Apricot-Cilantro Rice

Ingredients: 
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cardamom pods
1 small onion finely chopped
1 small clove of garlic minced
2 fresh apricots sliced
1/3 cup cilantro
1 cup brown rice 
2 1/2 cups water or broth
Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:
Heat oil on medium high heat. When oil is hot add the cardamom pods, onion, and garlic. Stir occasionally. When onions become translucent, add the apricots, cilantro, and rice. Cook for 5 minutes stirring often. Add water/broth and increase heat till boiling point. Stir well. When the mixture begins to boil, stir and cover with a lid. Lower the heat to Low. Cook rice for 25 minutes, never removing the lid during the cooking process. Finally, fluff and serve. Enjoy with any meal or time of day.





Sugar-Free Berry Vinaigrette For Your Summer Salads



Ingredients:

1/4 cup fresh sliced strawberries
1/4 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 springs of dill or herbs of choice (optional)



Directions:

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Dressing should keep for about 5 days in the refrigerator. 

 Enjoy!




Lentil Loaf



Ingredients:
1/2 lb green/brown lentils soaked and cooked
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp parsley
1 garlic clove minced
1 stalk celery finely sliced
1/2 small onion finely chopped
1 cup oats
1 egg opt 
Salt & Pepper to Taste 

1/2 cup or more Ketchup for glaze 

Directions:
Blend all ingredients except the ketchup or all ingredients except the oats and celery. Pour the blended mixture into a greased baking dish and/or stir in oats and celery for texture. Spread the ketchup, covering the entire loaf. Then bake on 375* for an hour or until a toothpick comes out clean in the center and the loaf is firm. Serve with your favorite sides and ENJOY!


Sun-Kissed Strawberry Lemonade

Spring Is Here!!!

Are you enjoying the weather as much as I am? Lemons and Honey do wonders for the immune system during flu/cold season providing Vitamin C and antibacterial/antivirus properties among many antioxidants. I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Recipe:
Juice of 4 Lemons
1/2-1 cup sliced Strawberries
80 oz or 5 bottles of 16oz purified Water
1/4 cup Honey
1 3/4 cup Sugar or sweetener of choice (adjust to your taste)

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients and shake vigorously. Allow to set in the sun for an hour or more. Shake before your add the Lemonade to a tall glass of ice. Enjoy!






Sun-Kissed Strawberry Lemonade

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