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Skinny Espresso Milkshakes!

If you drive down Cary street through the cobblestone streets that run through downtown you will find a quaint little coffee shop called Shockhoe Espresso and Roastery. When we were in college, Brandon and I would frequent the shop whenever we could to grab one of their famous “Shockhoe Shakes”- espresso milkshakes  (named after The Shockhoe Slip of Downtown Richmond) that are absolutely to die for! 

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Sparkling Cucumber Spa Cocktail

We’re in the midst of some crazy climate change heat wave here in Virginia. I swear, it’s 100 degrees outside with 100% humidity (unless its 6am, then it’s perfect outside). On days like these, I crave something just like this sparkling cucumber mint cocktail. It’s light, not too sweet with just the right amount of bubbles and after a day hanging out with my two year old, a cocktail is more than welcome. I love this drink because it reminds me so much of cucumber spa water with an added kick and a buzz. 

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Strawberry Ginger Sorbet

This post was originally posted on A Mind”full” Mom. To see the recipe associated with this post please click this link.

When you’re in the food blogging community you quickly learn all of the random national and world holidays. Apparently, yesterday was apparently National Ice Cream Day. I missed the boat big time because ice cream just happens to be one of my favorite things in the whole world. Like, if I was making my own song about my favorite things ice cream would be right up there with dry erase calendars and chocolate covered almonds. Typically I’m a traditional chocolate ice cream girl, but this sorbet combines some of my favorite flavors, it’s easier to make than typical ice cream, it’s dairy free and it is 1000% more refreshing on hot summer days. 

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Italian Eggplant Galette

Eggplant is one of those polarizing vegetables. I’ve found that most people either really love it or really hate it. I’m not really sure why, it’s incredibly mild in flavor (not like beets) and you can pretty much make it taste like anything you cook it in. We have a local greek restaurant in Richmond called Stella’s that has an appetizer that’s a medley of mild summer vegetables like eggplant cooked in tons of garlic and baked on the top of a warm flatbread. It’s amazing. I just had to create a recipe that used eggplant, garlic and bread. I melded that idea with another one of my favorite Richmond foods, the tomato basil tarts at Idle Hands Bakery, to create this beautiful Italian Eggplant Galette. 

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Italian Roasted Turnips

Have you ever tried turnips? Our CSA farmer has fresh turnips every summer in our share and I learned to love them quickly. The first year of the CSA I had no idea what to do with these. I remember running home to Brandon’s stepdad and asking him to help me cook them. I found out quickly that these little babies are super easy to cook and have a fantastic flavor all on their own. Think something of similar texture to a potato (a bit harder and more dense) but the brightness of a carrot and a touch of sweetness.

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9 Plant Based Grilling Recipes

So often when we try to eat healthier we box ourselves into a baked chicken and roasted vegetables diet. All imagination and creativity in the kitchen go out the window for the sake of weight loss. Many people eat heavy animal protein and slack on their veggie consumption. When in reality, all research points to a plant based diet as the healthiest way to live

The grill is my absolute favorite way to cook. I get to cook outside in beautiful weather, there is little to no mess to clean up and the food always tastes amazing! I love a burger and a hot dog just as much as the next person, but as a person who struggles finding quality meat I actually want to feed to my family, I adore a vegetarian grilling option, especially when they are this amazing!

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Swiss Chard & Caramelized Onion Mini Quiches

If your family is anything like ours you are seriously rushing in the morning. Breakfast can sometimes take a backseat when there are dozens of things to remember and do to get the day started. We, so often, turn to pre-made croissants and frozen waffles in our house. Don’t get me wrong, I love croissants and waffles, and the morning is by far the best time to eat carbohydrates, but I do try really hard to make sure we are also getting lots of nutrients and a good amount of protein to fight off those hunger pangs. These mini quiches can be made ahead and are chock full of nutrients like:

  • Lean Protein
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium

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Beet Green Tzatziki

Every summer my mom and I split a CSA farm share from an amazing organic farmer in our area. If you’re unfamiliar with CSAs basically you sign up and pay for a share of whatever the farmer is growing for a certain period of time. We get a bunch of veggies once a week. Sometimes they are things you never even really wanted to try, but you get them anyway. If you are willing to give different types of veggies a shot it is the best way to diversify your diet, eat what’s in season and support local farmers.

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Napa Valley Quinoa Salad

I’m in love with this quinoa salad because it brings back so many amazing memories. Brandon and I went to the beautiful west coast on our honeymoon. We spent most of the time in San Francisco but we also made our way up to Sonoma and Napa Valley for a wine tour. It was beautiful, it really was. About halfway through we stopped at William Hill Winery and had lunch with the most breathtaking wine country view of rolling vines. The tour company we were using had set up a little lunch which featured an amazing quinoa salad just like this one. If we’re being honest, it was the first time I had ever even heard of quinoa and we were like, “what is this amazing stuff?” 

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Whole Wheat Soft Pretzels + Giveaway!

This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links. That being said, all of the opinions are my own true feelings and beliefs. I do not write about things that I don’t enjoy myself. I received a free Silpat for the purpose of reviewing it for my readers.

Happy early Mother’s Day to all my mommas out there in the world! I’ve got a surprise for you! Is the surprise these delicious homemade Whole Wheat Soft Pretzels? No, that’s just a bonus. 

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