Easy Edamame Appetizers

At my house, folks tend to get the munchies around 5 or 6 pm. It's not quite dinner time (especially in the summer when it's almost 100% necessary to wait for the sun to set over the lake before heading inside to eat), but stomachs are growling. It's easy to pull out cheese and crackers. It's easy to grab a handful of chips. But with a little bit of effort and just a couple of minutes of work, you can snack on some delicious appetizers that won't ruin dinner and make you feel like you need to ... Continue Reading

Seared Marlin with Avocado-Mango Salsa

Kajiki is the Hawaiian name for Blue Marlin. Here in Hawaii, Kajiki/Marlin can grow to be close 2,000 pounds - can you imagine snorkeling quietly, bubbles floating to the surface, minding your own business, only to look under your right fin and see a 2,000 pound fish with an enormous bill playing tag behind you?! Not that they do that (they might, I don't know), but think about it. Jaws in real life. DuunnDun. Duuuuun Dun. The good news is, Kajiki is super tasty and probably doesn't chase ... Continue Reading

Beet Hummus

If you are looking for a cook out show-stopper, look no further. This Beet Hummus is super tasty and SO gorgeous! Hummus is a great, healthy and shareable appetizer. It has a punch of protein from the garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas) and healthy fats from the olive oil that is used to smooth it out. This one has an extra kick of health benefits from the beets. Beets are jam packed with phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals that help fight inflammation and naturally lower your blood pressure. ... Continue Reading

Tropical Carrot Cake Bars

I feel guilty. I made these Tropical Carrot Cake Oatmeal Bars a few days ago. I should have told you about them by now. I should have told you about this recipe the minute it came out of the oven. They're THAT good. The inspiration for these came from a friend who sent me her favorite oatmeal recipe in response to my Banana Nut Protein Oatmeal recipe. I threw together the typical carrot cake ingredients like carrots (duh), raisins ad cinnamon and added a tropical kick with pineapple, coconut ... Continue Reading

Quick & Easy Homemade Guacamole

The focus at EasyDietHQ.com is to make delicious food that does as much for your waist line and health as it does for your taste buds.  If I had to define EasyDietHQ by a single recipe, it would be guacamole. Fresh, full of flavor, absolutely healthy and definitely delicious...yes, if guacamole was a recipe site instead of a fruit, it would be EasyDietHQ. Fresh guacamole is worlds better than the stuff you buy in a plastic container at the grocery store. And it's super simple to ... Continue Reading

Toasted Pepitas

Let's not waste time. Pepitas are pumpkin seeds. They are the inside kernel of the pumpkin seeds that you scrap off of your hands in October after you've carved a jack-o-lantern. Basically, pepitas are to pumpkin seeds what shelled sunflower seeds are to the sunflower seeds that make a mess of baseball parks. What do they have going on for them? Besides the fact that pepitas are good for snacking, awesome on top of salads, great for baking or toasting with other nuts, and a neat ... Continue Reading

Peanut Butter Power Bites

These Peanut Butter Power Balls are amazing. The down and dirty of it is simple: a ball of peanut butter rolled around in some super happy ingredients like coconut, dried fruit and dark chocolate chips. They are the perfect snack to help power you through a workout, give you a kick in the early-morning butt before work or even satisfy a sweet tooth craving something sinful before bed. Tucked in between a clothing boutique and a tattoo parlor lives  a cute, hipster-as-Kailua-gets ... Continue Reading