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Spice-Roasted Cauliflower with Quinoa (recipe)

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

here's another recipe that I want to save, and try out soon!

From MindBodyGreen:

Spice Roasted Cauliflower With Quinoa


1 head cauliflower, separated into small florets
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. za’atar
1 tsp. cumin
¼ tsp. red pepper flakes or 1 tsp. Aleppo pepper flakes
2 cloves garlic with skins on
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 2/3 cup water
3 Tbsp. finely chopped preserved lemon rind (flesh removed before chopping rind)
3 Tbsp. golden raisins
3 Tbsp. toasted, chopped hazelnuts, pine nuts or sliced almonds
handful cilantro leaves, chopped
Optional: drizzle of plain yogurt and/or pomegranate molasses

Preheat oven to 425 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a bowl, combine cauliflower, olive oil, spices, and a good dusting of salt and pepper.

Spread on baking sheet and add garlic cloves. Bake for 35-40 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to get the cauliflower evenly browned.

Meanwhile, bring water to a boil in saucepan, then reduce heat and add quinoa. Cover and simmer 15 minutes until liquid is evaporated.

Remove cauliflower from oven. Remove garlic cloves and let cool. Once cooled, squeeze garlic from skins and mince or mash with a fork.

In a large bowl, fold together cauliflower, garlic, quinoa, preserved lemon and pine nuts. Garnish with cilantro, and perhaps some yogurt and pomegranate molasses. Tastes great served warm or room temperature. Serves 6-8 as a side dish. www.mindbodygreen.com/0-13216/spice-

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KALIGIRL 4/9/2014 8:32AM


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Wow this looks delicious! (recipe)

Thursday, March 27, 2014


Kale Tabbouleh with Walnuts, Apples, and Pomegranate
By Chef/Owner of Philadelphia's Zahav and partner at CookNSolo Restaurants, Michael Solomonov

What you'll need:
2 cups of kale leaves, minced, with the stems removed
½ cup of red onions, finely diced
2 granny smith apples, diced with the skin on
1 cup of walnuts, lightly toasted and ground fine
The seeds of 2 pomegranates
2 tbsp of lemon juice
2 tbsp of olive oil
½ tsp of coarsely ground black pepper
Kosher salt to taste

How to make it:
In a large stainless steel bowl, mix all ingredients thoroughly and season to taste with salt.
Divide onto 4 plates and serve immediately. Goes really well with hearty fish such as salmon or tuna.

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PDQ1203 3/29/2014 9:10AM


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KALIGIRL 3/28/2014 8:41AM

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RX_2_RV 3/28/2014 12:16AM

    mmmmmmmm! It's always good to find delicious ways to add kale to the diet. Thanks for sharing!

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[article] 15 Small Changes for Faster Weight Loss

Monday, March 10, 2014

Hello again,
I just wanted to share this article. Any tips and tricks help!! :)

Have a fantastic day, everyone!!


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GRLTAZ 3/12/2014 8:10PM

    Great article. Thank you ! Tc

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KALIGIRL 3/11/2014 8:38AM

    Indeed they do!

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NAKIOMA 3/10/2014 4:07PM

    Thanks - picked up some interesting information.....................Nak

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Article: How Successful People Make the Most of Their Weekends

Saturday, January 11, 2014

I found this article to be inspiring because although my husband and I might plan some weekends out, most of the time we're sitting on the couch for hours, watching TV. So much time lost, even though we're talking about what we want to do (other than chores). I think there is something to this, planning every weekend ahead of time, especially doing fun activities!

Here's the article, found on Yahoo! today:

Happy Weekend everyone!!

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GETSTRONGRRR 1/11/2014 7:29PM

    Nice article, thanks!

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KALIGIRL 1/11/2014 5:23PM

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JAROL7 1/11/2014 4:53PM

    Hope you enjoyed your weekend. My wife and I played all day at a table tennis tournament and loved it.

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Weight loss plan that sounds strict, but I want to give it a 'go'

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Hello there!

I tend to be a healthy eater, and I enjoy food, so much that I am overweight. I stay away from fast food, eat red meat every now and then, don't drink sodas or add sugar or salt, I also never consume artificial sweeteners if I can help it. BUT, my downfall is bread and all other related things to wheat: pasta, crackers, etc. I also LOVE red wine. I love it. Oh, also cheese!! These are my biggest food weaknesses, and I know it.

I came across this article today, and I want to share it here and also have it as a place holder to come back to as reference. I know I can do this, especially if I give myself 2 weeks to cut out certain foods/alcohol during that time. I realize that other things will fall by the wayside too, such as my morning coffee (I enjoy putting the tiniest bit of raw sugar and about a Tbsp of cream). But--- I can certainly do this plan to lose weight for 2 weeks. Let's see if I can keep it going further than that, but I'll give myself the initial 14 days and go from there!!

Here is the article. I am considering buying the author's book:


The gist of it (I took my own notes to refer to as well):

14 Days

Day 1: eliminate refined sugar
Day 2: eliminate wheat
Day 3: eliminate dairy
Day 4: No highly processed foods (nothing from a box or bag)
Day 5: No artificial sweeteners (such as diet soda)
Day 6: eliminate red meat
Day 7: eliminate alcohol


~ continue for 7 more days and watch the weight come off~

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NDCAROL 10/31/2013 5:25PM

    Hello! I agree that we need to find what works for our very OWN bodies! I don't drink (though I used to think a little bread, a little wine, a little cheese and thou) was Heaven. The sulfiting agents in red wine and the molds in cheese make my nose stuff up, anyway. I wonder what happened with the author's lifestyle - if you read her book let us know. She's now listed as a health and fitness expert, so I wonder what happened to the financial analyst stuff. Did she quit that and then try a "clean" diet? The most difficult part of the regimen for me would be dumping prepared foods. If I didn't buy veggies in a bag, they wouldn't get eaten. I assume she's talking about something like Hamburger Helper?

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DAWNGW 10/31/2013 12:19PM

    Thanks Kaligirl! I love all your support.

I realize too, that one of my good friends does this when she thinks she's gaining too much weight (she's got a great figure)… she tells me when she stops eating wheat or dairy (and alcohol and coffee) and maintains a healthy body. Hmmm, I think it's going to work, at least I hope so!

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KALIGIRL 10/31/2013 9:27AM

    Will be interested to see how it goes - Know you can do it and hope you get the results you want!

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