Quinoa Recipe and Quinoa Cookbook Giveaway

If you love quinoa like I do, you will adore this Quinoa Cookbook (part of the Idiot’s Guide) by Susan Irby, The Bikini Chef. I was lucky enough to travel with Susan to Italy a few years ago. Susan is an energetic, talented woman, Author, Radio Show Host of Bikini Lifestyles on AM 790 KABC in Los Angeles and on PBS Televison. This cookbook has over 180 quinoa recipes from energizing breakfast options, lunch soups, salads and sandwiches, finger foods, snacks, appetizers, main dishes and even an array of desserts. If you want to know more about quinoa and have access to great recipes, check it out.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment telling me your favorite way to use quinoa in cooking. Winner will be drawn on February 13 at 8 a.m CST.

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Stuffed Shells with Kale: Kid Friendly

Who else is really into kale? I am, and it’s awesome that my 3 kids love it too. Not only is it so healthy, but it is very inexpensive and a lot goes such a long way. This recipe for Stuffed Shells with Kale is one of my newest favorites and was inspired by my friend, Kelley of Mountain Mama Cooks. I saw it on her blog, and I made it right away. My kids loved the recipe too so it goes on our family favorites list. Feel free to add other vegetables, beef or sausage, to change it up a bit. It’s perfect for weeknight dinners or even Valentines Day!

Kale Salad: Family Friendly, Gluten Free and Healthy

If you are trying to eat healthy and want to get your year started off right, this Kale Salad recipe is ideal. I recently made this for the kids, and they loved it. It is great on its own as a salad or side dish, served over arugula or greens or even mixed into a salad with chicken, shrimp or fish. For some information on health benefits of kale, see my article on the 10 health benefits in MindBodyGreen or how kale can save your sex life in this article (which I did not write) in MindBodyGreen. I hope you will enjoy this family-friendly, simple vegetarian recipe anytime of the year.

Kale Lasagna

Lately, lasagna has been on my brain. Since my three kids eat kale, I thought I would create a Kale Lasagna which turned out to be an absolute hit. Kale is so healthy for you, being called “the new beef”, full of vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Calcium, Iron and antioxidants. Cook it like spinach, or you can always make my kid’s favorite, Kale Chips. Enjoy this recipe as the temperatures get cooler for a healthy and hearty weekend or weeknight dinner. It would also be fun to serve on Halloween night.

Homemade Tomato Sauce

Ripe tomatoes are too good this time of year, so it’s a fabulous time to make fresh Homemade Tomato Sauce. My kids love pasta for dinner, and I feel great giving them a homemade sauce filled with no preservatives, sodium or additives. Two out of three of my children will eat raw tomatoes, but all three of them will devour this. Tomatoes are a great source of lycopene, a carotenoid associated with tomatoes’ red color. Lycopene is full of antioxidants which are wonderful for bone health, protection against heart disease, inflammation and cancers. Tomatoes are also a great source of potassium, folic acid, Vitamin C and Vitamin E, so dig in!

Travel Tuesday: Spinach Quinoa from Westside Market NYC

This recipe from comes from the Westside Market NYC, a top market in New York, which has been in business for almost 50 years. Their market has seen a rise in the number of people purchasing quinoa at their four locations. Quinoa’s health benefits include it being a gluten free grain, boosting brain power and having high levels of iron and calcium. Maria Zoitas, wife of Westside Market’s founder John Zoitas, the creator of the “made by Maria” line of prepared foods at the market. Here is one of Maria’s healthy creations.

About Westside Market NYC:

Established in 1965, Westside Market NYC has been deeply engrained in the fabric of Manhattan’s Upper Westside life. A rare find in the food market business, Westside Market NYC is family owned and operated in the truest sense. Born and raised on a farm in Roupakia, a village on the island of Lefkada, Greece, John Zoitas arrived in the U.S. from Greece more than 45 years ago. He brought with him a love of fresh-grown produce, authentic cooking, and a steadfast commitment to service and quality. Each of our locations enjoys a remarkably loyal following, which is no surprise; it’s a direct result of the fact that the Zoitas family takes great pride in every aspect of their business. Under the tutelage of his father John, George Zoitas has taken the reigns of Westside Market NYC and made it into the premier market it is today. Our mission is simple: to become your favorite neighborhood food market and caterer of choice by offering the highest quality foods and hard-to-find products supported by friendly, personalized, efficient service. Discover Westside Market NYC, and experience the difference! For more information visit www.wmarketnyc.com

