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Grilled Pasta and Vegetables

Grilled Pasta And Vegetables

Guest recipe by CafeTerraBlog.com

Prep Time: 10 min | Cook Time: 20 min | Total time: 30 min | Serves: 4-6

Grilled Pasta? Since you can grill just about anything- why not pasta? This recipe uses fresh pasta that only takes about five minutes when boiled in water. It’s easy to make, uses your propane grill, and is extremely versatile to your palate. Take a trip to your local farmer’s market and grab your favorite vegetables- then bring it all together to enjoy some delicious Grilled Pasta and Vegetables!

Ingredients:

Cheese Tortellini (fresh pasta that needs to be quickly cooked)
Green, red, and yellow bell peppers (cut in 1 inch squares)
Medium sweet onion (Vidalia onion preferred) (cut in 1 inch squares)
One bunch of asparagus (cut in 1 inch pieces)
Sliced baby bella mushrooms
Fresh herbs chopped finely (I used thyme and rosemary)
One stick of salted butter (1/2 cup)

Directions:

This recipe used a propane grill and was set to high heat.
In a vegetable grill pan, cook the pasta for about five minutes, turning frequently. The pasta will get some grill marks with the slotted vegetable pan.

Place a cast iron pan or Dutch oven directly on grill, melt butter, add chopped fresh herbs, then add grilled pasta and prepared vegetables.

Cook pasta and vegetables together for about 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender and with crunch.

This recipe will serve six if used as a side-dish, or four if a main dish.

Enjoy!

About the Author: Cafe Terra shares BBQ/Grilling recipes and more- that are perfect anytime of the year. When they are not cooking up something fun, you can find Terra and her husband over at their business site – Imagine B & T. Come on in – have a seat!

Healthy Picnic Recipes

ESP_healthy_picnic_recipes_pinterestThere is something fun about eating al fresco on warm summer days. However, it might be a challenge to come up with foods that are delicious, healthy and easy to transport. If you’re looking for inspiration beyond a sandwich and a bag of chips, we have found that balance with the following portable picnic recipes. They are easy to make, taste great and are sure to become your new go-to picnic items.


Strawberry Watermelon Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette
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Get the recipe from Giggles Galore.


Honey Lavender Lemonade
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Homemade Pico de Gallo
pico-de-galloGet the recipe from Coffee Cake and Cardio.


Spiralized Carrot Salad with Lemon Ginger Dressing
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Grilled Corn, Tomato Arugula Salad
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Sausage and Pineapple Party Bites
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Pecan Grape Chicken Salad Sandwich
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Southwest Chicken Salad
Southwest-Chicken-Salad-1Get the recipe from Catz in the Kitchen.


Spicy Avocado Chickpea Salad Sandwich
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Fudgy Dark Chocolate Frosted Brownies
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Get the recipe from Amy’s Healthy Baking.


Do you have a favorite picnic recipe that you want to share? Tweet it to us at @eatsmartscales.

Easy, Homemade Waffles

These homemade waffles take less than 15-minutes to prepare. They are perfect for weekend breakfasts.
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Recipe makes approximately 6 Belgian Style Waffles

Ingredients

2 eggs
2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 + ¾  cups milk
½ cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

Combine all ingredients and stir until just mixed.
Spray waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray.
Pour in batter, and wait until waffle iron indicates ready.
Top with your favorite fruit.
Enjoy!

Double Chocolate Cherry Chipotle Bars

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Guest recipe by CafeTerraBlog.com

Chocolate, no wait, double chocolate love. Yes, that is what we need- or want- for some. These bars provide three dimensions of flavors with each bite. As you bite down, your teeth will pass a soft fudgy layer, followed by a crunch from the chocolate crust. The third dimension, and the unique flavor, comes from No Ketchup’s Cherry Chipotle Sauce. These bars will not only make you dance with each bite, they will give you cold chills from the amazing flavors melting in your mouth. Who’s ready to enjoy a Double Chocolate Cherry Chipotle Bar?

