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This recipe is from my friend Cleo's sister, Christie. I have it written on this tiny scrap of paper that I must have written at her house years ago! Cleo had a gift for entertaining and whenever you were invited for dinner you always knew the food would be fantastic.

The vinegar in this marinade tenderizes the chicken to make a moist and juicy product packed with flavor. This recipe proves that you can put together a super delicious marinade with ingredients that you always have on hand.

Strawberries and tomatoes are an unexpected yet super flavorful combination in this refreshing summer salad adapted from Cooking Light! Not only do strawberries and tomatoes add a pop of flavor but they also add a lot of inflammation-fighting antioxidants to this meal.

We recommend purchasing produce in season for peak ripeness and optimal taste. Seasonal produce is also higher in certain nutrients because it is picked and consumed at the peak of freshness when nutrient content is at its highest.

This salad is excellent paired with grilled chicken or salmon. 

This is a satisfying and filling afternoon snack that will give you the energy needed to power through the rest of your day and avoid the dreaded afternoon crash! Nuts and seeds are a great snack option, providing filling protein and healthy fats. Dried fruits are a great source of vitamins and minerals as well as carbohydrates, which provide a quick burst of energy.

Feel free to swap the almonds for your favorite nut - cashews and walnuts would work well here too!

I grew up enjoying bourbon-pecan tassies every year around the holidays. They will forever remind me of the holiday season. This is one of my all-time favorite bourbon-pecan tassie recipes from Cooking Light.

Cutting out all sweets from your diet always backfires. Often when we feel deprived or restrict certain foods for too long, we eventually reach a breaking point and can't control ourselves around those foods. Instead of pledging to cut out sweet treats forever, incorporate them in moderation into your diet on special occasions. Spending time in the kitchen around the holidays baking is always such a nice memory that your family will remember forever!  

A hearty helping of berries is a bright and flavorful way to start your day with fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. We love pairing this berry reduction with bulgur, a whole grain that is high in fiber and antioxidants. Bulgur is a nice alternative to oatmeal on days when you feel like mixing it up!

Whole grains are a staple of the Mediterranean diet. In comparison to processed grains, whole grains contain more fiber and micronutrients. Compared to refined grains like white bread, white rice, and couscous, whole grains keep you fuller longer because of their added protein and fiber. Our favorites are farro, freekeh, quinoa, and barley. Start your day by incorporating ancient grains with this delicious recipe for Strawberry Oat Muffins.

This warm brussel sprout and pear salad is bursting with fall flavors! This would make a great side at Thanksgiving or any special holiday meal.

Brussel sprouts are rich in antioxidants which can help prevent cancer and reduce inflammation within the body. Pears contain potassium, a nutrient that flushes out excess sodium from the body. Reducing sodium within the body can help lower blood pressure and lower your risk for stroke and heart disease.