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Mason Jar Salads w/ Chef Kathleen Sanderson

Chef Kathleen Sanderson is my special guest today as she shows us the RIGHT way to pack a salad in a jar! She shares her tips and tricks, like these reusable/washable lids (https://amzn.to/2N6Rkcl )! We make a classic cobb in the video but she shares her overall technique

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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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Stone Fruit Cobbler

Summer may be ending but she's leaving us with some of her best produce! Stone fruits, peaches, plums, nectarines, etc - are in season and they make the BEST desserts! In this cobbler I use a mix of some of my favorites to create a simple fruit based dessert that isn't loaded with sugar! A bit of vanilla extract helps the fruits' flavor shine and those biscuits are perfect for soaking up all the juices! Top with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream!

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Healthy Back to School Lunches

I asked my favorite kiddos to share their favorite school lunch ideas and from there, put together my Top 5 Healthy School Lunch Ideas! Of course you can mix and match here! The idea is to get the kids involved, and to get the good stuff in their bellies! Without driving Mom (or Dad, or Aunt/Uncle, Grandma/Grandpa) nutty! Check out my lunch ideas, then head keep scrolling to see the FULL list of foods each kid shared. And let me know what YOUR kids love in the comments! Let's make this a GREAT resource for parents and caretakers across the board to find ideas and inspiration!

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Caprese Salad

Fast, fresh and easy - this is how we make Caprese Salad in the Di Falco house! To start, we always do a chopped caprese salad - a bit different from the traditional slices you'll see served in Italy. We also make it a cucumber caprese salad - mostly because, that's how we like it! Finally, I use some balsamic to dress the salad because, let's be honest, I could drink the stuff!

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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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In Too Deep

Beth Ritter Nydick is back and we are In Too Deep with this delicious, watermelon based clean cocktail! Refreshing watermelon becomes an adults only treat when mixed with tequila, fresh mint and a hint of orange! But all those fresh fruits and herbs help keep your body from having a meltdown in this heat! Check out this healthy drink recipe here:

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American Pie

Check out my version of "American Pie"! The red, white & blue are deliciously proud in this peach berry pie! It's super easy to make and perfect for the 4th of July!

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Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Check out how fun and EASY it is to make fresh ricotta cheese at home! A few simple ingredients yields the most delicious, fresh ricotta! This is my go-to ricotta cheese recipe!

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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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Chef Jesse Jones New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp

Check out Chef Jesse Jones' recipe for New Orleans style BBQ shrimp! This dish makes the perfect Father's Day appetizer! Plus it's got that BIG flavor that Dad will love and Chef Jesse is known for! Watch the video, get the recipe, AND snag yourself a copy of Chef Jesse's book, POW! My Life in 40 Feasts!

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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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Rose Panna Cotta

Check out how easy it is to make panna cotta at home. This classic Italian dessert is perfect for Mother's Day (or any time!). I've dyed mine a pretty pink and flavored it with rose water to really have it compliment Mom (and a great Mother's Day brunch!)

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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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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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Steak with Mushroom Sauce

Sarah Pierson, owner of Culinary Concepts Corp is my special guest in the Cucina this week and she's showing us a quick and easy mushroom sauce for steak (or chicken!). Plus she has great tips for how to cook steak at home! Don't forget to subscribe to my e-mail list to receive discounts on our upcoming hands-on cooking classes!

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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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