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Happy Hump Day

Happy Hump Day: Savory Lentils Benedict

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This delicious recipe satisfies all my cravings for a Sunday brunch indulgence. It’s a new and yummy twist on the classic eggs benedict – without the mega calories and Monday morning food-hangover! The rich creaminess of the egg yolk layered with olive oil and parmesan cheese is a perfect back drop to the crunchiness of…

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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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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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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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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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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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Happy Hump Day! Watercress and Raspberry Salad

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The firm and tender watercress is everywhere in the markets right now so take advantage of this beautiful peppery green. And there’s nothing that says summer more than fresh raspberries. This salad is light and simple and is spectacular with grilled tuna or shrimp. Serves 2 2 bunches fresh watercress 8 button mushrooms – sliced,…

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Happy Hump Day! Fava Beans and Pioppini Mushrooms

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These little emerald gems paired with velvety mushrooms are a tasty summer delight! The beans are a bit time intensive, but with a friend and a glass of wine nearby, the popping from the pod, blanching and splashing, and stripping them naked — this is beginning to sound like something other than cooking — is…

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Happy Hump Day! Sprouted Lentils with Avocado and Goat Cheese

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This is a delicious and nutrition side dish or main dish. I made it this weekend and served it with herbed roasted chicken. I ate it the next day for lunch with a poached egg on top. The richness of the warm yolk along with the tanginess of the goat cheese layered perfectly with the…

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Happy Hump Day! Yvonne’s Favorite Midweek Summer Dinners

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It’s HUMP DAY Dinner… Dining Al Fresco! This glorious greens dinner is one of my summer favorites! It is the perfect accompaniment to any grilled chicken, and the pickled onions are super simple and easy to make. They will last in your fridge for a week, so toss them on your sandwiches and salads for…

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