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Chocolate Chai Cupcakes

It's my BIRTHDAY! So I decided to share MY kind of dessert! I love cake but I like it to have something fun and unique to it. And I don't like sugar-laden desserts. Also, chocolate it my favorite. SO - I present to you, chocolate chai cupcakes! YUM! These are super easy to make at home, and I LOVE making my own frosting because again, I can control the flavor and sweetness. Plus I find frosting cupcakes oddly relaxing.

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Greek Style Chicken

I came up with this 30 minute Greek flavored marinade for a special event I did with my friends at Savory Spice Shop in Westfield NJ! Now I'm sharing it with all of you! My husband says this is "the best chicken you've ever made". So you KNOW it's got to be good! Pair it with rice and a salad with feta, olives, cucumber and tomato and you've got an awesome dinner on the table!

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Trilogia Restaurante, Cali, Colombia

What an honor (and a surprise!) to meet and shoot with Chef Harold Torres Paz of Trilogia Restaurante ! While visiting Cali this past Summer, we went to his restaurant because he grew up with my husband's uncle! He wow'd us with his amazing food! Creative takes on classics, perfect finishing touches, incredible service and a ridiculously cool ambiance! Then he invited us back to the kitchen where he was prepped and ready to shoot his own Cucina episode! With Go-Pro in hand, we made it happen! Enjoy this impromptu (but still delicious!) episode where we learn how to make Longaniza Clavado!

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Focaccia Bread

See how easy it is to make this classic Italian focaccia bread! This one is better know in Italy as focaccia al rosmarino because of its rosemary topping! In Italy there are MANY types and flavors of focaccia, but this is the classic version that we have come to know and love here in the U.S.! It's so simple to make focaccia at home, you'll never buy it out again!

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How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice & Whole Grains

See how to cook perfect brown rice, step by step. Along with some of my other favorite whole grains! There's a lot of confusion out there around what is a whole grain, do all carbs have gluten, and how the hell do I cook them? This week's Health Coach Hack is here to answer these questions! Whole grains are just that, a whole grain. They include things like rice, corn, quinoa, millet, farro, kasha, oats and more! Some of them DO have gluten, but not all of them! And they're each loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber, key to human health! Watch the video to see how easy it is to make the perfect pot of brown rice on the stove top. No special equipment needed! Then head to my website to learn more, check out my grains chart AND grab one of my favorite quick and easy rice based recipes!

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Pineapple Fizz

We’re saying “salute” to Summer with one last, refreshing Clean Cocktail for Labor Day Weekend! Beth Nydick is back again and this time we are mixing up some Pineapple Fizz. This pineapple fizz cocktail recipe is quick, clean and easy. Simple fresh ingredients combine for the perfect way to toast to these last hazy days of Summer.

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Roasted Red Peppers

Simple and healthy, it's SO easy to make roasted red peppers at home! And more delicious! Here I show you how to roast them on the stove and explain what to do if you have an electric stove. There's nothing quite like the flavor of roasted red peppers in olive oil!

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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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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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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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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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Homemade Marshmallows w/ Chef Risa Boyer

Chef Risa Boyer is my special guest in the Cucina this week! Full disclosure, she's a lifelong friend and I was SO excited to watch her open her restaurant Vanillamore in Montclair NJ with her signature vanilla bean marshmallows! She was gracious enough to share that recipe with us today! And what's better for Valentine's Day than homemade sweets!?

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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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Cotechino con Lenticchie

Mamma D joins us in the Cucina as we kick off 2019 with this classic Italian New Year's dish! Watch how to make cotechino con lenticchie! Lentils are a tradition in Italy for the New Year because their shape looks like coins, representing wealth and abundance for the new year! Happy New Year! Salute!

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Poached Pears

This elegant dessert has a secret - it’s SUPER easy to make! You can make it in advance OR do it right in front of your dinner guests if you’d like to be extra fancy!

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