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Vegan Salad in a Jar. Make-Ahead Bliss

Vegan Salad in a Jar. Make-Ahead Bliss
Salad. In a jar. I totally get this one. A while back (and maybe still) there was a spirited "foods in a jar" trend hovering around the food blogs. ..But salad in a jar? The Daily Muse's post "The Best New Way to Bring Your Lunch" introduced me to the "Mason Jar Salad" concept. And as I showed in my Vegan Cobb Salad, I love lining salad ingredients up in an orderly fashion. ..actually, doing a "vegan cobb in a jar" would be pretty fantastic. Fresh Factor? "The best part is you can make five salads at a time, and they’ll stay fresh for the whole week—just grab and go on your way out the door! ..considering my crazy book writing schedule lately, the part that really stuck out was the "make ahead" concept. Well just so you know, it hasn't been a week yet. But as of now these salads look and taste AMAZING. Here are the four jars I assembled. Layering Salad Jars: Other: grains and pasta are nice add ins. There are no exact "rules" and that is the fun part. My recipes...

Okonomiyaki recipe from food52 Author Notes: I went to Japan about 10 years ago and while I ate some seriously amazing things, I’d be hard-pressed to remember exactly what they were. That is, except for okonomiyaki, which I first tasted in a cramped corner shop in Kyoto that sold only these delicious savory pancakes. When I came home, my friend Becky – a fellow okonomiyaki nut -- and I tried to replicate the recipe to satisfy our cravings. This is by no means authentic and there are a ton of variations, but it sure hits the spot. - Midge (less)Author Notes: I went to Japan about 10 years ago and while I ate some seriously amazing things, I’d be hard-pressed to remember exactly what they were. Food52 Review: Eggy and crisp, Midge's Kyoto-style pancakes are studded with plump morsels of tender shrimp and threaded through with ribbons of cabbage and rings of scallion. Makes roughly a dozen pancakes depending on their size Sauce 1/2 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons soy sauce 2 teaspoons sriracha, more or less to taste

Holistic Health Coach, BodyMind Nutritionist, Personal Trainer | The Vegan Effect Turkey, Mango Chutney, and Brie Panini Recipe A request from Hillshire Farm made me think about my daughters starting school last week. It was so odd to wake up to on the first day of school with a definite sense of fall in the air. Seattleites had been enjoying a late summer that seemed to end abruptly when we woke up to the undeniable signs of autumn. As I drove them to school the streets were dotted with trees showing signs of the changing season. Leaves were beginning to change colors from a sea of green into beautiful shades of copper, cold, and dark purple. Although summer is over I do look forward to this truly Northwest scene every year. I walked my daughters into their classrooms and they nervously met their new teachers. That also means I’ve been thinking about dinner differently. It is also time for me to think about lunches differently, too. One of the key aspects of a great Panini sandwich is to use only a few ingredients in thin layers and slices. Turkey, Mango Chutney and Brie Panini Author: Savory Sweet Life Serves: 1

Chocochili | Vegaaniruokablogi Hummus and Cucumber Sandwich For my little princess who will eat nothing but – a Hummus and Cucumber Sandwich for her school lunch. I have been through this kind of “phase” before with the big sister, who took butter and cucumber tea sandwich to her preschool for two years. While it is really alright and a easy to pack the lunch box, I wonder how one can eat the same thing for that long! Not that I am complaining and some have been wondering what magic spell we dusted on her, to have her eat and want something so healthy. I have talked about the weekly food calendar we make for school lunch. And and little note from me keeps her smiling and secured… Well there is nothing much to a Hummus and Cuke Sandwich; other than some Hummus and Cucumber… and I still decided to post this; not much for a recipe but more for the records. Cucumber – nice, fresh ones. Slice them fine, so they do not make the sandwich fall open on the tiny little hands. Slices of bread, lightly toasted. Homemade Chickpea and Walnut Hummus.

Vegan Lunchbox: Easy Hummus Spiral Wraps These Easy Hummus Spiral Wraps are the perfect lunchbox filler to pack for yourself, your kids or your spouse. I call these snazzy spirals "lunchbox lavash" because they are made with lavash wrap - a type of roll-able, thin wheat flat bread. And this recipe doesn't get any easier. Fun Finger Food. Like I said, make this recipe your own! You can keep the roll long if you'd like, but really the fun part is slicing it up into little bites - they kinda remind me of veggie-Americana sushi rolls. Healthy too! Super easy, just toss those ingredients on, roll and slice!.. The last time I made these wraps I did Bullseye Spiral Wraps (soy cream cheese and roasted red peppers) super yummy. Today's Easy Hummus Spiral Wrap Ingredients: 2-3 Tbsp Roasted Red Pepper Spread handful of shredded carrots handful of baby spinach splash of lemon juice/olive oil fresh ground pepper edamame soy beans avocado slices How To: * Spread the hummus. * Add the ingredients in a thinly spread layer - distribute evenly.

