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Happy Hump Day: Italian Parsley Pesto

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With summer over, and fresh basil limited, my go to flavor enhancer is this easy quick pesto. Ingredients are available all year around. Dollop it on any pasta, fish, or chicken. Mix with grains to boost up the flavor factor. Smear it on a crusty dense bread and top with a slice or mozzarella cheese…

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Mindful Monday: Words Matter

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The way we use our words, the intention behind them, and the message they carry — matter. When we use our words to sooth, express love, or show kindness we speak from our hearts, and when we use our words to defend, insult, or deflect we are speaking from wounded souls. It is in those…

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Happy Hump Day: Sweet Potato Fries

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This is a super easy flavor enhancer to any meal. Serve on the side our as the main entrée with any grain. Delicious with a poached egg on top or grilled salmon. For an extra crunch grate parmesan cheese over the sweet potatoes the last two minutes of cooking. Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin…

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Mindful Monday: Smile

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Smiling is the gift that keeps on giving. You smile, and the world will smile back. Today, make your smile your hello, your happy, and your stress buster. (Click to Tweet) Smiling lowers heart rate, reduces stress and releases endorphins that put you in a better mood. And sharing your smile will boost not only your…

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Happy Hump Day! Grilled Pork with Spicy Chickpeas

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This is one of my favorites and makes great next day add-ons to salads or grains. The pork chops are hit with the lemon after cooking is completed, giving them a tangy lightness, highlighting the savory perfume of the thyme. The chickpeas are delicious on salads, with any grains, or as a crunchy snack. Low…

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A Little Bit Makes A Big Difference

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Today is Labor Day, the day we honor all working people. For those working today, let’s be mindful of how we can make their day just a bit more special. Today, tip a little bit more, say thank you a little bit louder, share a compliment, and show appreciate with an extra big smile. Kindness…

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Happy Hump Day! Grilled Shrimp with Melon Salsa

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Summer is coming to a close, but there is still enough good grilling weather left to try out this yummy shrimp and salsa dish. Its light and fresh and takes advantage of all the sweet delicious melons that are abundant in the market. The salsa is good with any fish but I particularly like it…

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Mindful Monday: Mind Your Mood

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We all know how it feels to open a bad-news-in-bold-letters email. Or that text or phone call that something unexpected has happened that’s out of our hands to remedy. But here we are, in our office chairs, or cars, or anywhere other than where we would like to be. Frustration begins to take over our…

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Mindful Monday: Time

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Time is an elusive complex dimension. Our perception dictates our measure of time; what may be ample time for me may not for you, and vice versa. When we feel out of time we become anxious, irritable, and impatient and it seems as though everyone around us is going a slower pace and in our…

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Spinach & Stone Fruit Salad with Skewered Mahi Mahi

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Stone fruit is in full season and the star of the market fruit stands. In this summer recipe I toss them on the grill briefly before serving, caramelizing them just a bit. Doing this brings another layer of flavor and a toasty earthiness to the sweet and tangy fruit. If you would like to skip…

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