Rice Pasta Salad with Avocado and Lime-Basil Aioli

The creamy, zesty, refreshing, Avocado aioli salad dressing transforms this basic pasta salad into the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Avocados are an ideal ingredient to lend a rich and buttery flavor as well as satisfy feelings of indulgence and fullness. They are loaded with a wide variety of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients (manganese, vitamin C, and vitamin E, as well as phytonutrients like unique carotenoids, flavonoids, and phytosterols). The tangy lime and basil combination pair well with blood-sugar supportive peas and heart-healthy carrots, which serve a significant source of vitamin A and biotin for healthy eyesight and youthful skin. This scrumptious dish is ideal for a quick weeknight salad or main course. Feel free to add in more types of crunchy veggies to improve the nutritional content as desired.

Fluffy Blueberry Cinnamon Pancakes – Gluten Free

These healthy pancakes were inspired by a lonely banana on a cloudy Sunday morning. Sitting on my counter, too ripe to eat, but perfect for baking. Realizing that mashed up banana makes a great egg substitute, I decided move forward with Pancake Sunday Funday. I always have frozen blueberries on hand, but you can use any fruit of your choosing as long as they cook well with the batter (eg. apple, raspberry, strawberry). The blueberries add a tart and sweet tang and the heart-healthy cinnamon adds a warm spice to these little cakes. You'll notice there's no sugar added to this recipe because both fruits serve as the source of sweetness while the buttermilk adds the perfect acidity.