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Tomatillos For Your Cinco De Mayo!!

Filed under: FoodRecipesMariko Amekodommo

Cinco De Mayo might MOSTLY be about getting your drink on, but you can't forget the food too! HA!

Luckily, we have Mariko here to save the day — because we've been pret-ty focused on the booze instead of the food! Whoops!

She's going to teach us how to make some holiday Tomatillos (above)! YUM!

Oh hey, guess what! It's WAY easier than you'd think!! Ch-ch-check it out!

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Four Ingredient Oatmeal Banana Bars!

Filed under: FoodRecipesMariko Amekodommo

Mariko Laugh

HOLD UP!

Before we get to the recipe for the delishballz Oatmeal Banana Bars, we wanted to ask if YOU had any favorite dishes you'd like to see Mariko turn in into a simple 4 ingredient version! If so, challenge Mariko on Twitter, or email us at Questions@FitPerez.com!

Onto the recipe! Here we go:

I am so addicted to Dates right now! They are sweet, rich and a great source of Iron to boost energy. This is a convenient way to enjoy the benefits of your breakfast oatmeal – to go! Experiment by adding different types of chopped nuts, dried fruits and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or cardamom. Makes 9 bars.

2 large extra ripe bananas, mashed.
2 cups rolled oats
¼ cup dates (pitted and chopped)
¼ cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together, pour into greased 9×9 baking dish and flatten. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven, cut into squares and let cool in baking dish.

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Try An Island Ceviche Salad With Just FOUR Ingredients!

Filed under: FoodRecipesMariko Amekodommo

Markio Knives

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Before we get to the recipe for a delishballz Island Ceviche Salad, we wanted to ask if YOU had any favorite dishes you'd like to see Mariko turn in into a simple 4 ingredient version! If so, challenge Mariko on Twitter, or email us at Questions@FitPerez.com!

Onto the recipe! Here we go:

I could eat this salad every day (Oh, wait … I have!) It is a healthy, light and refreshing meal with tons of flavor! Keep a bag of frozen cooked shrimp on hand for a quick healthy dinner in minutes: Just put the frozen shrimp in a colander, and rinse with cool water until thawed. Spice things up by adding chopped onion, cilantro and jalapeno. Rawr!

1 lb shrimp, cooked, peeled and deveined
1 cucumber, seeded and diced
1 mango, peeled and diced
Juice of 1 lime

Mix all ingredients together, and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and chili powder, and serve with tortilla chips on a bed of lettuce. For a sexy presentation, serve in a cocktail or martini glass! Enjoy!

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Clam Sauce Is Waaaay More Delicious Than You Think!

Filed under: FoodRecipesMariko Amekodommo

Mariko Sink

There is something so decadent about white, rich and creamy sauces over pasta! I recently asked Facebook fans to submit a favorite dish they would like to see as a 4 ingredient recipe, and someone requested Clam Sauce. Here is a recipe that has full flavor without the heavy cream, and taste great over your favorite noodles (some like using roasted "spaghetti" squash instead of pasta, or those 0 calorie/fat/carb Kelp noodles (available at most asian grocery stores). Give it a try and let us know what you think!

4 shallots, chopped
4 (6.5 ounce) cans clams, minced
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
2 tablespoons white wine

In large pan over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons butter and shallots, then sauté for 3-5 minutes or until translucent. Drain the clams, reserving half of the juice. Add clams, reserved juice, wine and butter to pan and cook for 20 minutes or until the sauce has reduced by 1/3. Serve over your favorite cooked pasta (I like a gluten-free linguine) garnish with grated parmesan and chopped parsley, and enjoy!

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Easter 2013: All-Natural Easter Egg Dye!

Filed under: FoodHealthMariko Amekodommo

Mariko Laugh

The healthiest veggies and spices also make gorgeous, all natural Easter egg dyes! In a small pot, simmer 2 quarts water, 1/4 cup white vinegar and the dye source together, for at least an hour. Drain liquid into jars, and cool to room temperature before using.

Experiment with different dye sources for your own unique color combinations! Some of my favorites include:

Deep blue: 1 head red cabbage, chopped
Purple: 2 1/2 cups blueberries
Orange: 4 tbs paprika, ground
Yellow: 4 tbs turmeric, ground
Pink: 1 beet, chopped

When finished, store the jars in the refrigerator - it will last about a month! Fun colored hard boiled eggs are a great snack … any time of the year!

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Here Come The Gluten-Free Coconut Macaroons!!

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Mariko Sink

This is an incredibly easy recipe if you want fresh baked cookies in minutes! Try experimenting by adding 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 cup chopped nuts, or fresh grated orange / lemon rind for an added kick!

5 1/2 cups flaked coconut, unsweetened
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add all ingredients to bowl, and mix until combined. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto a parchment lined or greased baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from pan and cool to room temperature. Makes about 4 dozen

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Here's Some Delicious Vegan, Gluten-Free, Sweet Pea Soup!!

Filed under: FoodRecipesMariko Amekodommo

Mariko Pot

I am absolutely obsessed with peas right now!!!! They have a sweet, mild flavor and taste delicious in everything from salads to stir-frys! They are high in fiber and protein, but also contain many antioxidants to fight disease, wrinkles and aging! Look for fresh peas at your local farmers market and the grocery store, or keep a bag of frozen on hand so you can whip this soup up in minutes! For extra flavor, add fresh herbs like mint, basil or sage when the soup is in the blender.

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 whole shallot, minced
4 cups peas, fresh or frozen
1 cup vegetable broth.

In a medium size pot, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté shallots until soft, about 3-5 minutes. And peas and broth, and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Transfer mixture to blender or food processor, and puree until smooth (be careful! you might want to do this in 2 batches, to prevent a hot mess in the kitchen) Return to pot to warm, season with salt and pepper, and serve!

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