Tex Mex Corn Casserole

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you’re probably looking for some easy, yummy side dishes to fill out your cooking roster. This Tex Mex Corn Casserole fits the bill! Ready in under 25 minutes, this crowd pleaser is a surefire hit at any holiday table. You can even make it ahead, then just pop it in the oven while your turkey rests on the counter before dinnertime. Cheers to a new cheesy, creamy, spicy holiday tradition!

To view the recipe, visit Robyn Morneo’s website.

Vegan Peppermint Mocha

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This healthy twist on a seasonal favorite tastes like a decadent treat, but actually has no dairy or processed sugar!  Consider making up a big batch of this recipe for your next holiday gathering; it’s sure to be a hit with even the pickiest friends and family. Feel free to adapt the flavors, as you like, substituting almond extract for the peppermint, removing the coffee, or using another non-dairy milk, as you like.

Total Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 can full fat coconut milk, chilled overnight in the fridge
  • 1 ½ tablespoons vanilla extract, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon pure peppermint extract (more or less to taste)
  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ¼ cup strong coffee
  • ¾ cup raw cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 1-2 tablespoons coconut sugar or honey (more or less to taste)
  • 1 pinch sea salt, to taste

Directions:

  1. Open the can of coconut milk, and scoop out the solids at the top. Pour the remaining coconut water into a medium size saucepan.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the coconut milk solids on high for 3-5 minutes, until fluffy and thoroughly whipped. Add ½ tablespoon vanilla extract, and a pinch of coconut sugar to taste, and whip until blended. Transfer to a bowl, and put in the freezer to firm it up while you make the rest of the recipe.
  3. In the saucepan with the coconut water, add the almond milk, coffee, peppermint extract, remaining 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, cacao powder, and 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (or honey), and whisk over medium heat until steaming. Add the pinch of salt, and season to taste with more sweetener or peppermint as needed.
  4. Divide the drink between two mugs, and top with a dollop of the chilled whipped cream. Dust each glass with a bit more cacao powder if desired, and enjoy!

Note: For a grownup twist on this recipe, you can add a splash of your favorite alcohol. Try Bailey’s, Frangelico, coffee liquor, or bourbon.

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Vegan Chana Masala

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Packed with savory spices and creamy coconut milk, this dish tastes so savory, you won’t even realize its vegan. Indian spices contain a plethora of beneficial nutrients. Turmeric in particular is a potent anti-inflammatory, and boosts your body’s ability to defend itself. Spinach, packed with iron, boosts your bones, and chickpeas and quinoa both deliver fiber and protein. Make up a big batch of this recipe to enjoy warming, comforting, and healthy meals all week long.

For the recipe, visit GeoBlue’s site Healthy Travel Blog or Travel Well Worldwide.

Provençal Fish en Papillote

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Provençal style food, centered in the South of France, includes a love for fresh fish, extra virgin olive oil, and pungent garlic. Lucky for us, these delicious ingredients are also extraordinarily healthy. Fish provides lean protein, olive oil healthy unsaturated fat, and garlic both boosts the immune system and quells inflammation. Cooking food “en papillote,” a classic French cooking technique, allows all the flavors to steam together deliciously, and also keeps the fat content low. Feel free to swap out your protein and vegetables to customize this recipe. See the additional suggestions below.

To view the recipe, visit GeoBlue’s site Healthy Travel Blog & Travel Well Worldwide.

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Bowls

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Craving a hearty bowl of pasta but don’t want to break the calorie bank? This recipe has your back. Spaghetti squash, when baked, turns into perfect low-cal noodles, making an ideal vehicle for melty cheese and meaty sauce. Make up a double batch of this recipe to freeze and enjoy when you’re short on time.

To view the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website. 

Note: You can modify this recipe with lentils or beans to replace the ground meat for a vegetarian version, and also omit the cheese (or substitute with your favorite vegan cheese) for a dairy free version.

Black Bean & Corn Empanadas

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This quick & easy version of empanadas makes these delicious treats totally doable in your home kitchen, without having to fuss with making your own dough. Refrigerated crescent roll dough makes the perfect buttery foundation for this delectable recipe, and saves you tons of time. Feel free to use whatever filling here you like- ground beef, shredded chicken, or roasted and diced vegetables all work seamlessly. Mash up with easy 5-minute guacamole recipe below, pull out your favorite hot sauce, and you’re in for a real fiesta!

For the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website.

Faro & Mushroom Salad {vegan}

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This warm grain salad is perfect for any autumn dinner. Healthy and vegan while still being hearty and satisfying, this dish will please meat-eaters and vegans alike. Of course, feel free to add butter and Parmesan if you want to go full force! This recipe also makes for the perfect Thanksgiving side dish when you’re catering to a mixed dietary preference crowd.

For the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website.

