Kale Pasta Bake

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I love macaroni and cheese.  There are a lot of variations on it and I’m always interested in trying something a little different.  Here is one without cheese. So technically it’s really not a macaroni and cheese. It’s more of a macaroni noodle and vegan bechamel, but that doesn’t sound as good. I’ve made bechamel [...]

Lentil and Feta Spinach Salad

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  There are a few go to dishes I have when making a quick lunch or needing something for a picnic or potluck.  This dish is one of those go to options. It only take about 30 minutes to prepare and most important it tastes great.  The dijon vinaigrette adds a lot of flavor that [...]

Kale Salad with Apples, Grapes and Quinoa

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There’s a restaurant in Pasadena we go to often because they offer amazing kid meals for $3.  The kids get fresh fruit, vegetable, and several options. The best part is they have quite a few good options for us to enjoy and they have a great outdoor patio.  La Grande Orange Cafe is a go [...]

Kale, White Bean and Sausage Soup

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I was definitely coming down with something and knew a good hearty soup would help get me through a couple days of sickness. Sadly by the following day when I finally made it to the doctor I found out the flu that has become an epidemic was what I had. This soup definitely helped; though, [...]

Getting Familiar with The Post Punk Kitchen’s Veganomicon

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Last Christmas I asked for some new cookbooks to add to my bookshelf.  With the change to making vegetarian/vegan 4 times each week, I thought some updated cookbooks in my meat-focused cookbook collection would be welcome. One book that kept coming up is Veganomicon many reviews felt it is the essential vegan cookbook on the mark [...]

Udon Noodles with Kale and Shitake Mushrooms

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A simple noodle dish for a quick meal is something you should have in your home cooking back pocket. This dish takes about 10 minutes total time.  You can do all the vegetable preparation and cooking while the udon noodles cook. Udon Noodles with Kale and Shitake Mushrooms Serves 4 1 package of udon noodles 4 oz. [...]

Orecchiette with Kale and Cherry Tomatoes

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This is a very simple dish and a great way to put some fresh kale to use. It’s likely even people who do not normally like kale will find it enjoyable in this dish. Best part this dish takes less than 15 minutes including preparation. Orecchiette with Kale and Cherry Tomatoes Serves 4 1 lb [...]

Chicken, Potato, and Mustard Greens Hash

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Chicken, Potato and Mustard Greens Hash Serves 4 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts. diced into small chunks 1 bunch mustard greens, coarsely chopped 6 medium white potatoes or yukon gold, diced into 1/2″ cubes 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1 shallot, finely chopped 1 spring fresh thyme 2 tablespoons olive oil salt and pepper to [...]

Moroccan Quinoa Pilaf

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This week I decided to cook from some other food bloggers. Last night I went with a quinoa recipe from The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen blog. I made a few minor changes due to Whole Foods being out of Kale last Sunday. We had picked up some locally grown Swiss Chard at a market in [...]