Warm Wild Blueberries poured over a twice Baked Sweet Potato -- so decadent and so delicious! Perfect healthy holiday side dish recipe or weeknight dinner!

Twice Baked Sweet Potato w/ Warm Wild Blueberries

Warm Wild Blueberries drizzled over a creamy twice baked Sweet Potato — it’s heaven on your plate!
Warm Wild Blueberries poured over a twice Baked Sweet Potato -- so decadent and so delicious! Perfect healthy holiday side dish recipe or weeknight dinner!

I don’t consider myself terribly creative in the kitchen. But, sometimes…when I’m tooling around in there, throwing together ingredients, I can surprise myself. This is one of those recipes. I knew what I wanted to do, but I just wasn’t sure how to get there. When it all came together and I took that test bite, I was pretty excited. You might be thinking wild blueberries and sweet potato? Let me tell you, it is so good.

Warm Wild Blueberries poured over a twice Baked Sweet Potato -- so decadent and so delicious! Perfect healthy holiday side dish recipe or weeknight dinner!

I started with a big ole, buttery sweet potato that I baked twice. It was actually a ginormous sweet potato, definitely enough for two, maybe three servings. After the first bake, I scooped out the creamy flesh and mixed it with ricotta cheese, a few favorite spices, and a little maple syrup, just for good measure. After piling it back inside this mammoth spud I gave it another quick bake. Once it was toasty and perfect, I served it topped with roasted pecans, warmed wild blueberries, and a drizzle more of real maple syrup.

The end result is a magical bite of the perfect amount of sweet and the perfect amount of savory! It’s decadent, yet hearty. It’s fancy, yet rustic.

I developed this recipe for the folks over at Wild Blueberries. It was inspired by my husband, who needed a sweet potato intervention. Click here for the recipe and the story behind it.

Warm Wild Blueberries poured over a twice Baked Sweet Potato -- so decadent and so delicious! Perfect healthy holiday side dish recipe or weeknight dinner!

Twice Baked Sweet Potato with Wild Blueberries

Harissa Hummus Dip with roasted Brussels Sprouts

Spicy Harissa Hummus

Reinvent your tailgate fare with this easy to make harissa hummus. The perfect partner with roasted vegetables for a healthy, spicy bite! 

Spicy Harissa Hummus with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Today we’re having a virtual tailgating party courtesy of The Recipe Redux and Sabra Hummus. By posting this recipe I’m entering a contest sponsored by Sabra Dipping Co. LLC. I received coupons for free product, but I was not compensated for my time. I am eligible to win prizes, though! Woo hoo!

Do You Like Spicy?

If you do, you’re going to love my Harissa Hummus. First things first, this recipe is crazy easy to whip up. Eating clean usually requires making food from scratch. Luckily, store-bought hummus has always been on my clean foods list!

For this recipe contest we used Sabra hummus (click the blue frog below the recipe to take a peek at my competition). I used the plain flavor because I wanted to doctor it up myself. The plan was to create a healthy option for dipping vegetables. I know…most people like pita, crackers, or tortilla chips with hummus, but once you’ve dipped a roasted veggie into your hummus, there’s no going back. It’s pretty amazing, especially when the veggies are warm from the oven.  It’s best to use a vegetable that doesn’t get really soft when roasted, so I went with Brussels Sprouts this time. Broccoli, parsnips, carrots or asparagus stalks would be lovely, too.

Spicy Harissa hummus dip with roasted vegetables

Beans, Beans…Good For Your Heart

Your typical hummus is made by processing together chick peas, lemon, tahini, olive oil, and some spices. The traditional base for hummus is chick peas, although there are many other hummus types out there. Have you tried beet, black bean, or cauliflower hummus?

Not only are beans a great source of protein and fiber, they also help to reduce your risk of getting heart disease and diabetes. What I love about bean-based hummus is that just 2 heaping spoonfuls per day satisfies the recommended 3 cups of beans per week. I don’t know about you, but for me getting in 3 cups of beans each week isn’t a reality (and I LOVE my beans). But #twospoons of hummus? That’s not going to be a problem!
Harissa hummus dip -- spicy tailgating food!

