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Four Pea Salad

I love summer! Sunlight! Longer days! The smell of saltwater and sunscreen! And VEGGIES!!! I went a little crazy at the farmer’s market this week and got lots of PEAS. All different varieties and types. I’ve never seen pea greens and tendrils before, but they were all bunched up and looked healthy and tasty so I thought I’d give it a try. Along with the sugar snap peas, shelling sweet peas, and pea shoots I picked up I decided to make a Pea Extravaganza Salad. This salad is a combo of all of the above. Four different types of peas tossed with some crunch pepitas, salty capers and a lemon […]

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Baked Spring Veggie Risotto

Like every other person on the planet, I LOVE risotto! What I don’t love is that it is an incredibly high maintenance dish that requires lots of stirring and watching and waiting. I wanted to find a way to create a easy risotto that has all the creamy comfort of the original with minimal work. The secret is to BAKE the risotto. Now I know you may be skeptical, and I was too, but after a bit of experimentation, I created Weeknight Risotto. Now I couldn’t resist making some other healthy modifications to this dish, so there is no butter, minimal cheese, and I substituted healthy pearled barley for traditional […]

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Spring Pea and Leek Risotto

After a very fruitful trip to the farmer’s market this afternoon, I decided to use some of the amazing produce I got to make a fresh spring risotto. Once again, I used barley because, like traditional arborio rice, it becomes soft and creamy when cooked slowly and stirred often. It’s both lower in calories and higher in protein and fiber. It also adds a nutty taste and slightly chewy texture to the dish. Yummy fresh peas take a few minutes to shell, but their crisp texture and fresh flavor are essential to this dish. Serve with a light sprinkle of fresh parmesan and some black pepper. Read more for the […]

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Orzo with Artichoke Hearts and Peas

Orzo is a small, rice shaped pasta. Whole wheat orzo is higher in both protein and fiber than brown rice and cooks in less than 10 minutes! This quick dinner highlights fresh spring produce and can be put together quickly and easily. It can be served hot or cold. Use this as a main dish or a healthy side at your next barbecue.Read more for the full recipe! Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 10 minutes Ingredients:1/2 lb dry whole wheat orzo pasta1 cup fresh English peas, washed1 cup artichoke hearts, washed and chopped (fresh, canned or frozen)1 medium shallot, minced1/2 medium onion, chopped1/2 lemon, juiced1 cup low sodium chicken broth […]

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