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The Lills Food showcases our food adventures, as we test ingredients and recipes, travel to food places, share food discoveries and promote healthy eating!

BAKED FALAFEL SALAD WITH AVOCADO TAHINI RECIPE

We used to get the most amazing falafel in Jersey City, when we worked in NYC. It was a weekly thing for us. Falafel is pretty hard to find in South Carolina, so we like to make our own. Sometimes we fry them, but this time we enjoyed freshly baked falafel on a bed of...

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SWEET POTATO CARROT BISQUE RECIPE

The moment we realized how easy it was to make bisques, we experimented with all of our favorite vegetables. We became addicted to the carrot sweet potato bisque. One sip is like a big hug of comforting smooth goodness and is tasty hot or cold. Enjoy our recipe below!...

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TREAT DAY MINI QUICHE RECIPE

These mini quiches are the perfect finger food and they are so delicious, we can never eat just one. They are great to share and we also highly recommend these little fancy treats for parties or get-togethers. Enjoy our mini spinach mushroom tomato quiche recipe...

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OREGANO OIL BENEFITS

We recently learned about and tried using oregano oil. It’s a natural antiseptic, full of antioxidants and it treats infections. Supposedly, it’s also an anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and can eliminate negative organisms in the body when taken daily. It...

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BAKED CAULIFLOWER RECIPE

Take a whole head of cauliflower, dust it with some easy ingredients, bake it up and poof, you’ve got yourself a delicious treat to dig into! We love this recipe because it is perfect for sharing with each other or friends and family. It makes a great snack or...

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HONEY ROASTED PEANUTS RECIPE

We’re nuts about nuts! There are so many things you can do with them, and they’re great on their own. To get even more flavor out of your nuts and seeds, try toasting them for fuller flavor. This is just one salty sweet good-for-you snack that you can make...

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TOSTONES (TWICE FRIED PLAINTAINS) RECIPE

After visiting Puerto Rico, we fell in love with tostones (twice fried plaintains). Plantains are like bannas, but firmer and less sweet. We had no idea how absolutely delicious they are when cooked right. When we left Puerto Rico and made it back to the mainland, we...

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OIL PULLING

We had a good laugh when we came across info on oil pulling. We had been swishing coconut oil in our mouths once a day because we know it kills mouth bacteria and leaves our teeth feeling squeaky clean. It turns out swishing oil in the mouth (on an empty stomach) is...

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CARROT BEAN SAMOSAS TREAT DAY RECIPE

We do our best to eat as healthy as we can, but every once and a while we enjoy a treat day and savor some off-the-good-list ingredients, like butter. We had a treat day recently and decided to make some hand-made samosas that call for butter, flour and a fry. They...

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CHOCOLATE HONEY COCONUT MINIS TREAT DAY RECIPE

We’ve really learned how to curb our cravings and eat in moderation (creatively)! One of our new favorite treats are our delicious chocolate honey coconut minis! One bite fulfills our need for a sugar-boost and it’s surprising how long we can make 6 little...

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VEGAN COCONUT TART RECIPE

Back in the day, one of our most favorite treats from the local health food store was the Coconut “Hail Merry” Vegan Tart. We would buy one tart to share between us and cut it into tiny slices so we could savor every little bite.

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GROWING TOMATOES

Rather than buying tomatoes from the store, this season we picked up organic plants from our local farmers market and began our own tomato garden. A variety of young tomatoes found a home in our beds. As they matured, little green tomatoes began popping…

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CAULIFLOWER PANCAKE RECIPE

We’ve always loved making and enjoying potato pancakes and apple pancakes, but we had never tried cauliflower pancakes with parsley and Greek yogurt before. The cheese really makes them and it turns out they are super easy to whip up and they make a perfect...

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DRIED HERB MIX RECIPE

While sitting out in the sun one day, we snipped a few of our homegrown herbs and thought to dry them. We brought the leaves into the kitchen, put them on a cooking sheet and into the oven. Once dried, we softly crumbled the basil, parsley and sage leaves…

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ALMOND COCONUT CAKE TREAT DAY RECIPE

The other evening we got a treat day cake pang, so we stayed up late, turned on the lights (and the oven) and got to it! Cooking late night makes for a very nostalgic moment, as we enjoyed a delicious bite of 3am cake and made a toast to the moon. Enjoy the recipe...

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ALMOND DATE ROLLS RECIPE

Have you ever had an almond date roll? Back in the day, we used to love to go by our local organic grocery store and get them. Now we make them at home because the recipe is super simple! Dates have supposedly been cultivated since 6000 B.C., so you know…

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MINI VEGGIE POT PIE RECIPE

When it’s cold outside, our Mini Veggie Pot Pie recipe comes in handy. We normally try to avoid butter and all purpose flour, but we celebrate our hard work with weekly treat days where we can enjoy some comfort food. Veggie Pot Pie hits the spot, warms the soul...

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SPAGHETTI SQUASH RECIPE

We try to steer clear from traditional pasta, flour and calories that come with it. When we get a craving for spaghetti, which doesn’t happen very often, we pick up spaghetti squash. It’s a healthy pasta substitute, it’s naturally stringy and tastes...

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TREAT DAY FRIES RECIPE

Treat days are a perfect excuse to enjoy homemade fries! They are so much better than any frozen fry from a restaurant or fast food joint. Sometimes we like to cut them thinly, other times, nice and chunky. We pair them with homemade ketchup and even like to go wild...

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COCONUT OIL BENEFITS

We’ve been enjoying the benefits of coconut oil for years. It’s a main ingredient we use in our homemade toothpaste and mouthwash, as it cleans the mouth and makes our teeth shiny and smooth. We’ve use extra virgin coconut oil every once and a while...

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AVOCADO OLIVE DIP RECIPE

Two avocados sat on the counter staring at us for long enough, so we decided to cream them into a soothing avocado dressing for a kale salad. Before tossing the kale in our dressing, we enjoyed a spoonful and realized we can also use this recipe as a dip. It is that...

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POTATO PEA CURRY RECIPE

When it comes to curries, this one hits the spot! The potatoes melt, the peas stand out and everything is alright in the world. It’s such a comforting dish and is one we enjoy often. It reminds us of when we worked in New York City. We’d meet for lunch at...

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QUICHE TREAT DAY RECIPE

We’ve made quiche together since we met each other back in 2005, but these days we only eat things like butter or dairy products on treat days. Quiche is so worth the wait and leaves us filled and satisfied. The best part is, they are so easy to make. Enjoy our...

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RASPBERRY WALNUT MACAROON TREAT DAY RECIPE

We’re obsessed with macaroons. We’ve made them before with banana, blueberries and even kiwi. They’re so easy to make and absolutely delicious. Try our raspberry walnut macaroon recipe below! To make Raspberry Walnut Macaroons: Pour coconut flakes...

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