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Friday Foodie Favorites: March 13, 2015

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Happy Friday the 13th!  I feel like it was just yesterday that I was posting that same sentence.  I guess it was only a month ago.  Keeping with the tradition (I realize it’s not really a tradition if this is only the second month) of sharing a Friday Foodie Favorites post on Friday the 13th, I have another one for you today!  Today’s post features a whole ‘lotta veggies, some new-to-me food ingredients, and a recipe that I have no idea how to pronounce.  I hope you enjoy all four… and please enlighten me on the correct pronunciation of Shakshuka.

Friday Foodie Favorites: March 13, 2015

FFF shatukoWhen I first saw Lexi’s recipe for Shakshuka I thought, “what the heck is shakshuka?”  However, I saw that it contained several of my favorite veggies, turmeric (which I’m currently obsessed with), and eggs!  I think the eggs are really what got me.  Lexi’s recipe also calls for chicken sausage, but since I do not eat any meat other than seafood, I threw in some leftover red lentils from my fridge.  They were the perfect trick to bulk it up a bit and add in some extra flavor and protein.  I imagine this would also be fantastic with vegan sausage if you are vegetarian.  For not having ever heard of shakshuka before, I can now say that I am a fan.  It is flavorful, super simple to make, filling, and healthy.  I may not know how to pronounce shakshuka, but I know that I like it!

FFF veggie tunaSome bloggers just always seem to post the most delicious recipes.  It is as if they create recipes with me in mind.  One of those bloggers is Alexis from Hummusapien.  Her recipes are always so spot on with what my taste buds love.  When I saw Alexis’s recipe for a Loaded Veggie Avocado Tuna Salad, I knew I had to try it.  I am still fairly new to seafood, and while it is fun to create my own recipes, I love seeing how others cook with my favorites fishies: tuna, tilapia, and salmon.  I have made tuna salad before, but Alexis’s version sounded even better since it was veggie packed.  You know I love my veggies!  I followed the recipe exactly, except I subbed in hummus in place of the avocado.  Don’t you hate when avocados aren’t ripe at the store?  Since Alexis is the “Hummusapien,” I am sure she would approve of the substitution.  Keeping with my “salad style,” I served this tuna salad on lightly salted brown rice cakes with a dill pickle on the side.  It met and surpassed all of my expectations.  I now have a new favorite way to incorporate seafood and veggies all into one meal.

FFF kale sweet potato saladKale, brussel sprouts, and sweet potatoes all in one dish?  Obviously this Shredded Brussels Sprout and Kale Salad with Garlic Dijon Roasted Sweet Potatoes from Katie was calling my name the moment I laid eyes on it.  The dressing is made with cashews, so it has a slightly nutty but smooth and creamy taste.  If you ask me, no kale salad should ever been made or eaten without cashews.  Just saying.  Unfortunately, I did not have any Dijon mustard on hand, so my sweet potatoes were roasted without it.  They were still a delicious salad topper (I like to think of them as healthier croutons), but I cannot wait to try this again with some Dijon.  I also really appreciated the addition of brussel sprouts.  I tend to get bored with the same greens after a while, so I enjoyed the mixture of the two!  If you think you don’t like kale, kale salads, or salads in general, be sure to try this.  I have a feeling it will change your mind.

FFF Miso PastsaAnd finally, the best for last.  I know I shouldn’t pick favorites, but this is too delicious not to call it the best!  Emily’s Vegetable Pasta with Miso Tahini Sauce is crazy delicious!  This was actually my first time cooking with miso, but it will definitely not be the last.  I was obsessed with how creamy and savory the sauce was.  It definitely had the umami thing going on.  Apparently I am now a big-time umami flavor lover.  I followed Emily’s recipe almost exactly, but decided to up the veggies by using spaghetti squash in place of the pasta.  I am sad that squash season is nearly over, so I have been wanting to get in as much of it as possible while I still can!  I was so, so pleased with this substitution and highly recommend it.  Since I did not have any pasta water for the sauce, I subbed in a mixture of water and coconut milk and used cornstarch to thicken it up a bit.  These swaps did the trick!  Should you try any new dish over the next couple of weeks, please make this one of them.  I can guarantee that it will become a regular on my weekly meal plans.

