Monthly Archives: September 2016

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.