Sweet Potato Pancakes

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Author: Karen Humphrey

With only two ingredients, these pancakes are grain free, as well as free of refined sugars. Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A and are low on the glycemic scale, so you can eat these without a lot of guilt. Top with a little yogurt and a drizzle of maple syrup if you wish-they are a tasty way to begin your day!

2 ingredients and you're off to the races

Berry Ripple Mousse

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This mousse is has a thicker, almost pudding like consistency that is really refreshing on a hot day. While I've used blueberries here, you can try blackberries, strawberries, or raspberries even. While it seems like there are a lot of steps, parts can be made ahead and stashed in the fridge (such as the pastry cream and the berry puree). It's a great way to use up extra berries! You can adjust the amount of sugar in the berry mixture depending on the sweetness of your berries.

Light and refreshing summer in a glass

Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Roasted Red Peppers, Spinach and Egg

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Sometimes you just want dinner on the table, and fast. You've worked all day, endured a long commute home, and the last thing you want to be doing is slaving over a hot stove. Something hot and filling will hit the spot, and eggs are right there for you. Why not make your grilled cheese a little more grown up and top it with some fresh veggies along with that egg? Kick it up even further by drizzling the works with a bit of hot sauce, or go on the sweet side with some Thai sweet chili sauce. Either way, this will be a sandwich that will be hard to resist.

Spice up your boring egg sandwich

Bruschetta Salad With Shaved Eggs

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One of the best things about summer is fat, red, juicy tomatoes tossed with tender basil and salty cheese. Why limit yourself to having bruschetta on bread? Throw it on your salad, and then lightly shave some hard boiled egg over top to add a little extra. You could even sprinkle some cooked and crumbled bacon for a bit of salty kick. This salad makes a great dinner on the deck with a glass of wine and some crusty bread or beside a steak right off the grill.

Summery tomatoes, crunchy romaine with shaved eggs

Cinnamon Raisin Waffle French Toast

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Author: Karen Humphrey

In a hurry and don't have time to cook up a bunch of French toast? Pull out your waffle iron! It's for far more than just waffles and allows you to churn out breakfast in no time. Or, make up a bunch of French toast, cool, and then pop them in the freezer so that you can just quickly re-heat them on a busy morning. Either way, they will be hot and ready by the time you get syrup on the table.

Don't skip the warming in the oven step-this helps the French toast cook right through in the center and not be soggy.

Make a batch without heating up the kitchen.

Lime and Coconut Parfaits

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When the summer heat hits, you want a dessert that doesn't require a lot of oven time and these parfaits are perfection! Store bought ladyfingers topped with tart curd, then finished off with a sweet and creamy coconut whipping cream hits all the right notes for a backyard cookout or picnic. Packing them in Mason jars make them portable, too! Add a little adult twist by brushing the cookies with tequila before topping with curd, and then just before serving give them a little hit of salt.

Portable and oh so good.

Speedy Waffle Iron Eggs

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Author: Karen Humphrey

Your waffle iron makes a lot more than just waffles! Eggs cook super fast in a waffle maker, and this method makes it really easy to get perfect squares for your egg sandwiches! I used feta cheese here because it's less gooey. You can add in some cooked and crumbled bacon or sausage as well-let your imagination run wild!

The fastest way to cook eggs!

Fresh Blueberry Ice Cream

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Making homemade ice cream can be a little technical, but once you have tried it, you'll never go back to homemade ice cream. Rich and sweet, you can stash some of this in your freezer for a hot summer day. Serve with fresh blueberries scattered on top, if you wish! A candy thermometer comes in handy with this recipe but if you don't have one, you'll still do fine with a watchful eye.

Rich and sweet, you'll never go back to store bought

Sweet Potato And Egg Salad Bowl

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Roasting sweet potatoes brings out a lot of natural sweetness that marries well with creamy avocado, peppery arugula, and eggs. Lower on the glycemic index than your standard white potato, sweet potatoes will help keep your blood sugar stable longer, as well as deliver a good punch of Vitamin A. You can make the eggs and potatoes as long as 1 day ahead and just reheat the potatoes for a few minutes in a 350 degree oven until warmed-which is perfect for a hot summer day when you don't feel like cooking!

As nutritious as it is delicious

Caramel Pretzel Cheesecakes

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Author: Karen Humphrey

Little cheesecakes are always fun-not only are they great for picnics and BBQs because they can be easily popped into waiting mouths sans cutlery, but you can customize them however you wish to make lots of different flavours. These have sweet and creamy dulce de leche sauce swirled in and a salty pretzel crust to add some of that sweet/salty action. Take them all the way by adding a layer of ganache, or let the caramel shine through and add just a touch of whipped cream before you serve them, sprinkled with more chopped pretzels. Either way, they will be the hit of any party.

Sweet, salty, fork free. What more could you ask for?


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