Super Food Kaniwa with Corn, Beans, Red Pepper, Green Onion, Avocado and Lime Juice!

Kaniwa from Roland Products, pronounced “Ka-nyi-wa”, is a staple grain of the ancient Aztec and Incan cultures whhich has been cultivated for thousands of years throughout South America.

The crunchy, earthy grain is loaded with protein and makes a complete meal when mixed with vegetables.

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Roland Foods offers a wide variety of specialty foods from around the globe and was kind enough to send me this box of Kaniwa to try at home.

I have cooked with Quinoa in the past and I love it.

Kaniwa is similar to quinoa but seems to feel hardier and denser.

I gathered all the vegetables I could find and chopped them to equal size.

1 package of Grape tomatoes cut in half, 7 green onions, 1/2 of a red onion, 1 can of pinto beans, 2 cups of corn, 1 red pepper, 1/2 of a English cucumber, 1 bunch of cilantro,the juice of 3 limes, 1/4 cup of olive oil and salt to taste.

I garnished with avocado.

I put all of the chopped vegetables in a bowl, cooked the 12 oz. box ( about 2 cups ) of Kaniwa and added to the veggies.

I added it hot to the vegetables to bring them to peak flavor.

I find that adding hot grains to the veggies gives off just enough heat to liven the flavors.

I mixed everything then added the olive oil and the lime juice.

Serve and garnish with half an avocado.

Add salt to taste.

This was fantastic.

Everyone loved this vegan, protein rich meal which could also be great as a side dish with grilled salmon.

Spinach Fettuccine with Mushrooms and Basil Pesto!

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Spinach fettuccine with sauteed baby portobello mushrooms, pesto and shaved parmesan makes a great meatless, filling and nutritious meal.

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Along with this beautiful salad of fresh yellow peppers and avocados our vegetarian meal satisfies everyone.

Annie’s Green Goddess dressing makes this salad heaven!

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Boil spinach fettuccine, al dente.

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Sautee the mushrooms with olive oil and garlic slices.

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And mix in your favorites. I love basil pesto which I make myself.

I make it vegan and fresh!

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Shaved parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil make this fantastic!

Spacca Napoli in Chicago for Authentic Neapolitan Pizza and Beautiful Cheeses!

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Spacca Napoli on West Sunnyside in Chicago is the home of beautiful fresh ingredients, bufala mozzarella and huge wood burning pizza ovens.

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“Spaccanapoli” is the old quarter and heart of Naples, Italy.
Naples is famed as the birthplace of pizza.

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Mesculin greens with a light balsamic dressing.

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The special today; mozzarella bufala with olive oil and sea salt.

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This didn’t last very long and it worth the trip for the cheese alone!

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Pizza is wood fired and thin crust.

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Fresh ingrediants and light sauce create a heavenly balance of flavors.

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Sushi, Scallops, Hearts of Palm and Polenta at Dante!

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Dante was the scene of a fabulous late night supper and wine tasting.

Not only did Dante roll sushi just for us; Sushi is a happy hour hour item and we were well past happy hour! But he was gracious enough to accommodate my lust.

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I find that it is best just to sit back and enjoy. I never order. I just graciously accept what this world class chef puts in front of me.

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Hearts of palm with spinach, portobello and ginger vinaigrette was amazing with crispy fried red onions.

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Our bartender kept the wines flowing as we took a world tour of reds from Italy to France, California and South America!

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There were Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Pinot, Malbec…..

This was, by far, one of the best dining experiences that I have had in a while.

Dante is a true gem! In Cleveland or otherwise; world class!

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Scallops and polenta are divine!

Southwest Salad for a Sunny Afternoon!

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Something light and “springy” was on my mind today.

A chill in the air did not stop the sunny skies from inspiring a salad full of all my favorites; avocado, black beans, corn, red onion, scallions and cilantro!

Lime and olive oil dressed this salad and allowed all the flavors to come through and keep it light.

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You can get really creative with tomatoes, olives, peppers…I used what I had on hand.

