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Toasted Sesame Carrot Salad


Toasted Sesame Carrot Salad

-3 carrots shreaded

-1 teaspoon Toasted Sesame oil

-1/4 cup mixed Raisins and Cranberries

-1/4 cup Pecans

-1/4 cup Walnuts

-1/4 cup fresh Shreaded coconut

-1 teaspoon Raw Apple cider vinegar (please choose organic because of the apples)

-1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard

Mix, mix, mix and enjoy!


Quick and Easy weednight: Colorful, flavorful mashed veggies


Last week we looked at how to make easy steamed veggies. Adding some cream, and a little cheese here’s some great homemade quick side dish mashed potatoes!

These are so colorful, and delish!!


Mashed Colorful Potatoes:

-steamed veggies

-1/2 cup Sour cream

-3/4 cup Parmesiano Regiano cheese

Mash up your steamed veggies (using a wisk or fork)cheese! Stick in the oven if not hot enough!


Here are some veggie combos I love, so colorful!

-potato and kale: green

-purple potatoes: Purple

-Potato and carrots: orange

-potato and turnip: white

Have a good easy quick weednight dish!

Quick & Easy weeknight: Steamed Vegetables


Last week, I showed an easy way to add a side dish: Quinoa!

Here’s another side dish, for the easy weeknight, serve this with some grains, and a big salad and fruit, and dinner is ready!


Steamed Vegetables infinite ways:

-any veggies in your fridge


-pressure cooker

Peel your veggies, leave whole, cut, or dice. Drop them in the basket of your pressure cooker, and add a cup of water at the bottom, place the basket above the water and steam for seven minutes after the lever is up! ta-da!!!


Here are some veggie combinations I like:

-root veggies

-potato & carrot

-Purple potato and beets

-Fennel and Sweet potato

-Carrots and turnips


Have fun and enjoy putting hot veggies on the table in less than 20 minutes!

Grapefruit and Avocado Spinach salad with Clementine-Ginger dressing


Yes, that’s a mouthful of a tittle. But boy was this salad yum!

My camera is out of batteries, so no photos of this radiant salad.. sadness!


 Grapefruit and Avocado salad with Clementine-Ginger Dressing: (original recipe)

-One grapefruit

-One avocado

-One clementine (juice of)

– 1/2 teaspoon grated Ginger

-Parmesiano Regiano  fine grated slices

-Baby spinach

-salt, and pepper

cut the grapefruits peel, making sure to cut through the pith (it will not taste good in the salad). Cut the grapefruit into quarters until the pieces are small and bite size. Slice the avocado. Place on each plate, a small handful or two of baby spinach. Add the slices of avocado, along with the chunks of grapefruit. Juice one clementine, and add a half a teaspoon of the ginger, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Drizzle this dressing over the salad! Place the fine slices of the grated cheese, and enjoy!

Quick & Easy weeknights: Flavorful Quinoa


Quinoa is a great way to add whole grains to any meal, and is much healthier than pastas as a side dish!

Since this is a healthy whole grain, serve it up..and eat it up!

Add quinoa to any dish that is needing a side, or some healthy grains.

Cooking Quinoa is as easy as pasta, but without any flavor added when cooking, it’s a rather bland grain. It does have a small nutty flavor.

Add a cup of Quinoa to a cup and a half of water and simmer for 20 minutes, or untill all the water has evaporated. The grains should pop open, and release their little sprout. Add boilon cubes, wild mushroom gravy, or even a half a cup of tomato paste to the water in order to add some flavor!

Enjoy along with your favorite veggies! Serve hot!

Pizza from Sicily, Rome, and Venice!


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Here’s a recipe sure to make the best homemade pizza. Get ready to taste pizza like you would out of the fire ovens of Italy. Get ready to travel!

Dough:Adapted from

-1/2 packet of Yeast

-2/3 cup Water

-One tablespoon of Oil

-One cup of Flour

-1/2 teaspoon Salt

-1/4 cup fresh herbs (chopped finely)

-Cornmeal for dusting

Pizza making: Adapted from Peter Reinhart

Follow these simple steps for a perfect pizza.

1) mix all ingredients apart from cornmeal, and knead dough.

2) Cover dough and rest to rise for 20 minutes

3) Heat oven to it’s highest setting. 800 is prefered, but 500 is plenty hot!

4) Prepare toppings and sauce, less is more. Think arround 4 toppings including cheese and sauce.

5) Toss dough untill it is very thin, almost to the point of ripping

6) Let dough rest on the table for 5-10 minutes

7) dust the bottom side with cornmeal, this will keep it from sticking to the board. Use the finest ground cornmeal you can find.

7) Remove hot baking tray from oven, and lay pizza on it, cornmeal side down.

8 ) Bake crust for 3 minutes

9) remove from oven and add sauce and toppings

10) Return to the oven for 5-8 minutes

11) Remove from oven, turn off oven, and enjoy!

The pizza I made tonight was Eggplant Garlic sauce, with Roasted Tomatoes, Fresh baby spinach, Sunflower seeds and Goat Cheese!

È squisito! Buon appetito!

(It’s delish, so  enjoy your meal!)

Organic Tomato soup


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My grandma is getting tons of Tomatoes in the garden, and we’ve been eating lots! So many yummy heirloom varieties. So tonight, I made a soup! adding the greek yogurt gave it much more of a summery feel, so good!

Tomato Soup 

-2 cups of tomatoes (cut into chunks)

-one cup of water/ vegetarian bouillon

-15 Basil leaves

-Salt and pepper to taste

-1 tablespoon Greek yogurt


-Gremolata: (

Bring to boil in a medium sauce pan, and let simmer for 20 minutes so all the flavors are well set, either blend the skin of the tomato into the soup with a soup foot, or peel the tomatoes before cooking.

add the Greek yogurt when serving. Serve hot!