Prep: 20 min | Cook: 55 min | Yield: 6-9 bars

Ingredients

For Crust:

1 3/4 cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs (7.5oz box of Annie’s Homegrown Bunny Chocolate Grahams ground finely)
1/2 cup ( 1 stick) salted butter, melted

For Brownie:

1 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
1 3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup Not Ketchup Cherry Chipotle Sauce
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cooking spray on 9 x9 inch square pan, or line pan with parchment paper.

For Crust:

Note: Buy chocolate graham crumbs already ground up, or if in cracker form, grind in food processor.

In small sauce pot, melt down 1/2 cup butter. In small bowl, mix together melted butter and chocolate graham crumbs. Spread out evenly in prepared pan, and press down well.

For Brownies:

In a double boiler pan, (or use metal pan that will sit over medium sauce pot). Add one inch of water to pan, set stove top to medium-high heat. Add chocolate chips and butter to metal bowl, melt down, stir frequently.

In medium bowl, add white sugar, and eggs and with electric hand mixer, mix together for 2 minutes or until fluffy and smooth in appearance. Add Not Ketchup Cherry Chipotle Sauce and mix for another 30 second. Then add in melted chocolate and butter into batter and mix for another 30 seconds. With spatula, fold in flour and baking powder.

Add the brownie batter on top of the chocolate graham crust, and spread the batter out evenly.

Bake brownies for 45-55 minutes depending on oven. You want the batter to have a more solid appearance, but still be fudgy in the center. Let cool.

Enjoy!

About the Author: Cafe Terra Blog is a sweet and savory food blog where there is something for everyone. It is a place where you can sit down, relax, and enjoy new recipes along with family favorites. Come on in – have a seat!

Easy, No Cooking Required Summer Recipes

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Summer days are meant for having fun, not slaving over a warm stove. When it’s just too hot to cook, try a recipe that doesn’t involve turning on the stove. We aren’t talking about a bowl of cereal or a boring salad! The following no cook recipes are hearty meals and snacks that are perfect for hot summer days.


Four Bean Salad bean-salad-salad

Get the recipe from Miss Fitz NYC.


Shrimp Salad Bites

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Get the recipe from Happy Mothering.


Zucchini Noodle, Tomato & Avocado Salad

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Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese & Chickpeas

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Get the recipe from Scrumpdillyicious.


Strawberry and Avocado with Tuna Salad Recipe

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Get the recipe from Foodie Crush.


Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats

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Get the recipe from Easy Living Today.


Cucumber Avocado Basil Mint Gazpacho

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Get the recipe from Self Proclaimed Foodie.


Big Green Breakfast Bowl

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Get the recipe from Wholehearted Eats.


Cauliflower Tabbouleh

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Get the recipe from Power Hungry.


Key Lime Pie Chia Pudding

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Get the recipe from Blissful Basil.


Chickpea Salad with Artichokes and Pesto

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Get the recipe from Avocado Pesto.

Do you have a go-to no cook meal? Tweet it to us at @eatsmartscales.

Ground Turkey and Brown Rice Stuffed Peppers

With prep time under 20 minutes, this quick and easy meal is perfect throw together after a busy day. Brown rice, lean ground turkey and fresh bell peppers make this stuffed pepper a very healthy dinner option for the entire family.turkey-and-brown-rice-stuffed-peppers

Ingredients:

  • 6 peppers with tops cut off
  • 12 oz brown rice (cooked)
  • 1.5 lbs ground turkey (cooked)
  • 1 onion sauteed
  • 1 chopped garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 jar of your favorite tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp on parsley

Instructions:

Sautee the onion and garlic in the olive oil. Add the ground turkey and cook until browned. As that cooks, make the brown rice as instructed. Once turkey and brown rice are cooked, mix everything with one jar pasta sauce and a tbsp of parsley. Stuff peppers with the filling.

Preheat oven to 350 and bake 30 minutes.

Optional: Your favorite cheese on top.

Quick and Easy One-Pot Recipes

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Cooking dinner sounds less intimidating if you only have one dish to clean up afterwards. That’s why we have gathered 7 delicious, easy one pot meals. No mess, no stress!


Honey Garlic ShrimpHoney Garlic shrimp

Get the recipe from Kevin and Amanda.


