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Hibiscus Sparkling Soda Spritzers

Blushing with cranberry-pink effervescent bubbles, these ice-cold hibiscus sparkling soda spritzers have an addictive sweet-tart flavor. Here’s your recipe for a bright, delicious and thirst-quenching non-alcoholic mocktail!

hibiscus sparkling soda spritzers with shot glass

To make hibiscus spritzers, first make a strong “tea” with magenta-red hibiscus flowers. Sweeten the tea with honey, just enough to soften the flower’s tangy sharpness. Pour a shot of the bright syrup over ice and top with fizzy water. Ta-da!


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Candied Ginger and Honey Hot Cross Buns

Imagine a batch of honey-sweetened whole wheat soft dinner rolls. They’re fragrant with warm spices like cinnamon and ginger and cardamom and loaded with candied ginger and dried fruit. Yep, these candied ginger honey hot cross buns.

Gingery Whole Wheat Hot Cross Buns baked in pan with cream cheese frosting cross on top

Make them healthier with whole wheat flour. Give them a cross made of flour and water before baking, or finish with a cream cheese and maple syrup cross once the buns have cooled. The flour and water cross is traditional and the frosting cross is my twist.

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Vegetarian Paella Salad with Spiced Walnuts

Bright and healthy with savory, sweet, color and crunch, everything you want in a stellar salad, this paella salad with spiced walnuts has it all!

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Vegetarian Paella Salad with Spiced Walnuts in wooden bowl

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Bok Choy Risotto (Instant Pot pressure cooker)

Crunchy bok choy stirred into soft, chewy-creamy risotto—this classic Italian rice dish pairs two unassuming foods, Arborio rice and bok choy. Bok choy’s tender green leaves wilt into the hot risotto, and the sweet, the almost-white stalks keep their pleasing crunch. And best of all, this bok choy risotto cooks in your pressure cooker or Instant Pot in 5 minutes!

Bok Choy Risotto in bowl with spoon

How to cook risotto in the pressure cooker–learn with this recipe!

The truth is, I’ve never made risotto in anything but a pressure cooker. Then I read that busy modern Italian cooks use a pressure cooker to make risotto! Ta-da! Why go the labor-intensive standing-at-the-stove method when I can set the timer for 4 minutes, release the pressure and have risotto done and perfectly cooked?

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Almond Flour Banana Chocolate Muffins

Soft and moist, like a good brownie, naturally sweetened with maple syrup and ripe bananas, these almond flour chocolate banana muffins are a healthy gluten free chocolate treat.

almond flour banana chocolate muffins stacked on plate with one facing camera

I first made these muffins as a healthful treat for a young friend who, the year she turned 18, was diagnosed with both Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease. Loaded with crunchy toasted almonds, these muffins have 7 grams of protein, 10 grams sugar and 20 grams carbohydrates, less sweet than your average muffin, yet damn delicious!

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