Category Archives: Recipes

Creamed Greens with Faro

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Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be all heavy starches and fatty dishes. This recipe is packed with good for you greens and fiber rich farro, tied together with just enough dairy to make it feel like a celebration. Greens like kale, chard, and spinach are rich in folic acid, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and antioxidants that lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and even help to slow your absorption of carbohydrates into your bloodstream after meals, preventing that energy crash and burn, or “food coma” feeling. They also boost your immune system and help fight off those pesky colds. Make this dish as a vegetarian side for your Thanksgiving feast, and as cozy hearty recipe all winter long.

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

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Herbed Steak with Parmesan Porcini Mash

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This hearty fall dish riffs off the classic British steak and chips, working in some healthier ingredients and amplifying the flavor. Porcini mushrooms add a rich, savory element, and creamy cannellini beans add fiber and extra protein to the mash. Sirloin steak is relatively low in fat, and contains all the essential amino acids necessary for immune function, cellular repair, and muscle growth. Steak also offers a bounty of B vitamins, as well as selenium and zinc.  This protein packed dish will keep you satiated and satisfied, and comes together quickly for an easy weeknight meal option. Serve it with a fresh green salad for a well-rounded and delicious meal.

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

Chicken Meatballs w/Cucumber Pesto Noodles

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This lightened up twist on an Italian classic has all the flavors of the original, without any gluten and with far fewer calories. Fresh and crunch cucumbers tossed with tomatoes and coated with bright and herbaceous pesto stand in for pasta. Cucumbers are comprised of 98% water, are naturally hydrating. They also supply magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A, B, and C. Lean ground poultry boasts ample amounts of protein, and also supplies your body with iron. Next time you’re craving traditional spaghetti and meatballs, try this lighter and healthier version instead, you won’t be disappointed!

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

Chicken Souvlaki with Homemade Tzatziki

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Souvlaki has been a culinary favorite in Greece since ancient times. Homer makes mention of a meat and bread recipe resembling souvlaki, and there are also later references to street vendors selling souvlaki with pita in Constantinople during the Byzantine era. Today, this delicious combination remains just as popular. Often eaten on the street or taken home to enjoy, you can easily duplicate this recipe, and even make it a bit healthier, by cooking it yourself at home. Packed with filling protein from the chicken, calcium from the yogurt, and a bounty of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber from the vegetables, this recipe is a nutritional homerun and a fast family favorite.

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

Grilled Peach Salad

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In the summer, meals that are simple, seasonal, and light are the most appealing. Italian cuisine caters perfectly to this penchant. It’s not all pasta and pizza! This grilled peach salad takes advantage of juicy summer peaches, and the additions of peppery arugula, creamy mozzarella, and salty prosciutto combine to make a meal you’ll want to eat all summer long. And if peaches aren’t quite in season where you live, grilling even under-ripe peaches brings out a ripe, sweet flavor. Aside from being delicious, peaches support your digestive health, protect your vision, and help reduce inflammation. They are rich in potassium, iron, fiber, and a wealth of antioxidants. Add some grilled shrimp or salmon, and you’ve got a well-rounded and delicious healthy summer meal.

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

Norwegian Beet Soup

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This ruby-hued soup looks as beautiful as it tastes, and comes packed with fresh Nordic flavors perfect for celebrating summer. Beets are rich in immune boosting vitamin C, and also deliver a healthy dose of fiber to keep your digestion moving. Dill, a mainstay in Norwegian cooking, provides calcium, iron, and anti-inflammatory and antiviral flavonoids giving your whole body a fortifying boost. Serve this dish hot or chilled, and consider adding some sautéed shrimp or crayfish to round out your meal.

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

Vegan Roasted Beet Salad with Citrus & Fennel

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French food doesn’t need to be all heavy sauces and rich meaty stews. This light and bright salad is packed with the flavors of summer, and a few extra touches make it feel special enough for entertaining. Sherry vinegar and Dijon mustard bring acidity to this dish, and lend a distinctly Parisian flavor profile. Vinegar also stimulates your digestion and gives your body’s detoxifying systems a boost. Beets, the star of this salad, deliver vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and manganese. They’re also a rich source of the B vitamin folate, essential for expectant mothers. Fennel is also a nutritional powerhouse, helping to lower cholesterol and boost digestion. To round out this meal, serve it alongside your favorite protein. Grilled salmon, shrimp, or chicken would be a delicious accompaniment, and can be seasoned with any extra vinaigrette you have leftover.

