Side Dishes

Black Eyed Pea and Red Pepper Hummus

June 10, 2011 Side Dishes

Last weekend, my fiancé and I went to his 10 year college reunion. Yes, we are that old. It was a great time. Lots of friends and food and drinks. Lots of drinks. And cafeteria food which was…interesting.   To sort of balance things out, I felt I needed to lighten up our meals this [...]

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Black and Pinto Bean Salad with Lime and Cilantro Dressing

June 7, 2011 Lunch

Let’s lighten things up a bit, shall we?   After back to back posts of sugary cocktails and fudgy cookies, I think we need something healthy and refreshing. A light, bright bean salad sounds perfect. And it’s ideal for summer picnics and potlucks. Ingredients: 1 can of black beans, drained 1 can of pinto beans, [...]

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Not Another Boring Potato Salad

May 24, 2011 Side Dishes

To be honest, I’m not crazy about potato salad. Sure, it’s my go-to at potlucks and barbecues that don’t often have many vegetarian options. But for me, it’s hard to get excited about cold, boiled potatoes. And don’t get me started on the gloppy mayonnaise dressing. Am I right? Despite my complaints, I have a [...]

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Lightning Quick Pickled Purple Cabbage

May 18, 2011 Salads

I love pickled veggies, especially purple cabbage which is a staple in our house. We put it on everything from salad to tacos to soup. The texture adds a nice crunch to a dish and the vinegar gives it bite. Not to mention roughage. Too much? I’m not big on canning, so I make this [...]

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Lemon Pepper Asparagus Salad

May 6, 2011 Salads

I’m kind of fixated on this dish as of late. Isn’t spring a lovely time for asparagus? I made a hearty Italian meal the other night and wanted a little something green to serve with it. A cold asparagus salad sounded perfect. Something simple and easy of course. I’ve noticed a few other asparagus recipes [...]

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Peanut Butter Oat and Fruit Bars

April 25, 2011 Breakfast

This was sort of an accidental recipe. I hadn’t intended to make a snack bar, but after toying with a few peanut butter dessert recipes, I found this to be a more practical, healthier option that can be eaten for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Don’t get me wrong, I love peanut butter desserts, but [...]

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Charoset

April 23, 2011 Desserts and Sweets

This time of year it’s all chocolate bunnies and jelly beans everywhere you turn. And though I’m a big fan of all things candy and sugar, I simply couldn’t conjure the appetite or insulin production required to feature an intoxicatingly sweet recipe that you might’ve come to expect this time of year. Just when I [...]

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi in a Brown Sugar Vanilla Cream Sauce

April 21, 2011 Desserts and Sweets

So, I’m really disappointed. I had taken dozens of glorious photos for this post but somehow managed to delete nearly all of them before they could make it onto my computer. I don’t know exactly what happened. Guess I’ll chock it up to having my head in a million places, running around trying to- as [...]

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Spicy Almond Green Beans

April 13, 2011 Side Dishes

Have you ever had those frozen Bird’s Eye green beans that some with almond slivers on top? Oh man! They are so good. I hate to admit it, but they are. My fiancé is a fool for those things, and though I think they are delightful, I prefer to make and eat them fresh. So [...]

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Coconut Oil Winner And A Recipe!

March 21, 2011 Fall

Drum roll please! The winner of the coconut oil giveaway contest is Katie from What Katie’s Baking! Katie, congratulations on your win! I hope this coconut oil serves you well in all your cooking and baking endeavors. Please email me (keepitsimplefoods@gmail.com) with your mailing address and I’ll get this in the post straight away. And,  [...]

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