Cucumber Dill Greek Yogurt Dip

Why bother wasting your money on highly processed, store-bought veggie dips, when you can whip up this amazing Cucumber +Dill Greek Yogurt Dip?

Ready in under 10 minutes and FULL of flavor, this dip pairs perfectly with raw veggies, pita chips, or grilled chicken. Also, makes a great sandwich spread!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups full-fat, plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 hothouse cucumber, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

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Happy Monday, loves!

Are you in the mood for something sweet & delicious, yet healthy?  Yeah, me too! Fortunately for us, there is an ingredient out there that is delectably flavorful, rich and a nutritious addition to desserts–Dried Plums.  High in fiber and moisture-there’s no secret to the great taste you get by using them as a fat replacement in baked good recipes.

Ginger Plum Cookies

*Disclosure: I received free samples of California Dried Plums mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by California Dried Plum Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

 Ingredients:

  • 1.5 c. Dried Plums, blended to a purée
  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 1.5 c. Granulated Sugar
  • 4 c. All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 T. Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 T. Ground Allspice
  • 1/2 T. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 c. Crystallized Ginger, chopped
  • Misto cooking spray

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Sweet & Spicy Cucumber Salad

Sweet & Spicy Cucumber Salad

I must admit, I’m always looking for an excuse to bust out my spiralizer! Zucchini noodles have been a personal favorite for a while, but this week I felt inspired to branch out.

This Sweet & Spicy Cucumber Salad is cool and refreshing with a little added heat to create the perfect summer side! Serve alongside grilled fish, chicken or tofu for a healthy + satisfying warm weather meal.

Ingredients:

  • 4 english cucumbers
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

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Curried Couscous Salad

This healthy and satisfying couscous salad is packed with wonderful flavor and full of healthy ingredients.  I promise it’s quick to assemble, despite the long ingredient list.  It makes for a perfect packed work lunch or can be enjoyed as a side dish…Either way, It’s BEAUTIFUL!

Curried Couscous Salad

Ingredients:

1.5 c. Couscous (for GF, use Quinoa)
1 T Unsalted Butter
1.5 c Boiling Water
1/4 c. Plain Greek Yogurt
1/4 c. Olive Oil
1 T White Wine Vinegar
1 T Curry Powder
1/4 tsp Ground Turmeric
1.5 tsp Kosher Salt
1 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1/2 c. Carrots, diced
1/2 c. Fresh flat-leaf parsley, minced
1/2 c. Raisins
1/4 c. Sliced Almonds
2 Scallions, thinly sliced (white and green parts)
1/4 c. Red Onion, diced
1/4 C. Red Pepper, diced Read More

Mediterranean Salad Kabobs

Mediterranean Salad Kabobs

Is it just me, or does food instantly get cuter cuter on a stick? Not to mention, easier to eat!

These Mediterranean Salad Kabobs make the perfect appetizer or side for summer grill outs, picnics, patio parties, etc.  Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar or just pop in your mouth as is for a delicious & healthy nibble!

Ingredients:

  • Wooden skewers (12-14)
  • 1-15 oz can artichoke hearts, quartered
  • 1-12 oz jar roasted red peppers, cut into 2 inch strips
  • 1-7 oz block feta cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 jar garlic stuffed green olives
  • 2 cups mixed baby greens

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Probar Review

Happy Sunday, friends! Anyone that knows us, knows that we are constantly on the hunt for quick, healthy, real-food approved snacks. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of junk out there and it can be hard to distinguish the good stuff from the bad stuff. No worries, we’ve got you covered!

PROBAR is known for their delicious, healthy, plant-based food products. They strive to become the leading provider of REAL FOOD choices, always maintaining their commitment to quality, sustainability, and fantastic taste. Always organic, GMO-free and 100% delicious = a major win!

We also love PROBAR because there is literally something for everyone: the runner, the biker, the yogi, the health-conscious, or just the super hungry. Check out our breakdown of their entire product line below:

PROBAR Products:

Probar Review
BITE: The perfect anytime-bar! Quick, easy, scrumptious and packed with great tasting ingredients to energize you throughout the day.
{Organic, Dairy Free, Gluten Free and Soy Free}

Probar Review
MEAL: This baby is an actual meal replacement! Provides fruit, nuts and seeds for a satisfying and nutritious meal. Rich in raw ingredients.
{Organic, High Fiber, High Protein} Read More

Rise & Shine Smoothie

Rise & Shine Smoothie

I know, I know…. another smoothie recipe. Except, this one is too good not to share! My mama has been making this smoothie for as along as I can remember. Her secret ingredients are almond extract and flax oil. Say what?!?!

Full of flavor, vitamin C and omega fatty acids, this Rise & Shine Smoothie is the perfect way to start your day.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen organic peaches
  • 1 small banana
  • 3/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (or store-bought if you are in a pinch)
  • 2 tablespoons flax oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure almond extract

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Asian Sesame Pasta Salad

This colorful recipe screams spring! It counts as a salad even without lettuce, right?  It will work perfectly for a potluck or as a side to yougrilled entrée. The ingredient possibilities are endless and can be strictly vegetarian or packed with chicken, beef & seafood.

Asian Sesame Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

Pasta

  • 1/2 lb. Whole Wheat or Gluten-Free Spiral Noodles
  • 1 c. Broccoli Slaw
  • 1 c. Carrots
  • 1/3 c. Green Onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 c. Red cabbage, thinly sliced

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Happy Monday— Julia turns 30 this week!!!

30 Birthday

I am wiser, I look slightly older, but I still feel young and healthy. I’m independent in a way I wasn’t in the last decade and I feel like my life has finally found a good rhythm and flow.  As the expressions goes “If I only knew then what I know now”…

Here is my 30 at (almost) 30!

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Tex Mex Macaroni {Vegan}

Tex Mex Macaroni {Vegan}

Have you guys tried Francesca’s Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce, yet? It’s the bomb! Not only is it unnoticeably vegan, it’s also packed with tons of vitamins and minerals (thank you nutritional yeast).

This Tex Mex Macaroni has all the flavor of your traditional taco pasta salad without the calorie-dense additions. Perfect for weeknight dinners, lunch or leftovers!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb medium pasta shells
  • 2 yellow bell peppers, diced
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1-14oz can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1-15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Francesca’s Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce
  • salt to taste
  • Handful of blue corn chips

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