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Australian Prawns with Peach Salsa

With over 22,000 miles of coastline, Australian cuisine comprises a bevy of fabulous seafood. These vibrantly spiced prawns showcase that perfectly, and are deliciously offset by this bright and tangy peach salsa. The perfect way to celebrate the summer season, this dish is also full of health benefits. Shrimp provide protein, selenium, and vitamin B12, while peaches contain ample amounts of vitamin C, and can help stave off free radicals in the body. Enjoy this dish with a simple green salad for a colorful and summery meal.

View the recipe on GeoBlue’s website Travel Well Worldwide.

Lemon Elderflower Gin Fizz

Toast to the start of summer with this deliciously bright and fizzy cocktail. Herbal gin pairs perfectly with floral lemon elderflower soda, balanced by bracing lemon bitters. You’ll want to stock up on this particular flavor of soda– it instantly elevates anything you mix it with, and tastes both light and refreshing. Perfect for the warmer days ahead.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Fill 2 glasses with ice. Pour over 1 1/2 shots of gin into each glass. Top with soda to the brim, and add a dash of bitters to each glass.
  2. Garnish with a lemon slice and basil leaf if using. Enjoy!

Ricotta & Vegetable Galette

Don’t let the thought of making your own dough deter you from making this delicious recipe. This half whole wheat half all-purpose flour dough is both forgiving and easy to make. Galettes are a classic French dish that can be topped with any number of ingredients. Feel free to substitute whatever cheese you like in this recipe, and mix and match the veggies. Other great toppings could be sautéed kale, tomatoes, fennel, or even thinly sliced potatoes. The mushrooms in this dish provide an excellent source of vitamin D, C, iron, calcium, and other beneficial minerals. They can also help alleviate high cholesterol and reduce inflammation in the body. Serve this Galette alongside a simple green salad for a filling and balanced meal.

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

Creamy Corn & Tomato Pasta {gluten free & vegan}

This easy & healthy recipe makes the most of summer corn and tomatoes, and you won’t even guess it’s both gluten free & vegan- it tastes that delicious! This dish also holds up super well as leftovers, making it the perfect recipe to double up on for packing school or work lunches during the week.

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serves 4 (makes great leftovers!)

Ingredients:

  • 1 package gluten free pasta shells (try one made with lentils or beans for good texture)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 ears corn, stripped of kernels
  • 1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tablespoons pesto (homemade or your favorite store-bought version)
  • 3 tablespoons Vegenaise (or your favorite vegan mayo)
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh chopped basil, to serve

Directions:

  1. Cook the pasta per box instructions, making sure to salt the cooking water well. Drain and rinse with cool water once cooked.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, and sauté until just starting to turn golden, 1-2 minutes. Add the corn kernels, along with a generous pinch of salt, and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, and turn off the heat. Add the pesto and Vegenaise, and stir well to combine.
  3. Toss in the cooked pasta, and make sure it’s all well coated with the sauce. Season to taste with lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  4. Transfer to a serving platter, and top with fresh chopped basil. Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!

Note: You can add some shredded chicken, grilled shrimp, or extra veggies to round out your meal. And if you’re neither gluten free nor vegan, feel free to use regular pasta and/or regular mayonnaise.

Moroccan Chicken with Couscous & Fennel Slaw

This savory and satisfying Moroccan inspired dish hits all the nutritional and flavor high notes. Roasting lemons with high heat mimics the traditional preserved lemon flavor prevalent in Moroccan cuisine. The same high heat also caramelizes the onions, making them sweet and delicious. Turmeric, a spice common in Moroccan recipes, acts as an anti-inflammatory in the body, and helps ward off a whole host of disease. Black pepper increases the bio-availability of turmeric, so be sure to include it in your cooking. Fennel offers a bright and bracing component in this dish, and also aids in digestion.

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

Cinco de Mayo Cocktails with Sipp Sparkling Organics

With Cinco de Mayo this weekend, its the perfect time to add some new tequila cocktails to your repertoire. Sipp Sparkling Organics makes it super simple; just add your favorite tequila and some fresh garnishes to one of their delicious flavors, serve it over ice, and you’re good to go!

I love Sipp because they’re USDA organic, lightly sweetened with agave, and come in really creative and thoughtful flavor combinations perfect for pairing with food. When I was pregnant, I loved drinking these as a virgin cocktail option- it still felt like I had something special and fun to sip on. Below are two of my favorite libations for your Cinco de Mayo celebrations. For best results, pair these cocktails with copious amounts of chips, guac, salsa, and queso.

