King Salmon with Red Quinoa and Peach Cherry Compote

July 25, 2012 Dairy free

Twin Falls

A summer salmon entree with wild king salmon, a grilled fruit compote with cherries and peaches, and red quinoa.

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Walnut Butter

July 23, 2012 All Year

walnut butter

How to make homemade walnut butter with a Vitamix.

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Peach Lassi with Pistachios

July 23, 2012 Gluten free

peach lassi with pistachio

Cool, refreshing peach lassi topped flavored with rosewater and cardamom and topped with chopped pistachios.

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Vegan Berry Crisp

July 17, 2012 All Year

raspberry blueberry crumble

A vegan berry crisp (or crumble) with an especially good topping made with a blend of powdered and granulated unrefined sugar. Also uses chopped walnuts, coconut oil, and either gluten-free baking mix or regular flour.

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What We Made this Week: Granola, Raspberry Oatmeal, Canary Melon Smoothie

July 12, 2012 Uncategorized

canary melon coconut water smoothie

I was happy to find a very promising healthy granola recipe on Badger Girl Learns to Cook. The result was ‘amazing’ according to my husband and disappeared very rapidly. Badger Girl recounts six rounds of revisions to her evolving granola recipe before getting it just right, and I have to agree that she got there. [...]

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Free-Range Chicken Flock: Humane Enough?

July 10, 2012 Health and Nutrition

chickens (4)

Thoughts on buying eggs from a free range flock of chickens on a hobby farm. The eggs are more humanely produced than eggs from a big farm, but are they humane enough?

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Tropical Oils: Healthy? Sustainable?

July 8, 2012 Health and Nutrition

red palm fruit

  The Tropical Oils Are tropical oils good for us and the planet? Saturated fats raise cholesterol levels, and decades ago fears about the saturated fat in tropical oils led to their replacement in processed foods by hydrogenated oils. That was a nutritional disaster. Now some alternative health groups consider tropical oils healthy while mainstream [...]

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Truly Free Range Eggs: Healthy, Nutritious, Anti-Inflammatory

July 2, 2012 Health and Nutrition

true free range vs. Trader Joe

If you buy organic or cage-free eggs for a healthier, more ethically-produced product, take a second look at where your eggs are coming from. Ordinary US farm standards allow huge flocks of hens in impossibly small cages, while organic standards require uncaged hens fed an organic diet and given access to the outdoors. Unfortunately, many corporate-influenced [...]

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Fig Mascarpone Dessert Pizza

June 30, 2012 Dessert

gluten-free dessert pizza with fresh figs, fig butter, and mascarpone cheese

A dessert pizza with chopped figs, fig butter or jam, optional walnuts, and mascarpone cheese.

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Gluten-Free Pizza Dough

June 29, 2012 All Year

gluten free pizza crust

Tips for making a crispy pizza crust using Pamela’s Gluten-Free Bread Mix and extra virgin olive oil. How to work with the delicate gluten-free dough and keep it from breaking apart.

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Grilled Asparagus

June 27, 2012 Dairy free

asparagus shown in a glass dish

Fresh spring asparagus simply grilled with extra-virgin olive oil, minced garlic, and salt.

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Kristi’s Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

June 23, 2012 All Year

blueberry oatmeal muffins (1)

Starting with a blueberry-rich, partially whole wheat blueberry oatmeal muffin recipe, I made a slightly healthier version with coconut palm sugar, macadamia nut oil, and white whole wheat flour.

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Food Processor Pizza Dough with White Whole Wheat Flour

June 21, 2012 All Year

white whole wheat pizza dough

Pizza dough can be made in a food processor more quickly and easily than by hand or with a stand mixer. This recipe uses white and white whole wheat flour in a 50-50 mixture, along with extra virgin olive oil, water, and salt.

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Saffron Rice with Mango and Macadamia

June 19, 2012 All Year

saffron mango macadamia rice

Saffron flavors the rice and gives it a beautiful yellow color that goes nicely with the yellow-orange mangos, while the macadamia nuts add richness and a little texture.

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Northwest Grilled Salmon

June 15, 2012 Dairy free

Copper River Sockeye Salmon

Copper River sockeye salmon marinated in a garlic, ginger, gluten-free tamari and rum or bourbon marinade. Instructions for grilling and how to tell if your salmon is perfectly done.

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Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend Smoothie

June 14, 2012 Dairy free

Townsend Farms strawberry blueberry raspberry pomegranate cherry watermelon smoothie

A purple smoothie using Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend, soy or other milk, strawberries, and a little watermelon. Contains pomegranate arils and dark sweet cherries blended with other fruits.

