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Vegan Almond Joy Chocolate Bark

I’m not sure that you can imagine my pleasure when I recreated the yummy store-bought Almond Joy candy bar with a dairy-free Almond Joy Chocolate Bark that tastes JUST like (if not BETTER) an Almond Joy.  I was inspired by Pinterest and tried a few recipes, I then tweaked them choosing what I did and didn’t  like …
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Vegetarian Ginger Noodles

This ginger noodle dish is my new favorite thing to eat.   If you love gingery noodley yumminess then this recipe is for you!  These noodles, with their unique Asian flavors, pair well with so many different meals.  They also are awesome enough to be the main dish for a vegetarian/vegan main course, I often …
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Delicious (& Easy) Homemade Granola Bars

I have tried so many homemade granola bar recipes and often have been left dissatisfied.  Seriously, who knew that making homemade granola bars could be so trying?  So many granola bar recipes are hit or miss, they can be too crumbly, crunchy, gooey, sweet, not sweet enough…you get the picture.  I have finally (after MANY …
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Homemade Whole Grain Waffles (Earth Mama's World)

What is not to love about waffles?  Waffles are delicious and you can customize them in oh so many ways.  It is easy to make your very own organic whole grain waffles at home for a fraction of the price that you would spend buying them in the store and they are great for freezing …
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Gluten Free Zucchini Banana Muffins

I have been a serious slacker recently when it comes to the foods that I am feeding my family.  You see, a few years ago I decided to ditch processed foods and feed my family healthy homemade real foods.  I became very aware that I had strayed from my real food path recently and decided …
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Real Food Egg Substitutes

Are you looking for  an egg substitute for a recipe but unsure of what ingredient you should use I have a few tips to share with you.  I have tried many different egg substitutes in the last year due to a few changes I made in to my diet.  I find that using real food …
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Quinoa 101

This year, 2013. has been declared as the “International Year of Quinoa” by the United Nations General Assembly.  If that isn’t a reason for you to try quinoa I am not sure what is! I fell in love with this supergrain or superfood about 3 years ago and have enjoyed at least 50 different dishes …
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Vegetarian Spanish Quinoa Casserole

If you didn’t know already I am in love with quinoa.  Really, I am.  I use quinoa to make so many dishes:  breakfasts, snacks, soups, desserts, breads and main dishes.  You name it and I will try to incorporate quinoa into a recipe.  I have also fallen in love with lentil tacos and have been …
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Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bites

I often serve apple cinnamon oatmeal for breakfast.  I came across a recipe for apple cinnamon quinoa bites over at They Cooked Happily Ever After and knew it was something that my family would love.   I made a few changes to the original recipe and my family loves these apple cinnamon quinoa bites! I …
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Meatless Lentil Tacos...AMAZING!

Meatless lentil tacos have quickly become a favorite in our family.  I am pretty sure Shane was unsure when I informed him that we would be enjoying lentil tacos for dinner, but once he ate the first, second, third, and fourth it was apparent that he loved them as much as I did.  Our girls requested a …
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Southwest Salad

I have been on a southwest kick in the kitchen lately, beans and hot peppers have been a staple.   I enjoy making a large salad at the beginning of the week so that I can eat on it throughout the week and this is my third week throwing together a southwest salad.  I have …
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Spicy Black Bean & Quinoa Salad

I have yet another amazing quinoa dish added into our rotation!  You would think that I would be getting tired of quinoa but I don’t think that it is even possible.  This spicy black bean and quinoa salad is an awesomely delicious dish that tastes great hot, cold, or at room temperature. This spicy black …
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Rosemary Roasted Veggies

Welcome to the Festival of Food Carnival. This month, we celebrate Recipes from the Garden!  Hosted by Diary of a First Child and Hybrid Rasta Mama, you’re welcome to join us next time, or if you have a previously published recipe you’d like to share, add it to the linky below. It is summertime and …
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Cashew & Chick Pea Quinoa Salad With Ginger Peanut Dressing

I am always looking for new ways to cook with quinoa and when I picked up some cashews at our local farmers market I knew that they would be a wonderful addition to a Thai inspired quinoa dish.  This cashew quinoa with ginger peanut dressing is a wonderful vegan dish.  This healthy salad is packed …
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Homemade Electrolyte Drink For Kids

My kids have battled a few viruses in the last few months.  I feel as though sports drinks have been recommended “because they need electrolytes” on more occasions than I can count.  Two of these recommendations were from physicians.  I am somewhat surprised that so many people think that you need to consume these store-bought …
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