Light, Love & Life

Healthy recipes to make you feel good, love yourself and your life


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Frisée Salad with Cherries & Goat Cheese

This is a light salad full of flavor thanks to delicious cherries!  The original recipe calls for blue cheese, which you are more than welcome to use.  But I’m not a big blue cheese fan (unless it’s with buffalo wings!) so I used goat cheese as a substitute.  Also, because I didn’t have any raspberry vinegar in the house, I used pomegranate champagne vinegar.

Because of how light his salad is, I would make this as a side for dinner.  (In fact, I made this to compliment the Seared Tilapia with Cherry Salsa.  Horray, cherries!)  But if you do want to make this a meal, have it for lunch and compliment it with a whole grain roll or soup.

Servings: 2
Active Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

½ teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons, dividedFriseeSaladWithCherriesAndGoatCheese
2 thin slices prosciutto
¾ cups sweet cherries, pitted and halved, divided
2 teaspoons raspberry vinegar
1 teaspoon chopped shallot
1 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon
1/8 teaspoon sugar
Pinch of salt
3 cups torn frisée or curly endive
2 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese

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Seared Tilapia with Cherry Salsa

The original recipe called for grilled tilapia, but my husband and I are in-between grills at the moment, so I had to call an audible and simply pan-sear the tilapia instead.  The only difference is I didn’t get the smokey taste from the grill.  Honestly, I’m OK with that!

This dish is perfect for spring and summer when cherries are in season.  It’s also super easy!  So if you’re having a dinner party and want to impress, try this!

Servings: 2
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

½ tablespoon olive oilSearedTilapiaWithCherrySalsa
¼ pound (1 cup) Bing cherries, pitted and coarsely chopped
¼ small red onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
½ jalapeno chile (ribs and seeds removed), minced
½ tablespoon fresh lime juice
Kosher salt and ground pepper
¼ teaspoon ground coriander
2 tilapia fillets (4 to 6 ounces each)

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Cherry-Almond Farro Salad

This recipe, like many recipes I make, was published by Eating Well and it’s delicious!  It’s a great alternative to your typical leafy salads and it’s high in protein and fiber.

I originally made this for lunch, but feel free to also make this as a side for dinner when you’re grilling.

Servings: 2
Active Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

1/3 cup faro, rinsedCherryAlmondFarroSalad
2/3 cups water
¼ teaspoon salt, divided
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 cup sweet cherries, pitted and halved
¼ cup diced ricotta salata or feta cheese
1 ½ tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted
1 tablespoon finely diced red onion
2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint

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Fresh Cherry Lemonade

On beautiful spring and summer days, nothing is more relaxing than sitting outside, enjoying the sun and drinking a glass of cold lemonade.  So when I saw this recipe for Fresh Cherry Lemonade in Eating Well’s May/June issue, I had to try it.

The only annoying part of this recipe was straining the mixture through a sieve.  But in the end, it’s well worth it!  The original recipe calls for only four 1 cup servings, so I doubled it here so you can keep it in your fridge and enjoy it more than once. Also, in my version, I used Truvia (20 packets = 1/3 cup) instead of sugar to try and lower the calorie count, but feel free to do as you please!

If you’re having a Memorial Day barbecue, you can make this for your guests!  Note:  Feel free to add a splash of vodka, bourbon or rum to turn  this into an adult beverage!

Servings:  8
Active Time:  15 minutes
Total Time:  15 minutes

IngredientsFreshCherryLemonade

4 cups sweet cherries, pitted, plus who cherries for garnish
1 cup lemon juice
2/3 cup sugar
5 cups cold water
Lemon slices for garnish, if you want

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