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Recipe Wednesday: What I Like To Do With Leftover Salmon

Whenever I make salmon and there are leftovers, we either eat it as it is or decide to make something more fun out of it. I like making fresh salmon patties with potato and onion in them (along with some other flavors like dill and lemon). They are pretty quick and easy to make, and …

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Meatless Mondays: Can you be vegan on a low budget?

Looking online at stereotypes of a high budget vegan diet and posts of green smoothies or fancy ingredients in dinners, can be discouraging for those who can't afford vegan products that cost them over 50 dollars a week for meals. There are still many people who can afford the vegan restaurants or the pre-made frozen …

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Meatless Mondays: Miso Flavored Stir Fried Ramen Noodles with Tofu

Making tofu taste good can be a challenge, but when you cook it a certain way to crisp it up and still absorb flavors, it can be a delicious addition to a meatless monday meal. One night I had thought to make ramen with miso broth, but thought to do something a little faster. The …

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Meatless Mondays: Are Vegan Meat Products Really Healthy?

As I sat and tried out a vegan bbq rib wrap the other day, I eventually didn't even notice that it wasn't real meat. The texture was soft and so familiar to bbq pork ribs that it was enjoyable without having to worry about having something very fatty. I tend to be open to trying …

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Meatless Mondays Tip Of The Week: Soups In Advance

For many people who aren't vegetarian or vegan, the idea of having a day without meat can seem daunting. However, it doesn't have to be the end of flavorful dishes just because you don't have your meat. Each monday, for meatless mondays, I plan to share resources and tips, along with plant based news from …

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Roasted Zucchini and White Bean Lemon Tortellini: Making Frozen Tortellini Taste Fresh

The classic tortellini with marinara sauce that many make on a lazy or stressed day is always comforting, but sometimes you want to switch things up. Thinking of other ways to use tortellini can be daunting, but it can be something as simple as adding in new fresh flavors (especially if you don't want tomatoes …

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Other Ways To Use Plain Apple Cider This Fall

Warmed up apple cider on a cold day under a blanket can be comforting, but are there other things you can do with apple cider besides drink it? Surprisingly I think it can be added in a few different ways to your meals and even added to baking recipes. Besides, it might be best to …

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Experimenting During Pumpkin Season: Vegan Pumpkin Scones

The other day after I made a non-vegan pumpkin bread, there was leftover canned pumpkin in the fridge. I didn't just want to leave it there, so I figured to experiment and try out a vegan version of pumpkin scones (since my brother is vegan and doesn't always have a lot of dessert options). I …

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Health Tidbits: Basil, King Of The Herb Garden

Most of us tend to hear the word basil and think of Italian food, but this herb wouldn't be called the king of herbs if it wasn't extraordinary, and used for more than just pesto.The word basil does in fact derive from the Greek word Basileus, which translates into king. Even in the Orthodox Churches, basil …

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Using Pesto In The Kitchen (Plus A Basic Vegan Pesto Recipe Of Mine)

A jarred pesto sauce can be a classic kitchen staple to have in the kitchen when pressed for time. Sometimes you might not have the fresh herbs available in the pantry to make fresh pesto at home. Surprisingly, pesto does not just have to be used on pasta (although it does taste good that way). …

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Health Tidbits: Cauliflower Power!

From Indian to Mediterranean cuisine, cauliflower is a versatile vegetable that can absorb flavors. It almost reminds me of tofu of the vegetable world, since its somewhat bland taste can be changed and amplified through spices. To others, it may remind them of looking a brain (maybe that's why they don't want to eat it). …

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Quick Lemon Orzo Chicken Soup: What To Do With Leftover Rotisserie Chicken

Making homemade chicken soup during the week when you are busy can be time consuming, but what if it didn't have to be? I grew up on the greek version of a chicken soup with the avgolemono broth. That type of soup uses egg yolk and lemon juice that is tempered with the hot chicken …

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Dishing Out A Different Type Of Stir-Fry: Using Asparagus And Red Cabbage

It was enjoyable to make and eat this stir fry because it was so bright and colorful. When colors pop on the plate, you are eating with your eyes. This was a unique stir-fry to me, that I modified a little from something I found online. I wouldn't have thought to try it with red …

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Making A Traditional Cornbread Recipe Vegan (and still making it delicious)

  The other day I had been looking in the pantry closet and saw there was cornmeal that was going to expire next month and the one thing I automatically think of is usually to make cornbread. The catch was that there wasn't any butter or milk in the house to make the regular recipe …

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Teriyaki Baked Salmon Rice Bowl with Steamed Veggies

The prepared foods section at whole foods can be a nice place to get a variety things but generally they are higher in price than making something at home. One day I had gotten a teriyaki rice bowl that had salmon with steamed peppers and broccoli. While it was enjoyable it was also 11 bucks, …

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The Many Uses of Hummus (plus an easy recipe)

The Middle Eastern and Mediterranean classic spread called hummus can take many forms. It is a favorite of mine to just have as a platter for lunch with fresh veggies like carrots, cucumbers and peppers. Lately I have seen additional ingredients like beets and peas being mixed into regular hummus recipes, which sounds like a …

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Your Mind Taking Over Flavor: What Is A SuperTaster?

