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Miscellaneous Recipes

Curried Almonds

Curried AlmondsRaw Almonds are a fantastic and healthy snack.  Adding spices makes them all that much delicious and nutritious.  I was inspired to try this based on the recipe from Elana’s Pantry.

According to Wikipedia, curry is a generic term used in Western culture that refers to a wide variety of dishes whose origins are from India and other East Asian countries. In traditional cuisines, the precise spice blend of a curry can be determined by everything from regional preferences to family customs. The spices in curries can be both whole and ground.

The addition of turmeric, cumin and coriander not only produces amazing flavors, it provides various health benefits including, but not limited to: anti-inflammatory, lower cholesterol, assistance with proper liver function, control of blood sugar, antibacterial properties helping to fight off various bacteria including salmonella, and production of iron.

This quick and easy snack has been great for me to obtain so much needed protein while on the run.

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta & Walnuts

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta WalnutsI’ve been hooked on roasting the Brussels Sprouts in the oven.  It is a quick, simple and delicious side dish for any meal.  While flipping through Anne Burrell’s cookbook, this Brussels Sprouts recipe sparked my curiosity. Unlike roasting in the oven these yummy pieces of goodness are prepared stove top.  Brussels Sprouts with bacon?  Don’t mind if I do!  Once again I utilized my ultra flavorful extra virgin olive oil infused with herbs and spices (you can read more about this in my Baked Sea Bass Post).  Chef Burrell calls for infusing the olive oil with garlic and pepper, I was able to skip this step entirely as my oil is already packed with these flavor and then some.

The salty deliciousness of pancetta, the nuttiness of walnuts, and the delicate leaves make this dish truly special.  I believe this dish could make a non-lover of Brussels sprouts a convert.

Roasted Figs Stuffed with Gorgonzola & Walnuts

Roasted Figs Stuffed with Gorgonzola & WalnutsI am not a huge fan of figs as a fruit, however, when roasted this elegant fruit becomes quite delicious for my taste buds. Drawing inspiration from one of Anne Burrell’s recipes, this is the perfect dish for entertaining.  It’s quick and easy to whip together and simply delicious.  These will definitely hold a spot on the menu for my dinner parties!

Goat Cheese Marinated with Herbs & Spices

Goat Cheese Marinated with Herbs & SpicesI am definitely a cheese fanatic.  I love eating it in all shapes and forms.  When I learned about this amazing recipe from my fellow food blogger Julia (please check our her awesome blog over atBasically, I’m Always Hungry), I knew I had to try this for myself. The results are pure heaven and a revelation. A few simple herbs and spices and the flavors are just through the roof. And truly this yields not just amazing and flavorful cheese, but the remaining olive oil is simply to die for.  I’ve been using it for cooking various dish as well as dressing in salads. I simply cannot say enough about just how great the flavors are.  You must try this for yourself!

Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed CauliflowerI love potatoes in almost any shape or form.  However, white potatoes (that are traditionally used to make mashed potatoes) can cause internal inflammation.  This dish a healthier alternative to the heavy white potato.

Cauliflower is packed with nutrients.  It contains various B vitamins, as well as antioxidants. It’s anti-inflammatory and provides the body with natural fiber aiding in digestion.

Some may say that the taste of cauliflower is quite bland, however when cooked properly this wonderful vegetable can truly shine and excite the taste buds.

I love making this quick and easy dish for my picky toddler!

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