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Quinoa salad recipes to try

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Here are a half-dozen, beautiful, easy, healthy quinoa salads to try this summer…

Quinoa and chickpea salad, “inspired by the flavors of tabbouleh, a classic Mediterranean salad.” From Ask Georgie.
Quinoa salad with zucchini and feta, from Nutrition Facts Info.
Zesty quinoa salad, with Mexican flavors; can be served hot or cold. Via All Recipes.
Quinoa with currants, dill, and zucchini, from 101 Cookbooks. The recipe is for serving hot, but I think it would be great cold, too.

A dozen ways to use up leftover hard boiled eggs

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The Easter bunny’s long gone, the last of (or at least, you hope the last of) the plastic Easter grass has been vacuumed up, and you’ve got a bunch of hard boiled eggs in the fridge, taunting you. “What are you gonna do with us, huh? Deviled eggs? How original!”

Here’s a dozen ways to use up those little bum nuts (as the Aussies call them). And yeah, we’ll start with the common deviled egg, but things get creative — and maybe just a little weird — as we progress through the list.

Cookies made with hard boiled eggs, anyone?

(The first one on the list is a 2015 update…)

Bacon Deviled Eggs – with sriracha and avocado!

Bacon fat in the yolk mixture? Pure paleo genius!

I first made these for my husband, because he hates traditional deviled eggs (the mustard, mostly) and LOVES bacon. I subbed 2 teaspoons of sriracha for the Frank’s. Once I tasted them, I made another batch for me with far less hot sauce (I’m a spice wimp), but a little bit of mustard. Either way, this will get made again in our house!
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If you’re going to start with deviled eggs, you might as well start with a classic: here are Martha Stewart’s creamy deviled eggs.

I do love deviled eggs, and I don’t usually like to mess with the classic recipe. This variation is tempting me, though: deviled eggs with cream cheese and green onions, from Life’s Ambrosia.

Salad is another great use for leftover hard boiled eggs. Of course you can add them to caesar salad, potato salad, or tuna salad. Here are a few more variations.

Spinach salad with ham and egg, from Martha Stewart

My very own bacon and egg salad with creamy balsamic dressing.

Simple salad Nicoise lettuce cups, also from Real Simple.

Pioneer Woman shares her recipe for avocado egg salad.

How about a sliced egg sandwich with herbed mayo? Via RealSimple.

The Low Carb Diner took Grandma’s potato salad and remade it into cauliflower salad.

How about asparagus (another spring classic) with Greek yogurt, from A Couple Cooks.

These look intriguing: Chinese tea eggs, from Asian Supper.

And as promised: chocolate chip cookies made with hard boiled eggs, from The Girl Who Ate Everything.

Chocolate chip cookies not your thing? How about these Norwegian sugar cookies, via Rachel Ruff of the Denver Cooking Examiner. Yep, they’re made with hard boiled eggs, too!

Crazy Cauliflower: 15 creative things to do with the other white vegetable

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Cauliflower Risotto, from Jamie Oliver. This one does actually have rice in it, but if you’re craving risotto, at least this is a slightly lower-carb way to eat it.
Cheddar Cauliflower Bites, from Home Ec 101 – Another potential appetizer.

I’ve linked to this before, and it’s the only one on this list I’ve actually made. Try it; it’s the classic! 

And a couple just for fun…

Cauliflower Sheep (I haven’t been able to track down the original post for this. If you know it, let me know and I’ll post it.)

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Recipe roundup: one dozen delish dessert shots

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(I think I’d put a mini Reese’s cup on top.)
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I’ve made this, but subbed homemade whipped cream for the stuff in a tub. It rocks!
(Here’s my version, made with lime: lime cheesecake shooters.)
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(No recipe, but it looks like it’s just carrot cake and cream cheese frosting, layered.)
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I’m thinking this blackberry cobbler from MyRecipes could be adapted.
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Just pour into shot glasses after stirring and cooling.
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25 Super Bowl Recipes, Part 5: Sweet Treats

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Super Bowl recipes: the sweet stuff!

Today, we wrap up our Super Bowl recipes round-up.

Yesterday, we were so healthy, goin’ all low carb! Today’s list is a bit naughtier: it’s all about the sweet stuff!

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips, via Relish.  Still sorta healthy, what with all that fruit. Unlike our next contestant…

Homemade Chocoate Pop-Tarts and Nutella Pop-Tarts. Oh dear, I think you could blow any diet just by looking at these!

No-Bake Cheesecakes — This page includes a link to the original from My Baking Addiction, as well as three variations from me. These are especially cute served in little Mason jars. Plus so portable!

Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries from The Sweets Life. Strawberries are low-glycemic and loaded with potassium, so if you make this with a sweetener other than refined sugar, these are actually pretty healthy. So you can feel all virtuous as you pig out on them!

