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Friday Foodie Favorites: April 24, 2015

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Get excited!  Friday Foodie Favorites are back!  I have had a few people asking for these for the past several weeks, and I have been seriously slacking.  In celebration of Friday and the return of me sharing my favorite recipes from other bloggers, I have compiled a list of some seriously tasty dishes.  Oh, and I even (finally) made a pretty little graphic for all Friday Foodie Favorites posts to come!

Four healthy, comforting, filling, and seriously delicious meals are coming your way right now.

Friday Foodie Favorites GraphicFriday Foodie Favorites: April 24, 2015

FFF Split Pea Tuna ToastI have been craving and eating this dish like crazy!  I got the idea for this Split Pea Soup with Tuna and Toast from Paige.  I have to admit that when I first heard her mention it, I was a little uncertain.  I mean it sounds like a bit of a strange combination, and it certainly does not look all that pretty.  But… I fell in love with the combination the first time I made it and have eaten it at least three times since.  There is just something so comforting, filling, and delicious about this meal.  It comes together in under ten minutes (yay for lazy work week nights), and it is gluten-free-friendly.  I’m not going to lie, I could probably eat this every single week and not get bored.  Recently I made it again and added a fried egg on top with some sriracha sauce.  It was the bomb.  Stop being a judger (seriously, it is never going to look pretty) and start being a lover.

Corn Veggie Quinoa BowlTry to avert your eyes from all of that amazing guac for just a second.  I want to talk about Rachael’s recipe for her Spicy Corn and Quinoa Bowl that you see underneath!  This recipe is certainly one of the easiest meals that I have made over the past month.  You literally throw everything into one pot, let it cook, and then top it with delicious foods like avocado (guac for me), sriracha, etc.  I made it on a lazy Saturday night and ate the leftovers for lunch for the next couple of days.  It reheated great, tasted delicious, was super healthy, and kept me full for hours <– all must-haves for me when it comes to my main meals.  If you are a quinoa lover, you will be in heaven with this dish.  If quinoa isn’t your thing, I imagine it would be just as tasty with brown rice.

FFF Quinoa Fried RiceFor those of you who are quinoa lovers, here is another recipe you must try out.  It pretty much goes without fail that I eat a recipe from Alexis at least one night each week.  Alexis posted this Quinoa “Fried” Rice recipe the same day that I shared my Chickpea and Veggie Fried Rice.  What can I say?  Great minds think alike!  As soon as I saw it, I pinned it and added it to my meal plan for the next week.  Veggies, quinoa, and a delicious sauce with sriracha in it.  What’s not to love, right?  Right!  I made a big batch of this and ate it for dinners and lunches throughout the week.  The sauce was perfectly spicy, but did not leave my mouth on fire… just the way I like it!  If you are a veggie lover or are just trying to get more of them into your day, this is the perfect solution.  It absolutely reheats beautifully, too!

FFF Taco SaladI have mentioned a couple of times this past month that the spring weather has left me craving salads in a big way.  So when I laid eyes on Cassie’s Tortilla Chopped Salad with Black Bean Salsa and Ranch, I knew that I had to make my own vegan, gluten-free version.  The verdict?  Delicious.  I am now obsessed with topping all salads with this black bean salsa.  I hardly even needed much dressing since there was plenty of flavor already going on with the salsa.  I served my salad alongside warm corn tortillas instead of tortilla strips.  They were perfect to scoop everything up in, and are my new favorite accompaniment to Mexican-style salads.  This salad is the epitome of summer, and I love it.

Now I don’t want to hear any excuses about not having delicious, healthy, and easy meals to eat.  I hope you can use all four of these recipes in your meal plans for the coming week.  Go on.  Jump out of your comfort zone and make the crazy soup/tuna/toast combo.  I promise you will love it if you are a comfort food kind of gal/guy.

What recipes have you tried lately and loved?  Please share the links in the comments!