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

Watermelon & Tomato Salad with Zucchini Noodles

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This bright and summery salad bursts with fresh summer produce, and it’s the perfect way to showcase a farmer’s market haul. A rift on the classic Greek salad, this one incorporates sweet watermelon and corn to play off the traditional tomatoes and feta. Both tomatoes and watermelon are packed with lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your skin from the sun. Watermelon and zucchini are both very hydrating, helping to offset any summer dehydration. Make up a big batch of this to enjoy for lunch the next day- it keeps well in the fridge.

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

Adobo Pulled Pork with Cheddar Polenta

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Don’t let the long cook time in this recipe scare you off. Just a few minutes of prep and a slow, hands off braise in oven transform a cheap, tough cut of pork into a totally decadent meal worthy of company. Using quick cooking polenta pulls everything together quickly, and offers a delicious gluten free option for those concerned. This dish holds well overnight, so feel free to make it in advance. The pulled pork is also a great freezer meal option.

Ideas for Leftover Pulled Pork:

  • Pulled pork grilled cheese
  • Pulled pork tacos, quesadillas, or nachos
  • Toss the pork through some pappardelle pasta with a bit of butter and parmesan
  • Top up a loaded baked potato with the pork

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

Orzo Salad with Shrimp & Spring Vegetables

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This fresh and springy salad celebrates the brightest Nordic flavors, with fresh dill and lemon taking center stage. Known for its seafood, Norwegian cuisine often features freshly caught shrimp in the spring and summer months. If you’re lucky enough to be there, look for the smaller cold water prawns, sometimes cooked right in boiling sea water for a salty kick. You can also substitute crawfish for a delicious twist. Orzo provides the perfect foundation for lightly roasted spring vegetables and shrimp, but feel free to swap in quinoa, faro, or another grain here.

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

Chickpea Grain Salad

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This bright and refreshing grain salad bowl comes together in fifteen minutes flat, making it perfect for those hectic weeknight dinners. Packed with plant based protein and fiber from chickpeas, healthy whole grains from the couscous, vitamin C from the lemon juice and tomatoes, and beneficial monounsaturated fats from the olive oil, this recipe is a health homerun. Feel free to top it with grilled chicken or salmon, crumbled feta cheese, or some grilled vegetables depending on your preference.

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

Mexican Chipotle Adobo Chilaquiles

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This lightened up version of a traditional Mexican recipe packs a touch of heat and a whole lot of flavor from chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Baking the chips rather than frying them brings the grease down significantly, and a side of vegetarian refried beans delivers a healthy dose of plant based protein and fiber. Often served for breakfast or brunch, Chilaquiles taste delicious with the addition of a fried egg on top, or some shredded chicken for a non-vegetarian version. Perfect for entertaining, you can easily double or triple this recipe for a crowd. Serve with extra adobo sauce on the side if you like it spicy!

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

Roasted Tomato Soup

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Longer, sunnier days give us a glimpse of spring, but we still have a bit longer before ripe tomatoes hit the farmer’s market. In the meantime, you can roast canned tomatoes to boost their flavor, and blend them into a super cozy, comforting soup to tide you over until those warmer days arrive. And when those summer tomatoes do hit the market, you can swap them in for the canned ones for an even more delicious dish. Feel free to double your batch- it makes for great leftovers!

For the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website.

Spring Asparagus Tart with 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 or Mother’s Day celebrations!

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

Spicy Thai Chicken Soup

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Creamy, savory, spicy, and comforting, this spicy Thai chicken soup incorporates classic Thai flavors in a veggie and protein packed dish. Ginger offers anti-inflammatory properties, and garlic boosts your immune system helping fight off infection. Mushrooms are a superfood in their own right, promoting immune function by increasing your body’s production of antiviral proteins. They also offer a plant based source of vitamin D and help fight free radicals and oxidation in the body. Make up a batch of this soup if you’re feeling under the weather, and consider it your first defense against cold and flu season!

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

Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Bowls

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These bright and bracing noodle bowls are the perfect antidote to all the heavy, rich comfort foods that abound this time of year. Vietnamese food traditionally features these clean, acidic, sweet and salty flavors, which feature prominently in this recipe. Rice noodles keep this dish light and gluten free, but if you can’t find them, you can always swap in regular noodles or even spaghetti in a pinch. You can also swap the chicken for shrimp or tofu for a whole new twist. These bowls get more flavorful the longer they sit, so if you’re entertaining, you can make it in advance and chill in the fridge until serving.

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

Navel Orange Spritz

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Brighten up your usual cocktail hour with this vibrant and zesty navel orange spritz. Navel oranges just came into season- and they boast extra sweet juice and an almost ruby colored flesh, making them perfect for a cocktail! If you’re hosting a crowd, just mix an increased amount of vodka and juice in a large pitcher with ice, and let each guest top up their own glass with bubbly to order.

