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Grilled Halloumi and Fennel Salad

3 Comments | Written on July 30, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

At this point in the summer, you have probably grilled just about everything.   But have you tried grilling cheese?

Halloumi is a firm cheese with a high melting point, so it can be fried or grilled.  In this recipe, grilled halloumi is combined with grilled fennel to create an impressive appetizer salad.

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Grilled Zucchini and Chickpea Salad

1 Comment | Written on July 29, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

This salad feels like summertime in a bowl.  There is an abundance of zucchini this time of year, and I am always on the lookout for new ways to prepare meals on the grill.   It makes and elegant and healthy side dish for summer fare, or even just simple lunch that can be enjoyed right out of the fridge.

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How to Make Homemade Greek Yogurt

1 Comment | Written on July 28, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Rich, thick and creamy Greek yogurt.  I am obsessed with it and given its rise in popularity over the past few years, I am guessing many of you are as well.  However, there is no doubt it can get pricy in the grocery store.

That’s why I set out to find a way to make my own Greek yogurt from scratch at home!

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Spaghetti and Vegetable “Noodles”

No Comments | Written on July 26, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

By now most of us know that a serving size of pasta is much smaller than what we tend to put on our plates.  So how do you indulge in a big bowl of pasta without throwing your diet off track?  Supplement your spaghetti with vegetable “noodles!”

Nowadays it is easier than ever to bulk up your plate with veggies using the popular “spiralizer” tools now on the market.  Really, its just a fancy way of cutting your favorite vegetables into noodle ribbons so they can be easily tossed into your favorite dishes.  Why not make your big bowl of spaghetti half pasta and half vegetables?  Your waistline will thank you!

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Israeli Couscous Salad

No Comments | Written on July 21, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

On busy weekdays, I like to have ready made lunch choices in the refrigerator.   That way when I am working on a project or coming back from running errands, I don’t have to worry about cooking.

Cold salads are a great choice and I have recently become a big fan of Israeli couscous, also known as pearl couscous.  These little pasta balls are much larger than the fine couscous you might be familiar with from North African cuisines.

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Southwest Quinoa Salad with Avocado

No Comments | Written on June 25, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

This crisp and fresh salad can be a stunning side dish to summer fare, or a satisfying lunch thats easy to pack for work or school.

Plus, it just happens to be gluten-free and vegan!

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10 Awesome Recipes with Avocado

No Comments | Written on June 20, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Dare to go beyond the guacamole!

Avocados are awesome, and there are countless ways to incorporate them into summer dishes.  The following list showcases ten of our favorite!  Which recipe do you want to make this weekend?


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Baked Sweet Potato Fries

3 Comments | Written on June 11, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Imagine perfectly crisp sweet potato fries…without deep frying!

This side dish is covered in a crunchy coating and then baked in the oven.  Wait until you see the spicy dip…heavenly!

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Santorini Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing

1 Comment | Written on June 10, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

This recipe is a fresh take on a classic Greek salad.  Cucumbers, radishes, and red onion are tossed with a creamy but light dressing made with Greek yogurt, fresh herbs and feta cheese.

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Roasted Asparagus with Pancetta and Shallot Vinaigrette

No Comments | Written on June 4, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Asparagus is in season and is featured in grocery stores and farmers markets right now.  This vegetable is so easy to prepare and makes an elegant accompaniment to any spring or summertime meal.

This recipe features roasted asparagus with an indulgent vinaigrette of pancetta, shallots, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard and red pepper flakes.  A bit of fresh basil from the garden finishes off the side dish with a flourish.

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