Fresh Fruit Kabobs with Healthy Coconut Yogurt Dip

Fresh Fruit Kabobs with Healthy Coconut Yogurt Dip

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I love a good cookout, don’t you?  But a cookout is way more than just grilling up some burgers and opening a bag of chips.  So, for my next cookout, I’m making these fresh fruit kabobs with a lowfat yogurt dip as a light, refreshing and healthy dessert!  And now, Giant Eagle has made hosting a get together even better by slashing prices on so many of the items that I need for a cookout, but also on the items that my family already uses every day!Fresh Fruit Kabobs with Healthy Coconut Yogurt Dip // Money Savvy Living #fruitkabobs #yogurtdip #GiantEagleSlashedPrices

 

Spring is here, the weather is starting to warm up, and I am getting ready for all the fun cookouts that we will have this spring and summer!  One of the things that I enjoy the most about spring and summer is that there is so much fresh fruit that is in-season, and it makes a wonderful dessertespecially when paired with a delicious fruit dip!

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The best part is, this wasn’t just an in-store sale going on (although they had those too!)these lower prices are permanent!  As I walked through the store, I was happy to see that the prices were slashed on many of the items that my family loves:

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So when I started looking for the ingredients that I needed for my fruit kabobs and yogurt dip, I was happy to see that many of the items that I needed were not just on sale, but that the prices have been slashed and now I was able to get them at a their new, lower prices!

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Giant Eagle even slashed prices on all of the great paper products that I need for my cookout too!Fresh Fruit Kabobs with Healthy Coconut Yogurt Dip // Money Savvy Living #fruitkabobs #yogurtdip #GiantEagleSlashedPrices

So I saw a huge savings in my weekly grocery bill already.  On this trip alone, I saved over $14, which was nearly 15 percent of my total!  This really got me thinking… these savings are really going to add up over the course of a year!

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Now that I got everything I that I needed for my cookout, I was ready to start making my healthier dessert:

Fresh Fruit Kabobs with Healthy Coconut Yogurt Dip

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Fresh Fruit Kabobs with Healthy Coconut Yogurt Dip
Fresh fruit kabobs with a healthy coconut yogurt dip makes a light, refreshing, and lowfat dessert, appetizer or snack.
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Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
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Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Mix Greek yogurt, vanilla, cinnamon, and honey until smooth. Pour into small serving dish and top with fresh coconut.
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I made the kabobs using strawberries, blueberries, melon, mango, grapes, marshmallows, prunes, and yogurt covered cranberries.  But, of course, you can use any fruits that you like…

Wash and cut all fruit.  Make sure to cut fruit into approximately 1 inch chunks so they are bite-size, yet large enough to not break when put on the skewer. Alternate ingredients on skewers.

 

Enjoy!

 

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How much will you save on your weekly grocery bill with the new slashed prices?  

Copycat Orange Julius Smoothie

Copycat Orange Julius

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A smoothie from Orange Julius is one of my favorite treats! I remember the taste of an Orange Julius as a kid and thinking that it tasted like a creamsicle in the form of a drink—so good! And my kids and their cousins absolutely love this Orange Julius copycat recipe!

Even though these smoothies are a relatively healthy treat, it can get pretty expensive to buy them very often for the kids.  But there’s no reason to go out for them when you can make one that tastes so similar at home!

 

 

Copycat Orange Julius Smoothie

In a blender, add the following:

  • ¾ cup orange juice concentrate
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ice, add a few cubes at a time until desired consistency
  • ¼ cup Vanilla Juice Plus+ Complete protein** (optional to add a little protein boost!)

 

Blend until smooth…and enjoy!

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Healthy Oat Bran & Beet Muffins

Healthy Oat Bran & Beet Muffins

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One thing that I have really been focusing on lately is reducing food waste.  This is way more than just not letting food go bad sitting in the refrigerator.  I am trying to use things that I might have just thrown out before.  For instance, when I make Beet Root, Carrot, & Apple Juice, I would normally throw the pulp out and just drink the juice.  But why throw it out?  I have washed and prepared all of those healthy fruits and vegetables, so I may as well use the fibrous part too!