Greek Quinoa Salad {vegan}

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This healthy twist on the classic orzo salad swaps in protein packed, gluten free quinoa for the pasta for a lighter option. Lycopene rich tomatoes, fiber packed chickpeas, and immune boosting garlic and onions round out this superfood salad. The Greek Mediterranean diet is lauded for its health benefits, and Greeks are among the longest living populations in the world. A focus on vegetables, whole grains, fish, and olive oil give this lifestyle its longevity boosting powers. Lucky for us, these dietary tenants are easy to uphold wherever you live. For a more substantial meal, add some grilled salmon, shrimp, or chicken to this salad.

To view the post, visit GeoBlue’s Healthy Travel Blog.

Chipotle Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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Savory, protein packed, and full of spicy flavor, these chipotle chicken stuffed sweet potatoes offer a new and healthy twist on the traditional potato skins appetizer. These become their own self-contained meal, and surefire hit with everyone at your dinner table. Serve these with salsa, guacamole, and hot sauce for a taco-bar style setup. This recipe also freezes well, so make up a big batch, wrap them up and keep them handy for a delicious last minute meal when you need it.

To view the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website.

Tomato Salad w/Honey Ricotta

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While summer may be coming to a close, we still have a few more weeks of beautiful tomatoes to enjoy. Ricotta cheese features prominently in Italian cuisine, dating all the way back to Roman times. Made from the whey protein in sheep, goat, cow, or buffalo milk, traditional Italian ricotta tastes sweet and creamy, and provided a decadent backdrop for end of summer tomatoes. Ricotta provides protein and calcium, and the healthy fat helps your body utilize the lycopene and vitamin C in the tomatoes. Using local honey highlights the sweet flavors of this dish, and also provides a health boost. Honey produced where you live contains natural properties that can alleviate local allergies. It’s also antimicrobial, and gives your immune system a boost. Serve this recipe with some crusty bread- and you’ve got a dish everyone is excited to dig into. To make this a complete meal, add a fresh green salad, and some grilled fish or chicken.

To view the recipe, visit GeoBlue’s Healthy Travel Blog.

Citrus Salad w/Feta & Crispy Quinoa

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Bright and zesty orange and grapefruit balance perfectly with salty, creamy feta, and crispy quinoa adds texture and protein to the dish. Citrus fruits offer a multitude of health benefits. Vitamin C acts as a powerful antioxidant protecting the body from free-radicals, and flavonoids can help protect against heart disease. Serve this salad in the last few weeks of summer, accompanied by grilled fish or chicken to round out the meal if desired.

To view the recipe, visit GeoBlue’s website Travel Well Worldwide.

DIY Gold Oyster Shells

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Next time you’re enjoying a dozen oysters, save the shells for this easy DIY!

These beautiful gold oyster shells make the perfect gilded vessel for holding your favorite jewelry. They’re also the ideal size for corralling salt and pepper for an elevated table-scape. If you have larger oyster shells, you can use them to organize knickknacks on your desk or dresser.

To view the DIY instructions, visit Robyn Moreno’s website.

Fig & Pesto Flatbread

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This flatbread celebrates the best of summer produce, and makes a quick and delicious appetizer for impromptu entertaining. You can also easily swap in ripe heirloom tomatoes, or even thinly sliced zucchini for the figs here, or do a tasty combination of all three! If you’re outdoors and have your grill kicking, just throw this flatbread on the grates for 6-8 minutes. Delicious!

For the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website.

DIY Tuna Poke

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This dish highlights fresh fish with minimal embellishment, letting the beautiful, clean flavors shine through. The minimal preparation also lends itself to a healthy and light meal that’s quick to pull together at a minute’s notice. Fish offer a bounty of heart and brain healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. These have been shown to boost blood flow to the brain, potentially staving off Alzheimer’s down the line. Fish also provides an easily digested and absorbed source of protein, keeping your energy high and your metabolism kicking. For more variety, swap in a different raw fish like salmon, or substitute quinoa for the brown rice.

To view the recipe, visit GeoBlue’s websites Travel Well Worldwide & Healthy Travel Blog.

Strawberry Frosé

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This frosty, boozy treat is just the thing to keep you cool through the dog days of summer. Like your favorite childhood slushy, but with a grownup twist, this recipe blends frozen rosé wine with strawberries for the ultimate in cool cocktails. Blend up a big batch for your Labor Day Weekend celebrations- you’ll be the hit of the party!

View the recipe on Robyn Moreno’s website. 

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The Best Gluten-Free Pancakes

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These gluten free pancakes are so delicious; you won’t even suspect they’re different from your favorite less healthy recipe. Light, fluffy, golden brown and delicious, these make the perfect lazy weekend breakfast with fresh summer fruit. Alternatively, you can make up a batch for yourself, and freeze the leftovers for a warm and healthy breakfast for weeks to come.

View the post on Robyn Moreno’s website. 

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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This recipe takes the beloved buffalo chicken dip, and makes it healthy enough to enjoy on a weekly basis. Crisp and crunchy lettuce wraps make the ideal foundation for the spicy and flavorful buffalo chicken, and the fresh shredded slaw pulls everything together perfectly. Make up a big batch of this for a party, and let everyone customize their own plate. Or make a batch for yourself to enjoy healthy leftovers all week long.

