacity.

They found that canned tomato products provide the greatest amount of antioxidants to Americans’ diets over any other commonly consumed vegetable.

Hunt’s canned tomatoes are also a convenient and economical way to increase vegetable intake.

People who eat diets rich in fruits and vegetables tend to have a decreased risk of cancer and heart disease. This health benefit may be related in part to fruits’ and vegetables’ contribution of antioxidants to the diet.

As American’s favorite non-starchy vegetable, tomatoes make eating more vegetables achievable.

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