Kitchen Treaty http://www.kitchentreaty.com Sat, 02 May 2015 16:06:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.4 Strawberry Jalapeno Salsa http://www.kitchentreaty.com/strawberry-jalapeno-salsa/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/strawberry-jalapeno-salsa/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14820

Strawberry Jalapeno Salsa - only 5 ingredients for the perfect summer fruit salsa recipe!

Sponsored PostI am a snack food fiend. It’s kind of my vice. My kid has followed suit; the crunchier and crispier, the better. When I discovered Food Should Taste Good products, I felt like I had found the best of both worlds – super satisfying chips and crackers, but healthy! Truly wholesome ingredients, non-GMO … win win.

So, naturally, when Food Should Taste Good asked me to develop a recipe that would pair perfectly with their fabulous tortilla chips, I was allll over it.

Strawberry Jalapeno Salsa - only 5 ingredients for the perfect summer fruit salsa recipe!

Strawberry Jalapeno Salsa - only 5 ingredients for the perfect summer fruit salsa recipe!

This Strawberry Jalapeno Salsa is so simple. Just five ingredients – not counting the salt and pepper – but it absolutely explodes with flavor. I know what you might be thinking. Strawberries? In a savory salsa?!! To this I reply: JUST TRUST ME. Sweet, juicy, tart strawberries with a big hit of lime – both by way of zest and juice – could not pair more perfectly with the bite of red onions, mild jalapeno heat, sultry cilantro, and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. For us, this scrumptious stuff is shaping up to be a Summer 2015 staple.

With all the lime going on in this strawberry salsa recipe, I knew Food Should Taste Good’s lime tortilla chips – flavored with real lime and SO addicting – would be the perfect scooping vehicle.

Strawberry Jalapeno Salsa - only 5 ingredients for the perfect summer fruit salsa recipe!

Ayyyy carumba.

Strawberry Jalapeno Salsa - only 5 ingredients for the perfect summer fruit salsa recipe!

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Three Bean Sweet Potato Salad http://www.kitchentreaty.com/three-bean-sweet-potato-salad/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/three-bean-sweet-potato-salad/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:05:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14634

Three Bean Sweet Potato Salad recipe - This riff on retro three-bean salad adds sweet potatoes to the mix. We love this hearty twist on potato salad - perfect for potlucks, too.

We’ve been experiencing some seriously summer-like weather here in the Pacific Northwest, and it has me oh-so ready for everything that comes with the gloriousness of the season. Like barbecues! Especially barbecues! Because I’ve decided that this Three Bean Sweet Potato Salad is the perfect thing to take to said barbecues all summer long.

Three Bean Sweet Potato Salad recipe - This riff on retro three-bean salad adds sweet potatoes to the mix. We love this hearty twist on potato salad - perfect for potlucks, too.

Why? Well …

  1. It’s a potato salad! Potato salads are perfect for barbecues. But …
  2. It’s not mayo-based! So you don’t have to be worried about mayo out in the hot-hot sun (or just the heaviness of mayo for that matter)
  3. It’s vegan and gluten-free, but not so crazy out-there that all the other revelers won’t want to partake too.
  4. So it’s a perfect side for them but would also work as a main for you (assuming you’re vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, or all three) if need be.

Three Bean Sweet Potato Salad recipe - This riff on retro three-bean salad adds sweet potatoes to the mix. We love this hearty twist on potato salad - perfect for potlucks, too.

I love the idea of this salad for fall, too – I mean, just look at those colors! But I just couldn’t wait until then to share my new favorite potato salad with you. It had to happen now.

Three Bean Sweet Potato Salad recipe - This riff on retro three-bean salad adds sweet potatoes to the mix. We love this hearty twist on potato salad - perfect for potlucks, too.

Ah heck, let’s just declare this potato salad perfect for any of the four seasons, and call it good.

(But especially for barbecues and summer!)

