Thursday, January 26, 2012

French Onion Soup

Valentines Day is coming up and it's already time to start planning for the perfect menu. Making a gourmet meal for your special someone doesn't have to be an impossible task. Plan ahead, create a menu with food you love to eat and then do as much as you can in advance so that you can take it easy and just enjoy a great meal together. The Virtual Potluck is here to help you with a whole variety of dishes that you can choose from. We've also paired up with Taste fromThe N8tion to give you some drink pairings with your meal, and mine's non-alcoholic!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cranberry-Almond Quinoa Cookies

I don't think I've ever posted this many healthy recipes in a row! This Tasty and Healthy New Years challenge with Bobs Red Mill and California Olive Ranch has been so much fun and I've really enjoyed the challenge of creating some fun things that taste great and are still pretty healthy. We're going to end with dessert of course and I went with a tasty healthy cookie using both the Quinoa that was featured last week as well as the Whole Grain White Wheat Flour from Bob's Red Mill.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Quinoa Cakes with Walnut and Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

I've walked by the bag of Quinoa a thousand times in the grocery store. Each time I do I think I should grab it and find something to make with it. But I still haven't done it. I was pretty excited then to see that one of the grains for our Tasty and Healthy New Year challenge was Quinoa from Bob's Red Mill. Since I hadn't used it before, some research was in order. Here's some of what I found:
  • Quinoa (pronounced Keen-Wa) is a grain common in ancient South America and has gained in popularity in the last few years
  • It's full of minerals and nutrients, including: iron, manganese, magnesium and copper
  • Quinoa is a complete protein which is great for those looking for a protein source outside of meat
  • It has a unique nutty flavor and is very versatile. It can be substituted for many other grains and can go in main and side dishes or even desserts! (I'll share a cookie recipe with it soon)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Curried Whole Grain Pilaf with Bacon, Mushroom and Cabbage

We're now in our second week of recipes for a Tasty and Healthy New Year with California Olive Ranch and Bob's Red Mill. We're moving on to side dishes this week and pairing together the Grande Whole Grains Blend and the Miller's Blend Olive Oil. Did you do a double take when you saw the title of this post and then saw healthy in the first line? Bacon and healthy... yeah, it works in my book. You see the thing is, coming from a non health nut, it's about balance. I am trying to eat better but I also like some things that aren't necessarily good for you. It's about moderation and making sure that the healthy foods usually outweigh the bad. And we all know, bacon makes eveything better, right? And come on, it's only four slices for the whole thing. You'll love it.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Olive Oil and Whole Wheat Flatbread with Veggies

Starting today, our Virtual Potluck group is working with California Olive Ranch and Bob's Red Mill to bring you healthy options as we start this new year. We'll be sharing some fun and healthy ways to combine whole grains and fresh olive oils to create some fantastic new recipes. Find out more about the potluck and see who's participating here!