charred gold beet salad

Photo Jan 13, 11 47 26 AM

Hey y’all.

I’m still waiting for the ground to dry up over at Three Sisters so I can show y’all a tour of their farm. But, I grabbed these beautiful gold beets from there, so I made this yummy salad.

2 c kale, stems removed & torn into bite-sized pieces
4 small gold beets, peeled
1/4 c white onion, roughly chopped
1 handful of walnuts, roughly chopped

So first you need to preheat your oven to 400F.

While it heats, peel the beets, tear the kale, & chop the onions & walnuts.

Roast the beets for about an hour until they are charred on the outside & soft on the inside.

Chop them into bite-sized pieces.

Then toss everything together.

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I drizzled a little EVOO on mine instead of dressing & it was super yummy! 🙂


Guest Post: Quinoa Crunch Cereal

My name is Valerie and I am a Gluten Free & Dairy Free food blogger over at The Kitchen Revival

I am a Full Time housewife, mommy to an almost 7 yr old Shih tzu by the name of Conner, and a self taught cook. 

Now that you know who I am, I would like to share an easy and satisfying breakfast that will keep you fueled up and satisfied!

Quinoa Crunch Cereal

1 1/2 cups Cooked Quinoa

1 tbsp. Flax Seeds

2 tbsp. Pure Maple Syrup

About 2 Small Handfuls of Sliced Almonds

1/4 tsp. Cinnamon

1/4 Cup melted Coconut Oil

Dried Fruit of your Choice (Optional)

Chocolate Chunks (Optional)

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Preheat your oven to 375 F. and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix together the Quinoa, flaxseeds, and almonds. Then add in the maple syrup and coconut oil, and cinnamon. Mix everything thoroughly.

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Spread the mixture in an even layer onto the prepared baking sheet.

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Bake for around 30 to 50 min. Halfway through baking, flip the cereal around with a spatula to ensure even cooking. The cereal should be slightly golden brown when finished.

Remove from the oven and allow the cereal to cool so it can crisp further.

After the cereal has cooled and you are ready to eat, add in your favorite dried fruit or chocolate chunks.

Enjoy the cereal with your favorite milk or dairy free milk!

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arugula, anjou pear, & green apple salad; & a giveaway announcement

Lately, I’ve been eating lots of salad.

Yum, kinda.

I have to switch things up a bit every day otherwise I get bored quick.

arugula, pear, & apple salad.

Isn’t that arugula fabulous? I got it at Three Sisters Farm.

3 c fresh arugula
1 anjou pear, chopped
1 green apple, chopped
oil & vinegar

Toss the arugula, pear, apple, oil & vinegar together.

Makes a great entree if you add a bit of protein!

Also, I’m teaming up with my friends Kim, Cristina, & Maritza in February for a BIG BEAUTY GIVEAWAY!

*open to US residents only – sorry y’all but postage is expensive.

So keep an eye on the blog if you’re interested in this beauty giveaway coming soon!

feb beauty giveaway cupid

product review: Bare brand “crunchy apple chips”

I was shopping on new years eve & came across the snack aisle.

& if you aren’t aware, I have made an end of the year resolution that will (hopefully) last through-out 2015..

That resolution, was/is to get healthy & it’ll be pretty sweet if I can get rid of some extra poundage.

Here’s a little background on me – I have a love/hate relationship with healthy foods – I love to hate them. I didn’t grow up eating them, & I’m having a hard time adjusting my palate to them, aside from carrots. Carrots are my crack.

At any given time I have 10 lbs of raw (usually organic) carrots in my home.

Alas, I digress…

So, here I am minding my own beeswax when lo & behold, I come across these bad boys:

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Bare crunchy apple chips.

Granny Smith & Fuji apple to be exact.

Apple + chips? I mean, it’s different, sure. But the bag says 90 calories per serving, gluten free, fat free, non-GMO, & USDA certified organic. So, I said screw it – & threw a bag of each in my buggy. Plus they’re $3.00 + tax. Not a huge loss if they suck right?

Eventually I made it home – I tend to wander & socialize when I actually have a chance to get out of the house. & of course I’m FAMISHED – because us fluffy girls are like that, well at least I am.