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Hummus made with Sesame Seeds and Homemade Chickpeas

June 12, 2012 All Year

hummus in bowl

This hummus recipe is at least a little different from the many others out there, using fresh homemade chickpeas and whole sesame seeds blended with lemon juice and a few other ingredients to make a tahini sauce to blend with the chickpeas.

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Pineapple Young Coconut Smoothie

June 11, 2012 All Year

pineapple coconut smoothie (1)

Fresh, tropical, and way lighter than a pina colada, this pineapple coconut water smoothie has lots of potassium and is perfect for recharging after a workout. Try it in its simplest, lightest version or add a little coconut milk or young coconut meat for added creaminess.

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Got my Nikon D200 repaired!

June 8, 2012 Blogging tools

Nikon D200 Body

Our Nikon D200 is back from repair.

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Greek vegetarian dinner with lagana and Greek-style hummus

May 31, 2012 Vegetarian Menus

Greek lagana with olives and rosemary shown on a baking pan

Some teen and young adult friendly vegetarian dinners I’ve made this week. Lagana, hummus, pita pocket sandwiches with baked falafel and tahini lemon sauce.

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Review: Green Spoon Restaurant, Walla Walla

May 28, 2012 Uncategorized

blueberry juice at the green spoon

Review of the Green Spoon restaurant in Walla Walla, Washington. Lots of vegan and gluten-free options.

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Smoked Salmon Pasta Carbonara

May 25, 2012 Dairy free

smoked salmon carbonara (1)

A lighter, non-dairy pasta carbonara with smoked salmon instead of bacon.

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Passed my Bronze Freestyle Skating Test!

May 18, 2012 Figure skating

Taking the USFSA adult bronze freestyle test.

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A Peaceful Kitchen: Menu Planning and Mise en Place

May 16, 2012 Uncategorized

mise en place

How to make your kitchen a more peaceful place through two techniques: prepping your ingredients ahead of time, called ‘mise en place,’ and menu planning.

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Mother’s Day Picnic Salad with Pea Shoots and Grilled Asparagus

May 14, 2012 Recipes

Mother's Day spring salad

A spring picnic salad for Mother’s Day or another special occasion featuring greens, grilled asparagus, a blend of whole grain rice, sunflower seeds and pine nuts, and sliced avocado.

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Arugula and Watermelon Salad

May 12, 2012 Dairy free

arugula watermelon salad

The amazing thing about this salad– which I’ll admit, seems like an odd combination on the face of it– is how the sweet watermelon takes all the bitterness out the arugula. Add a simple dressing and pine nuts, and you’ll have this nutritious salad on the table in no time.

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Mango Sorbet with Ginger and Thai Chili

May 7, 2012 Dairy free

thai chili mango sorbet (4)

An easy sweet mango sorbet with lime juice, ginger, and Thai chili, with or without an ice cream maker.

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What we eat- from vegetarian to pescetarian

May 7, 2012 Health and Nutrition

chickens (3)

Our family’s experience of being vegetarian for over twenty years, adding salmon back into our diet, yet still avoiding eating land animals.

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Blogger without a camera

May 7, 2012 Blogging tools

This weekend my husband’s Nikon D200, which I use for this blog, stopped working. Really inconvenient! I’ll be sending it in for repair, but meanwhile, besides a draft or two I can pull together, expect a lot of posts on general health and nutrition topics for a while.

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Asian-Style Carrot and Cabbage Slaw

May 4, 2012 All Year

Asian style slaw (7)

Serve this Asian-style carrot and cabbage slaw as a garnish, dish out a big salad bowl of it, or top it with tofu or another protein. The lime juice, sesame oil, tamari, ginger and rice vinegar add plenty of flavor.

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Gingered Carrot Raisin and Fresh Pineapple Salad

April 30, 2012 All Year

carrot raisin pineapple salad

A few things make this simple carrot raisin salad particularly good. Fresh pineapple. Fresh grated ginger. And no mayonnaise, no dressing at all.

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Chocolate Orange Jalapeno Sorbet

April 23, 2012 All Year

chocolate orange jalapeno sorbet

Recipe for chocolate orange jalapeno (or habanero) sorbet using cocoa, coconut palm sugar, orange juice and peel, and one jalapeno or habanero pepper. A fairly healthy dessert.

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Banana Coconut Sorbet

April 20, 2012 All Year

coconut banana sorbet on brown rice pudding square- vert

A light, simple, easy to make banana coconut sorbet. Several preparation methods are included: with a high speed blender, with an ice cream maker, or with a regular blender and no ice cream maker.

