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Mango green smoothie

Smoothies are the fastest way to pack your diet full of greens. When I look at my blender bursting with handfuls of spinach or kale, I’m amazed at how easy it is to eat healthy when you have a few good smoothie recipes on hand. Not that I don’t love a big salad, but honestly, it’s not something I want every, single day. With smoothies, that doesn’t matter. I get my greens and so much more. Make this delicious Mango Green Smoothie and you’ll give your body a nutritious boost. Mango Green Smoothie Ingredients 1/4 cup coconut milk (from the carton) 1/4 cup water 1 tbsp chia seeds 2 cups lightly packed baby spinach 1 small ripe banana 3/4 cup frozen mango Directions Add ingredients to blender in the order above. Blend until smooth. Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy immediately! ALSO TRY, 9 healthy smoothie recipes.  Follow us on…

15 foods you need to eat before the end of summer

Summer is still in full swing, but we can’t help but notice September sneaking up on us. While the fall brings its own delightful foods (hellooo pumpkin spice!), once summer has slipped by, you just can’t enjoy a juicy watermelon in quite the same way. Take this as your summer foods PSA: Head to the market and get cooking these 15 quintessential summer foods before it’s too late! Blueberry pie Don’t miss out on homemade blueberry pie! A big juicy slice is simply a summer-must. You can even wash and freeze some berries now, if you want to prolong your blueberry pie calendar. That way, you can enjoy them for another month or two.  Get the recipe. Vegetarian SPINach, ricotta stuffed peppers Use up those beautiful summer peppers in the best way we know how — stuffed peppers. Make this recipe tonight. Caprese Summer Rolls Perhaps you’re a fan of…

Easy Chicken Parmesan Recipe is a perfect weeknight dinner

Chicken Parmesan is a family favorite. It’s a classic dish that takes pan fried chicken breasts then tops them with tomato sauce and smothers them in cheese before baking. What comes out is deliciously golden brown and bubbly — what’s not to love? This chicken parmesan recipe — with its fresh mozzarella and homemade tomato sauce — will make you look like you spent hours in the kitchen, when really, you’ll have the prep work done in about 15 minutes. Serve chicken parm with fettuccini or other pasta or even rice or mashed potatoes for an easy weeknight dinner. If you’re whipping this up in the summer, don’t miss the opportunity to sprinkle on some delicious fresh basil. Easy chicken parmesan recipe Makes 6 servings Ingredients For the chicken: 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/4 cups freshly grated Parmesan (plus more for garnish) 2-3 large…

Blueberry red grape popsicles with mint

Popsicles aren’t rocket science. Of course you know they’re just frozen juice, but if you’re saving time and buying the store-bought version, that juice is loaded with extra sugars and artificial dyes. And that’s not even to mention the delicious flavor combinations you’re missing out on. This blueberry, red grape popsicle recipe makes a healthy summer treat. No unwanted ingredients — just blueberries, grapes, coconut milk, and mint. They’re so good for you, you could even eat one for breakfast! So grab a handful of fresh grapes and get started. You may never buy the boxed kind again! Blueberry Grape Mint popsicles Ingredients 1 1/2 cups fresh purple grapes 1 cup frozen blueberries 1/4 cup light coconut milk (from the carton) 6-7 fresh mint leaves (optional) Directions Add all of the ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Pour mixture into popsicle molds (or paper cups if you…

Best bruschetta pasta salad

If you had to describe summer in one bite, it would probably be something cool and refreshing. It would definitely be loaded with the flavors of juicy, local tomatoes and fresh, fragrant basil. It would be easy to make and light to eat. It would be this bruschetta pasta salad. You can choose any pasta you have in your pantry, but I if you’re going shopping, pick up some orecchiette. The shape is perfect for cradling small cherry tomatoes. If you use a pasta with more nooks and crannies, you may have to add more dressing to coat. If you’re a backyard gardener, or if you’ve inherited a crop of heirlooms or other full-sized tomatoes, use those! Yum! Don’t buy special cherry tomatoes just for this. Just chop up whatever you have — maybe even a mix! — and toss with the pasta and other ingredients. It’s a great way…

