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Apple Pecan Summer-Berry Salad!

This salad is perfect for any summer gathering, party or lunch!

The combination of fruit, nuts and dark leafy greens makes this salad not only delicious, but high up on a healthy scale.

It also only took me 5 minutes to put it together. Easy and delicious, my favorite combination 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • Apple Pecan Dressing
  • Green Apple Slices
  • Strawberries
  • Cucumbers
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Dark Leafy Spring Lettuce
  • Spinach Leaves

I found that this salad is better shaken. When you just pour the dressing over the lettuce, it tends to clump up on various ingredients and doesn’t reach to others. Trust me, this incredible dressing is so tasty, you’ll want it to reach every piece!

Make sure not to over-dress your salad. The delicate sweetness of the Apple Pecan dressing is delicious, but it’s easy to over do it. Start small, and add as needed.

Enjoy!

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Apple Pecan Dressing!

My Best Friend Allie, my puppy Locket and I decided to take a road trip up to Julian today!

If you’ve never been to Cali, Julian is a little tiny adorable town up in the mountains with the CUTEST little shops and restaurants. Upon our adventuring around the town, I almost peed my pants with excitement when we found an all natural section in their town store!

All natural dressings, tons of all natural flavors of home-made honey and jams jams jams galore!  I spent a good 10 minutes with my legs crossed, on the hard wood floor of that 50 year old market, looking through all the various flavors of dressing. From Blackberry Walnut, to Apple Pecan, to Poppyseed- I could have spent tons of money just on salad dressing. Unfortunately I like to keep my money right where I can see it (hanging in my closet), so I had to choose just one.

As you can see, I chose Apple Pecan dressing. I’m so glad I did because I can’t WAIT to get home and create a delicious salad to go along with it.

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Trust me, you can absolutely look forward to TONS of Apple Pecan recipes coming your way soon!

 

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Lunch is as fabulous as you make it… Literally!

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Portabella Mushrooms, Caramalized Onions, and pesto oh my!

I had an absolute BLAST creating this masterpiece. These gourmet grilled cheeses are the most delicious things that will ever touch your lips.

Click here to get the recipe for my pineapple strawberry peach carrot smoothies. The savory flavors of the mini-grilled cheeses mixed with the natural sweetness of the smoothies, reflects a perfect flavor of summer deliciousness.

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Give your lunches a colorful spin!

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Recently I’ve gotten into making my meals/snack more colorful. By having a bit more fun in the kitchen, and adding extra fruits & veggies- my meals seem much more exciting to eat!
Rather then just eating some lettuce with dressing, I tossed in some tomatoes and cucumbers. To spice up a boring quesadilla, I added some colorful avocado slices and some cayenne pepper (which speeds up your metabolism by the way!)
Next time you’re putting together a delicious lunch, stop and think, “What can I put in this to make it more colorful?”

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Why choose greasy chips, when a healthy salad is just as quick! 1 minute Caesar Salad

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Come on guys, we’ve all been there. Hungry, in a hurry, and just want a quick snack.

This 3 ingredient ONE minute Caesar salad will put your greasy bag of Lana potato chips to shame any day! It’s easy to make and the whole thing cost me $5 to make. That $5 is good for at LEAST 6 salads whigh makes each salad less then $1 a piece! Yes, that evens out to be LESS THEN THE COST OF A BAG OF POTATO CHIPS.

Ingredients:
Lettuce
Low-fat parmesan cheese
Croutons

If you keep a head of lettuce and your favorite dressing in your fridge, you’ll never have an excuse to go near those Lays. Compare your mental sanity after eating both:

Lays potato chips: why did I just eat an entire bag of those? I’m full of empty calories that will only dehydrate me and make me crave more salt in an hour.
Caesar salad: Yay I’m full of healthy calories! I feel SO good about eating this guilt-free inexpensive and easy snack!

Choose salad. No excuses!

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Creamy easy make Tomato Basil soup!

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I’ve officially dived into the wonderful world if soups! Growing up a picky eater, I wouldn’t go anywhere near foods that didn’t have the words “mac” or “cheese” in it. Now, I’m 24 years old I’m slowing taking baby steps out of the picky eating world! After a drop of tomato soup touched my tongue, I couldn’t get enough. Try this delicious (very easy) recipe and fall in love too!

Ingredients:

1 lb tomatoes
1 bunch of fresh basil, chopped
1 cups vegetable broth
1-2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup whole milk
1 tsp olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Easy Preparation:

Put all of your fresh and delicious ingredients together in a blender or food processor. When they’re blended, put your smooth soup into a medium-sized saucepan for 7-10 minutes. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until almost smooth, or until desired consistency is reached. The milk is not necessary, however I love my tomato soup creamy 🙂

Makes 2-4 servings.

Yum!

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Flakey low-fat avocado biscuits with Sauted Mushrooms

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I threw together this delicious mini-masterpiece from fridge left-overs!

What’s in it:
Melted string mozzarella cheese
Low-Fat baked flakey biscuits
Sauted honey portable mushrooms
Freshly sliced avocado
A simple Italian side salad

After baking the biscuits in the oven for 5 minutes, I took them out, filled them with the ingredients above, covered them in tin foil, and then baked them again for 5 minutes  this got the cheese melted to perfection without burning the biscuits.