Eggplant Caprese Stacks

Eggplant Caprese Stacks
Fresh and simple ingredients make up these yummy eggplant caprese stacks.

Having returned from Italy about two weeks ago, I am already missing the abundance of fresh tomato, basil, and balsamic vinegar. Sometimes I get caught up in making complex and complicated food, but this recent trip to Europe reminded me that simple, fresh ingredients really are the best. Now that I am back, I had the chance to snag a bag of Miyokos Mozzarella (insert happy dance!!). What better to make than something simple, fresh, and Italian inspired, such as these Eggplant Caprese Stacks.

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Spring Green Smoothie

Spring Green Smoothie
Spring Green Smoothie topped with JEM Raw Nut Butter.

Spring is here and with it all sorts of great produce! I just picked up a box of Ranier cherries (my fav!), peaches, pears, figs, a huge watermelon, grapes, and cantaloupe. As I was unloading it all, I realized I had all the ingredients I used to make the Spring Green Smoothie recipe I entered into the JEM Raw Nut Butter contest last year. Of course I had to remake it and wanted to share it on the blog. I didn’t win the grand prize, but I did win a secondary prize and got 4 free jars of JEM, which was amazing!

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Chocolate Cherry Energy Bars

Chocolate Cherry Energy Bars
These quick and easy Chocolate Cherry Energy Bars make a great snack!

Energy bites and bars are one of my favorite on the go snacks. They are easy to make, portable, and such a tasty treat. These Chocolate Cherry Energy Bars combine sweet cherries with cacao nibs and almonds for a sweet, protein filled, antioxidant rich snack. An added bonus–they come together in just a few minutes using a food processor! I brought a batch of these on of our Peruvian adventure and they were a lifesaver when we needed a quick snack.

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