Monthly Archives: September 2014

Pumpkin Spiced Poppers

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You can’t walk a block this season without running into some kind of pumpkin spice item being sold, but I think the homemade version is so much better. These pumpkin spice poppers pack all the best fall flavors into one delicious bite, and baking them makes your home smell amazing. They turn out like mini doughnut holes, without the anxiety inducing big pot of oil and all that mess. Make up a big batch of these poppers to have with your morning coffee, or heat up some apple cider and enjoy them as the perfect fall snack. These also make your kitchen smell amazing- you’ll want to make them all fall long.

For the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website.

Autumn Kale & Quinoa Salad

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Nourish yourself from the inside out with this warm and comforting kale and quinoa salad. Quinoa offers complete protein to help you power through the darkening days, and kale boasts enough calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and beta carotene to help you fend off pesky colds. The dried cranberries give this salad a sweet and sour tang, and the slivered almonds provide crunch and texture.

This recipe also serves as the perfect vehicle for whatever leftovers you’ve got hanging around. Add some cooked sweet potato, some sliced avocado, or some sautéed chickpeas for a delicious and filling meal. With minimal effort, you’ve got a double- duty recipe; put your leftovers into glass jars and take them for lunch the next day.

Visit Mind Body Green for the recipe.

How to Trick Out Your Cheese Plate

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Its time to upgrade your cheese plate. When you’ve got friends coming over for dinner, or a pre-date glass of wine at your place lined up, a cheese plate is the ideal choice for a quick and easy appetizer. With just a little more thought and planning, you can elevate your usual spread from homely cheddar and Ritz to seriously impressive.

To assemble your plate, just pick one cheese from each of the four categories, then pick two choices from the crackers & bread section, one from the sweet extra and one from the salty extra. If you’ve got a bigger group or want to host a get-together with cheese as the main event, just add more choices from each category. If you have a smaller group (or a solo night in alone!) keep it to two cheeses, ideally one soft and one hard cheese to keep your plate balanced.

For the full article, visit Robyn Moreno’s site.

Halloween Whoopie Pies

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Celebrate Halloween this year with these homemade sweet treats! Less of a pie and more of a big cookie and cream sandwich, whoopie pies have been crowd pleasers since the 1920’s.  This recipe is a fun twist on an old favorite; one bite and you’ll understand their name.  To let everyone personalize their own pies, set out dishes with different Halloween themed sprinkles, and roll the filling in them.

For the recipe visit Robyn Moreno’s website.

Shrimp Ceviche

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All of the amazing seafood in Panama lends itself perfectly to this fresh and light preparation. Ceviche uses the acid of citrus fruits to essentially cook the seafood without using any heat. This way of preparing the shrimp is very low in fat, and packs a healthy punch of vitamins A and C. To round out this meal, serve the ceviche with some chunks of avocado, and a few slices of bread. Keep in mind that the longer you let the ceviche sit, the firmer and more cooked the shrimp will become. Feel free to swap in any firm white fish, or even do a mix of shrimp and fish. Just get the freshest seafood you can find, and you’ll have a flavorful and healthy dish everyone’s excited about!

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

Meyer Lemon & Thyme Gimlet

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This bright and herbal cocktail is the perfect way to celebrate the fleeting days of Indian Summer. If you can get your hands on Meyer lemons, you’re in for a real treat. They’re slightly sweeter and mellower than regular lemons. But don’t worry if you can’t find them, this drink is still delicious with regular lemon juice. Shake up a batch of these for your next cocktail hour, and get ready to reel in the compliments!

For the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s site. 

 

No-Bake Brownie Bars {vegan}

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These fudge bars will satisfy all your chocolate and sugar cravings, with zero guilt. Cashews provide healthy fat and protein, and dates lend sweetness without any of the negative side effects of sugar. Even the picky eaters in your house will devour these- they taste like your favorite fudgy brownies. They’re the perfect addition to a packed lunch, and make a great after dinner treat.

For the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s site.

Shredded Cabbage & Chicken Salad

3This super quick and super fresh salad is an entire meal in a bowl; protein, vegetables, healthy fats, and boatloads of flavor all in one delicious and easy recipe. If you buy all of the ingredients pre-prepped, you can have your meal on the table in 15 minutes flat. I bet even your favorite takeout place can’t beat that! Also perfect for packing in lunchboxes, this salad will quickly become a favorite part of your weekday repertoire.

For the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s site.

Pakistani Vegetable Korma

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Traditionally a meat focused cuisine, day-to-day Pakistani food also incorporates smaller amounts of vegetables and legumes. Korma, a classic curry dish popular in Pakistan, is usually made with mutton or chicken, and blended with heavy cream. This lightened up twist on korma puts vegetables and chickpeas at the forefront of the plate, without sacrificing flavor or satisfaction. Chickpeas are an affordable source of high quality protein, and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower pack a powerful punch of vitamins A, C, K, folic acid, and fiber, making them strong protectors against cancer. Turmeric and curry powder provide health benefits of their own, reducing inflammation in the body and protecting against Alzheimer’s. Serve this korma over brown or basmati rice, with some plain thick-style yogurt and lemon wedges on the side. This dish is so healthy you’ll feel good about going back for seconds!

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