Pistachio Pesto Recipe

If you haven’t peaked into your garden lately, you’ll likely find it blooming with basil! Which means one thing — it’s time for a million batches of fresh, homemade pesto. (Also see these 12 tips for making your most perfect pesto) The only thing I don’t dig about making basil is those pricey pine nuts. For this recipe, we’re going to skip them and add a slightly more cost saving nut — the pistachio. Plus, if you’re like me, I’m way more willing to just pop a few pistachios in my mouth as a snack. Pine nut leftovers? They might just go to waste. Pistachios pair perfectly with a traditional pesto recipe. They add their slightly sweet, rich nutty flavor. And as with any pesto recipe, this one is quick, easy, and mixes up perfectly in a food processor or even a blender if that’s all you have. Brush it…

Caprese salad 10 different ways

Caprese salad is a summer must-make kind of dish… But no really. Without all of these Caprese salad recipes, how will you ever use up all of your fresh, home grown tomatoes? You already know how to slice tomatoes and mozzarella, so here are some other ideas for when you want to have a little fun with the classic. 1. Caprese pasta salad You favorite ingredients tossed with your favorite pasta also requires a glass of your favorite chilled wine. Cool and refreshing salad recipe. 2. Caprese garlic bread Serve as a side dish or eat all on its own. Get the recipe. 3.  caprese summer rolls Roasted tomatoes take these summer rolls to the next level. Get the recipe here.  4. caprese pizza Caprese. Pizza. Need we say more? Make one tonight. 5. strawberry caprese skewers Swap out strawberries for tomatoes in this interesting and tasty twist on Caprese. Make…

Shark attack cool kids “cocktail”

Straight out of the deep blue, sip this cool kids cocktail as you watch things heat up during Shark Week. This fun themed drink is perfect for kids or adults. Feel free to substitute the soda with a lower sugar option like tonic, or throw in a few peach rings or Lifesavers to turn your glass into a full-on ocean scene. Shark attack kids cocktail Ingredients Sprite or lemon-lime soda Lemonade Blue sports drink (Like Powerade or Gatorade) Gummy sharks Ice fun straw Directions Fill pitcher, bowl, or individual glasses with ice. Then pour in 1/3 Sprite, 1/3 lemonade, and then 1/4 or less blue sports drink (mostly to give it some color). Add gummy shark below, in, or above the ice. Serve with a fun straw. Now get back to Shark Week! ALSO TRY: Easy life preserver donuts will save you during Shark Week. Follow us on Instagram.

Sandy Bottom Shark Bark

Take a big bite out of Shark Week with this fun and festive Shark Bark. (It’s also great for ocean-themed or shark birthday parties, too!) The “sandy” Ritz cracker bottom tastes like delicious toffee. The swirly water layer is made with melted white chocolate. And if you like a little bloody realism to your Shark Bark, add a few drops of red food coloring! Top with big, blue gummy sharks. Then crack into pieces for an incredibly delicious, totally jawsome dessert! What you will need: cookie sheet spoon parchment paper space in your refrigerator for cookie sheet oven set to 375ºF. Sandy Bottom Shark Bark Ingredients Ritz crackers (about 1 1/2 sleeves of standard size box) 1/3 cup butter 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 1/2 packages white chocolate chips blue food coloring red food coloring gummy sharks Directions Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place Ritz…

The best blueberry pie recipe

Fall has apple pie. The holidays have pumpkin pie. Spring screams for strawberry rhubarb, and summer? It’s all about the blueberries. Nothing says summer like a fresh and flaky homemade blueberry pie. Don’t let September set in before you get around to making this sweet summer staple. The blueberry filling is relatively easy to make. Blueberries are great because they don’t require any chopping and barely any prep work. Just take a few moments to weed out any bad blueberries, remove any stray stems, and give them a quick rinse and a good shake. You don’t even have to dry them! Toss them in sugar and flour, and you’re pretty much good-to-go. It’s true that the pie crust takes a certain level of practice, but follow these tips and you’ll master the craft in no time: 1. Keep your ingredients super cold.  Don’t remove anything from the fridge until you are…