I tend to go heavy on the cilantro!
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Meatless Monday! Sweet Corn Chowder with Roasted Red Pepper and Cilantro and Baby Field Greens with Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Spring is fragrant and lovely in this little lakeside town.

Warm sunny days inspire herbs and fresh veggies and lots of salad!

My daughters loved this meal and the simple balsamic vinaigrette dressing on the salad.

Fresh and crunchy with warm and creamy; Perfection!

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This chowder was so easy.

Ingredients:

2 Cups organic sweet corn
1 ½ cups half and half
½ cup milk
¼ cup chopped cilantro
1 cup finely grated Mexican cheese blend
3 cloves garlic
3 Tbspn organic sweet cream butter
¼ cup chopped roasted red pepper
¼ white onion chopped
½ Tbspn chili powder
Salt and pepper to taste

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Method:

Add butter to medium sized sauté pot.
Add chopped garlic, chili powder, onion and corn and allow to sauté for a few minutes.
Add cilantro half and half and cheese.
Allow to cook then add milk; enough to create a smooth creamy consistency.
Serve warm and enjoy!

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Avocado, Mango and Cilantro Salad

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OK. I had kale for lunch. The usual. But I also wanted mango.

But I wanted to do something different.

I also had an avocado and some fresh cilantro; I used the juice of one lime and a little salt.

This salad was amazing and I would make it to serve with a summer dinner.

The mango was very cooling with the kale which, of course, was really spicy because… I just can’t help myself!

This salald would be great with a grilled fish or rice and beans.

The combination of sweet and savory is filling and delicious!
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Baby Arugula and Asparagus Salad with Lemony Tahini Dressing and Pine Nuts!

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Lemony, garlicky, creamy, tahini dressing made this salad fantastic.

Baby arugula and lightly steamed asparagus was the perfect meal for a sunny day with promises of Spring!

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I used the juice of 1 lemon to 2 tablespoons of sesame tahini plus 3 cloves of fresh garlic! To that I added 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

It was potent! and sooo delicious.

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Another good thing about being a vegan is that the dog is never really interested in what I’m cooking.

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Sammy was all about sunbathing today.

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THE END!

Meatless Monday; Ravioli with Red Sauce and Cucumber Salad

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The girls made dinner tonight and commented that it was tasty and satisfying; something they worry about since I’ve Veganized our kitchen.

This meal is very simple and easy for little helpers.

I always have red sauce in the fridge and usually some gourmet cheese ravioli in the freezer.

The salad really rounds out this meal. Fresh veggies at every meal just makes good sense.

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Meatless Monday was so easy today. We all worked together. This mom loved it!

Beet Cucumber Salad

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Certified Fitness Trainer, Life Fit Coach and Veg-Chef writer, Carmen Garcia has contributed her Beet Cucumber Appetizer Salad today.

Carmen is passionate about fitness, vegan diet and nutrition and it shows in her vitality and excitement for sharing her experiences and recipes with others.

Beet Cucumber Salad Appetizer

Easy Recipe, Serves 4

Ingredients

2 medium beets, chopped
1 medium cucumber, chopped
1/2 cup organic sauerkraut
2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
4 leaves, savoy cabbage, raw or lightly steamed
1 tsp dried dill weed herb
20 raw almonds (pre-soaked for tenderness)
sea salt, dash
raw sugar, dash

Method

Steam beets for 15-20 minutes (depending on how tender you prefer).
Rinse with cold water.

Set aside. Mix cucumber, sauerkraut, dill and rice
wine vinegar in a bowl.

Add a dash of raw sugar and sea salt is optional for
taste.

Chill all of the ingredients scoop ingredients into cabbage leaf cups.

Garnish with a small portion of almonds in the center of dish for extra crunch.

You may add slivered or whole (raw or roasted) almonds over cabbage cups.

Tip: If you prefer a bit more tender veggies vs. raw and crunchy, lightly steam each appetizer to serve warm.

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