Vegetarian

Peanut Miso Noodle Slaw

Oxo Spiralizer - The Duo Dishes

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If you’re a follower on social media, you may have seen a few posts about another project I’ve been working on since late May. It’s called 30 to Lifestyle–a health and fitness website that features a 30-day challenge with curated exercises and recipes. Perhaps you guessed that I’m creating the recipes, which would be correct. The months have flown by as I’ve been working on ideas, a handful of which have been based around our sponsors. This one features a spiralizer from Oxo who signed up on a prize contributor a couple of weeks ago. I have a number of their products in my kitchen, as I’m sure many of you do as well. They’re sturdy, reliable and span the range of indispensable to task-specific. I would throw this spiralizer into the latter category. It may not be a foundation tool for anyone looking to stock their kitchen, it is a piece of equipment that will enhance the way you incorporate fruits and vegetables into your meals. Here’s a recipe that incorporates Oxo’s hand-held spiralizer, resulting in a twist on your summer slaw.

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Chipotle Rajas con Crema (Creamy Chipotle Roasted Poblanos)

Chipotle Rajas con Crema 4 - The Duo Dishes

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That big deal football game is around the corner, right? I’ve been hearing quite a bit about it. Admittedly, I’m not a big sports fan, and I don’t follow football. I do enjoy any reason to sit around noshing and sipping, though. Even if that involves semi-pretending to know what’s going on during said big deal football game. Food and drink are so important at these gatherings, especially for any friends and family like me who just show up for commercials, the halftime show, appetizers and beer. That being said, I’m going to make a suggestion that you do something different this year for Super Bowl Sunday. Serve something that rarely finds itself on the table for an occasion like this. Rajas, my friends. Make Super Bowl 50 all about the rajas.

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Piri Piri Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Piri Piri Vegetables & Pork 2 - The Duo Dishes

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Yesterday, I shared a guest post on the Kwanzaa Culinarians site. For the last few years, I have contributed content along with my thoughts on one of the founding principles of Kwanzaa. It’s one of the least understood holiday celebrations during this time of the year, and in many ways, it is controversial within and outside of the African-American community. Despite that, the principles are important, and they do have meaning that are worthy of exploration. Check out the page to learn more about these principles and what they mean to a number of bloggers who are sharing their thoughts and feelings this season. And if you like what you see above, be sure to head over there for my recipe for Piri Piri Roasted Vegetables.

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Thai Roasted Carrot Ribbons Salad

Raw Carrot Ribbons - The Duo Dishes

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Admittedly, my favorite vegetable during this season is the sweet potato. I’ve said it a million times before, and it will be a statement that remains on repeat. They are usually my favorite tuber to play with during the fall. That being said, there’s no sweet potatoes in this recipe. It’s time to switch it up, right? Today, I am sharing a simple recipe featuring my second favorite orange vegetable–carrots. They’re sweet, crunchy and versatile. And best of all, they’re pretty. Especially if you explore all of the colors.

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Linguine with Roasted Tomatoes and Ricotta

Linguine Roasted Tomatoes Ricotta 1 - The Duo Dishes

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One of the last summer dishes I made was centered around pasta and two seasonal vegetables that tend to be at their peak this time of year–corn and tomatoes. You may not see the corn just by looking at the final dish, but it’s there. Following a menu tasting at Little Next Door, I spoke with the chef who served ravioli swimming in a corn and butter sauce. He described how he cooked the corn down until the kernels reached its sweetest point, and that golden mixture was the foundation of the sauce. I decided to take that idea and use it as the base of my pasta dish to add a subtle layer of flavor and creaminess.

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Grape Mint Tomato Salad From Ally’s Kitchen

Grape Mint Tomato Salad 1 - The Duo Dishes

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I’ve mentioned Ally Phillips’ (the woman behind Ally’s Kitchen) name a few times on the blog, and it’s all thanks to our meeting at last year’s Dole Blogger Summit. We then spent time together filming her Dole Foods cooking video series, and finally there was that little Dole Cook-Off. I’ve seen her in action in the kitchen, and I’ve also tasted a few of her dishes. She’s a woman who knows how to throw down. Ally spent several months working on her first cookbook and invited several bloggers to receive a sneak peek copy. I’ve been flipping through mine for a couple of weeks now, and today, I’m going to share a winning summer salad from her cookbook. Continue reading “Grape Mint Tomato Salad From Ally’s Kitchen”

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Roasted Carrot and Quinoa Salad

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Towards the end of January, I received a copy of Paulette Lambert’s new cookbook, The Wellness Kitchen. Years of hosting a food blog, and working in the food industry in general, have definitely played a role in expanding pant sizes and plumper cheeks. Of course, the food isn’t to blame, but let’s be honest…the life of many food bloggers is often characterized by indulgence. To add a bit of balance to the teeter-tottering scale, the meals I cook for myself are often very plain and regimented. Even I find myself getting bored with some of the healthy, single girl meals that grace the table, so there’s always room for new “fresh, flavorful” dishes, as the book promises. One recipe in particular stood out thanks to a unique spice blend and its use of several of my favorite ingredients.

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