To view the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website. 

Swedish Laxpudding

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This delicious dish represents the best of Swedish home cooking. Simple ingredients, straightforward preparation, and fresh, clean flavors shine through in the laxpudding, making it perfect for both a quick weeknight meal, or a celebratory gathering with friends. Ubiquitous in Swedish cooking, salmon here takes center stage, elevating simple potatoes and eggs into something special. Traditionally made with copious amounts of butter and cream, this version of laxpudding subs in thick and tangy yogurt, while still maintaining the richness of the original. Salmon is packed with heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids. These healthy fats also keep your skin healthy and glowing, and your hair shiny and strong. The salmon, eggs, and yogurt in this recipe all provide protein to give you lasting energy to power you all day long.

For the recipe, visit GeoBlue’s site Travel Well Worldwide.

Vegan Singapore Noodles

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This vegan twist on Singapore noodles is packed with healthy vegetables and full of spice and flavor. Curry powder, usually comprised of turmeric, ginger, coriander, cumin, and red pepper, is jam packed with health benefits. Turmeric provides anti-inflammatory agents, and has even been shown to protect against Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, heart disease, and boosts bone health.  This recipe makes for amazing leftovers, so make a double batch, and enjoy the health benefits all week long!

To view the recipe, visit GeoBlue’s website Travel Well Worldwide.

Moroccan Millet Salad with Watermelon & Radishes {vegan}

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If you’re bored with quinoa, why not give another grain a try? Millet is also gluten free, high in fiber and protein, and has a very mild flavor that makes it adaptable to a multitude of recipes and cuisines. Ras El Hanout, the traditional Moroccan spice blend, lends this salad a punch of flavor and a hint of spicy heat- the perfect foil for cooling watermelon and radishes. This salad tastes light and fresh, making it ideal for summer. It works perfectly as a vegetarian or vegan entre, or as an accompaniment to grilled chicken or fish.

To view the recipe, visit GeoBlue’s Healthy Travel Blog & their site Travel Well Worldwide.

Spicy Bean Dip {vegan}

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This quick and easy vegan bean dip will be your new entertaining go-to. Made with mostly pantry items, and ready in just 15 minutes, this punchy and flavorful recipe turns any gathering into a fiesta in a flash. If you want to kick it up a notch, sprinkle in some shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese during the last minute of cooking.

To view the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website. 

Summer Figs w/Burrata & Heirloom Tomatoes

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In the height of summer, the simplest farmers market ingredients shine with just a few simple embellishments. Sweet figs, only in season for a few short weeks, pair perfectly with bright tomatoes, creamy burrata, peppery basil, and zesty lemon. Serve this simple recipe as a beautiful starter for a summer meal, or as the main event with some toasted bread and fresh greens on the side.

To view the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website. 

Flavored Cocktail Cubes

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These icy fruity cocktail cubes are just the thing to elevate all your summer cocktails and give them an extra punch of color and flavor. Make up any variety you like, and add them to cocktails, champagne, or even a pitcher of plain water for a hydrating sip to cool you down. These cubes will keep your drinks cool on even the hottest summer day, and ensure they don’t get watered down. For the upcoming Fourth of July celebrations, try a red-white-and-blue theme with blueberries, cherries, and coconut water. Delicious!

For the recipe, and other flavor ideas, visit Robyn Moreno’s website.

Summer Gazpacho

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Authentic Spanish gazpacho is a real treat in the heat of the summer. Cool, flavorful, and very refreshing, this chilled soup is the perfect light summer dish. Serve with a fresh green salad and some crusty bread to round out your meal. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene and other beneficial antioxidants, which bolster your skin’s defenses again the sun. Load up on this dish before you hit the beach to give yourself an extra layer of protection!

To view the recipe, visit GeoBlue’s site Healthy Travel Blog & Travel Well Worldwide. 

10 Minute Meal: Zucchini Noodles w/Tomatoes & Parmesan

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Frazzled and no time for a home cooked meal? Think again. This 10 minute, one pan wonder recipe is ready in less time thank it takes to peruse your takeout menu options. Healthy, light, and totally customizable, this recipe will quickly prove its worth on both busy weeknights and last minute dinner parties alike.

To view the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website. 

Tex Mex Pasta Salad {vegan}

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This pasta salad is the perfect addition to any summer gathering. It tastes deceptively decadent, but it’s also bathing suit-friendly. Make up a big batch, or double it for a large crowd, and pair it with all your favorite summer grilling recipes. It also keeps well in the fridge overnight; perfect for making in advance so you can enjoy the party.

To view the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website.

Memorial Day Recipe Roundup

With Memorial Day Weekend just around the corner- I’ve rounded up some classic summer recipes perfect for celebrating the upcoming season. Cheers to amazing produce, balmy weather, frosty cocktails, & extra hours of sunshine!

