Asian, Better Than Takeout, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Vegan, Vegetarian

Mighty Mango Curry

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Last week Whole Foods had a 5 for $5 special for mangos. Obviously I had to indulge in this deal. While the mangos were ripening on my counter, I came across Recipe Tin EatsMango Thai Red Curry dish. Um, yes please. Sign me up! Was this timing a coincidence? I think not. The original called for fish sauce and while I have no problem eating anything with fish sauce, I literally cannot cook with it to save my life. It would add a tangier, richer flavor, but I did a little modifying and my version is still tasty. I made the mango red curry sauce separate, allowed it to cool and fully thicken into a delectable sauce to then top brown rice and juicy chicken. (Swap the chicken for tofu and sweet potato to be fully vegan and vegetarian! I also tired this over cauliflower rice and it was still so filling.) Mango Red Curry is tangy, not overly sweet, creamy and perfectly spiced.

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Asian, Better Than Takeout, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free

Savory Sesame Soba Salad

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I can’t even get over this because IT WAS THAT GOOD. When I moved to Boston, I can honestly say I had never been to a Whole Foods before. The closest one in Maine was Portland and Ithaca was graced with Wegman’s. With a Whole Foods up the street from MGH and my apartment, I frequent it quite often and stop by their Prepared Food Bar, especially on nights when cooking just seems like an ordeal. I’ve had their sesame noodle salad before and decided to try my hand at my own version. I added beef, cucumber and bell pepper to mine. I served it cold like Whole Foods and it was just what I needed on a near 60°F day in Boston. (Yep, that’s right. Kicking off February with crazy warm weather.) This recipe for Sesame Beef Soba Noodle Salad is definitely here to stay.

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Dairy-Free, Drinks, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Refreshingly Easy Ginger Basil Spritzers

Ginger Basil Spritzers

Happy Thirsty Thursday! Sip on a beyond refreshing drink invented specifically for hot weather. The spiciness from the ginger pairs with the freshness from the basil and citrus notes from the prosecco and limes. (This would be equally delicious with sparkling water in replace of prosecco.) I like bubbly drinks, so trying this spritzer from Cooking Light was a no brainer. If you can’t beat the heat, then at least try to enjoy it while sipping on a Ginger Basil Spritzer. It has to be five o’clock somewhere, right?

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MDW’s “Adult” Raspberry Lime Slushies

Raspberry Lime Rickeys with Hendrick's

Celebrating Memorial Day Weekend with some Raspberry Lime Rickeys with Hendrick’s. Seen in Cooking Light, I just had to try these. My roommate, Perin, and I wholeheartedly approved of these adult slushies. The flavors of the tart, but sweet raspberries with fresh lime juice paired perfectly with Hendrick’s cucumber gin; they’re completely refreshing. I may even have to keep from frozen raspberries and lime juice on hand to enjoy as a warm-weather mocktail.

(Just in case you want more boozy drink ideas, BuzzFeed has a list of “29 Boozy Slushies That Are Worth the Brain Freeze.”)

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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Meal Prep, Mexican

Not Your Typical Beans & (Cauliflower) “Rice”

Steak, Beans & "Rice" with a Fresh Tomatillo Salsa

Real Simple hit the nail on the head. I saw this recipe and brilliant idea for an updated beans and rice and really wanted to try their take. Plus, I never had reasons to like steak and this seemed like it could be one. Steak, Beans & “Rice” with a Fresh Tomatillo Salsa. I swapped rice for cauliflower rice for a lighter take — super easy! Grab a mini food processor and you easy have salsa and cauliflower rice; two for one. (Quinoa would be a great substitute for rice as well.) I’ve never worked with tomatillos before let alone had one and now I can’t to have them again. The salsa is tart, light, but not too sour all in one. I added some cherry tomatoes to lighten the flavor and add some vibrancy. Grill the steak instead for a colorfully light summer dish. Pair with a Four Ingredient Margarita and you have a dinner sure to impress.

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The Easiest White Bean Chili

White Bean Chili with Sweet Potato & Turkey

It’s may not be chili weather, but there’s still some cool nights ahead. This White Bean Chili with Sweet Potato & Turkey is a break from tradition. It’s still hearty, but lighter than it’s traditional counter-part. The chili powder and cayenne pepper add some heat, while the cilantro and lime juice give the chili a refreshing twist. The flavors all come bursting together for a bright bowl on a cool, spring evening. (Now just pair this with a Four Ingredient Margarita for a true fiesta.)

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Magic Four Ingredient Margaritas

Four Ingredient Margaritas

I don’t know about you, but I like my drinks tart and not sickeningly sweet. Cider, margaritas, cocktails — the less sweet the better. My friend over at Insane for Drinks was kind enough to share Sauza 901 tequila. So good and smooth. None of that cheap stuff they give you for shots in your college dive bar (Salty, I’m looking at you). Plus, JT (i.e. Justin Timberlake) endorses this fine bottle, so obviously it must be good. (Don’t believe me? See here.) Toss in all fresh ingredients and some agave nectar to have a Four Ingredient Margaritas — a lighter take on the classic drink.

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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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Tart & Spiced Holiday Moscow Mules

IMG_5678Another tasty take on a Moscow mule — a (Christmas) Cranberry Moscow Mule. The copper mugs are just so fun, they’re begging to be used after making the lovely Apple Cider Moscow Mules. A splash of diet ginger beer and cranberry juice give the classic drink a balance between spice and tart. Omit the vodka for a tasty mocktail. If you’re feeling exceptionally festive, garnish with fresh cranberries and a sprig of rosemary. While Christmas has passed, at least you have another option to ring in the New Year. Cheers!
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Nothing Fishy About This Pad Thai

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I really like Pad Thai. There’s just something about fish sauce I can’t quite stomach, so that’s why I tried this No Fish Sauce Veggie & Chicken Pad Thai. If a dish is prepared for me with it, no problem. If I have to use it, I just can’t do it. Although the fish sauce does add that tanginess and a richer flavor to Thai dishes, I’d rather omit it. I kept the tanginess and acidity by adding soy sauce. For this vegan/vegetarian Pad Thai sauce, keep the whole dish meatless by substituting the chicken and egg for tofu as your protein, but either way, it’s gluten-free! I added more veggies than the traditional dish and kept it 50/50 with rice noodles and zoodles. The bean sprouts and chopped peanuts add a contrasting crunch to the soft noodles, while the cilantro contributes a whole new level of freshness. Toss in shredded carrots, snap peas and bean sprouts and this dish is packed with a little something extra.

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