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    5 Healthy and Delicious Recipes

    June 30, 2017
    Did you know that June is National Fruit and Veggies Month?! It's time to start celebrating by adding some color to your meals. We've rounded up 5 easy, healthy recipes that use your favorite fruits and vegetables, making them perfect to try out this summer! Your taste buds and your waistline will thank you.

    1. Spicy Rainbow Pasta with Veggie Noodles

    If you’re craving pasta but don’t want all the carbs, we’ve got the perfect recipe for you! This simple meal uses vegetables as noodles, and the homemade sauce has the perfect amount of kick!

    Note: You’ll need a spiralizer for this recipe – you know, those gadgets that turn zucchini into “noodles”?! If you don’t already have one, they are a great investment that’ll help you eat healthy all year long.

    Clean one beet, one sweet potato, one zucchini and one summer squash, then use the spiralizer to create “noodles” out of each vegetable. Be sure to peel the sweet potato and beet before spiralizing.

    In a hot skillet, mix together 2 tablespoons coconut oil, 2 teaspoons sriracha sauce, 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar and 2 teaspoons soy sauce (or coconut aminos). After a few minutes, add the vegetable noodles and toss to coat with the sauce. Heat for 5-7 minutes, or until the noodles are al dente. Add salt and pepper to taste and garnish with fresh parsley and chopped pecans.

    2. Blackberry Peach Yogurt Cups

    This 5-ingredient recipe can be made in a cinch and is as healthy as it is tasty! Have it for breakfast or serve it as a wholesome dessert.

    Stir 3 tablespoons honey into 1-1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt until blended and divide among 4 bowls. Peel and slice 2 ripe peaches and wash 3/4-cup blackberries and spread them evenly on top of the yogurt. Lastly, spread 1/4-cup granola evenly on top of each bowl. Drizzle with extra honey, if desired, and serve immediately.

    3. Summer Vegetable Kabobs

    Summer is the perfect time to fire up that grill. But before you start dreaming of high-calorie burgers and bratwursts, consider serving up a delightful selection of veggies next time you get that grill roaring. (Or you can certainly serve them as sides to your favorite burger!) However you’d like to eat these kabobs, your body will be happy that it’s getting a healthy portion of veggies!

    First, soak your wooden skewers in water for one hour. While skewers are soaking, cut a variety of your favorite vegetables into bite-sized pieces. Zucchini, eggplant, onions, mushrooms, bell peppers and cherry tomatoes work well for kabobs. Throw in some pineapple chunks for a tangy burst of flavor!

    Next, whisk together 1/4 cup dry white wine, 1/4 cup honey, 3 garlic cloves minced, 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1-1/2 teaspoons pepper and 1 teaspoon salt.

    Reserve 1/4 cup of this mixture and pour the rest over the vegetables and chill for at least 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours. Remove the vegetables from the marinade and thread onto skewers. Grill on medium-high heat until vegetables are tender. Place on a plate and top with reserved marinade.

    4. Three Fruit and Yogurt Shake

    Kids and adults alike will enjoy this easy and tasty smoothie recipe. Plus, it makes a nice cold treat on a hot June day, and it tastes so good you won’t even realize you’re doing something good for your body!

    In a blender, process 2 cups low-fat vanilla yogurt, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 cup frozen peach slices, 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks. Blend until smooth, being sure to scrape the sides of the blender. Serve immediately.

    5. Grilled Rainbow Peppers

    Bell peppers are packed with Vitamin C and are one versatile vegetable! This healthy appetizer is sophisticated and will impress guests at any summer gathering, but they’ll never know how simple it was to whip up!

    Quarter 3 bell peppers and lightly coat with cooking spray. Place peppers on the grill and cook over medium-high heat with the lid on for 5 minutes on each side, or until tender. Whisk together 3 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar and 1 tablespoon brown sugar, then drizzle this mixture over the grilled peppers. Top with goat cheese, basil leaves, salt and pepper.

    Which healthy recipe are you itching to try this summer? We think adding in fruits and vegetables will be easier than you think once you taste how delicious they can be!

    And for those days you just want to have fun and eat a good meal, Isle of Capri Casino® Kansas City is always ready for you! Farmer’s Pick Buffet® is the perfect place to enjoy the freshest fruit and veggies around. Farmer’s Pick partners with local farmers and regional growers to bring you delicious meals. See you soon!

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