Summer Tomatoes w/Honey Ricotta

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Summer days may be fading fast, but we still have a few more weeks of gorgeous summer tomatoes to ease our pain. Maximize your farmers market haul with this quick and delicious recipe. This salad showcases them deliciously; the sweet honey and creamy ricotta are perfect foils for peak season tomatoes. Serve with some crusty bread- and you’ve got a dish everyone is excited to dig into.

Serves 2

Total Time: 10 minutes

In a bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup of ricotta cheese, 2-3 tablespoons of honey, a squeeze of lemon, a bit of lemon zest, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Add more of any of these ingredients, to taste.

Spread the ricotta mix on a plate, and arrange some sliced ripe tomatoes on top. Drizzle everything with some good extra virgin olive oil, a pinch more salt, and a sprinkling of fresh chopped basil. Enjoy!

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.

National Oatmeal Day

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Celebrate National Oatmeal Day with these delicious & healthy raw energy bites made with Modern Oats. Gluten free, vegan, non-GMO, and kosher certified, Modern Oats come in interesting flavors that go far beyond the classic cinnamon and brown sugar. Enjoy them simply with hot water for a warm snack or easy portable meal, or get creative and turn one of their fun flavors into an energy bite great for refueling on the go. Feel free to use whichever flavor you love. To view the recipe, click here. These are also a great way to keep your blood sugar in check and balance out all that Halloween candy you’ll no doubt enjoy this weekend!

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Rustic Apple Crostata

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If you’ve gone apple picking this fall, you no doubt have a whole mess of apples hanging around your kitchen. This simple and rustic apple crostata is the perfect way to showcase everyone’s favorite fall fruit, and as a bonus, baking it makes your home smell heavenly! Even if you’re a novice baker, be sure to give this recipe a try- it’s forgiving and super easy, and the results are well worth the effort. Serve this warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a real treat!

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

Homemade Queso Dip

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Everyone has a place in their heart for that creamy, fluorescent orange queso made with Velveeta and Rotel. And while there’s a time and a place for everything (including non-dairy cheese!), this more natural, homemade version of queso is quick, simple, and beyond delicious. This dip will be a sure-fire hit at your next party, tailgate, or movie marathon. Make up a big batch, and watch it disappear!

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

Homemade Wedding Cake

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When I decided I wanted to bake my own wedding cake, I loved the personalized element it would add to my wedding, and the wonderful story I knew it would become for my husband and I. When I told people of my DIY wedding cake plan, nearly everyone told me I was crazy! A lot of research, lots of thoughtful planning, and only a few moments of self doubt where I did indeed feel crazy, led up to my homemade wedding cake that was entirely worth it. It definitely wasn’t perfect, but it was beautiful and delicious, and much more meaningful than an impersonal professional cake. Not to mention, countless guests complimented the cake, remarking that it actually tasted like cake (!) and not like rubbery fondant like so many professional wedding cakes sadly do.

I’d 100% recommend baking your own wedding cake to anyone with even a little bit of baking experience, and the confidence to stand by your choice. All it takes is a bit of planning and forethought, which I’ve laid out and simplified for you below. It looks like a lot of steps, and it is, but they’re all as simple as any basic cake you’ve ever made, just bigger, and they’re all done comfortably before your wedding day, with the actual cakes baked up to a week before. Freezing the cake layers buys you time and sanity during what will probably be one of the busiest weeks of your life.

The recipe below is very stable, sturdy, and forgiving. As long as you plan the steps out thoughtfully, you’ll be golden. You’ll need to set aside 1 hour to frost the cake the day before your wedding, but honestly, a glass of wine and some quiet time frosting a cake was a welcomed and peaceful respite for me that day. Make a practice cake a few months before your wedding if it makes you feel more confident (you’ll have a lot of cake to give away to your lucky friends and family). When the time comes to cut the cake on your wedding day, revel in the accolades and pride, and enjoy a great big slice!

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

Ducktrap River of Maine Trout Pate

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This quick & easy appetizer makes autumn entertaining a cinch. Just keep a container of Ducktrap River of Maine smoked trout pate in your fridge, and a few other basics on hand, to easily throw this together when friends come over. Don’t be afraid, there’s not a fishy flavor in sight here- just clean, delicious seafood that’s easy to enjoy. Ducktrap River of Maine provides high quality and sustainable seafood, still smoked and cured in small batches on site in Maine. Check out their website for a full list of products, including smoked salmon just asking for a bagel.

This dish barely merits a recipe, its so quick and simple. Feel free to adjust the ingredients below based on your preferences.

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Total Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4-6 as an appetizer

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Ducktrap River of Maine Smoked Trout Pate
  • 1 sleeve of your favorite crackers
  • 1 cup micro-greens
  • 1 splash olive oil
  • 1 splash fresh lemon juice
  • Pink Himalayan sea salt & ground black pepper, to taste
  • Lemon wedges, to serve

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, toss together the micro-greens with a bit of lemon juice and olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper, tossing well to combine. You just want to lightly dress the greens, not drown them, so use a light hand here.
  2. Spread the pate evenly between all the crackers, and top with the micro-greens, dividing them evenly between each cracker.
  3. Serve with extra lemon wedges on the side, and enjoy!

Pairing Note: This appetizer goes especially well with a buttery chardonnay, a crisp & citrus forward sauvignon blanc, or a light pinot noir.

Vegan Pad Thai Spring Rolls

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This fun and portable twist on classic Pad Thai is a great way to make this standby dish feel fresh and new. Rice noodles and wrappers keep this dish gluten free, and fiber rich vegetables bulk up each portion, making for a healthy and satisfying meal. Coconut oil is widely touted as a superfood, and boasts anti-inflammatory and balancing properties thanks to medium chain triglycerides. Coconut oil can even increase your energy expenditure, and help your body burn fat more efficiently. Use it seamlessly anywhere you’d normally use olive or vegetable oil. This recipe is a great way to use up extra vegetables; feel free to incorporate whatever you have on hand. This recipe makes for a great make ahead lunch, and travels well.