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Grilled Pineapple, Banana and Mango

April 19, 2012 All Year

grilled pineapple mango and banana with plate and fork

What can a vegetarian grill? This simple, healthy fruit dessert of grilled pineapple, mango, and banana.

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Black Bean Tostada with Avocados, Tomatoes, and Mango Salsa

April 18, 2012 All Year

black bean tostado with tomatos, avocados, mango salsa (2)

Black bean, avocado, and mango salsa tortillas to satisfy the whole family. Made with corn tortillas and homemade black beans cooked with cilantro, onion, and garlic (canned beans will also work) and topped with a layer of tomatoes and Ataulfo or champagne mango salsa.

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Mango Salsa

April 17, 2012 Dairy free

veggies for mango stir-fry

Mango-sweet, lime juice-tangy, and a little jalapeno hot: mango salsa from smooth, non-stringy Ataulfo mangoes is good on burritos, tostadas, or just on top of beans and rice.

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The best mangoes

April 15, 2012 Spring

Ataulfo champagne mangoes

Learn about the best mangoes available in the US, Ataulfo or champagne mangoes. Why the most common grocery store variety, Tommy Atkins, is not as good. How to cut mangoes, and what to do with them.

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Asian-Style Almond Cilantro Sesame Dressing for Stir-Fry, Noodles, or Salad

April 14, 2012 All Year

stirfry with baked ginger garlic tofu and almond cilantro sauce

An indulgent Asian-style dressing that’s creamy with almond butter, gingered, hot, sweet and sour, and cilantro-flavored all at once. Works on noodles, in a stir-fry, or on a chopped cabbage salad.

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Baked Brown Rice Pudding

April 12, 2012 Dessert

brown rice pudding square

This economical brown rice pudding is an easy dessert or even a stand-by dinner. Vary the spicing: nutmeg and cinnamon, saffron and turmeric, or cardamon and allspice. Add chopped fresh fruit like pear or apples, or dried fruit like raisins, dates, or cherries.

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Marinated Ginger Garlic Tofu

April 11, 2012 Dairy free

tofu marinating in its container

Use a basic tofu marinade with ginger, garlic, tamari and dark sesame oil to add salty, spicy, and deep flavor to a block of tofu.

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First skate with my Carmen program

April 7, 2012 Figure skating

First skate of my adult bronze freestyle test program, to the intermezzo from Carmen.

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Homemade Vegan Nutella

April 3, 2012 Dairy free

homemade vegan nutella

A vegan homemade hazelnut-chocolate spread, like Nutella, made with dark chocolate, DuChilly hazelnuts, coconut milk, and unrefined sugar. Served on French toast with sliced bananas on top.

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Roasted Cauliflower Soup

March 31, 2012 All Year

roasted cauliflower soup with arugula pistou

Roasted cauliflower and garlic, thyme, and homemade vegetable stock make a comforting and nourishing soup.

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Arugula Mint Pesto

March 31, 2012 Dairy free

small jar of finished arugula mint pesto

This peppery, minty arugula pesto with a hit of lemon whips up quickly and is great for garnishing soup, on fish, or in a sandwich.

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Festival Blend Smoothie

March 27, 2012 All Year

wawona festival blend smoothie

A quick mix of mango, papaya, pineapple, and strawberry, plus soy (or other) milk.

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Homemade Almond Butter

March 24, 2012 All Year

homemade almond butter

How to make almond butter in a Vitamix– troubleshooting, avoiding overheating. Should you make almond butter in your blender or food processor, or will it kill the motor?

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The Original Moosewood Cookbook

March 23, 2012 Cookbooks

original Moosewood Cookbook

A fond look back at the first really popular vegetarian cookbook in the US, the original Moosewood Cookbook.

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Celery Root Soup

March 20, 2012 Fall

celery root soup

Vegetable stock, celery root, and leek or onion combine to fill out the flavor of this celery root soup, while the cup of soy or other milk adds a bit of creaminess.

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Winter Jewel Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

March 19, 2012 Dairy free

pear pomegranate walnut cranberry date mache spinach salad (1)

Walnuts, dried cranberries and dates and fresh pear and pomegranate stud this pretty red and green salad. With all the fruit and nuts atop its bed of maché and baby spinach, it fills my craving for sweetness and almost qualifies as dessert

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Pomegranate Salad Dressing

March 16, 2012 Fall

pomeganate salad dressing

A tangy, sweet pomegranate salad dressing that’s nice and thick and coats salad greens well.

