Sautéed Peaches with Walnuts, Coconut Yogurt, and Basil Za’atar Dust {The Recipe Redux}

This sliced peach dessert is sweet and nutritious, and the flavor combination of peaches, walnuts, coconut Greek yogurt, brown sugar, basil, and za’atar is unexpected yet seriously delightful. I drew inspiration for this summer dessert from Al’s Place, a restaurant in San Francisco where Chef Aaron London puts gorgeous, in-season produce on the pedestal it deserves.

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{If you think the basil and za’atar are too out there for your kids, leave ’em out. The dessert will be just as luscious albeit a bit less intriguing.}

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Gosh. Where to begin?

I’ve been a road warrior all summer.

Between work trips and fun getaways, I’ve been to Nantucket, New York, New Hampshire, Cleveland, DC, and as far west as Sacramento and San Francisco. Throughout my travels, I ate some terrific meals, but the most memorable by far was at Al’s Place, voted America’s Best New Restaurant last year by Bon Appetite. It was the chef’s dessert of slow roasted peach, basil/corn, candied za’atar, and coconut cream that took my breath away and my taste buds to a whole new level …

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… And it just so happens that the theme for this month’s Recipe Redux blogger cooking challenge was to cook up a healthy recipe inspired by an unforgettable meal enjoyed while traveling. There was no doubt in my mind that Chef London’s peach dessert was the perfect recipe for this assignment.

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Soba Noodles with Peanuts, Carrots, and Snow Peas – A Fast Dinner or a Playful Lunch

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We created this recipe for Planters Peanuts and were compensated for our work. All opinions are our own. This fast, flavorful, protein meal featuring peanuts, peanut butter, soba noodles, and colorful, crispy vegetables delivers big flavors to the family table, and it’s easy to assemble on busy weeknights. Serve it warm, and pack leftovers the next day in [more]

Carrot Sunshine Smoothie Bowl

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Beans in your smoothie bowl? You betcha! This nutrient-packed smoothie bowl comes together quickly with fiber-rich cannellini beans, carrot juice, frozen pineapple, chia seeds, and banana. It’s naturally sweet, rich in vitamins A and C, and provides 5 grams of fiber. This week, kids across the country are heading back to school, even though the sun [more]

Spiralized Summer Squash and Pistachio Salad {The RecipeRedux – Podcast Episode #290}

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Summer squash is abundant this time of year at farmers’ markets, grocery stores, and in CSA baskets, and it’s the star ingredient in this recipe for Spiralized Summer Squash and Pistachio Salad. It’s easy to make and filled with flavor thanks to a lemony dressing with basil and mint.   True confession: I do not like summer squash. [more]

Garlic Scape Pesto with Scapes From My CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)

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Until I was a member of a CSA (community supported agriculture) a decade ago I had never heard of a garlic scape.  I’ve received scapes in my Farm Direct Coop CSA share several times and have always wanted to make garlic scape pesto.  I love walnuts so decided to use them in my pesto along [more]

Peach and Avocado Sunshine Salad + Tomato Basil Salad with Mango {Garden-Fresh Recipes – Podcast Episode #290}

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This fresh and flavorful summer salad is made with juicy peaches, luscious avocado, lemon zest and juice, olive oil, and chopped chives. Serve it as a side dish with grilled fish or chicken or just eat it straight up with a spoon! Tune in to this week’s Cooking with the Moms radio podcast to hear all [more]

5 Ways to Eat Well and Save Money on Food While Traveling on Vacation

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Summer is here, which means a lot of us will be packing our swim suits and sunscreen and traveling to exciting destinations here at home and abroad. But plane rides, hotel rentals, and tickets to tourist attractions can add up quickly, especially when you add FOOD to the mix. Eating out three times a day [more]

Asian Beef Bowls: A Fast and Flavorful Family Dinner

Asian Beef Bowls for a fast and flavorful family dinner via

This Asian Beef Bowl is made with lean ground beef and a flavor-filled sauce of reduced-sodium soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, ginger, a bit of brown sugar, and fresh mint and cilantro. Serve over brown rice, and top with sesame seeds, sugar snap peas, and sliced radishes for a fast, easy and nutrient-rich family dinner.  [more]

Sunny Summer Panzanella Salad {Recipe Redux} – Inspired by Teaspoon of Spice Blog

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Classic panzanella salad is made with tomatoes and chunks of stale (or toasted) bread. Other components include onion and fresh basil. I gave this  tasty Tuscan salad a new and even more nutritious fix by adding some extras including mozzarella cheese, paper-thin slices of English cucumber and radishes, juicy diced watermelon, and mint. I left the [more]