Broccoli Cheddar Casserole with Quinoa

Broccoli - Cheddar - Quinoa Casserole Tart The Wimpy Vegetarian

Healthy twist on the broccoli cheddar casserole childhood favorite with broccoli, cheddar cheese, Greek yogurt and quinoa. A couple of months ago, Chobani reached out and sent a case of plain Greek yogurt (large cartons!) to our home to try. We had to reorganize the refrigerator just to fit them in. But I was thrilled. I start every day with a bowl of yogurt, fruit, granola and chia seeds to power through the morning and early afternoon. I also add yogurt to soups like Persian Yogurt ...

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Persian Yogurt Soup (Ashe Mast)

Persian Yogurt Soup (Ashe Mast), vegetarian soup

Sometimes I cook just to eat. Sometimes I cook as a creative expression, with new food combinations. Sometimes I cook for self-nurturing and head for the chocolate. Sometimes I cook to give; to celebrate the community of family and friendship. But sometimes I cook for sanity. Monday started with being shot from a cannon. Before I'd gotten fully out of bed, I was alerted to a problem with a project I've been working on. I pulled on baggy sweatpants, shrugged into an old sweatshirt ...

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Broccoli-Cranberry Bean Salad

broccoli salad, how to cook cranberry beans

Healthy broccoli and cranberry salad + dried cherries, red onion and grapes with a lemon-garlic-yogurt dressing + high-altitude tips. A shiny new farmer's market just opened up here in Incline Village (on Lake Tahoe). It's small - with maybe 15 tents, very personal (one elderly farmer glanced dismissively at the plastic bag of baby kale I handed to him to be weighed, snorted that it wasn’t enough to weigh, and charged me $1.oo), and offers live music while you browse tables laden with ...

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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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Bowl of Mango Sunshine

Bowl of Mango Sunshine slider

Refreshing fruit soup to celebrate lush, tropical mangos with accents of coconut and lime.   On a warm afternoon or evening, nothing hits the spot better than diving into a cold, refreshing fruit soup. Soups made from strawberries, cherries, or plums at their peak of ripe, full flavor are all favorites. So when Food52 staged a competition last week for mangos, the first second thing I thought of was a mango ...

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Learning Something New


What would you like to learn how to make in 2012? It could be something complicated like puff pastry. Or something more practical like canning the vegetables from your garden. Or baking your own bread. For me, I love yogurt and would love to develop a recipe for making my own. It's a rare day I don't start my morning with a bowl of yogurt and some fruit. It makes me feel good; like I've started my day on the right foot, even if I slide a bit later with a brownie. There are different ...

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