Saturday, May 30, 2015

Delicious Food

I wanted to share a few recipes I have tried lately and loved!

Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing

Recipe here.  

I'm obsessed with this salad! It is like candy! It will likely be a staple in the fridge this summer.

I used peanuts since they are only a fraction of the cost of cashews. This one here doesn't look like the one on the website because I used green cabbage and forgot to buy a red bell pepper! It was still amazing. I love heat in most dishes and added finely diced Habanero pepper. It is a dish that you can play around with in terms of ingredients.

Avocado Feta Salsa

Recipe here.

I eat this as a salad. It is also great mixed with greens. The first time I made it, I found it a bit vinegary for my taste buds so the next time I made it I used 1 tablespoon less of vinegar and added another tablespoon of olive oil. It is not as flavorful after being refrigerated so eating it fresh is the way to go!

Arugula Pesto + Farro Pilaf

Recipe here.

This is quite the dish that can be changed with different veggies. I love the arugula pesto! There were no pumpkin seed in the store when I went to make this but sunflower seeds were a great substitute. Since gluten is not my friend, I used quinoa instead of farro.

Instant Frozen Yogurt

This looks like baby food but it is delicious mango frozen yogurt! 

I made this by chopping up a large, fresh mango and freezing it in the morning. By the end of the day it was ready. I put it in the food processor with approximately 1 cup of plain yogurt and a heaping tablespoon of brown sugar. It whipped to perfection! 

I can across this idea in a magazine. The original recipe says to combined 4.5 cups of frozen mango (or a 16 ouce bag), 1.5 cups of plain Greek yogurt and 1/3 cup of confectioner's sugar or brown sugar (that sounds like too much sugar considering how sweet the fruit is). 

Next time we will try it with Greek yogurt which would make it even creamier and play around with other fruits. 

I did try this with frozen orange wedges but had an issue with the texture (it came out soupy and pulpy). However, we froze the leftovers which turned into perfect Italian ice! I just love when mistakes have a happy ending. Now I know how we can make a delicious icy treat in the future.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you feel inspired to make something in the kitchen! ~Val


  1. Looks like I'll be trying out some new recipes in the very near future!

  2. Hi Val.
    All of these sound delicious especially the frozen yogurt, thank you for sharing.

  3. I just picked up a big bag of avocado's and a jar of feta cheese :-) Thanks for sharing these. And I love everything with ginger, so I might be trying the first recipe too! Did you recommend me the chef's table documentary? I got Netflix since this week (yay! although there's too much to choose from...), and I added it to my to watch list :-)

  4. I'm not a big fan of salads...but those do look good. :0)

  5. Thanks for the tips Val! The frozen fruity yoghurt looks good :D

  6. I love Greek yogurt. Definitely use it with your next mango creation!

  7. Val, all of these looks like such wonderful summer goodies.
    Thank you for sharing them here!

  8. great dishes,
    the first looks so yummy ,would love to try it

  9. Thanks for sharing these delicious veggie meals, Val!
    I have got to try the Farro Pilaf with Arugula Pesto!
    And as soon as the weather warms up a bit more I will make that Mango
    Frozen Yoghurt :)

  10. I am so trying that Thai Quinoa Salad! I want to come and eat in your home! You make some delicious things.

  11. Delicious post!!! I love the salads in summer!!!
    Have a good week, dear Val!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  12. They all look so delicious Val! Yummmm!

  13. The cashew salad looks really yummy. And substituting peanuts is a smart idea for the cost.
    The yogurt sounds yummy too! I can see how oranges might be a strange texture. Strawberry/banana sounds yummy :)

  14. I think I love all your recipes. Thanks so much for the frozen yogurt tip.

  15. Val, I am coming to your house one day to eat! LOL! I am trying these! Thanks so much for sharing!

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