Crispy Sesame Green Bean Fries

Last week when I was out getting groceries I came across some green beans.  Honestly, I don’t usually buy green beans all that often but these beans were so bright and beautiful that I had to buy a couple of handfuls.  Of course, I had not planned on using green beans in anything so there they sat day after day in my fridge.  By the 3rd day I was getting pretty sick of them staring back at me and mocking me for not using them.  We were...

 

Sweet Potato Quinoa Polenta

I really like baked polenta or even more, polenta made on a grill pan (see notes). It’s such a nice alternative to the usual bread roll or biscuit. I especially like this polenta because it’s made from quinoa so it’s a good protein source that can go from a side to the main course. Add to that, sweet potato and now your talking! You can even substitute the chili powder for cinnamon and a little nutmeg for a tasty breakfast drizzled...

 

Garden Vegetable Lentil Soup

This soup is perfect cause it’s fast and fresh and can be made with just about any vegetables you have on hand. The flavor is amazingly deep and rich. Done in under 30 minutes it’s perfect for a fast week night meal served with some crusty warm bread on the side. Kristy Ingredients: 2 tbsp olive oil 1/2 medium onion, diced 1 large carrot, diced 1 stalk celery, diced 1 tsp sea salt or to taste 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tsp thyme 1 tsp...

 

BLT & P Salad

It’s interesting sometimes how recipes are created. I suppose mostly out of necessity, what ingredients you have on hand and of course what pairs well together. This salad was brought together by Sarah asking for suggestions of what spices would go well in a recipe she was making. I first consulted The Flavor Bible but didn’t find any inspiration so I opened my spice cupboard and started taking out bottles and sniffing. Ok, I admit I...

 

Caesar Salad with Cheesy Garlic Restaurant Style Croutons

I used to love Caesar salads.  It’s been years now since I’ve had one.  A couple of weeks ago I got a craving for one and I just knew I had to recreate a healthy version for myself.  The key to an awesome Caesar salad is the dressing.  I’ve tasted a lot of Caesar dressings in my time and I gotta say - this is the best dressing EVER!  Instead of using the standard egg or parmesan cheese this recipe uses hemp seeds.  Hemp...

 

Gluten and Grain Free Pizza

Did you know that the Super Bowl is one of the Top 5 biggest pizza selling days of the year?!  Pizza Hut alone will sell over 2 million pizzas this Sunday.  Eating healthy doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a good pizza and boy oh boy is this one amazing pizza!  Aside from the bonus of being gluten free AND grain free this pizza crust is so flavorful and has a great crunch to it.  I may or may not have eaten half of the crust by itself!...

 

Sweet Potato Beer Fries with Roasted Tomato Ketchup

So I gotta be honest, I finally came clean to my husband and the ‘regular’ potatoes I used in my Sweet Potato Quinoa Burgers.  At first he didn’t believe me that sweet potatoes could be white but a quick google search ended that belief rather quickly.  Now that he’s come to the realization that he likes sweet potatoes I decided to make it up to him and show him all the delicious ways you can enjoy this delectable potato....

 

Roasted Grape Salad

Sometimes the simplest recipes have the most amazing results!  I had this salad years ago at a 5 star restaurant in Chicago.  I couldn’t believe such a basic salad would have so many flavors!  The sweetness of the roasted grapes and ripe pears paired so well with the peppery arugula and I wanted to lick my plate to get every last drop of the roasted shallot dressing!  You wouldn’t think such a simple salad could be so elegant but...

 

Sweet and Spicy Salad

I find dishes that have a contrast of taste and texture really interesting and delicious. I like to be surprised by the combination of un-traditional flavors and seasonings. This salad really has all that for me. I have seen chayote in the market on many occasions and I love to try new things but for some reason this fruit/vegetable scared me off so I never tried it. Not any more! Chayote is a part of the gourd family like melon, cucumber and squash....

 

Garbanzo Bean Nom N’omelet

The Urban Dictionary defines nom nom as ”the sound made when someone is eating or chewing something and really enjoying it”. I call this dish Nom N’omelet because it will have you making just this sound. The title also fits because it’s no omelet as it doesn’t contain eggs but has the appearance and similar texture of an omelet. You can make it with vegetables or not and season any way you like, it’s up to you....