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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. 

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. 

Melon and Spinach Salad

Melon and Spinach Salad

This refreshing salad is bursting with flavor and nutrition. This fruit provides two powerful phytonutrients- the watermelon contains lycopene and cantaloupe provides beta-carotene. Spinach also provides vitamins A and K. The salad is finished with an orange-ginger dressing to complete the summer feel. 

Pearl Couscous Salad

Pearl Couscous Salad

Whole wheat couscous pearls are small balls of toasted whole wheat. Pearl couscous is an alternative to rice or pasta because of its larger size, compared to the more familiar smaller sized varieties. As with other whole grains, it has a nutty flavor, yet cooks in about 20 minutes for quick side dishes. 

Black Bean Burgers with Corn Avocado Salsa

Black Bean Burgers with Corn Avocado Salsa

Try these tasty and versatile plant-based burgers at your next picnic! When preparing the black bean mixture, be careful not to over mix the ingredients. It should be chunky with visible pieces of black beans. These burgers can be more crumbly than hamburgers, so I recommend baking them in the oven instead of grilling. Toppings are endless- avocado, red onion, relish, arugula or any type of salsa (you won’t even miss the roll!) 

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