Grain-free ‘granola’ bars

I love to snack. Sometimes you need a mid-morning pick-me-up, or an afternoon treat. These grain-free granola bars are both. They are full of heart healthy nut protein and are naturally sweetened with honey. Chocolate chips make them a treat. And they’re easy to modify to your taste.

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First, you’ll need a lot of raw nuts. A blend of cashews, pecans, almonds, and walnuts.

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Honey is our natural sweetener. If you can, get local honey. This is honey from my local Farmer’s Market and it is delicious. Continue reading

Roasted green beans with heirloom tomatoes & basil

 

It is the time of year when simple is easy and fresh really is best. Recipes with minimal ingredients and a lot of taste are what this time of year is for. These Dutch wonder green beans are from my local Farmer’s Market.

 

So are these gorgeous heirloom tomatoes. I got a pound of mixed cherry, grape, yellow, red for $5 from a man named George who had me taste each kind before I decided which ones to get.

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Vegan black bean brownies, but you’d never know

Try and pretend like you don’t want to eat this. Even that miniscule crumb in the front center. You’d take a finger and eat that, too. Sometimes you need a sweet. And not just one. Maybe you need two, or three. And maybe creamy almond butter is necessary. And a scoop of ice cream. OK, now the dessert is no longer vegan, but it’s a sacrifice I could make.

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Organic ground flaxseeds mix with water to mimic eggs. It’s amazing. And healthy! And your friends never will know.

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Really good cacao powder is important. It makes a difference. Trust me. See how this bag advertises antioxidants and Mayan superfood? It’s not lying. Navitas Naturals makes my favorite.

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Halibut with summer tomatoes and fresh herbs


Do you see how red those tomatoes are? They are sweet and juicy and a sure sign summer is nearly here. Summer tomatoes are my favorite. I had some as a snack today with the avocado dressing I showed you this week. So delicious!

These tomatoes have a smaller, but equally delicious role in this dinner. Color and flavor go together like these tomatoes go with parsley, red onion, garlic and lemon.

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Almond Flour Zucchini Muffins

I really wish breakfast could last for hours each morning. The time before the day really starts is my favorite. The sun is just coming up, everything is quiet, the air is fresh, and my mind is clear. Mornings are the best. I am an early bird, not a night owl.

 

I won’t deny that part of my morning-loving reasoning has to do with my love for breakfast. But, I am not opposed to throwing vegetables into the breakfast mix. Zucchini muffins, anyone? Everyone? I thought so.

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Creamy Avocado Dressing for Everything


There is nothing better than an avocado, is there? Avocados can do anything: chocolate mousse, healthy smoothies, toppings for tacos, and make the perfect, creamy dressing for salads and veggies without guilt.

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For this dressing, a blender or food processor is all you need. Lemon juice gives this dressing a nice acidity.

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Salmon with Yogurt Dill Sauce and Mashed Cauliflower

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Salmon is one of my most favorite foods. I love it smoked, poached, grilled and raw in sushi. It’s delicious and so healthful with Omega-3s and good fatty acids. Some of my friends are intimidated by cooking fish, fearing they may not cook it enough or overcook it. Fear not, fish lovers!

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My family is Norweigan so we ate a lot of salmon growing up. My mom used to put leftover salmon into mashed potatoes and then bake it with cheese. Delicious! But today’s recipe is a bit healthier, loaded with fresh dill and lemon.

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