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1 pound trimmed green beans
1 pint cherry tomatoes
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  Heat the oven to 450 degrees F with an empty baking sheet on an upper rack.

Coat beans and tomatoes with olive oil and season them with salt and pepper. Pour the beans and tomatoes on the hot baking sheet and roast 22 to 25 minutes until caramelized. Serve as a side.

Recipe Courtesy of Rachel Ray

Quinoa and Cucumber Noodles with Avocado Dressing

Serves: 4 – 6:
• 2 cups cucumber, spiralized or julienned
• 2 cups chopped tomatoes
• 2 large avocados, diced
• 1 red onion, sliced
• 2 cups cooked quinoa
• 1 handful chopped parsley (or cilantro)

For the dressing:
• 1 ripe avocado
• 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
• Juice of one lime
• Salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
• 3/4 cup olive oil

  The salad:
In a large bowl combine cucumber, tomato, avocado, onion, quinoa and parsley.

The dressing:
In a blender or food processor, combine avocado, vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pulse until smooth and creamy. Add in olive oil progressively until just combined. Transfer to a jar and drizzle over the salad before serving.

Recipe courtesy of eatwell 101


3 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped (about 3 cups)
1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped (about 2 cups)
1 red bell pepper, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 medium onion, chopped (about 11/4 cups)
3 cups canned tomato juice
2 tablespoons fresh herbs (such as tarragon, thyme, or parsley), chopped
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Kosher salt
Cayenne pepper
1 cup croutons, to garnish

  1. In a bowl, reserve 2 tablespoons each of the tomato, cucumber, pepper, and onion to garnish.

2. In the food processor or blender, purée the remaining ingredients (except the croutons) until smooth, adjusting the seasoning to taste with lemon juice, salt, and cayenne pepper.

3. Cover and chill thoroughly, at least 3 hours but preferably overnight. Adjust the consistency as desired with water. Serve in chilled bowls garnished with the reserved vegetables and croutons.

Recipe courtesy of epicurious

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