Summer Quinoa Buddha Bowl

Hi all,

An ultra bright, summery, healthy quinoa dish.  Created by yours truly, for your tasting pleasure.  This dish is gluten/grain free, dairy free and sugar free.  Lots of good-for-your-body ingredients in here so get excited!

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Mexican Style Salad

I imagine many of you would agree with me that Mexican food is the bomb.  Enchiladas, tacos, chimichangas, nachos, oh my gosh.  I could go on and on.  Its one of the things I have missed about living in the states.  Access to some dang delicious Mexican food.  For the time being though, I have had to make do and bring the Mexican cuisine to me.

Here is a tasty recipe that can be whipped up quick if you find yourself with a hankering for some.  Its gluten free, lactose free and refined-sugar free.

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Watermelon & Feta Salad

This simple, light and lovely dish (#38) is inspired by Amsterdam, the city in which I first sampled it.  Reading the description on the menu, I thought it sounded repulsive.  Watermelon paired with cheese and walnuts!?  Gross.  So on that premise, my friend and I decided to give it a go.

I was shocked.  The flavors paired together perfectly.  The light juicy sweetness of the melon balanced beautifully with the subtly strong cheese.  The walnuts added a fabulous crunch, another layer of texture variety to the dish.  I was surprised to find myself loving it!!

The ingredients needed are simple:

-Watermelon, cut into bite sized cubes.

-Feta cheese

-Walnuts (I imagine pine nuts would also be rather tasty…)

-Fresh Mint

-Balsamic dressing.

Directions: combine the first four ingredients in some semblance that is pleasing to the eye.  Drizzle on a bit of balsamic vinaigrette.  Enjoy!!  This dish is not only delicious but its beautiful, the colors vivid and eye-catching.  Serve it at your next dinner party to give off an adventurous and trendy vibe 😉

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Absolutely one of my top three favorite European cities.  Dreamy, like a fairy tale, romantic, unique, laid back and lovely.  I snapped this picture during my visit there last May, 2016.

To see all of the adventures, wanderings and amazing edibles I experienced on my recent trip to Amsterdam, look no further.  Here is smattering #1 of photos and stories, and smattering #2.  Enjoy!  I hope it may inspire a future trip for you 😉 as Amsterdam is without question one of the most underrated and awesome cities in Europe.

Coconut Curry Shrimp Quinoa Bowl

Happy New Years Eve, all!  Edible item #34 is another “beauty bowl” of sorts.  I decided to stick with the both “easy” and “healthy” trend for the moment.  This one is so simple to assemble that actually, its slightly embarrassing.  The taste payoff is a big one, just so yummy when compared with how quick it is to make and then be digging in mere minutes later.

The coconut curry sauce goes AWESOME smothered atop the shrimp, mixed with the subtly nutty taste of the quinoa, the crunch of the bell peppers and onions adding a great texture variety, the mango lending a surprisingly light sweetness, brightening the entire dish.  All of the flavors and textures come together really nicely, balancing one another out and playing well with each other.

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Salmon Pesto Beauty Bowl

Continuing onward with the healthy, chock-full-of-vitamins-and-minerals, lighter fare trend for recipe #33, I opted to whip up another “beauty” bowl.  The reason these bowls are named as such is because the ingredients found within work wonders for your health.  They are AWESOME for your body.  Hence, I call them a beauty bowl because the foods included literally help with making you glow (both with feeling awesome on the inside and looking fabulous on the outside).

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This recipe is gluten-free, sugar-free, very low in lactose, and you could nearly label it a “raw” recipe as well.  To describe a few of the health benefits for each of the included ingredients:

*Salmon can help protect the body from free radical damage.  Its also amazing for hair, skin, eyes, bones, and nails.  Eating salmon can help prevent heart disease.  It can also help with support to brain functioning and eye health.

*Quinoa is high in protein and gluten free.  It has been used to promote healing of the skin.  It can also help with energy metabolism of the brain and muscles.  Just google “why is quinoa good for you” and check it out for yourself.  This seed is being called a “new superfood.”

*Spinach boosts anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits.

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Shrimp, Goat Cheese and Blackberry Salad

Merry Christmas, everyone!!!  For recipe #30, I went light, refreshing, easy, and really tasty.  I know all of you have been eating their hearts out with family and friends on this joyous day.  And that is the way it should be!  One of the best parts of Christmas, to be sure.  At least its one of the aspects of the holiday I most look forward to.  Pumpkin piegingerbread…stuffing…Christmas cookies…sweet potatoes…oh my gosh, all delectable.

However, I imagine you might be in search of some lighter fare now that the whirlwind of delicious seasonal foods has been consumed.  In which case, I have just the ticket.

This recipe is a super cinch to make.  In fact, it doesn’t really require an official recipe type-up.  You can just toss it all together however it suits your fancy.  Enjoy!

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Cowboy Black Bean, Egg & Veggie Skillet

Christmas is coming, which means dessert and sweet overload, am I right?  I imagine many of you would welcome a healthier dish to offset the massive caloric bomb the holidays has so aptly deployed to your waistlines.  I have just the dish.  In fact, it was my breakfast this morning which I inhaled while nearly moaning in pleasure, the combination of flavors so yum.

Recipe #28 is my own New Hampshire country girl riff on Huevos Rancheros.  This dish is rustic and homey.  It tastes AWESOME.  Its insanely easy to make, one can throw this together in less then 15 minutes, no problem.  You will be satisfied for hours afterwards.  Its filled to the brim with healthy ingredients and is low in calories.

This recipe is of course is gluten-free and sugar-free.  The lactose in this dish is quite low, though you can omit it entirely if you like by not using any goat cheese.  This recipe is also, essentially, raw.

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Brookes Beauty Bowl

Recipe #13 is the first one to fall into the “raw” category.  I named this one a “beauty bowl” because it is chalk full of good-for-you foods that are AMAZING for both the functioning of your body, as well as the way you look.  Allow me to explain.

In this particular dish, you will find:

Mango– chalk full of antioxidants that can help aid against cancer, unclog skins pores, a lot of vitamins and nutrients to help the body feel fuller, helps strengthen your immune system, and is a great source of iron.

Sweet Potato– keeps skin smooth and cell division running smoothly, regenerates collagen, great for healthy hair and beauty sleep.  Helps keep you feeling full without the glycemic spike that can contribute to blemishes.

Spinach– highly nourishing to the eyes and the liver, and it contains compounds that protect the lining of the digestive tract from inflammation.  Bone strengthening vitamin K is also found in spinach.

Pomegranate– awesome anti-aging powers are found in these tiny ruby seeds.  Prevents aging inflammation in the body, helps keep our circulatory systems young by boosting blood flow to organs and cells.  A powerful cleaner of lymph and blood for clear, radiant skin.

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Fall Quinoa Sweet Potato Salad

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This is it, folks.  Recipe #1!!!  Exciting stuff.

For the very first recipe of this soon-to-be-scrumptious blog, I thought in light of the darkness and chill that has been moving in swiftly with autumn, I would go with something colorful, warm, comforting and delightful.  The zing from the red onions and starchy sweetness of the sweet potatoes balances surprisingly well with the pomegranate seeds.  They add a surge of light, juicy pop to the dish with the most subtle spark of tart.  Trust me.  When you try it all together, the end combination of all flavors involved is a really tasty treat.

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