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Healthy meals

Chick’n and Pearls over Kale

Try using greens as your platform.

To add nutritional value with fewer calories, sauté greens and then add your couscous, pasta or rice and protein. Not only will the greens have more flavor as part of the main dish but you will need less of the starch to complete the meal. Read more

Burgers & Beer: Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burgers

Mashed sweet potatoes add creamy texture and help bind ingredients together.

High Protein and Fiber Make this Burger a Stand Out

Vegan foodies love to be creative. One of my favorite vegan food blogs is The Edible Perspective. Author and photographer, Ashley McLaughlin, inspires through her creativity and photography. I’m mesmerized by her food photos that feed my eyes before her food nourishes my body.

Food blogs entertain our senses. I might print out a recipe to try like this one Ashley calls Sweet Tater Black Bean Burger. Most of the time I enjoy browsing. Food blogs inspire me to experiment in my own kitchen.

In my search for great veggie burgers, this one definitely caught my eye.  I’m always looking for high protein versions of common staples like burgers. More proof that meat-free doesn’t require a sacrifice in protein.

Grill a sweet potato and black bean burger, grab a Leffe beer, pull up a chair, and enjoy watching the leaves fall off the trees. Autumn doesn’t get any better.

This key ingredient is rich in complex carbs, fiber and beta carotene.

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Blue Koi – Restaurant Reflection

The food at Blue Koi reflects its leadership.

Whole, fresh food in a bottomless bowl

What makes a great restaurant? Is it the food, service, variety, or atmosphere? These days you’re lucky if your favorite establishment meets your expectations on more than one.

There is one place where owners, Scott and Jane Chang, never miss the mark. That restaurant is Blue Koi. Read more

Mistake-less Meals! Asian Noodle Bowls

There are no limits on creativity or taste when creating Asian style noodle bowls.

Integrate vegetables INTO the meal instead of always on the side.

Asian style noodle bowls are healthy, delicious, and require no planning. Precisely why our family loves them so much. There are no rules. Get creative and use proteins and vegetables you have on hand. Read more

Burgers & Beer: TCU Purple Paradise Veggie Dog

It may not be a burger but it's a heck of a hot dog!

TCU Frankfurters with Veggie Confetti

To all the Horned Frogs out there, this one’s for you!

TCU (Texas Christian University) joins the Big 12 this year! In honor of our Horned Frogs (my daughter included), I created a ballgame hot dog suitable for serving in the Founder’s suite of the new stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.

Leave the mustard and ketchup in the fridge. This dog has class:) and may be better served on a silver platter.

 

Purple confetti made of cabbage!

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Crunchy Chick’n & Peas with Lime Citrus Vinaigrette

Similar to color blocking in the fashion world, try food blocking when serving delicious food.

Separate mix-ins on any dish for an enticing, more unique look!

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Burgers & Beer: Not Just Veggies Veggie Burger

A non-meat burger doesn't have to be a dice fest.

Veggie Burgers for Dummies:-)

Noooooo, not really for dummies! Those that make their own veggie burgers are chefs who cook with passion and flavor. And they want to know exactly what’s IN the burger they’re eating. (Sorry beef lovers, but you don’t know what’s in that all beef patty really).

The title was actually inspired by the chef who is the inspiration behind the recipe, Beverly Lynn Bennett, and her book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Living.  (We all have to start somewhere, right?). I first saw the recipe in Veg News magazine in the July/August issue. (I highly recommend you subscribe to Veg News– a perfect way to gain exposure to the ways of the meatless population).

I wanted to feature a veggie burger recipe with fewer ingredients that didn’t have you chopping and dicing as much. Yet all the recipes I am featuring in my Burgers & Beer series must be hearty. A “manly burger” without all the greasy fat and cholesterol.

Let this diva sing with only simple toppings like roasted red pepper and greens.

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Maple Tempeh Open Faced Sandwich

Open faced is another word for over flow.

Whole grain, low-fat protein, antioxidants galore!

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Burgers & Beer: Ultramarathon Burger & Wasabi Potatoes

If this burger is good fuel for Ultramarathoner, Scott Jurek, then think what it might do for the rest of us.

Scott Jurek’s Lentil-Mushroom Burgers

In Scott Jurek’s book, Eat & Run, reviewed in my Under the Covers book series this week, this famous ultramarathoner shares many of his favorite recipes. Unlike a few other vegan athletes, Scott’s recipes are doable for the average Joe. Not “over the top” with weird ingredients that you identify with another species:).

I hope to share many of his good eats with you. Jurek emphasizes that protein is not synonymous with meat. Not only will you improve your health, reduce your likelihood of disease, but you may actually improve your athletic performance on a plant based diet. Scott Jurek did. This is one recipe that is as “meaty” as you can get for a vegan entree.

Chow down brothers and sisters! After your run, of course!

Served here open faced on a slice of crusty garlic bread

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Pizza Rolls for Grown-Ups

Turn a junk food into a nutritional powerhouse in less than 30 minutes tops.

Never again put frozen pizza rolls in your grocery basket plllllllease!

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