While preparing dinner, I pull out the “Great Granny Crunchy Apple Chips” to munch.

& let me tell you, they pack a punch. BUT IN A GOOD WAY!

Tart, but sweet. A little tangy, A LOT CRUNCHY.

I’m in low-calorie snack heaven.

Seriously. Amazing. How have I not seen these before? Why have I not tasted these before? What do they put in these things, FOR REAL?

As my aunt Suzette would say, “Love it, love it, Lyle Lovett!”

Yeah – THAT good.

So, I flipped over the package to read the ingredients right? & LITERALLY, it says: “INGREDIENTS: ORGANIC APPLES”. I was in disbelief. A little googling later I have learned these snacks are:

– 100% baked with no preservatives
– fat free; so dope
– 0g trans fat; even doper
– gluten free;
– no added sugar; that’s fine I put enough of that in my pies
– Non-GMO & USDA certified organic
– no cholesterol; (gonna sneak some on my Dad’s lunch plate hehe)
– good source of dietary fiber; well that’s always nice to have!

I’m not entirely observant of my surroundings apparently, because this is all printed on the packaging.


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Yes, this is a picture of my hand in the bag, & no I’m not crazy. I took the picture to show you that I’m not faking. It is truly delicious. They aren’t even paying me for this review in any way, shape, or form. 🙂 I just really like the chips & wanted to tell the world! 😛

I mean really – do you see these things? Amazing.

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Look how vibrant the colors are, even though it’s been dehydrated.

Ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous that I have not had these in my life before right now this very second that I am typing this.

I will be making another trip to the store TOMORROW because I MUST HAVE THESE IN MY LIFE.

Now, for the Fuji Red crunchy apple chips.

These are also 90 calories, USDA certified organic, fat free, & gluten free.

However, these, to me at least, are more of a dessert.

They are crunchy yes, but oh so, so sweet.

I have a sweet tooth. & far too often I resort to cookies, cake, or pie to satisfy it.


(except on special occasions)

Because these chips.

These chips RIGHT HERE:

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^ they satisfy my sweet tooth cravings.

I’m just absolutely flabbergasted that these crunchy little 90 calorie dehydrated apples are so full of flavor.

My palate & my belly are 100% satisfied.

* this is not a paid advertisement.


cold day cookin’: south asian inspired lentil & vegetable soup

We got a cold front down here over Christmas.

& unfortunately that means my arthritis is flaring up.

So I went to my local south asian grocery & got a big bulk bag of dried ground turmeric.

If you didn’t know, turmeric is good for your joints – even my rheumatologist says so. 😉

When I remember to buy it, I use it a lot. But I’m quite forgetful.. 😦

The reason I go to a south asian grocery to buy my turmeric is because I can get a big ol’ bulk bag of it, 1.5 lbs for about $7.

I also get my lentils & garam marsala mix there, but if you aren’t able to find the garam marsala you can get it on amazon.

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& on top of the arthritis, cold front = nasty flu & colds.

So I threw in a bunch of veggies into the soup too – eat your vitamins & all that jazz. 😉

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 c lentils, I used yellow (Swad Moong Dal Amati)
3 c packed fresh spinach
2 tbsp turmeric
2 tsp garam marsala – keep in mind this spice mixture tends to be spicy!
4 stalks celery, loosely chopped
1 large carrot, peeled, loosely chopped
1 small red onion, chopped

Toss your lentils into your DO, or large pot.

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Cover with 2 1/2-3 inches of water.

Then chop your veggies,

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Next, remove your spinach leaves from the stems – I buy mine in bunches on the stem & use the stems to compost – bagged spinach works too though!

Then, add the spinach leaves, followed by the spices.

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Simmer with the lid on 45 minutes, & then with the lid off 10-15.

Serve hot!

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*note: this soup will have a yellow tint – that’s from the turmeric. 🙂

My favorite thing about lentils is that you don’t have to soak them, & they cook FAST – perfect for quick & easy weeknight dinners!

*per serving: 89 calories, 16g carbs, 1g fat, 6g protein, 51g sodium, 1g sugar

Yield: 6 servings

PS – here’s a free recipe card printable!

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