So something that I normally wouldn’t even bother using is going to be the sweetener and healthy boost to some healthy oat bran & beet muffins!  And the beautiful color that the beet adds to these muffins make them the perfect festive treat for Valentine’s Day or a Mother’s Day brunch.  Not to mention… they truly are guilt-free muffins!

I have to say, the thing that I like most about these muffins is that they are not sweetened with sugar… honey is used instead. Of course, the beet, carrot, and apple pulp is pretty sweet too!  The only sugar in this recipe is totally optional, and that is the glaze that goes on top. Sometimes you need to allow yourself to indulge a little…

 

Healthy Oat Bran & Beet Muffins

Healthy Oat Bran & Beet Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose gluten free baking mix
  • 1 cup oat bran
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 medium banana, mashed
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup beet, carrot, and apple pulp (*This is what I have left over from juicing earlier today)
  • **For a bit of a healthy boost, replace the baking mix with Vanilla Juice Plus+ Complete)
  • Glaze **optional**
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 Tbsp milk (add one at a time and stir until proper consistency)
  • just add a few drops of the beautiful beet, carrot & apple juice that is left over from juicing to get a beautiful pink glaze...

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine baking mix, Vanilla Juice Plus+ Powder, and oat bran.
  3. Add applesauce, egg, honey, vanilla, and baking soda.
  4. Stir until combined.
  5. Add in mashed banana and beet pulp mixture.
  6. Spoon into muffin tin.
  7. Bake for approximately 12 minutes.
  8. ** Drizzle with glaze while muffins are still warm.
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These muffins are so sweet and tasty… and it’s a sneaky way to get your kids to eat something that is actually good for them and they won’t even know it!

Enjoy!

Fresh Beet Root, Carrot & Apple Juice to Boost Your Immune System

Fresh Beet Root, Carrot & Apple Juice to Boost Your Immune System

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution to live healthier this year?  I know I didand this year, Giant Eagle is going to help me keep my resolution!

Hmmm, you might be wondering exactly how my local grocery store is going to do that?  Well, shopping for fresh produce and picking out healthier options just got easier and less time-consuming with Giant Eagle’s Curbside Express Delivery!

As a mother, it is my goal to give my family healthy meals and snacks, but as you probably know, that can be really time-consuming.  So when I found out that Giant Eagle now offers Curbside Express Delivery, I was pretty excited!  This is a huge time saver!

Here’s how it works:
  • Go online and pick your local Giant Eagle store
  • Connect your Advantage Card to your Curbside Express account
  • Choose the groceries that you wantit can be fresh produce, freezer items, meat, dairy, canned goods, etc.:
    • Shop weekly specials or search for the products you want
    • Find your item
    • Add it to your cart
    • Select how many of each item you want

  • Select a time and date
  • And kick back and relax while a personal shopper puts your grocery order together
  • Be ready for delivery of your order!

**Even if you are not located in an area that has delivery, your local store may still have Curbside Express at the store, meaning that they will still get your order ready at a specific time and date and all you have to do is drive to the store, sit in your car and they will bring your order out to you!  Still a huge time-saver!**

Now, if you’re like me, you might be a bit skeptical about having someone else pick out your produce.  I am super-picky when it comes to selecting produce.  I like to make sure that I’m not buying fruit or vegetables that are bruised or on the verge of going bad.

So how did my personal shopper with Giant Eagle Curbside Express do?
  • My order was ready on-time!
  • Before delivery of my order, they went over some substitutions that they had to make and offered me some additional options because a few items were out of stock. (You can choose to keep or delete the substituted items)
  • My bill was finalized and my groceries were delivered.
  • All items were correct in my order, and the produce all looked great!

Knowing that winter is here— and that cold and flu season is upon us, I want to make sure our bodies are getting the vitamins and nutrients that we need, so to help boost our immune systems, I am going to make fresh juice with all the wonderful, produce that I just got.

Now, my kids probably wouldn’t choose to eat beets on their own, but I can hide them in some fresh juice that has been sweetened with some fruit and sneak in the goodness!

Fresh Beet Root, Carrot & Apple Juice


Peel and wash all produce thoroughly before juicing.

  • 2 beet roots (I don’t juice the beet leaves, I save those and will cook those as a side dish later!)
  • 6 medium size carrots
  • 3 apples (any variety that you like)
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 2-3 oranges

Put through your juicer and blend juices together.  Strain if preferred to remove some of the pulp… and enjoy!

