Roasted Red Pepper Soup

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This is a great summer soup when it is too hot to cook. My Vitamix seems to always be in use in my house.  Especially in the summer!  I love that you can blend a soup for about 5 minutes and it comes out slightly warm.  So healthy and so easy!  No hot kitchen.  Just cool and refreshing. Add to Vitamix: Celery- 3 ribs with leaves 1 jar roasted red peppers (with … [Read more...]

Coconut Cucumber Soup

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If you are looking for a quick and refreshing summer soup, look no further! In a vitamix, blend: -3 cucumbers, peeled -coconut milk (or meat of 1 fresh coconut) -4 T fresh lime juice -2 T almond butter -1/2 cup greens/herbs (basil, cilantro, mint, etc.) -1 T fresh ginger -Water to thin (about 1 cup) -Season with:  salt, cayenne, or add thai "flair" by adding a splash … [Read more...]

Fast and Fresh Gazpacho

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Ingredients 4 cups low-sodium tomato juice 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper Hot pepper sauce to taste (optional) 2 pounds tomatoes, seeded, diced 1 cucumber, seeded, chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1 jalapeño pepper, minced 3 cloves garlic, minced Fresh cilantro for … [Read more...]

No-Bake Lasagna

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Is the summer getting hot?  Sometimes it is great to make a meal that involves no ovens, heat, or cooking equipment.  Raw, vegetarian, vegan, and refreshing.  I am proud to share this recipe with you from celebrity chef Beth Aldrich, Amazon Best Selling Author of Real Moms Love to Eat: How to Conduct a Love Affair with Food Lose Weight and Feel Fabulous.  This recipe makes a … [Read more...]

Spinach and Eggs Breakfast Salad

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My kids' still love protein pancakes for breakfast, but in the summer I like a more refreshing and cooling morning breakfast.  My breakfast still has to pack in the protein, however, or I'll be hungry just a few hours later.  One of my favorite things to do is to hard-boil some eggs on a weekend, and then use them as snack items and/or quick meal items during the week.  These … [Read more...]

Refreshing Quinoa Salad

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My son's favorite whole grain is quinoa, and I'm thrilled that he loves its nutty flavor (and fantastic nutritional profile, especially protein!).  I'm always trying to find something new to do with quinoa.  This salad might be fun for kids as the veggies are raw and therefore very crisp and crunchy.    Here's how to make it: *Cook up some quinoa in your rice cooker *Wash and … [Read more...]

Thai Spring Rolls

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(Originally published May 2012 on Healthy Kids).  I am so thankful for my wonderful neighbors, Ken and Donna, who shared this awesome spring/summer recipe with me.  It is so fun and festive, yet very easy to prepare.  You have to make sure to get your hands on the rice paper (Three Ladies is the brand Ken and Donna recommended to me, available in some grocery stores but … [Read more...]

Spring Green Drink

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It is definitely spring time, and it is that time of year when you should really make an effort to boost the "green" intake of everyone in your family.  My favorite green drink for kids is still the Green Machine, but I was looking for something that might be even more of a cleansing drink during this springtime season.  (Hint:  parsley is considered a highly cleansing food).  … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Smoothie

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This is the featured recipes for my Healthy Kids Corner Radio Show with Ryan Redman on March 10.  (Yes, St. Patrick's Day is the 17th, but the show will not air on the 17th as that is KDPI's slot to interview our mayor Nina Jonas). Enjoy this fun green smoothie! Ingredients: 4 pitted dates 1 cup almond milk 1/4 avocado pitted Handful spinach Handful ice 1/4 tsp … [Read more...]

Colorful Carrot Hummus

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A guest post by Julia Goodhouse. Hummus can be one of those lovely blank canvases that is brighter and better when paired with other flavors. This carrot hummus is from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's "River Cottage Veg" cookbook and it's delicious. The roasted carrots and tiny drip of honey add sweetness, the toasted spices give it a satisfying warmth. Ingredients: 1 … [Read more...]