Heirloom Tomatoes w/Shaved Zucchini & Mozzarella

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Mozzarella & Fig Crostini w/Arugula Pesto 

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Balsamic Peach Portobello Burgers w/Arugula Pesto & Mozzarella 

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Farmers Market Salad w/Creamy Miso Dressing 

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Asian Salmon Burgers

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Vegan Strawberry Fig Cheesecake 

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Watermelon Tequila Agua Frescas

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Skinny Mexican Corn

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Summer Cocktails: Infuse Your Own Spirits 

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Vegan Summer Rolls

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Summer Greens Pesto Pasta {Gluten Free & Vegan}

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Ultimate Summer G&T 

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Classic Lobster Rolls

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Brazilian Shrimp Stew

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This delicious Brazilian shrimp stew is the perfect dish to dig into while watching this summer’s Olympics in Rio. Protein packed from the shrimp, and also paleo and gluten free, this recipe is healthy enough for an Olympian! It’s also quick and easy to prepare, making it perfect for entertaining, and for a simple weeknight meal. Fresh lime juice adds a zesty kick, and also provides a boost of potassium and vitamin C, and aids digestion.

To view the recipe, visit GeoBlue’s Healthy Travel Blog & their site Travel Well Worldwide.

Lebanese Tabbouleh w/Spiralized Cucumbers

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Traditionally made with bulgur wheat, this fresh spin on the classic tabbouleh utilizes the super seed quinoa for amazing taste and texture, and an extra boost of complete protein. Parsley, while often relegated to the garnish category, is a health food in its own right. Rich in vitamins C, B12, K, A, folate, and iron, parsley keeps your immune system strong, and also acts as a natural diuretic and supports kidney function. Serve alongside grilled meat or seafood, or simply with crisp romaine lettuce for scooping.

For the recipe, visit GeoBlue’s sites Travel Well Worldwide & Healthy Travel Blog.

Do’s & Don’ts For Your Wedding Day

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With wedding season upon us, and droves of brides gearing up for their big day, I wanted to share my top pieces of advice from my wedding this past September. As a bride to be, you receive boatloads of advice, both solicited and unsolicited, from all angles and perspectives. Below I’ve condensed the best advice I received before my wedding, and those that helped me the most through my big day. Of course, every bride is different, so take these all with a grain of salt, and above all, listen to your gut and stay true to yourself and what’s most important to you. And enjoy every minute, because soon you’ll be looking back from the other side wondering how so much planning and anticipation all went by in such a flash!

For my ten tips, visit Robyn Moreno’s website. 

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Heirloom Tomatoes w/Shaved Zucchini & Mozzarella

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Summer is almost here! Celebrate its arrival with this easy and super seasonal salad that’s the perfect accompaniment to all your favorite BBQ and grilling dishes. Hit up your local farmers market for the best ingredients and biggest flavor bang for your buck. Make a double (or even triple!) batch of this for a wow-worthy Memorial Day celebration.

To view the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website. 

Serving suggestion: This salad pairs perfectly with some grilled skirt steak, fresh summer corn, and crisp white wine.

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My Magazine Spring 2016

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The spring 2016 issue of My Magazine is now live! Be sure to check out the beautiful online magazine launched by my friend Molly of MollyMy.com. I was lucky enough to participate in the shoot in Santa Monica last month, and it was such a blast! You’ll also find a spread of healthy recipes I contributed inside.

Be sure to check out Molly’s My Magazine for more lifestyle & entertaining tips, fun crafts and DIYs, and lots of delicious and healthy recipes perfect for the lighter, warmer days ahead.

Photography by Vanessa Tierney, shot on location at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, wardrobe provided by Draper James, & makeup by Blushington.

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Homemade Pasta

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While you might think of pasta as a quintessentially Italian dish, it actually came to Italy when the Arab invasions in the 8th century brought a pasta product to Sicily. This Italian city began producing pasta as a staple food, which quickly became a favorite the world over. Rich and poor, young and old, in dozens of countries all over the world count pasta as their favorite dish. Oxfam conducted a global survey, deeming pasta as the world’s most popular dish. Clearly, pasta is no longer just an Italian mealtime feature. While boxed pasta tastes delicious, and makes a wonderful pantry mainstay, homemade pasta truly brings a special flavor to the table. Simple to make, and made with just a few basic ingredients, homemade pasta will make any dish shine, and feels special even when adorned with just butter and parmesan. For a few more ideas spanning global cuisine, check out the flavor combinations below.

To view the recipe, visit GeoBlue’s Healthy Travel Blog & Travel Well Worldwide.

Cheddar Sweet Potato Noodle Bowl w/Spicy Chickpeas & Slaw

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Cheesy, spicy, and all around satisfying- this sweet potato noodle bowl is so delicious you’ll swear it’s a decadent splurge. In reality, this vegetarian & gluten free recipe is packed with plant based protein and feel good veggies, and comes together quickly for an easy weeknight meal. Double the recipe for the perfect portable lunch to take to work.

