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Strawberry Basil Tarts

Fresh strawberries, basil, and lime zest make these Strawberry Basil  Tarts an easy no bake strawberry dessert recipe!  Yogurt and ricotta are part of healthy strawberry dessert. No bake recipe No oven required. How good does that sound? As summer kicks into high gear, the last thing I want to do is add heat. These cool Strawberry Basil Tarts deliver flavor and freshness, without turning on the oven. Have you seen fillo (or phyllo) shells in …

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Mango Jalapeno Dressing

Mango Jalapeno Dressing takes salad dressing to the tropics. Add a jalapeño and you have a best-dressed chicken breast with this mango sauce! Don’t you love it when you make something delicious out of seemingly throw away food? I bought a mango last week to use in a salad. That dinner fell by the wayside and when I got back to the mango, it was overripe. The mushy fruit still had great flavor, so I repurposed it into a sauce. Mango …

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Rhubarb Sorbet

Rhubarb Sorbet is an easy, cool scoop. This homemade frozen dessert is made without milk, cream, or eggs, so has fewer calories than ice cream. Rhubarb season has kept me busy. I’ve made chutney, a cake, compote, salsa and jam. And now a sorbet. I like rhubarb season! How to freeze rhubarb The good news about rhubarb is that it freezes well. Pack clean rhubarb in freezer-safe containers or bags. If packing in bags, remove as …

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Rhubarb Chutney

Rhubarb Chutney is a blend of spices, fruit and vinegar. Serve rhubarb recipe with grilled meat, fish and poultry or with cheese. Rhubarb season With spring in the Rocky Mountains, about the only thing consistent is that rhubarb is one of the first plants harvested. The plant starts pushing through the ground and unfurling leaves regardless of snow, rain, or sun. Thank goodness we have something to eat in spring! Choosing rhubarb The color of rhubarb …

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Peanut Sesame Noodles

Breakfast, lunch or dinner, Peanut Sesame Noodles are so good, you’ll never think of them as leftovers! Toss in what you have on hand to make this cold noodle bowl in less than 30-minutes. Leftovers or something out of nothing I love to make something out of nothing. You know, bestovers. Leftover cooked pasta seems to be open to possibility. It can be a challenge to judge how much to cook. Hmmm…do I cook the entire …

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Asparagus walnut salad with lemon vinaigrette

Asparagus walnut salad with lemon vinaigrette is shaved asparagus with fresh lemon, Parmesan and walnuts, packs spring flavor into every teeny, tiny bite. One of my best asparagus recipes + top 10 tools in my kitchen. My kitchen is valuable real estate. I limit my collection of gadgets because I don’t have much storage space. Multitasking equipment is what I want. I surveyed fellow dietitians who know their way around the kitchen and found some great …

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Spinach Artichoke Mushroom Strata

Create a bestover with stale bread. A delicious way to reduce food waste! Spinach, artichokes, mushrooms and cheese = Spinach Artichoke Mushroom Strata! A make-ahead breakfast casserole. Have some dried out bread? A strata is a great way to repurpose it. What’s strata? Strata means layers. This is layers of bread cubes, vegetables, cheese all mixed up with an egg mixture. It’s like a savory bread pudding. Similar to a frittata. Spinach Artichoke Mushroom Strata, …

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Meatloaf Egg Muffins

Crumble last night’s meatloaf into egg custard for a quick, easy protein-packed breakfast. Meatloaf egg muffin cups, reduces food waste deliciously! Do you take food for granted? Food conservation is part of our history. During World Wars I and II Americans were encouraged to reduce food waste by buying it with thought, cooking it with care, serving just enough and even to “lick your plate clean.” Yet when you don’t till the soil, plant the …

ras el hanout spice

Years ago I was a dental hygienist. I traded in my dental tools and suction tips for a chef’s knife and a grocery cart. It was a good move. A friend once asked me, which is easier: getting someone to floss her teeth or improve her diet? I still don’t have an answer. More of the good stuff But I am delighted with the growing interest in food, cooking, and nourishment. People are eating better …

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Top 5 Health Boosting Plants

Top 5 health boosting plants that are easy to grow and a great “salad bowl” of ingredients. Best of all, these will grow in the ground, raised beds, and containers. Scroll down for Roasted Carrots: a 3-ingredient recipe that is super easy and delicious! As winter marches on, I’m thinking of spring. Good thing the first day of spring arrives in March. But I don’t need the calendar to remind me it’s coming because some …