Roasted Broccoli & Kale Quinoa Salad – Great Grains!

Here's a recipe that makes a fantastic main course salad but would also be an excellent match as a side salad with grilled meats.  This salad is loaded with things that are good for you and its easy to make. Give it a try! I adapted my version from one at EatingBirdFood (and she adapted hers too!) I used a little less water for cooking quinoa and a little less oil to create what you see below. Roasted Broccoli & Kale Quinoa Salad is great served warm right when you finish making it, at room temperature, or straight out of the fridge (if you have any left overs the next day) Perfect for packing in a lunchbox. ROASTED BROCCOLI & KALE QUINOA SALAD   Ingredients 1 cup quinoa (dry) 1 3/4 cup water (or vegetable broth) 1/2 pound broccoli cut into florets 1 medium … [Read more...]

The Homemade Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scout cookies are only sold for a short 6-8 weeks every year. You can only sell so many to receive your cookie badge! So, what about the remainder of the year when the rest of us are starving for the delicious Girl Scout cookies, but there's no troop selling them? You make the homemade Girl Scout cookies! In addition to being about to make them (and eat them!) any time you want, making the Girl Scout cookies homemade allows you to control the ingredients. No weird chemicals, GMO's or corn syrups if you are in control of making them! 1. Thin Mints by The Little Epicurean - Those thin, melt in your mouth cookies. The classic cookie come to life in your own kitchen! I bet you can't eat just one! 2. Trefoils/Shortbreads from Fork & Beans - Though these cookies require a … [Read more...]

Low Sugar Coconut Brownies

Until a few years ago I had never even thought of adding vegetables to baked goods, then one day I tried a vanilla cupcake recipe that included grated zucchini and I realized how great it was: vegetables help to reduce sugar and fat content in many baked goods while maintaining the texture. For those of you out there who hate beets don't worry I do too and you can not absolutely taste them in this recipe, they are only there for texture purposes. As the title suggests, these brownies contain less sugar than most recipes and they are also gluten free, which allows me to call them healthy (ish) brownies. These are not some of those fudgy brownies you eat a square of and you are full for the rest of the day, instead, they are very light and moist and I could finish off the whole batch by … [Read more...]

Buckwheat crepes with caramelized bananas

I have always considered myself more of a pancake person than a crepe person, maybe for the simple fact that when I wake up on a lazy morning making pancakes seems the easiest and fastest delicious thing to make. However, when I am craving a pancake at 9 pm, crepes are definitely fancier than pancakes and more appropriate to eat for dessert. Buckwheat crepes are a little bit heavier than ordinary crepes but they also have a nuttier and deeper flavour, in my opinion, in France they are usually eaten with eggs and ham for a savoury snack, the sweet version is quite difficult to find in restaurants but I think that buckwheat pairs very well with caramel. The batter is pretty easy to put together, the tricky part of making crepes is the cooking: a good nonstick skillet and a rubber spatula are … [Read more...]

Moist Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

I never would have dreamed that sour cream could make chocolate cake so amazingly moist. This sour cream chocolate cake is just that. The cake almost melts in your mouth, it's so moist. Coincidentally, this is the cake I always request on my birthday. You should too! [sc:adsense ] Sour Cream Chocolate Cake from Chocolate & Carrots Ingredients 2 sticks of unsalted butter, room temperature 2 cups sugar 2 eggs 4 tablespoons cocoa powder 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup light sour cream 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup boiling water How-To Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a tube or bundt pan. Coat the pan with an even layer cocoa powder. Tap out the excess. Beat the butter and sugar in your stand mixer … [Read more...]

10 Dips You Must Try

With football playoffs right around the corner there is one thing I'm focused one - the food!  I bet you thought I was going to say the game, huh?  Don't get me wrong, I like football, but not for the game itself.  I love football!  The dips, the appetizers, the wings!  It's all so glorious that I even pretend to watch the actual game when its on.  I hope you are a football food lover too because I have 10 dips you must try! 1. Margherita Pizza Dip // This dip is like your favorite pizza, but cheesier!  So full of flavor that no one will remember the game is even on. 2. Creamy Parmesan Basil Dip // Probably one of the fastest dips to make, this creamy Parmesan basil dip will bring all football fans together. 3. Black Eyed Pea Dip // Even though this dip looks healthy for you, … [Read more...]