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In The Kitchen

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Iced Hibiscus Green Tea

Hibiscus tea has been shown to reduce blood pressure, and green tea is packed with antioxidants. This tea can be chilled and enjoyed as an iced tea. Ingredients: ¼ cup of organic loose tea or 4-5 organic green tea bags ½ cup of dried organic hibiscus flowers or 5-6 organic tea bags 8 cups of filtered water 2 tsp lime or orange juice 2-4 T organic honey Directions: Bring water to a boil. Add tea or tea bags to a large bowl with lime juice. Add hot water to the bowl and allow it to steep for 10-15 minutes. Remove tea bags or strain. Cool. Pour over ice and garnish with citrus slices. Add honey to taste....

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Spring Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette

Don't be intimidated by this recipe. Once you prepare the pesto, it can be used for another dinner option and for the dressing. If you are short on time, you can also purchase crispy garbanzo beans in the snack section, but preparing them is easy. Spring Salad Ingredients: 2 cups Butter Lettuce 1 bunch asparagus, tender sections only-blanched briefly in hot water ½ cup snow peas 1 cup sugar snap peas 2 radishes, thinly sliced ½ cup goat cheese crumbles 1 avocado, pitted and diced Sprinkle of lemon juice and lemon zest from one lemon ½ cup roasted chickpeas (see recipe that follows) ¼ cup toasted and chopped pistachio nuts Sprigs of fresh basil and mint (or chives and tarragon) Sea salt and fresh ground pepper ½...

Charred Shishito Peppers and Ranch Avocado Dip

This flavorful combination of Charred Shishito Peppers and Ranch Avocado dip offers the best of smoky and creamy textures and flavors, tantalizing your taste buds. It's perfect for any gathering or as a delightful snack! Shishito Peppers Ingredients: 2 t avocado oil 1 lb shishito peppers Salt and pepper to taste Directions: Heat oil in a large pan and add peppers. Brown on one side until softened, then turn to brown on the other side until softened. Sprinkle the peppers with salt and pepper. Serve as a side with roasted or grilled meat. Avocado Ranch Dip Ingredients: 1 avocado, peel, and pit removed 1/2 cup mayonnaise or Veganaise 1/4–1/2 cup milk (I use unsweetened almond or cashew milk) 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice 1–2 Tbsp fresh dill (or 1–2 tsp dried) 1/4 cup fresh cilantro 1/4–1/2 tsp. salt...

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Traditional Italian Handmade Pasta & Red Sauce

I booked a traditional Italian cooking class on a recent trip to Italy and  was impressed with how simple and tasty their staple dishes were to prepare.   The first weekend home from my trip, I decided to test this theory and see if I could replicate a simple handmade pasta dish for the kids; they were as pleased as I was with it. Plan for an hour of prep work and make extra sauce to freeze. If you do not have a pasta rack (to dry), you can improvise with a broom or coat hangers. Give it a try, and let us know what you think! Italian Hand-Made Pasta Ingredients: 400 grams (about 15 oz) White 00 flour (all-purpose) 4 big eggs (room temperature) Directions: Pour the flour on...

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Thai Stir-Fry with Asparagus, Cashews and Oyster Mushrooms

Dive into the vibrant flavors of Thailand with this Thai Stir-Fry recipe, which features crisp asparagus, crunchy cashews, and earthy oyster mushrooms. Quick to prepare, it's ideal for a nourishing weeknight dinner or a special addition to your meal rotation. Whether you are a seasoned cook or trying Thai cuisine for the first time, this stir-fry promises a satisfying experience. Ingredients: 1 T coconut oil 1 cup scallions 2 T finely chopped gingerroot 1 cup oyster mushrooms cut into strips 2 T finely chopped lemongrass or 1 T orange zest ½ c fresh squeezed orange juice ½ c raw cashews 2 T gluten-free soy sauce 1 Thai chili or jalapeno pepper, finely chopped ½ Thai Basil leaves or Fresh Basil 1 bunch asparagus Directions: Heat oil in a pan...

