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Tuna Salad for Two

Ritz Crackers, Rice Cakes, on a French Roll, over a salad, in a lettuce cup… there are so many ways to enjoy Tuna. My favorite way to enjoy it is with Henry as it’s his very favorite snack. The second that the opener punctures the can, Henry comes running from where ever he is in the house because he knows its a matter of momets before he gets in on the protein packed snack.

Now, I’m not usually one to brag… but I’ve been told the tuna salad that I prepare is among the best many have had.

Servings: 2

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

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Creamy Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

 

Have you ever met someone who doesn’t enjoy a good Mac and Cheese? With a couple thousand variations of the recipe itself, I have a hard time believing such a person exists. There is a Mac and Cheese for everyone’s heart, and every one of those people claims to have the best one. Being a lover of all Mac and Cheese, I’m claiming no such thing.

With it still being summer I thought it would be best to share a healthier alternative of the all comforting bowl of soul we love so much. With half the amount of dairy, and the addition of what some would like to keep as a secret ingredient- there’s no doubt your guests will be begging for the recipe.

 

Servings: 4-6

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 12-14 minutes

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Lentil & Mixed Vegetable Salad

The heat of the summer brings endless fun and excitement: tons of barbecues, pool parties, beach days, park visits, hikes, and anything else that you can squeeze into the extended hours of daylight. With all these adventures who has time to cook lengthy recipes? Instead, I prefer to fill my refrigerator with ready made salads that are easy to grab and go. Lentil Salad will always be a personal favorite. Lentils range between all colors of the spectrum, and are sold in many different forms, however, a couple characteristics remain consistent: They’re delicious, and loaded with essential nutrients, including tons of fiber and protein. This recipe is fairly quick, very easy, makes a large portion to split up over a few days, and will be a crowd pleaser for any occasion.

Servings:  6-8

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

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Spinach, Kale, & Greek Yogurt Dip with Baked Sweet Potato Chips

Over the years I’ve learned that there are very few places in one’s daily life that provide so much satisfaction and angst all at the same time. To name a few off the top of my head I’d say Target, Ikea, Disneyland, and TRADER JOE’S. When it come’s to grocery stores in my area I believe that Trader Joe’s has the most to offer, yet I constantly find myself less motivated to go than my last visit. Parking is a nightmare at every location I’ve ever been to, their shopping carts have bogus wheels and give me a mild heart attack every time I have to use one, and I can never remember my reusable shopping bags(I own at least 20). So skip the trip all together, and go to another grocery store- that’s the only logical answer for my anxiety, right? But where do I get my Organic Crunchy Salted Peanut Butter, or the Coconut Oil Spray that I can’t find anywhere else… or the delectable variety of Joe Joe’s that we all love so much, and the teeny tiny cups of coffee you get to shop with? What about their delicious unique dips, and impeccable wine selection for those who appreciate good wine but don’t want to pay a fortune? What about all of the things at Trader Joe’s that keep everyone going back?

Today, instead of braving the storm of shoppers, I decided to take a stab at one my favorite Trader Joe’s treats myself. Much to my surprise it was delightful on just my first try. Trader Joes’ Kale Spinach Yogurt Dip is such a delicious snack. Unlike other dips of it’s nature, it has less than half the amount of calories, and I’d go as far as to say that its actually quite nutritious for you. Let me know how you think it compares.

 

…For the record- my love affair with Trader Joe’s will never end.

 

Servings: 6-8

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

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Perfectly Hard Boiled Eggs

Fun fact: The number of folds in that tall, pleated Chef’s toque you see in a lot of professional kitchens, and every stereotyped cartoon, are supposed to represent all the different ways you can cook an egg- that’s right… it is said that there are roughly ONE HUNDRED different way’s to cook an egg. I bet after reading that you will have a new found appreciation for that one breakfast cook at your favorite brunch spot who is scrambling the ten orders of eggs, frying seven, and poaching nearly a dozen that are on order all at the same time. From this point on let’s try to tackle and master at least one a week, eh? To start: The perfectly hard boiled egg… because let’s face it- no body likes a gray yolk. (Side note: Gray or Grey?)

Servings: 1

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes, depending on how far off sea level you are

Cook Time: 15 minutes

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Deviled Avocado Eggs & Radish Frisee Salad with Lemon Dijon Dressing & Shaved Pistachio

I can’t always wait for the next pot luck, or celebration shower to indulge in the one or two bites of the all loving, decadence of the deviled egg. I think it’s safe to say that everyone, internationally, has enjoyed the amuse bouche at least once in their lives. With the number of varieties of preparation, differing slightly by region, they all share something in common- one is never enough. A lovely appetizer, the perfect lunch, or even just a quick snack… my lighter version is not only delicious, loaded with potassium and heart healthy monosaturated fatty acids, but one of the most guilt-free variants of the recipe you may ever try.

Servings: Variable

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

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Panko Crusted Coconut Fried Turkey

Coconut Oil is loaded with tons of health and beauty benefits(hair care, heart disease, skin care, immunity, weight loss- the list is endless). As more people have a growing appreciation for Coconut Oil and all the wonders it does for your body, I really try to find fun new recipes to pair it with. I prefer to use it when frying food as it’s stable enough to withstand high temperatures, and offers a lovely unique flavor to whatever it is that you’re cooking with- not to mention you don’t have to feel as guilty eating something fried when it’s done in one of the earth’s most nutrient rich ingredients. To top it all off- when fed to your pets Coconut Oil offers just as many health benefits, if not more, as it does to us human folk.

Servings: 2-4 depending on the pack of Turkey

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

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Homemade Granola

Old-Fashioned rolled oats, dried fruit, nuts, honey, chocolate, candy, puffed rice cereal… you name it- it probably goes marvelously in Granola. Through plenty of years, and tons of diets, I finally found a combination that I believe to be a simply perfect compliment to yogurt, ice cream, or even just enjoyed on it’s own. Let me know how you like it!

 

Servings: 15-20

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

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Turkey Fried Brown Rice

Fried Rice has this age old stigma of being super greasy, and the furthest thing from healthy. While it does tend to live up to all of the rumors- when you break down what is actually inside you will find that it is really quite good for you. Vegetables- good… Eggs- good… Protein- good. This recipe is not only easy, filling, great to make for those meals that you prepare ahead of time… but delicious and extremely good for you.

 

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 20 Minutes

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Fifty-fifty Yogurt Parfait

Yogurt. I go both ways with it… Offering countless health benefits, there is really only so much you can eat before remembering it’s just yogurt and you’re completely sick of it- not matter how good it is for you. Many will flock to those sugar-laden, artificially flavored brand names that offer a zillion different flavors and are so easy to revert back to (No judgment), not even knowing how easy it is to make it on your own. Give this recipe a whisk and see for yourself.

 

Servings: 10

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

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