Red Quinoa Beet Salad with Cucumber Blossoms and ‘Bacon’ – plus a giveaway!

Red Quinoa Beet Salad with Cucumber Blossoms and ‘Bacon’ – plus a giveaway!

Any time that you can sneak flowers into your food – go for it. Cucumber Blossoms from my pot on my rooftop.  I have a new best friend, Terry Hope Romero’s new book – “Salad Samurai”.  I’ve literally been carrying this book around the house with me for days.  Looking at all the fantastic ideas for salads, salad toppings, salad stuff!  Terry knows what a great salad needs.  Her new book is now available at Amazon  and she’s allowed me to sneak a peak at her fabulous book and share a bit of it with you.  Plus two lucky readers will be able to grab a copy of  “Salad Samurai” for free!!   Yikes, I love this book  ♥  The first thing that I noticed when looking through all the gorgeous pics and recipes in Terry’s book was that she and I share a love of salads that make a meal.  Salads that have a whole lot going on to satisfy your taste buds as well as your appetite.  I’ve been enjoying a salad for most of my dinner meals since the beginning of March.  I appreciate all the topping ideas and dressing recipes that I can get my hands…

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‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ entry #1 from Becky Striepe @ glueandglitter.com “Mom and Baby Breakfast: Peach-Ginger Green Smoothie”

‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ entry #1 from Becky Striepe @ glueandglitter.com “Mom and Baby Breakfast: Peach-Ginger Green Smoothie”

  My ‘Breakfast In Bed-Festival’ this year is really just a sneaky way of sharing my favorite Vegan bloggers best breakfast recipes with you all and having a bit of competitive fun all the while.  As I have said too many lots of times before, I leave out for work in the pre-pre-dawn hours, more like the middle of the night for some, I’m sure. I don’t get the luxury very often to enjoy a wonderfully fresh home made breakfast to enjoy in the comfort of my home.  So I’m hosting a little monthly highlight this year of the best of the best in healthy breakfast ideas for days when I am able to spend more time enjoying breakfast. I’ve asked 12 of the most creative, health conscious and economically minded  bloggers to each share 1 breakfast that highlights both their own website and their own ingenuity for eating healthily, kindly and creatively.  At year’s end, we’ll have a little vote on which month’s posting you all enjoyed the most and congratulate the winner with a few kind words and some prizes.  There’s a Pinterest board you can follow to see how the event unfolds each month with all the…

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Strawberry Sunflower Sprout Salad

Strawberry Sunflower Sprout Salad

A favorite salad of mine, strawberries, a little lettuce, some balsamic vinegar and a drizzle of agave nector.  This time I’ve added in some homegrown Sun Flower Seed Sprouts and now, it is perfection to me. MMMmmmmm…. This salad is almost too simple (yet delicious) to write up a real recipe for it but for MoFo sake: Strawberry Sunflower Sprout Salad 1 handful of fresh Spinach Greens 3 ripe Stawberries sliced 1 handful of fresh Sunflower Sprouts sliced Cucumber chopped red cabbage drizzle of agave nector drizzle of balsamic vinegar ground black pepper And people say that a Vegan diet is too boring?  Not so! For a salad ‘on the go’ just prepare the same ingredients and fold them up inside your favorite tortilla or flat bread wrap for a tasty transportable version of this luscious combination.  Keep chilled until serving. For more information about sprouting your own sunflower seeds at home, click here.

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Slow Cooker Breads and Rolls

Slow Cooker Breads and Rolls

Slow cooking breads and rolls is awesome! It really has been a wonderful way to bake up some healthy homemade breads without heating up my kitchen.  You can get the wonderful smell of fresh baked bread throughout the house without the heat! I started thinking of slow cooker baking in anticipation of the latest Kathy Hester new book, Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just for You. I’m always looking for better ways to do things in the kitchen and this slow cooker idea is spreading fast through my recipes.  So far I’ve slow baked 2 Artisan loaves and 2 rolls recipes.  Each new recipe I’ve learned a little more.  Tweaked my timing.  Increased the yeast, etc.  The bread baking is really based on a simple rule of thumb that bread dough should normally be a 3 to 1 ratio of flour to liquid and they are done baking at an internal temperature of 160 degrees. The rest is up to your own creativity!! To bake in a slow cooker, you’ll need a good meat thermometer.  This will help you know when your breads are cooked through without letting out all the heat from the cooker or relying on a set time…