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Note: For any pregnant ladies out there like myself- you can still sip on something fun and bubbly! Just omit the vodka, double the orange juice, and top up with chilled sparking mineral water. The bitters are actually great for your digestion- so don’t skip those!

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

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Spicy Bean Dip

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With the Super Bowl this Sunday, you’re probably on the hunt for some delicious and decadent snacks to serve with the big game. This spicy bean dip comes together in just 15 minutes, and can even be made the day before for convenience. Serve it alongside some guacamole, queso, and salsa, and you’ll have a very happy crowd!

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

Note: You can easily keep this dip vegan- just omit the sour cream all together, or use your favorite non-dairy sour cream, or my favorite, Vegenaise.

Vegan Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

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Craving something creamy and cozy, but don’t want to break your New Year’s resolutions? This vegan butternut squash mac & cheese fits the bill. Even without an ounce of dairy, it tastes velvety, decadent, and all around delicious. If you have any extra cheesy sauce leftover, you can use it to make over-the-top yummy vegan nachos!

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

French Lentil Niçoise Salad with Dijon Shallot Vinaigrette

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Classic Salad Niçoise originated from the French city of Nice. It traditionally consists of anchovies, tuna, and the vegetables included below. This vegetarian version offers all the delicious flavors of the original, with an extra boost of protein and fiber from the lentils. Made quickly in one pot of boiling water, this dish looks impressive but comes together in a flash. Feel free to swap in whatever vegetables are in season where you live. While not traditional, grilled zucchini or asparagus would be a delicious addition, as would come charred corn kernels or peppery fresh arugula.

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

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Brazilian Açaí Bowl with Spirulina

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This powerhouse super-bowl filled with healthy goodness is the perfect way to kick off your new year on a nutritious and delicious note. Acai, a berry grown in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, provide a bevy of antioxidants, amino acids, and essential fatty acids. Considered a beauty food, acai berries boost the health of your hair, skin and nails, and also bolster your immune system and energy levels. Spirulina, made from blue-green algae, is a superfood in its own right. It helps your body detox from heavy metals, rebalances your internal microflora, can lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and boosts your energy. With all these superfoods on your side, you’re sure to have a vibrant, healthy, and glowing new year!

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

Vegan Mexican Black Bean Soup

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This protein packed vegan dish pack a flavorful punch from spicy jalapeno and earthy cumin. Black beans offer an easily utilized vegan protein option, and they’re also full of digestion enhancing fiber. Sweet potatoes provide beta carotene and healthy fiber, and cilantro boosts your body’s ability to detox heavy metals. Make this dish with whatever vegetables you have on hand. In the summer, the addition of sweet corn would be delicious. Feel free to top your soup with avocado, hot sauce, or sour cream.

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

Swedish Cinnamon Buns {Kanelbullar}

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These cinnamon buns just scream Christmas morning! They’ll fill your home with the warm cozy smells of butter and cinnamon, and they’ll be an instant hit with everyone around your tree. Cardamom gives these buns a traditional Scandinavian flair, but if you don’t care for it, or don’t have it in your pantry, just double up on the cinnamon in its place. To have these buns at hand come Christmas morning, make the dough the night before, and give it a slow rise in the fridge overnight. Just give it an extra half hour to warm up before you proceed with rolling it out. Don’t let the lengthy instructions scare you away- this recipe is super fun to make, and everyone can lend a hand in rolling the buns. God Jul & Merry Christmas!

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

Moroccan Lamb with Herbed Couscous

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This deliciously spiced Moroccan style recipe gives you maximum flavor and satisfaction in minimal time. Inspired by the traditional Moroccan tagines, but made in a fraction of the time, this recipe combines the best of both worlds. You’re only 20 minutes away from a healthy, protein packed, delicious meal! Lean lamb provides iron and protein, turmeric acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, whole wheat couscous gives your body complex, whole grain carbohydrates, and olive oil delivers heart healthy fats and allows your body to absorb all the vitamins and minerals from your food.

T view the recipe, visit GeoBlue’s websites Healthy Travel Blog & Travel Well Worldwide.

White Bean Chicken Chili

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This cozy white bean chicken chili is just the thing to warm you up on the chilly winter nights ahead. Cooking the chicken in the broth gives the soup incredible depth of flavor in a short amount of time, and makes for less kitchen clean up. Packed with spicy jalapenos, zesty lime, and savory spices, this delicious soup adds a kick to any mealtime. Make up a double batch, it saves well and makes for amazing leftovers!

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

Note: For an easy vegetarian & vegan recipe, swap the chicken broth for veggie broth, omit the chicken, and add in some chopped zucchini, bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes in the last few minutes of cooking.

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.

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.

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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