Carrot Ginger Dressing

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After discovering what a difference a fun fresh dressing can make, I have been on a quest to try mix things up from the standard vinaigrette. Thankfully, Eating Well, did a whole spread on dressings that gave me some good ideas. I love the hint of asian taste this dressing has and you automatically get an extra veggie on your salad since it includes carrots! Next time I make this, I want to try it with my roasted carrots to give it a little extra punch of flavor…. 

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Breakfast Break: Top FLB Breakfast Foods

Breakfast is one of my favorite parts of the day, especially when I get to enjoy it slowly. I always begin my day with a homemade green juice but  generally want a little something in addition to that. Here is a list of my favorite FLB breakfast dishes, some a little on the sweeter side (but still healthy of course) and others a little more savory. Click on the links below the pictures to get directed to the recipe!

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Green Juice

Raw Veggie Taco

Open Faced Veggie Taco… 

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Roasted Carrots

Roasted Carrots

Ever since I saw these little guys at the farmers market, I have been really into carrots. And given that Scott and my weekly Sunday night routine is to just roast a ton of of the veggies from the farmer’s market (this is such a great and easy way to ensure you have something healthy for the week!), I have discovered the pleasure of roasted carrots, yummmmmm! I’ve played around with a few different ways to season them and have come to love this combo. So find your funky carrots, roast them up and eat with whatever makes you happy!… 

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Dip In: My Favorite Dips, Sauces and Spreads

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Below I have created a list (and links) to my favorite dips, sauces and spreads. So go ahead, dip in and enhance your meals with these simple recipes. The best news of all… every single one of these recipes is vegan and gluten free for those who have any dietary restrictions!

1. Pesto. My husband and I are obsessed with pesto. It is not an exaggeration when I say that we put it on everything! Bread, eggs, sauteed veggies, pasta, salad dressings, pizza, etc. I usually just whip up some of this homemade pesto once a week and let it sit in the fridge for us to find the lucky item to put it on. It is oh-so good and fresh.

Pesto

2. Hummus. I put pesto on pretty much everything and I put hummus on almost everything. I love to add a heaping spoonful to a salad, use as a spread for a sandwich and of course have with veggies or crackers when I need an afternoon pick me up.

Hummus… 

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Yellow Gazpacho

Yellow Gazpacho

Nothing says summer like a chilled soup…or sweet corn, or fresh tomatoes… so what do you get when you combine all those things? This delicious yellow gazpacho!

I saw this recipe and was immediately drawn to it because 1. I love anything related to Spain. 2. To me it is beautiful and simple, which I am always drawn to đŸ™‚ and 3. Who doesn’t love a little twist on anything traditional, right?!

Scott and I enjoyed this last night paired with my Tofu, Peanut Butter and Roasted Tomato Panzanella and we had summer screaming from our happy kitchen. So fresh, so simple, and so beautiful.

Enjoy the final days of summer and the delicious flavors that come with it!… 

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Thai Peanut Slaw

Thai Peanut Slaw

I promise I’ll back off the Thai train for those who don’t like Thai food (although you are craaazy), but this was too good not to share. I also served this at my Thai Supper Club last week and you know it’s always a good sign when you get an email the next day asking for the recipe :)… so I see it as my duty to share with you all as well! I made a few modifications to the one I served last  that I think make it even better. This is such a great crisp and flavorful salad. I had some leftovers for the next day and they were just as good, if not better!… 

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Tofu Satay

Tofu Satay

One of my all time favorite Thai starters is Tofu Satay but it is rarely offered at Thai restaurants. Those if you that live in SF should check out Bangkok 900 in Cole Valley. It is kind of a hole in the wall but Scott and I went there on weekly date nights leading up to our Thai trip – our Monday night breakdancing class was just down the street đŸ™‚ – and I have to say, they definitely do it right there! I have always wanted to recreate it and had a reason to do so when I hosted my Thai Supper Club on Wednesday night (I also served my Thai Red Curry). The marinade is the real kicker so of course if tofu is not your thing, you could use a protein of your choice and I am sure it would even be a great marinade for roasted or grilled veggies…. 

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Fresh Basil Vinaigrette

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My favorite recipes are those that come about as a result of using what I have on hand. I tried a casserole recipe last week that had a bit of basil in it. It was a total flop which is why I will not be sharing it with you until I figure out how to make it great… Anyway, I had a ton of extra basil on hand that I did not want to waste. Coincidentally, I had an amazing dinner with friends this weekend and they requested that I do a post on dressings. Hence the birth of this delicious basil vinaigrette…. 

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Mango & Avocado Salad

Mango & Avocado Salad

This salad brings me right back to a warm sandy Hawaiian beach – and who doesn’t love a trip (whether a real one or a mental one) to those lovely islands?! That kind of trip is especially needed right now as SF ‘summer’ has been in full effect the past few weeks… I’ll continue dreaming of warm summer nights but if you need some tips on cutting a mango, take a moment to learn about it here. Enjoy this refreshing summer treat! Note: It is great to sub in Fuyu persimmons when mangos are not in season!… 

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Banana Oat Bites – Sugar, Dairy & Gluten Free!

Banana Oat Cookies

I first made these cookies over a month ago and have made them 3 times since in order to try out different things to perfect the recipe. These are not really cookies at all, more like oatmeal in a cookie form. Feel free to eat them for breakfast, as a snack or as a dessert. Now, I know these would be good with some chocolate chips but I was trying to give people a no added sugar option :). However, I would love to hear your modifications so please comment below with additions you tried. Happy healthy baking!… 

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