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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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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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Cilantro Lime Coleslaw

We often eat Mexican dishes in our home and I am always looking for creative side dishes that compliment these spicier main dishes.  This cilantro lime coleslaw does the trick.  It is refreshing and has a touch of sweet that helps cool off a spicy main dish. This is a rare coleslaw that does NOT …
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Toasted Almond Quinoa Salad

I am always creating trying out new quinoa recipes.  Some never make it to the point of me raving about them because they just aren’t that good.  Today I made toasted almond quinoa salad and I am ready to share away because it was GOOD!  If you have read any of my posts before you …
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Spicy Quinoa & Corn Salad (EarthMamasWorld)

If you are looking for a quick, easy, and delicious quinoa recipe, this one is for you!  Even if you weren’t looking and simply stumbled upon this recipe I promise that you will not be disappointed.  I serve spicy quinoa and corn salad as a main dish most of the time.  It is also compliments …
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garbanzo bean salad:  EarthMamasWorld

I splurged during many recent holiday celebrations.  I ate many foods that I typically avoid.  When I woke up this morning I was paying the price….I felt lousy.  “You are what you eat” came to mind.  I had been eating crap and that is exactly how I felt.  I knew that it was time to end my …
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Parmesan Pasta

I was planning on making spaghetti with tomato sauce yesterday but with the new and wonderful chill in our typically tropical air caused me to crave comfort food.  Comfort food to me is cheesy and creamy.  Spaghetti and red sauce is good but it is not wasn’t the creamy cheesy that I desired. I headed to the kitchen to see what …
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Breadcrumb Crusted Chicken

Now that Shane has gone back to work and it is only the kids and I for dinner I resort to mostly ‘kid friendly’ recipes.   This is a meal that we eat at least weekly while Shane is away for work:  Breadcrumb crusted chicken served, mashed potatoes (with cauliflower mixed in) gravy, and green beans. …
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Jerk Mahi Mahi With Caribbean Slaw

We have been loving having Shane, AKA daddy, home for three weeks.  We had a summer blast while he was home.  We practically lived in the pool, went on field trips, and simply enjoyed being together as a family.  All good things must come to an end I guess and it was time for him …
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Au Gratin Poatoes

I absolutely love cheese and I love potatoes so when the two come together I am in bliss.  Homemade Creamy Au Gratin potatoes is one of my favorite side dishes.  I do not prepare it often, because it is certainly not the most healthy dish, I usually reserve it for a special dinner.   My kids love this potato …
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I love potatoes.   I really do.  I know that it isn’t the most healthy food (at all) but I can not give them up.  My kids and my husband have a very strong dislike for sweet potatoes.  When I make a potato dish it is with the plain ‘ol Idaho potato, or red potatoes, or creamer potatoes …
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Broccoli Cheese Quinoa Casserole

Broccoli rice casserole used to be one of my favorite side dishes.  It is such a great dish and is easily paired with many different meals, heck I could easily eat a bowl of the casserole on its own! A little over a year ago I learned about quinoa.  I took the brown rice out of the casserole and …
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Slow Cooker Refried Beans

I love refried beans.  I use them whenever I make tacos or quesadillas.  I also like them on a tortilla with cheese.  I decided it was time to make homemade refried beans. I looked over a ton of recipes, many called for lard or bacon grease, I really didn’t want to go that route.  I found one …
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Red Skinned Potato Salad

Potato salad is one of my sons favorite things.  Well, right behind homemade ketchup.  I haven’t made it in a while because I am trying to find a really good recipe for homemade organic mayonnaise. Alex was begging me for potato salad and I couldn’t say no.  Since I have not mastered homemade mayo I had to …
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Roasted Asparagus w/ Balsamic Soy Sauce

This is one of our families favorite vegetable side dishes.  This dish goes well with almost anything.  From feta stuffed peppers, fish, and grilled chicken.  If you have children the sauce makes this one a winner.  I have to keep an eye on Ava because I often catch her eating the sauce with a spoon! …
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