Why are these fruits and vegetables so good for immunity?

Beet roota rich source of iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur, iodine, manganese and copper. Additionally, beetroot is rich in folic acid. This rejuvenates the resistance of the body to fight toxicity.

Carrots—rich in Vitamin A and can help reduce toxins

Apples—rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber.  Apples are just good for overall health and they help to sweeten up this juice combo!

Lemon—has many nourishing elements, such as: vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, and protein.

Cucumber—very effective detoxifying agent, which clears the blood stream of excess uric acid; soothing and anti-inflammatory

Oranges—excellent source of vitamin C; also helps to sweeten this juice combo!

 

New year, new you… what will you do to live healthier this year?

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

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Do you love mint chocolate chip ice cream or Thin Mint cookies?  If so, this smoothie is definitely for you!

This is just one of the ways I love to use the mint that I grow in my backyard garden (you can also check out the creamy mint and avocado sauce that I make for veggie dip and use as a burger topping).  Any time fresh fruit and herbs are in season, I try to incorporate them any way I can to give my morning breakfast routine a bit a variety and this is my newest way to do that!

 

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

In a blender, add the following:

 

Blend until smooth…and enjoy!

 

What is your favorite smoothie flavor?

 

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For more smoothie recipes:

Blueberry Mango Smoothie // Money Savvy Living

Blueberry Mango Smoothie

 

Chocolate Caramel Chia Smoothie

 

Orange Julius Copycat Strawberry Banana Smoothie

 

 

 

Healthy Pumpkin & Oat Cookies

Healthy Pumpkin & Oat Cookies

This post may contain affiliate links or sponsored content.  Please know that all opinions are honestly conveyed and are mine alone.

It’s mid-October.  The air is finally getting cooler ironically, we’ve had quite a warm fall!  So even though it hasn’t really felt like fall much yet, I am starting to get in the mood for some yummy fall treats.  And what better way to do that than with pumpkin and oat cookies?!

But these are even better because they are actually healthy for you too!  So, they truly are guilt-free cookies well, almost guilt-free!

I have to say, the thing that I like most about these cookies is that they are not sweetened with sugar… raw honey is used instead.  Of course, there is a bit of sugar in the semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you really don’t even have to add these unless you want to.  And you can even add a little glaze to the top if you really want to indulge…

Pumpkin & Oat Healthy Cookies

½ cup butter
1 medium egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup pumpkin puree
½ tsp. baking soda
½ cup quick oats
½ cup all purpose gluten free baking mix**
1 banana, mashed
2 Tbsp. raw chia seeds
3 Tbsp raw honey, melted

**or for an extra protein boost, use ½ cup Vanilla Juice Plus+ Complete

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Cream the butter and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Beat until fluffy, add egg and beat until combined. Add in pumpkin puree, baking soda, quick oats, gluten free baking mix, banana, chia seeds, and melted honey. Mix until all ingredients are combined. Use cookie scoop to place dough on cookie sheet.

Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until light golden brown.

 

*to order Vanilla Juice Plus Complete for a nutritional boost to this recipe, click here.

 

These cookies truly are delicious… and it’s a sneaky way to get your kids to eat something that is actually good for them and they won’t even know it!

Enjoy!

 

Chocolate Caramel Chia Smoothie

Chocolate Caramel Chia Smoothie

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It is so hard to believe the kids are going back to school already… feels like summer just started!  However, not only do my kids go back to school again this week, but my oldest son starts middle school and my youngest son starts kindergarten.  So, lots of change coming our way, and yes, there are sure to be some tears– probably mostly from me though!

Mornings can be hectic… finishing up homework, getting lunches packed, making sure the kids have a healthy breakfast before heading out the door to catch the bus… but what about my own breakfast?  I have to admit that, more than once, I have skipped breakfast because I simply haven’t had the time.  But now, that excuse is gone.  Even when I don’t have much time, I can still reach for Silk Almondmilk to help get my day started off the right way!

