Chocolate Coco-Hazel-Nut Spread

I had a family approach me yesterday with questions about Nutella.  They recently started the Advanced Maximized Living Nutrition Plan and had purchased a jar of Nutella after watching a commercial claiming it is an all-natural spread perfect for breakfast.  In fact, their tag-line is: “Treat yourself with Nutella spread as part of a healthy,…

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Roasted Red Pepper HummusMakes About 6 Servings (multiplied by 5 for the party) 12 oz organic sodium free garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed1 organic red bell pepper, roasted, peeled and seeded1 Tbsp chopped red onion
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 Tbsp tahini
Juice of 1 lemon
2 Tbsp olive oil1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste) 1/2 tsp ground…

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Citrus Beet & Rhubarb Salad

We happened upon some more rhubarb from a friend this week, our lucky day!  Here’s a fresh spin on using rhubarb in something other than a dessert.  :)  I was inspired to do this salad from one I had a Good Earth a while back, possibly even last spring. This salad won’t qualify for the…

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Nine Layer Taco Dip

We love this dish as a snack, as lunch or a great addition to any party spread!  The picture is a little off — we forgot to add the olives until after we devoured half of the dish.  It’s great even with a layer missing!  :) Also, a little note on the cheese, cream cheese…

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Leek & Potato Soup

This is a delicious soup that we do on our “vacation” days, the days we bend the rules a little on what we eat.  We usually take a vacation meal once or twice a month, sometimes more if we’re dealing with hectic times.  So keep in mind that a main ingredient in this soup is…

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Spinach Strawberry Salad

Spinach Strawberry Salad 2 bunches organic spinach, rinsed  < LINK >4 c sliced organic strawberries1/2 c olive oil1/4 c Bragg apple cider vinegar1/2 c organic red onion, thinly sliced1/4 tsp paprika2 Tbsp sesame seeds1 Tbsp poppy seeds1/4 c honey (optional) 1.  In a large bowl, toss together the spinach, onion and strawberries.2.  In a medium…

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Warm Spinach and Sweet Potato Salad

This is really more of a meal salad than a side salad — those sweet potatoes will fill you up!  But remember to add protein to your meal: maybe add some chicken, hard boiled eggs and/or almonds to the salad or side it with a protein shake/smoothie.  We didn’t have much else in the kitchen…

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No Mayo Deviled Eggs

Here’s a great idea to use up all your hard boiled eggs from Easter.  Make deviled eggs using no mayo!  (We were out of Vegenaise so I worked with what we had — a ripe avocado!)  Another favorite of ours is to add some hard boiled eggs to our Healing Chicken Salad. No Mayo Deviled…

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Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Spinach-Artichoke Dip 1 c frozen chopped spinach or fresh spinach1 1/2 c thawed frozen artichoke hearts1/2 c Vegenaise1/2 c organic sour cream1 c freshly grated Parmesan (raw, organic)1 c grated pepper jack cheese (raw, organic)1/4 tsp garlic powder1/2 tsp red pepper flakes 1.)  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a casserole dish with…

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Homemade Guacamole

Did you know that making your own, fresh guacamole could be so easy and so worth it?  Homemade guac has a much more intense flavor than the store bought variety — and it’s cheaper if you make it yourself, too!  Guacamole is a great condiment in place of ranch dressing, chip dips, or sometimes even…

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