August 31, 2014

pasta with fresh tomato concassé and olives

 Tomato concassé (pronounced "kon-kah-SAY") is diced tomatoes which have been peeled and the seeds removed.  Some cooks ignore the peeling and seeding and simply chop up their tomatoes, which if you are short on time is fine.  However, considering how little work it takes to make a concassé, I believe that it is worth the effort.

Don't underestimate the flavor of this pasta because of the simplicity of ingredients.  It is easily one of the most flavorful and delicious pastas that I have prepared.  Plus, let's be honest, it has a pretty cool name!  :)  I served it with a Tuscan roasted garlic loaf... perfect.

And... look who I found to be the main star...

August 29, 2014

vegetable fried rice

 This simple fried rice recipe is full of veggies and so easy to prepare, plus it is delicious for leftovers (including lunch the next day).  It is bound to be a weeknight favorite! 

yellow beet juice

This juice is delicious!  Don't be scared away because of the beets, yellow beets have a milder taste and with the oranges you hardly notice them.  Plus it has the immune system boosting vitamin C for all those back to school germs! :)

Prep Time 5 min 
Total Time 10 min
Servings 2-3


  • 2 yellow beets and their greens
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 2 green apples
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 lemon

August 28, 2014

Grocery List- Week 14

Meals for the week:
-vegetable fried rice
-pasta with fresh tomato concassé and olives served with crusty bread
-mexican lasagna with guacamole served with chips and salsa

  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 large or 1 small purple onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 head broccoli
  • 3 cups diced cabbage
  • 1 package tofu (or the meat of your choice)
  • 2 1/2 pounds tomatoes
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 2 limes
  • 1 small bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1 package fresh basil 
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Bragg's Liquid Aminos (natural soy sauce), regular may be used
  • 4 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1, 24 ounce jar tomato salsa
  • 2, 16 ounce cans refried beans (or you can make your own refried beans)
  • hot sauce to serve (optional with tortilla casserole)  
Pasta/Rice/Beans/Canned Goods
  • 2 cups brown or white rice 
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
  • 1 pound pasta (if making gluten-free be sure to grab the appropriate pasta)
  • 2 cups shredded monterey jack or pepper jack cheese
  • sour cream to serve (optional with tortilla casserole) 
  • 4, 10 inch flour tortillas

August 27, 2014

spinach lasagna

 One of the most delicious comfort foods you can make... or at least that is my opinion. ;)  It reminds me of Sunday dinners with the family, all gathered around the table, catching up and talking about life.  Sweet memories! 

Best thing about this lasagna, besides how amazing it taste, is the fact that you don't pre-cook the noodles.  I feel that is the biggest pain about making this layered dish.  I always seem to burn myself trying to get them out of the water and then when trying to lay them flat without touching the other noodles... so they don't stick.  Ohhhh the joy!  So I love just being able to assemble this and pop it in the oven. :)

  Plus, let me be honest... I think the noodles turn out better this way!  Don't' tell Grandma, but I think lasagna noodles can tend to end up mushy, hardly being able to tell they are there.  This way they cook to an al dente and come out perfect!

Not a vegetarian?  You can add the cooked meat of your choice directly to the tomato sauce and it will still come out delicious! :)

August 25, 2014

blackberry bbq salmon

Delicious. Delicious. Delicious.  Love salmon?  You'll love this!  Although I'm thinking that this sauce would even be amazing on shrimp or chicken... pretty much anything you would BBQ.  I couldn't get enough of it and neither could my family!  

roasted butternut squash and radicchio

Radicchio is naturally a little bitter, which makes it perfect to pair with the sweetness in the butternut squash and balsamic.  These vegetables were delicious roasted together and made even better with the parmesan and pine nuts. 

leek and asparagus risotto

 Risotto is well worth the effort and time.  If's not difficult, it just takes a watchful eye to stir it every few minutes.  Perfect opportunity... while the kids are doing their homework:)  This is a great vegetarian dish or it would be delicious with chicken, scallops, or shrimp.  I know your family will love it as much as mine did!!! 

