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Sriracha Honey Shrimp Tacos

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Nothing is better than a dinner that takes less than 25 minutes to make and eat!  You’ll honestly probably spend more time peeling the shrimp than it actually takes to make this recipe.  Not only simple to make, but the combination of these fresh flavors create a hearty but healthy meal.

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Greek Yogurt with Melon & Nut Brittle

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The summer season provides us with so many beautiful fruits.  I am all about simplicity,  but I think it’s about time we experiment with pairing these fruits with some of the other bright summer flavors rather than than serving them alone. I love the saying, “what grows together, goes together.”  Some of my favorite summer combinations have been fruits and herbs.

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Balsamic Strawberries, Figs & Goat Cheese Crostini’s

Balsamic Strawberries, Figs & Goat Cheese Crostini

EAT RED AND SAVE LIVES!

This June, you can join Chef Mario Batali and the culinary community to help (RED) #86AIDS by  eating (RED).

Launched with The (RED) Supper hosted by Chef Batali with Anthony Bourdain in New York City on June 2.  To continue spreading the word, (RED) will be hosting events in several cities around the Nation to help make a difference!

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Sesame Teriyaki Chicken with Ginger Carrots

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Most of you have probably purchased eggs and chicken from the grocery store recently and I am sure have noticed the push of “cage-free” or “free-range” in the packaging, but what does this all mean? Is it worth the few extra dollars? These labels can be confusing, so I am going to try to make it as clear as possible! The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines free-range as “allowing chickens to have some access to an outside area.” This doesn’t include how long or under what conditions. To ensure you are purchasing meat and eggs from free-range chickens that foraged on plants in a natural environment, look for indications on the packing that the chickens were pastured or find the label “Animal Welfare Approved.”

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No-Bake Vegan Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

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One of my best friends from Culinary school is now on a strictly raw and vegan diet. Most the time I am in amazement of how she sticks to such a strict diet, but when I found out that she could eat things like raspberry cheesecake bars my sympathy quickly went out the door!

The secret to the creamy cheese-like texture and taste is the soaked cashews and the power of a good food processor. The longer you soak the cashews the creamier the texture. I recommend soaking over night, but if you’re not one to plan ahead then soak the cashews in boiling water for 1-2 hours. Read more

Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

Granola plays a huge role in my morning routine and it’s crucial for me know that what I think is a healthy start, actually is. Many of the pre-packaged granolas at the grocery store contain more fat, sugars, and salt that is actually needed. Simply making granola homemade only takes 35 minutes at most and you can be confident in exactly what ingredients go into it. Read more

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