Salmon & Bok Choy Soup [USA]

This recipe is super versatile – feel free to substitute the bok choy with spinach or any other leafy green vegetable!

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Blueberry Spinach Smoothie [USA]

This blueberry spinach smoothie is an easy way to sneak in a cup of spinach for breakfast without overpowering the taste of the other ingredients. I prefer to use frozen spinach and blueberries since they eliminate the need for adding in any extra ice. There are many benefits of each of the ingredients in this smoothie, but the following are some that stood out to me!

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Dutch Baby [USA]

So the Dutch baby is not actually Dutch, but American with origins deriving from the German pancake. According to Sunset magazine, the name “Dutch baby” can be credited to an American restauranteur’s daughter in the 1900s who mispronounced the word “Deutsch” (which means “German” in German) as “Dutch” and the rest is history.

The Dutch baby is actually more similar to a popover than a pancake since it is baked instead of fried. Plan to have the table set up with your desired accompaniments ready to go because as soon as the Dutch baby comes out of the oven, it will begin collapsing as it loses steam. I love the slightly crisp sides the best – smeared with a little bit of jam and dipped into maple syrup.

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Cacao Cashew Bars [USA]

These cacao cashew bars are made with roasted cacao nibs and cashews bound together with figs and dates for a healthy bite when you’re craving something sweet! It’s a guilt-free snack that comes with no added processed sugar as long as you’re paying attention to the ingredients label when purchasing. Feel free to add or take away any ingredients such as dried fruits or nuts when making these bars to customize your own.

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Tomato Soup w/ Grilled Cheese Sandwich [USA]

There are tons and tons of tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich recipes out there in the blogosphere, but there’s always room for one more right? After reviewing a handful of recipes, we picked and chose aspects of each that we liked to create our own version. Instead of using sugar, we substituted in a red bell pepper for sweetness and a bonus color boost. Also, while some recipes called for blanching and peeling the skin off the tomatoes, we’ve opted to keep the skin on for extra fiber. Any leftovers can be cooled and then portioned in zip-lock bags to be frozen for up to 3 months. If you’d like a richer tomato soup, just whisk in some cream prior to serving.

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D.I.Y. Citrus Vinegar Cleaner [USA]

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Instead of automatically discarding citrus peels into the garbage, start saving them in a glass jar in your refrigerator to make this D.I.Y. citrus vinegar cleaner! It’s a great natural substitute for harsh, chemical solutions and works just as well for disinfecting your kitchen counters and stovetop.

To make, just start collecting the peels from any citrus fruit (making sure that there are no remains of the fruit still attached) in a glass jar in your refrigerator. Once the jar is near full, pour in enough distilled white vinegar to fully submerge the peels and tighten the cap. Allow the mixture to sit on your counter for 1-2 weeks, until the citrus oils have infused into the vinegar and the clear vinegar has taken on a tint of orange. When you feel that the vinegar has taken on a sufficiently strong citrus scent, strain the liquid into a spray bottle and dilute it with about 25% water. You can use this cleaner on just about any surface except stone (such as marble or granite), cast iron, or aluminum.

Avocado Roses & Scrambled Eggs Sourdough Toast [USA]

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Our neighborhood supermarket was having a 2 for $1.00 sale on avocados, so there was no way we can resist purchasing a small box for ourselves! Luckily we still had some sourdough bread leftover from an earlier grocery haul… and what do we do when we have avocados AND bread in the kitchen? We make avocado toast. With some time on our hands, we shaped the avocado slices into roses (you know, for the ‘gram), but don’t feel any pressure to do so when making your version of this recipe at home.

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Eggs & Asparagus Nest [USA]

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Asparagus and eggs, there’s no surprise why this combo has been served time and time again! Hint: it’s quick AND delicious. Today’s take was finished with a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a pinch of fleur de sel, but another great option is to top it with a generous grating of fresh Parmesan or if you have time to make the sauce, a spoonful of hollandaise. No plates needed here – we recommend serving it right in the skillet.

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Seared Salmon over Shredded Brussel Sprouts with Beets [USA]

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Anyone else think “chunking” is a weird word? Current thoughts at the moment as we try to decide what word best describes breaking apart a fillet with a spoon… What verb would you use? The chunking of the cooked salmon fillet is optional, but we think that it makes for a nice presentation.

Anyway, moving on. For dinner tonight we have a simple recipe of pan-seared salmon over shredded brussel sprouts with a side of beets. Cook the beets first. The preparation of the beets we kept simple, quickly peeling and getting them into a pot of boiling, salted water at the beginning as they can take a while to cook through. The rest of the dish comes together quickly, and all of the knife-work can be done while the beets are cooking away.

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Boston Cooler [USA]

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Contrary to the name, the Boston Cooler as we know it (a combination of ginger ale soda and vanilla ice cream) comes from the city of Detroit. Purists insist on using Vernor’s Ginger Ale for the mix, however we went with the brand of soda that we already had on hand – and the results were still delicious!

This recipe is a no-recipe recipe (unless you intend to make your own ginger ale and ice cream, in which case, hats off to you) and you only need two ingredients:

  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Ginger ale soda

For the directions, scoop the ice cream into a cup, as much or as little as you like, then pour the ginger ale over to fill to the brim. Pour slowly to account for the rising foam! Some recipes call for blending the two ingredients together in a blender prior to serving, but that seems like just a tad too much work and extra dishes for a Wednesday night… cheers!

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