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21

MAR

2014

Do you have a smoothie craving?  Try our kefir papaya smoothie! Kefir is a fermented milk product that promotes healthy digestive flora. The probiotics in kefir help support our digestive system and prevent buildup of harmful bacterial. For people who are lactose intolerant, kefir may also be a healthy substitute for dairy products. Papaya, on…

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13

MAR

2014

Onions are often revered for their spherical shape and concentric rings—a symbol of divine perfection. And there’s no better way to celebrate this divine vegetable than by preparing a batch of caramelized onions! Caramelized onions can be used on essentially anything, but a few of my favorites are adding them to soups, stir fries, burgers,…

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04

MAR

2014

In need of a fun and healthy recipe for kids? How about a party crowd pleaser? This recipe is great for both as it is bite-size, tasty, easy to make, and most importantly, it’s healthy! The quinoa in this recipe contains anti-inflammatory agents that lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Quinoa is also an excellent…

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26

FEB

2014

The story behind chimichuri is interesting, originating from the Argentine independence. Story has it that Irishman, Jimmy McCurry, was sympathetic to the Argentine Independence and introduced this fresh and tasty sauce to the natives. The natives were unable to pronounce his name and, instead, named the sauce “chimichuri.” Chimichuri is an herbaceous condiment made from…

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19

FEB

2014

Blinis, also known as small savory pancakes, are a traditional Russian dish.  This food was originally eaten during the week-long festival of Maslenitsa, an Eastern Slavic religious holiday, to celebrate the end of winter and the coming of spring, which is perfect for this time of the year! Blinis were first created by a Russian…

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10

FEB

2014

Are you a chocolate lover? At only 100 calories per chocolate medallion, you can’t go wrong! The addition of popped kiwicha make these a sure crowd pleaser! Popped Kiwicha Chocolate Medallions Makes: 18 medallions Ingredients: ½ cup popped kiwicha 1 bar dark chocolate (100g), 73% Tools: Medium sauté pan with lid Small saucepot Small stainless…

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03

FEB

2014

Walnuts and Cacao are two of my favorite, heart-healthy, indulgences.  Walnuts are rich in fiber and healthy fats that are beneficial to the cardiovascular system, thus they can help by decreasing bad cholesterol, decreasing inflammation, and increasing heart flexibility.  Cacao on the other hand, is rich in flavanols which have been proven to support healthy…

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25

JAN

2014

Cilantro is a very popular ingredient in Peruvian cuisine.  It is used to make a sauce for Arroz con Pollo and Beef Seco, among many other classic Peruvian dishes.  The use of cilantro served as the inspiration for this recipe.  While cilantro sauces are a common accompaniment to meats, I thought I could apply the…

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16

JAN

2014

One of my favorite Peruvian dishes is called tacu-tacu.  Tacu-tacu is classically prepared by frying up leftover rice and smashed beans with “aderezo”, a sauté of onion, garlic and aji paste. Tacu-tacu is not only a delicious way to use up leftovers, but also makes a cheap and nutritious meal. Though not tacu-tacu, this dish…

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09

JAN

2014

We’ve all heard about breakfast being one of the most important meals of the day—and it’s true!  And what better way to jump-start your day than with a brain food boost! I like this recipe for its simple preparation, but also because it’s packed with nutrient-dense foods.  Yogurt supplies protein and probiotics while walnuts and…

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