To view the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website.

Lemon Ginger Margaritas

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Cinco de Mayo celebrations call for a sweet and frosty margarita. This version uses a whole lemon (or lime or orange) for a zesty kick, and fresh ginger for heat and spice. Toss all the ingredients in your blender, and you’ve got a delicious cocktail faster than you can say “fiesta!”

{By using the whole lemon, you increase the fiber, vitamin C, and immune boosting powers of your drink}

For the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website. 

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Roasted Potato Salad

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Complete your Brazilian churrasco meal with this delicious potato salad, perfect for celebrating the upcoming Olympics! Typically made with fried potatoes, meat and full-fat mayonnaise, the classic Brazilian potato salad packed a caloric punch. This lightened up vegetarian version, with crispy oven roasted potatoes, and a creamy yogurt dressing, provides all the satisfaction without any of the guilt. Yogurt is full of satiating protein to keep you full, and an excellent source of beneficial probiotics to keep your digestion and whole body healthy. If you’d like to add additional protein to this recipe, mix in some chopped hardboiled eggs.

To view the recipe, visit GeoBlue’s websites Healthy Travel Blog & Travel Well Worldwide.

Indian Sweet Potato Pancakes

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These Indian sweet potato pancakes would make a fantastic vegetarian main course, as well as a delicious party appetizer that’s sure to be a hit. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of Vitamins A, C, potassium, and fiber. Turmeric, a classic Indian spice, contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties which protect the body from disease and boost the immune system. If you have any leftovers, these pancakes make a delicious sandwich filling.

For the recipe, visit GeoBlue’s Healthy Travel Blog & their site Travel Well Worldwide.

DIY Mimosa Bar

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Spring is here! And there’s no better way to celebrate than with this beautiful & festive DIY mimosa bar. Just pick a few fun juice flavors, add whole fruit for garnish, and put some bubbly on ice. When your guests arrive, pop some bottles and let them build their own cocktail creations. This setup is perfect for all your spring celebrations. Mother’s Day, graduations, baby showers, bridal showers, or just a 70 degree day, are all perfect venues for this delicious DIY.

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For the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website. 

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Spicy Thai Papaya Salad

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This bright and spicy Thai papaya salad packs a flavorful punch, and makes anything you serve it with sing. Papaya is an amazing source of vitamins C, B, folate, flavonoids, potassium, magnesium, and carotenes. It also bolsters your digestion with special enzymes, and supplies healthy fiber. Spicy peppers are full of capsaicin, which gives them their spicy flavor, and also boosts your metabolism. Make up a big batch of this flavorful salad, and enjoy all the healthy benefits!

For the recipe, visit GeoBlue’s websites Healthy Travel Blog & Travel Well Worldwide.

Spring Asparagus Tart w/Goat Cheese

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This quick and easy asparagus tart celebrates spring with its bright, lemony flavors & fresh seasonal produce. You’ll have everyone fooled when you serve this impressive looking dish. Its deceptively simple and easy to make with just a few ingredients, yet the results are company-worthy, and perfect for your Easter celebrations!

To view the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website. 

Italian Butternut Squash & Spinach Stuffed Shells w/ Basil Cream {vegan}

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This lightened up twist on an Italian classic packs all the decadence and satisfaction of the original, while sparing you from all that creamy dairy. Tofu makes a convincing substitute for ricotta, and packs more healthy protein into each bite. Cashews in the creamy basil sauce add healthy fats, to help your body absorb all the vitamins and minerals in this recipe. Lycopene rich tomato sauce, vitamin C and potassium packed butternut squash, and zinc and vitamin K rich spinach round out this healthy dish. If cooking for a smaller group, you can half the recipe- but know that it keeps and reheats well, and makes for a delicious and healthy meal all week long.

To view the recipe, visit GeoBlue’s websites- Healthy Travel Blog & Travel Well Worldwide.

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Slow Roasted Tomatoes with Dukkah

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Dukkah is a popular Egyptian spice blend made with a flexible combination of nuts, seeds, and spices. Its easy to make at home, and can be adapted to a wide variety of palates and preferences. Feel free to swap in macadamia nuts, pistachios, cashews, walnuts, or hazelnuts if you prefer. The particular nut/spice combination below includes a healthy boost of protein, manganese, Vitamin E, and zinc, which all help support your immune system and reduce inflammation. This recipe also contains bone-boosting calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids, which help lower bad cholesterol, reduce high blood pressure, and protect your brain health. The tomatoes in this recipe contain a particularly potent dose of lycopene. Cooking tomatoes increases their lycopene content, and lets your body absorb more of the skin protecting, heart healthy, vision fortifying antioxidant.

For the recipe, visit GeoBlue’s websites Healthy Travel Blog & Travel Well Worldwide.

Note: Use up any leftover tomatoes by adding them to a sandwich, tossing them with pasta, or your favorite salad or grain bowl. Any leftover dukkah tastes great sprinkled on roasted fish, hard boiled eggs, or any recipe that needs a kick of spice and texture.

