Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinagrette

Hi Everyone! 

Today I’m sharing a delicious, healthy, and extremely simple dinner salad with you! Can you remember a really hot day, one where the last thing you wanted to do is cook? I love to cook, but adding even more heat into the mix on a 90 degree day isn’t always the best idea. So, I love to make refreshing salads on these days (the combinations are endless!) to share with my family and friends. In fact, this exact salad is inspired by my cousin, Ava!

While there are tons of great salad ingredients out there, fresh fruit and goat cheese are a very flavorful, unique choice! Sometimes, it is nice to break out of the typical garden salad rut, and using different cheese and fruits/vegetables you can do that. 

What’s your favorite salad? Feel free to comment down below or tell me on Instagram! Without further ado, please enjoy this healthy summer salad, and stay cool! 🙂

Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinagrette (Serves about 2)

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Ingredients:

  • 21/2 cups leafy greens (arugula and spinach are amazing!) 
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese, sliced or crumbled 
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • Optional slice of red onion, diced
  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. pure maple syrup 

Steps:

First, prepare your dressing by whisking together the balsamic vinegar, oil, and maple syrup. Set aside, and wash the fruit and vegetables. Start with the leafy greens, adding in strawberries and red onion from there. Crumble about 1/4 cup of goat cheese into the salad, and mix with 1 tbs. dressing, adding more to taste. Enjoy!

Watermelon Strawberry Summer Slushies

Hi Everyone!

Today I’m sharing a refreshingly delicious  recipe with you- Watermelon Strawberry Summer Slushies! In the summertime, Slushies and so called “Frozen Smoothies” are sold almost everywhere. Contrary to health claims, these treats are filled with artificial colors, flavors, and dyes (all of which cause negative side effects). 

So, I created this healthy (yet delectable!) treat, which my brother and I both love! We make these drinks for dessert on a hot day, but they could easily be a healthy snack or part of a meal. And, for a tropical twist, add in a few tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice! You could also freeze the blended Slushies in Popsicle molds for something extra awesome.

I hope this treat helps you beat the heat (if it’s as hot near you as it is near me!) and enjoy! Please subscribe to emails from The Mini Foodie for weekly updates with new posts and recipes, and enjoy! 😉

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Watermelon Strawberry Summer Slushies (serves 2)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh, cubed watermelon 
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries (or you could substitute raspberries) 
  • 1/4-1/2 cup coconut water
  • Optional 2-3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tsp. Honey (if needed)

Prep:

To begin, blend together coconut water, watermelon, and strawberries. Taste, and add in lime juice and honey if you would like. Serve right away, or freeze in Popsicle molds for a treat later on. Enjoy! 🙂

Easy Homemade Banana Berry Ice Cream

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Have you ever been looking for a breakfast that felt like a dessert? Or a healthier dessert on a hot day? Well, here’s the answer! When I saw the 2-ingredient banana ice cream recipe on several blogs, I wondered, “How can I make this even more flavorful AND add a colorful boost of flavor?” So, I came up with this Banana Berry Ice Cream. All you need is a blender, some frozen fruit, and a splash of milk for a tasty treat!

Often times, I like to make this delicious recipe for breakfast topped with fresh berries and almonds or pecans, or add more milk to create a smoothie out of it. Not only do I enjoy this, but my younger brother, Liam, has given this recipe a thumbs-up- and he is definitely a picky eater! If you are trying to win over reluctant foodies, make this ice cream! 

I hope you enjoy this healthy yet delectable treat (especially in the summer heat!) and please subscribe for weekly email notifications of blog posts and all things “Mini Foodie!” Enjoy! 🙂

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Easy Banana Berry Ice Cream (serves 2)

Ingredients: 

  • 21/2 bananas, sliced and frozen 
  • 1 cup mixed berries (my personal favorite is raspberries!) 
  • 2 tbs. to 1/4 cup local, whole milk (not low fat- more on this subject in the next post!)
  • Optional 2 tablespoons chia seeds

Prep:

Add bananas, berries, and milk and blend until you reach a soft serve ice cream texture. Serve immediately for a frosty treat! 


A Thank You to Lisa Leake!

Hi Everyone!

Yesterday I had the very special opportunity to meet my idol and inspiration for cooking and creating my blog- Lisa Leake from 100 Days of Real Food! It was incredibly generous of her to take the time to meet up with my family, especially while she was on vacation!

For those of you who have not read Lisa’s blog, 100 Days of Real Food, I would highly recommend you check it out! She posts tons of recipes I live by, and has great advice for people looking to cut out processed food. In 2010, her family went 100 days eating only food following the real food rules, which is an incredible accomplishment! 

Thanks again to Lisa Leake and her family- it was an amazing day I will never forget! She is my inspiration for my passion, and a big role model for me. Please visit her blog at 100daysofrealfood.com, and check out all of her awesome ideas! 🙂

Energizing Banana Toast

Hi Everyone!

Today I’m sharing a favorite breakfast of mine- banana toast! Throughout the spring and summer, I often find that when I have breakfast I need it to stay with me for several hours. Biking, hiking, swimming, and running are typical daily activities! So, I took the typical (and delicious!) peanut butter and banana combination, and added to it for a delicious breakfast recipe! This is the perfect recipe to make for reluctant real foodies, and is also great for traveling because you can easily access the ingredients. As for the peanut butter, other but and seed butters could easily be substituted. For the bread, I would recommend a good quality, whole grain bread, shooting for a brand with five ingredients or less. At many mainstream stores, this can be difficult (more on that in an upcoming post!), so if there is not a healthy option, I like to make my own bread using this recipe.


So, without further ado, enjoy this delicious and healthy breakfast, and please subscribe to recieve emails from The Mini Foodie! Enjoy! 🙂

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Simple Energizing Banana Toast (serves 1 or 2)

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices good quality whole wheat bread
  • 2 tbs. all natural 1-ingredient peanut butter (or other nut butter) 
  • 1/2-2/3 banana, sliced
  • 1 tbs. chia seeds 
  • a small handful of organic blueberries (optional) 

Instructions: 

Toast two slices of whole wheat bread. While toasting, slice banana into coins. Spread peanut butter on toasted bread, and sprinkle chia seeds. If you would like, add on a few blueberries for brain-boosting energy!