Spa Cuisine Recipes

peanut butter & jam swirl smoothie

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Since I enjoy a smoothie almost every day as one of my meals, it’s fun to experiment with recipes and discover something new. I was craving a PB & J sandwich a couple days ago and decided to skip the bread and go straight for a smoothie. I’m so glad I did! This is delicious…

melted apple squash + cider vinaigrette

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Oh my goodness! This is definitely my new favorite way to make butternut squash! The apples and onions melt around the squash as it roasts, creating a delicious, sweet, sort of caramelized coating that really brings out the flavor of the squash. And then, to offset the sweetness, I add a sprinkling of crumbled goat…

sweet pepper confetti slaw

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I whip up a big batch of this sweet slaw whenever I make pulled pork or BBQ beef sandwiches. It’s the absolute perfect accompaniment to tangy, sweet barbecue sauce. I’ve also served it as a pretty side salad at picnics and potlucks. It’s so gorgeous and delicious. You can’t go wrong with this salad. Everyone…

greek chicken gyro bowl

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We love healthy grain bowls, and make up the ingredients for them at least once a week. It’s so great to have all the stuff for a good lunch or dinner bowl on hand so you can throw a meal together in minutes. Here’s our latest! We were in the mood for Greek. Thus, the…

{chicken salad} lunch in a melon bowl

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It’s been sunny and so perfectly “fallish” in the Mississippi River Valley this week. We’re still celebrating our 21st anniversary, and will be throughout the month. I thought this salad would be perfect for a romantic lunch on the front porch. Of course you can double or triple the recipe as needed to feed a…

iced matcha green tea latte

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As most of you know by now, I’m a tea fanatic. I don’t use the word “fanatic” casually. I’m crazy about the stuff. I should be clear from the beginning. When I say tea, I’m not talking about tea bags. I’m talking about the high quality, loose tea. There’s a big difference. If you’ve only…

{slow cooker} smoky gypsy hot pot

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I had literally 15 minutes to whip this together before I ran out the door yesterday. Not kidding! It’s that easy to put together, and I just love it with a big pat of butter melting over the top, a dash of salt and pepper, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. YUM! serves 6…

{slow cooker} island chicken

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Here’s a great little dish to throw in the slow cooker before you run out the door in the morning. Because of the addition of quick cooking tapioca, the sauce gets thick and a little sticky as it simmers away all day. I put in a jar of my favorite Trader Joe’s Island Salsa, and…

tortellini taco chicken salad

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You know how I am constantly eating tacos and posting taco recipes? Like a nut? Well I was craving tacos and tortellini salad at the same time and couldn’t make up my mind. I figured taco flavors would probably work well in a tortellini chicken salad, so I tried it. I was right! This recipe…

apple pie smoothie

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I spent the day with one of my besties today. We had a yummy lunch of turkey bratwurst and salad, on her gorgeous screened in gazebo/porch, and then we watched the movie, Sisters, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. It was exactly the sort of goofy, (somewhat raunchy) humor that I needed today. I love…