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Hold That Bacon: Red Meat and Mortality

March 13, 2012 Health and Nutrition

A new Harvard study shows that one daily serving of unprocessed red meat increases risk of death by 13%, and a daily serving of processed red meat (a hot dog or two slices of bacon) increases risk of death by 20%.

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Preparing Spaghetti Squash

March 12, 2012 Vegetarian Basic Cooking Techniques

spaghetti squash

How to cut, bake and remove the strands from spaghetti squash.

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Crispy Panko Tofu Triangles

March 9, 2012 All Year

panko breaded tofu triangles (2)

Baked, not fried, these panko breaded tofu nuggets have a crunchy coating and meaty center like a breaded chicken wing.

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Pineapple Mango Smoothie

March 8, 2012 All Year

pineapple mango smoothie (3)

This tropics-inspired winner features frozen pineapple tidbits and frozen mango chunks from Trader Joe’s, with unsweetened almond soy milk and a spoonful of Thai Kitchen coconut milk.

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Kale Edamame Salad

March 6, 2012 Dinner

kale edamame salad

Dark green and purple kale, red grape tomatoes and pea green edamame are topped with chopped scallions, slivered almonds, dried cranberries, and a creamy tofu-based lemon-herb dressing. Inspired by Trader Joe’s Kale and Edamame Bistro salad, it’s enough for a full lunch.

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Broccoli with Creamy Lemon Herb Sauce (silken tofu-based)

March 5, 2012 All Year

broccoli with creamy lemon herb sauce (1)

Broccoli with a creamy, lemony sauce that’s also healthy– it’s silken tofu based.

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Creamy Lemon Herb Salad Dressing (silken tofu-based)

March 4, 2012 Recipes

lemon herb salad dressing silken tofu-based

This creamy lemon-herb dressing based on soft silken tofu, olive oil, and lemon juice will be good on any salad and can stand up to hearty winter greens.

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Young Coconut Smoothie

March 2, 2012 All Year

whole young coconut (1)

Learn how to prepare a young coconut and make a naturally sweet and creamy smoothie from the clear coconut water and soft coconut meat within.

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Sweet Potato Vegetable Soup with Ginger, Cilantro, Coconut & Lime

February 29, 2012 Dairy free

sweet potato vegetable soup with cilantro lime oil chopped cilantro and flaked coconut garnishes

Based on vegetable stock and packed full of other vegetables like leeks, onions, and carrots. this sweet potato soup is enhanced with a whole variety of flavors from roasted garlic to cilantro to lime juice, curry powder, and jalapeno. Includes four garnishes.

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Vegetable Stock

February 24, 2012 All Year

ingredients for vegetable stock

A base of this richly flavorful stock makes vegetarian soup, stew, or stuffing shine. It’s made with carrots, celery, leeks, onions, parsley, thyme, potato peels, garlic cloves, bay leaves and peppercorns.

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How to Cut and Clean Leeks

February 22, 2012 Vegetarian Basic Cooking Techniques

whole leeks

Yet another thing I learned from the The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook: how to cut and clean leeks. Leeks have a very mild flavor compared to a regular onion and make a great soup or stock. A leek looks like a giant overgrown scallion. The white portion is what’s commonly eaten. To encourage that portion of [...]

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Chipotle Dip (silken tofu-based)

February 22, 2012 All Year

chipotle dipping sauce  with silken soft tofu

Dead simple, nutritious, and good. Make this silken tofu-based chipotle dip the next time you need a good dip for raw veggies or fries, or want something different spread on your sandwich.

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The Best Thing You Can Do for Your Health

February 22, 2012 Fitness

I’ve giving you lots of healthy recipes lately, but you can’t eat your way to fitness. What one lifestyle factor makes the biggest difference to your health? I think you can guess, but check out this entertaining and informative cartoon-style video from Canadian public health and family medicine Dr. Mike Evans:  

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Vegan Red Kidney Bean Chili

February 19, 2012 All Year

Vegan Kidney Bean Chili (2)

Vegetarian red kidney bean chili, tomato-rich and full of hearty spices. Make the moderately spicy version or add a few jalapeno peppers and a pinch of cayenne to fire up the true heat-lovers.

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries

February 17, 2012 Fall

baked sweet potato fries with roasted red pepper aoli

A healthy recipe for baked sweet potato fries, made with either with a little olive oil or two egg whites. Tips for making them crisper and keeping the ends from burning.

