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Green Smoothies

This is my favorite way to get a lot of raw fruits and vegetables in my girls’ diet first thing in the morning. There are so many great things about green smoothies beyond the obvious health benefits: fast, easy, adaptable, portable; to name a few.

The “green” refers to adding vegetable greens, such as spinach, kale or romaine lettuce, into a fruit smoothie but if you leave out dark fruit the greens create a vibrant green colored smoothie which most kids find fun especially if you give it a fun name(Kermit’s Smoothie perhaps?).

This is my kids’ favorite version, which includes raspberries (optional in the recipe below if you want a bright green colored smoothie); dark fruit is an easy way to “hide” the spinach (worked wonders for me for years with my youngest. Now she does not care, as the great taste factor overruled the idea of spinach in her smoothies).

All, American, Chicken, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo / Primal, Salads, Sugar Free, Summer

Summers Cobb Salad

Serve with creamy cilantro and parsley dressing-

I developed this version of the Cobb Salad to include some of the season’s more popular offerings found in farmer’s markets and our backyards. My family voted for a creamy dressing so I pulled what was growing rampant in my herb garden to accent a homemade ranch dressing. The result was 5 stars, as witnessed by both my daughters going back for seconds!

I have arranged the ingredients on a large platter for each person to assemble individually their salad, plus it showcases the rainbow of colors of fresh ingredients found this time of year. It’s a beautiful presentation!

Chicken, Contains Nuts, Dairy Free, Fruit, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo/Primal, Salads, Spring, Summer, Vegetable

Chicken Strawberry Spinach Salad

Serve with whole grain baguette with goat cheese-

This is one of those “out of necessity” dinners that I made when my kitchen was being renovated and I did not have a stove or oven. I couldn’t even access my grill which was right behind the staging area for the workers. It was spring and I knew I wanted to incorporate the juicy, sweet strawberries at their peak this time of year. I got carried away and used them in the salad dressing as well as in the salad. What a great experiment! It’s the strawberry version of the popular raspberry vinaigrette, so expect this salad to be on the sweet side.

All Seasons, Chicken, Dairy Free, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Main, Mexican, Paleo / Primal, Slow Cooker, Sugar Free

Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Rice Bowl

The Green Lemon in south Tampa has crave worthy rice bowls that inspired me to make this slow cooker version that was a huge hit with my family. This is one of those easy, add everything to the slow cooker and walk away for most of the day recipes. We could all use a no brainer at dinner time for our most harried days!

All, American, Condiments, Condiments/Sauces, Dairy Free, Fruit, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Spring, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian

Strawberry-Chia Seed Jam

I adapted my daughter’s blueberry-chia seed jam recipe for this spring fruit favorite with great success. With just a hint of sweetness via some honey, the burst of ripe strawberries really shines through. This is what you want to make with all those strawberries you picked fresh or scored at your local farmer’s market.

All, All Seasons, American, Dairy Free, Gluten free, Grains, Grains, Low Sodium, Main, Raw, Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Overnight Muesli

This is one of my favorite recipes for breakfast. For those of you curious or already well-versed in raw foods, this is a staple! It is so adaptable depending on what is in your pantry and your fruit bowl. I adore figs so this is my favorite way to make it, but feel free to mix it up (dried cranberries, raisins or dates instead of figs; fresh berries with or instead of apples)!

All, American, Bbq/Grilling, Chicken, Dairy Free, Gluten free, Grains, Low Sodium, Main, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetable

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken, Arugula and Summer Veggie Rice Bowl

For a quick, keep-the-kitchen-cool meal that incorporates many of summer’s favorite garden vegetables look no further than this protein-rich rice bowl. Rice bowls are perfect one dish eating as you can easily mix and match your favorite proteins, vegetables and dressings depending on the season and what’s in the fridge.

All, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Grains, Italian, Low Sodium, Main, Sides, Sugar Free, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Barley Risotto

This vegetarian slow cooker recipe, adapted from a Good Housekeeping recipe, offers a hearty meatless meal (both economical and a chance to eat low on the food chain) that also incorporates an alternative whole grain, barley, in an unexpected way. Both nourishing and versatile, this risotto is great on its own […]

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Slower Cooker Beef Stew

Fall and winter are synonymous with stews and a beef stew is a classic crock pot meal. The long, slow cooking period allows for the stewing beef to become tender. This is my version which my family loves. It includes tomato sauce and cabbage which boosts the antioxidants in a very […]