Easy Basil Veggie Mix

Are you tired of side salads, having trouble getting your veggies in every day? Here is an amazing recipe that you can make in bulk and it will keep for days. You can pack with your lunch or serve as a side with dinner!

Modified from this Green BEAN recipe, this easy recipe is one for the keeps!

Easy Basil Veggie Mix

Veggie MixIngredients:

  • 1 12oz bag frozen corn
  • 1 12oz bag frozen cut green beans
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 oz fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 8oz low-fat feta cheese crumbles
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook frozen veggies according to package, cutting back on cooking time slightly. Drain and rinse with cold water, let cool.
  • Cut cherry tomatoes in half.
  • In small food processor or blender, blend basil and olive oil.
  • Mix all veggies and toss in oil. Top with feta, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 min before serving.
  • Enjoy!!!!!!!!

I Heart Romaine Hearts:)

Romaine is on my grocery list WEEKLY! Its easy to add a quick caesar salad to meals or add chicken and use it as a main dish. Romaine is packed with vitamins A and K and has a high amount of folate! One of my favorite websites, The World’s Healthiest Foods has a more in depth look at romaine’s nutritional power! Here is how I do chicken caesar salad and (my favorite) romaine on the grill! SO, SO delicious!

 Chicken Caesar Romaine (4 servings)


  • 1 lb chicken breast tenderloins (with salt and pepper to season)
  • 2 romaine hearts
  • 8 tablespoons Light Caesar dressing
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • pepper to taste


  • Preheat grill to medium to high heat
  • Place seasoned chicken on grill for 3-4 minutes on each side.
  • Chop romaine, mix with dressing, cheese and pepper
  • Place chicken on top and serve

*Note: Keep a few salad plates in the freezer to serve salads on – makes salads taste extra crispy!


  • 318 Calories
  • 16g Fat
  • 7g Saturated fat
  • 117mg Cholesterol
  • 690mg sodium
  • 9g Carbohydrate
  • 2g fiber

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Grilled Romaine Hearts

Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 1 romaine heart
  • 1 tbls olive oil
  • 2 tbls shredded parmesan cheese
  • Lawry’s seasoned salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)


  • Heat grill to med-high heat
  • Cut romaine lengthwise
  • Sprinkle oil, salt and pepper on lettuce
  • Place on grill cut side down. Grill for 5 min until slightly wilted.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and serve.


  • 100 Calories
  • 8g Fat
  • 2g Saturated fat
  • 4g Cholesterol
  • 283mg Sodium
  • 3g Carbohydrates
  • 2g Fiber
  • 3g Protein

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Salad Talk @ Amici Cafe

The Salad: It’s the “healthy eater’s” go-to when eating out…with good reason! A colorful plate of various veggies is packed full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. However, more often than not, it’s also packed with a lot of hidden calories. Bacon, cheese, croutons, and the worst….dressing. Many dressings are packed full of corn syrups and sugar, varied oils, and additives. Go ahead, flip some of the dressings over in your fridge and check out the ingredients. Yikes, right?

Recently, I had lunch at Amici Café, an Italian cafe on Ormsby Avenue in Old Louisville. I was blown away! They had several salad options that were amazing! My Tricolor Salad, complete with Kentucky Proud tomatoes, was out of site! With it, I ordered their homemade Sweet Basil Dressing. WOW! In all honestly, it was the best dressing I have ever had! Knowing it was made in-house put me ease – it wasn’t a processed product packed with preservatives (say that 3 times fast) for extended shelf life.

Now, Amici’s wouldn’t divulge the exact recipe, but they told me it was honey based, so I experimented to try and replicate. Here’s what I came up with!

Sweet Basil Dressing (Serving Size: 2 tablespoons, recipe makes approx. 8 servings)


  • 1/2 cup packed whole basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup honey (Tartan Meadows honey, Magnolia, KY, purchased at Lucky’s Market)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup chives
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • Dash of salt


Place all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth. Place in container and refrigerate before serving. The dressing should keep for one week (maybe a little more).

Nutrition Information (per serving)

  • 112 Calories
  • 9g Fat
  • 1.25g Saturated Fat
  • 0g Cholesterol
  • 0mg Sodium
  • 9g Carbohydrate
  • 0g Fiber
  • 0g Protein
Local honey from Tartan Meadows Fruit Farm and Kitchen purchased at Lucky's Market on Hurstbourne Ln.

Local honey from Tartan Meadows Fruit Farm and Kitchen purchased at Lucky’s Market on Hurstbourne Ln.

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Just a quick additional tip…skip the croutons and flavorless cheese, try a seasoned nut and a more full-flavored cheese so you can use a smaller portion! Here are my favorites purchased from Kroger!

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