Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Local Finds

Yummy in Mah Tummy Low-Carb Wraps

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Oh hey, Collard Green (Goddess) Wraps. Where have you been all my life? There wasn’t too much green about this. I saw this recipe floating around as a low-carb alternative to wraps, and I knew I just had to try these. These wraps aren’t hard to make, but just require a bit of patience, prep for chopping and time to assemble. You can add such different flavors by mixing up the hummus, the protein (swap chicken for tofu, turkey, beef, etc.) and the herbs. Plus, it’s near the end of collard green season, and stores are bursting with these huge, beautifully dark green leaves.

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Asian, Better Than Takeout, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Local Finds

No Way You Can “Gingerly” Eat This Ginger Chicken

Ginger Sesame Chicken with Sesame Soy Roasted Vegetables

Ginger Sesame Chicken with Sesame Soy Roasted Vegetables. It was pure perfection on Sunday night when I made this. Most recipes call for half a cup of honey and flour. This version is sweet and crispy as is. I replaced honey with its sweeter counterpart — agave nectar so less is required. The fresh ginger and scallions add a whole new depth to this dish. By browning both in sizzling oil before cooking the chicken allows more flavor to come forth. The roasted vegetables are a green side and the perfect complement to the sticky rice and sweet and ginger chicken.

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Local Finds

New Roots: Boston

Local Finds: Boston

So if you haven’t noticed in the last year, I’ve moved: first Ithaca, then Maine and now Boston. Here’s a working list of places I’ve found and may or may not have frequented. From drinks to flatbreads to baked goods and salads, I would definitely go back to all the ones listed below. Also to come is a post on how Fenway has begun its own rooftop garden full of veggies and herbs to use in their stadium throughout the season. Can’t wait to do some more exploring and find new spots! Have fun Exploring Boston.

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"How To" Guides, Local Finds

Primetime for Pomegranates

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This “how to” is really simple: How to Easily Remove Pomegranate Seeds. This is such a great winter fruit. As a superfood, pomegranates are a perfect snack, a juicy salad or breakfast topping and a natural addition to desserts. You just grab a knife, bowl filled with water, and a wooden spoon. Wear and apron or clothes you don’t care if they’re stained because the juice can splash! But it’s definitely worth the effort. Pomegranate seeds are just so delicious, you can’t help but eat them by the handful.

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Asian, Better Than Takeout, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Local Finds, Salad, Side, Vegan, Vegetarian

Dangerously Delicious Daikon & Carrot Salad

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This Daikon & Carrot Salad is soooooo easy. Did I mention how simple this was? My dad and I decided to try this restaurant in Portland, ME on a whim for lunch — Pai Men Miyake. With my parents and family friends, we celebrated the end of the summer at the more upscale version of Miyake. Both have Japanese roots with French influences and use ingredients from both their own and local farms. My dad and I split this salad, and oh man — it was a race to the finish. The daikon and carrots were extremely fresh, crisp and crunchy. Daikon, as I have now discovered, is a member of the radish family and loaded with vitamin C and potassium. Another perfect addition to add to your sickness-fighting repertoire. Tossed in a Spicy Sesame Dressing, this Daikon & Carrot Salad will be sure to grace your table again and again.

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Addicted to Avocados

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Have you ever gone to the market or grocery store and think you’ve stumbled upon the most perfect avocado? You obviously gave the avocado a gentle squeeze, and it was just soft to your touch, as well as a deep dark green in color. Then you get home, cut into it, and it’s far from ideal; you spy brown patches scattered throughout its light green flesh. Then how do you distinguish a ripe avocado from an overly ripe or  bruised one? I saw this trick on Pinterest a couple years ago, and I’ve been using it ever since. By removing the brown, circular stem from the top of the avocado, you’ll have another tool in your arsenal to ensure you’ve found a perfectly ripe avocado. So easy and simple — like me, you’ll wonder why you never thought How to Find Ripe Avocados to do this before.

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Appetizer, Entrée, Local Finds, Vegetarian

Simply Savory Kale Flatbread

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My mom discovered this recipe for a kale flatbread a couple summers ago in Southern Living; after some modifications, it’s too good not to share. Even my carnivore of a boyfriend approved and heartily inhaled one flatbread I made for dinner last winter (but probably along with one containing some form of meat). My parents and I traveled to Ohio this past weekend to visit my dad’s mom, and we made the flatbread for dinner on Friday night. My aunt and uncle grew curly kale in their garden and it’s thriving. Oh my goodness, the plant was so huge that it looked like a small 3 foot bush (see pictures below). Naturally we just had to incorporate abundant amounts of their homegrown kale into a meal, and we knew the Kale & Rosemary Flatbread was one such recipe that would do the job quite well. The rosemary adds a fantastic flavor and a fresh, yet savory element, especially along with the creamy fontina cheese and pungent parmesan cheese. In fact, there’s so much flavor that you forget your only topping is really just kale. So enjoy. Indulge a little, and pass that Kale & Rosemary Flatbread.

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Awesomely Easy Applesauce

IMG_5107If you were like me and bought apples at local orchards and leave with a gorgeous bag of fresh apples, you’ve probably already tackled apple chips or apple crisp — what’s left? Homemade applesauce. Yummm. Even better, take that applesauce one step further and add ginger, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and raisins. The cinnamon and cooking apples make your kitchen smell oh-so-inviting. I can honestly say I’ve never made applesauce from scratch before, and I expected a labor-intensive and arduous afternoon. I encountered quite the opposite. Using a food processor cut down on chopping time, and the apples cooked much faster than I anticipated. In fact, this was quite simple. The flavors from apple pie or crisp are all there. Use this Spiced Applesauce with Golden Raisins as a delicious substitute for a dessert, garnish with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream, and you have a healthier, yet deliciously tasty dessert or eat the applesauce plain and have a simple snack Continue reading “Awesomely Easy Applesauce”

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Eat More Kale

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Kale is absolutely lovely — savory, hearty, earthy and versatile. That large spiny stem running down the middle of it is far from wonderful; it’s an added pain. Unless your recipe calls for the spine intact, such as a quiche, this way allows you to focus on the leaves and the best part of those leafy greens. While I show this “How to” with Dinosaur Kale (as known as Tuscan Kale for its prevalence in Italian cuisine), Curly Kale works just as well. Now you can really (and easily) eat more kale.

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Hearty Autumn Kale Salad

IMG_4952 I’ve been waiting for the leaves to change to resurrect this healthy and colorful Baby Kale, Sweet Potato & Apple Salad. The acidity of the fresh lemon juice and tartness of the dijon mustard both pair well with kale’s heartiness. The crisp apple, sweet potato and creamy delicata squash also somehow diminish and enhance the earthy and sometimes bitter flavors of kale. I’ve made this with curly kale, dinosaur kale or baby kale. I prefer baby kale for the milder taste. No matter the type of kale used, the subtle flavors in the salad and the crunch added by the walnuts create a salad you’ll want again and again. Continue reading “Hearty Autumn Kale Salad”