lemon cilantro vinaigrette

Lemon Cilantro Vinaigrette

Homemade vinaigrette is so much more flavorful than either bottled or packaged. The one downside is that you need to shake it up every time you pour it. Pre-packaged dressings have added emulsifiers to make the ingredients “stick together.” But I prefer to not consume chemicals with my food so I’m OK with shaking the bottle once in a while!

This is a variation on my original recipe, this time using fresh lemon juice instead of vinegar, going lighter on the seasonings, and adding cilantro and parsley to the mix. Continue reading “Lemon Cilantro Vinaigrette”

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Beet Ginger Smoothie

Yes, it tastes as good as it looks, and no added sugar!

1/2 C melon, chopped (or apple, including peel)
1 dozen red grapes
1/2 stalk celery with leaves
1 small piece of lime or lemon
1/2 fresh beet
1/2 banana Continue reading “Beet Ginger Smoothie”

Mexican Pozole

Mexican Red Pozole

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Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Passive Time 20 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Passive Time 20 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Add stock, salsa, and hominy to a medium saucepan and heat on medium until simmering. Cook 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, shred the cooked chicken until you have 3 cups.
  3. Add chicken to cooked pozole and simmer for a few more minutes until the chicken is warmed through. Serve with lime wedges and other optional garnishes (see notes).
Recipe Notes

Serve with avocado, shredded cabbage, diced onion, fresh oregano, and/or warmed corn tortillas. If using, be sure to add them to your shopping list.

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Thai Salad with Peanut Sauce

Thai Salad with Peanuts

If you have a peanut allergy in your house you can switch the Thai peanut sauce for any other kind of Thai cooking sauce without peanuts.

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Prep Time 10 minutes
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  1. Cook noodles according to package instructions. Strain and set aside.
  2. Chop green onions. Rinse and drain edamame beans and let dry. Chop cilantro and peanuts if using.
  3. Add noodles plus rest of ingredients to a large bowl and toss gently until well blended. Serve at room temperature, sprinkle with cilantro and additional chopped peanuts if desired.
Recipe Notes
  • It's super important to check the labels of any jarred sauce you buy.  Make sure there are no added chemicals, sugars, HFCS, MSG, or "added coloring".  Citric acid is ok as a preservative but if you see anything you can't pronounce, put it back on the shelf.
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black bean stuffed sweet potato

Black Bean and Salsa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

This meat-free dinner is adapted from a recipe my husband found on his favorite cycling podcast website. So you know it’s got to be good if it was developed with athletes in mind, right? Well, we made this and dug into it and thought we went to heaven.  The spicy smoky flavor of the black beans combined with the creamy sweet potato is a marriage of flavors that’s meant to be. I’m not kidding, try it and if you don’t see angels I will eat my cycling socks. Continue reading “Black Bean and Salsa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes”

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Creamy Rice with Salmon

I got this rice with salmon (arroz con salmon) recipe from a food blog written by a Columbian woman.  I’m so sorry I’ve lost track of the url of that web site but I made a lot of changes to the recipe anyway, so it barely resembles the original.

I removed several ingredients, changed several others, and used leftovers to compile the dish instead of creating it from scratch.  It was surprisingly good!  I served it with sautéed beet greens but I recommend choosing a side veggie that’s more neutral in flavor, like broccoli or green beans.  The beet greens were good but the strong flavor overpowered the more subtle taste of the rice dish. Continue reading “Creamy Rice with Salmon”