Sesame, Hemp and Carrot Slaw & Cookbook Giveaway

When I saw Chef Douglas McNish’s new cookbook, “Eat Raw, Eat Well”, I could not wait to check it out. This huge collection of 400 recipes appeals to newcomers and veterans of the raw food lifestyle. From breakfast to dessert, there is something for everyone and a great deal of information on preparing ingredients, nutrition and raw pantry essentials. I am thrilled to share this recipe for Sesame, Hemp and Carrot Slaw. Douglas says, “This take on classic coleslaw has virtually all the same flavors and textures but is much more nutritious because the healthy fats in the hemp seeds and hemp oil are much better for you than those contained in generic store-bought mayonnaise. This can serve as a crunchy addition on top of a green salad or as a meal on its own.”

To enter for a chance to win this cookbook, leave a comment telling me what intrigues you about the concept of “raw food”. For more entries do the following and then leave a comment letting me know you completed the steps. Winner will be drawn Tuesday, May 1st at 8 a.m CST.

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Weekend Inspiration: Recipes, Yoga, Decor and Travel

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Here are a few of my favorite finds across Pinterest and the web last week along with a Lightened Up Saint Patrick’s Day Herb Dip I posted a few years ago. Let me know which of these inspires you. Enjoy and have a great rest of your weekend!

Saint Patrick’s Day Idea via The Ritzy Bee Blog

Kitchen Island via Decor de Provence

Photo via Pinterest

One day I hope to go to Paris

Amazing Doggy Yoga picture via Pinterest

Golden & Red Beet Tartare with an Apple Cider and Dill Vinaigrette via Food Wanderings

 Homemade Samoa Cookies via Spabettie

Chipotle Vegetarian Chili Recipe

It’s the time of year when I like to make a lot of soups, and chili, of course. This Chipotle Vegetarian Chili recipe is one of my newest favorites filled with black beans, corn, fresh vegetables, and chipotle peppers. I used the canned chipotle peppers, and they are great. Just don’t go overboard and add too many. You can always add more, so start with one or two and a little bit of the sauce. The peppers and a little beer add a wonderful spicy and smokiness to this chili, but this recipe is still very healthy and low in fat. It’s perfect for an easy weeknight dinner or for casual entertaining.

Panko and Vegetable Stuffed Portobellos and Giveaway

I love creating recipes with fresh mushrooms, and this Panko and Vegetable Stuffed Portobello was a vegetarian main dish was a hit this weekend. Be sure to notice that between September 15th to November 15th, select retailers nationwide will sell mushrooms in pink containers in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Since 2002, the Mushroom Council has invested more than $750,000 in grants to City of Hope for research on mushrooms and cancer. This fall, the Council will provide an additional $50,000 to continue funding this important research. How cool is this packaging in support of City of Hope and Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

Great Health Benefits of Mushrooms

 

1. Mushrooms are low in sodium and calories, and they are fat and cholesterol free.

2. Mushrooms can be an effective substitute for meats thanks to their hearty and fulfilling nature.

3. Mushrooms are the only item in the produce aisle to provide vitamin D, and one of the few non-fortified food sources. Growers also have the ability to increase D levels by exposing mushrooms to ultraviolet light.

4. These friendly fungi provide critical nutrients like energizing B vitamins, potassium and powerful antioxidants, including ergothionene and selenium.

For chance to win the great giveaway above, follow the steps below. For each one, and let me know in the comments for a better chance to win:

1) Follow @MushroomChannel on Twitter

2) Check out and “like” the Mushroom Channel on Facebook

3) Answer the question: “How do you support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

4) RSVP to the Mom It Forward #gno twitter party and check out the giveaway at Mom at Forward

5) Join me for the Mushroom Council #gno twitter party October 4th, from 9-11 p.m EST.

6) Follow @alisonlewis on twitter and come see me on Facebook

Note: I was compensated for my participation in the Mushroom Channel Campaign