Fruit

Recipe: Summer Breakfast Salad — Healthy Breakfast Recipes

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If you're not one already, this salad is the one that will make you a breakfast salad believer. And it's easy to see why — it has a lot going for it. Fresh ingredients like spinach, plump blueberries, and creamy avocado make you feel like you're starting the day off on the right foot, while protein-rich eggs, bacon, and quinoa will keep you going until lunch. But what will make you fall hard is the warm bacon-apple cider vinaigrette. The temperature makes the whole salad comforting, and it works to mellow any bite in the greens and enhance the sweetness of the berries.

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10 Delicious Ways to Get Your Strawberry-Rhubarb Fix — Recipes from The Kitchn

There are few fruity combinations that scream summer quite as profoundly as tart rhubarb balanced by sweet strawberries. It's a quintessential pairing I look forward to every year as the early days of summer near, and my tastebuds water just thinking about it. From the classics to new favorites, here are 10 absolutely delicious ways to get your strawberry-rhubarb fix this summer.

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3 Ways to Use Dates as a Substitute for White Sugar — Ingredient Intelligence

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Dates are a powerhouse sweetener. Not only are they naturally high in sugar and fiber, but their sweetness also has distinct caramel-like flavor that just cannot be replicated. However, when it comes to replacing dates for white sugar in cooking and baking, a simple one-for-one swap isn't always possible. But dates can be manipulated into a few baking-friendly forms and replace white sugar in everything from salad dressing to cookies. Here are the three best ways to replace white sugar with dates.

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Recipe: Trail Mix Cookies — Easy Snack Recipes

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What's not to love about trail mix? It's equal parts sweet, savory, crunchy, and chewy — a perfect snack no matter what you're craving. Throwing all these elements into a soft oatmeal cookie yields a one-handed treat that's easier to eat than trail mix, yet still offers that same satisfying mix of dried fruit, toasty nuts, sweet chocolate, and yes, even salty bits of crunchy pretzel. Let's just call these little guys trailblazers (pun intended), shall we?

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How To Make Old-Fashioned Date Bars — Baking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Date bars have turned my daily dessert world upside down. You see, up until a few weeks ago I had never even heard about date bars, but after the first batch I knew I had found my new favorite, go-to cookie bar. These bars are made with only four major ingredients — dates, oats, butter, and a bit of brown sugar — and come together in about the time it takes the oven to preheat. They happen to be naturally gluten-free and low in added sugar, which means they're the kind of treat that makes a near-perfect after-school snack (but something that pairs deliciously with a bourbon night cap too).

That's not even the best part, though! Biting into these bars is the most delicious adventure in contrasting textures. The top is crisp and buttery with oat crumble, while the date filling is sweet as caramel and just as lush. The same oat mixture that crisps on top becomes chewy and nutty on the bottom of the pan. Personally, I call dibs on the corner pieces, but here's how to make a whole pan of these delicious old-fashioned date bars.

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The Water-Infused Brand of Fruit I’m Obsessed With — Shopping

Dried fruit is an actual obsession of mine. I'm one of those annoying people who eats fruit for dessert. It's not that I don't love chocolate or cake — I do, very much so — but I try to keep the added sugar low these days, and dried fruit is my raging sweet tooth's saving grace.

I'm also extraordinarily picky, especially with food, and most dried fruit has added sugar and/or the texture of a tire. This puts me in a predicament. Is it actually possible to have luscious, close-my-eyes-it's-so-good, nothing-added-to-it dried fruit? Thanks to an unsuspecting brand of water-infused dried fruit called Fruit Bliss, the answer is a resounding yes!

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