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Roasted Hatch Chile Peach Salsa

Roasted Hatch Chile Peach Salsa

This time of year is Hatch chile season (it’s like another holiday for Chile heads!). Whenever these big green beauties hit the produce sections of the stores, we always buy up a bunch like the crazy pepper hoarding addicts we are! Named for the town in New Mexico in which they’re grown, these Anaheim chile variations are absolutely fantastic. If you haven’t tried them before, make plans now to go out and get some, mild and/or hot, to use in this fresh salsa!

Mango Pina Colada Smoothie

Mango Pina Colada Smoothie

Despite the fact that the first true day of autumn still lies a couple weeks away, the shift in seasons is already palpable. While I adore fall (it’s my favorite season) and am absolutely ready for sweaters, hot cider, and pumpkin spice or apple cinnamon flavored everything, I’m not quite ready to let go of summer just yet. I’d like one more lazy, warm day at home with Cory and the cats, but since time moves only forward, I’ll instead make one more delicious, luscious summer smoothie to bid farewell to the season of warmth and sunshine.

Zoodles with Sun Dried Tomato & Walnut Pesto

Zoodles with Sun Dried Tomato & Walnut Pesto

Now if you’ve been looking to eat healthier, you may well be cutting back on things like breads and pasta; in it’s traditional forms, those wheaty noodles, while delicious, aren’t the greatest for us. They’re super carb-heavy and not particularly nutritionally dense, so if you’re ready for some serious vegetable magic, stay with me here and learn to make your own pasta out of zucchini!

Sangria Slush

Sangria Slush

As we bid farewell to summer, it seems only appropriate to remember the warm, relaxing season with a simple, tasty sangria… well, that and I found a bottle of super cheap white wine in the refrigerator downstairs from some abandoned and now forgotten recipe. So here you go, a super simple way to rescue that cheap, lonely bottle in your fridge, making it both drinkable and delicious!

Strawberry Cherry Apple Chia Bars

Strawberry Cherry Apple Chia Bars

These chia fruit bars are packed with delicious, ripe fruits and loaded up with protein, fiber, and fats (omega-3 included) from chia seeds. They’re perfect for a quick snack at home or for fueling up between meals while out and about. They are great healthy munchies for hiking or car trips, delicious pick-me-ups during a marathon day of shopping, and are perfect to grab a quick bite at school between classes when I just can’t make it until my lunch break.

Lychee Cherry Blender Ice Cream (non-dairy!)

Lychee Cherry Blender Ice Cream (non-dairy!)

You know how it goes, right? You’re wandering the grocery store when you come across an unusual fruit, and you simply must try it… No? That’s just me? Well, anyway, I found lychees at Sprouts recently, and immediately needed them. I love ice cream, but since dairy doesn’t love me back, I go for the almond/cashew/coconut milk based varieties instead to make my own.

Amazing 5-Minute Guacamole!

Amazing 5-Minute Guacamole!

Ah, Summer… season of lawn games, BBQs, family gatherings, and late-night partying. It’s one of my favorite times of the year! With all the spontaneous get-togethers that accompany these warm months and the longer days, I have to be able to whip up a quick side or appetizer, and guacamole is pretty much my dish. Luckily, this version tastes incredible and takes very little time or effort! Perfect!

Chilled Peach Soup

Chilled Peach Soup

Despite the humidity of the midwest and the heat of the afternoons, I love this time of year—the long days, the bright sunshine, the perfect temps in the morning and evenings. It’s wonderful, and with peaches in season and temperatures rising, it’s definitely time for refreshing chilled soups! Creamy, sweet, and dairy-free!

Roasted Beets with Candied Pecans, Goat Cheese, and Mint

Roasted Beets with Candied Pecans, Goat Cheese, and Mint

Growing up beets never appealed to me; it wasn’t until I was older that I discovered roasted beets, and I immediately fell in love with these gems. They require minimal hands-on time, no fancy ingredients, and comes out tasting amazing. Goat cheese is a perfect match in this dish, offering a nice tanginess to compliment the earthiness and richness of the roasted beets. Glazed pecans add some sweetness and spice to the dish, as well as making it a bit heartier.

Pineapple Berry Smoothie

Pineapple Berry Smoothie

Filled with summer berries, sweetened only with fruit and coconut water, and with a little zing from fresh, juicy pineapple, this smoothie makes an easy, healthy breakfast on the go! Perfect for kids and teens too, this clean eating smoothie comes together quickly or can be prepped ahead and stored in fridge or freezer until ready to blend!

Habanero-Infused Whiskey with Mango and Lime

Habanero-Infused Whiskey with Mango and Lime

Crown Royal Whiskey gets quick-infused with habanero to add a subtle kick, and then mango nectar is added to accentuate the habanero’s sweetness. The drink is rounded out with lime juice and a few drops of bitters. Guard it closely, or make a pitcher because your friends might just steal it!

Mayan Mocha Smoothie (Coffee & Chocolate)

Mayan Mocha Smoothie (Coffee & Chocolate)

You simply must try this coffee-drenched smoothie filled with healthy chocolate, spicy cinnamon, and a subtle kick of heat from cayenne. As coffee addicts with busy schedules, creating a caffeinated breakfast on-the-go seemed the perfect solution to our frequently chaotic mornings. This also makes a delightful afternoon pick-me-up for those days when one (or two… or three-we don’t judge) cups of coffee simply won’t cut it.