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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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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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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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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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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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Asian Toasted Quinoa Salad With Snow Peas

My husband loves scallops.  It is nearing time for him to travel for work again so I have been whipping up meals that he especially will enjoy.  This week I made Asian toasted quinoa salad using scallops.  This dish is very versatile you can easily substitute shrimp or chicken and if you desire a vegetarian …
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Quinoa Sweet Potato Meatballs

I have been trying out various veggie meatball recipes since I quit eating meat.  Months ago, I pinned a  quinoa and sweet potato meatball recipe that I found over at Peachy Nutrition.  I often Pin and forget on  Pinterest but this veggie meatball dish kept popping into my head.  I could not stop thinking about …
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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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Kale Chips

I have been hearing so many positive health benefits of kale and have been looking for ways to add it to my families diet.  If you haven’t already heard here are some of the health benefits of kale.  Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber, and has zero fat.   One cup of kale has only …
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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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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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