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  • Ashley April 24, 2015, 6:16 am
    Yum! Both of those quinoa dishes sound so good!! Happy happy weekend! Ashley recently posted...16 Dinner Recipes To Make This Cinco De MayoMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 24, 2015, 9:15 am
      They really are, Ashley! You should give them a try if you are a quinoa lover :) I hope your weekend is great too!
  • Farrah April 24, 2015, 7:29 am
    Yayy! Quinoa is next up on my "ingredients to use up in my apartment!" :P Farrah recently posted...Foodie Friday: Peanut Butter Cornflake No-BakesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 24, 2015, 9:17 am
      Well how perfect that I shared TWO quinoa recipes! You better get to cooking ;)
  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies April 24, 2015, 7:50 am
    I like how you knew that my eyes would be immediately focused on that guac and forget about what's underneath it. Guac is just too distractingly delicious! And that looks like a tasty dollop of it. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies recently posted...Black Bean Clean-Out-The-Fridge Taco SaladMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 24, 2015, 9:25 am
      It seriously is. It's so hard NOT to stare at it and want to eat it through the screen!
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine April 24, 2015, 9:40 am
    That quinoa dish with all that avocado <3 I had avocado every day this week! I hadn't in months (I don't know why!?) And it was just creamy heaven!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 24, 2015, 11:02 am
      Sometimes we get on weird food kicks/ruts and things like that happen. I haven't had plain avocado much lately, but have been loving it in the form of guac!
  • Missy April 24, 2015, 9:42 am
    I'm so curious about the tuna-pea....thing. I LOVE Amy's split pea soup and always stock that as well as tuna that I never eat. I've been looking for ways to eat more tuna (see above re:stockpile) but I'm kind of scared of warm tuna for some reason. This is a good idea to test the waters.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 24, 2015, 11:04 am
      Do it!! Some people don't love warm tuna, but I do!! You won't know until you try, right?
  • Sam @ PancakeWarriors April 24, 2015, 11:32 am
    I've been playing around a lot with quinoa the past week. I've been really loving some of the combinations I'm coming up with! The split pea soup on tuna toast actually sounds really good :) Sam @ PancakeWarriors recently posted...Killer Leg Workout | HIITMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 24, 2015, 12:41 pm
      Yay for quinoa! I hope you give the split pea soup/tuna/toast combo a try. I truly love it so much!
  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles April 24, 2015, 2:19 pm
    I would definitely like the corn and quinoa dish! meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles recently posted...Unbaked Baked OatmealMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 24, 2015, 2:58 pm
      It is a winner! It's so super easy to make, which I love :)
  • Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola April 24, 2015, 5:11 pm
    These look great! I have been so uninspired with cooking lately that I have not tried a new recipe in a while.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 25, 2015, 2:33 pm
      We sometimes get into those ruts, don't we? I hope you find some inspiration for some yummy new eats!
  • Ariana April 24, 2015, 5:59 pm
    That spicy corn and quinoa dish looks amazing! I love easy weekend meals....any easy meals for that matter! Ariana recently posted...Inspiring Humans: Farrah FongMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 25, 2015, 2:34 pm
      Easy meals that are also delicious are the BEST!! I hope you give that dish a try. I think you will really like it!
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul April 24, 2015, 6:27 pm
    Mmm all of this looks delicious! Happy Friday! See you super soon! :D
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 25, 2015, 2:35 pm
      It was so, SO delicious!! You'd like it all I bet :)
  • Paige @ Healthy Hits the Spot April 24, 2015, 8:15 pm
    Honored to be included here! Thanks girlie :) Glad you like the split pea soup & tuna as much as my Hubby & I do! XO! Paige Paige @ Healthy Hits the Spot recently posted...Series: “WHY Intuitive Eating?” (2/4)My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 25, 2015, 2:36 pm
      I sure do!! And now I am trying to get everyone else to love it too! ;)
  • Olivia Schwab April 26, 2015, 1:26 pm
    That black bean salad looks soo good! Olivia Schwab recently posted...Coffee Time With... JACQUIEMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 26, 2015, 2:21 pm
      It is delicious! You should definitely make it :)
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien April 26, 2015, 8:44 pm
    Hayyyyy quinoa fried rice! You just reminded me how badly I need to make another batch :) Thanks for sharing!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 26, 2015, 9:13 pm
      I need to make another batch too! It was delish!

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