 

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I was used to getting my almondmilk in the refrigerated section before, but now, I can get shelf-stable, individual bottles of Silk Almondmilk at my local Walmart.  Maybe that doesn’t sound like a big deal, but for my busy life, I actually like being able to stock up on things so I don’t have to visit the store quite as often.  And being able to stock up on this delicious almondmilk means that I have a quick breakfast-starter always available in my pantry.

 

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Even though I am looking for a quick breakfast, I am still health-conscious.  I really don’t want to start my day out with a donut just because it is quick and easy.  For me, making a smoothie for breakfast is a quick, easy, healthier option.  And using Silk Almondmilk as the base of my smoothie is a good choice because of how it’s made:

  • good source of calcium
  • contains NO: dairy, gluten, egg, casein, or MSG
  • NO artificial colors, flavors, or additives

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On my last trip to Walmart, I picked up the Silk Almondmilk Unsweetened Vanilla and the Silk Almondmilk and Cashewmilk with Caramel.  And right now, you can save on these products with a $1.00 off coupon from Ibotta!

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To make sure I get a good breakfast, and get the kids sent off to start the school year, I’m going to make a Chocolate Caramel Chia Smoothie:

 

Chocolate Caramel Chia Smoothie

Chocolate Caramel Chia Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Silk Almondmilk and Cashewmilk with Caramel
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocao
  • 1 Tsp Chia Seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
  • Ice Cubes

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into your favorite smoothie cup.
  3. Top with whipped cream and drizzle with caramel (**optional).
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Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Homemade Enchilada Sauce 

Getting ready for Cinco de Mayo?  This Homemade Enchilada Sauce, featuring Kitchen Accomplice Wicked Tasty Taco Sauce, will be perfect to help you celebrate! 

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I have to admit, I have always been one to just buy a can of enchilada sauce because it was easy.  If you know me, you know that I love just about everything homemade.  I feel that it is healthier, less preservatives, and it tastes better.  But I never really even considered making homemade enchilada sauce—until one day I actually needed to…

 

Ground beef was cooked, I had my tortillas ready to fill, cheese… but no enchilada sauce.  It was kind-of an emergency.

 

So basically, out of desperation— for the need to complete my meal, I made enchilada sauce.  Not only was it delicious (yes, I even shocked myself by making this one!), but it was so quick and easy, I may never buy enchilada sauce again!

 

 

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Now, the biggest surprise of this recipe is the Wicked Tasty Taco Sauce… because it has a wonderful chipotle flavor and is definitely not your average taco sauce, so it worked perfect in my enchilada sauce!

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Homemade Enchilada Sauce

  • Servings: approx. 3 dozen
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Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Ingredients:

Directions:

Heat oil and Wicked Tasty Taco sauce in a skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in flour, reduce heat to medium, and cook until lightly brown, stirring constantly to prevent burning.

Gradually stir homemade salsa, water, cumin, garlic powder, chopped onion, and salt into the mixture.  Stir until smooth, and continue cooking over medium heat approximately 10 minutes, or until thickened slightly.

 

 

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Enjoy!

 

 

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Blueberry Mango Smoothie

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Looking for a quick breakfast on the go?  A post-workout recovery drink?  A healthy snack?  Well, here is the answer you have been looking for.  Blueberry Mango Smoothie!

 

This smoothie is packed with protein and healthy antioxidants.  Besides the whole foods based protein powder, blueberries provide many health benefits such as boosting the immune system, reducing belly fat, preserving vision, and improving heart and brain function.  And the possible health benefits of mangoes include fighting cancer, helping to alkalize the body, aiding in weight loss, regulating diabetes, helping digestion, and aiding in clear your skin, just to name a few!

 

Consistently replacing breakfast or lunch with one of these delicious smoothies can also be helpful with weight loss, as you choose to replace your quick lunch run through a fast food line with a low-fat, protein packed complete, healthy smoothie.

 

 

Blueberry Mango Smoothie

This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free:

Blueberry Mango Smoothie

  • 1 banana**
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • ¼ cup frozen mango chuncks
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • ¼ cup Vanilla Juice Plus+ Complete protein

Blend until smooth.

**Smoothie tip Use a frozen banana to give your smoothie a much creamier texture (almost like a milkshake!)

Enjoy!

 

If you want to know a little bit more about the Juice Plus+ company or the Complete Protein shake, and how you can actually utilize it to lose weight and live healthier, check out this Healthy Living Revolution video for the Shred10 program.

