Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Veggie Quinoa Salad



You might have noticed that I’m a newbie quinoa lover. You know, with this being my second quinoa recipe in a row and all. I just can’t help myself! Maybe your familiar with quinoa, maybe you’re not, so let’s start by saying it's pronounced KEEN-wah, not KEY-noah…which I think would be anyone’s first guess considering the spelling. I may or may not have pronounced it that way myself a time or two.
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We found quinoa on sale at Aldi for $3.99/lb., which is a heck of deal in comparison to the 7 or 8 bucks it costs elsewhere. Hooray for a good deal! Quinoa is light, super healthy, and packed with protein, fiber, and minerals. Oh, and antioxidants as well. Who would’ve thought?! I usually look to berries for antioxidants, so this was a happy surprise.

Let’s talk about everything I packed into this Veggie Quinoa Salad, shall we? Lots of quinoa, obviously, plus roma tomatoes, bell peppers, shredded carrots, and corn. Spinach AND kale! Green onions, chickpeas, feta, and Kalamata olives. Real deal Kalamata olives—LOVE them. The olives were actually another great find at Aldi.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Soul-Soothing African Peanut Stew



Now is the time when I really start to crave chili, soups, and stews for dinner. You know, right around that 40 degree mark when it’s just cold enough to want a meal that’ll warm your soul. I came across this Soul-Soothing African Peanut Stew while reading through The Oh She Glows Cookbook, and we just had to try it, so last week I added it to our weekly meal plan. Let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint!
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This stew is packed with nutritious, good-for-you ingredients like sweet potatoes, spinach, bell peppers, and diced tomatoes. It’s also protein-packed thanks to the peanut butter, peanuts, chickpeas, and quinoa. Rounding out this stew is a bit of spicy heat from jalapeno and red pepper flakes. That my friend, is the warm-your-soul part. Mm-mmm, good!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Chocolate-Caramel Tart



I’m a serious chocolate lover and really can’t get enough, which is why this tart is right up my alley. If you read my previous post, you may have noticed I originally called this dessert a pie. Well, I changed my mind, because now I think it’s a tart. Tarts are more elegant in my mind, whereas pies are more rustic and typically filled with fruit. You with me?
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So, this tart. It’s the most incredibly rich-tasting dessert I've ever eaten. I said it before and I’ll say it again, this is a chocolate lover’s dream. Now, as you know, I LOVE chocolate, like LOVE, but even I could only eat a sliver of this goodness because it was sooooooo rich. I've had rich—take for example my Decadent Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake—but this tart even beats out my cheesecake. That’s saying a lot, no?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Thanksgiving in the Mitten



I hope you had a lovely long holiday weekend! I went home to Michigan last week to spend the holiday with family. We had asked my mom to make baked mostaccioli, and so that’s what we had for dinner as soon as we arrived and unpacked our luggage, which takes a little while because we pack everything but the kitchen sink. Just can’t help it! After dinner, my aunt went and picked up Timmy’s coffee for us all, which was LOVELY! I may or may not have eaten a slice of a pumpkin roll with that coffee. Mmm!
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The morning after we arrived, Steve and I headed out for our beloved Timmy’s coffee—yes, again—before going back to my mom’s to help make fresh Sicilian bread. This time around my little nephew helped and was sooo excited to be making bread with Uncle Steve. My mom has always made bread, but she and Steve started making it together years ago. We joke now because my mom literally only makes bread when we’re in town. When my dad got home from work that evening and seen all the bread he said to Steve “thank you for coming home”. Haha!

Oh, melt my heart!
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