17 Recipes to Help You Soar in 2017


Like most of us, I am looking forward to 2017 with the hope that comes from fresh starts and new beginnings. I’m pretty sure no one said “whew, 2016 what an easy year”. All of us can get behind a new year and new hope. In honor of the new year I have put together seventeen of my favorite recipes that you’ll want to make this year. Wishing you the happiest of New Years!

  1. A Good Salad: After the chocolate and sugar filled days of December, a salad is in order…In fact I wonder if January 1st and 2nd might just hold the record for most salads eaten? Either way here is a yummy yet healthy recipe to get you on track in the new year… BLACKBERRY & CASHEW CHEESE SALAD. 
  2.  A Good Smoothie: As we all get back in gear with working out no matter if it’s a long walk, hot yoga, spin class or running a marathon, you’ll need a good smoothie to help replace the nutrients lost through burning energy…SUPER GREENS RECOVERY SMOOTHIE.
  3. A Good Cocktail: Everyone needs a good cocktail (or mock-tail) once in awhile. A smooth and warming cocktail, that is perfect for anytime of year is my…ROSEMARY MARTINI .
  4. A Romantic Dinner: A date night out isn’t always in the cards so having a romantic dinner recipe ready so you can put the kids to bed a few minutes early and snag a night with your significant other, whipping up some SWEET POTATO SQUASH CAKES!
  5. A Healthy School Party Treat: Starting with Valentine’s Day through the Winter holidays there are a plethora of classroom parties year-round that you may be asked to sign up for (or have already signed up for but won’t remember till you find a crumpled reminder at the bottom of your kiddo’s backpack for the next day). You will need a healthy and easy recipe to the save the day like my…VANILLA BERRY FRUIT SALSA w/ CINNAMON CHIPS .
  6. Slow Cooker Magic: Swimming lessons, dance, karate, robotics club…the possibilities are endless of awesome activities for kids. Afternoon or evening activities tend to mess with dinner time so you need a recipe where you throw everything in before school and it’s ready by 6, enter QUINOA CHICKPEA CHILI
  7. An Easy Breakfast: Mornings are usually a hectic swirl of commotion so a simple recipe is a must but it also needs to be healthy to give the energy you and your family need to make it till lunch evenly (avoiding the 10 am sugar crashes). Oh and it needs to be yummy like these COCOA NANA MUFFINS which you can make in less than 30 minutes! 
  8. An Easy Appetizer: It may be a backyard BBQ, a baby shower or a holiday party but chances are you’ll need an easy appetizer in your back pocket. If your looking for a recipe that’s easy to make but so unique and yummy it will be the talk of the party CORN QUICH’NS w/ AVOCADO FROSTING delivers!
  9. A Good Bowl Of Soup: Chances are this year everyone will be a little (or a lot) under the weather at some point. A good soup recipe is much need to cure the sickies for your family or take to a friend. My all time favorite soup is ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP. 
  10. A Good Cup ‘a Joe: Save a little moo-la on your coffee shop trips with this easy recipe for HOMEMADE PUMPKIN SPICE LATTÉ CREAMER .
  11. A Healthy After School Snack: Something about a full day of school turns kids into hangry monsters who act like they haven’t eaten in days when they get home. A healthy snack that will fill them up but not spoil their dinner appetite, bonus if it keeps them busy for awhile. STOPLIGHT SNACKS to the rescue!
  12. A Good Vegetable Recipe: You can never have too many veggies and it helps if you can make them irresistible to kids. Impossible you say?  SWEET & SALTY KALE CHIPS makes it very possible!
  13. A Healthy Dessert: We all need a little sweet in our lives from time to time. A healthy dessert that won’t derail your goals or health progress is a must. Enter the VEGAN KEY LIME PIE – it’s gluten-free too!
  14. A Good Mom-On-The-Go Recipe: I think most moms have days (or years) that they are always on the go.  While their purse is likely crammed with applesauce pouches and fruit snacks for the kids they often forget about themselves. SALAD IN A JAR is the perfect solution. 
  15. A Fun Fruit Recipe: Fruit is an essential part to our daily nutrition. Having fun and healthy recipes like VERY BERRY CHIA PUDDING is a must! 
  16. A Chance To Be Creative: Kids love helping in the kitchen and a chance to be creative with food will not only help them learn about their food but also be willing to try new things, PB & J PIZZA is a perfect chance to use those creative muscles.
  17. A Gift-able Recipe: Giving the gift of food is something that is easy to do and can be one of the most practical, meaningful and appreciated gifts. CRANBERRY VANILLA JAM is the perfect gift, you can make a lot at once, it can be frozen, and keeps for a long time plus…who doesn’t love jam?

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2 Responses to 17 Recipes to Help You Soar in 2017

  1. Melissa January 13, 2017 at 11:25 am #

    These are amazing, Tara!!! <3

    • Tara
      Tara January 16, 2017 at 3:42 pm #

      Thanks Melissa:) I hope they help brighten 2017!

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