Vegetarian Pasta Primavera

Get the recipe from Oh My Veggies.


Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls

Get the recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron.


Seven Vegetable Minestrone Soup

Get the recipe from Mama Miss.


Enchilada Pasta

Get the recipe from Taste and Tell.


Summer Seafood Stew

Get the recipe from Feasting at Home.


Teriyaki Chicken and Pineapple Rice

Get the recipe from Carlsbad Cravings.


Have a favorite One Pot Meal Recipe? Tweet us @EatSmartScales!

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

This healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe uses only honey as a natural sweetner. With a cake-like consistency, these cookies are the perfect combination of peanut butter, oatmeal and chocolate. Remember, accurate measuring of ingredients by volume, leads to superior tasting cookies! Our Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale will help with all of your baking needs.

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Ingredients:

  • 144 grams (1.5 cups) Rolled Oats
  • 93 grams (3/4 cup) Whole Wheat Flour (or flour of your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1/3 tablespoon of Salt
  • 128 grams (1/2 cup) Peanut Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Honey (or liquid sweetener of your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla
  • 2 heaping tablespoons melted Coconut Oil
  • 174 grams (1 cup) Chocolate Chips

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix dry ingredients together, followed by wet ingredients. Lastly, add the chocolate chips.
Drop by tablespoonfuls on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
Bake 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
Let cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes.
Makes about 24 cookies.

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15 Easter Brunch Recipes

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Easter is just a hop, skip and jump away! To help you celebrate and eat smart, we rounded up some of our favorite festive recipes. Whether you want healthier breakfast treats,  main courses and sides, or dessert, we have you covered. These tasty recipes will impress your family and guests while keeping holiday splurges under control.

Breakfast Sweets

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Bake
Get the recipe from Slim Pickin’s Kitchen.


Easter Egg Breakfast Popsicles
Get the recipe from Eats Amazing.


Clean Eating Blueberry French Toast Casserole
Get the recipe from The Gracious Pantry.


Carrot Cake Donuts
Get the recipe from Inside Bru Crew Life.


Main Courses & Sides

Herb Crusted and Stuffed Leg of Lamb with Mint Gremolata
Get the recipe from Feasting at Home.


Lemon Asparagus with Pistachios
Get the recipe from The Food Charlatan.


Broccoli Garlic Quiche
Get the recipe from Love & Olive Oil.


Red Wine Braised Brisket
Get the recipe from Food Done Light.


Quinoa, Asparagus, Pea and Lemon Salad
Get the recipe from Taming Twins.


Slow Cooker Ham (Paleo and AIP)
Get the recipe from Southern In Law.


Homemade Cheesy Potatoes Au Gratin
Get the recipe from Yummy Healthy Easy.


Asparagus Salad with Shrimp
Get the recipe from Simply Recipes.


Desserts

Fruity Easter Egg Smoothie
Get the recipe from Amy’s Healthy Baking.


Healthy Vegan Carrot Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing

Vegan-Carrot-Cake-Cearas-Kitchen-easter-foodGet the recipe from Ceara’s Kitchen.


No Bake Coconut Butter Easter Bunnies
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Vegan Carrot Cake Smoothie
Get the recipe from Southern In Law.

Do you have a favorite Easter recipe to share? Share it with us on Instagram by tagging @EatSmartProducts. Use the hashtag #getleanin2016 to enter our weekly Instagram giveaway!

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Slow-Cooker Curried Vegetable Lentil Soup

They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb and that seems to be the case in 2016.  With temperatures still chilly in much of the country, it is a perfect weekend to make a simple, comforting soup.  This slow-cooker vegetarian soup is easy to make and tastes great.  Enjoy!

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  • 2 cups uncooked lentils
  • 1 can Garbanzo beans/chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 10 oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 large carrots, chopped
  • 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

For cooking instructions visit Dishing Out Health.

About the Author: Jamie Vespa is a Registered Dietitian and health food blogger with a passion for food, fitness and getting creative in the kitchen. Jamie’s blog, Dishing Out Health, offers nutritious recipes to help prove that eating healthy can taste just as good as it feels.

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