This Green Garden Smoothie is so incredibly refreshing. Not too sweet, not too tart. It is simply perfection in a glass while packing in your daily greens. My nephew Nick and his wife, Patri, got me started on this in the Fall of 2013, and we have been enjoying it ever since! Make it a healthy start to your day, or enjoy it as a summer beverage. I promise not to tell anyone if you slip a little vodka into the mix. In that case, I recommend a sunny patio or balcony and a lounge chair to boot. Find your happy place!
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Are you gluten-free and dairy-free, missing the joy of chocolate chip cookies? Our friend Marci was faced with that sad reality and decided it was time to take matters into her own hands. She blew me away with her research and persistence in creating the cookie of her dreams.
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This Avocado Corn Salad brings together many of our favorite foods. For example, we pretty much adore avocados. They are on our shortlist of miracle foods for their healthy fat, fiber, and vitamin content. They also pack enough protein to leave you feeling satisfied without weighing you down.
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The first time I had quinoa lentil salad, it was at a relaxing lunch with Mark at Rhubarb, a restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina. The chef served over wilted spinach, and earthy goodness had me immediately hooked. My version is subtly dressed, allowing it to top various greens or serve as a simple side.
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We got hooked on roasted brussels sprouts in California. Throw in a little pancetta or chopped bacon before roasting, and transform it into a light main. Or, add tang with dried cranberries or sweetness with some diced apple. The versatility is fantastic. When shopping for Brussels sprouts, select those still attached to the stalk, if at all possible. In any case, look for tight, vibrant green heads smaller than 1 ½ inches in diameter as they tend to be the sweetest. The very best feel heavy for their size.
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Glazed chicken is extra tasty and incredibly tender. For a quick meal, throw it on a bed of spinach, or spoon it over rice. It pairs beautifully with an easy side, such as Corn And Tomato Fiesta Salad, Herbed Whipped Potatoes, or Blanched Broccoli. It’s the new fast food. For a nice variation try topping with Macerated Cranberries, or adding a handful of toasted pine nuts and thinly sliced red onion.
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