30+Spring Recipes

Spring has always been my favorite time of year.  Nature seems to wake up after the winter sleep.  Green shoots push through the ground and the snow begins to melt.  I know we’re looking forward to spring,  and I’ve trying some new healthy recipes. What about you?  If eating healthier is on your to-do list this year, I’ve got some easy ways to incorporate healthy foods into your diet without sacrificing taste or spending hours in the kitchen.

 

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Grilled Cheese & Pear Sandwich

As I’ve mentioned before, this time of year is the perfect time for sweet pears.  Today I’m making a great mix of sweet and savory in an easy to make grilled cheese and pear sandwich.  I’m not talking about plain white sliced bread and a slice of “American” cheese food. Think complex flavors and textures. There are 3 things to consider when trying to elevate a simple grilled cheese sandwich: 1. choice of bread and cheese  2. ripeness of pear and 3. any additions and condiments to make it your own.   You can use a hearty whole grain bread, multi-grain bread, French bread, or whatever grabs your fancy at the bakery.   Slightly stale works best. You also have so many choices for cheese.  Try brie, blue cheese, goat’s cheese, feta, mozzarella, or sharp cheddar.  Each cheese has its own unique flavor. You can do small thin slices or grate and sprinkle cheese on the bread.

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Avocado BLT With Whole Grain Bread & Lower Fat

Al Fresco Uncured Chicken Bacon has 70% less fat and 40% less sodium than pork bacon.  Now I’ve tried turkey bacon before and expected something similar. I stand corrected. Tasted like regular bacon with great flavor. It comes both uncooked and precooked and ready to use. Oh my I’m going to be experimenting with more ways to use it. If you’re interested in trying it, check out your zip code for stores that sell it. This is NOT a sponsored post.

 

Last week I bought bacon for the Zuppa Toscana soup I shared.  The Al Fresco Uncured Chicken Bacon was so surprisingly good I used it today for my new Avocado BLT. Yum!

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