You Got This!

I mixed the Sabra plain hummus with some plain Greek yogurt so my mouth wouldn’t catch on fire from the harissa. It worked like a charm for the perfect hint of heat (which you can adjust to your liking) and a ton of flavor! To finish it off, I sprinkled the dip and the Brussels with chili powder and hemp seeds.

I hope you’ll try this delicious duo at your next tailgating party. It’s a smart strategy for bringing something healthy that you can enjoy, while everyone else eats well, you know…that other stuff.

Spicy Harissa Hummus


Spicy Harissa Hummus

Spicy Harissa Hummus


  • 1 lb Brussels Sprouts, cleaned and halved
  • Sea salt
  • 1 container Sabra hummus, plain
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 -3 tsp harissa
  • 1Tbsp hemp seeds
  • sprinkle chili pepper
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 400. Toss Brussels Sprouts with olive oil and salt. Lay out on baking sheet. Roast until just tender, about 15 minutes. DO NOT OVERCOOK. I took mine out a little early so they did not get mushy and retained their green color.
  2. While Brussels are roasting, combine Greek yogurt and hummus in a small bowl. Stir well. Add the harissa, per your taste. The more you add, the spicier the hummus will be. Mix until well combined. Place into serving tray and sprinkle with chili pepper, hemp seeds and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve alongside warm Brussels sprouts.

Spicy Harissa Hummus dip -- perfect tailgaiting recipe!

The best chia seed pudding roundup. Healthy recipes for snacks or on the go breakfast!

The Best Chia Seed Pudding Recipe Roundup

The best chia seed pudding roundup. Healthy recipes for snacks or on the go breakfast! I adore chia seed pudding. It’s a super easy way to make a delicious snack or breakfast on the go.

A traditional chia seed pudding is made with about 1/3 cup of chia seeds, 1 1/2 cups of milk, a sweetener, and fruit. I love to make it with fresh almond milk or coconut milk and I think it’s fun to layer it with yogurt. The possibilities are endless when it comes to making chia seed pudding, just use your imagination!

I know the texture takes a little getting used to, but I’ve got a simple trick to get around that.  To create a more creamy pudding texture, blend all the ingredients together in blender or Vitamix before letting it set in the fridge.

Why are eat chia seeds healthy? Chia seeds are well known for containing healthy omega 3 fats. They also provide a healthy dose of protein, fiber, and important minerals like calcium, magnesium, and iron. These amazing little seeds also have great absorptive power! They can absorb up to ten times their weight in water, helping you to stay full and satisfied.

To get you started whipping up a batch of chia seed pudding in your own kitchen, here are a few of my favorite chia seed pudding recipes from around the web:

Banana Chia Seed Pudding with Almond Crumb Topping

This is one of my favorite chia seed pudding recipes. I love the layering of yogurt in between the chia and the crumb topping is the bomb!

Banana Chia Pudding + Almond Crumb Topping -- perfect #snack or #breakfast pudding!


Ginger Matcha Green Tea Infused Chia Pudding

EA over at The Spicy RD, knows how to make a fun chia seed pudding. This one is infused with matcha green tea and topped with fresh mango. YUM!



Apple Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding

Stephanie over at Hello Natural shows you how to make a warm apple cinnamon chia pudding. Gorgeous and perfect for fall!



Peanut Butter Cup Chia Seed Pudding

Megan over at With Salt and Wit makes a low calorie PB + chocolate chia seed pudding, using cottage cheese and PB2. Pretty creative if you ask me!

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Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding

Rachael at An Avocado a Day makes this delicious breakfast chia pudding with mashed banana, almonds and a dollop of jam. The perfect way to start the day!



Pineapple Flurry + Coconut Chia Pudding

This mouthwatering chia seed pudding with pineapple from Honestly Yum just makes me happy looking at it. Come on, you know you want to eat this right now!



Coconut Chia Pudding with Raspberries

Abby of Langer Nutrition created this simple chia seed pudding and topped it with a handful of ruby red raspberries. This pudding is just asking to get scarfed up for breakfast tomorrow!