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Buckeye Blueberry Swirl Ice Cream by The Batter Thickens

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  1. We’re swooning over this buckeye blueberry swirl ice cream. The Batter Thickens describes it best: “[it’s] the ice cream-ized version of the best peanut butter and jelly sandwich you’ve ever had plus chocolate.”
  2. This vegetable sushi bowl by A Couple Cooks captures the essence of your favorite hand roll without the hard work.
  3. Set The Table’s peanut butter banana smoothie is a sweet treat that will boost your energy instead of leading you to a mid-afternoon sugar crash.
  4. Chasing Delicious’ chocolate chip cookie layer cake incorporates real deal, freshly baked cookies into the fluffy vanilla cake layers.
  5. Bright, sweet, creamy and spicy, Pixelated Crumb’s Cuban avocado, pineapple and watercress salad is a side dish that may just outshine everything else in the dinner spread.

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Meatless Monday: Pasta Salad With Green Onion Dressing

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Pasta salad: it's more than a side dish -- make it a meal.

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

Sure, pasta salad is a picnic side dish. But why wait till Saturday afternoons to eat it? I don’t care what anyone says — pasta salad is dinner. You eat pasta primavera or fettuccine Alfredo for dinner, why not pasta salad? Is it just because it’s cold? Salads and sandwiches can be dinner, and they’re both usually served cold. Cold soups are for dinner, and sometimes — maybe not on the best days — cereal is dinner. It’s time pasta salad got a promotion. Yes, a scoop is lovely served with grilled picnic-y fare. But pasta salad makes a nice weekday meal on its own, too.

Roger Mooking isn’t one to doctor up a box of bow ties with a bottle of Zesty Italian; the Everyday Exotic host is known for  making everyday recipes, well, exotic. His pasta salad does call for bow ties, but it’s dressed with a homemade creamy green onion dressing. Red, yellow and orange peppers add color and crunch and toasted coconut mellows the bite from the onions in the dressing. Plus the unexpected sweet, crispy bits of are a welcome addition — you’ll wonder why you didn’t add toasted coconut to pasta salad sooner.

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