Skillet Potato Salad with Fresh Basil and Cilantro

Skillet Potato Salad with fresh herbs

Potato salads are always popular no matter the time of year, but when the temperatures are soaring, as is the case currently in southwestern Ontario, salads are clearly in order. As this one is free of dairy, it makes for a good choice to take on a picnic or potluck if you are so inclined. The unique aspect of this salad is that the potatoes are slow cooked until crisp after some soaking time and then tossed with an aromatic blend of roasted coriander and cumin seeds. Blend up the roasted seeds, toss the cooked potatoes with the spices, some orange juice, fresh herbs and seasoning, and you are all set. It is an attractive salad too especially if a selection of colorful fingerling potatoes are used. No need to peel them either.

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Raw Nut and Seed Chocolate Chunk Mint Energy Balls

Mint Nut Seed Nibbles

Raw homemade nut and seed treats are perfect little bundles of protein, good fats, fiber and other mineral nutrients that can keep you going between meals or at any time of day. In fact, I can't say anything against them … they're easy to make, keep for a long time, and taste absolutely delicious.

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Strawberry-Blueberry Breakfast Casserole

Strawberry-Blueberry Breakfast Casserole

I admit to a special affection for breakfast recipes that can be prepared the night before to make the morning meal as simple a job as pouring a bowl of cold cereal. And I have an even greater affection for fresh strawberries and blueberries, which makes this easy strawberry-blueberry breakfast casserole an object of affections indeed!

Sweet local strawberries are in season now and they are certainly available in abundance. Now I don't eat eggs, but my husband does enjoy them, so this casserole was for him as it contains loads of eggs, milk, cream cheese and bread along with the berries making this breakfast casserole go a long way during the day, and it's a perfect solution for feeding a family or morning guests — they'll certainly be enticed by the smells as the casserole bakes in the morning. Leftovers can also easily be wrapped in aluminum foil, stored in the refrigerator for a couple of days, and reheated in the oven.

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Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie

Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie

Adding nuts and dried grain flakes like oats to fruit smoothies makes them not only a quick, simple and tasty breakfast solution but also a nourishing one that will provide you with the protein and fat energy to keep you going in the morning. Blueberries and pineapple are a surprisingly delicious combination of sweetness and tartness, but add any fruits or combination of fruits that suits your morning fancies.

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