Super Greens Smoothie

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If you’re looking for a quick, healthy, and satisfying breakfast, the antidote to your afternoon slump, or a protein packed post-workout snack, look no further than this yummy smoothie. Super healthy greens give this smoothie its gorgeous green color, but the flavor comes from sweet frozen banana, creamy nut butter, and zingy ginger. Feel free to throw in your favorite fruit, fresh or frozen, to sweeten it up. For a fun brunch option, make up a few batches and serve them in a pitcher.

For the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website. 

Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup

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This silky, creamy, colorful soup will have you embracing the cold weather with open arms. Kabocha squash is silky, sweet, and so delicious- definitely use it if you can. But in a pinch, butternut squash works great as well. Roasting the squash highlights its sweetness, making sure it’s a hit with the whole family. For a spicy twist, add 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce to the blender for an entirely different taste. Its smoky spice compliments any squash you decide to make this soup with. This soup is perfect for a quick & easy weeknight meal- just roast, blend, and enjoy!

Active Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Serves: 2 as a main course, with some leftovers

  • 1 large Kabocha squash, peeled, seeded and cubed into roughly ¼ inch dice
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, to taste, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2-3 cups of stock (vegetable or chicken) added until you reach your desired thickness
  • Sour cream or cashew cream, fresh thyme, and toasted pumpkin seeds to serve (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. On a sheet pan, toss together the squash, onion, garlic, olive oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, and a pinch each of salt and pepper until combined. Spread out in an even layer and roast until tender, 20-30 minutes.
  2. In a high-speed blender, add the whole mix from your sheet pan, and 1½ cups of stock. Blitz to combine, adding more stock until you reach your desired consistency. Season to taste, and serve topped with sour cream or cashew cream, fresh thyme, and toasted pumpkin seeds. Enjoy!

Tip: You can make this soup with whatever squash you have on hand. Try pumpkin for a different spin.

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Creamy Dreamy Vegan Pasta {w/ slow roasted tomatoes & garlic}

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This dish is so downright delicious and deceptively decadent, you won’t believe its made without a drop of cream or butter. Cashews lend a creamy lusciousness to the basil sauce; tricking everyone into thinking they’re eating something naughty. Slow roasting the tomatoes brings even the saddest winter tomatoes back to life, and makes them sweet and juicy. Vegans and non-vegans alike will swoon for this one!

For the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website. 

Gluten Free Brownies

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Not only are these lightened up brownies gluten free, but they’re full of healthy fats from the avocado and the beans, which will have you glowing from the inside out. Don’t let the lack of butter dissuade you- these brownies are rich, fudgy, and full of intense chocolate flavor so delicious you’ll forget they’re made with healthy ingredients. Make up a batch for your Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day celebrations- heart cutouts optional.

For the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website.

DIY Valentine’s Day Basket for Kids

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Make An Adorable V-Day Basket For Your Little One!

Author & lifestyle expert Robyn Moreno has a super cute & easy DIY for Valentine’s Day for your little ones. Read on below, and click the link to read the full article & watch the video on her site!

Happy almost Valentine’s Day everyone!
Growing up, Valentine’s Day was always one of my favorite holidays! My mom would make me and each of my sister’s special baskets filled with candy and goodies, and it was something I looked forward to all year! Now that I have my own daughter, I’m excited to keep the tradition going, so I am going to make her an extra-sweet basket that she enjoys and remembers, and that shows her how much I love her. Because that’s what Valentine’s Day is all about, right?

You can watch the video and view the full article HERE!

Vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

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These vegan cauliflower buffalo bites are the perfect healthy twist on a classic Super Bowl Sunday favorite. You’ll get all of the flavor and satisfaction, but none of the guilt or fatty food coma. Crispy, spicy, sweet, and saucy, these will be a surefire hit with vegans and meat-eaters alike. Make up a double batch for your weekend celebration, and let the compliments roll in!

To view the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website.

Faux-Fried Cauliflower Rice

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This faux fried cauliflower rice will satisfy all your cravings for takeout, while still keeping you on a healthy track. Finely minced cauliflower subs in for rice, keeping carbohydrates low but still offering a satisfying and filling flavor. You’ll be amazed at how similar the texture will be! Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamins C and K, and packs a healthy dose of antioxidants that help prevent oxidative stress in the body. Packed with a plethora of health boosting vegetables, consider this recipe as healthy as a salad but as satisfying as a guilty pleasure takeout meal. Feel free to improvise and modify this recipe to include your favorite vegetables or whatever you have on hand. You can also add shrimp, chicken, or tofu to this recipe to make it a more protein-packed meal.

For the recipe, visit GeoBlue’s websites Healthy Travel Blog & Travel Well Worldwide. 

DIY Fajita Bar

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This DIY fajita bar is perfect for easy entertaining. And perfect for the upcoming Super Bowl Weekend! Just prepare the ingredients, and set them out for everyone to build their own meal just as they like it. Great for an easy and customizable weeknight meal, or for a weekend fiesta with margaritas- this one is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

For the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website.

