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The Seeing Eye

MY good friend and fellow Health Coach Beth Nydick is back at the Chef's Counter at Vanillamore in Montclair NJ. And we're mixing up another healthy cocktail drink for you! We're officially kicking off Summer with this sunset colored concoction! The Seeing Eye is named because of the benefits carrot juice gives to the eyes - but as Beth expains, too many may have you seeing double! Check out the video and get the recipe here!

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How To Eat More Greens

Check out this healthy hack to help you eat more greens! The benefits of eating more greens is HUGE! Not only are they a food to lose weight with, they help detoxify and alkalize the body, they help feed healthy gut bacteria, AND are loaded with vitamins, minerals and nutrients your body needs to be its best! Get my ideas for green smoothies, egg dishes, grain bowls and more!

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Chia Seed Pudding

Watch how easy it is to make chia seed pudding! This simple combination of 3 basic ingredients makes the best chia seed pudding! I make mine with almond milk but you can use whatever milk you use at home! Plus, find out what it is about these little seeds that has them referred to as a super food!

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Strawberry Limeade

Beth Nydick is back in the Cucina with me to kick off Summer with this classic throwback cocktail! We're making Strawberry Limeade! Perfect for this weekend’s festivities!

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How To Organize A Healthy Pantry

Are you “chronically disorganized”? Me too! But I grabbed professional organizer Gayle Gruenberg to help me get my pantry organized so my kitchen (and pretty much my life) can run a bit more smoothly! Learn how to save money, time and space! Plus helpful organizer “hacks” and why having an organized pantry can lead to an overall healthier lifestyle!

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Baked Egg Boats

I’ll show you how easy it is to make this impressive breakfast dish! Eggs baked in bread, with fresh veggies, herbs and olive oil! You can use whatever veggies you like, even add in some bacon if that's your jam! Watch the video and grab the recipe here!

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Sweet Pea & Basil Risotto

Chef Mia Castro is the brilliance behind this dish! She was actually supposed to be our guest and got sick the day of our shoot! But she kindly let me share her sweet pea and basil risotto recipe with all of you! Loaded with fresh Spring flavors, this dish is both beautiful and delicious!

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The All Night Bender

I think the Easter Bunny would just LOVE this carrot based cocktail! But before you turn cotton tail and run, give it a shot! It’s like nothing I’ve ever had before! Light and refreshing, full of flavor and completely unique! A great drink to impress brunch guests with!

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Basil Balsamic Strawberries

This easy, no bake dessert is perfect for Spring time! Strawberries are some of the first berries to come into season and they are LOADED with antioxidants and Vitamin C to help fight late season colds and allergies! And when topped with some fresh basil and a drizzle of homemade balsamic reduction - wow! You can't go wrong! Serve them alone, over ice cream, pound cake or angel food cake!

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Escarole & Beans

I love this soup! It's a classic dish that is super easy and very healthy! A great way to get your greens in while the warmer weather is still holding out! It's "peasant food" that fits into all kinds of diets without having to make massive changes! Make a big batch and have it for lunch and dinner all week, or, stash some in the freezer for another time!

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Spring Awakening

We're celebrating St. Patrick's Day with my favorite mixologist - Beth Nydick! She's got a lean, green cocktail that would make St. Pat proud - without aggravating your body much! This lemon and basil infused drink has a beautiful green color, perfect for celebrating Ireland's patron saint. And is loaded with anti-inflammatory benefits of basil, along with the antibacterial/antiviral properties of lemon! Cheers!

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Seared Scallops w/ Toasted Brussels & Butternut Puree

What fasting? It's TECHNICALLY Ash Wednesday which, for a lot of people, means no meat. But that's no hassle when you've got beautiful sea scallops like these from Sona Far Hills Seafood! They generously gave me these and shared the PERFECT recipe for cooking them up right to make this delicious dinner! Watch the video, grab the recipe, and check them out! (p.s., it's keto friendly!)

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The Latin Lover

Author & mixologist Beth Nydick is back in the Cucina showing us how to spice up your cocktail game! The Latin Lover is loaded with antioxidants from fresh grapefruit & lime juices, to that just right jalapeño honey!

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Lasagna Béchamel

Check out how to make this creamy, dreamy, lasagna béchamel! A quick and easy béchamel sauce combines with earthy mushrooms and bitter radicchio for a perfectly balanced dish! And you'll notice this is lasagna without ricotta cheese because that sauce is all the deliciousness you need in there!

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Roast Chicken

This is a kitchen staple! Everyone should know how to roast a chicken. And not to impress anyone or make a display. I mean, how to roast a chicken on a Sunday so that you've got meals for the week! How to get dinner on the table without ordering out or buying prepared foods. Knowing how to do this simple thing will go MILES in your kitchen!

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Flexi-Veggie Lasagna

Fellow Health Coach Marissa Costonis join me in the Cucina this week! She came up with this AWESOME veggie lasagna recipe that can literally be tailored to WHATEVER you like or have on hand! And it doesn’t take long to put together - we pretty much do it in real time in the video! WHAT!? Yea, definitely all together in under an hour!

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Bourbon Maple'd Rosemary Cocktail

Beth Nydick joins me in the Cucina this week as we make the perfect winter cocktail! Loaded with immunity boosting ingredients, this is what you want to cheers winter with!

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Best Gifts For The Home Cook

My 5 recommendations for holiday gift ideas for the home cook in your life! These are all staples in the Cucina and I think every home cook should have 'em!

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