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Pear & Broccoli Sprout Salad with Balsamic Caramelized Sweet Potato Cubes

 I’d like to thank Somer, Jason and Annie for including my blog in today’s Virtual Vegan Potluck.  It’s always a good thing when healthier food ingredients and preparation is publicized and I’m proud to be one of MANY incredible food sites highlighted to day.  I know it’s been lots of work for many and hats off and thanks to all involved 🙂  When I first began thinking of the ingredients for this salad, I presumed that the pears and sprouts would be the stars.  Then came my lunch.  I began to prepare a sweet potato for lunch and the preparation options began to flow………..since I was preparing to do my photos for the Broccoli Sprout Salad,  I think I just got sidetracked and came up with a wonderful topping.  The caramelized sweet potatoes really make this simple salad into a meal.  The flavors all meld and make for some great eats!  Vinegar, sugars, spice and fresh veggies rarely disappoint. These taste combinations are lovely by themselves.  I’ve used versions of this citrus vinaigrette more often than not for my salads in the past few years.  I love the way the mild tangy orange blends with the spicy and sharp vinegar and…

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Raw-Vegan Chocolate Sauce

A delicious, raw chocolate dessert sauce that can adapt itself from a creamy dipping sauce for fruits into a mildly sweet frosting for cakes or sweetbreads.  Mix in a handful of dried fruits and nuts and spoon onto wax paper to make Raw Nut Candies. A wonderfully versatile  sauce from Carmella Soleil at Carmella’s Sunny Raw Kitchen. Adapted from “Carmella’s Raw Sunny Kitchen” – Raw Vegan Chocolate Sauce Carmella’s original recipe called for Coconut Oil. I thought the coconut taste was too strong for me and prefer a milder Vegetable spread option for the fat. I also used powdered Coconut Palm Sugar mixed in with the water until it dissolved in place of the Agave in mine. It’s really amazing that this creamy, sweet sauce comes from a dry almost bitter tasting nut like pecans. I’d like to try a version with walnuts and see how that goes too. So glad Carmella’s got this basic for us though already. And I hope she is back on the road to recovery and getting some great care these days 🙂 PrintRaw-Vegan Chocolate Sauce What you will need for this recipe:3/4 cup raw cacao 1/2 cup pecans, soaked 1/2 cup raw liquid sweetener, or…

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Strawberry Waffles with Maple Cinnamon Butter

 These waffles begin and end with a nice bunch of fresh, just ripe strawberries. Without them, don’t bother…. The waffle batter is not overly sweet, not overly tart.  It’s a light batter and you get bits of sour when your tongue finds one of the fresh strawberries mixed in with the batter.  The Maple Cinnamon Butter is not too sweet either and adds a smooth alternative to the crispness of the waffle edges.   The strongest flavors here are strawberry puree and the cinnamon.  Both combine and swirl around in your mouth to balance out the plain waffle flavor.  Add in a little cocoa powder to the batter for a more dessert like waffle. Please check out the Waffle Queen (Annie at An Unrefined Vegan) for the real encyclopedia of waffle making.  I’m just a beginner here and have a lot to learn. My first attempt at waffle making.  Definitely not my last. PrintStrawberry Waffles with Maple Cinnamon Butter Yield: 3 Belgian or 5 smaller Waffles What you will need for this recipe:For Maple Cinnamon Butter: Combine 1/2 Cup Vegetable Butter with 1/4 Cup Maple or Agave Syrup and 1 tsp. Cinnnamon For the Strawberry Puree: 1 1/2 Cups Sliced…

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Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes with Strawberry Syrup

Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes with Strawberry Syrup

A delicious & hearty sweet way to get your grains, Buckwheat Pancakes! A healthier version of an old classic. The fluffy flavorful pancakes are refined sugar free, very low Gluten and Vegan.  Mix some up in minutes and WOW your guest with nutrition and earthy flavor in each bite.

