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EASY Cherry Tart | Tastes of Summer

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Cherry Tart
Crust Ingredients:
2 ½ cups flour
½ tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
¼-½ cup cold water

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt and sugar. Add butter and mix until it reaches the consistency of breadcrumbs. Add ¼ cup of ice water and begin to mix. If mixture is too dry, add some more water until dough comes together into a ball. Divide into two balls. Cover each ball in plastic wrap and let sit in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Do not over knead dough to avoid tough crust.

Filling Ingredients:
3 cups pitted cherries
2 tbsp cornstarch
¼-1 cup sugar, depending on if you are using sour or sweet cherries
½ lemon, juiced
1 egg, beaten for egg wash
1 tbsp sugar for sprinkling

In a large bowl, mix together cherries, cornstarch, sugar and lemon juice. Set aside. Once dough has rested, on a well floured surface, roll out dough to fit your well greased baking dish. Line the base of your pie plate or tart shell with dough. Fill dish with cherry mixture. To create a lattice top, cut rolled out dough into ½ inch strips. Created a lattice pattern on pie and brush top of tart with egg wash and sprinkle over sugar. Bake at 350ºF for 40-45 minutes, or until crust is golden. If crust is browning too quickly, loosely cover with foil.  Allow pie to cool before serving.
Enjoy!
*Tip: bake pie on a foil-lined baking sheet to catch any juices that may bubble out of pie.

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EASY Blueberry Lemon Muffins | Tastes of Summer

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Lemon Blueberry Muffins
1 ½ cups flour
¾ cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 plain yogurt
1 ½ cup buttermilk
1 egg
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 lemon, zest and juice
1 cup blueberries

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk together yogurt, buttermilk, egg, oil and lemon zest & juice. Fold in dry ingredients into the wet mixture and stir in blueberries. Divide mixture up into a lined muffin tin. Bake at 375ºF for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted and comes out clean.

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EASY Strawberry Shortcake | Tastes of Summer

Strawberry Shortcake
Biscuit Ingredients:
2 cups flour
¼ cup sugar
4 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
½ cup butter, cold and cubed
¾ cup buttermilk
1 egg, beaten for egg wash
2 tbsp sugar for sprinkling

In a large bowl or stand mixer, whisk together flour, sugar baking powder and salt. Add butter and mix until it reaches the consistency of breadcrumbs. Add buttermilk and vanilla and mix until dough comes together into a ball. Transfer dough to a work surface and flatten out with a rolling pin or your hands until it’s ¾ of an inch thick. Using a cookie cutter or a mason jar lid, cut out circles. Place circles onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and brush with egg wash. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake at 350ºF for 12-15 minutes, or until biscuits are lightly golden and baked through.

Strawberries and Cream Filling Ingredients:
3 cups strawberries, quartered
2-3 tbsp sugar
1 cup whipping cream
1-2 tbsp icing sugar
1 vanilla bean

In a small bowl, mix strawberries with sugar. Set aside. Using an electric mixer, whisk cream until it begins to thicken. Gently sprinkle in icing sugar and vanilla and continue to whip until soft peaks form.

Assembly:
Once biscuits have cooled completely, cut them in half. To assemble, begin by placing a layer of strawberries on the base of the biscuit. Top with cream and other half of the biscuit. Top with more strawberries and whipped cream.
Enjoy!

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5 Frozen Cocktails | Perfect for Canada Day & 4th of July

Frosty Mojito
1 cup ice
1 cup lime juice
¼ cup simple syrup
¼ cup white tequila
4-6 mint leaves

Piña Colada
1 cup ice
½ cup coconut rum
1 cup frozen pineapple
½ cup pineapple juice
¼ cup coconut cream

Strawberry Frozé
1 cup ice
2 cups rosé wine, frozen
½ cup strawberries, frozen
¼ cup simple syrup
1 lemon, juiced

Spiked Mocha Frapp
1 cup ice
1 cup chocolate ice cream
¼ cup Irish cream liqueur
1 cup milk
1 shot espresso, chilled

Peach Bellini
1 cup ice
2 cups peaches, sliced and frozen
¼ cup peach liqueur
1 cup sparkling wine

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5 EASY Ice Cream Recipes!

Vanilla Latte
2 cups whipping cream
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 vanilla bean
¼ cup espresso

Using an electric mixer, whip cream and condensed milk until light and fluffy. Using a rubber spatula, fold in vanilla bean seeds and espresso. Transfer mixture to a freezer-safe dish and freeze for 6-8 hours, or until completely frozen.
Enjoy!

