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Thai Quinoa Squash Salad – Guest Post at Whipped

  Hello! I am very honored to be guest posting today for Kristina at Whipped. If you don’t know Kristina, I suggest getting to know her ASAP. She is a brilliant and creative cook who mixes lovely healthy recipes with yummy desserts. My favorites include Homemade Oreos, Butternut Squash Salad with Maple Vinaigrette, Turkey Sloppy Joes, and Spicy Shrimp and Avocado Crostini. When Kristina asked me to guest post, I agonized over what to contribute. I wanted something healthy and flavorful. I settled on my favorite superfood: quinoa. This Quinoa salad combined creamy roasted squash with tangy Thai flavors. It’s a great make ahead vegan meal that will give you [...]

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Takeout Makeover: Baked Falafel

I LOVE falafel. It is one of those foods I only have once in a while from a food truck or a take out restaurant and I always think to myself “I should make this at home.” After Craig and I grabbed falafel last weekend he persuaded me to make a healthier version. Challenge accepted! Falafel is actually an incredibly simple vegan recipe. Just combine chickpeas with parsley, onions and a whole bunch of spices and cook. Traditionally, falafel is deep fried, but I decided to bake them instead. I baked and then broiled for a few minutes to get a crisp exterior. There are many fabulous ways to eat [...]

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Super Slaw

So, a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win the most amazing giveaway. The lovely Katherine Martinelli was giving away a Magimiz by Robot-Coupe food processor to celebrate her 2 year Blogoversary. I was the lucky winner of this giveaway and I have been BLOWN AWAY by this food processor. It has a whole bunch of different blades for slicing, julienning and pureeing. In addition, I was lucky enough to get the juicer and smoothie attachments as well. So, I’ve been having a blast experimenting with my new toy. I’ve done some soups, some baking and some slicing but I decided it was time to try a slaw! [...]

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Pistachio Quinoa Pilaf with Harissa

Quinoa is one of those amazing healthy foods that I enjoy but nonetheless neglect when it comes to thinking up fun recipes. Lately, my grain experimentation has mainly included bulgur and farro, but I decided to fix that pronto. Quinoa is a seed, actually – not a grain, but you catch my drift… Did you know? Quinoa is actually a seed, not a grain and related to the spinach family. It has been grown for centuries in South America, where it was a staple of the Incan diet. Quinoa is a great source of both protein and fiber. It contains all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. [...]

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Red Lentil Cakes with Harissa

So … I took a little hiatus last week. Things did not go according to plan and I couldn’t get up some new recipes. But. The lovely Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic made my Skillet Lasagna and wrote a lovely interview with me. I was so flattered, no one has ever wanted to interview me before! So head on over there and read all about moi. While you’re there, make sure to follow Kim on Facebook, Twitter, Google +,  and Pinterest so you can keep up with all her shenanigans. Lentils are one of the world’s most consumed foods. And for good reason, they are cheap, simple to prepare and packed with heathly vitamins and minerals and [...]

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Roasted Beets with Balsamic Drizzle

I made an amazing discovery this weekend. We have a WINTER farmer’s market! Right down the street. I cannot tell you how happy this discovery made me. Lots of local farms, cheese, bread, pastry and other yumminess. The produce was gorgeous and there were many varieties of winter veggies. I picked up three different types of beets (don’t ask me to name them) and they looked so delicious I just had to roast them and make a salad. Now roasted beets is nothing new. This salad is not innovative or interesting or different than what you can get in many restaurants. But it was just SO GOOD that I had [...]

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