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Chocolate Walnut Hummus

Chocolate walnut hummus is a sweet twist on the savory snack dip.  Made even heart-healthier with the addition of California walnuts, cocoa powder and yes, chickpeas!

I received free samples of California walnuts mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Walnut Commission and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

I know exactly what your thinking.  Chocolate and hummus?  Not so much, right?  Waaaaitaminute my friends.  This is for real.  I admit I was skeptical when I kept seeing those black bean brownie posts on Pinterest a while back.  Then I started to see desserts that featured various types of bean-loaded recipes.  So when California Walnuts challenged members of the Recipe ReDux to come up with a heart healthy recipe that showcases walnuts, I thought… why not?! Continue Reading..


Easy Thai Coconut Curry Vegetables {Meatless Monday}

Fastest and easiest Thai food you’ll ever make and so perfect for Meatless Monday.  You may never need to order out again!

Ever since I moved to Arizona almost 2 years ago, I’ve been totally immersed in the deliciousness of Mexican food.  I’m sure people in Texas and California, and probably New Mexico would argue, but we have the most Ah-Mazing Mexican food here.  And margaritas – holy wow!  My new favorite is a mango-jalapeno margarita at a place down the street.

I’ve been so entranced by the Mexican food, that I totally forgot about my other favorites, and recently I realized I’ve been missing really good Thai food.  I haven’t seen ANY Thai restaurants in my travels.  Zip.  None.  Nada.  So a few weeks ago I went on a hunt.  I happily found a pretty decent Thai restaurant, but it’s a good 30-minute drive. Multiple sad faces to that. 🙁 🙁 Continue Reading..


16 Ways to Celebrate the Year of Pulses

2016 is the Year of Pulses (also known as beans), and you won’t believe how many ways there are to cook with this  protein-packed ingredient.

Yes, you read that right.  The year of pulses.  NOT the kind of pulses that indicate whether you’re still alive, but pulses as in, dried beans, peas, lentils, etc.  Don’t feel bad, I didn’t know they were called pulses either, until recently. Hey, we just learned something. In case we’re ever on Jeopardy, or Who Wants to Be A Millionaire.  Here’s another little tidbit of information.  The United Nations declared 2016 – The International Year of Pulses.  Yay!  Time to have a  party. Continue Reading..

20 Clean Eating Recipes That Aren’t Salad

Clean eating means putting lots of plant foods on your plate, but IT DOES NOT have to mean you’re limited to salads, and these delicious recipes are proof!

Happy New Year dear friends!  Let’s all quickly detrain the Christmas cookie express, and jump aboard the clean eating train for the next month or so, PLEEEEASE?!!  Says the one who polished off the last of the Christmas cookies, candies and cakes, and New Years leftovers, and took down all signs of the holidays yesterday.  Sigh.  It’s over.  House back in order, and fridge empty of treats, and full of only good-for-you foods. Continue Reading..

Bok Choy Chinese Noodle Bowls {Recipe ReDux}

Do you eat Chinese food on Christmas Eve? Don’t wait for takeout! Make these delicious Chinese Noodle Bowls in minutes.

Happy end of 2015 and Happy Birthday to the Recipe ReDux, which is 54 months old!  I’m so proud to have been a member of this creative group of healthy food bloggers for more than half of that time.  Wow.  I suddenly feel really old 🙁  To celebrate, this month we’re scrapping the monthly theme, and instead, members were asked to open up to page 54 or 154 of our favorite cookbook and ReDux that recipe.  How fun! Continue Reading..

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