Matcha Mint
2 cups whipping cream
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 tbsp matcha powder
1 tsp peppermint extract
¼ cup pistachios, chopped

Using an electric mixer, whip cream and condensed milk until light and fluffy. Add in matcha powder and peppermint extract and whip until well combined. Using a rubber spatula, fold in pistachios. Transfer mixture to a freezer-safe dish and freeze for 6-8 hours or until completely frozen.
Enjoy!

Very Berry Cheesecake
2 cups whipping cream
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
½ cup whipped cream cheese
½ cup mixed berries, crushed or chopped
½ cup graham crackers, crushed

Using an electric mixer, whip together cream and condensed milk until light and fluffy. Add cream cheese and whip until well combined. Using a rubber spatula, fold in mixed berries and graham crackers. Transfer mixture into a freezer-safe dish and freeze for 6-8 hours or until completely frozen.
Enjoy!

Death By Chocolate
2 cups whipping cream
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
⅓ cup boxed brownie mix
½ cup semi sweet chocolate chunks
½ cup white chocolate chunks
¼ cup fudge sauce

Using an electric mixer, whip cream with condensed milk until light and fluffy. Add brownie box mix and whip until well combined. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in chocolate chunks and transfer to a freezer-safe dish. Drizzle over fudge sauce and freeze for 6-8 hours or until completely frozen.

Maple Bacon
2 cups whipping cream
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 tbsp maple syrup
¼ cup pecans, chopped
¼ cup bacon, cooked and chopped

Using an electric mixer, whip cream and condensed milk until light and fluffy. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in maple syrup, pecans and bacon. Transfer mixture to a freezer-safe dish and freeze for 6-8 hours or until completely frozen.
Enjoy!

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3 Incredible Veggie Burger Recipes!

Portobello Halloumi Burger
4 portobello mushrooms, stems removed
1 tbsp thyme leaves
1 tsp garlic powder
8 halloumi slices
Oil
Pepper to taste
*Lightly salt mushrooms since the halloumi can be quite salty.

Toppings:
Burger buns
1 avocado, smashed
Arugula
Sriracha
tomato slices

Drizzle portobello mushrooms with oil and sprinkle with thyme and garlic. Season with pepper to taste. Grill or fry mushrooms to your liking. Meanwhile, grill or fry halloumi slices until golden on both sides. Assemble burger with your desired toppings and enjoy!

Black Bean Burger
½ red onion, finely diced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
½ cup breadcrumbs
2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
½ tsp ground cumin
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil

Toppings:
Green leaf lettuce
Tomato
Guacamole or avocado slices
Red onion rings

In a food processor, add all ingredients and pulse “dough” forms. Divide mixture into 4 and shape into burger patties. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and allow to chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Fry burgers over medium-high heat until golden on both sides and cooked through. Assemble burger with desired toppings and enjoy!
*Lightly oil your hands when forming burger patties so mixture doesn’t stick to them.

Caramelized Onion Lentil Burger
1 onion, finely diced and caramelized
2 cups lentils, cooked
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
½ cup breadcrumbs
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tsp thyme
1 egg
oil

Toppings:
Goat cheese
Sprouts
Roasted red pepper slices

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Divide mixture and shape into burger patties. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. On a well oiled pan or grill, fry patties until golden and inside is cooked through. Assemble with desired toppings and enjoy!

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3 Summer DESSERTS | Crisp, Crumble & Cobbler!

Plum Crisp
Filling:
2lbs plums, sliced
1 tbsp cornstarch
2-3 tbsp coconut sugar, depending on how sweet your plums are

Topping:
¾ cup rolled oats
⅓ cup coconut sugar
½ cup pecans, chopped
⅓ cup coconut oil

In a large bowl, combine together filling ingredients and transfer to a well greased baking dish. In another bowl, combine topping ingredients and sprinkle over plum mixture. Bake at 350ºF for 40-45 minutes or until plums have softened and oats are golden.

Peach Cobbler

Filling:
2lbs peaches, pitted and sliced
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
1 vanilla bean
1 tbsp cornstarch

Topping:
1 cup flour
½ cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup butter, cold and cubed
½ cup milk
¼ tsp salt
1 egg, beaten
1 tbsp sugar (optional)

In a large bowl, toss together filling ingredients and bake at 375ºF for 10-15 minutes, or until peaches begin to soften. While peaches are baking, in another bowl, whisk together flour, sugar and baking powder. Add butter and mix until it reaches the consistency of breadcrumbs. Add milk and mix. Once peaches have softened, gently toss them, adding a splash of water if needed to keep peaches from sticking to the sides. Spoon over topping and brush with egg wash. Sprinkle with sugar and return to oven. Bake at 375ºF for 20 minutes or until dough is cooked through and slightly golden.

