Romano Beans Salad with a Garlic Lemon Dressing

Anita Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Salad, Vegetables, Vegetarian, What's Cooking 3 Comments

My favorite time as a child was the first week of school (although I don’t remember being the nerdy type!).  I just loved the smell of new books, getting all the pens ready and pencils sharpened, putting together my math rulers (no calculators were allowed).  It was just exciting to see old friends and teachers and meet new ones.  Last …

Baby Arugula and Sunflower Sprouts Salad with Grilled Shrimp and a Conadria Fig Vinaigrette

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Three more weeks until school is in session and that means more jumping, playing, and running with my son (and my daughter).  I  look at him in amazement of the endless energy that exudes from him.  He wears me down!  So these days, I’m lucky to get a lunch break or even a snack, which usually consists of what they’re …

Roasted Beets, Watercress and Apple Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

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Have you ever had times when you’re drawn to a particular vegetable or fruit. It’s an odd feeling, but I occasionally get immense cravings for a particular item; like for instance last Spring, I couldn’t have enough peaches. Well, for the last couple of months, I never leave a market without beets. I use them in juicing, with carrots and …

Forbidden Rice Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

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 This is one of my favorite salads, inspired by one that I occasionally eat at Whole Foods Fairfax when visiting family. And while theirs is Asian inspired, mine relies on the sweetness of the pineapples and peppers with a hint of sherry vinegar and some agave nectar. It’s simple, flavorful and filling. And more importantly, when I have an upcoming …

Quinoa-stuffed Red Cabbage Salad

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I’ve been attracted to deep colored vegetables lately. I guess I’m ready for Spring, a fresh morning breeze, blossoms on the trees and the sight of new life with all its colorful wonder everywhere. It’s been a long cold winter and I have cabin fever AND I live in the South!! Several years ago, I lived in Vail, Colorado and …

Grilled Eggplant Salad

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Any mention of eggplant conjures up memories of a beige-looking plop on a plate. Often, this was our lunch at school – for what seems an eternity ago- the ‘Saint Famille’ boarding school. For a seven-year-old (me) and a six-year-old (my brother)- two very picky eaters at the time (that fact remains accurate for my brother to this day), it …