 

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*This post contains direct links to my JP+ Virtual Franchise. Should you choose to buy a product through here, I would receive a commission, but it does not change the price that you pay for the product.

 

 

 

Wicked Juicy Turkey Burger with Creamy Avocado & Mint Sauce

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I love a good, juicy burger.  But I don’t love the guilt that I feel after partaking in this indulgence…

 

I have tried healthier versions, such as veggie burgers or turkey burgers to try to find a good substitute for the traditional {delicious, mouth-watering} beef burger, but none have satisfied… until now.

 

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I have recently discovered a wonderful little product from Kitchen Accomplice Wicked Juicy Burger Turkey concentrate, specifically formulated to be added to ground turkey.  This definitely enhanced the ground turkey and gave it a much more appealing taste for me.  Honestly, I actually even found that my burger didn’t taste that much different than a regular beef burger {big win!}, but I knew that it was much healthier… so no feeling guilty for indulging in this big, juicy burger!

 

I mean, this is the whole point of healthy cooking to me.  I don’t want to just eat something that’s good for me, I want it to actually taste good too and be enjoyable to eat.  I have bought food that is “healthy” for me, but tasted terrible and walk away from the table feeling full, but not satisfied, so I strive very hard to take all the types of foods that I love and just try to make them healthier.  I want to enjoy life, not deprive myself.

 

And I promise, you won’t feel deprived with this burger!

 

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Wicked Juicy Turkey Burger (with Creamy Avocado & Mint Sauce)

Wicked Juicy Turkey Burger with Creamy Avocado & Mint Sauce

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2-3 tablespoons Wicked Juicy Burger, turkey concentrate
  • ¾ cup gluten-free panko bread crumbs (my favorite are the 4 Crumbs Italian seasoned GF panko)
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (you can go easy on the salt because the turkey concentrate already has salt in it)
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • finely chopped chives to taste

 

Mix until all ingredients are fully incorporated.  Go ahead and get your hands in there… you are going to need to form the burger patties anyways!

Grill burger patties until cooked completely (no pink).

 

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While it is much easier to buy pre-formed burger patties from the grocery store, I do like to make my own because I find that I don’t really need a true quarter-pounder… that’s a bit too much for me, so being able to make a burger a bit smaller for the kids and myself, and maybe adding a bit extra for my husband, still leaves plenty of extra ground turkey that I will use for meatballs… but that is a different post…

 

So, as part of my journey to make traditional fattening foods that I love a bit more healthy, I decided to plant my own little herb garden this year. I figure, they are perennials, so they should come back next year (I planted them in pots so I can take them inside in case of a harsh winter), they will look nice, and I can actually use them throughout the summer and early autumn in my cooking. Now if you don’t have your own herbs, it could get pretty expensive to buy all of this at the grocery store. But, I have probably spent around $15 for all of these herb plants (probably about what it would cost to buy fresh herbs at the grocery store for just this recipe!) and I can use them all summer long… and hopefully, they will make it through the winter and grow again next year! So making this will literally cost just a few cents by the time I average it out over everything I will use these herbs for this year. Well worth the initial investment!

 

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Top: peppermint, spearmint, mojito Middle: dill, basil, thyme Bottom: lavender, chives

 

If you are new to gardening, here are some pointers on starting your own herb garden that are important to know, such as how to prepare the soil, where to plant your herbs, etc. Or, if you have limited space, or live in an apartment, you pay even want to consider a tower container garden, which is compact enough to go on a balcony or rooftop. Tower gardens are also especially good for very dry areas because they use less water as well…

 

Since I have all of these beautiful herbs right in my backyard, I decided to make a Creamy Avocado & Mint Sauce to compliment my turkey burger.

 

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And the best thing about this dip is that it is so versatile. It can be used on sandwiches, burgers, even on pasta… so I guess, it really is a sauce too! However you choose to use it…. healthy, fresh, delicious!

 

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However you decide to top your burger, I think you will enjoy the better, richer taste of this wicked juicy burger.

 

 

 

 

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*This post contains links to KA, a subdivision of MTG.  While my husband works for this company, I have not been compensated for this post in any way, and all opinions are my own.

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