Butternut Squash and Kale Soup

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This soup makes the perfect vegetable side dish—it’s packed with nutritious vegetables and healthy carbohydrates from the butternut squash and other veggies!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Serves: 4
Serving Size: 1 cup

Ingredients:
1 large sweet onion, cut into wedges
4 cups cubed butternut squash (about 3/4-inch cubes)
1 Tbsp olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 tsp dried thyme
1 (14.5-oz) can low-sodium chicken broth
3/4 cup water
3 cups chopped kale

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

2. Line a large baking pan with aluminum foil and spread onion and squash over foil in a single layer. Drizzle vegetables with olive oil and toss lightly to coat; then season with pepper and thyme. Place in oven and bake for 30–35 minutes, or until vegetables are cooked through and starting to brown. Note: Take vegetables out at least once in the middle of cooking to stir.
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Lamb Meatballs with Yogurt and Pomegranate-Mint Relish

The holidays are now finally winding down for a few months unless you have a significant other, Valentine’s day is around the corner, men, do not forget.  Speaking of significant others, below is a recipe by Chef Jula Jaksis from Employees Only- her restaurant in NY on Christopher St.  It is for Lamb Meatballs with Yogurt and Pomegranate-Mint Relish, using the POM Wonderful pomegranates.

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Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 1 lb. ground lamb
  • ¼ cup shallots, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons mint, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • ½ cup chicken stock

Yogurt

  • 1 4-oz. container Greek yogurt
  • juice from ½ lemon
  • Pomegranate-Mint Relish
  • 1 cup arils from POM Wonderful Pomegranates
  • (or 1 cup POM POMS Fresh Arils)
  • 2 tablespoons mint, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

Meatballs:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the lamb, shallots, garlic, spices and herbs.
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Smoothie Recipe For June’s National Fresh Fruits & Vegetable Month

 

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Trying to get your kids to eat more veggies and fruits? Here is a fabulous, healthy, tasty smoothie recipe from Vicki Marquez, author of Rootlets: Super Rootabilities. June is National Fresh Fruits & Vegetable Month.

About Rootlets:

The Rootlets: Super Rootabilities was created and written by Vicki Marquez and illustrated by Jeremy Russnak, introduces readers to the Rootlets – Brocc, Carrotina, Cornelius and Kaley – who live on Planet Planted in the town of VeggieVille with their dog, Basil, and their guardian and caretaker Yammy Grammy, who plucked them from the ground when they were just sprouts. Hilariously fun with bright, bold, colorful illustrations. The Rootlets: Super Rootabilities is a thrilling journey that showcases the super powers of plant-based foods and explores the magic of friendship and imagination.
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The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe Ever

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Who doesn’t love a wonderful sugar cookie? I am truthfully not really a sugar cookie person, but let me tell you….this sugar cookie recipe is amazing. I always make them fairly thick and they seem to stay soft and good at all times!  I made these last week for Valentine’s Day (about 70+ hearts) and not a single one was wasted.

Sugar Cookie Recipe:

  • 1 Cup Oleo or Butter
  • 1 Cup Shortening
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 1/2 Cups Flour
  1. Cream together the Butter and the Shortening.
  2. Add the Powdered Sugar and the White Sugar
  3. Add the remaining ingredients; eggs, vanilla, salt, baking soda, and flour.
  4. After the cookie dough is all mixed together you can refrigerate if you feel necessary. (I typically don’t refrigerate)
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Kitchen Roll-Ups- Fruit Leather from your Juicer

For most owners of a powerful Breville juicer, the job description of their machine begins and ends with extracting juices from fruits and vegetables. However, a juicer can be one of the most versatile tools in the kitchen for an adventurous cook, and one of its hidden powers is the ability to make fruit leather in your own home.

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These delicious fruit snacks can be made using a wide range of fruit blends and are guaranteed to remind you of a packed lunch from your school days. They also retain all the nutritional value of the chosen fruits, so kids will find it much easier to get more fruit into their diet one roll at a time.

Preparation

Creating a homemade fruit roll up starts with choosing the fruit flavors that will go into the mixture. Practically any fruit will work, even dried fruit can be rehydrated with water and honey for use in this recipe. Honey, maple syrup or agave nectar can also be added to the mixture before juicing for enhanced sweetness. Add the fruit blend into the juicer and process into a thick, pudding-like consistency using the homogenization setting.

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Amazing Chocolate Cocktails

Got a chocolate lover in your life?  Maybe you are looking for an amazing “signature drink” for an upcoming party.  You will love  the flavored vodkas by Van Gogh – they do all the work for you, just mix and serve!  So delicious, and there is nothing overly “girly” about them, so the guys will enjoy it as well.
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Banana Bread Recipe

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You can’t go past a good homemade banana bread. One slice after another – and before you know it you have eaten a whole loaf. Make sure you use really ripe bananas, as they bring about a deep, sweet banana flavor. Often I spread a cream cheese icing on top, finished with toasted chopped walnuts – but it wouldn’t be a bread then, would it!

Makes 1 x 23cm LOAF

220g self-raising flour

¼ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp salt

80g sugar

45g brown sugar

2 eggs

60ml milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

75g melted butter or vegetable oil

200g mashed ripe banana
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Christmas Cocktails – Reindeer Tracks

Looking for the perfect drink to try this holiday season?  You will love this- the flavored vodkas by Van Gogh take it to a whole new level that your guests and you will love.

Reindeer Tracks

Christmas drinks

2 oz. Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate

1 oz. Hazelnut liqueur
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