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

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

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

Not Your Average Apple Cider

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This take on a Moscow mule goes down too easy. Mmmm, it’s that good. While not entirely nutritious, it is quite delicious. No sugary syrups, just local apple cider and fresh lime juice to add to the mix. I also opted for a diet ginger beer.  The ginger is a refreshing diversion from a standard cocktail. (Plus, the copper mugs are just so retro and modern all at once, and they keep your drink perfectly chilled. You’ll want an excuse to pull them out next.) Our family friends were graciously taste-testers, when I debuted this drink, and it was an instant hit. So take a sip for Halloween once it hits 5 o’clock on Friday and enjoy that Apple Cider Moscow Mule. Cheers! Continue reading “Not Your Average Apple Cider”

Appetizer, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Mexican, Side, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

Holy Guacamole

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Guacamole is an instant crowd-pleaser, and it’s so easy to make! This recipe allows the natural creaminess of the avocados to speak for itself without any added sour cream, yogurt or mayo; Homemade Guacamole smooth and rich enough as is. The fresh ingredients add enough flavor without overwhelming the guacamole as a whole. This pairs perfectly with your favorite salsa and some blue corn tortilla chips, multigrain tortilla chips or sweet potato chips. This fresh guacamole is so good, you’ll never spend money on that store-bought stuff again!

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Asian, Better Than Takeout, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Meal Prep

Zucchini Makes Great Asian-Inspired Pasta

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I’ve been trying to find a healthier peanut noodle recipe, and then I realized I already had it. With my spiral vegetable slicer and a modified peanut sauce from the South Beach Diet, I was in business. I needed a novel meal apart from my typical salads, quinoa dishes or Italian-inspired spaghetti squash. This Asian Peanut Zucchini Noodles did just the trick. The edamame and peanuts add just the right amount of crunch to the tender zucchini noodles. The peanut sauce is savory, but not overwhelming; it has just the right amount of kick from the red pepper, but subdued by the creamy peanut butter. All in all, the dish is perfectly balanced, as well as tasty, healthy and satisfying.

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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Mexican, Seafood, Vegetarian

Summer Salmon

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I really, really like salmon. Not just like, but enjoy eating it. Whenever I go home to Maine, it’s usually one meal my mom can be sure that I will request. Normally, we make a soy-curry based marinade, but thanks to Pinterest, I stumbled upon this new combo two summers ago. We found a new summer recipe and another great idea for salmon. The combination of spices gives just the right amount of kick, while the creamy avocado salsa balances the spice. Even if this isn’t used for salmon, this spice-avocado combination is perfect for any white fish or chicken. Continue reading “Summer Salmon”

Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Meal Prep, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian

Let’s Taco ‘Bout Taco Salads

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I’m obsessed with avocados. I’ll find any excuse to incorporate them into a dish, I love that meal that much more. But here, the avocados were just begging to be added to something great. Something different from my normal dinners, but something fresh and perfect for the heat spell. With some cilantro on hand among other things, a Quinoa Taco Salad emerged.

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