Homemade Döner Kebab

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Traditionally a Turkish dish, Döner kebab has become popular the world over, mostly as a late night street food. Normally cooked on a vertical rotisserie, this recipe allows you to make an equally delicious version at home. With a few simple tweaks, this recipe becomes healthier and lighter, while keeping its savory, satisfying flavor. Grass-fed meat contains more heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and packs more beneficial protein and iron, and less overall fat, than its corn-fed counterparts. And using Greek yogurt adds additional protein and calcium, making this meal super filling and satisfying. Put out all the toppings and let everyone build their own kebab.

For the recipe, visit GeoBlue’s websites Healthy Travel Blog & Travel Well Worldwide.

Vegan Tuscan Style White Bean Soup {ready in 30 minutes!}

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This Tuscan style white bean soup puts a healthy and cozy one pot meal within reach, and all in less than thirty minutes. Hearty enough to feel satisfying, but clean enough to feel virtuous, this soup is your solution to healthy New Year resolutions and cold weather comfort food cravings. Make up a double batch, and you’ll have a healthy meal on hand all week long. Feel free to try out the customizations below, or improvise your own.

For the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website. 

Vegan Tikka Masala

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Though the origins of Tikka Masala have been much disputed, the popularity and deliciousness of this dish is indisputable. Normally made with chicken swathed in a creamy and spicy tomato sauce, Tikka Masala straddles the divide between British and Indian cultures. In this recipe, vegan protein replaces chicken, and light coconut milk lightens up the creamy sauce. Turmeric is a traditional Indian spice, and chock full of anti-inflammatory properties, purported to boost the immune system, suppress tumors, protect the brain from Alzheimer’s, and make your skin glow from the inside out. Turmeric is best absorbed by the body when consumed with a healthy fat like coconut oil, and black pepper. Consider the recipe below a delicious and healthy way to get your turmeric fix, and an easy way to skip the takeout menu.

To view the recipe, visit GeoBlue’s websites Healthy Travel Blog & Travel Well Worldwide.

Citrus Turmeric Tonic

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Consider this tonic your new go-to cure-all tonic. Ginger calms your stomach, maple syrup gets your blood sugar back up, and turmeric reduces inflammation naturally and helps you get back on your A game after a night of overindulgence. This tonic is also great for boosting your immune system if you’re feeling under the weather, and perfect for doubling up your defense during cold and flu season. If you’re hosting a post-party brunch, consider making up a double batch. Your weary guests will thank you!

To view the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website. 

Fiesta Guacamole

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This dressed up guacamole recipe looks as festive as it is delicious. Pomegranate seeds add a bit of sweetness and crunch, and give the recipe a red and green holiday flair. Vegan and gluten free, this guacamole is sure to be a hit with everyone at all your holiday fiestas!

For the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s site.

And for a quick DIY video, click on the link below!

Fiesta Guacamole DIY Video

Chinese Mu Shu Vegetables {vegan}

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Traditionally made with pork, though often made with chicken or shrimp, Mu Shu is a simple and delicious authentic Northern Chinese recipe that’s easily adapted and made healthier. By keeping the focus on the vegetables, the fiber and nutrients go up, and the fat and cholesterol go down. Cabbage offers a deluge of health benefits, including high doses of vitamins C and K, beta-carotene, and sulforaphane, which is touted for its cancer fighting properties. For a gluten free option, serve this mu shu over brown rice. This recipe also makes for great leftovers, so feel free to double it for easy and healthy meals all week long.

For the recipe, visit GeoBlue’s sites Healthy Travel Blog & Travel Well Worldwide.

Black Bean Sweet Potato Enchiladas

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If weeknight dinners are a constant struggle, consider this recipe your crowd-pleasing one dish wonder. Feel free to swap in whatever vegetables and protein you have on hand, and customize this dish to your preferences. Chicken, shrimp, rice, grilled vegetables, all would be delicious here. For even more variety, set out some sour cream, salsa, shredded lettuce, and hot sauces and let everyone top up their own plate.

To view the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website. 

Vegan Christmas Quinoa

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Give yourself a break from all the holiday indulgence with this fresh and healthy quinoa salad. Bright and tangy pomegranates mixed with super-food kale give this dish a festive Christmas vibe. Served warm or cold, this recipe makes the perfect lunch to take to work, and a great energy-boosting snack to get you though all your holiday celebrations.

To view the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s site. 

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

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Thanksgiving is absolutely my favorite holiday. The crisp fall weather, the start of the holiday season, and a whole day spent cooking for friends and family makes it my favorite day of the year. Whether you’re a guest at someone’s table, or starting up new traditions around your own table, I’ve put together a collection of some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes that are sure to be a hit. I hope you have a wonderful holiday celebrating with your nearest and dearest.

