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30 Minute Pork Stir Fry – Easy Asian Stovetop Recipe

This (less than) 30 minute pork stir fry is my latest international recipe, It is so easy to do and tastes just wonderful. This is such a busy time of the year with all the holiday preparation, cooking and shopping to do. To combat this, I am always looking for quick and easy dinner meals …

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Spicy Szechuan Garlic Pepper Pork Stir Fry

This delicious garlic pepper pork stir fry has all the flavor of your favorite take away pork stir fry.  But made in your kitchen, with love in 25 minutes.  Why go out? Can we say sweet?  Can we say spicy?   What a great combination! I don’t normally care for spicy dishes but when you quiet …

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Summer Time Hot Dog and Fresh Vegetable Stir Fry – Perfect for Outdoor Eating

This summertime hot dog and fresh vegetable stir fry could not be easier to prepare.  During the summer time I am always looking for simple recipes that are easy to make and lend themselves to outdoor eating.   All that is needed when it is done is to add a side salad and serve dinner on …

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Sugar Snap Pea Stir Fry with Mushrooms and Tomatoes in Wine

This recipe for sugar snap peas, mushrooms and tomatoes is easy to make and just full of flavor.  It would make a fast side dish for any weeknight when time is limited. Best of all, the ingredients are fresh from the garden!  What could be better? Nothing tastes quite like a vegetable dish made from …

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Thai Peanut Stir Fry With Brown Rice – Vegan Recipe for Meatless Monday

This Thai peanut stir fry has a boatload of veggies to add lots of flavor and nutrition to your dinner meal. Team this vegan stir fry with brown rice, flavored with cumin, spring onions and raisins and you will tempt even the most meat loving family member. Be sure to make extra rice. The left …

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Growing Sugar Snap Peas – Planting and Using Sugar Snap Peas

After a long winter where not much is growing in the garden, it’s nice to have an early crop that likes the cold. Growing sugar snap peas gives the gardener a much anticipated outdoor task to do at this time of the year. Peas like cool temperatures and have a tendency to fade out when …

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Curried Carrot Soup with Tofu – Non Dairy Creamy Vegan Soup

This curried carrot soup makes a wonderful and luxurious starter to a healthy meal.   The recipe uses tofu, scallions and vegetable broth and is very easy to make. I’ve recently adopted a vegan diet along with my daughter Jess. The original recipe for carrot soup had lots of butter and cream, so we had to …

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Food Hacks That Really Work – 11 Kitchen Shortcuts – Cooking Tips

From making eggs with cookie cutters to whipping cream with a whisk and storing ginger in vodka, these 11 genius food hacks will make life in the kitchen more fun and cooking easier, too. Getting great food on the table doesn’t have to be a complicated process. Just take advantage of these simple DIY food …

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Growing Swiss Chard – Cold Hardy Cut and Come Again Vegetable

Swiss chard is one of the easiest and most versatile of vegetables for home gardens. Its colorful stems and big, crinkly leaves are packed full of nutrients. Read on for tips on growing Swiss chard. What is Swiss Chard? Swiss Chard – beta vulgaris subsp. vulgarisis a leafy vegetable in the beet family, but it …

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies – Vegan – Gluten Free – Dairy Free

These Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies have a crunchy outer layer of chocolate (cocoa) with a filling of smooth peanut butter. It’s meatless Monday and we are having Thai peanut stir fry  with brown rice tonight. My husband is always in the mood for something sweet after dinner. These vegan cookies are the perfect way …

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Vegan Lasagne With Eggplant and Mushrooms

This Vegan lasagne is full of flavor and heart healthy vegetables without all of the fat and cholesterol that a normal lasagna contains. At only 300 calories per serving, it is also easy on the waist line. Deciding to adopt a vegan style of eating comes with its challenges. Many of the traditional “comfort food” dishes …

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Shallots vs Onions – What is the Difference? and How to Use Them

This guide to shallots vs onions will answer not only this question but will also show how shallots are different from other onion types. There are many onion varieties so it’s easy to get confused about them. A common question that I get asked is “are shallots and onions the same?” Shallots are somewhat of a trendy vegetable …

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Onion Varieties – Types of Onions and How to Use Them

There are dozens of onion varieties and as many uses for the different types of onions.  How many types of onions are you familiar with? Most of us are familiar with the common yellow onion that is so prevalent in grocery stores.  You may also have eaten red onions or white onions, but there are …

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Growing Rutabagas – Storing, Cooking & Health Benefits

Have you ever tried growing rutabagas? This cool loving root vegetable has a long growing season and loves to ripen after a frost.  The healthy vegetable has a sweet, peppery cabbage flavor that gets even sweeter as it cooks. In the US, more people seem to grow turnips than their vegetable cousin, the rutabaga, also …

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How to Make an Awesome Swiss Chard Breakfast Skillet

This Swiss chard breakfast skillet is crammed full of fresh grown veggies and the salty taste of bacon, all topped with soft cooked eggs and fresh parsley. Breakfast at my house is either a grab and go on the way out the door moment, or an occasion to experiment with flavors and tastes that will …

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15 Tested Tips for Using, Storing and Growing Shallots

Shallots are starting to be seen in grocery stores more and often lately. What are shallots? Like onions and garlic, shallots are a member of the allium family. They are a cold hardy vegetable and, like onions, are easy to grow. Their flavor is richer and sweeter and they are very versatile in recipes. This …

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Turkey Stuffed Peppers – Paleo – Whole30 – Gluten Free

Stuffed peppers normally have lots of rice and cheese in the recipe. Since I am trying to have really clean recipes lately, these turkey stuffed peppers are a healthier way to enjoy this traditional dish. These turkey stuffed peppers are clean eating at its best. They are Paleo, Whole30 compliant and Gluten Free, too!   There …

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Double Dark Chocolate Ice Cream – Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan

This tasty double dark chocolate ice cream is dairy free, gluten free and also great for those on a vegan diet. The warm summer months are the time for a big helping of your favorite cold desserts.  It is loads of fun (not to mention tasty) to dig into a bowl of creamy, rich and …

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Albacore Tuna Rice Paper Spring Rolls with Dipping Sauce

This recipe for albacore tuna rice paper spring rolls rivals the ones my husband and I get at our favorite Thai restaurant. I love Asian inspired recipes. They are clean and full of healthy ingredients and so flavorful. They are light, crunchy and go perfectly with the sweet and spicy home made dipping sauce. These …

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This Colorful Sauteed Swiss Chard Brightens up Dinner Time

This recipe for colorful sauteed Swiss chard is brimming with the flavor of garlic, onions and Chardonnay wine for an easy and refreshing side dish. Swiss chard has a taste that is quite similar to spinach or beet greens, with stems that are slightly sweet and taste almost like bok choy. It is a wonderful addition …

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