Monthly Archives: June 2016

Better Options Than Sports Drinks

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As the months stay warm and will soon be blistering hot, staying hydrated is a priority.  Most warmer months involve active bodies outside in the heat, and as much as water should be your first option, for some it can get a little boring.  Maintaining proper hydration is very important, regardless of whether you are exercising for 15 minutes or 60, sweating profusely, sitting and watching a soccer game in the heat or outdoors chilling by a pool. Always be conscious of your water consumption and sun exposure.

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Tempeh Lettuce Taco Boats

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Tacos are made often in this house and we definitely have our favorites, but we are always excited to try new tacos and new recipes.  The weather has been a tad hot, like +104ºF so I would like to avoid using an oven as a form of cooking.  Even using the stove to cook the tempeh was pushing it.  Shannon at the Glowing Fridge is a ray of sunshine and we have certainly found some favorites from her!  I am doing my best to use leafy greens for tacos instead of tortillas to change our meals up and this recipe tastes so flavorful and refreshing with  romaine leaves.  I used cashews for the ‘sour cream’ as I am not able to tolerate tofu and this topping is a must with these tacos.

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Storing Produce

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Does this sound familiar?

You have your recipes picked and ready for the week and you head to the store or farmers market and get all the ingredients you need.  Your feeling accomplished that you are so on it!! Then you get to the third day and see your produce has wilted or gone bad.  You feel a bit frustrated you spent all that money on the produce and so discouraged for being so prepared for the week.  Well, here are some tips from a few of my favorite resources that may help keep that from happening and keep your produce alive and well for longer.

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Pasta Salad

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Warm days are in full swing and we are finishing up the last week of school… yipeee!!  We have been working on some different lunch items and the girls requested pasta salad.  I do not even remember the last time I made, let alone ate pasta salad so it was time to get one to add to our collection of recipes.  Most recipes use oil or suggest a store bought dressing and that just isn’t something I choose to eat or feed my family.  You could very well use what you prefer for this pasta salad and please share your variations. Chilled on a warm day, this salad hit the spot!

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Chickpea Chimichangas

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This dish was a winner at our table last week and it was so well liked, we are having it again this week.  It is exciting when we have a recipe that works for everyone and it is requested each week, but I also want to be sure we don’t get burned out from it and then never want it again :)  It has worked out well to take the home run recipes from our ‘Wednesday’s Something New’ and put those into the mix for the weeks.  These little numbers pack a powerful punch of nutrition and flavor in a meal.  The typical chimichanga is loaded with meat, cheese and rice, then fried in oils and then buried in cheese. Now if you like that kinda thing, go for it!  Our choice is a cleaner version that is baked in the oven :)  These flavorful, nutrition packed chickpea chimichangas are delish, and I suggest serving them to any of your meat eating friends, I would be surprised if they didn’t like them.

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