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Guiding our children to become the best versions of themselves and our future leaders is a big job. It is also one of the most joyful and rewarding experiences of my life.

Susan Arthur
President, The ABCs of Everything, LLC
MA, Counseling Psychology

Snap Pea Salad With Buffalo Mozzarella

Snap Pea Salad With Buffalo Mozzarella
​ Ingredients ​ 8 ounces sugar snap peas, trimmed, strings removed ​ 4 cups arugula, thick stems trimmed ​ 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves plus more for serving ​ 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves plus more for serving ​ 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil ​ 2 tablespoons (or more) fresh lemon juice ​ Sea Salt ​ 1 pound fresh buffalo mozzarella Preparation 1. ...
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Fresh Marinated Garlic Tomatoes

Fresh Marinated Garlic Tomatoes
These fresh tomatoes are slightly roasted, then marinated in oil, garlic, honey and vinegar! Delicious served on a crostini with goat cheese and olives. Let us know what you think in the comments section below! Fresh Marinated Garlic Tomatoes Ingredients: ​ 4 cups of cherry tomatoes ​ 3 tbs olive oil divided ​ ¼ tsp salt ​ 1 tbs ...
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Roasted Asparagus with Dijon-Lemon Sauce

Roasted Asparagus with Dijon-Lemon Sauce
A simple side dish that's bursting with lemon flavor. Perfect for a spring dinner, lunch or even breakfast! ​ Roasted Asparagus With Dijon-Lemon Sauce Ingredients: ​ 1-2 lbs of asparagus trimmed ​ 4 tsp of olive oil, divided ​ ½ tsp of salt ​ 2 garlic cloves minced ​ 1 tsp grated lemon zest ​ 2 tbs fresh lemon juice ​ ½ tsp...
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Berry Kale Salad With Strawberry Dressing

Berry Kale Salad With Strawberry Dressing
The sweetness from the berries and strawberry dressing coat this kale salad in creamy goodness and mask any bitterness! Berry Kale Salad With Strawberry Dressing Ingredients: ​ 2 cups chopped kale ​ 1½ cups of chopped strawberries divided ​ 1 cup of blueberries ​ 1 cup of blackberries ​ ¼ cup of sliced almonds ​ ¼ cup of crumbled feta ​ 1/3 cup of ...
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Roasted Asparagus With Ginger Sesame Dressing

Roasted Asparagus With Ginger Sesame Dressing
This asparagus recipe is bursting with Asian flavor and it is so easy to make! The whole family is sure to love it. Roasted Asparagus with Ginger Sesame Dressing  Ingredients: ​ 1 bunch asparagus ends trimmed ​ 2 TBS olive oil ​ ¼ tsp salt ​ 1 pinch pepper Dressing: ​ 1 whole green onion, chopped ​ 1 clove garlic, minced ​ 1 piece fresh ginger...
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French Green Bean Salad With Pears

French Green Bean Salad With Pears
This is a refreshing spring salad with matchstick pears and tons of fresh herbs! Let us know what you think in the comments below. French Green Bean Salad With Pears Ingredients: ​ 3lbs Haricot Verts green beans ​ 1/2 cup of olive oil ​ 3 TBS of Sherry wine vinegar ​ 6 TBS chopped fresh chives ​ 6 TBS chopped fresh parsley ​ 6 TBS minced fresh...
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Deciphering Food Labels - What's Really Good For You Part 2

Deciphering Food Labels - What's Really Good For You Part 2
​ Part 2 of our adventure into the world of food labels should provide you with the remainder of information you need to go down the aisles of any grocery store and feel confident that you really know what you're buying and more importantly what you're eating. All-Natural / Natural / 100% Natural In regards to beef and poultry, "Natural" means a pr...
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Chicken Monaco Pasta Salad

Chicken Monaco Pasta Salad
Pasta salad has always been a staple inspiring and summer time dish 1, because it is so easy to whip together for a large crowd and 2, because it is so darn delicious! This pasta salad combines the fresh flavors of western Europe to create a beautiful, healthy and tasty dish! ​ Chicken Monaco Pasta Salad Ingredients: ​ 1 lb boneless, skinless ...
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Fajita Chicken Stuffed Bell Peppers

Fajita Chicken Stuffed Bell Peppers
Bell peppers make the perfect "shell" for this fajita chicken! They are a lower carbohydrate, gluten-free alternative when you are craving Mexican food but don't want the heavy, greasy stuff. We hope you all enjoy! Fajita Chicken Stuffed Bell Peppers Ingredients: ​ 1 lb diced skinless boneless chicken (thighs or breast) ​ 2 TBS olive oil ...
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Deciphering Food Labels - What's Really Good For You Part 1