August 22, 2014

cold sesame noodles and vegetables with peanut sauce


This is by far one of my favorite Asian pasta dishes.  It is so quick and easy that you'll love making it, during the week or a busy weekend, when time is of the essence.  We ate it as a main course, but it would also be a great side dish for grilled meat or seafood.  Since it is served chilled, it is the perfect pasta for summer!

August 21, 2014

creamy avocado cilantro dressing

I wanted a creamy dressing without the dairy, for those of you that are vegan or just can't consume dairy, and created something delicious.  I added some chipotle peppers in adobo sauce for a hint of heat to balance out the bite of the vinegar and coolness of the cilantro.  This dressing makes an easy way to dress up some leaves, tomatoes, and red onion.  Delicious!:)


www.yummly.comThe YUM button...

Some of you may be curious what this is so I wanted to better explain it.  There is a website called  Yummly was launched in 2010 by foodies on a mission to invent the ultimate kitchen tool. Whether it’s finding a recipe or going to the store, Yummly wants to make it easier for foodies to do what they love – cook, eat, and share!

Yummly groups recipes on a variety of levels, allowing users to search by ingredient, diet, allergy, nutrition, price, cuisine, time, taste, meal courses and sources.  It is an AMAZING tool!!

It has gathers recipes from all across the web including the famous recipe websites (epicurious, allrecipes,,, The Pioneer Woman, etc.) plus great food blogs and allows you to search and save all your recipes to one location!  Exciting right!?  So, when you click on the yum button above one of my recipes not only is it added to your recipe box, it is also shared with all yummly users!

You are also able to print my recipes by clicking into the recipe and scrolling to the bottom where you will see Print Friendly and PDF .  This will allow you to print the recipe with OR without the images.

I have had several people ask about a Facebook page so here it is... Eat Pray Juice.  I am continually seeking ways to improve my blog so please send any suggestions or new ideas my way to!!!  I love hearing from you all:)



Grocery List- Week 13

Meals for the week:
-leek and asparagus risotto
-cold sesame noodles with vegetables and peanut sauce
-roasted butternut squash and radicchio served with crusty bread or the meat/seafood of your choice

  • 2 large leeks
  • 3 bunches green onion
  • 1 pound asparagus
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 cups shredded napa cabbage or cabbage (you can also use coleslaw mix, which would be great in this)
  • 2 cups (or more) sliced sugar snap peas
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1 medium butternut squash (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 large onions
  • 1 head radicchio
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • toasted sesame seeds to serve
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar for drizzling
  • 1/2 cup tamari (or soy sauce of your choice), healthy alternative is Bragg Liquid Aminos

  • 4 tablespoons rice vinegar (not seasoned)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1-2 tsp. sriracha or other hot sauce (or more, use as much as your mouth can handle)
Pasta/Rice/Beans/Canned Goods
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • 6-8 cups vegetable stock (you can A) make your own or B) buy it, I have found a good option to be Better Than Bouillon... it is in the soup aisle, by the stock, and usually on a top shelf)
Organic Vegetable Base

  • 1 pound spaghetti noodles
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
    • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
      • 1/2 cup dry white wine, chardonnay or sauvignon blanc (the saying goes "if you wouldn't drink it... don't cook with it" DO NOT BUY COOKING WINE!  If you don't have any white wine I would suggest buying a cheaper bottle, trust me... it won't be that much more expensive than cooking wine and you get a much larger quantity, and you can put the extra in the freezer for recipes like this!)
      • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter

      August 20, 2014

      stir-fried green beans and mushrooms over rice

      As with stir-fry, or every dish for that matter, the key to success is to have all your ingredients ready and prepped before you start cooking. You don’t want to get stuck mincing a garlic clove while your ginger burns in the pan.

        This dish is authentic in taste, up against any Chinese restaurant, and is super easy to put together.  I really enjoyed the bit of heat that the red pepper added, but if you are making it for small children you should probably choose to add it at the end on top of those that want the added spice.