Zesty Orange Lime Jalapeno 

In a short glass, pour 1 shot of your favorite tequila over ice. Squeeze in the juice of 1/2 a lime, and pour over enough Sipp to fill your glass to the brim. Stir gently, garnish with a twist of orange zest, and enjoy!

Ginger Blossom Vanilla Lime

In a short glass, pour 1 shot of your favorite tequila over ice. Grate in 1/8th teaspoon fresh ginger (more or less depending on how spicy you like it), and pour over enough Sipp to fill your glass to the brim. Stir gently, garnish with a twist of lime zest, and enjoy!

Vietnamese Summer Roll Salad

Traditionally served as a roll wrapped in rice paper, this Vietnamese classic tastes just as good in a simple to assemble salad. Naturally gluten free rice noodles serve as the base for lots of bright and healthy vegetables, protein packed tofu, and a creamy peanut dressing you’ll want to put on everything. This super hydrating salad is light yet satisfying, and comes together in only 20 minutes. Healthy and delicious in a flash!

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

Beer Braised Chicken Tacos with Apple Cucumber Avocado Salsa

Once you cook chicken thighs with this recipe, you’ll never want them any other way! Ultra-flavorful and falling apart tender, the low and slow braise in beer and ginger ale makes this dish one you’ll come back to again and again. The apple cucumber avocado salsa spiked with lime, adds just the right amount of sweetness and freshness, perfectly offsetting the spicy chicken. If you have any chicken leftover (unlikely!) try wrapping it up in a burrito, sprinkling it over nachos, or using it as the filling for enchiladas or quesadillas.

To view the recipe, visit Latina Magazine’s food & cooking website The Latin Kitchen.

Coconut Marinated Pork with Rice & Pickled Vegetables

In Cambodia, this classic pork dish signals breakfast time. Packed with savory flavors from the marinade and zesty kick from the pickles, this recipe will perk up your taste buds any time of day. Swapping in a lean cut of pork significantly lowers the fat in this dish, while still providing ample amounts of protein, zinc, iron, B vitamins, and potassium. This adapted recipe also calls for brown rice rather than the traditional white rice, to maximize fiber and protein. You could also serve this over quinoa or another healthy grain.

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

Springtime Dinner Party {a Paperless Post Collaboration}

This post was sponsored by Paperless Post

Warmer weather and longer, sunnier days make entertaining such a pleasure this time of year. Take advantage of the extra daylight and the colorful bounty at the farmer’s market and throw a springtime dinner party your friends will rave about.

Paperless Post makes inviting everyone on your guest list both simple and stylish. Select from their seemingly endless catalogue of beautiful invitations , then personalize it to your specifications, add your guest’s email addresses, and send away! The whole process can take as little as ten minutes, though I love browsing through all the font, color, letterpress, stamp, and background options for each invitation. You can even add logos or photographs to further customize your invitations, and attach a gift registry for easy gifting.

Your guests can RSVP with a simple click, and you can track everything on your dashboard, streamlining the entire process. A built in map on the guest’s landing page makes finding the party location a breeze. All of this for a fraction of the cost, time, and effort of traditional printed  invitations. There’s also an environmental upside- you’re saving on paper, stamps, and the carbon footprint of delivering all those invitations.

Check out my ideas below for a festive springtime dinner party menu.

Start your celebration with this vibrant and bright Spring Asparagus Tart with Goat Cheese, perfect for paring with a crisp white sancerre. 

For a main course, serve this Roasted Salmon with Hasselbeck Potatoes, Quick Pickle Cucumbers & Dill Sour Cream Sauce

For dessert, serve up this Vegan Strawberry Fig Cheesecake

Lightened Up Chicken Stroganoff

This classic recipe originates in Russia, but people the world over now enjoy variations of both ingredient and technique. Scandinavian, Japanese, German, Brazilian, and British cultures all have a distinct riff off this recipe. Some enjoy it over rice, some with the addition of tomatoes or mustard, some with sour or heavy cream, and many prepare it with beef. The recipe below utilizes chicken, full of protein and low in saturated fat. Mushrooms contain powerful antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties that help protect your liver, boost your immune system, lower inflammation and cholesterol, and stabilize blood sugar. They also contain protein, fiber, vitamins B and C, calcium, antioxidants, and minerals. Swapping heavy or sour cream out for yogurt lowers the fat in this dish without sacrificing the delicious, creamy texture. Yogurt also delivers probiotics, which help to strengthen and heal your gut. Feel free to serve this over gluten free noodles or rice as an alternative.

