Greek Orzo Salad

Greek Orzo Salad is loaded with little pasta kernels and lots of flavorful veggies. Tossed in a lemony vinaigrette that is seasoned perfectly. Easy plus!!!

 


Greek Orzo Salad is loaded with little pasta kernels and lots of flavorful veggies. All is tossed in a lemony vinaigrette that is seasoned perfectly. Easy plus!!!

I remember when pasta salads only existed as creamy macaroni salad.  Yes, there was actually a time like that.  It wasn’t quite ‘when dinosaurs ruled’ and I was very young but all of a sudden a wide range of pasta salads started popping up on restaurant menus.  It was the ‘in’ thing to go to the restaurants that had the widest variety. All were praised who showed up at the potluck or BBQ party with their best concoction.  Now pasta salads seem like an American tradition and new recipes are still popping up.  I love it!

Give this beautiful Greek Orzo Salad a try and you will be making it for friends too.  It is that tasty.

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Chewy Chocolaty Cookies

It is time for some softly Chewy Chocolate Cookies! A chocolate explosion in every bite. Simple to make and easier to eat.

It is time for some Chewy Chocolaty Cookies! A chocolate explosion in every bite.

Something is coming over me and I think it is a case of  ‘the cookie craving’.   I am starting to wonder when the obsession will start to mellow out.  No kidding!  I have actually made seven different cookie recipes over the last week.  Many have been given away and many are frozen but I will be sure to share all of the recipes with you.  First you have to try this simple to make and easier to eat chocolate cookie recipe.

 

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Apple Strawberry Popsicles

These Apple Strawberry Popsicles taste as good as they look. There are only three ingredients and so very fast to get done. Cold, fruity and refreshing.

These Apple Strawberry Popsicles taste as good as they look.  There are only three ingredients and are so very fast to get done.   Cold, fruity and refreshing.

More popsicles packed in my freezer is a good thing.  It must be psychological but when I have something sweetish, cool and refreshing in the freezer, that I can get at any time, my life is less stressful.  Maybe it really is!  If I get a craving, there is that popsicle, right there.  I want summer to go on forever and thank goodness there are still a few weeks left.

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Panda Express Copycat Fried Rice

Panda Express has some good fast food and the base of almost all of them is Fried Rice. Fast and simple. Just spoon it up as is or add more soy sauce.

 

Panda Express has some good fast food and the base of almost all of them is Fried Rice.  We love their veggie bowl and fried rice.  The recipe is so simple and it really is the same way my mother made it years ago – but I will admit my moms is better than PE.  I think she just added more vegetables.  Fried rice is probably one of those ancient recipes.  Adding egg is traditional but it is not needed in any way.  So … I left it out.  It is actually better in my opinion and much cleaner.  Panda uses frozen peas and carrots and you sure can too.  I am adding another option where you can add fresh carrots and peas.  You just cut your carrots up in very small pieces and boil them until almost done.  Fresh shelled peas would not need to be precooked.  They are ‘fried’ along with everything else.

You don’t even need to have a topping for this rice when it is ready to serve.  Just spoon it up and let the kids add more tamari.  They love it!

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Chocolate Frosted Lemon Cupcakes

Chocolate Frosted Lemon Cupcakes are so inviting with a chocolaty top and the cupcakes have just a hint of lemon. Two favorite dessert flavors all in one.

 

Chocolate Frosted Lemon Cupcakes are so inviting with a chocolaty top and the cupcakes have just a hint of lemon.  Two of my favorite dessert flavors combined in one.

It is about time for a new decadent treat to be gracing these pages.  On my Recipe Index page there are little thumbnail photos lined up of all my recipes, in order, in which they were introduced on the blog.  Newest to oldest.  Well I scanned down the page and it was way too long of a scan before I found any chocolate.  Heavens!  I need to keep closer attention.  Also, there were no cupcakes!  It is all fixed now and I can breathe a sigh of relief.  All is right with the world.

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Hearty Chickpeas and Red Lentils

Hearty Chickpeas and Red Lentils Recipe is simple to throw together and easier to eat. Lots of texture and spices make it a perfect dinner or side dish.

 

Isn’t it nice when you have a group of recipes that are your favorites, cook up quickly and are healthy to boot? I have quite a slew of them but this Chickpeas and Red Lentils Recipe is a standard ‘go to’ for me.  After a full day of ‘life’ it is really nice to have something so simple and delicious to throw together.  Lots of texture and spices to make it the perfect dinner or side dish.

One thing that has been added to my life lately is yoga.  I still try to do regular exercises but most of the time I tell myself that just running around like I do is enough.  It really isn’t.  Especially for strengthening your core and muscles.  Healthy living, yoga and wellness is my new mantra so I bend and hold, stretch and hold, balance and hold.   I had no idea you could work up such a sweat from holding a pose.  I love it!

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Homemade Garam Masala Seasoning

Garam Masala is a spice mixture that will take you a long way in adding flavors to your dishes. A simple blend that you just mix and use whenever it calls.

 

 

Garam Masala is a spice mixture that will take you a long way in adding flavors to your dishes.  It’s roots are in Northern India and Southern Asia and has a very intense and spicy flavor.  There are variations of the mixture and this is a simple one that I came up with that does not require you to roast and grind seeds.  You will already have most of the ground spices in your cupboard if not all of them.  Just measure out, mix and keep in a jar with a tight fitting lid.  You will find yourself using this seasoning mixture over and over again.

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