      August 19, 2014

      asparagus, lemon and tarragon pasta

       So one of my thoughts when choosing a recipe for my blog... "is it simple to make?" and most of them fall somewhere near that.  This recipe is exactly that... simple and quick.  It would be perfect for a Sunday afternoon after church, busy weeknight, or when cooking for a large group.

      Although it is simple it has a BIG taste and is full of flavors that go well together.  It can be dressed up in a number of different ways.  I wanted to give you this... which is amazing just like it is or you can throw in fresh/sun-dried tomatoes, capers, almonds, or mushrooms, etc. You get the picture:) 

      August 18, 2014

      spiced okra and lentils

       I paired my favorite okra recipe with my favorite lentil recipe and so it just doesn't get any better.  No... really... it doesn't!  This was the recipe that I used the first time I made lentils and fell in love.  I had always seen them sitting next to the beans, but for some reason hesitated to take the leap and try them.  There's no going back now!!!

      August 17, 2014

      sun-dried tomato hummus


      As I was getting ready for the coming week, chopping vegetables and bagging individual portions of crackers, I decided to make this hummus for the kids wraps and of course mine.:)

       I love hummus and this, by far, is my favorite!  Plus it is so easy to make AND who doesn't like a healthy, creamy dip!?:)

      August 14, 2014

      Grocery List- Week 12

      Meals for the week:
      -spiced okra and lentils
      -stir-fried green beans and mushrooms over rice
      -asparagus, lemon and tarragon pasta 
      • 2 pounds of okra
      • 1 small onion
      • 7 cloves garlic
      • 1 1/2 pounds green beans
      • 10 ounces mushrooms
      • 2 inches of ginger root
      • 1 pound asparagus
      • 1 lemon
      • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon plus more for garnish
      • one bunch cilantro
      • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
      • 2 teaspoons red chili powder
      • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
      • 1 3/4 teaspoons sugar
      • 2 teaspoons garam masala
      • 3/4 teaspoon flour 
      • 1/3 teaspoon red pepper flakes 
      • 1/3 teaspoon dry mustard
      • 1/2 cup olive oil
      • 4 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
      • 2 1/4 tablespoons rice vinegar
      • 3/4 teaspoon sesame oil
      Pasta/Rice/Beans/Canned Goods
      • 1 cup red lentils
      • 1 cup yellow split peas (or green)
      • 1 pound pasta
      • 4 cups vegetable broth
      • 1 1/2 cups rice 
      • 1,  5 to 5 1/2 ounce log soft fresh goat cheese (the pre-crumbled stuff will not melt as well)
      • 4-6 large eggs (one per person)

      shaved brussels sprout salad with couscous, chia seeds, and honey lime dressing

       Besides being amazing this salad boast a nutritional rock star, chia seeds...

      They don't have a taste but contain calcium, manganese, protein, fiber, phosphorus, and are a great source of healthy omega-3 fats. As an added benefit, chia seeds can be eaten whole or milled, while flax seeds have to be ground before consumption in order to access their health benefits for example.  PLUS, they can be added to anything, not just this salad.  I add them to my cereal, pastas, salads, peanut butter toast, etc.  You get the idea. :)

      August 13, 2014

      thai fried rice with tofu

       This fried rice is delicious!  It's a twist on the "usual" version, but not so different that your family will wonder what you've done!  The coconut is paired perfectly with the lime and will have you making this dish again and again, just like I will be! :)

      August 12, 2014

      pasta with broccoli rabe and sun-dried tomatoes

       I have made a couple versions of this pasta but this one is my favorite!  The browned butter makes this pasta.  If you have never done it I highly recommend it.  Just by cooking the butter a little past the melting point results in the milk solids in the butter browning, and creating a wonderfully nutty aroma.

