Sesame Ginger Quinoa Bowls

Todd found this recipe to help me find healthy alternatives to sandwiches for lunch, and like everything else on here, we’ve made a lot of changes for the better. This recipe is so great at lunch time: a cold grain bowl packed with flavor and texture. We make this Sunday so it’s ready to go…

Hummus

There are a million hummus recipes out there. Here’s the one I prefer. Basic Hummus 2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1/2 c. tahini paste (mix well before measuring) 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic 1 lemon, juiced 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper water (if necessary) Add all of the ingredients (except…

Beans & Greens

This dish doesn’t sound like much, but the combination makes it perfect: savory, substantial, and flavorful. It’s so versatile that you can substitute whatever green or bean you have on hand.¬†On top of that, it’s so easy that it’s a no-brainer on a weeknight – we make it at least once a week as a…

Herb Spiced Nuts

Once September hits, I start craving beets. How does that have anything to do with herb spiced nuts? My salad needed something crunchy, and it was about time I made some fancy nuts. After not finding what I wanted online, I combined about three recipes to get this. It’s great. 2 egg whites 1 Tbsp…

Lemon, Shallot & Dijon Dressing

This dressing is so creamy that you’d think it was full of mayonnaise, but it’s not. It’s perfectly balanced and amazing with beets. 1 small shallot, minced 1 lemon, juiced 2 tsp. Dijon mustard 1 tsp. honey 1/2 c. olive oil Salt Pepper Add all ingredients to the blender, and run until dressing is creamy…

Winter Vegetable Chili

This chili has morphed over the years from a Food & Wine recipe to an undeniable tradition at our house. The original had less spice, less veg, and less oomph. This recipe stands on its own, in your face with more of everything. It’s a great option when you want chili, but not the heavy…

Mushroom Risotto

The first time I tried this risotto I was skeptical – very skeptical. How could you get mushroom flavor without dried porchinis or without browning the fresh mushrooms? Why does it seem like too much alcohol and not enough stock? I decided to throw caution to the wind and make only quantity changes, rather than…

Spicy Tofu Stir Fry with Brown Rice

This recipe was adapted from epicurious; the original was desperately bland. After many attempts and tweaking, we’ve perfected it. Plus, with a little prep work on Sunday, this can be on the table and ready to eat in less than 30 minutes. Spicy Tofu Stir Fry with Brown Rice 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil 2 c….

Cinnamon Raisin Breakfast Quinoa

This breakfast quinoa was born out out necessity – I had to address my greek yogurt addiction in the mornings. I love that it has so much protein, but I needed to control the amount of sugar. I tried plain and adding my toppings, but then I would add way too much honey (not because…

Toasted Garlic & Rosemary White Bean Dip

This was born in the moments before a Packer game when a plan when horribly wrong. Intending to make a hot cheesy dip with ricotta, my ricotta was moldy. Argh. So I put a can of Cannellini beans to use. This dip is easy and flavorful – it goes best with a good loaf of…

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