When I first heard of the term supertasters, it did come as a surprise that it was something real and not people who had super powers of taste. As interesting as that would be to have a super human power involving flavors and food, unfortunately supertasters have more of an inconvenience with enjoying certain foods …

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Grilled Tofu With Thai Sweet Chili Sauce

Tofu can take on so many versatile flavors and be in most recipes as a substitute for meat, but I have found that grilling it can bring out some new textures and natural flavors of the tofu. Pairing it with a thai sweet chili sauce makes it taste out of the ordinary from chicken or …

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Garlicky Baby Kale with Chickpeas, Tomatoes and Lemon

Kale. People tend to have a love/hate relationship with kale and it is understandable if you don't find interesting ways to use it. I have even seen it being used for pesto recipes which is a good way to sneak in dark leafy greens for your kids if you make it. I tend to like …

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Vegan Cauliflower “Rice” And Beans

Who would have thought that rice made from cauliflower actually tastes good? Definitely not me, and this was my first time trying it at home, even though I kept hearing about it. Now they even have frozen packets of riced cauliflower that makes it even quicker to make something at home. Cauliflower has a mild …

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Health Tidbits: The Uses Of Refreshing Mint In And Out Of The Kitchen

The minty cool steam of a fresh cup of hot peppermint tea is both refreshing and cozy. Sitting with a blanket on a cool night with a cup of tea to warm your belly is an experience that is comforting either for yourself or sharing the time with others. The comfort of tea can come …

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Mint Pesto Zoodles With Fresh Tomatoes

The word zoodles has been spreading the internet for a while now, and I never was that fond of them as being categorized as an alternative to pasta. They have their own distinctive taste, texture and bite but they do meld together very well to certain flavors like pesto or sundried tomato flavors. If you …

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My Take On Indian Style Rice That Goes With Just About Everything

Rice is very versatile and can take on the flavors of anything you add to it. It is a comforting side dish and used in many cultures (and even used in creamy rice puddings). With all the different types of rice and aromas they give off, the different rice dishes you make can compliment the …

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My Favorite Unique YouTube Food Channels

Exploring the world of YouTube can be a lot of fun. Sometimes I have ended up on videos I didn't think I would ever end up watching and then learned about new channels. Food channels continue to expand and grow into unique things from cake artists making unusual cake designs to food competitions and even …

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Plant Powered Meals: Warm Sweet Potato, Corn and Bean Hash (And Veggie Sides)

While I am not a vegan, some of my favorite meals that I have made have had no animal products in them at all. I don't miss them when I eat the dishes either, and am just as satisfied and content by having plant powered meals. In the summer, it can be fun to grill …

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Summer Is The Time For Salads: Mint and Lemon Orzo Salad

In the summertime many people want to have quick and refreshing meals so that they can enjoy the fun in the sun as long as possible. Salads that can be made ahead and even taste good the next day (like tabbouleh) are a wonderful edition to your kitchen in the summer. On nights where there …

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My Weekly Health Tidbits: Corn- It Really is A-Maize-Ing!

I do apologize for being guilty of skipping some time off the weekly health tidbits, but I hope you have been enjoying the other content and hopefully some different ideas in the segments will be coming up soon since it will be summer (if you aren't below the equator). Since I do notice views coming …

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Gourmet, Ethnic and Healthy Kids’ Meals On Menus- Yay or Nay?

Bringing kids to a restaurant that doesn't have chicken fingers, french fries, mac and cheese or pizza can be a bit daunting when it is what they are used to eating when going outside. However, when the parents want to go to a nicer restaurant that might have less options that kids would like (or …

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Refreshing Asian Style Slaw Perfect For Summer

Turning on the oven or using the stove in the hot summer months can be annoying, but cooking at home doesn't have to be. There are plenty of things to make without being in the kitchen for too long and heating up the house. Summer salads can be a perfect choice to cool off and …

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The Warming Experience Of Baked Apples With Ice Cream

Swirls of cinnamon fill the kitchen on a cool evening as you bake fresh sweet apples to eat with cool and creamy ice cream. It sets you back into a nostalgic feeling of warm and cozy nights with the family eating apple pie, as you settle on the couch with a blanket to enjoy the …

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My Weekly Health Tidbits: Creative Meal Planning With Legumes

Anyone who is eating a plant based diet knows that legumes (beans, string beans, lentils, peanuts, etc) can be a big part of their protein sources along with being a good source of fiber to keep them full. However it is possible to eventually get bored of the same ways of making meals with legumes …

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Curried Lentil and Quinoa Blend Soup

I love the idea of soups and also love making them because of how simple they are to make. Throwing everything into one pot and making very little mess is every cooks dream. I like to have lentil soup on occasion, and one night I originally wanted to make a lentil salad with quinoa, but …

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Nutrition News: Mice Staying Thin On A Fatty Diet?

Finding new nutrition news and research has always been interesting to me even before my academic career at college. It is always a treat for me to read about the latest technology or experiments that have been done to help figure out things about the body. The faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the …

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My Weekly Health Tidbits: Is Brown Rice The Better Choice?

Looking at the title, you may have already made your decision or believe that it is obvious that brown rice is the better choice for your health. In many ways you would be correct, since white rice is refined and has the bran and germ taken out of it. This reduces its nutrient and fiber …

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