Category Archives: Tasty

Vegan/GF BBQ Salad

IMG_8002This week is all about getting Spring Break ready!  While being a college grad/adult, I may not get an actual “Spring Break” on my calendar anymore.. but I am lucky enough to get to tag along on my family’s annual vacation – thus gifting myself a “Spring Break” each year.

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That being said, working 8-10 hour days everyday takes a toll on your body, and getting spring break ready is a lot of work… so this week is going to focus on some key points.  First up – health.

The past few weeks I have been focusing on clean eating – a lot of produce and fish, and minimal red meat/gluten, and no processed foods.  That being said whole eating is a priority, and here is one of my go-to salads (great for dinner or lunches for the week).

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BBQ Veggie Salad

  • 1 head of Romanesco cauliflower (or regular cauliflower)
  • Lentils or black beans
  • Radishes
  • Carrots
  • Red Onion
  • Avocado
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • Vegan Ranch Dressing
  • Tortilla Chips (optional)
  1. Cut cauliflower into florets and roast at 350 degrees for 7 minutes.
  2. Brush BBQ sauce onto cauliflower and bake 3 minutes more.
  3. Assemble salad with ingredients of your choice.
  4. Top with more BBQ sauce and/or ranch dressing.

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* Disclaimer: The joy of this salad is it doesn’t really need a recipe – you can add (or not add) whatever you would like – other ideas include cilantro, corn, celery, cheese (if you don’t want to go dairy free), etc.

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Good Ol’ Irish Meal

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This week is green themed and what better way to kick off a St. Patrick’s Day celebration than Corned Beef and Cabbage!?

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Corned Beef and Cabbage 

  • 3-4 pounds lean corned beef brisket
  • 1/2 pound fingerlings potatoes
  • 1 small onion, cut into 1 inch wedges
  • 3 celery stalks, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 5 carrots, peeled & cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 head of Savoy cabbage, cut into 1 inch wedges
  1. Place corned beef into crock pot.
  2. Sprinkle with spice packet (that comes with corned beef) or 3 Tablespoons pickling spice.
  3. Layer carrots, potatoes, onion, and celery over meat.
  4. Add enough hot water to cover meat by 1 inch (4-5 cups).
  5. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  6. After 8 hours, add cabbage and cook on high for 45 minutes.
  7. Thinly slice meat against the grain and serve with vegetables.

Note: Whole Foods makes a GREAT brined corned beef (omit Step 2).

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*I recommend serving with grainy mustard or a yummy mixture of creme fraiche with some freshly grated horseradish.

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Now get your green beer ready and your grocery lists prepped for an amazing St. Patrick’s Day Meal next week!

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Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

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In preparation for our annual family vacation, the Feezor females have kicked healthy eating into over drive – gotta get swimsuit ready!  That being said, I still have a major sweet tooth, and sometimes it just cannot be denied.

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I have been on the prowl to figure out a great dessert option that is quick, easy and has a little bit less guilt factor.  I introduce you to – the Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookie – created by the very talented Shockingly Delicious!  I’m telling you, with 5 ingredients, and no usual gluten free baking ingredients (you know what I’m talking about – aarowroot starch, xanthan gum, tapioca flour – WHO HAS THIS IN THE PANTRY?!), this is a great way to fight a craving before you walk down to 7-11 to binge out on Snickers Bars and Skittles.

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GF Peanut Butter Cookie

via Shockingly Delicious

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (I used organic TJ’s)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Blend above ingredients in a Kitchen Aid mixer until well mixed (about a minute or so).
  3. Use a cookie scoop to portion cookie dough to a Silpat or parchment lined cookie sheet.
  4. Using fork tines, press the usual “peanut butter cookie crosshatch” pattern into the tops of the dough balls.
  5. Sprinkle course sugar (I used raw brown sugar).
  6. Bake for 11 minutes and let cool on baking pan for 5 minutes or so (they are really fragile until they have cooled down).
  7. Let cool completely on a rack and store in airtight container.
  8. Allow yourself to eat one cookie… as to not completely botch your attempt at dieting.

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Now go make them and tell me that you would even know they are gluten free…

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Pancetta, Ricotta and Herb Quiche

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This summer I mourned the idea of a rainy, dark winter season, and I guess the joke was on me with the 2 rainy days we have had all winter…  A couple of weeks ago, we were blessed with one of the rainy days and I took the opportunity to light some candles, play some great music and spend the day cooking.  There is something so great about a quiche, easy to make and great for breakfast, lunch or dinner in the days to come.

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Pancetta, Ricotta and Herb Quiche

  • 1 pie crust (I use Trader Joe’s pre-made crusts or feel free to make your own)
  • 4 oz pancetta, chopped into small cubes (I also use Trader Joe’s chopped pancetta)
  • 6 eggs
  • 2/3 cups half and half
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup grated parmigiano reggiano
  • 1/4 cup chopped herbs (I used parsley, chives)
  • 7 oz fresh ricotta
  • 2 green onions
  • 10-12 grape tomatoes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a quiche pan and roll out crust onto it. Bake crust for 10 minutes.
  3. While crust is baking, cook pancetta in a small pan over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  4. Whisk eggs, cream, milk, cheese and herbs together in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Remove crust from oven and crumble ricotta over it. Top with cooked pancetta and chopped herbs, then pour egg mixture over the top.
  6. Half tomatoes and place them atop quiche, cut side up.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes or until set and golden.
  8. Let cool and drizzle with balsamic reduction* and a light salad. Enjoy!

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*Trader Joe’s also makes a great pre-made balsamic reduction, but you can easily make your own by simmering balsamic vinegar on low for 5-10 minutes, until reduced.

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Some of my other favorite quiche recipes can be found here, here and here.

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Green Goddess Bowl

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After all my Valentine’s indulgence (which carried over for a couple more weeks… opps), I am trying to get back into health-mode.  I have had a bunch of “detox” meals pinned and wanted to get on trying some of them… first on the docket – a Green Goddess Bowl!

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Green Goddess Bowl

adapted via Lunchbox Bunch

Step One – Layout the following:

  • 2-3 cups cooked grains (I used couscous, but quinoa, barley, brown rice are all great options)
  • 2-3 cups sautéed greens (I used 2 heads of broccoli, 1 head of kale and sprinkled some edamame – you can use any green veggie you like, brussel sprouts, peas, spinach, etc.)
  • Sweet Accent: I used citrus (I used a Cara Cara orange, but grapefruit could be a great option)
  • Garnish: Avocado and fresh chopped green herbs

Step Two – Sauté Greens:

  • Sauté green ingredients on med-high until tender with the following ingredients:
    • 2 Tbsp white miso paste
    • Juice of 1 lemon
    • 2 Tbsp blood orange olive oil
    • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
    • Pepper to taste

Step Three – Fold:

  • Add to large bowl and fold together:
    • 3 cups fluffed couscous (or another cooked grain)
    • Some orange zest and juice of 1/2 an orange if you desire
    • Sautéed Greens

Step Four – Garnish:

  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Chopped fresh herbs (I used cilantro, but basil, chives or parsley work too)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion (red onion would work as well)
  • 1 large orange, peeled and diced

Step Five – Dressing:
*choose one below or use your own – or for lighter version, just use fresh lemon juice over top bowl

Tahini Maple

  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • Pepper

Creamy Wasabi

  • 1 tsp wasabi powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp mayo or greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
  • Pepper

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