Pea & Mint Pesto and a Giveaway with Origins!

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I was crazy excited when Origins asked me to produce a recipe inspired by their Plantscription collection because, and I do not say this lightly, I’m OBSESSED with their products!  Formulated without harmful parabens, phthalates, or propylene glycol, the anti-aging Plantscription collection contains highly potent plant ingredients sourced from all over the world.  They created this charming video to speak to some of the ingredients found in the formula and I used it to inspire today’s recipe with PEAS!  Who knew these delicious little green nuggets could make your dinner so amazing while also helping to combat signs of aging in your skin?  Ok, so this pea pesto recipe is incredible and worthy of all my excitement-  BUT IT GETS BETTER!   Origins is going to give one lucky reader everything that you see below, a $500 gift basket of Plantscription goodness, including the Plantscription anti-aging power serum.  These are products I use and adore, so I know you’re going to love them too!  Please pop over to the Origins website to check out the full collection and leave a comment below about which product you’re most excited to try.  The lucky winner will be chosen randomly one week from today.  Please read official rules and regulations here.  Good luck everyone!  xx- Sarah

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Kale and Asian Pear Salad

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I picked up the absolute sweetest, crispest, loveliest Asian pears at the farmer’s market recently and was reminded that of all pears, they’re the ones that truly have my heart.   I love them in this warm kale salad because they’re truly the star, it’s just such a nice way to highlight their amazingness.  And their sweetness, with the tart dressing and the pecans- divine!  Ok, I could obviously wax on about Asian pears for days, which is so weird of me, so I’m going to stop just short of the moment you decide I should probably get a hobby.  But make this salad, I know you’ll love it!  xx- Sarah

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Baked Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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Oh, hey.  It’s me.  I’ve got these sweet potato things for you.  It’s not a big deal, really, it will just CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER.  It’s just sweet potato, spicy black beans, cilantro, lime crema, avocado. A magical combination of so many things that are ridiculously delicious coming together to make your mouth dance, kinda like this.   No biggie.  xx- Sarah

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Israeli Couscous Summer Salad

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Do you love Israeli couscous as much as I do?!  I can’t be stopped.  It’s not technically part of #EatCleanAugust since it’s processed (and for those of you who are avoiding gluten it’s a no-go!), but the month is almost over and we’ll need some healthy recipes to ease us into incorporating some lightly processed foods into our diets.  And I couldn’t imagine a better one to start with.  Light, Summer-y, full of flavor and texture- this salad is a dream, I promise you’ll love it!  xx- Sarah

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Wild Rice and Stone Fruit Salad

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Happy Monday Everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  I’ve got a perfectly healthy, satisfying and delicious Summer salad for you today- you will be amazed at how much flavor there is in this one!  As usual, it’s a breeze to whip up and will get you in and out of the kitchen and back to Summer fun!  YES!!  It’s meals like this that truly make me love #EatCleanAugust.  And, if you’re a skeptic of wild rice, this is a recipe to try.  It just may convert you!   xx- Sarah

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La Crema Virtual Vintner

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Happy Monday everyone!  Today I’m partnering with La Crema to share a recipe in celebration of the launch of their new program Virtual Vintner, a choose-your-own-adventure experience that brings wine lovers together to produce a community created wine.  It’s a fun way to learn about the process of wine making and be involved in every decision that goes into producing a vintage, and I love that at the end the wine will be available for purchase!  Participants are asked to choose their favorite varietal as the starting point, so La Crema asked that I choose mine and come up with a recipe to go with it!  I chose Chardonay because I love the way it pairs with a pesto dish in the Summer (I cannot get enough pesto, ever).  Since I’m clean eating this month I replaced my regular GF pasta noodles with zucchini noodles and tossed in the freshest of Summer vegetables and herbs to make this dish.  Perfectly light and healthy fare for the hot temps we’re having, I hope you love it as much as I do!  xx- Sarah

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