MIXED BERRY CHOCOLATE PAVLOVAS

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How perfect are these for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend?! Light and fluffy bowls of delicious chocolate air filled with whipped cream and berries, they just taste like summer! Not to mention they aren’t a lot of work but the result is very impressive.

Ingredients:

For The Meringue Bowls:
6 egg whites
2 cups sugar
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 tsp cream of tartar

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Beat together egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form, then begin adding sugar a few tablespoons at a time, until stiff peaks form; mix in cocoa powder.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Spoon meringue onto parchment and spread out into individual bowl shapes (I make about 6 bowls). Place in oven, and turn the temperature down to 250 degrees. Bake for one hour and 15 minutes. Meringues should look dry and cracked on the outside, but not much darker than when you started. Allow to cool in the oven completely. (Meringues can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container.)

For The Whipped Cream:
*For best results place the whisk and mixing bowl in the freezer until chilled, and use very cold cream.

1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp sugar

Whip cream until peaks start to form, add sugar and vanilla and mix until stiff.

Once meringues are cooled completely, top with fresh whipped cream and berries, I use blueberries and raspberries. Enjoy!

MANGO COCONUT CHIA SEED PUDDING

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Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the Salvia Hispanica plant native to South America. “Chia” was the Mayan word for strength, and they prized them for giving them sustainable energy. This whole grain, nutritional powerhouse packs 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein and 5 grams of omega 3 fatty acids; all in a one ounce serving! Besides having more antioxidants per serving than blueberries, 11 out of the 12 grams of carbs in one serving are fiber, which means they don’t raise your blood sugar, AND they feed the healthy bacteria in your gut! (Jeeze I thought I did a lot…). Now that it is officially summer I’m craving tropical flavors in the form of cool, sweet treats, and I’ve found it in this yummy, guilt free mango coconut chia seed pudding! The crazy thing is I don’t even like coconut! Although I top this with sliced almonds and mango, this recipe is completely customizable! I might try adding coco powder next time and top it with strawberries!

Ingredients:

1 cup coconut milk
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tbsp honey (plus extra for drizzling)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1 cup sliced mango

In a medium bowl, mix coconut milk, Greek yogurt, honey, and cinnamon, then add the chia seeds and completely combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. Once ready, divide the pudding into individual dessert cups, top with mango and almonds and drizzle with honey. Enjoy!

MEXICAN FOOD RECIPE ROUNDUP

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You guys, I am so beyond excited! I know I absolutely had to mention before that my favorite food is anything Mexican (this probably has to do with the fact that my mother ate nothing but Mexican food while she was pregnant with me) and the fact that it is a pretty gluten free friendly cuisine helps too! Well, Mary at Giving Up On Perfect featured my Locally Famous Jalapeño Poppers in her post 80+ Delicious Recipes For A Mexican Fiesta! I’m starting my list of things to try from it! Go check it out and tell her The Stay At Work Housewife sent you!

TASTES LIKE SUMMER!

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The graduation announcements in my mail box, the smell of neighbors grilling out, and the fact that my arms and legs have seen the light of day mean one thing: summer is upon us!  Here is a recipe roundup of some Stay At Work Housewife summer recipes!

 

Jalapeno Poppers

Sweet Potato Sliders

Tuna Salad

Cauliflower Mac ‘N Cheese

One Minute Fruit Dip

Kickin’ Strawberry Lemonade

Cucumber Mint Margaritas

Key Lime Icebox Cake

 

And stay tuned…new summer recipes are in the works, like Lobster Mac ‘N Cheese, Gazpacho, and Chipotle Zucchini Fritters With Homemade Ranch Dipping Sauce!

ART GLASS NAILS

I trapped black, white and silver polka dots in between layers of clear gel polish to create a sort of 3D art glass look!

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FAVORITE BLOG ALERT!

There is a client of my salon, Lauren, that I have enjoyed following on Instagram because she is always posting the most beautiful pictures of delicious, healthy food, and I’m so excited to announce that she recently launched a blog of her own!  A self proclaimed “foodie,” with a passion for promoting wellness using whole nutritious foods and a balanced lifestyle, Lauren works as a Registered Dietitian in clinical nutrition and consults on nutrition and wellness throughout central Ohio.  Most of the things she posts are gluten free, or can be made that way (I personally can’t wait to try her Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies), and very “Meat On The Side” friendly!  Check her site out: Whole Living Lauren, and tell her The Stay At Work Housewife sent you!