Grilled Watermelon and Halloumi Salad with Minty Green Beans

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Ingredients:

8 ounces haricots verts (French green beans)

1 small seedless watermelon (about 5 pounds)

4 ounces halloumi cheese, cut into 4 triangles
Cooking spray
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup torn fresh mint leaves
4 cups baby arugula
1/4 cup roasted, unsalted pistachios, coarsely chopped
Preparation:

1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add haricots verts; cook 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain.

2. Heat a large grill pan over high heat. Cut watermelon lengthwise into 4 quarters. Cut 1 quarter crosswise into 8 (3/4-inch-thick) wedges; reserve remaining watermelon for another use. Add watermelon and cheese to grill pan coated with cooking spray; grill 2 minutes on each side or until grill marks appear.

3. Combine oil, juice, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Remove 2 teaspoons oil mixture; set aside. Add haricots verts and mint to bowl; toss to coat. Arrange bean mixture on a platter. Return reserved 2 teaspoons oil mixture to bowl. Add arugula to bowl; toss to coat. Arrange arugula mixture, watermelon, and cheese on platter. Sprinkle with nuts.

Herb Roasted Chicken

Roasted-Chicken-and-Herbs-1Ingredients:
Whole chicken 1 Tbsp. garlic powder 1 Tbsp. onion powder 1 Tbsp. dried oregano 2 Tbsp. paprika 2 Tbsp. dried parsley 2 tsp. rubbed sage 2 tsp. dried thyme leaves 1 tsp. ground coriander 1 tsp. celery seed 1 tsp. sea salt 1 tsp. pepper 1⁄2 tsp. cayenne pepper (or to taste)
6 cloves of crushed garlic 2 quartered onions

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix together all seasonings in bowl. Stuff garlic and onions into chicken and rub seasoning mix on chicken. Cook for 2 hours or 20 minutes per lb.

5-Minute Oatmeal Power Bowl

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powerbowlIngredients:

  • 1 ripe banana, mashed (the more ripe/spotty the better)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • heaping 1/3 cup rolled oats (use certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax (optional, see note)
  • For garnish: soaked almonds, pepita seeds, hemp hearts, cinnamon, toasted coconut, nut butter, spices (cinnamon, ginger, allspice)
Instructions:
  • The night before: Grab a medium bowl and mash the banana until smooth. Now stir in the chia, oats, cinnamon, milk, and water until combined. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • In the morning: Scoop the oat mixture into a medium pot. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat immediately to medium-low, and stir frequently until heated throughout and thickened. At the end of cooking, stir in flax (optional).

Nutty Almond-Sesame Red Quinoa

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nutty-almond-sesame-red-quinoa-ck-xIngredients:

1 2/3 cups water
1 cup red quinoa
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3 green onions, thinly sliced
Instructions:

1. Bring 1 2/3 cups water and quinoa to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 12 minutes or until quinoa is tender; drain. Stir in almonds, juice, oils, salt, and onions.

Balsamic and Grape Quinoa: Prepare quinoa as directed in main recipe; drain. Place quinoa in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar, 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and 20 halved ­seedless red grapes, stirring to combine. Serves 4 (serving size: about 3/4 cup) CALORIES 201; FAT 4.8g (sat 0.3g); SODIUM 133mg

Lemon-Snap Pea Quinoa: Prepare quinoa as directed in main recipe; drain. Add 1 cup diagonally halved sugar snap peas, 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, stirring to combine. Serves 4 (serving size: about 2/3 cup) CALORIES 201; FAT 6g (sat 0.5g); SODIUM 131mg

Bean Salad Quinoa: Prepare quinoa as directed in main recipe; drain. Add 1/4 cup minced red onion; 4 teaspoons red wine vinegar; 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil; 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt; 1 (15-ounce) can ­unsalted cannellini beans, rinsed and drained; and 2 diced plum tomatoes, stirring to combine. Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 cup) CALORIES 243; FAT 6.4g (sat 0.5g); SODIUM 150mg

Avocado Tuna

AvocadoTunaIngredients:
2 handfuls of fresh cilantro leaves (chopped)
1⁄2 jalapeno (sliced) 1 tsp. fresh ginger powder 1 clove minced garlic
2 limes juiced 2 Tbsp. liquid coconut aminos
2 Tbsp. olive oil 6 oz. tuna steak

Instructions:
Mix together all ingredients except tuna in small bowl. Heat skillet on med-high heat with 2 Tbsp. of coconut oil. Season tuna with salt and pepper and lay in hot oil for 1 minute on each side. Pour half of the cilantro mixture in the pan to cover the tuna. Serve with sliced avocado and drizzle remaining sauce over plate.