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7 Summer Inspired Desserts

So what exactly does Summer inspired desserts mean?  All seven of these yummy desserts use fresh Summer ingredients and/or offer fun Summer shapes like heart-shaped sunglasses!  Oh yeah and did I mention watermelon popsicles and nutella ice cream sandwiches???  Who wants one?  Grab the recipes below:

7 Summer Inspired Desserts

Mango Thumbprints via Love and Olive Oil

7 Summer Inspired Desserts

Summer Peach Tart via Anna Banana

7 Summer Inspired Desserts

Watermelon Popsicles via Cooking Classy

7 Summer Inspired Desserts

Lime & Basil Gin Pops via Hungry Girl Por Vida

7 Summer Inspired Desserts

Nutella Ice Cream Sandwiches via Half Baked Harvest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blackberry Vodka Smash Recipe

It’s almost the beginning of Summer and I wanted a new cocktail to enjoy.  Something light and refreshing yet still tasty and a little sweet.  This is my take on the traditional Blackberry Smash cocktail and it really hit the spot.  I simplified the ingredients since (as I’ve mentioned in previous posts) I’m not a natural-born bartender.  This drink comes together pretty quickly and it is delish!

Blackberry Vodka Smash Recipe

 

serving size: 1

  • 1 nip of vodka
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • blackberries
  • sparkling water or club soda
  • ice

Blackberry Vodka Smash Recipe

  1. Mash up 6 – 8 blackberries in the bottom of the glass and add maple syrup
  2. Add ice and garnish with a few extra blackberries
  3. Add vodka and then sparkling water
  4. Stir, sip and enjoy!

Blackberry Vodka Smash Recipe

Blackberry Vodka Smash Recipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meatless Monday Recipe : Zucchini Fritters

I absolutely love these zucchini fritters! 1) Because they are sooo delicious and 2) because you only need five ingredients to make them!  Yup, you heard me, only 5 things to put these bad boys together.  Low ingredient recipes are perfect for those nights you want something homemade but without the effort of homemade.  As with all my meatless Monday recipes, these fritters are vegan and gluten free.

Meatless Monday Recipe : Zucchini Fritters

Makes 6 – 8 large zucchini fritters

Prep + cook in 60 mins

  • 2 small zucchinis
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1/3 white onion
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 garlic gloves minced *optional

 

Meatless Monday Recipe : Zucchini Fritters

  1. Cook rice following instructions on package.  *I make the rice in advance and chill in fridge
  2. Preheat oven to 400′
  3. Cut up zucchini and white onion.
  4. Place all ingredients into the food processor and pulse.
  5. Divide into six equal balls and form into patties with your hands.
  6. Place on baking sheet and bake for 35 – 40 mins.  Longer if you want the outside crunchier.

*Note:  these have the consistency of crab cakes and can fall apart but are still delicious!

Meatless Monday Recipe : Zucchini Fritters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9 Spring Salads to Try

It might be the warmer weather that Spring brings or the fact that I’m sick of the same ol’ thing I’ve been eating all Winter long but for me, I always start craving salads in the Spring.  There’s just something extra delicious about a crisp salad this time of year.  There’s also a lot of fresh produce popping up that tastes amazing in a salad!  So to celebrate Spring and all things green, I’m sharing nine Spring salads for you to try!

9 Spring Salads to Try

I put asparagus on everything in the Spring! Spring Greens Bowl via Lively Table *click any pic to grab the recipe*

9 Spring Salads to Try

Grilled Corn & Zucchini Pasta Salad

9 Spring Salads to Try

Peach & Walnut Salsa – pour this over some lettuce and you are good to go!