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

Japanese Miso Veggie Soup Jars {vegan}

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These miso veggie soup jars are an easy and healthy way to eat conveniently throughout the week, and make a great option to take to work. Packed with vibrant vegetables, fiber, and sustainable energy, these soup jars also provide beneficial probiotics from miso, a powerful fermented food that’s a mainstay in Japanese cuisine. Kelp noodles are a lighter alternative to starchy rice noodles, and pack a potent punch of fiber, iodine, and other important minerals. You can make up a big batch of these jars on a Sunday, and enjoy them all week long.

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

Skinny Mexican Corn

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This recipe is excerpted from the beautiful seasonal online magazine recently launched by my friend Molly of MollyMy.com. I was lucky enough to collaborate with her on some fun entertaining recipes for the summer, and this recipe for skinny Mexican corn is a great way to enjoy Indian Summer, and the last corn of the season. Perfect celebrating with family and friends, and enjoying the warmer, lighter evenings of summer.

Be sure to check out Molly’s My Magazine for more lifestyle & entertaining tips, and lots of delicious summer entertaining recipes.

Makes 4 ears of corn

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 ears of corn, husked
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise (or Vegenaise, if you can find it)
  • 3 tablespoons Cotija cheese, finely crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • Zest from 1 lime
  • Chili powder, salt, and black pepper, to taste
  • Quartered limes, to serve

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. On a sheet pan, arrange the corn and drizzle with the olive oil and a bit of salt and pepper, tossing everything together to ensure the corn is al evenly coated with olive oil.
  3. Roast the corn in the oven for 20 minutes, until tender and turning golden brown in spots.
  4. Brush the cooked corn lightly with the mayonnaise, than roll each cob in the crumbled Cotija cheese, lightly coating each cob.
  5. Arrange the corn on a platter, and sprinkle with the lime zest, chili powder, salt, pepper, and cilantro. Add the quartered limes to the platter, and enjoy!

Photos by Jodee Debes.

Lightened Up Pasta Primavera

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While pasta primavera traditionally celebrates the fresh produce of springtime in Italy, this lightened up version highlights the beautiful produce of late summer. By cutting the pasta with a small amount of zucchini noodles, this recipe is lightened up and healthier, but still delicious and satisfying. Bright tomatoes bring a healthy does of lycopene, and fresh basil provides powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. Flavorful extra virgin olive oil, a staple in traditional Italian cooking, lends healthy unsaturated fat to this dish, and allows your body to absorb all the health benefits of this summery dish.

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

Farmer’s Market Salad with Creamy Miso Dressing

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This quick and healthy salad is a great way to take advantage of that wonderful end of summer farmer’s market haul. Add in whatever ripe vegetables you have on hand, and drizzle everything with this addictively delicious creamy miso dressing. Use any leftover dressing as a sauce for grilled salmon or chicken, or as a fun dip for veggies or shrimp.

For the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s site. 

Summer Pea Soup {vegan}

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This light and refreshing soup is the perfect thing to make when you want to eat healthy, but still want something flavorful and satisfying. Bright summer peas and basil marry perfectly in this summery soup.

This recipe takes just 15 minutes and is made from mostly freezer and pantry ingredients, so you can have this in your cooking repertoire for those days when eating healthy seems like a stretch. Whether you serve it hot or cold, this dish is sure to become a fast favorite.

For the recipe, visit MindBodyGreen.

Asian Salmon Burgers with Wasabi Aioli and Grilled Avocado

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This recipe is excerpted from the beautiful seasonal online magazine recently launched by my friend Molly of MollyMy.com. I was lucky enough to collaborate with her on some fun entertaining recipes for the summer, and these Asian Salmon Burgers are a delicious and lighter alternative to basic beef burgers. Perfect celebrating with family and friends, and enjoying the warmer, lighter evenings of summer.

Be sure to check out Molly’s My Magazine for more lifestyle & entertaining tips, and lots of delicious summer entertaining recipes.

  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Makes about 6 burgers
  • Tools: Food Processor, Grill or Grill Pan

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ pounds salmon fillet, skin and pin bones removed, cut into chunks
  • ½ red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha (optional)
  • ½ cup low-fat mayo or Vegenaise
  • ½ teaspoon wasabi paste, or to taste
  • 6 burger buns
  • 2 avocados, halved and pitted
  • Lettuce leaves and tomatoes to serve (optional)

Directions:

  1. In the bowl of your food processor fitted with the “s” blade, blitz the salmon carefully, pulsing until just finely chopped but not a paste. Remove to a large bowl and set aside in the fridge.
  2. In the same food processor, blitz together the onion, garlic, ginger, and cilantro until finely minced. Transfer to the bowl with the salmon and stir to combine.
  3. To the salmon mixture, add the panko, egg, soy sauce, sesame oil, and sriracha. Form the mixture into 6 burger patties, and place on a baking sheet to refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, whisk together the mayo and wasabi paste and set aside.
  5. Fire up your grill over medium flame, and grill the burgers for 4-6 minutes on each side, depending on the done-ness you prefer.
  6. Grill the avocado halves for 2-3 minutes, until slightly charred. Remove the peel and slice into thin slices. Grill your burger buns if desired.
  7. To assemble the burgers, spread a dollop of the wasabi aioli on each bun half, top with the salmon burger and avocado, and lettuce and tomato if using. Enjoy!

Photos by Jodee Debes.

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