Thursday, May 23, 2013

Salad Stuffed Sweet Potato

One of my indulgences is a fancy salad from the salad bar at Whole Foods.  It's an indulgence because when I'm done adding all those fantastic toppings, my salad weighs about a ton and costs more than I care to admit.

One of my favorite toppings from the salad bar is roasted sweet potatoes.  I love all things sweet potato (like Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Smoothie, Chai Spiced Sweet Potato, Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream, etc.), so of course adding some sweetness to my salad through my old orange friend is a given.  I have no idea, then, why it took me so long to figure out that I could easily and affordably combine salad and sweet potatoes at home.

What a delicious lunch!  

I split open a baked sweet potato and filled it with a salad that included a handful of spring mix, a handful of chopped vegetables, 6 or 7 halved grape tomatoes, a good dollop of hummus for protein.  I mixed my salad up with some salsa -- my preferred salad dressing -- and ate it all up together.  

This was the perfect lunch to energize me as I head out to Vida Vegan Con, a blogging conference in Portland.  I am so excited to connect with friends and meet new people.  I am also looking forward to learning from bloggers who really have so much to offer. I can't wait to share all I learn with you.  Check out Welcoming Kitchen on Facebook to see who and what I'm finding out about.  

I shared this with Meatless Monday Blog Hop, Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays and  Wellness Weekend.

Happy Cooking!

Find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes.

Friday, May 3, 2013

A Gluten-Free Mother's Day: Recipes for Moms by Moms from Attune Foods 

Mother's Day is coming up soon!

 Attune Foods put together a FREE ebook filled with gluten-free recipes any mom would love. I was honored to be asked to contribute a recipe to this e-book. They gathered seven other incredible gluten-free, allergy-friendly mom food bloggers and asked them each to develop a recipe to make the occasion deliciously memorable. 

Within the pages A Gluten-Free Mother's Day: Recipes for Moms by Moms, you’ll find gluten-free dishes with simple ingredients for breakfast in bed, brunch, recipes designed specifically for cooking with kids, and those you can make ahead of time.
A Gluten Free Mother's Day from 

 The recipes include:
  • my Blueberry Breakfast Pudding with Granola Topping (vegan, tree nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free)
  • Turkey Strata Muffins with Orange Slices and Balsamic Glaze from Beth Hillson (tree nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free)
  • Corn Flake Quiche Lorraine from Karen Morgan (tree nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free)
  • Roasted Asparagus and Tomato Tart from Kelli Bronski (vegetarian, tree nut-free, peanut-free)
  • Blueberry Scones with Vanilla Lemon Sweet Cashew Cream and Homemade Blueberry Chia Seed Jam from Maggie Savage (vegan, egg-free, dairy-free, peanut-free)
  • Peanut Butter Crunch French Toast with Maple-Peanut Butter Syrup from Alta Mantsch (vegetarian, dairy-free, tree nut-free)
  • Chocolate or Carob Tart with Dairy-Free Whipped Topping from Adrienne Urban (vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, peanut-free)
  • Strawberry Streusel Oatmeal Breakfast Cake from Kim Maes (vegetarian, dairy-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free)
Download your FREE copy of A Gluten-Free Mother's Day: Recipes for Moms by Moms.

I had a blast working on my breakfast pudding for this book.  The pictures are gorgeous, and this is a wonderful, FREE, e-book not just for Mother's Day, but filled with brunch recipes for any occasion.

Happy Mother's Day,

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Finally, spring is here!  In the Midwest it seemed a long time coming (and I know parts of the country are still waiting).  Now that it's here, I'm thinking about lots and lots of fresh produce.  

Should I buy organic?  When is conventional ok?  What should I make with it once I've bought it?  So many questions.

I have some answers today over at The Balanced Platter.  Please stop on by. 

Happy Cooking!