Salmon with figs, red onions and honey

I have become victim to relentless persecution by small electronic devices....more

Spicy Red Bell Pepper Hummus

Football season has officially begun and it’s game day! My parents are fortunate enough to have purchased 49er season tickets to the new Levi’s Stadium. And today is the third preseason game at the new stadium in Santa Clara. My sister, her boyfriend, and a friend of mine cannot begin to express how excited we are to go! As a young child (back in the days of Joe Montana and Jerry Rice) I can remember going to Candlestick for games with the whole family....more

Avocado Lime Chicken Enchiladas

These ain’t your normal enchiladas with the red sauce, no maa’m. You actually make your own sauce to pour over the enchiladas and it is delicious! A mild spicy and tangy sauce that bakes into the enchiladas (mild spicy ~ not too hot and not blah, just the right amount of flavoring…mild spicy {yes, that is a word in Sweet and Spicy Monkey’s kitchen…smile}).I found the recipe over at Six Sisters' Stuff and I’ve adapted it to my own liking. I’m not really a fan of cilantro, well make that a lot of cilantro…ok, anything over 1 Tablespoons of cilantro added into a meal is way too much for me unless its salsa! I know, weird, right? Since I love Mexican food so much....more

10 Tips for Packing Healthy School Lunches

I have several friends who have kids going into kindergarten. Many of them have asked me for ideas about how to pack healthy lunches for their kiddos without going insane from the time and effort it takes to make lunches every school day. ...more
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Raw Vegan Chocolate Cashew Ice Cream

If you’ve ever tried Booja Booja ice cream you will probably have died and gone to heaven at every mouthful, but also felt the beginnings of a heart attack when you looked at the price tag! Well what if I told you that you can really easily make your own at home? Using only 4 simple ingredients – the same ones as Booja Booja Hunky Punky Chocolate – you can recreate this super creamy, chocolatey deliciousness at home in just a few minutes (plus freezing time). I have been saving this recipe for a few weeks because I wanted to truly perfect it and oh wow it is just fantastic....more

Quinoa Avocado Sushi

Most of the time I’m too lazy to put a lot of effort into my lunch, so I generally go for a (mostly) raw salad that takes 5-10 minutes to put together. But sometimes it’s nice to have something a little more fancy, and so enters my quinoa avocado sushi. I prefer to use quinoa as it’s quicker to cook than brown rice plus it contains a lot of protein, and adding mashed avocado to it really helps it all stick together just like sushi rice would. For the fillings you can use anything you like! In the images below I used cucumber, orange pepper, and purple cabbage....more

Food for Thought: Hazelnuts

Did you know that the Hazelnut is rich in unsaturated fats, you know the kind of fat that is actually good for the heart?  Much of this fat is called oleic acid, which has been shown to lower "bad" cholesterol and raise the "good" kind. They're also packed full of magnesium and vitamin E, which has been proven to protect your skin from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation, such as skin cancer and premature aging. This is just the tip of the iceberg!...more

Healthy Snack Idea: Cucumber Boats With Everything Bagel Seasoning

Ask anyone who knows me well, and they’ll tell you that I loooove me some snacks! If I have one dietary downfall, it’s snacking. By a long shot. When done right, snacking is a great way to fuel up in between meals. But the kind of snacking I’m talking about (and which I’m guilty of) usually involves processed, nutrient-poor foods eaten mindlessly for reasons other than hunger....more
WHOA. My mouth just watered.more