If you’ve just gotta have something themey, here you go: Football Filbert Cookies from Food.com

25 Super Bowl Recipes, Part 4: Low Carb

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And onto day five of our Super Bowl recipes round-up: Low Carb!

I think more chips are sold SB weekend than any other week of the year. But it is possible to have delish, satisfying snacks on the table that don’t max out your carb allowance for the month, all in one sitting! Here are a few.

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Just about any dip you can find is low carb, it’s the crackers and chips they’re usually served with that makes them high carb. Use a crisp veggie instead, and it’s instant health food!  🙂 But skip the usual, boring carrots and celery on a plate; think jicama, bell pepper strips, ribs from hearts-of-romaine. And to make them even more appealing, place them in vertical glass containers, like the beautiful table shown here, from Sugar Plum Sisters.

 

Bacon-Avocado Sammies from non nom paleo. Don’t these look yummy?!

Zucchini/squash Pizza Bites, from yours truly. The “crust” couldn’t be simpler: it’s just slices of summer squash or zucchini, lightly baked before being topped with your favorite pizza stuff, and broiled. (Inspired by Kalyn’s Kitchen.) My recipe includes both pepperoni and vegetarian versions.

 

gluten-free pizza crust or flatbread

For real pizza, try this gluten-free pizza crust recipe!

 

Deviled Eggs. Did you know that deviled eggs from the grocery store sometimes contain sugar? Yuck! Much safer (and Paleo-friendly) to make your own. I like ’em simple and classic, like this take from SimplyRecipes.

 

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Garlic-Herb Cheese Spread or Dip, also from this site. Tastes sort of like Allouette. Again, to keep it low carb, serve with veggie dippers.

 

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5-Minute Magic Green Sauce! This stuff is amazing! Yes, it’s great on fish as shown above, but it also makes a fantastic dip for veggies or chips.

Not into dairy? Here’s my favorite Paleo dip…

Dairy-free Ranch dressing - dump ranch

Dump Ranch” – I make it thicker than the salad dressing version, and use it as a dip and spread. I almost always have some of this in my fridge!

Parties don’t have to mean blowing your healthy eating habits completely! Come stocked with one or more of these, and you’ll have less recovery to do the next day!

25 Super Bowl Recipes, Part 3: Cold Dips

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Super Bowl Recipes: cold dips

Day 3 in our round-up of 25 Super Bowl Super Bowl Recipes: cold dips.

A quick, easy, cold Shrimp Dip from SimplyRecipes.
Perhaps the best-loved, most classic party dip: 7-Layer Taco Dip. And who better to turn to than Pioneer Woman? (Personally, though, I’m perfectly happy to skip making the guac from scratch; I use Wholly Guacamole Picante Style. And if you’re making a version of this classic that involves taco seasoning mix, check out my low-sodium, sugar-free recipe.)
Here’s a new twist on that old favorite: 7-layer Greek Dip. And for that, you’ll need hummus. Coming right up…
I refused to try hummus for years, based on the name alone. Don’t follow my example! This is yummy (and healthy) stuff. And homemade hummus is so easy. My recipe is based on this one from Martha Stewart, but I take a quicker route than oven-roasting the garlic, and replace the cayenne with cumin. More authentic, in my opinion.

Garlic Hummus
3 large cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 T. extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
3 T. tahini
3 T. lemon juice
3 T. water
3/4 t. kosher salt
3/4 t. cumin
3 T. pine nuts
paprika, for garnish, optional

Put the garlic in a small microwave-safe dish, and add just enough olive oil to lightly coat the pieces. Microwave on medium for 40 seconds, stirring once. (This mellows it a bit, takes off the strong bite.)

Add the garlic, chickpeas, the olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, water, kosher salt and cumin to a food processor. Process until very smooth, scraping down sides as necessary. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary: add more cumin, salt, and/or fresh-ground pepper.

Spread the hummus on a plate, leaving an inch or more around the edge. If not serving soon, refrigerate till half-hour before serving.

Optional: Toast the pine nuts, being careful not to burn them. (You can do this in a dry skillet on the stovetop, or with olive oil the same way the garlic was done.)

Drizzle some olive oil over the hummus, scatter the pine nuts over it, and sprinkle lightly with paprika for color.

Serve with pita chips, wheat thins, and/or crisp vegetables such as cucumber or hicama.

PS: Want a Paleo, Whole30, or Keto friendly hummus? Check out my Almond Hummus recipe here!

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25 Super Bowl Recipes, Part 2: Hot Stuff

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Super Bowl recipes: hot dips

Continuing this week’s round-up of Super Bowl recipes… Today’s theme: Hot dips.
Dig in!

Jalapeno Popper Dip from Big Red Kitchen — so much easier than wrapping jalapenos one by one!
French Dip Crescents from Mama Loves Food — Make this one even easier on yourself: use the super-simple au jus with my 10-minute French Dip recipe.
Buffalo Chicken Dip from SkinnyTaste – All the flavor of buffalo wings without messy hands!