Take out Fake out // Skinny Quinoa “Fried Rice” with Veggies

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This is how grown-ups eat fried rice. All of the taste, none of the guilt.  It has legitimate nutritional value, and it’s not even fried. There are actual vegetables in there. I bet you could trick a kid or two with this delicious knock-off. I love fooling people into eating healthy food. “You’re eating a complete protein, with iron and fiber and you don’t even know!” *Queue evil laugh*  muah ha ha ha. I would be a really ridiculous super-villain. We can choose names and capes later. First, the quinoa. Important stuff first.

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Asian Style Marinated Green Bean Salad

Today I have a great summertime recipe for you! Green bean salad is a great alternative to a hot side dish on a summer day, and so much more fun than a bowl of lettuce! It’s crunchy, tangy and packed full of flavor thanks to a blend of sesame and soy.

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Sweet Potato and Zucchini Latkes with Creamy Chipotle Lime Dipping Sauce

These zucchini and sweet potato latkes are just the ticket to quell a craving for fried potatoes. We all get those. Don’t try and deny it. Fried potato cravings are completely natural. Nice and crispy on the outside with buttery zucchini and sweet potato in the middle. These little guys were a incredibly delicious spin on the traditional potato pancake, especially when paired with the chipotle and lime dipping sauce. For some reason my brain immediately thought “chipotle and lime” when I saw the potato and zucchini. It was a good call. I loved how the buttery zucchini and sweet potato paired with the mildly spicy, tangy sauce.

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Zucchini Noodles with Tomato Bruschetta // Low Carb Pasta

Whether you’re low-carbing or not, zucchini pasta is an undeniably fun way to get a big serving of veggies in. It’s mysteriously amusing to twirl zucchini about on a fork. Cooked *just* for a few seconds, these al dente textured “noodles” are a delicious substitution for carb filled spaghetti. They even have the good-for-you benefits of fresh veggies as a wonderful bonus.

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Lemon Garlic Linguine with Almonds and Peas

This simple, vegetarian weeknight meal is just bursting with flavor! Even better, it will come together for you in about 20 minutes, most of which is waiting for pasta to boil. Hurrah! Bright and fresh lemon pair beautifully with basil, nutty Parmesan and the crunch of almonds. The peas add a touch of sweetness that just completes the flavor party perfectly. Pretty good for 20 minutes. Weeknight hero status. Wear your apron backwards. Bam. Cape.

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Chana Masala with Cucumber Raita- Vegetarian Chickpea Curry

This chana masala is a traditional North Indian dish. You’ll always find it with tomatoes and chickpeas, but the spice mix will vary depending on who is preparing it for you. It’s rich, intensely spiced, fragrant and has a note of tang that I find irresistible in nicely layered curries. The cucumber raita adds a lovely, fresh, cooling element that acts as a perfect foil for the bold stew. It can be mild, or it can be as spicy as you can handle. It’s all up to you, and the goodies you have stashed in your pantry. If you have some chickpeas and diced tomatoes in your pantry, you’re 20 minutes from a perfect weeknight meal.

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Smoked Paprika Roasted Almonds // Healthy Homemade Snacks

Smoky, crunchy and satisfying – roasted almonds are a great choice for a healthy grab and go snack. The protein helps curb hunger, and they’re a great source of vitamin E. Eat them on their own, top your salad, or garnish your veggies. Easy to make, delicious, and good for you. Hooray for almonds!

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Poached Eggs with Polenta and Caramelized Fennel

When I made a big batch of caramelized onions and fennel this week, I knew good things would follow. Poached eggs over crispy polenta is a favorite weeknight meal of mine. It’s comforting, healthy, and easy to prepare. When you add in a kale salad, some spring herbs and caramelized fennel, you have something special.

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Caramelized Onions and Fennel // Tasty Toppings

Today, I have a super simple recipe to share with you. Caramelized onions and fennel is a fennel and onion lover’s dream come true. Full of deep, rich flavors from a long and slow caramelization, this simple combo has a rich and complex flavor profile. I lazily stirred this to soft perfection on a Sunday morning. I plan to spruce up my simple meals with it all week long. My brain can’t even process how delicious this is going to be on toast with cream cheese in the morning. A batch of caramelized onions and fennel in your fridge is like an ace up your sleeve. Suddenly, your poached egg and polenta looks and tastes mighty impressive when topped with this flavorful mixture. Fancy up your usual chicken breast, pamper your pork chop.

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Herbed Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Bell Peppers

You know what’s good with goat cheese? Everything. The answer is everything. Goat cheese is magical stuff. Creamy, tangy, rich – yet still fresh. It’s pretty much the best thing ever. Other than bacon, but that’s another post all together. These goat cheese stuffed peppers are little 2 bite pieces of heaven. Tangy goat cheese, with sweet roasted peppers. Simple and fantastic.

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