Asian, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Meal Prep, One Pot Dish, Seafood, Vegetarian

Peanutty “I-Can’t-Believe-They’re-Kelp Noodles” Bowl

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I’m on a kelp noodle kick. This time I switched it up and made a version with shrimp and edamame in a peanut sauce. Yummmm. Even though it’s pretty low-carb, these bowls are packed with protein to keep you feeling full. (If you’re like omg that’s it? Split between 2 servings instead of 3 or add another pack of noodles.) I really like how these noodles have a distinct crunch and adopt whatever flavor profile you’re using. They’re perfect for a Thai-inspired dish, so have at it and dig in to Peanut Shrimp Kelp Noodle Bowls.

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Asian, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Meal Prep, One Pot Dish, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian

Keen on Rainbow Quinoa Salad Bowls

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I’ve been on a colorful salad and bowl kick lately. This Rainbow Quinoa Salad did not disappoint. Can you sense a taste trend here? I also really liked this Peanut Ginger Dressing and it was very easy to make. I made this salad dressing combo during the week when I had exams and presentations and had my last serving today. Can I already have another? I used a combination of yellow and red bell peppers to give a more colorful kick and balance the other colors. Served cold, it hit the spot during this warm, toasty April week.

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Asian, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Salad

Tangy & Fresh Thai Salad

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To be totally honest, I never really measure salad dressings. I kind of dump, pour, mix and combine like a mad scientist concocting a new compound. The resulting Spicy Peanut Dressing was tangy and acidic from the vinegar and lime juice, but still savory and spicy, both of which I really enjoyed. The flavors complement the fresh herbs quite well. Sometimes, I think kale is really leafy and green, but when chopped, mixed with fresh herbs and topped with the right dressing, kale is pretty benign and makes for a great base. I also am a firm believer that everything tastes better bite-size and chopped. I used a plain rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods for a quick and easy meal. Plus, it beats firing up the oven or stove during the summer. Just chop and combine for this tasty Chopped Thai Chicken Salad.
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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Meal Prep, One Pot Dish, Vegan, Vegetarian

I Dare You to Not Love This Peanut Soup

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When I was visiting Chicago, my cousins Betsy and Cole were raving about this recipe they shared — African Peanut Soup. Simplistically delicious and fairly hearty considering it’s just veggies (but some thinly sliced beef would be a yummy addition). I added some cherry tomatoes, Tuscan kale and quinoa. Happy Meatless Monday! Hope you enjoy this keeper that definitely something to savor.

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Dairy-Free, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Vegan, Vegetarian

Excuse My Buckeyes (But They’re Champions)

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Ok, I admit that these buckeyes look slightly horrifying — like I made them while sleepwalking or maybe even blindfolded. The real story? It was snowing today, so  I had to go skiing with on a Monday. (If you don’t believe me, see below.) The skiing was better than either of us anticipated and we stayed a wee bit too long. Hence why my healthy buckeyes were clearly made in haste, but don’t let these sloppy looks deceive you. They taste like a Reese’s for those of you, who have never had them. As both my parents are from Ohio and both OSU alums, we made buckeyes for every Thanksgiving when I was little. While they normally call for lots of butter and sugar, I lightened them up with dates instead. We needed some healthy buckeyes in time for the Ohio Oregon kick-off. (I promise to make new, more photogenic ones when I have ample time.) I’d like to think that my Healthy Buckeyes imperfection gave some perfection to Ohio State.

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Asian, 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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Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Vegan, Vegetarian

A New Twist on the Classic Peanut Butter & Bananas

IMG_5785 This oatmeal just seemed right on a cold winter morning. (It was snowing today and 7ºF out.) A peanut butter and banana combination was maybe just what I needed. I wanted a heartier-than-normal oatmeal, so I opted for steel-cut oats instead of old-fashioned for a change. Swirl in some whipped, fluffier peanut butter along with cinnamon and top with a caramelized, gooey banana. The end result? My newest oatmeal creation — Peanut Butter & Cinnamon Oatmeal with Caramelized Banana. Continue reading “A New Twist on the Classic Peanut Butter & Bananas”

Asian, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free

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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Asian, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar

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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