January 2012

How to Roast Beets

January 31, 2012 Dairy free

two beets with tops cut, vignette

Roasting concentrates the sweet, earthy flavor of beets. Here are a few tips to make the process easier and more successful.

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Banana Mango Smoothie

January 27, 2012 All Year

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This banana mango smoothie balances sweet banana perfectly with tart mango. Done in five minutes using three ingredients. frozen mango chunks, one medium-ripe banana, and unsweetened almond or soy milk.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Candied Maple Pecans

January 27, 2012 Dairy free

mashed sweet potatoes with candied maple pecans

Crunchy bits of candied maple pecans top these easy mashed sweet potatoes. They taste rich and sweet without added sugar or oil.

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Cranberry Candied Pecan Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

January 27, 2012 Fall

salad with dried cranberry, candied pecan, and raspberry viniagrette

Try this ten-minute dinner salad with sweet-tart dried cranberries, crunchy candied maple pecans and raspberry vinaigrette.

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Ryan Bradley and other skating stars show us how it’s done

January 26, 2012 Figure skating

Ryan Bradley

Some of the world’s best skaters practicing at my local rink.

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Maple Candied Pecans

January 25, 2012 All Year

maple candied pecans

Sweet and maple-y with a touch of salt, these maple candied pecans will be ready to top your salad or dessert with less than five minutes work. This recipe has three ingredients and no added oil.

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Snowstorm Blahs? Get Moving!

January 24, 2012 Figure skating

yard birds in the ice storm

Getting back into my figure skating exercise groove after being housebound for a week.

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Winter Dinner Salad with Chickpeas, Quinoa Tabbouleh, Pomegranate

January 23, 2012 Dairy free

Winter dinner salad with romaine, chickpeas, cucumber, tomato, quinoa tabbouleh, pomegranate

Try this fall and winter dinner salad with touches from Middle-Eastern cuisine: spiced chickpeas, quinoa tabbouleh, and pomegranate. It’s dressed with garlic-infused olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper.

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Cubed Butternut Squash with Thyme

January 21, 2012 Dairy free

butternut squash with thyme

Cubed butternut squash cooked in water or cider, dressed with olive oil, sprinkled with thyme, salt, and pepper. Simple, well-received. The thyme adds depth to the flavor.

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Basic Chickpeas (aka Garbanzo Beans)

January 21, 2012 Vegetarian Basic Cooking Techniques

chickpeas soaked, ready to cook, with garlic, bay leaves (1)

Homemade chickpeas (garbanzo beans) cooked from scratch with garlic and bay leaves.

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Cutting Butternut Squash Safely

January 21, 2012 Vegetarian Basic Cooking Techniques

butternut squash

Here’s the safest way to cut a butternut squash, with step-by-step directions and photos.

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Strawberry Peach Smoothie with Cider

January 19, 2012 Dairy free

peach strawberry cider smoothie

You can really taste the peach flavor in this smoothie recipe, made with a frozen peach, a handful of strawberries, non-dairy milk, and apple cider.

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Spiced Chickpeas with Smoked Paprika, Curry Powder, and Turmeric

January 19, 2012 Dairy free

spicy chickpeas

A little spicy from curry powder and turmeric and smoky from pimenton de la vera, these chickpeas are simple to put together and easy to toss on a salad or vegetable.

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New Skating Music: So Excited!

January 18, 2012 Figure skating

Music for my new freestyle program: the intermezzo from between the second and third acts of Carmen. Check out Emmanuel Pahud’s sweet flute solo in his rendition of it.

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Carrot Ginger Miso Dressing

January 9, 2012 All Year

carrot miso dressing (1)

I love the bright color and gingery snap of this carrot-ginger-miso dressing.

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Trader Joe’s Super Spinach Salad

January 6, 2012 Dairy free

spinach chickpea salad

An unabashed home copy of Trader Joe’s Super Spinach Salad. The reds and oranges against the dark green baby spinach leaves make a gorgeous meal.

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Vegan Persimmon Parfait

January 4, 2012 Dairy free

persimmon pulp (1)

A pretty parfait made with Hachiya persimmons, almond milk, and maple syrup. Vegan and non-dairy.

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Agar-Agar: A Vegetarian Alternative to Gelatin that Supports Weight Loss

January 4, 2012 Vegetarian Basic Cooking Techniques

agar flakes

Here’s how to use agar-agar, or kanten, a useful vegetarian ingredient for gelling desserts. It’s full of fiber with minimal calories, an excellent combination for weight loss.

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