Cheesecake in a Jar Recipe I’m fairly certain that I’ve discussed my lack of love for the great outdoors, so it’s safe to say you’ll never hear me writing about long hikes in the woods or camping anywhere other than on a deck chair at a five star resort (Hey, I can dream, right?). Not to say that I am not fond of the fresh air and scenery, I just like to keep a screen between me and the bugs. Needless to say, I don’t last long at picnics in the park or anywhere outdoors for that matter. Problem is, I am a big pan of picnic food. Then, a couple of friends came up with the idea of a virtual picnic. The Nature Conservancy has a website that is devoted to Picnic for the Planet. Eat Smart Be proactive, know where your food comes from and who it impacts. Eat Local Take advantage of your farmer’s market. Eat Sustainably Eat sustainable seafood — one of the only things that we eat that we still get from the wild. Eat Green Eat more fruits and vegetables — it’s good for your health and the planet’s Eat Out

Eat Nachos Again! Healthy. Vegan. Party-Approved I still remember my first knock-out plate of nachos. Crisp, chewy and brown-burnt edged chips smothered in gobs of white and orange melted cheese. Beans, sour cream, diced veggies, jalapeno circles and salsa. Heavenly. But not healthy. Healthy Nacho Keys:*load up on the beans! Lift Your Nacho Ban. Nachos. Healthy Nachos. Cheese vs. Lets get to it, here is my recipe for Healthy Vegan Party Nachos: Vegan Party Nachosvegan, makes one big plate 1 cup restaurant style tortilla chips1 cup baked tortilla chips or oven-baked tortilla strips*low salt is preferred3/4 cup canned black refried beans, vegan/fat-free2 Tbsp black olive slices1 fresh jalapeno pepper, sliced into circlescheese mixture:1/3 cup vegan cheddar cheese2 Tbsp Monterey Jack cheese*I use the Follow Your Heart brand1/2 sweet onion, diced1 small tomato, diced2 Tbsp olive oil1 Tbsp cumin powder1 lime, juicedpinch of salt and black pepperolive oil spraygarnish: cilantro or parsley, chopped4 orange slices Directions:

Cherry Crisp in a Jar from My Baking Addiction I’m starting to get the feeling that, when my surgeon told me my recovery from surgery would be 6-8 weeks, he wasn’t joking! I am doing quite well, all things considered… And, I am gradually feeling better each day, but there is still quite a long road in front of me! So, I am feeling especially blessed by all of my great blogger friends who are stopping by here to help me out with all of these guest posts. I’m sure I don’t need to introduce Jamie from My Baking Addiction… If you are anything like me, you probably visit her site regularly and just stare at her gorgeous photos and stunning desserts! While it’s hard to pick just a few, some of my favorites are her Thin Mint Pie and Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars! Jamie, thanks so much for stopping by with these fabulous cherry crisps! As you may know from Jen’s recent blog post, she had surgery last week and is taking a bit of time away to recover from her procedure. Looking for more cherry recipes? Ingredients Preparation

Pineapple Fried Quinoa. ..In a Boat Pineapple Fried Quinoa (in a pineapple boat!) is on my menu today. A bright yellow pineapple and a bag of quinoa was all I needed to inspire me to dream up this tiki chic recipe. Aloha wishes, South Pacific daydreams, Maui wowie, kowabunga and lets-luau-all-night-long-under-the-glow-of-tiki-torches, just about covers everything that is wrapped into this bowl of pineapple bliss. These flavors will bring you to the party. To round out the dish - I added some peppery tofu triangles on top. Easy. I'm doing the hula for this delicious pineapple fried quinoa. This dish tastes just as sassy as it looks all dolled up in my hand-crafted, literally pineapple boat serving dish. And FYI, you can skip the pineapple boat if you choose. Those Food Network fruit show piece people who hallow out pineapples and melons and chop them into snazzy zig zag designs along the sides. Anyways, lets get back to this quinoa. This dish has a lot going on. Grab a pineapple and make this stuff! safflower oil for sauting

Pie Favors in a Jar {Recipes} Just like “on a stick”, everything gets infinitely cuter when layered inside a mason jar and tied with a simple ribbon or tag. Favors are no exception! So make these delicious fruity pies in mini mason jars (or regular size!) then sit back and listen to your guests “ooh” and “aah” over how darn cute you are! Pie Crust Dough 2 12 oz. cans of cherry, apple or your favorite pie filling (Or mix blueberry and cherry!) 6 4 oz. mason jars, cleaned with lids and labels removed 1 baking sheet Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Fill your jars with your filling. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until pie dough is golden brown. image via: Related Watermelon Cake in Mason Jars: Perfect Summer Dessert Watermelon Cake If there is one food synonymous with summer in my opinion, it’s watermelon!

quinoa basil bean burgers with basil aioli Big thank yous to all of the sweet messages about Missy – it was a sad night, and today all I want to do is sit and hug Basil. We just returned from a long walk in the sunshine, and I’m about to get a late start to my workday. I wanted to finish up this post that I wasn’t able to complete last night. Just had to get my extra Basil time in – last night and today. This is the other basil in my life – fresh basil from the garden just cannot be beat. Basil adds great flavor to one of our favorite burgers – and over the years I have adapted this recipe just a bit. Jason enjoyed his with our favorite cheddar and more red onion: I actually made those gluten free rolls for another project not involving burgers at all – but they prompted me to attempt a gluten free roll recipe that more closely resembles a burger roll. white bean quinoa burgers egg, soy, dairy and gluten free, vegan makes 6 large patties, 10 slider size Grind flax seed in blender, coffee grinder. vegan basil aioli