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

Irish Roasted Lamb & Potatoes

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and the imminent arrival of spring with this savory and hearty roasted lamb recipe. Lamb is a traditional springtime dish in Ireland, and is most often flavored with garlic and rosemary. Wild garlic grows rampant in wooded areas throughout Ireland in the spring, and this recipe maximizes on that bounty. If you can find New Potatoes, the first harvest of the spring, definitely use them in this recipe. Any leftover lamb makes excellent sandwiches the next day.

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

Vegan Tres Leches Cake

This recipe turns the beloved tres leches classic into an ultra-delicious dairy free vegan treat. You won’t miss the traditional milk one bit in this rich, decadent, and utterly indulgent dessert. Coconut milk features front and center in this recipe, lending it a sunny, tropical flavor that’s not exactly traditional, but no less delicious. Both vegans and dairy-lovers alike will be charmed by this crowd-pleasing tres leches cake.

To view the recipe, visit Latina Magazine’ food & cooking website The Latin Kitchen.

Mama & Baby Recipe: Spiced Squash Soup

This easy two-for-one recipe cooks up a delicious and healthy soup for both mama and baby. Squash boasts high levels of vitamins A, C, and E, and also provides folate, magnesium, potassium, and beta carotene. All of these nutrients are essential for both you and your little one. Bone broth proves especially beneficial for babies. Its high levels of collagen help strengthen the intestinal lining, reducing the risk of allergies and food sensitivities. As a rich source of calcium, bone broth also encourages the growth of strong teeth and bones. And to top it off, bone broth helps support the immune system, perfect for protecting both you and baby.

There are no rules saying baby food has to be bland. Incorporating spices and stronger flavors like onions and garlic builds baby’s palate, and encourages a more diverse repertoire in your baby’s diet. Not to mention the wide range of nutritional benefits these ingredients offer. Just steer clear of anything too spicy (cayenne, chili, or too much black pepper), and avoid adding extra salt to baby’s food.

Disclaimer: Keep an open dialogue with your baby’s pediatrician as you introduce new foods, and check with them if you’re unsure about a particular ingredient and whether its age appropriate for your baby. I’m not a doctor or a nutritionist, just a professionally trained chef and new mama doing lots of research on what’s best for my baby.

Makes about 5 cups of soup

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Kabocha squash (or substitute butternut squash) peeled and cubed
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and cubed
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground curry powder
  • 3 cups bone broth
  • 1 can unsweetened low fat coconut milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste (omit for baby version)

Directions

  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the squash, onion, garlic, and spices, and stir to combine. Cook for 3-5 minutes, until the spices smell fragrant and the onion begins to caramelize.
  2. Add the broth and coconut milk, and stir to combine. Bring up to a boil then lower to a simmer and cook, covered, for 30-40 minutes. You’ll know it’s done with the squash is fork tender.
  3. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup right in the pot, or carefully transfer it (in batches if necessary) to a blender and puree until smooth.
  4. For baby, allow to cool slightly, thin it with a bit of breastmilk or formula if desired, and serves. For mama, season to taste with salt and pepper, garnish with a swirl of sour cream or yogurt and some herbs if desired, and enjoy!

Vegetarian Thai Green Curry

Sweet, spicy, and layered with delicious flavors, this Vegetarian Thai Green Curry is as tasty as it is healthy. Coconut milk provides healthy fats which help your body absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables, and ginger and garlic boost your immune system and combat inflammation in the body. Bamboo shoots can help balance cholesterol and are also anti-inflammatory. Tofu delivers a low-fat source of plant based protein, but feel free to substitute chicken or shrimp if you prefer. Make up a double batch while you’re at it- this recipe makes fantastic leftovers, and freezes well too.

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

Tex Mex Frittata

This Tex Mex Frittata brings all your favorite taqueria flavors to brunch. Sweet caramelized onion, spicy serrano pepper, and savory cotija cheese come together with healthy veggies and protein packed eggs in this delicious dish. Frittatas are an excellent vehicle for all the extra veggies in your fridge, and taste delicious hot or cold. Make this for yourself and enjoy the leftovers all week, or serve it up to a hungry crowd and wait for the compliments to roll in!

Note: This recipe utilizes a spiralizer. If you don’t have one, you can thinly slice the vegetables, and then cut them into bite size pieces. You can serve this frittata hot, room temperature, or even cold. You can also serve with a side of avocado, salsa, hot sauce, guacamole, chopped cilantro, and/or sour cream.

To view this recipe, visit Latina Magazine’s food & cooking website The Latin Kitchen.

Elotes Nachos

All the flavors of your favorite Mexican street corn, in nacho form! Sweet corn, creamy cotija cheese, spicy jalapeños, crunchy tortilla chips, and zesty lime make for the perfect snack. Make up a double batch if you’re feeding a crowd- these will go quickly!

