Spiralized Asian Salad with Peanut-Ginger Dressing

The spiralizer craze hit just before I went to away to Ireland for med school 6 years ago.  I didn’t want to accumulate too much stuff overseas and I was so busy working when I was home in the summers that I didn’t think I’d use it enough.  I held off buying one and made due with a julienne peeler to make my “courgetti,” but my spiralizer-envy was sparked again when the Hemsley sisters repopularized spiralizing with “The Art of Eating Well” in 2014.  My mom gave me one for my birthday a few weeks ago (she knows me) and when I finally turned that handle earlier this week, I was hooked!

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Raspberry Coconut Smoothie

Can you tell that I like smoothies for breakfast?  This one has my requisite cup of spinach in it, and is made deliciously creamy with the addition of a tablespoon of coconut oil.  If you’re having it alone for breakfast, I’d recommend adding a scoop of protein powder – natural, vanilla, even chocolate would probably taste great with these flavours.

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Fresh & Easy Potato Salad

Potato salad is such a must for summer.  I feel like it often gets a bad rap, because a lot of them are swimming in so much mayonnaise that they don’t even taste like anything.  This salad only has 2 Tbsp mayo, and the dressing incorporates Dijon mustard so it has real flavour. 

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H+H Cinnamon Buckwheat Crunch Granola

I flew home from Dublin yesterday, and took this granola in glass containers to eat on the plane.  I bought some milk in the airport to take with me.  Best plane food ever.  It travels so well and kept me satisfied until I got home.

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Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties

I am eating these as I write this post.  They are the perfect balance of being (a) so-good-I-can’t-imaging-getting-sick-of-them, (b) easy-enough-to-make-in-20-minutes-and-you-probably-have-all-the-spices-already and (c) just-too-much-work-to-make-often-enough-to-get-sick-of.  Are you sold?  Then go buy some ground turkey.

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Strawberry Feta Salad with Mint

A few summers ago, I was introduced to the watermelon-mint-feta flavour combination.  I love it!  Its so fresh and summery.  I had my last exam of medical school today, and I feel like a little kid on the last day of school!  I needed something to kick start my summer break (which ends at the beginning of July).  

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North African Quinoa / Brown Rice Salad

You know what is really good?  Harissa.  It has such a unique taste and a great hit of spice.  I made this recipe up while craving a sort of “North African” flavor profile – lemon, parsley, raisins to cut the spice of the harissa.  You’re going to like it.

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Strawberry Coconut Chia Pudding

Yesterday I discovered coconut cream.  I actually bought it months ago at a health food store (I shouldn’t be left alone in a health food store, there are so many things I want to try!  I feel like they on purpose put everything good right at my eye level.  It’s bad.).  Anyway, naturally I was immensely pleased with my purchase and proceeded to put it in my cupboard and not think about it again until yesterday when I caught a glimpse of the back of my cupboard for the first time since I moved here.

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Mexican Quinoa Salad

Remember how I said I love all foods Mexican?  I wasn’t kidding.  I actually can’t get enough.  Side note: am I the only one who will fixate on one specific dish and want to eat it every single day for three months and then needs a serious break from it?  My current fixation is this salad.  

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