      August 11, 2014

      refried beans

       Refried beans are incredibly versatile, protein-packed, and nutritious. Most importantly, they're also easy to make. Whip them out for impromptu multi-layered nachos, wraps, or just to snack on with tortilla chips.  The possibilities are limitless.

      mexican pizza

       My husband's favorite food is mexican so I am always looking for new ways to fix it.  This dish is easy and kid friendly for those little cooks in your family (they love to help assemble).  I would highly recommend frying your own tortillas if you can spare the time... they are wonderful!!!

      August 08, 2014

      caprese pasta salad

      Extra tomatoes and basil from your garden that you need to use?  This makes a wonderful side dish for a grilled meat or seafood, but also can stand alone as a vegetarian dish with some crusty Italian bread. 

      August 07, 2014

      Grocery List- Week 11

      Meals for the week:
      -mexican pizza (i'll be making refried beans but you can buy them canned, you will just omit the ingredients with **)
      -pasta with broccoli rabe and sun-dried tomatoes
      -thai fried rice with tofu

      • 1 yellow onion**
      • garlic cloves**
      • 1 whole jalapeno**
      • 6 cups spinach
      • 2 medium tomatoes
      • 2 avocados 
      • 1 pound broccoli rabe
      • 7 garlic cloves
      • 1 inch ginger root
      • 1 head bok choy
      • 3 cups green beans
      • 1 lime
      • 1 package original grilled tofu (such as Marjon), just buy regular if grilled isn't available
      • 1/2 cup chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes (or in the canned food aisle)
      • fresh cilantro
      • 1 teaspoon ground cumin**
      • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
      • 1/4 cup pine nuts
      • 1/4 cup flaked sweetened coconut 
      • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
      • 1/4 cup chopped dry-roasted cashews, salted
      • 1/2 cup olive oil**
      • 1/2 cup olive oil 
      • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
      • 2 cans refried beans (IF you are not making them... also don't forget to omit the ** ingredients)
      • 1 cup dried pinto beans**
      • 12, 6-7 inch corn tortillas (short on time: buy tostadas)
      • 1 cup of salsa or 1/2 cup sliced pickled jalapeños
      • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
      Pasta/Rice/Beans/Canned Goods
      • 1 pound pasta, whatever chunky shape you like
      • 4 cups cooked jasmine or basmati rice
      • 8 ounces mexican crumbling cheese
      • 1/4 cup butter
      • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
      • 1 large egg

      August 06, 2014

      pasta with a light sweet potato cream sauce and kale chips

       This pasta is perfect.  Perfect.  It is creamy with crispy and lightly sweet with slightly salty.  The kale chips and pasta make the perfect pair.  Even my 3 year-old thanked me for making it.  Enough said.

      August 05, 2014

      honey and herb roasted potatoes

       What to do when one has lots of fresh herbs to use?  These potatoes are easy easy easy and there are many variations of herbs that you could use depending on what you have on hand.  PLUS they make a great side dish for any meat or seafood you might choose to pair them with.

      August 04, 2014

      lemon zested vegetables with cheesy herb grits

       This dish is the ultimate veggie comfort food done up.  The lemon is amazing with the tarragon and parsley!  I made extra and boy am I glad I did!!!  

      There are those dishes that when you are done were worth every bit of the effort that they took and this dish was exactly that.

      It's that time of year...

      In honor of the kids going back to school I added a new page, THE LUNCH BOX.  I have compiled a list of ideas for packing lunches and suggestions to make it easier.  Whether it is a choice or a must, I am proud of you for packing your child's lunch everyday:)  It is a job and takes time, but well worth it!!!

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      August 03, 2014

      tofu and mushrooms with szechuan brussels sprouts over rice

       I love brussels sprouts and asian stir-fries... combine them and what do you get?  This delicious sweet and spicy dish vegetarian dish.  If you prefer you can sub chicken or beef for the cubed tofu.  Hope you love it as much as we do!!!

      August 01, 2014

      apple pie -(minus)- the crust

       Because everyone needs something sweet sometimes...

      ...and your house will smell delicious!!