9 Spring Salads to Try

Chickpea Corn Salad via Brewing Happiness

9 Spring Salads to Try

Gluten-Free Tabbouleh

9 Spring Salads to Try

Coconut Mango Salad via Salted Mint

9 Spring Salads to Try

Avocado & Grapefruit Salad via FoodieCrush

9 Spring Salads to Try

Edamame Salad via Foodness Gracious

9 Spring Salads to Try

Asparagus & Goat Cheese Salad via Proud Italian Cook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top 9 Meatless Recipes for Easter

Today I’m sharing some beautifully meatless recipes for Easter.  I think these are perfect if you’re hosting or just looking for a dish to bring.  They also incorporate lots of fresh and tasty Spring produce like peaches, strawberries and more!  So yummy!!

Top 9 Meatless Recipes for Easter

Grilled Avocado Caprese – click any pic to grab the recipe!

 

Top 9 Meatless Recipes for Easter

Pineapple + Cilantro Hummus

 

Top 9 Meatless Recipes for Easter

Edamame Salad with Sesame Dressing

Top 9 Meatless Recipes for Easter

Grilled Corn + Zucchini Pasta Salad

Top 9 Meatless Recipes for Easter

Sweet Potato + Eggplant Lasagna

 

Top 9 Meatless Recipes for Easter

Lemon Meringue Pie

Top 9 Meatless Recipes for Easter

Strawberry + Cream Profiteroles

Top 9 Meatless Recipes for Easter

Strawberry Lemonade Spritzer

Top 9 Meatless Recipes for Easter

Peach Lemonade Spritzer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9 Brunch Cocktails for Easter

Easter is right around the corner and Spring is starting to emerge! I don’t know about you but just thinking of warmer weather and Springtime blooms puts me in the mood for a tasty cocktail. So I’ve gathered up my nine favorite brunch cocktails to ring in this Springtime holiday, Easter! Take a sip:

9 Brunch Cocktails for Easter

Passionfruit & Lime Margaritas – click any pic to grab the recipe!

9 Brunch Cocktails for Easter

Raspberry Sangria

9 Brunch Cocktails for Easter

Vanilla & Pear Cocktail

9 Brunch Cocktails for Easter

Sunny Clementine Cocktail

9 Brunch Cocktails for Easter

Honeydew Margarita

9 Brunch Cocktails for Easter

Cantaloupe Margarita

9 Brunch Cocktails for Easter

Grapefruit Sangria

9 Brunch Cocktails for Easter

Maple Salty Dog

9 Brunch Cocktails for Easter

Watermelon Cucumber Sangria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meatless Monday Recipe: Spring Garden Veggie Bisque

I’ve been chowing down on my new meatless Monday recipe for the past few dinners!  Not only is this recipe chock full of veggies, but it’s gluten-free and oil-free as well.  Double yay!  As we near the end of Winter, I’ve been craving lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.  This meatless Monday recipe hits the mark, using fresh zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower and more.  Oh and it only takes about 30 minutes to make!  Check out the recipe below:

 

Meatless Monday Recipe:  Spring Garden Veggie Bisque

 

  • 2 small zucchinis (I left the skin on)
  • 1 small head of broccoli
  • 1 small head of cauliflower
  • 4 organic celery stalks
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 5 – 6 large roasted garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • handful of cilantro
  • 1 3/4 cup water

 

Meatless Monday Recipe:  Spring Garden Veggie Bisque

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 400′.
  2. Set up a double boiler to steam broccoli and cauliflower.
  3. Cut zucchini, celery, broccoli and cauliflower into medium chunks.
  4. Place broccoli and cauliflower into double boiler and let steam for 20 mins.
  5. Put zucchini and celery on baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Cut sweet onion into fourths (leave skin on) place on same baking sheet, open side down.
  7. Cut garlic top off and place upside down on baking sheet.  Roast for 25 mins.  No need to add oil.
  8. When everything is done cooking, carefully peel onion and garlic skins off.  You can use a fork to easier maneuver garlic cloves out.
  9. Toss everything into a food processor with salt, water, and cilantro to blend.

 

Meatless Monday Recipe:  Spring Garden Veggie Bisque

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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