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Beef and Bean Stir-fry

As you know, I am constantly looking for easy and healthy recipes for my weekday cooking so when I find a really good one, you know I’ll want to share it with you. Nowadays, I also need to make sure that the recipes I use at home pack lots of protein and nutrition for my Crossfit loving husband. This Beef and Bean Stir-fry has it all, it’s full of flavor and it was good enough for my 5-year-old to eat without complaints. I used regular white beans for this, because that is what I had at home.

Next time, I would use the larger variety (white kidney beans), just because I think they make the dish look more appealing. Among the ingredients you’ll find orange juice and ginger. These are the ingredients that take this dish to another level, so don’t skip them! Make sure you use natural orange juice, I squeezed a couple of oranges to get what I needed and also used some of the zest for a little extra flavor.

If you have kids at home like me, set their portion aside before adding chili pepper as a final touch.

Helga

Beef & Bean Stirfry

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Chicken, Blueberry & Mozzarella Salad

I absolutely love Mondays after the Sunday’s Farmers Market. On the second and last Sunday of every month, Saúl Farmers Market opens its doors. The second Sunday, at Miraflores, and the last Sunday at Paseo Cayalá. This is a great event, where merchants from all over gather to offer the best: from handmade goods to produce… you have it all. It just so happens, that with Helga we decided to make a fun day out of it. We got together for breakfast, along with Kiki, Helga’s mom and sister, and then we went to the Farmers Market to get some goodies and paid a visit to my mom, who had a stand there.

We were excited, mostly because we were going to get some fresh blueberries. There’s plenty of production here, but most of them are for exporting to the U.S., and at the Farmers Market, there’s a family that sells great produce: blueberries, raspberries, zucchini and mushrooms. Both Helga and myself got some blueberries, and I also picked up some coconut oil and fresh mozzarella. The next day, when the time to grab some lunch came around, I got the idea for a fresh blueberry salad, so here is a Foodies’ Original – with tons of flavor!

Hope you like it as much as I did!

Kitty

Chicken, Blueberry & Mozzarella Salad

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Shaved Cucumber Salad

Sometimes you just need to vary the way you cut a vegetable to give it a whole new presentation and completely change the look of a familiar dish, like regular cucumber salad.  Instead of slicing down on a fresh cucumber I used a peeler to shave along its length to form ribbons.

I suggest you serve your salad immediately, so the cucumber doesn’t lose its “crispness”… is that a word?   Also, toss it with your favorite dressing when you’re ready to eat.   My favorite dressing to use with cucumbers is a basic yogurt mixture, you’ll find the recipe below.

Helga

Shaved Cucumber Salad

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Whole-Wheat Brownies

I didn’t think I’d get away with these Whole-Wheat Brownies but I totally did. Both my dad and my brother are huge chocolate fans, and they love simple desserts. Every time I bake cupcakes or a cake that have something else other than your usual ingredients, they raise a brow. These brownies not only have Whole Wheat Flour in them, but also have Apple Sauce. I honestly thought it was going to be a big flop with those two.

Thankfully, they passed the test. These brownies came out a bit cakey on day one for my taste, but the next day they took a turn for the best. They are chewy and delicious… but they do not have the crunchy top that you would usually see on brownies. That’s what my dad missed from the old brownie recipe. But, all around, they didn’t even notice the whole wheat flour, and much less the apple sauce. That, in my book, is a win!

Kitty

Whole Wheat Brownies

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