How to: Make Spaghetti Squash

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I will start this post by stating outright that I love my pasta, and I am not going to pretend that spaghetti squash is a flawless substitute for noodles. It is, however, healthier. I am no health expert, but I can perform a mean internet search of "spaghetti squash," which leads to all sorts of calorie and nutrition factoids. While there are … [Read more...]

Applesauce

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I love apples and buy them regularly, but they are just never the first thing I grab when I want a snack. As a result, I often end up with a small army of them in my refrigerator. Just one of those things, I guess! But I found a delicious use for them, even when they are past the point where they are crisp. Although this recipe works best with … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato & Quinoa Chili

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It is so satisfying to me to make something hearty, healthy, and delicious from ingredients I always have on hand. This recipe can be made from items you can keep in your pantry, with just a few items from the produce department (and if you are like me, you usually have at least one onion and one sweet potato on hand anyway). The optional bit of … [Read more...]

How to: Roast Peppers

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While roasted peppers are easily found in stores and are great in a pinch, if you find fresh peppers at a decent price, it is more cost-effective and healthy to prepare them yourself. They will also taste fresher - and there is no substitute for that! Turn on the broiler in your oven and set a rack 4 to 5" below. Cut peppers in half lengthwise; … [Read more...]

Warm Sweet Potato, Kale, and Quinoa Sala...

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With my first bite of this dish, I had the distinct feeling that I had just found my way out of a side dish funk - a funk that I did not even know I had been in. Ingredients: - 1 c cooked quinoa (any color, but red adds great color to this dish) - 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (1/2") - 1 red onion, sliced into 1/4" to 1/2" rings - 1 … [Read more...]

How to: Peel and Seed a Tomato

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As soon as I learned this technique, I immediately didn't know how I had ever used a raw tomato with seeds before. This technique requires a few minutes of prep time, but I find it is worth it for some dishes. All you need is a tomato, a serrated knife, and a small pot filled with water deep enough to cover the tomato. You should also have a bowl … [Read more...]

Red Pepper – Eggplant Dip

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Is there any better appetizer than a dish that is both healthy and full of flavor? This recipe is another Cooking Club Classic (Hostess: TK; Theme: Mediterranean Tapas; Date: 03.04.12).  I make it all the time - when I see red peppers next to eggplants in the produce section, I cannot help myself!  Add a tomato and you are most of the way there. … [Read more...]

Smoothie

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Don't you hate returning from a weekend vacation or a week-long work trip only to find NOTHING in your refrigerator and pantry? You look at your planner, but it is in vain; you cannot get to the grocery store until like 4 days later. I will be posting a series of meals, dishes, and snacks that I am tagging as "In-Stock." In-Stocks are "go-to" … [Read more...]

“Capturing Knowledge” in My ...

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During my junior year of college, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to enroll in a course called "Capturing Knowledge." I cannot imagine that this title is in the current catalog of my alma mater, but everything about it was a good idea. On Tuesday nights, about 20 of us would gather in a small lecture hall, and order warm cookies and milk … [Read more...]