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Brownie Date Nut Bread with Strawberry Butter

 A wonderful pair up:  Cocoa, Strawberry, Dates and Butter. Enjoying every little sweet, tangy bite! PrintBrownie Date Nut Bread with Strawberry Butter Yield: 1 1/2 Lbs. loafServing Size: 1 inch slice This Brownie Date loaf will be more bread like than cake. It’s very dense and filling. The Strawberry Butter goes well with a slice fresh from the bread maker and lightens up the dessert with it’s tang and fluffy texture in contrast to the dense heavy bread. I sliced up my loaf and wrapped individual pieces to take as a mid day snack. Not overly sweet and it’s relatively sugar free with the Stevia.What you will need for this recipe:1/2 Cup Stevia Baking Blend (I used NuNaturals Fiber Blend brand) 1/2 Cup High Quality Cocoa Powder 1 1/4 Cup Organic Whole Wheat Flour 1 Cup Chopped Dates soaked in 1 Cup Boiling Water (reserve soak water) 1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts 3 Tbs. Ground Flax Seed mixed with 6 Tbs. Water) 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon 2 tsp. Baking Powder 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract InstructionsSoak chopped dates in boiling water. Add ingredients to bread maker in this order: Vanilla, Flax w/water, Dates w/ soak water, Sea Salt, Cinnamon,…

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Brussels Sprouts & Radicchio with Brown Mustard Orange Glaze

Brussels Sprouts & Radicchio with Brown Mustard Orange Glaze

  I Hate Brussels Sprouts. Well, I’ve only had them 1 time prior to this recipe so I was really hoping it would work out well cause last time, they didn’t taste so great…. I added in the Radicchio really just for color and nutrition but it tasted great along with the Brussels Sprouts.  I have heard of ‘honey mustard’ to dress up Sprouts for the high percentage of us who aren’t so found of them.  And I LOVE spicy mustard, so I gave them one more try thinking that I could always drowned them in sauce if the Brussels Sprouts turned out less than desirable like my first attempt at making them years ago. Why eat Brussels Sprouts? “Brussel’s sprouts can help us avoid chronic, excessive inflammation through a variety of nutrient benefits. First is their rich glucosinolate content. In addition to the detox-supportive properties mentioned earlier, glucosinolates found in Brussels sprouts help to regulate the body’s inflammatory/anti-inflammatory system and prevent unwanted inflammation. Particularly well-studied in this context is the glucosinolate called glucobrassicin. The glucobrassicin found in Brussels sprouts can get converted into an isothiocyanate molecule called ITC, or indole-3-carbinol. I3C is an anti-inflammatory compound that can actually operate…

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December 2012 Omnium-Gatherum

Our first icy snow of the season today.   So glad I’m home enjoying the view from a warm cozy spot                                                                                                                                         and don’t have to work 🙂 Winter weather around Washington D.C. is usually beautiful, and always a nightmare to get around town in. Here’s what my view out the windshield looked like this morning as my husband was scraping the ice off. Ahhh, I so love D.C. in the winter………… So let’s look forward to the spring and all the wonderful fresh foods that will be in the stores when it gets warmer.  Right now I feel like hibernating until the thaw. My first priority of the new year is to reduce my sugars to be completely unrefined. Glycemic Index of Sugars and Other Sweeteners: Source: http://www.puregoodness.net/nutrition/sweeteners-decoded/ For more information about the…

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Spicy Candied Nut Brittle

Candied Nuts?  Spice? = YUM I’ve always loved contrasting flavors and textures in food and this snack has it all! The salty, spicy seasonings, the syrupy sweetness of the stevia and maple syrup, the crunch of the caramelized  nuts! I took half of this batch and saved it to break up on top of salads and the other half I pressed into a greased square container to make bars out of for breakfast.  Press down hard on the candied nuts, cover and freeze.  When they get cold, just cut into squares and wrap. Either way you enjoy these spicy gems……….you will enjoy them a lot! Spicy Candied Nut Brittle – Sugar Free options, Vegan & Gluten Free 4 Cups of Mixed Raw Nuts    ( I used slivered Almonds, Brazil, Pistachio and Peanuts in this batch) 1/3 Cup Black Sesame Seeds 1/3 Cup Vegan Vegetable Spread like Earth Balance 1/3 Cup NuNaturals brand  PreSweet™ Tagatose 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup or Agave Nectar 1 Tbs. Cinnamon 1 tsp. Sea Salt 1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper 1/2 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes Melt the Vegetable Spread in an iron skillet or fry pan over low heat  until it begins to simmer slightly. Add in all…

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