Spiced Quinoa and Apple Crumble

qunioa apple crumble, healthy dessert

Secret Recipe Club: Crumble topped tarts with quinoa flour-coconut oil crusts filled with apples and dates. I know. Two crumbles in a row. But it's crumble season, and anyway, the last one was a savory version. And this one from JJ at the wonderful 84th & 3rd blog was insistently calling my name. Yes, it's Secret Recipe Club time again and I have another wonderful blog to share with you! JJ is a Sydney-based recipe developer, photographer, and food writer, committed to eating ...

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Stevia Extract

how to make stevia extract

Detailed instructions on how to make stevia extract from leaves. About a month ago I posted about making stevia powder from a couple of stevia plants I nurtured all summer. Some folks commented that the powder can have an aftertaste, and encouraged me to make extract. It took me a little while, but I finally did it. I like both the powder and the extract, but agree that the extract is a little ...

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Fennel, Celery Root and Apple Salad

healthy raw shaved salad fennel, celery root, apples, buttermilk yogurt dressing

Healthy, easy raw salad of shaved fennel, celery root, and apples, tossed in a buttermilk-yogurt dressing with a hint of mustard. In late November I signed up for a give-away on EA Stewart’s The Spicy RD blog. I haven’t participated in many of these give-aways, and haven’t hosted any at all, but EA was giving away a pedometer. Now I have wanted a pedometer for a few years now. I’ve torn out reviews of pedometers I’ve ...

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Celery Root – Apple Soup + Gorgonzola

healthy low-carb soup with celery root, celery, apples, and leek confit, gorgonzola crumble

Comforting soup made from celery root, applesauce, and leek confit, topped with gorgonzola crumbles. It's arguably one of the least attractive vegetables on the shelf; an overweight wallflower with dirt under her fingernails, tucked between popular colorful produce. No graceful long legs of celery stalks to make her stand out, although she's in the celery family; nor colorful flowing mane of leaves like that donned by the ...

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Peanut Butter-Oatmeal Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies With Coconut Oil - slider

With butter switched out for coconut oil, and sugar sidelined for honey and pomegranate syrup, these cookies are loaded with oats and pure goodness. My husband thinks we have way. too. many. leftovers in the refrigerator. What he sees as a scrap that should be tossed, I see as a paint to play with on my artist's palette. I'll admit our refrigerator gets pretty crowded with containers of things I have no idea how I'll use, but I love the rush of creativity as I pull them together into a ...

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Spicy Sweet Potato ‘Fries’

Spiced Sweet Potato 'Fries' slider

Baked sweet potato 'fries', spiced up with cardamom and cinnamon. Served with super-easy maple-mustard dip. Unless you have a staff to insulate you from the world; someone to push a cart around the market, and someone to open doors for you so you don't have to touch anything while you recline on your divan, sipping Oolong tea, and read a book on your Kindle; getting a cold or the flu this time of year is almost guaranteed. ...

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Herb-y Leek Confit

Herby- Leek Confit - The Wimpy Vegetarian

Soft, melt in your mouth leeks to add to your scrambled eggs, casseroles, or mashed potatoes. The champagne is  gone. All the holiday decorations boxed up and stored away with wrapping paper decorated with gold and green holly leaves, and Santa stickers. It's January, the first month without a holiday to look forward to since the hot summer days of August. We're still here in the mountains by Lake ...

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Granola Bars: #SundaySupper

granola bars : the wimpy vegetarian

Easy granola bars of oats, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, peanut butter, coconut oil, honey and pomegranate molasses. I've been trying for awhile now to make granola bars, and these might be the easiest ones I've ever made. I don't know about you, but I find that the biggest challenge in making granola bars is getting them to stick together without loading up on syrups or fats that act as the glue. I've been reading some ...

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Honeyed Warm Feta with Dates

Honeyed Warm Feta with Dates 600LT : The Wimpy Vegetarian

Easy warm appetizer of baked feta topped with blue cheese, honey and dates. I have friends who are appetizer rock stars, but I'll be the first to admit I'm challenged in this area. By the time I've planned a first course, the main event, and dessert, the appetizer becomes an afterthought. At the last minute, I'm invariably raiding the refrigerator for some forgotten olives that might be stashed ...

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Steamed Mussels in White Wine with Fennel

Steamed Mussels in White Wine with Fennel slider

Classic steamed mussels in white wine, with a smokey bacon and fennel twist. It starts with Halloween. All that left over Trick-or-Treat candy I swear I'll throw out, and cookies in shapes of arched cats and witches hats that were so fun to make. Before I know it, Thanksgiving arrives with stuffing, sweet potato casseroles, and at least two kinds of pies. And then the ramp up to Christmas with all the ...

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Butternut-Caramelized Onion Empanadas

Butternut Squash Caramelized Onion Empanadas slider

Buttery empanadas filled with caramelized onions, butternut squash, apples and raisins.   I had my first empanadas when we were traveling through Ecuador a few years ago. Myles and I were enjoying a few days in the charming, mountain town of Cuenca, in the southern Sierra's after a glorious trip to the Galápagos. If you haven't been there, Cuenca is on the famed Inca Trail, and was a significant center of civilization long before the ...

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Shirred Eggs Over Garlicky Swiss Chard

Shirred Eggs Over Garlicky Chard 900 X 600

Perfect, easy breakfast for two: shirred eggs over garlicky swiss chard. Just don't forget some bread to sop up the yolk. Even now when I'm *retired*, Sundays remain in my mind a day of complete relaxation. No commitments. Sleeping in and lazing in bed, followed by long cups of tea over the Sunday paper. A football game on in the background, snow falling gently outside. OK, that's not what's happening this Sunday - that's the Sunday of my childhood, and perhaps of my imagination. ...

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