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Raw Kale & Radish Pesto with Zucchini Noodles

Are you a fan of KALE?

Can’t say that I have been to date, 😉 in spite of liking almost every other kind of veggie there is!

But this post over at Girl Eats Greens grabbed my attention today, as I browsed the WP Reader.

Looks so yummy and healthy too. 🙂

Happy Eating and Week! G

Girl Eats Greens

One of my favorite things about spring turning into summer is all the deliciousness that continues to show up at my local farmer’s market. While I don’t buy all my groceries there, I do spend time every Sunday walking along with my pup and seeing what’s new to the market. What I’ve seen a lot lately? Fiddleheads. I have no idea what to do with them. But I’m dying to try them. I also stumbled upon a bunch of bright red radishes.

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Growing up, I was never a fan of radishes, I thought they were too bitter. But as I’m getting older I think a lot of it had to do with the preparation of the radishes. As in, there wasn’t any. I was handed a whole radish to pop into dill dip. Radishes can have a pretty strong flavor – but if you break them down, thinly slice or…

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Taaa daaa…… My New Cookbook is Now Available! :-)

 

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The Groovy Green Kitchen (Volume II): Simply, Super, Supper Soups

is now available in Kindle and print book formats at: Amazon.com, .ca, UK….

I am SO happy to finally have this cookbook completed. 🙂 And I’m pleased with the results too.

I hope you’ll check it out soon, over at Amazon and if you can, please spread the word too. 

In the meantime, I’ve got a ton of ideas on the go, for promoting this new book.

And then, it’s on to my next book project, that’s already in progress. 😉

Have a wonderful week!

Happy Cooking and Reading. G 

Got Pretzels to Use Up? Check Out This Recipe List! ;-)

I’m NOT a big fan of pretzels but I DO use them when I make:

Slow Cooker Party Mix. 

The problem is, where we live, there seems to be no small bags of pretzels, just LARGE BAGS that leave me with a lot left over, when I make a batch of party mix.

Thought I’d check out some other ideas for using up pretzels today and I found this list:

27 Perfect Ways to Eat Pretzels

I’m still undecided what I’m going to try from this list, maybe the Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars or the snack mix.

But I definitely will be able to use up those pretzels! 😉

Do you like pretzels? Have any recipes to share that include pretzels? Please do! 😉

Happy Cooking! 

Photo courtesy of Flickr

It’s Hug a Vegetarian Day! ;-)

 

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According to my office wall calendar, today is:

Hug a Vegetarian Day. 🙂

I also noted online that tomorrow, October 1st is World Vegetarian Day.

So make sure to hug all the vegetarians you know today and tomorrow. 😉

On a personal note, I’ve been a vegetarian for many years and have never regretted my decision to give up eating meat.

More and more people continue to embrace a vegetarian diet, for a number of reasons and there are millions of vegetarians around the world.

For me, it’s always been mainly an ethical choice to not eat meat, due in large part to reading: Diet for a New America by John Robbins, several years ago. I was shocked and saddened by what I read in that book and I never forgot it. 😦 I had been eating less and less meat for years, before reading that book. And after finishing the book (and it’s a very tough book to read, if you love animals) I gave it up completely.

On the plus side, I’ve been healthier and happier since I became a vegetarian and delighted by all the good things that can be created in the kitchen without any meat.

If you are in need of some vegetarian recipe inspiration, do check out the extensive recipe archives here at Veggies….

You can also check out my two cookbooks at Amazon.com:

Not Just for Vegetarians (print version only) and The Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker (print and Kindle versions)

Have a Wonderful Week and Sending Lots of Hugs to YOU (to the meat-eaters too)! 

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PS: On a completely different topic, if you know anything about making CDs, please stop by over at My Poetic Path to read my post from today

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Photo above from Not Just for Vegetarians by Geraldine Hartman.

Photograph by Patricia Holdsworth Photography.

How I LOVE Beets, Let Me Count the Ways! ;-)

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beets sooooo much! 😉

I think beets are one of the most underrated vegetables in terms of versatility and taste.

Not to mention their health benefits, which are significant too and  in a number of ways. It’s not just vitamin C that you’re getting in a serving of beets! You can read about some of the many nutritional pluses of eating beets and beet greens here. 

Tonight I’m making a beet pesto with pasta recipe for the first time. Sounds and looks so yummy. It’s a recipe that I found recently in Alive MagazineI also make a variety of beet salads on a regular basis and of course, my fav soup of all time:

Veggie Beet Borscht (click for the recipe).

Do you like beets and what’s your fav recipe to make with them?

Happy Cooking! :)

No-Bake Energy Bar Recipe

**I made another batch of these Energy Bars the other night and thought I’d share the recipe here again.**

They make a great snack or breakfast on the go!

Happy Cooking and Week to All 🙂

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With outdoor activities increasing for many of us now as the days warm up and the snow melts away,  I thought it would be a good idea to re-post this recipe for these easy to make and very yummy energy bars.

A sweet and satisfying treat!