Have a wonderful Friday, all!  Don’t be superstitious and instead embrace the fact that it is finally Friday, even if it is the 13th!

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  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health March 13, 2015, 12:17 am
    Alexis is so talented! I love her recipes. And Katie's salad looks amazing! Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health recently posted...Mustard Green & Pea Pesto Pizza on Spelt Flour CrustMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 13, 2015, 10:33 am
      She definitely posts some of my favorite recipes of all time!!
  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies March 13, 2015, 7:01 am
    Anything with miso I know I'll love! It's, for some reason, crazy hard to find near me so I always stock up when I find it. That spaghetti squash looks crazy tasty. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies recently posted...Cauliflower TaquitosMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 13, 2015, 10:39 am
      I'm so shocked that I have never cooked with it before... and kind of mad at myself because it is SO good! I hope you can get your hands on some to make this with! I already have it on my meal plan again for next week ;)
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine March 13, 2015, 7:27 am
    That miso tahini pasta! I just need to pick up some Chickpea miso and I'm good ;)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 13, 2015, 10:41 am
      I saw chickpea miso when I was at Whole Foods a couple of weekends ago. How is it? I'll have to give it a try one of these times!
  • Dana | fresh simple five March 13, 2015, 10:09 am
    Alexis' recipes are awesome! I'm currently hooked on one of her granola bar recipes. I love eating tuna and crackers - the salad looks amazing. Hooray for veggies! Dana | fresh simple five recently posted...Now.My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 13, 2015, 10:42 am
      Her recipes are SO good!! I haven't tried her granola bars yet, but you are making me want to!
  • Courtney Violet Bentley March 13, 2015, 10:42 am
    I am OBSESSED with anything Miso! So happy you posted these recipes, thank you for sharing xo C Courtney Violet Bentley recently posted...Alcat Food Allergy Test ResultsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 13, 2015, 10:45 am
      You are so welcome, Courtney! I'm glad to see another miso lover out there. Make sure you give this recipe a try. You won't regret it!
  • Kate March 13, 2015, 11:26 am
    Thanks for some lunch time inspiration. I love the idea of tuna + hummus! Kate recently posted...pasta and kale salad: a quick & healthy lunchMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 13, 2015, 12:04 pm
      You are so welcome, Kate! I hope you give the combination a try. It is a new favorite of mine!
  • Ashley @ A Lady Goes West March 13, 2015, 12:34 pm
    Okay, my mouth is watering for all of these dishes! Good thing I'm going to the grocery store today, Hannah! I'd never heard of Shakshuka before now either! Have a lovely weekend:) Ashley @ A Lady Goes West recently posted...Friday Favorites: Purse, snack, plant + moreMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 13, 2015, 2:12 pm
      I'm glad I'm not the only one! I still need to find someone to help me pronounce it ;) I hope you enjoy these dishes! Have a great weekend!
  • Rachael Abel @ Love Yourself Green March 13, 2015, 1:29 pm
    I'll take the shakshuka please! ;) Rachael Abel @ Love Yourself Green recently posted...Grain Free Cookies – Only 4 Ingredients & Ridonkey GoodMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 13, 2015, 2:14 pm
      Perfect! I'll whip you up a batch! ;)
  • Julie @ HostessAtHeart March 13, 2015, 3:03 pm
    I didn't even know what to guess shakshuka was but m so glad you brought it. It sounds amazing as does the other dishes! Julie @ HostessAtHeart recently posted...Olive Oil Lemon CakeMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 13, 2015, 3:24 pm
      I'm glad I'm not the only one who hadn't heard of it before. It was super delicious, though, so I'm glad I tried it!
  • Ashley March 13, 2015, 4:04 pm
    That kale salad!! Looks awesome! Making me wish I was about to make it for dinner! Have a great weekend friend! Ashley recently posted...Thai Chicken Pita PizzasMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 13, 2015, 4:39 pm
      It was so good! You should definitely give it a try when you get a chance. I hope you have a great weekend too, Ashley! :)

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