Cocktails:

  1. Calvados Ginger Fizz
  2. Vanilla Pomegranate Ginger Fizz

Starters & Salads

  1. Smoked Salmon Crisps
  2. Duck Fat Latkes with Sour Cream & Pumpkin Butter 
  3. Raw Brussels Sprout Salad 
  4. Kale, Cranberry & Pecan Salad with Corn Bread Croutons 
  5. Arugula Salad with Marcona Almonds, Grapes & Pumpkin Vinaigrette 
  6. Autumn Harvest Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing {gluten free & vegan}

Sides:

  1. Cornbread Stuffing with Pecans & Apple Sausage 
  2. Tex Mex Mashed Potatoes 
  3. Roasted Butternut Squash with Quinoa Mushroom Stuffing {gluten free & vegetarian}
  4. Roasted Acorn Squash with Truffled Mushroom & Lentil Stuffing 
  5. Sweet & Spicy Chipotle Sweet Potato Mash with Maple Pecan Crumble
  6. Vegan Butternut Squash & Couscous Salad 

The Turkey

  1. Quick Roast Turkey Breast 
  2. How to Carve a Turkey 

Dessert:

  1. Salted Caramel Vanilla Pumpkin Pie
  2. Mini No Bake Pumpkin Pies 

Roasted Butternut Squash with Quinoa Mushroom Stuffing

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Classic American fall flavors take center stage in this delicious and healthy recipe. Hearty mushrooms give a meaty quality to this vegetarian dish, and add a boost of vitamins D and B vitamins, and a variety of antioxidants and minerals that boost your immune system and strengthen your body’s defense against disease. Just what we all need this time of year! Quinoa provides protein, fiber, and a complete profile of amino acids. Butternut squash contains vitamins C and A, and also helps balance blood sugar levels, and reduce inflammation. This recipe works perfectly for a vegetarian entree with a simple green salad on the side, but also makes a healthy and novel choice for a Thanksgiving side dish.

For the recipe, visit GeoBlue’s sites Healthy Travel Blog & Travel Well Worldwide.

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Tex Mex Mashed Potatoes

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These cheesy and spicy mashed potatoes bring a whole new life to the Thanksgiving classic. Everyone will be reaching for seconds when you make this recipe! To prepare in advance, spread the mashed potatoes in a casserole dish, sprinkle with cheese, and bake until warm when needed, then garnish with fresh cilantro and scallions when ready to serve.

For the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s site. 

Autumn Harvest Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing {vegan & gluten free}

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This salad is the perfect way to celebrate all the gorgeous new fall produce hitting stores and farmer’s markets. Hearty and satisfying enough to count as comfort food on a chilly night, but still healthy and light enough to keep you feeling good, you’ll want to enjoy this salad all season long. Consider adding it to your Thanksgiving recipe roster for a fun a fresh side everyone will dig into.

Serves 2 generously

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 delicata squash, sliced into ¼ inch rounds, and seeded
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 2 handfuls arugula
  • ½ green apple, cored and chopped
  • 4 dates, pitted and chopped
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons hemp hearts
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • ¼ cup Vegenaise {or your favorite low-fat mayo}
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. On a baking sheet, arrange the squash, and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss well to evenly coat each piece, and lay them all in a single layer. Roast the squash for 15 minutes, then flip each piece, and roast for another 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  2. While the squash is roasting, toss the spinach and arugula, and arrange on a platter. Top with the chopped apple, dates, and pomegranate seeds. Top with the squash, and garnish with the hemp hearts and pumpkin seeds.
  3. In a blender, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, apple cider vinegar, tahini, maple syrup, and garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper, and blitz to combine.
  4. Drizzle the dressing over your salad, and enjoy! Serve with extra dressing on the side.

Note: Crumbled feta cheese, goat cheese, or shaved manchego cheese would also taste delicious on this salad.

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Mini BLT’s

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What could be cuter or more delicious than mini BLT’s? These bite-sized babies are perfect for any gathering, large or small. The addition of avocado takes these delicious appetizers to the next level, and using prepared dough makes them a snap to pull together. Perfect for all the holiday entertaining in the coming months. Make up a few batches, and prepare to impress!

To view the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s site. 

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza with Heirloom Tomatoes

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While there’s nothing better than digging into a big cheesy pizza pie, sometimes a healthier, lighter alternative is needed. This cauliflower crust pizza cuts down on the carbs and calories, while still offering the same comforting satisfaction of the original. The classic Italian flavors ring true in this easy recipe, with ripe tomatoes and basil taking center stage, and creamy mozzarella adding calcium and protein to the dish. Tomatoes are packed with lycopene, which protects your eyes and skin, and helps boost your immunity. Cooked tomatoes offer more readily absorbed lycopene, and olive oil aids this absorption further while providing healthy omega-3 unsaturated fats that’ll make you glow. Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamins C, K, B6, folate, and fiber, keeping you full and satisfied on very few calories. This healthy and yummy recipe is sure to become a regular in your kitchen!

For the recipe, visit GeoBlue’s sites Travel Well World Wide & Healthy Travel Blog.