Turkey and Oat Burgers

September is national whole grains month! Try this healthy turkey burger mixed with oats and served on a whole wheat bun for a double whole grain rich meal! Perfect for a late summer backyard barbecue. Serve with grilled veggies or a fresh fruit salad for a complete meal.

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Ingredients:
1 cup regular oats
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 Tbsp chili powder
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained well
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
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6 (2-oz) whole wheat sandwich buns, toasted
tomato slices, and lettuce leaves for topping Continue reading

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Black Bean Corn Salsa

A delicious salsa packed full of fresh summer vegetables! Not only served as just a dip with corn chips, but also great on top of grilled chicken or in a salad.

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Ingredients:
1 (15oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1 medium-large tomato, chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
8 small green onions, chopped
1 jalapeño, chopped
3 Tbsp lime juice
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp ground cumin Continue reading

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Watermelon and Lime Granita

Watermelon season is in full swing! Try this fresh and cooling treat on a hot summer day. Start with a syrupy base, freeze, and scrape with a fork until fluffy. Mix it up with different fruits, or even throw a little alcohol into the mix for an adult version!

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Ingredients:
1/3 – 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
4 cups cubed seedless watermelon
1/2 cup fresh lime juice (about 5 limes)
lime wedges for garnishing, optional Continue reading

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Homemade Kombucha

Kombucha is a fermented tea drink rich in probiotics (healthy bacteria) – needed for a healthy gut! Probiotics provide the healthy bacteria needed to maintain a healthy gut and a healthy gut is needed for a healthy body. The intestines are where all the food nutrients are absorbed, and maintaining a healthy gut is key for proper absorption. All you need is a SCOBY, which stands for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, and a few simple ingredients. You can either buy a SCOBY online or from a healthy food store, or get one from a friend because every time a batch is brewed, a new SCOBY is formed. Properly research homemade kombucha before experimenting with it!

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Ingredients:
14 cups water
8 tea bags (I used a combination of 6 black tea bags and 2 green tea bags)
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups brewed plain kombucha
1 SCOBY

Tools Needed:
1 gallon glass jar
clean cotton cheese cloth
rubber band
plastic funnel
3-4 1 liter glass bottles (swing top works well) Continue reading

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Oven Roasted Tomato Ravioli

A quick to prepare meal using ready made ravioli. Perfect for a weeknight dinner – serve with a fresh salad to make a complete meal.

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Ingredients:
1 pound cherry tomatoes
2 shallots, cut into wedges
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3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
12 oz cheese ravioli (found in the refrigerator or freezer section)
2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil Continue reading

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Spicy Garlic Shrimp Pasta

A simple and easy summer pasta dish! Quick to throw together with bright summer flavors. Serve with some crusty bread and a fresh salad for a complete meal.

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Ingredients:
24-30 medium-large shrimp, deveined and peeled
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup white wine
5 cloves garlic, chopped small
1 cup chopped red and yellow bell peppers
1/2 tsp – 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 tsp mixed seasoning (like Montreal Seasoning)
1 large lemon, zested and juiced
1 carton grape tomatoes, halved
4 oz fresh sugar snap peas
1/2 pack linguine Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Chicken

Quick and easy dinner packed with fruits and vegetables! Serve over brown rice for a more filling and complete meal. You can swap in pork tenderloin for chicken if you want to mix it up.

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Ingredients:
1 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup ketchup
1/4 cup orange juice
3 Tbsp cornstarch
3 Tbsp cider vinegar
2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp grated fresh peeled ginger
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 (8oz) cans pineapple chunks in juice, drained
1 large green bell pepper, cut into 3/4 inch pieces
1 large red bell pepper, cut into 3/4 inch pieces
3 cups hot cooked rice Continue reading

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