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Detox Quinoa Spinach Salad (gluten-free + vegan)

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This quinoa salad has it all!  Recently, I’ve been bored with healthy lunchtime options and wanted to create an exciting dish that provides a healthy source of lasting energy for lunch on-the-go.  This recipe features my all time favorite grain: quinoa (gluten-free and a complete protein).  It gets healthy fat from both avocado and walnuts […]

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

This recipe is perfect for holiday dinners.  It is simple, classic and oh so healthy! Sweet potatoes are such a wonderful vegetable.  They provide a good source of dietary fiber and are high in vitamins A and C. Plus, they are a good source of potassium. Make sure you select sweet potatoes with smooth skin (avoid cracks, […]

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Treasure Hunt Brown Rice

Healthy Brown Rice Recipe

Adding some fun and unique ingredients to brown rice takes it from ho-hum to WOW!  Try adding these delicious (and nutritious) food “treasures” including pine nuts, golden raisins and chunks of both champagne mango and avocado to make this dish a real crowd pleaser.  Also works well with chunks of nectarine or peach (perfect for […]

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Ayurvedic Cauliflower “Rice”

Ayurvedic Cauliflower “Rice”

Guest Blog Post: The below post is from my friend, Melissa Biber. While I have always been interested in Ayurvedic Medicine, it was not until this past Spring when I spent time at an Ashram becoming certified in Ayurvedic nutrition that I began to incorporate Ayurvedic principles into my daily life. The term Ayurveda derives from […]

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Purple Cabbage Salad with Walnuts and Granny Smith Apple

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It is important to incorporate vegetables of every color into your diet.  Purple cabbage has so many wonderful health benefits – it is low in calories (22 per serving) and full of heart healthy fiber and vitamin C.  In fact, just one serving contains more than half of your daily intake for vitamin C.  According […]

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Mashed Lima Beans

Mashed Lima Beans

This unique twist on the classic mashed potatoes is much easier (and faster) to make since frozen lima beans cook quickly and don’t require any peeling.   Plus, lima beans are packed with fiber, protein and important nutrients to keep you healthy.   Their light green color is gorgeous paired with any entrée. Lima beans are considered […]

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Mayo-Free Coleslaw

Cole+Slaw

This healthy side dish is a great alternative to salad. Cabbage is an inexpensive veggie and full of fiber, vitamin C & K and other important antioxidants. Rather than the typical mayo-based dressing, this recipe uses a light dressing loaded with herbs. Adding the nectar, granny smith apple, pistachios and avocado takes coleslaw from basic […]

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Southwest Jicama Slaw

Just coming back from the Southwest has inspired me to experiment with new flavors and ingredients.  This fresh and healthy jicama salad is perfect as a fun side for a BBQ. Ingredients 1 large jicama, peeled and sliced thinly into short strips 1 can black beans, rinsed 1 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped ½ cup […]

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Pesto Broccoli Slaw

This is a unique summertime side dish that is a real crowd pleaser.  With BBQ season in full swing – now is the time to try out this healthy and savory slaw. The gourmet twist on this dish is the pesto sauce… it is unexpected and balanced out with the sweetness of the dried fruit […]

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Pesto Quinoa

This is pesto with a vegan twist… no cheese!  This makes a great side or main dish and is also gluten-free. Ingredients 2 cups quinoa, rinsed 4 cups water Vegan Pesto Sauce 2 cups fresh basil, rinsed and dried ½ cup extra virgin olive oil ½ cup walnuts 4 garlic cloves, pressed Preparation Bring water […]

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