To view the recipe, visit Latina Magazine’s food & cooking website The Latin Kitchen.

Korean Kimchi Noodle Stir Fry

This rapid recipe comes together before you can place a takeout order. Kimchi, a traditional side dish and staple in Korean cooking brings both flavor and health benefits to this dish. Packed with beneficial probiotics, this seasoned and fermented ingredient boosts your gut health and helps your immune and digestive systems function at their best. Be sure to add the kimchi at the very end of cooking; too much high heat can cook off some of its probiotic power. Feel free to add whatever protein you like in this recipe. Simply cooked poultry or fish would be delicious next to these noodles.

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

Italian Farro Salad with Kale & Butternut Squash

Packed with fiber and protein, nutty and delicious farro makes an excellent swap for pasta or rice in this hearty Italian dish. Butternut squash provides vitamins C and A, and kale supplies vitamin K and folate, rounding out this dish as a super healthy recipe to add to your repertoire. Balsamic vinegar, which provides acidity and flavor in this salad, also boosts your immune system, and offers antioxidants and polyphenols which can protect your body from heart disease and cancer. Feel free to vary the ingredients in this recipe, and add grilled chicken or fish for a well-rounded meal.

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

Vegetarian Zucchini Rollup Enchiladas

This healthy, lightened up and gluten free take on classic enchiladas will have everyone asking for seconds. Thinly sliced zucchini ribbons stand in for tortillas, wrapping up a hearty filling of cheesy corn, beans, and quinoa. These enchiladas are so packed with flavor; you won’t even miss the tortillas! Feel free to add in ground beef, shredded chicken, or any of your other favorite enchilada fillings in this highly adaptable recipe.

View the recipe on Latina Magazine’s food & cooking website The Latin Kitchen.

Spicy Vegetarian Mexican Soup with Cheddar Lime Biscuits

This hearty, healthy dish is perfect for warming up on chilly winter nights. Spicy, savory, and super satisfying, it’s ideal for a cozy night on the couch, but also fits the bill for a festive dinner party with friends. The leftovers keep and pack beautifully, making it the perfect take-to-work lunch. The cheddar lime biscuits are this soup’s perfect companion, but are also delicious in their own right. Use any leftover biscuits to make the ultimate egg and cheese breakfast sandwich the next morning.

To view the recipe, visit Latina Magazine’s website The Latin Kitchen.

Danish Salmon Tartare

This classic Danish dish is a healthy way to kick off the new year. It feels decadent and celebratory, but is actually packed with good for you omega 3 fatty acids, protein, and vitamin C. Be sure to choose wild salmon when shopping for this recipe. Farm raised salmon doesn’t contain the same ratio of beneficial omegas as its wild counterpart. You can also serve this with thinly sliced cucumbers in place of chips. For a dairy free version, simply omit the sour cream- it will still taste delicious!

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

Christmastime Mushroom Soup

Traditionally made with dried mushrooms, this fresher take on the classic Russian Christmastime soup comes together quickly and deliciously. Often served as part of the meatless Russian Christmas Eve Hold Supper, this soup will satisfy both vegetarians and carnivores around your table. Rather than thickening with flour, this recipe utilizes a bit of sour cream to add a decadent finish to the soup without weighing you down. Serve this at your holiday meal for a flavorful and satisfying starter.

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

Challah Knots

These easy challah knots are perfect for celebrating Hanukkah- but they’re so delicious, I think you’ll find an excuse to make them all year long. You can also make a double batch and freeze them for later use. Doughy, eggy, and golden brown- these are sure to be a fast favorite.

Check out the easy recipe I used here. I like sprinkling over a little Maldon sea salt after the egg wash and before baking for an extra salty kick. 

Winter Wellness Bowls with Honey Tahini Dressing

Warming spices and a creamy honey tahini dressing make these winter wellness bowls feel like a treat. Broccoli and cauliflower are rich in vitamin C, especially important in the colder months. They also improve digestion and aid in the body’s detoxification process. Mushrooms provide an excellent plant based source of protein, and also offer important antioxidants and minerals. Tahini, made from ground sesame seeds, is a great plant based source of calcium, important for strengthening bones. All these components keep well, so make a double batch and enjoy healthy meals all week long.

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

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.

Glasses C/O UncommonGreen

In UncommonGreen’s newest twist on their original Maps Glassware collection, their intricate city map designs are now gilded in shimmering 22k gold, so you can sip your drink of choice in vintage style. Visit UncommonGreen to explore the more than 20 major U.S. cities available and find your, or your loved one’s, hometown.

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.

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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.

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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.