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Couscous Salad

This is a super easy, delicious salad. I found it last year but forgot about it until I was going through some stuff today. Super easy to make and even my non-healthy eating hubby likes it! It definitely reminds me of all summer should be, light with fresh veggies and mint. It comes together quickly and doesn't hang around my house long! If you've never made couscous, it's so easy! I boil 1 C. of water with about a tsp. of salt and butter. Remove from heat, quickly stir in the couscous and cover it. Let it sit for about 5 minutes and it's done!

Ingredients

1 1/2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved

1 english cucumber, diced

Juice from 1 lemon

3 tsp. salt

1 C. couscous

Zest from 1 lemon

1/4 C. extra virgin olive oil

1/2 C. mint leaves, chopped

1/2 C. parsley, chopped

3 scallions, diced

1/2 C. toasted pine nuts

Directions

  1. Put tomatoes, cucumber and lemon juice in a medium bowl with 2 tsp. of salt. Set aside.
  2. Cook couscous according to directions. Fluff it with a fork.
  3. Once the couscous is cooled down, add to the tomato mixture.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well.

Serve it cold and store any leftovers in the fridge. I wish I could tell you how well it holds up but it's usually gone in a couple of days.

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Asian Noodle Salad

Hey, this is some perfect summer food right here! I love, love, love rice noodles! And you can make it ahead of time, take it for potlucks, whatever. Or use it for meal prep and have lunch all week at work! If you've never made rice noodles before, you soak them in water for a couple of hours, drain them and add to boiling water. They only take about a minute to boil.

1/4 cup each, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and sugar

1 Tbsp. minced ginger

1 tsp. minced garlic

1 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil

14 oz rice noodles, prepared

1 red bell pepper, julienned

1 yellow bell pepper, julienned

1 cup snow peas, cut in half

1 cup matchstick carrots

1/2 cup chopped green onion

  1. Whisk soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, ginger, garlic and oil, set aside.
  2. Toss cooked, cooled noodles with veggies and dressing. Top with sesame seeds.
  3. Enjoy!!

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Sundari Hand Oil

For all the lotion addicts out there (myself included), this hand oil is amazing! I already have all my work peeps using it, as well as a lot of my family. This lotion is from Sundari Ayurvedic Skincare, it is very light, non greasy and it works really well! It's made from natural plant oils, absorbs quickly and comes in a rollerball so it's super portable and easy to use! And it doesn't contain any harmful chemicals, no alcohol. And no animal testing, what more could you ask for?! The link is below, and I've also seen this at Costco. They have lots of other amazing stuff on their website as well, I'm a huge fan of their face cleansers too!

Happy shopping!

https://www.sundari.com/products/product.asp?idprod=86&skin=0&idcategoria=15h

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Balsamic Roasted Clafouti

Hey, since it's getting warmer out I thought maybe we'd try some fruit recipes! And who doesn't love a good dessert right?? Clafouti is a french dessert, similar to a flan and you add fruit to it. Super yummy and awesome on a summer evening! I used strawberries but you can use any berries. I've even used peaches and it was delicious. Some people dust this with powdered sugar before cutting, it is good either way. I just prefer to add the least amount of sugar possible. Happy baking!!

1 lb strawberries, trimmed and quartered (or fruit of choice)

1/3 cup plus 1 Tbsp maple sugar, divided (you can also use regular sugar or coconut if you have trouble finding maple sugar)

1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

Cooking spray

3 large eggs

1 cup milk of choice

1/2 cup whole wheat flour (I had white whole wheat and used that)

1 tsp. vanilla

1/4 tsp. sea salt

2 Tbsp unsalted butter or ghee, melted

  1. Heat oven to 350. Place half of the fruit in an 8 x 8 baking dish. Stir in 1 Tbsp sugar and vinegar. Roast about 10 minutes, you want them soft but not mushy.
  2. Over a medium bowl strain the berries, saving the juice for later.
  3. Spray a 9 inch pie plate with cooking spray. In a blender mix eggs, milk, remaining 1/3 cup sugar, flour, vanilla and salt. Blend on high 30 seconds. Add melted butter and blend another minute. Pour into pie plate, top with roasted strawberries. Bake until the edges are golden and center is set but slightly jiggly, about 30 minutes. Trust me, you'll know what I mean by jiggly but set. It makes sense when you see it.
  4. Cool 10 minutes. Cut into wedges and top with fresh fruit.

