Berry Avocado Quinoa and Kale Salad with Honey-Lime Poppy Seed Dressing



  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (about 2/3 cup dry)
  • 1 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 9 oz baby kale or baby spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 2 medium avocados, peeled, cored and diced
  • 5 oz feta cheese, crumbled

Yield: About 5 – 6 servings


In a blender or mason jar combine all dressing ingredients except poppy seeds. Blend until well combined (or cover and shake if using a mason jar). Pour into a container and stir in poppy seeds. Store in refrigerator.

For the salad toss all ingredients together in a large salad bowl. Pour dressing over top and toss. Serve immediately after adding dressing.

Source: Berry Avocado Quinoa and Kale Salad with Honey-Lime Poppy Seed Dressing – Cooking Classy

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Lemon Ricotta Parmesan Pasta with Spinach and Grilled Chicken


  • 1 lb grilled chicken breasts, sliced into strips*
  • 1 lb dry linguine, fettucine or spaghetti
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup reserved pasta water
  • 6 oz fresh baby spinach, steamed just until beginning to wilt
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups part skim ricotta
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded parmesan, plus more for serving

Yield: About 5 – 6 servings


Cook pasta in salted water according to directions listed on package, reserve 1 cup pasta water before draining pasta.

Drain water (reserve 1 cup) and return pasta to pot. Set pot over medium-low heat and add olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, ricotta, 1/2 cup hot reserved pasta water and parmesan and toss to evenly coat. Add in more pasta water as desired to thin and season with salt and pepper to taste, cook and toss, about 2 minutes, until ricotta is heated through. Toss in spinach and grilled chicken. Serve warm topped with more parmesan if desired.

*I recommend brushing the chicken lightly with olive oil and season both sides salt, pepper and garlic powder before grilling.

Source: Lemon Ricotta Parmesan Pasta with Spinach and Grilled Chicken – Cooking Classy

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Sustainable Traditions: Immigrants in Today’s Food Culture — Food News

Perhaps now more than ever, the world’s ears are piqued to the stories of the immigrant experience. So often our first foray into understanding these stories is through what we have most in common: food. For 10 years Feet in 2 Worlds has brought the work of immigrant and ethnic media journalists from communities across the U.S. to public radio and the web, uncovering stories from the often-forgotten corners of the U.S. experience.


​The Changing Face of European Coffee — Smart Coffee for Regular Joes

Europe has always had a special relationship to coffee. Centuries ago, European traders got their hands on it during travels to the Near East, helping to launch an entire global industry. We have France to thank for cafes, and Italy to thank for our beloved espresso drinks. European coffee culture has always been rich, and it continues to grow and expand today.


Metabolic Circuit Training: Workout Routine and Its Benefits

Metabolic circuit training aims to boost your body’s metabolism through progressing quickly from one set of exercise to another in order to burn more unwanted fats. That said, it’s a really good way to torch calories really fast.

Aside from helping you lose weight, metabolic circuit training also helps tone your muscles, build strength and endurance, boost your cardiovascular health, among others. More of its details is discussed on LA Muscle:

3 Benefits Of Metabolic Training

Metabolic training is an intense form of exercise, which requires the individual to complete variations of compound exercises, simultaneously with minimal rest between sets. This kind of training will typically be done in a circuit using exercises which target various muscle groups. A typical metabolic training routine may look something like this – Read more…

And that’s exactly why metabolic circuit training is a good workout routine to try if you are really itching to see the results on your body really fast. But don’t push yourself too hard, though!

So if you’re ready to start with metabolic circuit training, training director Sean Hyson shares the basic things you need to know about this workout on Men’s Fitness:


Think of a metabolic circuit as interval training mixed with resistance training. That means you get the fat-burning and heart-busting benefits of intense cardio along with the muscle-building properties of a weight workout. It’s no wonder then that metabolic circuits have been a favorite of sports coaches for years and are now migrating into the workouts of general fitness seekers. Read on and Marc Megna, fitness model, former NFL linebacker, and strength coach, will show you how to set up a metabolic circuit to torch your belly fat and raise your game. Read more…

And finally, here’s a workout routine you can try, which spans for 3 days with 12 exercises, on Muscle and Fitness:


The excess fat on your body is a lot like a nut attached to a rusted-out bolt. You want to twist it off. You need to twist it off. Chances are, you’ve tried everything you can think of to unscrew it, but nothing ever seems to work. It’s stuck—and so are you.

When this happens, any machine or auto repair shop worth its salt has just the last-resort solution on hand to get things moving: a blowtorch. When you blowtorch a rusted nut-and-bolt arrangement, the intense heat breaks the bond created by the rust, and it melts things down to a point where the nut can easily be removed. Read more…

Though it’s a tough workout, metabolic circuit training is a great way to spice up your boring workout routines. Plus, it can possibly give you more chance to burn a lot of calories and fats faster than running, weight training and more!

Note, though, that metabolic circuit training can literally leave you feeling breathless after, so you may want to consult with your doctor first especially if you have heart problems.

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