 If you are a fan of  Eat-More or Cliff bars, you will love this recipe, a nutritious and delicious redo.

Very satisfying, one of these bars provides a lot of energy but not too filling. Vegan-friendly too.

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My apologies for the less than perfect photo. 😦  It’s the taste that counts, right? 😉

See page 2 for complete recipe.

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A Sneak Peek Recipe from My Upcoming Cookbook!

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My new cookbook: The Groovy Green Kitchen II. Simply, Super, Supper Soups is coming along nicely! 😉

I’ve still got a lot of typing ahead of me, formatting and a few more recipes to develop. But well on the way.

In the meantime, I thought you might enjoy a ‘sneak peek’ recipe to enjoy now:

Southern Nights Slow Cooker Veggie-Sausage Gumbo.

If you didn’t think gumbo could be good without shrimp or meat added to it, think again.

This version is truly: YUMMY GOOD! 🙂

What a perfect time of year to enjoy a bowl of hearty, stick-to-your ribs gumbo.

And this one is oh so easy, from the slow cooker!

I featured some herbs and spices from The Spice House  in this gumbo and they have now added this recipe to their website for readers to enjoy there too. Hope you will as well!

Stay tuned for the second volume of The Groovy Green Kitchen, which I hope to have available at Amazon by the end of February.

And if you haven’t checked it out already, here’s a link to the first volume of that cookbook series:

The Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker. Comfort Main Dishes with Quick and Easy Sides

 (Kindle and Print versions available)

Happy Cooking! 🙂

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Southern Nights Slow Cooker Veggie-Sausage Gumbo.

Copyright 2014,  Geraldine Helen Hartman. All rights reserved.

Yummy (and healthier) Holiday Recipe Suggestions :<)

It’s not always easy to think “healthier choices” when it comes to holiday recipes.

But it doesn’t have to be ALL bad either. 😉

Here’s a round-up of holiday-ready recipes from the Veggie…archives that I hope you will enjoy.

carrot hummus

Bold and Bright Carrot Hummus

This oh, so yummy hummus recipe was a winner in a recipe contest, here at Veggies, Yarns & Tails, a few years ago.

Delicious with crudité, tortilla chips, pitas…great on wraps too.

And what a gorgeous bright orange color to add to your holiday table.

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Slow Cooker Party Mix

Who needs additive-laden commercial party mix, when it’s so easy to make it in the slow cooker?

Pick and choose your fav ingredients and leave out what you don’t want. This is by far, the best party mix I have ever tasted.

Fill up a pretty jar, add the recipe on a ribbon tie and it makes a great hostess gift too. 🙂

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

Kasha and Beet Salad with Celery and Feta

This is one of my all-time fav marinated salads.

Oh, so delish and colorful too. Gluten-free is an added bonus.

A great potluck or buffet table addition.

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Black Bean Soup

What could be better after a day at the rink or skiing, than a hot and spicy bowl of black bean soup?

This is my version of this classic, comfort soup.

Makes a crowd-pleasing and oh so satisfying “meal in a bowl”. 😉

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Mushroom Stroganoff with Herbed Pasta

My redo of this classic, oh so rich and yummy main dish. Lower in fat and no meat required!

If you are a meat-eater, you won’t miss the beef, I promise. 😉

And if you already  mushrooms like I do, this is definitely one you’ll enjoy.

Makes a quick and elegant main dish, perfect for a holiday supper.

berry fruit cobbler

Berry Cobbler

This luscious Berry Cobbler recipe is courtesy of the Veggie Table.

Lower in sugar than a lot of cobbler recipes. I sub Earth Balance for the butter and use buttermilk, not cream.

A nice dessert to make when you’ve got supper in the oven and want something sweet to finish a meal.

I make mine with organic frozen mixed berries (so convenient) and top with a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt. Yumm…

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Happy Cooking and Happy Holidays! 🙂

Another Free Book Promo and a New Review too! :<)

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The Groovy Green Kitchen (Volume 1) Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker

will be available as a free Kindle download at Amazon.com, this coming weekend:

August 31st and Sept 1st.

Stop by then to get a free copy of this new cookbook

And if you can, do share this free promo with your friends and family too.

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If you like to cook, you won’t want to miss my latest review for:

The Spice House

over at My Real Life Reviews.

What a wonderful online “find” it was to discover this great company and their exceptional products.

I am lovin’ their herbs and spices! 😉

Happy Cooking! 🙂

 

It’s Almost Ice Cream Time Again!

Tasted a delish commercial coconut milk ice cream this past week (I’ll be reviewing that product soon) but it also got me thinking about making my own coconut milk ice cream, at home.

Here’s the review of the Hamilton Beach ice cream maker that I use, works great!

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Found this excellent list of coconut milk based ice cream recipes over at the Mother Nature Network. These all sound so yummy! 😉

Have you tried coconut milk ice cream?

If you haven’t yet, you’re in for a treat. Every bit as rich and delicious as dairy types.

Bring on summer and ice cream, all kinds! 🙂