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Edamame and Summer Corn Quinoa Salad

This light and fresh deli-style salad that I originally bought from Stater Bro. Market in Joshua Tree sustained me for a couple days whether before a hike in Joshua Tree National Park or as a light snack on one of our many car rides during our southern California summer vacation.

I know this salad will become a permanent addition to your summer rotation of favorite, go-to recipes.

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Kale Chips

Believe the craze for Kale Chips as this leafy green from the cruciferous family is one of the powerhouse superfoods that you want to make sure is a regular star in your diet. Chips are so Americana that actually having a healthy version is a no-brainer!

This is an easy, foolproof recipe; so easy you’ll be making multiple batches each week!

All Seasons, American, Beans/Legumes, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Grains, Main, Sides, Sides, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Hoppin’ John

Serve with braised collard greens-

“Eat poor that day, eat rich the rest of the year. Rice for riches and peas for peace”. This is a southern saying on eating a dish of Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day to ensure a prosperous year filled with luck.

This is my quick, vegetarian version (the original Hoppin’ John calls for dried black eyed peas soaked overnight and a ham hock). While I like to make this on New Year’s Day (we all want prosperity and luck for our families, right?), it is also a great dish that I prepare almost year round.

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Tricolor Quinoa-Sweet Potato Stuffing

I created this delicious, gluten-free stuffing for the Mystic Meals Under the Moon’s November Full Moon Dinner. I wanted the menu to honor the month’s Thanksgiving holiday but with a twist. Although it played sidekick to a roasted salmon dish, this stuffing could easily stand alone both in flavor and sustenance. Even if you don’t want to give up your traditional holiday stuffing try this amazing whole grain recipe sometime during the holiday season.

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Southwestern S’Mac n’ Cheese

Serve with green peas-
I have done my best to recreate one of the best mac and cheese recipes I have ever tasted from Scottsdale’s Gainey Ranch Grand Hyatt. Baked in a skillet and topped with a crispy breadcrumb and cheese mixture, this earned “1,000 stars” from my 7 year old and everyone went back for seconds. I would say I nailed it!
This is comfort food at its best so leave your diet at the door! I have, however, added in some wholesome fiber-rich changes, such as homemade whole wheat or spelt breadcrumbs and whole wheat penne pasta.

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Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

When fall rolls around and I see the many varieties of apples at the grocers and farmer’s markets I am ready to make batches and batches of applesauce. Preparing this kid (and adult) favorite in a slow cooker frees you up to go about your business. This a must-have recipe to have this fall.

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Quinoa with Gazpacho and Red Beans

I was looking for a vegetarian recipe that showcased the most common vegetables popping up in our gardens, farmer’s markets, and CSA’s this summer, but was filling enough to satisfy any carnivore’s appetite. Between the beans and the high-protein quinoa, this recipe fits the bill and is quite tasty too! I served this to relatives this summer, and both adults and kids went back for seconds!