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Have you tried any of these recipes? If you have, please leave a comment to let me know how it worked for you and if you suggest any changes!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Blueberry Quinoa Muffins

Mmmmm.  Having to give up gluten has meant having to give up muffins.  Not anymore!  Though according to my sister these "taste healthy," I think they're moist and quite delicious!

 Blueberry Muffins
A delicious breakfast treat
Small and portable

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 milk
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 and lightly grease 10 muffins cups or line with paper baking cups.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together cornmeal, rice flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together cooked quinoa, maple syrup, milk, applesauce, lemon juice, and oil.
  4. Add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir until just combined.  Fold in blueberries, spoon batter into prepared tins, and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Remove muffins from pan and place on a wire rack to cool.
Recipe from Yoga Journal, March 2012.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Mixed Beet Salad a la 25 Degrees

If you go to 25 Degrees, you're probably going for one of their fantastic burgers (try the number 1, which has jalapeno bacon, arugula, blue cheese and thousand island dressing on it) or one of their spiked milkshakes (I'm fond of the salted caramel).  However, there ARE other things on their menu, and one of the sides that I have really enjoyed has been their mixed veggie salad.

When I find new ways
To enjoy a mixed salad
It is a good day

Fresh, with veggies that actually pack some nutrition, and the perfect side to share, I thought, if you don't mind the chopping, it might be worth making at home!

  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 Tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 cups beets, steamed and cubed
  • 1 can white beans, rinsed
  • fresh grated paremesan cheese
  • buttermilk vinaigrette (see below)
  1.  The steaming of the beets is what takes the longest, but you can half the grapes and tomatoes while that is happening.  
  2. Whisk together the ingredients for the buttermilk vinaigrette (see below) and combine.  Grate a bit of cheese over the top and Serve at room temperature. 
Buttermilk vinaigrette
  • 2 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. Whisk together the above ingredients and pour over the mixed salad!
Mine isn't as pretty as the one at 25 degrees, and it is a little redder, since I could only find red beets and they use a combination of red and golden, but it WAS tasty:

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