Ingredient: agave syrup or honey

All Seasons, Condiments, Condiments/Sauces, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo/Primal, Spring, Summer, Vegetable, Winter

Proscuitto and Melon Spinach Salad

It was love at first site and first bite with this colorful and vibrant spinach salad that I first had at Pie for the People in Joshua Tree, CA. The sweet cantaloupe chunks and salty Italian dry-cured ham are nestled next to Guinness caramelized onions and raw red onions and served in a sweet vinaigrette.

This summer salad inspires you to slow down, pull up a chair to a table under a shady tree, pop open a crisp bottle of white wine and invite a handful of your favorite people to toast the blessing of your abundant life. Yes, truly..it does!

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Kale and Cruciferous Crunch Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Prepackaged salad greens have really come a long way from the standard mix of iceberg, romaine, radicchio and carrot shreds. You now have your choice of micro greens, blends of baby kale, baby spinach and baby romaine, and other specialty lettuce blends, but it was a bag of kale, broccoli slaw, and shredded Brussels sprouts packaged with dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds and a poppy seed dressing that inspired me to make this kick-up raw salad that pairs perfectly with your fall chilis and stews.

I did not like the rancid soybean oil dressing that came with it so I decided to create my own version. I am glad I did as this has become a much requested salad from family and friends. It’s a great way to sneak in those nutritional powerhouse cruciferous veggies that we seem to avoid. A secondary bonus is it’s all raw so we get a great boost of plant enzymes sorely lacking in our modern diets.

All Seasons, American, Contains Nuts, Dairy Free, Dessert, Desserts, Fall, Fruit, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Spring, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Raw Banana Trifle

I am not much of a baker but I love to make easy, simple raw treats and desserts, which are a healthier way to satisfy that sweet tooth anyway. Here is one of my favorites that can be made year round. Raw foods tend to be dense and this recipe is no exception which means smaller portion sizes are very satisfying.

All, All Seasons, Dairy, Fall, French, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetarian, Winter

Baked Eggs with Herbs

Serve with mixed greens, Asiago and strawberry salad with raspberry balsamic vinaigrette, toasted French bread-

My teen and I like to occasionally take in The Barefoot Contessa, as Ina Garten inspires us to be joyful cooks. This simple French egg dish modified from one of her TV episodes was prepared by my daughter one rainy spring evening. This outstanding, yet simple, meal inspired us to elevate a weekday meal by adding some ambient music, tapered candles, and a beautiful table setting. J’oie la Vie!

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Jalapeno-Lime Chicken Drumettes

Serve with pineapple cole slaw-

These grilled chicken drumettes are quintessential summer eating. Crispy with a hint of heat and a punch of lime they’re perfect as an appetizer or partnered with coleslaw and other summer sides. These will be a return to recipe all summer. My family could not get enough!