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Recipe: Ginger Garlic Peanut Noodles

This is a wonderfully hearty and soul-warming dish. You can throw it together in about as much time as it takes to boil the noodles. As you may guess from the title, it may not be for delicate palates! ;)

Ginger Garlic Peanut Noodles

Asian noodles - Soba noodles make this a nice earthy dish (soba noodles are made from buckwheat and are gluten-free). Thai rice noodles work too, but tend to lose their shape. Plain old fettuccine or spaghetti noodles would work in a pinch, but if you’ve never tried the other kinds - branch out!
Peanuts - about 1 cup chopped finely
Garlic - 2-3 TBs. finely minced or grated (use more if you are so inclined!)
Ginger - 2-3 TBs. finely minced or grated (use more...

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Recipe: Pesto

Kristina asked:

Do you have a knock-your-socks-off basil pesto recipe?  I can make a pretty good batch, but I’m always open for improvement.  Also, is there a way to cut down on the oil?  Or should I not worry about it too much since it’s olive oil?

Okay, I confess: I am the world’s laziest pesto maker. I love the flavors of basil, garlic, and lemon so much that it doesn’t really matter to me if it’s the best recipe ever. I love it all! Since time is usually of the essence in my kitchen, I do what’s quickest and easiest:

I just toss whatever basil I’m lucky enough to have into my food processor (a huge no-no for the purists), add one or two garlic cloves, the juice of half a lemon...

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Recipe: Fruity Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is an awesome grain. It’s gluten free, a complete protein, and super easy to cook up in a rice cooker. It has a distinctive flavor when cooked that some people dislike. Toasting it before cooking really helps create a pleasant nuttiness instead.

This recipe is so simple and delicious; if you prep the other ingredients while the quinoa is cooking, you’re good to go in about 30 minutes!

Fruity Quinoa Salad
(Adapted from A Hint of Honey)
1 cup quinoa, toasted (in a dry skillet over high heat until lightly browned, about 5 minutes)
1 1/2 cups water
1/3 cup dried cranberries, chopped
1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped
3 green onions, sliced
1/2 tsp. salt + more to taste
freshly ground...

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Snippets: More GF help

G. just got diagnosed with celiac disease. Yay for G.! She’s going to start feeling much better very soon! However, she’s worried about missing out on meal-time family traditions and doesn’t know how to substitute.

I am a vegetarian (not vegan) because I can’t imagine eating meat.  So there is no choice for me in the meat area.  Our family has a wonderful recipe for vegeburgers we have every time our family is together.  Now that is not an option.  Do you have any recipe for a vegeburger?  Also any ideas for hot dogs?  I have some Best Yet brand Chili Beans that are so good, but I’m not sure about a few of the ingredients - “seasonings and other spices, dextrose, calcium chloride (firming...

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Recipe: Vegetarian (and soy-free!) Meatballs

Most vegetarian “meatball” recipes rely on soy “meat” to create that classic meaty texture - a real problem if you are limiting sodium or avoiding soy, gluten, dairy, GMOs, or heavily processed food substances.

I developed this recipe when we started removing fake meat from our diet, and have made several variations of it as my dietary restrictions have demanded.

When I’m nursing my babies, I am dairy-, soy-, gluten-, and nut-free, at the very least. I love this recipe for the wonderful savory chewiness that I crave so much when on an elimination diet!

Laura’s Vegetarian, Soy-free, Sweet & Sour Meatballs
1 pound mushrooms (I used a mix of portabello, cremini, and white)
2 medium...

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Recipe: Qwerty Bars

I invented this recipe when I was first pregnant and hungry all the time. (We dubbed them “Qwerty” Bars because my nerdy husband called our children QWERTY and ASDF, respectively, while they were in utero!) These little raw energy bars pack a punch! They are great after a workout or to tide you over between meals.

I never make the same batch twice. Use what you have on hand and like to eat; you’ll find yourself gravitating to a particular mix and that’s just fine!

Qwerty Bars (skeleton recipe)

Seeds/Nuts – Choose 2-3 cups:
Pepitas (roasted pumpkin seeds)
Sesame seeds
Sunflower seeds
Mixed nuts (peanuts, walnuts, cashews, macadamia and Brazil nuts)
Flax seeds
Hemp seeds

Grains –...

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Recipe: Baba Ganoush

This recipe comes from my soul-sister-mama-friend Harmony. If you’ve never had Baba before, think “hummus” but with eggplant in place of the chickpeas. That’ll get you close.

I never refer to recipes for the things I make most often, so if you’ve had my Baba recently (like, in the last 2 years), it won’t taste exactly the same. But it’ll be good, I promise!

Baba Ganoush
1. Slice a large purple eggplant in half, lightly coat with olive oil and top with minced garlic or garlic powder (I always use garlic powder because I am lazy like that.)

2. Roast in oven @ 400 for 30-40 minutes, flesh side up, until ugly and roasted and wrinkly.

3. Scoop out flesh (actually, I never, ever do this...

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