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Roasted Red Pepper Aoli (silken tofu-based)

February 17, 2012 All Year

roasted red pepper aoli

Fast, good, nutritious, and very low calorie- it’s hard to beat this silken-tofu based roasted red pepper aoli dip. Make some for your next party for dipping raw veggies, or use it with sweet potato fries or in a sandwich or burger.

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Baked Apples

February 16, 2012 Dairy free

cored Pink Lady appples

Apples stuffed with walnuts and raisins, spiced, drizzled with maple syrup, baked. A healthy fall and winter classic. Plus a coring tip to keep the apples from drying out.

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Vegetarian Green Lentil Soup

February 12, 2012 Dairy free

lentil soup

Inexpensive, filling, and good, this vegetarian green lentil soup takes many variations. All will warm you on a gray winter’s day.

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Chard, Kale and Fennel Salad with Wild Rice (Emerald City Salad)

February 10, 2012 Dairy free

Chard, Kale, and Fennel Salad with Wild Rice (Emerald City Salad) (1)

Chard, kale, fennel, parsley and scallion, tossed with wild rice, dressed with lemon juice and olive oil. make a hearty winter dinner salad good enough for a teenager to eat.

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Freezing Chipotle Chilies in Adobo Sauce

February 8, 2012 Vegetarian Basic Cooking Techniques

chipotle chilis on parchment paper

How to extend the shelf life of chipotle chilis in adobo sauce by freezing them individually.

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Runner’s Knee (Patellofemoral Pain) and Weak Hips

February 8, 2012 Figure skating

Patellofemoral pain: an overuse injury that can be aggravated by weak hip muscles.

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Bibb, Roasted Beet, and Radicchio Salad with Hazelnuts

February 4, 2012 Recipes

Bibb salad with roasted beet. radicchio, and hazelnuts (1)

A beautiful pink, red, and green salad with sweet roasted beets, radicchio, and hazelnuts with Bibb and red leaf lettuce. I’ll show you how to make the radicchio mild, not bitter.

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Taking the Bite out of Radicchio

February 3, 2012 Dairy free

radicchio (1)

Enjoy the beauty of red radicchio in a salad without the bitter taste. Here’s how to tame the flavor.

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Roasted Beets with Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil

February 1, 2012 Dairy free

roasted beets with balsamic vinegar and olive oil (2)

A simple but satisfying dish: roasted beets with extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt.

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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

banana mango smoothie (2)

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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Quick Southwest Dinner with Black Beans, Corn, and Bell Peppers

December 31, 2011 Dairy free

black bean, corn, red pepper and cilantro in a blue bowl

With bell peppers, corn, and two cans of black beans, you’ll have this Southwest Beans and Corn recipe on in no time. It’s healthy, vegan, and fast.

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Getting back to your fitness routine after a break

December 30, 2011 Fitness

oh don't forget

How to get on track again after a break in your fitness routine.

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Hot Pepper Sesame Spaghetti Squash with Scallions and Artichoke Hearts

December 30, 2011 Dairy free

hot pepper sesame spaghetti squash with scallions and artichoke hearts (3)

Scallions, artichoke hearts, and hot pepper sesame oil perk up this spaghetti squash and turn it into a handy snack or side dish.

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Goal-Setting Success with Process Goals

December 30, 2011 Figure skating

handwriting process goals with a pen

Process goals: a sane way to enjoy the journey. How it works for competitive athletes and for the rest of us.

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Holiday lifestyle challenges

December 24, 2011 healthy holidays

holiday foods

Dealing with the stress and ever-present special food snacks of the holidays.

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Holiday Stress-Busting: Too Busy to Not Exercise

December 18, 2011 Figure skating

Mary skating Pre-Bronze

Beating holiday stress with some heart-pumping exercise. Do it, you and your family will both be happier!

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Flavorful Vegetarian Beans from Scratch

December 18, 2011 Dairy free

onion and cilantro

A few key items added to the pot- cilantro, onion, garlic- make these beans flavorful from the start. And the quick soak method can get them on the table without an overnight soak. Great with either black beans or red kidney beans.

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Tempeh, Bell Pepper and Pineapple Stir-fry with Red Pearl Onions

December 16, 2011 Dairy free

pineapple tempeh red pearl onion stir-fry (2)

With a ripe pineapple on the counter, it was time to make this tempeh, pineapple, and bell pepper stir-fry. I added some red pearl onions my friend had given me, and they looked marvelous with the yellow pineapple. So I added even more purple by chopping up some red cabbage. The result looked almost too [...]

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