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Mujadara with Roasted Tomatoes and Greens

Mujadara lentils and rice

Our puppy Rika was sick last week…the oh-my-God-she-might-die kind of sick. Of course we knew from the first tender moment we brought her into our lives, that we would likely outlive her. But as an 8-month-old puppy with 10,000 more fields to run, and 100,000 […]

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Baby Bok Choy Couscous with Mangoes and Strawberries

Baby bok choy couscous salad with mangoes and strawberries, dressed in a lemon garlic dressing.

I’ve been hot on the trail of healthy greens lately. I was a Kale Girl all last year; I blogged about the benefits of watercress last month; and now I’m delving into Asian greens, possibly the most nutrient greens of all. Asian greens have been […]

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Sweet and Smoky Lentil Sloppy Joes: #WeekdaySupper #McSkilletSauce

Lentil sloppy joes

Vegan Sloppy Joes using lentils, sweet bell peppers and onions, and McCormick Sweet and Smoky Sloppy Joes Skillet Sauce! As a child, my favorite lunch in the school cafeteria was Sloppy Joes. As I inched down the long lunch line, I watched jolly hair-netted lunch […]

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Orange – Mango Smoothie with Lime & Ginger: #SundaySupper

orange mango ginger smoothie

Orange mango smoothie with lime and ginger for a heart healthy start to the day. A couple of months ago, I was offered a Ninja blender and I have LOVED using it for all kinds of things. But the things I’ve enjoyed making the most are […]

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Spinach & Garlic Chickpea Pancakes with Sriracha Yogurt

Chickpea pancakes filled with garlic, scallions and spinach, and topped with Sriracha Yogurt.

I admit that when I first saw this week’s Pancake theme with The Food Network’s #ComfortFoodFest, I thought about ricotta pancakes studded with blackberries and one of my very favorites – soufflé pancakes scented with lemon and served with a berry compote. And then I […]

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Cauliflower Skillet Steaks – Sicilian Style: #SundaySupper #McSkilletSauce

seared cauliflower steaks

If you love McCormick spices and rubs (their Grill Mates Montreal Steak, Molasses Bacon, and Smokehouse Maple Seasonings are staples in our kitchen, along with their more traditional spices), you’re going to want to try their newest product line: McCormick® Skillet Sauces. These are ready […]

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Yellow Split Pea Dal

Yellow Split Pea Dal

I decided many years ago that I didn’t like Indian food. Any of it. After all, it was in the same area of the world as China, and I knew for a fact I didn’t like Chinese food. Not terribly enlightened or adventurous, I know. But food […]

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Lemon Roasted Fennel with Olives and Breadcrumbs

Lemon roasted fennel with breadcrumbs, olives, oranges, and raisins

Lemon roasted fennel tossed with olives, oranges, raisins, and breadcrumbs for the Food Network #FallFest. It’s time for the Food Network blogger-fest again – and as we wrap up #FallFest, the theme this week is a holiday side dish. I like to make side dishes […]

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Brussels Sprouts Chips with Nutritional Yeast

Brussels sprouts chips with Nutritional Yeast

Looking for a healthy snack for your holiday gatherings? Make some Brussels sprouts chips. I admit it’s a little time-consuming to peel away the leaves, but it’s totally worth it. With my version, I sprinkled a little Nutritional Yeast on top, along with a very small […]

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Boozy Cranberry Sauce with Pears and Raisins

Every year or so, I like to switch up my cranberry sauce. Cranberries offer a feast of opportunities since they work and play well with both savory and sweet. Some years I fold in onions, Serrano peppers, and cinnamon and serve it over salmon, pork chops, or cream […]

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Maple Candied Carrots with Currants: #FallFest

candied carrots with maple syrup toss with currants.

Maple glazed carrots tossed with currants, ready with 5 minutes of prep before sliding into the oven. It’s good to be flexible. CMax (Carnivorous Maximus) and I are now one month into training Pakrika (Rika), our 13-week-old Labradoodle puppy, and it’s clear that we have […]

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Vegan Ginger-Carrot Soup | #NinjaBlender Review

Vegan Ginger-Carrot Soup with coconut milk.

Vegan soup full of flavors from the Islands with ginger and coconut milk melding with pureed carrots. And a product review of a Ninja Blender! Disclaimer: I was provided a Nutri-Ninja® | Ninja® Blender by Ninja. All opinions are completely my own (and those of […]

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