Guacamole Wonton Cups

Guacamole Wonton Cups

The Guacamole Wonton Cups are a real crowd pleaser and perfect for when you’re having company over. They are simple to make, feature fresh ingredients, and they are quite elegant looking. They don’t contain meat, dairy or gluten (if you use gluten-free wrappers) so they’ll satisfy even the pickiest eaters. I made these little guys for Superbowl Sunday and they were a big hit.

Coconut Cashew Red Quinoa

Coconut Cashew Red Quinoa

Quinoa is classified with the rest of the grains but did you know it’s not actually a grain – it’s a seed. It’s been around for over 6,000 years, originating in the Andean region of South America. The Incas held the crop to be sacred and referred to it as chisaya mama, meaning mother of all grains.

Red Lentil and Stewed Tomatoes

Red Lentil and Stewed Tomatoes

Winter inspires me to cook warm, hearty dishes with a little heat thrown in – chili, spicy soups and legume dishes, especially lentils. I know plenty of people who are unmoved by lentils but I adore them. They easily soak up different flavors and can be paired with a variety of ingredients. They’re nourishing, relatively inexpensive, filling and easy to prepare.

Parsnip & Sweet Potato Bisque

Parsnip & Sweet Potato Bisque

I know what you’re thinking … parsnips, how exciting. But really, this Parsnip and Sweet Potato Bisque is fabulous. We’ll get to that. First, I have a GIVEAWAY I’d like to announce! Woohoo!

My readers have been so good to me so I wanted to give a little something back to you. The nice folks at CSN Stores.com have given me a $40 gift certificate for me to give away to one of you. They have some really nice things ranging from luggage sets to kitchen table to home accessories.

Festive Slaw in Champagne Vinaigrette

Festive Slaw in Champagne Vinaigrette

Thanksgiving is sneaking up on us. I’ve been seeing plenty of turkey, stuffing, and potatoes recipes flying around but not too many veggie recipes, at least the non-starchy ones. And sure, there might be a green salad on the Thanksgiving table but sometimes my palate is looking for more.


This festive slaw recipe won’t disappoint. It’s crispy, fresh, and tasty and has a practical use for eating – it’ll help wash down all the other food because it’s packed with fiber. What makes this dish special is the sweet vinaigrette and apple slices. These ingredients help bring out the natural sweetness in the carrots and beets.

I used green cabbage because it’s mild in taste and also has a subtle sweetness to it. This dish does call for some prepping but the good news is there’s no cooking! I bought the green cabbage pre-shredded and then I shredded the carrot and beets using a hand grater. To make things easier, you could buy the cabbage and carrots pre-shredded or use a food processor set to the shred option.

Enjoy!

Festive Slaw in Champagne Vinaigrette
 
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Serves: 4 to 6 people
Ingredients
  • 2 medium beets
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 2 ounces pre-shredded green cabbage (Napa or Savoy)
  • 1 granny smith apple, thinly sliced
  • { Champagne Vinaigrette }
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Champagne vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey or agave
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Peel and grate beets and carrot and place in a large bowl. Add cabbage and sliced apple to large bowl.
  2. Combine oil, vinegar, honey, and mustard in a small bowl and whisk. Add garlic and salt and pepper as needed and whisk again.
  3. Place beets, carrots, and cabbage onto serving dish. Top with apple slices and vinaigrette immediately before serving.
 

Coconut Pumpkin Soup

Coconut Pumpkin Soup

Coconut Pumpkin Soup represents everything that is wonderful about fall – hot soup, apples, nutmeg, cloves, the color orange, and of course pumpkin. It was during a recent visit back to New Jersey and New York City that I was inspired to make a wholesome and comforting fall soup to complement the lovely season.

Mini Pear Crisps with Berry Sauce

Mini Pear Crisps with Berry Sauce

I picked up three beautiful Bartlett pears at the farmers’ market last weekend. I’ve been staring at them since Sunday, patiently waiting for them to become fully ripened. I knew I wanted to do a pear crisp but it was only after baking and tasting a bite that I realized it needed a berry sauce to accompany it. I over-bought cherries and blueberries this summer and stocked them away for a special occasion, such as this.

Green Bubble Tea

Green Bubble Tea

Green bubble tea first caught my eye at a small cafe in Hoboken, New Jersey about five years ago. I loved not only the way it tasted but the way it looked. The beautiful pale green color paired with luscious round tapioca balls. After a friend inspired me to make my own green bubble tea, I decided to experiment. I’ve spent the last several days getting to know tapioca pearls and I’m revisiting my love for bubble tea.

Chewy Apple Brownies

Chewy Apple Brownies

I love making brownies. They’re easy to make, easy to grab, and easy to love. You know what I love even more? Making a healthier, lighter version of them. Although it took multiple attempts, I’m finally pleased with the brownie recipe below that incorporates my favorite fall fruit, apples!

Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush is a great go-to appetizer perfect for two people, especially on hot summer days. Even if you’re not that big on eggplant, this dip is so delicious even eggplant-haters will like it. If you like eggplant and you’ve never tried Baba Ganoush, it will be a special treat for you.

I picked up a few beautiful Rosa Bianca eggplants at the farmers’ market the other day with my sister. These eggplants are Italian, small in size, and tender. Their color is amazing – bright purple hues with marbled white mixed in. They are known for their mildly delicious taste.

Chocolate Fig Smoothie

Chocolate Fig Smoothie

The Chocolate Fig Smoothie was sort of an accident.

I was in the mood for something sweet. I couldn’t figure out if it was one of my usual chocolate cravings, or something else.

After eyeing up the farmers’ market fresh figs on my kitchen counter, I wondered. I had never paired chocolate with fig, at least not in a smoothie. I figured it couldn’t be bad considering figs are sweet, nutritious, and not very overpowering. They also have a lovely little texture that could add to the smoothness of the drink.