Triple Berry Crumble

Filing:
6 cups mixed berries, fresh or frozen
¼ cup sugar
3 tbsp cornstarch
½ lemon, juiced

Topping:
⅓ cup brown sugar
¾ cup flour
2 tsp cinnamon
⅓ cup butter, cold and cubed
Sea salt to taste

In a large bowl, toss together filling ingredients and transfer to a greased baking dish. In another bowl or with an electric mixer, add all topping ingredients and mix until it reaches the texture of breadcrumbs with some larger pea size pieces remaining. Sprinkle crumble over fruit mixture and bake at 350ºF for 40-45 minutes.

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5 Healthy(ish) DESSERTS | Just 4 Ingredients Each

Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup peanut butter
½ cup rolled oats
½ cup coconut sugar
1 egg

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Roll dough out into 1 inch balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Using a fork, gently press down dough balls to form a cookie shape. Bake at 350ºF for 8-10 minutes.

Brownies
2 cups Medjool dates, pitted
½ cup cocoa powder
2 cups walnuts
½ cup dark chocolate, melted

Place walnuts into the food processor and blend to create a coarse walnut flour. Add dates and cocoa powder and blend until a dough forms. Press mixture into a well greased or parchment-lined baking dish and top with melted chocolate. Allow to set in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Cups
1 cup peanut butter
1 tbsp agave
2 cups dark chocolate, finely chopped
2 tsp coconut oil
Sea salt to taste (optional)

In a medium sized bowl, mix together peanut butter with agave. Spoon small discs of peanut butter onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze. Place chocolate and coconut oil over a double boiler and melt over low heat. To assemble cups, line a muffin tin with paper liners and fill with 2-3 tsp of melted chocolate. Allow mixture to solidify slightly in the refrigerator. Place disc of frozen peanut butter into the centre of each chocolate filled cupcake liner and top with melted chocolate. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
Enjoy!

Baked Apples
2 apples, cut in half and cored
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ cup granola (optional)
vanilla greek yogurt (optional)

Place apples onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and drizzle with maple syrup to taste. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 350ºF for 25-30 minutes, or until softened and slightly golden. Serve with your favourite granola and/or greek yogurt and enjoy!

Flambéed Bananas
2 Bananas, thickly sliced
3 tbsp Rum
2 tbsp Coconut Sugar
2 tbsp Coconut oil

*** REMEMBER TO TURN HOOD VENT & STOVE OFF BEFORE YOU FLAMBÉ ***

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add coconut oil. Once melted, add bananas and cook until slightly golden, flipping once. Sprinkle over sugar and rum. Cook for another minute and flambé. If you aren’t comfortable flambéing, just cook the banana for another 1-2 minutes or until the sugar has caramelized.
Enjoy!

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3 Easy Guacamole Recipes!

Salsa Guacamole
2 avocados, diced
1 cup tomatoes, finely diced
¼ cup white onion, finely diced
½-1 garlic clove, grated
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
1 lime, zest and juice
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, using a fork or potato masher, mash all ingredients together and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Enjoy!

Greek Guacamole
3 ripe avocados, diced
3 tbsp sun dried tomatoes, minced
3 tbsp olives, pitted and roughly chopped
½-1 garlic clove, grated
1 tbsp parsley, chopped
1 tbsp dill, chopped
1 tsp greek seasoning
½ lemon, juiced
2 tbsp feta, crumbled for garnish

In a large bowl, using a fork or potato masher, mash all ingredients together and season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with crumbled feta.
Enjoy!

Bacon & Goat Cheese Guacamole
3 ripe avocados, diced
6 bacon slices, cooked and chopped
½ cup goat cheese, crumbled
1 garlic clove, grated
2 green onion, sliced
½ lemon, juice
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, using a fork or potato masher, mash all ingredients together and season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with extra crumbled goat cheese and bacon bits and enjoy!

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5 Easy Salad Dressing Recipes

Honey Lemon Dijon
¼ cup lemon juice
2 tbsp dijon mustard
1-2 tsp honey, to taste
¼ cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Add all ingredients into a mason jar and shake.
Enjoy!

Raspberry Balsamic
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp raspberry jam
¼ cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Add all ingredients into a mason jar and shake.
Enjoy!

Peanut Lime
½ cup natural peanut butter
3 limes, juiced
2 tsp honey
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp ginger, freshly grated
1 tbsp Sriracha
¼-½ cup warm water to thin
Add all ingredients into a large bowl and whisk together. Gradually add warm water to thin until you reach your desired consistency.
Enjoy!

Herb Vinaigrette
1 tbsp dill, chopped
1 tbsp basil, chopped
1 tbsp chives, chopped
¼ cup white wine vinegar
¼ cup olive oil

Roasted Red Pepper & Feta
1 cup plain yogurt
½ cup roasted red peppers
½ cup feta, crumbled
1 garlic clove, peeled
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
¼ cup dill
Salt and pepper to taste

Add all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

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