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On the Menu: Kasha and Beet Salad with Celery and Feta (with a twist) ;-)

Kasha and Beet Salad with Celery and Feta (page 92)

 

I made this oh, so yummy beet salad again yesterday (one of my all-time favs) ūüėČ this time with a slight variation.

I didn’t have any kasha, so I used¬†black rice instead (ancient, organic variety). I’m a big fan of this type of rice, so good! ūüėČ

I also used lots of  finely chopped fresh dill instead of parsley. It turned out great!

If you love beets, this is a recipe you won’t want to miss.

Perfect for adding to lunches, or as a side or vegetarian main dish. Would also be great for a potluck or buffet dinner.

Check out the recipe and review of the cookbook by Judith Finlayson, that this wonderful recipe is from. 

What’s on the menu at your place?

Happy Cooking! 

On the Menu This Weekend ;-)


¬†I REALLY ‚ô• to cook, but sometimes it’s nice to have a day off from the kitchen, completely.

That’s where Joe comes in. ūüėČ

When he’s home more on the weekends, he usually makes at least one supper and also a “mean” fry-up (yummm….) for Sunday morning breakfast.

I just sit back with my knitting needles on the couch and wait for my plate to arrive! ūüėČ

This weekend, he’s going to be making Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Lasagna from one of my fav cookbooks:

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The Vegetarian Slow Cooker by Judith Finlayson

Click the link above to read my review of this book. And  for the yummy Sweet Potato Lasagna recipe, courtesy of the author and publisher of this book. 

It’s a very easy lasagna recipe to make with an intriguing blend of flavors.

And as with all slow-cooker recipes, it’s great to just “set it and forget it” until it’s time to chow-down!!! Gotta ‚ô•¬†that too.¬†

Happy Cooking and Weekend!

Kasha and Beet Salad with Celery and Feta

Kasha and Beet Salad with Celery and Feta (page 92)

How’s this for a yummy looking salad? ūüôā

After recently reading the much-talked about¬†Wheat Belly diet book; I’ve been experimenting with cutting down¬†on wheat in my diet.

Although I am not gluten-intolerant, there appears to be a lot of health benefits for cutting back on wheat and also all refined forms of carbohydrates. I’ve effortlessly lost 5 pounds since I started my wheat-reduction experiment, about a month ago.

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But it is a transition, especially when some of my fav foods include bread, pasta, muffins… So when I found out about The Complete Gluten-Free Whole Grains Cookbook by one of my favorite cookbook authors:¬† Judith Finlayson¬† I was very happy!

Judith has done a great job (again) with her latest cookbook.

Not only does this beautiful cookbook provide 125 gluten-free whole grain recipes with everything from soups to desserts (and with full color photos throughout) it is also an excellent resource for anyone who is following or considering a gluten-free diet . Or like me, just attempting to cut down on foods containing wheat and gluten.

There is a detailed and very helpful¬†section at the beginning of the book, that features listings for many popular gluten-free grains such as: quinoa, wild rice, amaranth, kasha….and many more. Including tips for cooking and storing¬†the various grains and nutritional information.

Judith Finlayson focuses on healthier choices to wheat in our diet, not just substituting other (less than¬†desirable) starches as is the case with too many other gluten-free cookbooks that I’ve looked at. These are healthy¬†and delicious recipes that make transitioning from wheat and other foods containing gluten,¬†easy and fun.

I’ve made a few recipes from this cookbook already¬†and this salad is my fav to date.

Just yummy and so colorful too.

I’m a big fan of beets.¬†They are a veggie that¬†IMO¬†don’t get enough credit/use when it comes to adding them to a variety of recipes,¬†especially salads.¬†You will love this salad, especially if you love beets!

Would make a great addition to a picnic, potluck¬†or BBQ menu! ūüôā

See the complete recipe on page 2.

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Sweet Potato Lasagna from The Vegetarian Slow Cooker cookbook

As I blogged about recently here, I am getting re-acquainted with cooking with a Slow Cooker and this time, lovin’ it!

As a vegetarian for¬†over 20¬†years, I was until recently still under the misconception that Slow Cookers were mainly for cooking large slabs of meat, chicken…and not for many kinds of¬†vegetable and vegetarian recipes. How wrong I was!

And how far the slow-cooker has come since my first try at using this wonderful small appliance, many years ago. I was just married (for the first time) ;)and we had received a¬†CrockPot (the first popular brand name of slow-cookers)¬†as a wedding gift. At the time, I was¬†still eating¬†beef, pork, poultry…¬†and sharing life¬†with a husband who insisted on lots of meat and potato suppers!

How times change…and in this case for the better. ūüôā

I also recently found out about a wonderful cookbook: The Vegetarian Slow Cooker by Judith Finlayson, which I will be reviewing soon and in detail over at My Real Life Reviews.

Suffice to say for now, this cookbook is a winner and a wonderful way to introduce yourself to slow-cooking or to add to your recipe repertoire if you are already ‚ô• your slow cooker!

I’m sharing one of my fav recipes: Sweet Potato Lasagna¬†from this¬†cookbook on page 2 of this post.

It is simply delicious and so easy to make!

As with most recipes, I did a bit of personal “tweaking”:

-I used 9 oven-ready lasagna noodles instead of the 12 suggested and found it to be just right for the 6 quart slow cooker that I use.

-I added 2 T. instead of 1 T. of the Italian seasoning blend (and that I mixed myself: basil, oregano,thyme and I added a dash of nutmeg too).

–¬†I used grated Asiago cheese not Parmesan as I had some on hand.

**All minor changes and not required. Just my own preferences.

This lasagna is very filling and looks great too, it’s so colorful. Would make a wonderful Fall dinner choice, with sweet potatoes at their peak right now and so reasonably priced too. Try to buy organic¬†if at all possible, so much tastier I think and better healthwise too.¬†

I guarantee, you’ll be making this one more than once!

See complete recipe on page 2. Enjoy. ūüôā

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