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Homemade Granola

It's no secret I love to meal prep. I also freaking LOVE granola! So I try to keep this on hand because it holds up for a long time in an airtight container, and I've also vacuum sealed it and put it in the freezer. It doesn't usually last long though because I tend to take it everywhere!

I have a store by me called Fresh Thyme, they are amazing and they have a peanut grinder so you can grind your own fresh. It's super convenient and fun for the kids to do lol!

Also, this recipe is really flexible. Omit coconut if you don't like it. Feeling nutty? Add peanuts, almonds or cashews. If chocolate isn't your thing *gasp* then omit that too.

2 1/2 cups rolled oats (I prefer to not use the instant but it's up to you)

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup butter or ghee

1/4 cup brown sugar (you can use coconut sugar too)

1/2 cup natural peanut butter

Dark chocolate chips, as many as you like

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup coconut flakes

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp salt

  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Line a 9 inch baking dish with parchment or foil and spray with cooking spray. I use olive oil spray but use whatever you have.
  3. Place your oats and nuts, if using, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until toasted.
  4. Add honey, butter and brown sugar to a sauce pan and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and salt.
  5. Add the honey mixture to the oats and stir well. Add all other ingredients except chocolate and stir, the idea is to make sure there aren't any dry spots.
  6. If you are adding chocolate, wait about 10 minutes before adding so it doesn't just melt.
  7. Spread into your prepared pan and press down on it firmly. You can use a rubber spatula, your hand, the bottom of a cup. You just want to make it as dense as possible.
  8. Chill for 2 hours and cut into bars.

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Tahini Cookies

Healthy cookies? YES PLEASE! These cookies are yummy and are gluten free/dairy free. Ya gotta try them! I add more or less chocolate depending on how my cravings are.

1/2 C tahini

1/2 C maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg

1 C oats

1 C almond flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2-3/4 C dark chocolate chips

  1. Heat oven to 350. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Add tahini, syrup and vanilla to a food process and process until well combined.
  3. Add egg and blend, then add oats, flour, salt and baking soda. Pulse until the oats are broken up, then stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Drop batter by the tablespoon and bake 12-14 minutes.

Cool completely, then store in an airtight container. I've also frozen these and they hold up well. It makes roughly 2 dozen cookies.

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Natural Deodorant

I like to look for natural/aluminum free deodorants. I'm a fan of reducing the chemicals we put on our bodies. But I'm a triathlete, and I need something to cover the smell of a hard workout. Normally I use a crystal deodorant, but that isn't always the best after a tough workout. And you have to wet it to use it so it can be inconvenient in a rush. I was in Ohio Amish country and found this bit of awesomeness, with coconut oil, activated charcoal, beeswax, bran wax, lavender and tea tree oils. It goes on dark but dries clear and holds up really well. Plus the charcoal pulls out oils and dirt, and absorbs 1,000 times its weight in moisture so no more pit stains! You can find it on Amazon!!! Or on the Beessential website, which has all kinds of cool natural stuff BeEssential

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Marinated chicken, salad and raspberry vinaigrette

Chicken: 4 chicken breasts 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar 1/2 cup chicken broth 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tsp. Italian seasoning 1. Mix the vinegar, broth, garlic and Italian seasoning together. 2. Marinate the chicken at least one hour in the fridge. 3. Discard the marinade, bake the chicken in a 400° oven for 30 minutes, or until done.   The salad was baby spring mix with feta, cranberries and apples   For the dressing: 1 cup raspberries[amd-zlrecipe-recipe:26] 2 Tbsp honey 4 Tbsp raspberry wine vinegar 1 tsp ginger 1/2 tsp ground mustard 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1. Smash raspberries with a fork. 2. Whisk vinegar, ginger, mustard and salt. Add the olive oil (I used a shaker jar) 3. Add the raspberries and honey.

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