Every once in a while I throw in some chocolate cookies for good measure. There is just something inherently right about chocolate. And there are many health benefits to dark chocolate so I count this as a good-for-you food! It just makes the world right again! Ha. Well I made these gluten free, flour-less and gluten free. I bought some Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams on sale and thought it would be fun in this recipe. My kids loved it. Easy to make, whipping up in minutes. Bake really quickly and are the perfect match to a glass of cold milk. Once again, chocolate saves the day!
I found this spouted bean trio at my local Costco several months ago and snapped it up. I’m always on the hunt for a good source of protein and iron with my vegetarian diet. I’ve subsequently found this in many other grocery stores etc. These beans can be used in a salad, as I did or in soups or stews. Taco fillings, mixed with quinoa, stuffing or in a casserole. They are so versatile and quite delicious taking on the flavors that you infuse in them. Would also be fun in summer salad with some citrus and cilantro! (Will be working on that one.)
Beans are a great alternative to eating meat or if you’re looking to add more protein to your diet. Also packed with fiber and iron – they are a superfood in my book. Best to locate these in the organic section of your grocery store, health food store or Costco type of warehouse venue. You can also sub out these sprouted beans for dried or canned beans that I would mix (black, kidney, garbanzo etc.). This salad could replace your traditional pasta salad at your next brunch or buffet. Perfect for an Easter brunch too or summer salad.
This dressing that I used on this salad is also wonderful on a traditional salad. Combining a great quality balsamic with my favorite Dijon mustard Maille just puts this over the top with flavor!
Eating a vegetarian or even vegan diet doesn’t have to be boring. Even if you aren’t eating a meat-free diet… adding fun veggies to your classic proteins makes any dinner special. My kids aren’t fans of potatoes -not even french fries. But they did like these and the adults quickly realized the addictive nature of these crispy, flat, potato chip-like crunchy texture with a unique flavor. If you haven’t tried black truffle oil – you must! I am not a mushroom fan at all but love LOVE love black truffles. In cheese, popcorn… infused oils… I’m smitten! It is pricey but you can easily spend less on a small bottle that will last you a good amount of time because you use it sparingly.
These are easy to make and a great project for the kids to help you with. Totally vegan (gasp) for those of you who think this is a crazy way of eating… it so isn’t when you can indulge in veggies like this from time to time!
Great weeknight side dish. Can be prepared ahead of time and reheated or par-cooked a few days prior. You have to try these… seriously!
If you you’re a tomato aficionado or not, you know that winter tomatoes pretty much are the nastiest, mealy, flavorless things you can buy. But the fact remains, if you love sauce for pizza, pasta, salsas or for pretty much anything else… you need to buy/consume these vial impostors. I live on homegrown, our own for that matter, tomatoes all summer long. They are without a doubt my favorite thing in our garden. I can eat them pretty much like an apple. I always have, for as long as I can remember.
So winter comes, and apparently may be staying forever… but I digress. How do we make these little, what look to be beautiful impostors taste good? Well, roast them of course! Even the most kitchen-paranoid can do this. You can actually host a dinner party quite successfully with this recipe and impress your guests. So easy and pretty much full-proof – I dare say! Even better, totally vegan! So if you care about that or not… plant based diets are proven to improve your health and have positive impact on you body. That my dear friend is a wonderful thing!
Taco Tuesday is a staple in my house. My kids have requested it forever and now it’s a staple… at least for the most part. We missed Tuesday this week due to my daughter’s swim banquet for high school but I made up for it on Wednesday. Having a taco “bar” is easy when your family has a divided diet as mine does. My husband recently adopted a vegetarian diet, much like myself but my girls and father all eat meat. Having a multitude of toppings makes it easy if your a vegan, vegetarian or meat lover to happily partake in this fun theme dinner.