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gluten free mushroom recipes, paleo mushroom recipes, garlic recipes

I love mushrooms, and mushrooms often are at their best when prepared in the most basic way like this simple mushroom and garlic saute. This recipe is also great for paleo and gluten free life style, with just a few simple and natural ingredients producing very flavorful and filling meal!

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The recipe uses 12 oz of button mushrooms and produces modest 4 servings that will go great with any grilled meat, especially steak! Or, you can eat it as-is as a vegetarian dish!   After you have sauteed the mushrooms with garlic in olive oil, they become very juicy, delicious, with a meaty flavor and texture: [click to continue…]


greek pasta salad, tomato salad, olives, greek salad dressing

Greek tortellini salad with tomatoes, avocados, cucumbers, feta cheese – in homemade Greek salad dressing. It’s a delicious and healthy salad that uses fresh ingredients, lots of vegetables, and the dressing is made completely from scratch!

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While this salad is great served right after it’s made, it also gets better if you let it marinate overnight (or at least for 2 hours) in the refrigerator. If you let the salad sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours, the flavors will start to really soak into the pasta and other ingredients. [click to continue…]


berry desserts, berry bread, lemon icing, bread with lemon glaze

Blueberry vanilla bread with lemon glaze. This delicious bread is stuffed with blueberries, and deliciously flavored with vanilla and lemon zest.

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The glaze is made from freshly squeezed lemon juice and powdered sugar. There is just enough glaze to cover the top of the bread with a drizzle and not to overwhelm the overall flavor of this dessert! [click to continue…]


cake balls, cookie balls, oreo truffle recipe, candy bar desserts recipes, white chocolate desserts

Butterfinger Peanut Butter Creme Oreo truffles made from crushed Oreos (with peanut butter creme filling) and crushed Butterfinger candy mixed in with softened cream cheese, coated in white almond bark.   Delicious little Oreo balls that are easy to make at home, and are very popular with kids and adults alike!

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I’ve always wanted to make Oreo truffles, and this was my very first try. The truffles turned out quite well: they looked gorgeous, did not fall apart, the almond bark coating process went smoothly. Which just shows how easy it is to make these cake balls.

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Grinding the Oreos and then Butterfinger candy and mixing it all in with softened cream cheese is the easiest part of the recipe. The more challenging portion is dipping the Oreo balls in melted white chocolate (or almond bark) to create a beautiful coating. To ensure easy coating process, I definitely recommend using the easy-to-handle almond bark baking bar that can be easily found at Walmart. It melts well, doesn’t seize as easily as regular white chocolate, and it stays nice and melty while you’re coating the truffles. [click to continue…]


strawberry quinoa salad, spinach salad, homemade salad dressing

Strawberry, quinoa, spinach and cashew salad with a homemade honey-mustard balsamic vinegar dressing. It’s a delicious Summer salad, made with healthy, clean, whole food ingredients!

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This salad is vegetarian, gluten free, grain free, and dairy free! If you remove quinoa, it becomes paleo-friendly, too – a perfect lunch, dinner or snack for devoted cross-fitters. :)

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Nutella recipes easy, easy crepes, nutella crepes, peanut butter crepes

Delicious crepes stuffed with peanut butter, Nutella and topped with strawberries in syrup. If you love chocolate and peanut butter – you’ll love these!  Strawberries are soaked in sugar for 30 minutes to make them sweeter, softer, and more flavorful. You don’t even have to stuff these crepes with strawberries to the brim, just add a couple of strawberries inside the crepe, and then sprinkle it with powdered sugar like this:

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To assemble, spread Nutella over one half of the crepe (or in the center of it), then add swirls of peanut butter:

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strawberry desserts, banana bread breakfast, summer recipes

Strawberry banana bread muffins – I made these recently because I had too many strawberries and needed a delicious and easy recipe to use them up. I reincarnated my favorite, time-tested banana bread recipe to make it into muffins, and it worked perfectly!

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They came out delicious. A favorite family breakfast! For 12 muffins I used only 1/3 cup butter and 1/3 cup Greek yogurt, which creates a nice, rich texture, and makes these muffins healthier and lower in saturated fats.

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Because strawberries tend to make desserts very moist, I like to store these muffins covered and refrigerated. When refrigerated, these can last 2 weeks and still taste fresh like you just made them. [click to continue…]


peanut salad dressing, Asian salad, cucumber salad, fresh vegetable salad, spicy peanut dressing

This crunchy Asian salad with peanut dressing is amazingly tasty, colorful and refreshing, with a lot of crunch and flavor! Lots of vegetables: spinach, cucumbers, red bell pepper, carrots, sugar snap peas – all tossed in a delicious, homemade peanut dressing, and topped with toasted peanuts and sesame seeds. The salad dressing is both sweet and sour, and very creamy! [click to continue…]


Southwestern salsa, breakfast eggs, savory crepes, eggs and beans, corn, black beans

A delicious way to have a light and skinny and yet filling breakfast is to make some thin crepes and fill them with homemade Southwestern salsa, and then top with an egg! You get a little bit of everything in this recipe: some carbs, protein, lots of fiber, vegetables. This breakfast is low in fat and calories, and yet is very filling thanks to all the fiber and the egg!
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Delicious blueberry Greek yogurt cake made in a springform baking pan. I love using Greek yogurt in baking, as it gives a richer texture to the cake batter.

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You can use either a 9×3 springform pan (like I did) or a 9 inch round cake pan. The cake comes out just of the right height (not too short and not too tall), with the texture resembling clafoutis. Keep in mind it’s not an overly tall cake – but that’s how it’s supposed to be!  Very soft and moist from Greek yogurt and the berries. [click to continue…]