Fourth of July Recipe Roundup

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on July 1, 2015


The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. Outdoor parties, fireworks, great food, spending time with family and friends, my birthday (on July 5th) – it doesn’t get much better than that! Here are some of my favorite recipes for backyard get-togethers: they are healthy, light, summery, and absolutely delicious. Happy long weekend everyone!

** Starters and Sides **


Grape and Avocado SaladJuicy grapes and creamy avocados make this salad filling, satisfying, and refreshing.

White Bean and Veggie BruschettaA great way to sneak in some extra veggies, sandwiched in between crispy bread and gooey cheese.

Red, White and Blue Potato SaladA healthier twist on the classic potato salad, with 3 types of potatoes!

Healthy GuacamoleYour guests will devour this delicious dip.

Healthy Seven Layer Bean DipA bean dip that’s so addicting – you won’t be able to tell how good it is for you.

** Burgers and Sandwiches **


Southwestern Veggie BurgersA healthier alternative to beef burgers, but I promise, you won’t miss the meat!

Kale, Garlic, and Caramelized Onion PaninisBecause grilled cheese needs to be dressed up once in a while.

Mushroom and Spinach Tartines with Roasted Garlic SpreadThis creamy garlic spread becomes the base for open faced sandwiches, with a secret healthy ingredient that cuts calories but not taste!

** Dessert **


Cheesecake BitesLittle bites of heaven, and only 100 calories a piece!

Apple and Pear CrispBecause it wouldn’t be the 4th of July without a fruit-filled dessert.

Carrot CakeA lightened up version of the original that still has the classic cream cheese frosting.

Mini Apple PiesPerfectly portioned treats that are super easy to make and are guaranteed to delight!


A Dark Chocolate Giveaway from Theo Chocolate!

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on June 2, 2015


Hi Everyone! In celebration of summer, this month’s giveaway is a little more indulgent than usual :)

It is brought to you by Theo Chocolate – one of my absolute favorite chocolate companies out there! Their chocolate is: organic, fair-trade, non GMO, and they work closely with cocoa bean farmers throughout the world to ensure the highest quality beans and ethical business practices possible.

Their dark chocolate bars are REAL dark chocolate: Their 85% dark bar has only 3 ingredients (cocoa beans, sugar, ground vanilla bean) and 7g sugar for half of a HUGE bar. And their 70% dark bar has only 4 ingredients (cocoa beans, sugar, cocoa Butter, ground vanilla bean) and 13g sugar for half of a bar. Now that’s dark chocolate I can get behind!


And now, one lucky reader has the opportunity to win a huge prize pack of Theo’s chocolate including:

  • (1) 65% Dark Chocolate Demeter-certified organic Bar (biodynamic certified sugar + cocoa)
  • (1) Forbidden Rice 65% Dark Chocolate Demeter-certified organic Bar
  • (1) 70% Orange Dark Chocolate Bar
  • (1) 70% Dark Chocolate Salted Almond Bar
  • (1) Kid’s Crunch Bar
  • Theo’s Coconut Bites

To Enter: You can enter in one of five ways (each option below counts as a separate entry):

  1. Sign up for my free, monthly newsletter (it has healthy recipes and tips – no annoying ads :) plus you’ll get a free healthy meal plan when you sign up!)
  2. Subscribe to The Picky Eater via RSS or via email
  3. Like The Picky Eater on Facebook
  4. Follow me on Twitter (@pickyeaterblog)
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Then post a comment here for each option above that you chose. 

This giveaway will be open until Sunday, June 28th at 11:59pm PST. I’ll be selecting the winner at random (via and will contact them via email. I’ll be announcing the winner in the comments of this post on Monday, June 29th.

Yay for chocolate in the summertime! :)



Slow Cooker Smoky White Bean Chili

May 27, 2015

Spring and summer are here, and I’ve moved more towards making lighter dishes, but over Memorial Day I had a craving for chili that I just had to satisfy. Enter: This slow cooker white bean chili. I was inspired by this recipe from CookingLight, and powered by my slow cooker (which I absolutely love for cooking dried […]

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Cannellini Bean Gratin

May 15, 2015
Baked White Beans

At one of my favorite restaurants in SF, Nopa, they serve the most delicious baked white beans, topped with feta, herbs and breadcrumbs. It comes warm and sizzling in a skillet: crispy from the breadcrumbs, creamy from the beans, and with a little bit of bite from the feta. Since we’re far far away from […]

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Roasted Tomato and Garlic Soup

May 2, 2015
tomato soup 2

Tomatoes are coming in season! I absolutely adore summer tomatoes. They are juicy, ripe, plump and there are so many varieties that are available: heirloom (my fav), roma, beefsteak, plum, cherry, grape – I could go on and on. One of our guilty pleasures is freshly made creamy tomato soup with grilled cheese. I like to […]

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Got (the healthiest) Milk?

April 20, 2015
cow and milk

There’s so much controversy over dairy these days. One camp claims that milk (and all dairy) is one of the worst foods you can eat and should be avoided at all costs, while others claim that if you’re not lactose intolerant, and you have access to organic, pasture-raised dairy – that there is no harm […]

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