It’s Valentines Week and I am showing the love for one of my favorite “go-to” snacks…TRAIL MIX!
Yes, I know we all know how to make trail mix…but have you tried this amazing combination! I would recommend that you whip up a batch of this for all of your favorite people. (i.e. significant other, grandparents, teachers, best friends, etc.) Let the know you care about keeping them healthy…because they mean the world to you!
How about attaching a card saying “I’m Nuts About You…” or “Happy Trails Forever!” You get the idea.
Yes, I know I have already given you a recipe for Falafels titled “Falafel Love”, but this is a new twist on falafels-beanless falafels!
At my favorite grocery store this week, they had a BOGO (Buy One Get One) special on cauliflower! In my town, cauliflower is pretty expensive compared to some of its friends like broccoli, cabbage, etc. So I grabbed a couple! I knew I wanted to try something a little different with the cauliflower. I thought about soup, casseroles, buffalo style baked…you name it…I thought about it. Then it came to me…I know that when you process cauliflower in the food processor, it takes on a nice crumbly texture…what could I do with this texture? I found a great recipe on I Breath…I’m Hungry (be sure to check out this site). I really liked the way Mellissa added almonds to her mixture for texture, but I knew I needed a little more. I opted to bake mine instead of fry. I actually tried both, but I liked the texture of the baked ones better than the fried. So here is my take on Vegetarian Cauliflower Falafels, and yes, the are gluten free too!
Fresh Cottage Notes:
Falafel mixture will seem very wet. That is okay, be careful when shaping…but I promise you they will cook up nicely
Be sure to grease the baking sheet prior to placing falafels on it.
At the midway point (after 10 minutes) gently flip the falafels. Be very careful, they will still be fragile, but trust me…it can be done!
I opted not to put inside a pita because my daughter has gone gluten free…these were delicious topped with cucumber, tomato, feta and avocado slices…and don’t forget the hot sauce.
Remember, if you don’t have an ingredient…improvise. If you don’t have green onions…use a yellow. No cilantro…use more parsley, etc. It is okay!
It’s the New Year…So let’s start it off right with a recipe for “To Your Health” Salad!
This salad is my own spin on two salads I absolutely love: The Emerald City Salad, from PCC Natural Markets in Seattle, WA & the Long Life Salad from Phat Bites in Nasheville, TN.
I typically make this salad on the weekend and have it for lunch or a light snack all week long. Give yourself time to cook the quinoa and the lentils and let them cool before adding them to the kale.
The base of this salad is Lacinato Kale, which is a little easier to digest than regular Kale. By now, you should be fully aware of the health benefits of Kale! Add to that quinoa (superfood protein), black beans (protein, thiamin & magnesium), lentils (fiber), walnuts (Omega-3), Sunflower Seeds (Vitamin E), Prunes (Antioxidants), Golden Raisins (Anti-Inflammatory) and Fresh Mangos (Vitamins A , B6 & C) and you have the perfect cold salad that is healthy, delicious and filling!
Get creative and use the kale, lentils, quinoa and black beans as your base then throw in your favorite dried fruits and nuts. If you don’t have time to make your own salad dressing, top with lemon juice and olive oil, or a light store bought version of your favorite vinaigrette. You will not be disappointed with this salad. Be prepared! It makes a lot!
Here are some links for cooking Lentils and Quinoa:
Oatmeal is a popular dish in our household, especially on a cold, winter morning! Our favorite has always been McCann’s Steel Cut Oats. I will not lie, this is my comfort food! There is only one downside to making steel cut oats…they take a lot of time and you have to continually stir these guys in order for them not to boil over!
When we have company, I prefer to make baked oatmeal. It takes a very little prep work. I can walk away when it is in the oven. Not to mention that it makes your house smell absolutely wonderful! Give it a try and be sure to come up with you own combination of fruits and nuts. You can’t go wrong with this recipe. Continue reading →