January 30, 2014

Broccoli & Chickpea Salad

This salad is so yummy. Everyone loves it (my kids included)! It's supposed to be eaten warm but it's just as good cold too. This is a great way to get a huge helping of broccoli.
(FIY: the pictures I took are of the recipe doubled...that's how much we love this salad.)
4 cups broccoli florets
1 15oz can of chickpeas
5 chopped scallions
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley (I use the Italian flat leaf)
1 clove garlic
1 tsp honey
1 Tbsp grated lemon zest
1/4 cup lemon juice
6 Tbsp olive oil
Freshly ground slat & pepper
Steam broccoli just until tender. About 7-10 minutes. If your florets are big let the cool slightly and them chop them up into large bits size pieces. Drain & Rinse the chickpeas and combine with the warm broccoli. Chop the scallions & parsley & add to broccoli mixture.
In a separate bowl, combine minced garlic, honey, lemon zest, lemon juice, and olive oil. Whisk to blend. Drizzle dressing over broccoli mixture, season with salt & pepper, and then give it a good toss.
Serve warm.
As I said before this is also great as a cold salad.

January 6, 2014

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Of course when I got home I immediately jumped on my laptop and googled the website. I've been having fun looking at the different brands and the ratings.

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January 4, 2014

Against All Grain by Danielle Walker

I am loving this cookbook! My son has fixed four recipes so far and he has loved them all. Danielle says, "Omitting grains, gluten, dairy, and refined sugar doesn’t correlate with omitting taste in these recipes." I agree!

I purchased my copy from Costco for $19.99. You can also get a kindle edition from Amazon for $9.99 and a hardcover for around $20.00.

What I love about this cookbook is that I hardly have to alter the recipes to fit our diet. It's gluten, dairy, and soy free! Doesn't get any better than that.

The author is also an award winning blogger, Against All Grain . Be sure to visit her blog--it has recipes and lots of great information.