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Energy Bites

Energy Bites

Make a batch of these on the weekend, and store them in the freezer to enjoy all week long. These nutrient dense bites are the perfect grab and go snack, or can be used to top fruit- based desserts. Today, we will “crumble” these over poached pears for a touch of sweetness and texture. 

Ginger Poached Pears

Ginger Poached Pears

This very simple poached pear recipe makes a wonderful dessert or refreshing breakfast treat when paired with thick Greek yogurt, chopped walnuts and a sprinkle of cinnamon. The pears don’t have to be perfectly ripe for this to be delicious, as they soften and sweeten during the poaching process. You can also try cooking them in pomegranate juice or adding cinnamon or star anise to change the flavor profile. Handy tips- use a melon baller to remove the core and to remove the stem, make a V-shape around it with a paring knife. 

Summer Bean Salad

Summer Bean Salad

A fresh salad hearty enough to stand alone as an entrée with the added protein from edamame and garbanzo beans. Try subbing red peppers or green beans for some of the ingredients, depending on what is available in your garden or at your local farm market. 

Tomato Panzanella Salad

Tomato Panzanella Salad

This simple, classic Italian salad is a mix of delicious, ripe, summer tomatoes and day old bread – the bread needs to be on the dry side to soak up all the tomato juices. I recommend using a hearty loaf for this, such as- whole wheat, sourdough, or country-style hearth bread. Heirloom tomatoes are perfect for this salad- look for a variety of colors and levels of sweetness. 

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers

This flavorful, meatless stuffing can be used to fill a variety of vegetables including eggplant, zucchini or bell peppers. Today we will be using a brown rice blend as a base for the stuffing, but you could also use farro, quinoa or couscous. Use bell peppers of different colors for increased eye appeal and enhanced nutrition, as each color represents unique phytonutrients. Bell peppers are a good source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, vitamin A (carotenoids) and flavonoids.