Deciphering Food Labels - What's Really Good For You Part 1
The other day I bought a bag of potato chips. I know, not the best snack choice but the bag had multiple labels on the front indicating that they were probably a healthy choice. The label included, made with olive oil, vegan, non-GMO, gluten free, only 140 calories per serving . Wow – with those kinds of credentials they must be good for you –...
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Crispy Roasted Mushrooms

Crispy Roasted Mushrooms
​These Crispy Roasted Mushrooms are so much better than the soggy sauteed ones! Try these out as a side dish alone or add to another salad for a crispy crunch and earthy taste. Let us know what you think in the comments section below! ​ Crispy Roasted Mushrooms Ingredients: ​ 1 LB of assorted m ushrooms  (such as Oyster, Shiitake, Cremini...
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Minted Beets

Minted Beets
Roasted, Minted Beets are a delicious way to enjoy the lovely root vegetable that is beets! This simple recipe is super easy to throw together and is sure to impress the entire table. Let us know what you think in the comments section below! Minted Beets Ingredients: ​ 2 LBS of beets trimmed ​ 1 head of red leaf lettuce for lining platter ​ 1 TBS o...
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Green Bean Almondine

Green Bean Almondine
Green Bean Almondine is such a simple yet elegant dish. Impress your guests with this side dish filled with fresh green beans and nutrient dense almonds. This recipe is spiced up with the addition of sliced red pepper! Adults and kids alike are sure to enjoy. Green Bean Almondine Ingredients: ​ 1 LB of fresh green beans (I prefer Haricots they are ...
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Roasted Winter Vegetables

Roasted Winter Vegetables
These Roasted Winter Vegetables are a great way to enjoy all of the wonderful vegetables that are in season. We love hearing from you so let us know what you think in the comments section below. ​ Roasted Winter Vegetables Ingredients: ​ 4 large beets, peeled and cut into ½ inch wedges ​ 1 pound of turnips, peeled and cut in ½ inch wedges ​ 2 pound...
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Date Fudge

Date Fudge
Dates make the perfect base for this delicious Date Fudge recipe. Sweet, chocolaty and ever so easy! Let us know what you think in the comments section below. Attached is a printer friendly PDF version. Date Fudge  14 oz. (about 17) pitted medjool dates  ½ cup of almond butter  ¼ cup of coconut oil  3 TBS. good quality cacao pow...
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Pear and Berry Crisp with Lavender

Pear and Berry Crisp with Lavender
​The addition of lavender buds to this recipe elevates this crisp to a whole new level! We think you'll enjoy this heart, healthy dessert the whole family will love. Attached is a printer friendly PDF version. ​Pear and Berry Crisp with Lavender  Filling:   1 cup of fresh blackberries  1 cup of fresh raspberries  3 TBS. of brown...
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Baked Apples with Cinnamon Sticks

Baked Apples with Cinnamon Sticks
​These Baked Apples with Cinnamon Sticks only require a few ingredients and make a spectacular looking dish for any table. We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do! Attached is a printer friendly PDF version. ​Baked Apples with Cinnamon Sticks  ​ Apples-select apples that are firm  Chopped nuts - 1 TBS per apple  Brown Sugar - ...
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Fig and Nut Bars

Fig and Nut Bars
​Dried figs are what keep these nut bars held together. We love haring from you so let us know what you think in the comments section below! Attached is a printer friendly PDF version. ​Fig and Nut Bars  ​ 1 cup of chopped dried figs  1 cup of raw almonds  ½ cup of raw walnuts  ½ cup of unsweetened shredded coconut  ½ TSP g...
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Everything Muffins

Everything Muffins
These Everything Muffins really do have a little bit of everything in them...Which is why they are so good for you! We hope you enjoy this recipe and let us know what you think in the comments section below. We love hearing from you! Attached is a printer friendly PDF version. ​Everything Muffins ​ 1 ½ cups of whole wheat flour (you can substitute ...
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Nut and Fruit Trail Mix

Nut and Fruit Trail Mix
This Nut and Fruit Trail Mix is the perfect snack for one the go. Make a double bath so save for those days when you need to quickly grab a healthy snack for you and your family. We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do! Let us know in the comments sections below. Attached is a printer friendly PDF version. ​Nut and Fruit Trail Mix  ​ 3 ...
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