Amie Valpone
http://thehealthyapple.com/
Hometown:
Sea Girt, NJ
Location:
Manhattan, NYC

About Me: Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP, Editor-in-Chief of The Healthy Apple and a Manhattan based Culinary Nutritionist, Personal Chef, Professional Recipe Developer and Food Writer specializing in simple Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free ‘Clean’ recipes for the home cook.

Recipes Posted by Amie Valpone:

Gazpacho is one of my favorite soups to make– especially when the weather starts to heat up and my family is looking for a refreshing start to their dinner. I serve this creamy chilled soup as an appetizer when the temperature peaks to cool us off at sunset. I love using crunchy peanut butter for the extra texture, so I decided to toss a scoop of Crunch Time Peanut Butter into this soup with some golden roasted peanuts. If you’re a gazpacho fan, you will love this creamy ‘n fun spin on my classic tomato gazpacho recipe. It’s velvety and delicious- I even serve it as a guacamole dip for entertaining with crudités and rice crackers!

I bet you’ve never had a bread pudding with coconut, banana, peanut butter and a touch of cinnamon in each bite. Have you? This succulent pudding is dairy-free and gluten-free using creamy almond milk and gluten-free bread but you can use cow’s, rice or soy milk if you prefer. This dish is perfect right out of the oven – just scoop a warm serving right into your bowl. You can savor the dish all week long by keeping it covered in your fridge. I enjoy serving this bread pudding warm with a drizzle of PB & Co. Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter on top.

The Heat is On Peanut Butter is the star of this dish. I love the spicy flavor and even added barbecue peanuts for an extra special fiery kick. I serve these burritos at summer BBQs and my family loves the addition of creamy potatoes instead of the usual black bean filling. Sweet cherry tomatoes, colorful bell peppers and red onion complement the spiciness of each bite. Corn tortillas work great for this dish as well!

This fancy spin on a classic omelet was created out of trial and error. I thought about making a frittata with eggs beaten but I thought how beautiful it would look with whole poached eggs on top, baked nicely in the oven. Surprisingly, this recipe came out perfect and it is great to serve to friends and family for a weekend brunch.

These cute little balls are packed with a hearty dose of protein from the eggs, chickpeas, peanuts and the peanut butter; not to mention the addition of fabulous fiber from the oats and cranberries. I use dry chickpeas to create maximum flavor, but you can certainly use canned chickpeas if you are in a time crunch. I serve this tasty bite-sized snack to kids after school with jam as well as to my adult clients and friends with plain Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon for a trendy appetizer with colorful toothpicks.

Peanut Butter Cranberry Chickpea Balls