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How To Do A Sugar Cleanse And Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe

How to Do a Sugar Cleanse and Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe I'm engaging in a sugar cleanse to hit the reset button on my eating in the new year.  After a delicious but not-so-healthful holiday, it's time for me to get back to eating mindfully.  A year ago, I created a sugar cleanse challenge Surviving a Sugar Detox: Anyone Want to Join Me?  and started a Facebook group to have a month-long sugar cleanse.  It was so popular and successful, that our group continues to support each other.  We have found so many positive benefits, including (but not limited to) weight loss and increased energy.  Please join our Facebook group for this January's sugar cleanse and healthy eating challenge to get your sugar addiction and sugar cravings under control by eliminating added sugar for 7 – 30 days. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite recipes to start your day or power your afternoon or evening with healthy, filling, no sugar added creamy smoothies. Watch the...

Asparagus Salad with Strawberries and Basil

Enjoy this asparagus salad with strawberries and basil as a delicious springtime family dinner side dish or for a light lunch.  Our Grilled Vegetables is another wonderful way to serve asparagus. I show you how easy it is to make the asparagus salad in this YouTube video: And here's the 1 minute version of the recipe for you to enjoy and share: Asparagus Salad with Strawberries and Basil Prep + Cook Time: 10 minutes 4 servings 1 bunch asparagus, about 8 oz. cut into 1-inch pieces 1 cup strawberries, sliced 1 Tbsp. pine nuts, or use walnuts, lightly toasted 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, thinly sliced 1 - 2 Tbsp. thinly sliced red onion (optional) 1 - 2 Tbsp. of crumbled goat or feta cheese (optional) Steam the asparagus in the microwave in a covered dish or on the stovetop for 1 – 2 minutes until it is just tender-crisp and drain it. Combine the asparagus in a serving bowl with the remaining...
  Apr 19, 2016   Recipes, salads, side dish

Homemade Raspberry Vinaigrette Recipe

This homemade raspberry vinaigrette recipe is beautiful, colorful, healthy,  and simply awesome over salad or poached, baked or roasted vegetables. Unlike some raspberry vinaigrette dressings I've tried, this one is a little tart rather than sickly sweet. We like it over poached asparagus and in our salad of baby lettuce with pecans and avocado.

To poach aspargus, bring a large frying pan of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the asparagus and cook for 2-3 minutes or until bright green and tender crisp. Use tongs to transfer the asparagus to a plate.  Aspargus is delicious warm or at room temperature and is beautifully complimented by the pink raspberry dressing.

Homemade Raspberry Vinaigrette Recipe 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar 1 Tbsp. honey 2 Tbsp. water 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries 1/2 tsp. dried basil 1/4 tsp. salt In a blender (or use an immersion blender in a cup), puree the ingredients. ...
  Mar 17, 2016   hearty salad, side dish

Warm Potato Salad

This warm potato salad is a different twist on the usual way to serve potatoes.  Warm, savory, and satisfying, it makes a great side dish to almost any main course. Warm Potato Salad Prep + Cook Time: 30 minutes 1 1/2 - 2 lbs. new or red potatoes 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/2 lemon, juice only, about 2 Tbsp. 1 - 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar, to taste 1 cup scallion, green and white parts, sliced 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley, chopped Boil the potatoes in salted water for 15 - 18 minutes until they are just tender. Let them cool for a minute or two and halve and cut them into thick slices. Toss the potatoes in a serving bowl with the oil, lemon juice, vinegar, scallions and parsley. Season it with salt and pepper to taste. Makes 8 one-cup servings. Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values) Calories 189, Total Fat: 10g, 14.5%; Saturated Fat: 2g, 6.5%; Cholesterol: 0mg, 0%; Sodium: 21mg, 1%; Total Carbohydrate: 24g,...

Wheat Berry Salad with Grapes and Feta

I’m a fan of wheat berries because they are high in fiber and vitamins and cook as quickly as rice, but you can certainly make this recipe with another whole grain. You can sometimes find parboiled wheat berries that only take 15 minutes to cook which would reduce the total time for this recipe to 30 minutes. My whole family loves this combination of flavors, and we think this would also be a good dish to bring to a potluck or picnic.

Wheat Berry Salad with Grapes and Feta

Prep Time: 20 minutes    Cook Time: 60 minutes    Total Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes

1 cup wheat berries, or use farro, orzo or other grain, or use 3 – 4 cups cooked lentils 1/2 lemon, juice only, about 2 Tbsp. 1 tsp. honey 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar 1 1/2 cups red grapes, halved 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced 1/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped, or use pepitas 2 Tbsp. fresh mint, finely chopped 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese Cook the wheat...
  Oct 14, 2013   hearty salad, Recipes, salads, side dish 2

Homemade Salad Dressing: 10 Easy Recipes

I’ll admit I sometimes keep a bottle or two of salad dressing in my refrigerator for salad emergencies, but we enjoy our salads so much more when we make our own dressing because they taste so much fresher and more delicious, and I don’t have to worry about feeding my family preservatives. Making salad dressing is simple and quick, and if you think you’ll use it often, you can easily double or triple these recipes.

I recommend keeping a bottle or two of really high-quality extra virgin olive oil and vinegar for salads and for dipping bread. (You might have to taste a few to find your favorites.) With the really fine oils and vinegars, you can get away with drizzling a little bit directly on greens, tomatoes, vegetables or pasta salad.  Season with a little salt, pepper and some fresh or dried herbs, and you don’t even need to make a dressing because they taste so delicious on their own. I keep a separate bottle of inexpensive olive oil that I use for cooking, and save...