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Healthy Low-Calorie Spring Rolls

I love taking spring rolls to potlucks or serving them at gallery receptions. They are as healthy as the ingredients you roll up inside the rice paper wrappers. They require no cooking (unless you opt for a cooked filling such as steamed spinach, grilled asparagus — or my favorite — shredded chicken breast marinated in a soy-sesame-ginger dressing.) Once you get used to rolling these, they really truly are a super easy appetizer, lunch or side dish. Try these and let me know what you think!

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Chevre Cheese Straws with Caraway and Red Chili

Okay. I admit to bribery. Well. Attempted bribery. I’m hoping that serving up some homemade goodies at our little downtown Helena gallery will entice folks to visit today. I wanted to make something sweet, but having just watched the trailer for the new anti-sugar documentary, “Fed Up,” I decided I also needed to make a savory treat. We had all the ingredients around for a cheesy decadent something-or-other. So, in typical Maureen-fashion, I tweaked a basic recipe and ended up with something I can write home about. These are SO easy — and they are positively addictive. Hope you try the recipe. Or, come visit me at 1+1=1 Gallery today or tomorrow.

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Creamy Pumpkin Chai Soothie

I made these for lunch today, though the Creamy Pumpkin Chai Soothie would be just as happy at your breakfast table, or being sipped around a fire after dinner. It’s a little bit sweet. A lot healthy. Smooth and creamy. And if you aren’t into being as healthy as all that — bake up some French Breakfast Puffs to serve with it. Yummo!

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Saturday Smoothies: Late Summer Peach Smoothie

If you don’t have peaches sitting on your kitchen table right now driving you crazy with their incredible fragrance, run out to your local farmers market or produce stand and buy some. Just do it. You know you want to. Then, with at least two of those glorious globes, make this Late Summer Peach Smoothie. And. Smile.

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Saturday Smoothies: Tropical Guava Delight

When it’s hot outside, a smoothie is the perfect breakfast or lunch. Rich in vitamins, fiber, protein and minerals, smoothies give you just about everything you need in a meal. This one is a true delight, sweet, cold, with an amazing mouth-feel. Tropical Guava Delight is a combination of guava, pineapple, lemon, coconut, vanilla and raw hazelnuts. Just right for a late summer day. Go for it! Yuh-Ummmm!

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Saturday Smoothies: Peach Lemon Lift

Wow! Talk about an energy lift — this smoothie has zing that’ll lift the whole rest of your day while filling you up and making you healthier. Can’t get any better than that. Adding whole lemon slices — peel and all — really gives this smoothie an amazing lemonadey flavor. The lemon and peaches are a yummy combination — they get along well.

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Saturday Smoothies: Peach Almond Raspberry Grin

Pink is pretty. It’s also full of anti-oxidant phytochemicals that are just plain old GOOD for you. This smoothie is loaded with raspberries, and berries are some of the highest antioxidant foods on Earth. Peaches are a very high-nutrition-density food, so are the almonds in this smoothie. This smoothie will make you smile. Check out the recipe.