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Mixed Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

This Mixed Baby Greens Salad pairs fresh greens with sweet strawberries, creating a tasty blend of flavors. The salad is dressed in a homemade strawberry balsamic vinaigrette, which adds a tangy, fruity finish. Topped with crunchy nuts and creamy goat cheese, it's perfect as a refreshing starter or a light main dish. Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette Ingredients: 1 cup strawberries, coarsely chopped ¼ cup balsamic vinegar 1 T honey ½ c extra-virgin olive oil or walnut oil Salt and pepper to taste Directions: Blend the strawberries, vinegar, and honey in a high-speed blender. While running, slowly drizzle in olive oil until the dressing is smooth and emulsified. Salt and pepper to taste. Use the dressing with the salad that follows. Mixed Baby Greens and Arugula Salad Ingredients: ¼ c sliced almonds 4 cups of...

Super Seven Salad

Super Seven Salad Eating Healthy Never Tasted This Good This Super Seven Kale Salad is a unique blend of seven superfoods and a delicious dressing. Have you searched for a great Kale salad recipe that the kids will devour? Well, look no further than the Super Seven Salad. This smart sweet Kale salad is a unique blend of seven superfoods and a delicious poppyseed dressing. The combination of kale, red cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, toasted walnuts, toasted pumpkin seeds, and dried cranberries make this Super Salad something you need to add to your weekly diet. Try it with Annie's light poppyseed dressing, but don't overdo it with the dressing, the cranberries and pumpkin seeds give this super salad a perfect level of sweetness all by itself. Super Seven Salad 3...

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Everything Bagel Lox and Deviled Eggs

Here is a tasty Spring recipe that will also help you boost protein intake. Everything bagel seasoning is a great condiment to have on hand to sprinkle on “everything” without adding significant calories.   Each deviled egg half provides close to 6 gm of protein!! Ingredients: 6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled (see tips below on making the perfect eggs)\ ½ cup low fat cottage cheese (look for Good Culture low fat) 1 t Dijon mustard 2 T Greek yogurt, low fat (can substitute mayonnaise if prefer) 1 T Everything Bagel seasoning, plus more for sprinkling on top 1 T Italian parsley, chopped plus additional leaves for garnishing if desired 3 oz of smoked salmon, plus additional pieces for garnishing if desired Smoked paprika for sprinkling on top Directions: Cut each...

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Tex Mex Scramble

This morning scramble is packed with protein  (33 gm per serving) and will keep you satiated until your next meal. We know we need to prioritize protein, and getting 30+ grams of protein in our first meal of the day is especially important. If you want to find creative ways to boost your protein intake, join us for our cooking class this month, "Everything Protein," on 3/26/24 at 6 pm.   Ingredients: ( 1 serving ) 2 whole eggs 4 T egg whites 1/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese 1/4 t cayenne pepper 1/2 cup black beans 1/4 cup chopped red onion 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes 1 T chopped cilantro and additional for garnish 1 oz cheddar cheese for garnish (optional) Guacamole and salsa for garnish (optional ) Olive oil Directions: ...

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Wasabi-Marinated Steaks

The wasabi marinade will bring out the grass-fed beef's flavor and make it more tender. Try to marinate for at least 4 hours and up to 8 hours. The anti-inflammatory additions to this marinade can help to reduce any negative effect of cooking or grilling, but still make an effort to avoid burning or causing char. Ingredients: ¼ c. rice wine vinegar 2 T. soy sauce 2-4 cloves garlic, minced 1 ½ t. freshly grated ginger 1 T. powdered wasabi powder 3 lbs. strip steak or filet, grass-fed organic Directions: In a bowl, combine all ingredients until dissolved. Put steaks in a glass dish or stainless-steel pan (not plastic). Add marinade and coat. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or longer, turning occasionally. Grill or pan-sear steaks,...

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