Month: June 2014

Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad

Meatless Monday

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Think pasta salads are boring, greasy, salad bar staples? This spectacular Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad proves otherwise. Tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette and teeming with flavorful grilled peppers, zucchini, asparagus and onions, this full-of-incredible-taste-and-texture pasta salad is the life of the party!

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“Life is too short, and I’m Italian. I’d much rather eat pasta and drink wine than be a size 0.”

-Sophia Bush

Maple and Brown Sugar Pancake Recipe

StockUpSundays

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What if you could whip up a batch of unbelievably amazing, fluffy and perfect pancakes faster than we can say Aunt Jemima? Well, thanks to Chef Lisa, you can. She has created these foolproof Maple and Brown Sugar Pancakes that are guaranteed to have you flipping your lid!

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“In a big family the first child is kind of like the first pancake. If it’s not perfect, that’s okay, there are a lot more coming along.”
-Antonin Scalia

Mini Heath Bar Cheesecake

SocialSaturdays

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We’d like to amend the expression that good things come in small packages. In fact, it’s great things (read: creamy, toffee-filled, buttery crusted and chocolate drizzled) that come in small packages. These Mini Heath Bar Cheesecakes, easy to make and even easier to devour, may be small in size, but they deliver huge in taste.

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“Because you don’t live near a bakery doesn’t mean you have to go without cheesecake.”

-Hedy Lamarr

Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

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This Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce is the perfect way to feed a crowd – not only is this cut lean and flavorful, but it’s also inexpensive. Marinated in an oil, vinegar and mustard mixture, the flank steak is grilled to melt-in-your-mouth tenderness and then topped with a Latin chimichurri sauce, the blend of fresh herbs, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil.

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Marcus Vindicus: Don’t you know your right flank from your left flank?
Captain Mucus: I’m sorry sir, I flunked flank.

-History of the World: Part I

Key Lime Martini

ThirstyThursday

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Want to drink your dessert? We couldn’t think of a tastier and easier way than with this Key Lim Martini, a sweet and zesty combination of cake-flavored vodka, lime juice and liqueur. One sip and you too will wonder how a key lime cupcake got in your cocktail!

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It’s Time To Milk Your Options

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Lately, we have seen an influx of milk alternatives flooding the scene. With the array of options from Soy to Rice, Almond to Hemp, we have come to realize that making the choice about which option to pursue has become a rather dizzying task. To help shed some light on this cloudy field, to clear udder confusion, in an attempt to make brief encounters with baristas less indecisive and to cut time spent in the dairy aisle, here we lay out the factors to consider when teetering along the milky way.

THE ORIGINAL: COW’S MILK

While milk has long been a diet staple, only in recent years have things gotten controversial. Some are opting out of the dairy drink entirely, but for those sticking around it’s important to consider where your milk is coming from and how it’s being produced. When buying cow’s milk, remember these three things: organic, grass-fed, and local. In shopping with these criteria, you are lowering the risk of contamination and ensuring the richest stream of nutrients. The benefits of cow’s milk include immune and inflammatory support, improved bone mass, blood sugar regulation, and reduced risk of heart attack. A reminder the recommended daily dosage is a four once serving of cow’s milk.

The Rundown (based on one cup):
80-150 calories (nonfat to whole)
8-9 grams of protein
30% daily value of calcium
25% daily value of vitamin D

THE POPULAR POSER: SOY MILK

Again, like cow’s milk, there are pros and cons to drinking soy milk. For women, it’s especially important to keep in mind that the phytoestrogen content in soy milk may increase the risk for breast cancer. As well, it has been said that soy can cause trouble when it comes to protein and mineral intake. Regardless, soy milk knows no such thing as saturated fat , is low-cal, lactose free, rich in protein and calcium, strengthens blood vessel integrity, offsets postmenopausal syndromes and symptoms. With soy much to offer, might this be the right choice for you?

The Rundown (based on one cup):
60-130 calories
7-8 grams of protein
0-4 grams of fiber
4-30% daily value of calcium
Up to 30% daily value of vitamin D

THE SWEET SUBSTITUTE: ALMOND MILK

Like regular cow’s milk, almond milk comes packed with vitamins and minerals, shares similar fat content, and, of course, is lactose free. It’s available in several flavours, all offering a rich, sweet, and nutty alternative. That being said, the protein, calcium and vitamin B content in almond milk does not nearly match its competitors. As long as you compensate with other sources of that which almond milk lacks, this option is one that top notch nutty and worth noting.

The Rundown (based on one cup):
60-80 calories
2-9 grams of protein
0-4 grams of fiber
20-30% daily value of calcium
Up to 25% daily value of vitamin D

THE VEGAN VOODOO: HEMP MILK

While many hesitate to chart this less-explored territory, hemp milk is the new player on the scene making a nutritious splash. Made from a blend of hemp seeds and water, it packs a serious punch when it comes to nutrients. It strengthens the immune system, improves circulation, results in healthier skin, hair and nails, builds a stronger heart and increases mental capacity. Moreover, in a single glass you are served hearty helpings of potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, and vitamins A, E, and D.

The Rundown (based on one cup):
110-130 calories
4-5 grams of protein
1 gram of fiber
46% daily value of calcium
Up to 25% daily value of vitamin D

THE FINAL FALLBACK: RICE MILK

If you’re looking for a diet-friendly milk replacement, the rice route may be the way to go. Low in fat and calories, you can stock up on plain or vanilla rice milk that is both lactose and soy free (perfect for those with allergies). However, it’s worth mentioning that nutritionally, rice milk is lacking when it comes to protein and vitamins A and C. So before you make your choice, be sure to weigh your options and consider your priorities.

The Rundown (based on one cup):
110-120 calories
1 gram of protein
2-25% daily value of calcium
Up to 25% daily value of vitamin D

(“The Rundown” information taken from eatingwell.com)

Apple Caramel Crumble Cake

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When is a caramel apple a cake? When Chef Lisa gets her hands on it and creates an Apple Caramel Crumble Cake that’s reminiscent of our fav childhood treat-on-a-stick. This incredible dessert is a three-layered moist and chunky apple cake, slathered in a creamy frosting and topped with a sugary crumble. How ’bout them apples?

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“I’ve never seen such a bunch of apple-eaters.”

-J.D. Salinger, Nine Stories

BLT Salad

OutOfTimeTuesday

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When is a salad like a sandwich? When it’s this deconstructed BLT Salad recipe, a bowl of homemade crunchy croutons, tomatoes, lettuce and avocado, tossed in a creamy basil dressing.

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“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives.”

-Oscar Wilde

Art House Rules!

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Get Crafty With Bite Me More

We’re psyched for summer, especially for a rainy day or two. Yes, you read that right, because thanks to our one-of-a-kind Art Party, we’ve got the perfect way to entertain your crafty kids throughout the season. From crayons and colored pencils to painting and popsicle sticks, we’ve got you covered – with the addition of fun eats ( Chili Cheese Fries!), drinks ( Peanut Butter & Jam Milkshakes!) and tunes ( A Paintbrush Playlist!), it’s time to inspire and unleash the inner artists!

Creamy Peanut Noodles with Tofu

Meatless Monday

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If there was ever a customizable recipe, this is it. As written, tender udon noodles are tossed in a smooth and creamy peanut butter sauce (so lip-smackingly good it should be bottled!), along with sautéed tofu, red peppers and edamame. Don’t prefer tofu? Swap it out for chicken or shrimp and add veggies of your choice, with the same delicious results.

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“All the dreamers in all the world are dizzy in the noodle.”

-Edie Adams