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Green Goddess Wedge Salad http://www.kitchentreaty.com/green-goddess-wedge-salad/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/green-goddess-wedge-salad/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 07:00:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14659

Poor scorned iceberg lettuce. It had its time in the limelight … but that was long ago. Well! I propose we bring it back! At least, in wedge form – because there is nothing like a crispy, crunchy, ice-cold wedge salad.

Green Goddess Wedge Salad

A classic wedge is sprinkled liberally with bacon, but we don’t do that here, because we’re taking this wedge to Vegantown. So instead, we smoky-up some chickpeas and add those to the mix. So good.

I thought I’d double up on the retro by smothering this wedge in a green goddess style dressing, flavored liberally with fresh herbs and made creamy with avocado and tahini.

Green Goddess Wedge Salad

Basically, this isn’t your mama’s wedge salad – but I bet she’ll love it.

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PB&J Smoothie http://www.kitchentreaty.com/pbj-smoothie/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/pbj-smoothie/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 11:05:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14795

PB&J Smoothie: A tasty - and surprisingly satisfying - smoothie recipe inspired by everyone's favorite sandwich.

I’ve spent much of my adult life fearing the dreaded root canal. And last week, I finally had that fear realized. Was it painful, you ask? Was it torture? Pure h-e-double-hockeysticks? Nope! My root canal was awesome! It was fast, it was painless (once I was finally numb enough), and most of all, it was pure relief, baby. Sometimes you don’t realize just quite how much pain you were in until the pain’s gone. Ahhhhhhh. All better. Take that, tooth! In your face, fear!

Several hours after the whole affair, I was really, really hungry – and still really really numb. A liquid dinner was going to have to be on the menu; the only question was, which smoothie should I make? My mind first turned to one of these, but I was craving something fruity – and I needed something dairy-free.

PB&J Smoothie: A tasty - and surprisingly satisfying - smoothie recipe inspired by everyone's favorite sandwich.

The combo of strawberries and peanut butter reminds me of my fave peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but in smoothie form. No bread – or, thankfully, chewing – needed!

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Veggie Roll Rice Bowl with Creamy Sesame-Wasabi Dressing http://www.kitchentreaty.com/veggie-roll-rice-bowl-with-creamy-sesame-wasabi-dressing/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/veggie-roll-rice-bowl-with-creamy-sesame-wasabi-dressing/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:05:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14642

Veggie Roll Rice Bowl with Creamy Sesame-Wasabi Dressing recipe - All the flavors of veggie sushi rolls, in the form of a tasty and satisfying grain bowl.

I was a vegetarian long before I ever tried sushi. The truth is, after my decision to go meatless (and seafood-less), it just wasn’t high on my must-try list, because I mistakenly assumed that sushi = fish. Then a smarter-than-me friend schooled me – sushi actually doesn’t always have to have fish! Basically, sushi is a wide variety of foods made with vinegared rice that’s shaped into balls and rolled into rolls, along with all kinds of good stuff on and in them. It wasn’t long before I was noshing on avocado rolls, cucumber rolls, veggie rolls, tempura veggie rolls, tofu rolls … basically, I went on a vegetarian sushi roll binge (that, um, lasted years). Such, such good stuff.

My favorite, the classic veggie roll, was the inspiration for this Veggie Roll Rice Bowl. Carrots, cucumber, and avocado along with vinegared rice, sesame seeds, and a dressing with that classic must-have sushi roll accompaniment, wasabi and soy sauce. Instead of white rice, I’ve swapped in the healthier brown rice – seasoned with rice vinegar and dotted with toasted sesame seeds. And I added some vibrant green edamame for a hit of protein.

Veggie Roll Rice Bowl with Creamy Sesame-Wasabi Dressing recipe - All the flavors of veggie sushi rolls, in the form of a tasty and satisfying grain bowl.

And then we’ve got the dressing. The dressing! It’s kind of insane. In a good way. Tahini makes it super creamy and kicks up the sesame flavors (toasted sesame oil helps too). Tamari or soy sauce along with wasabi – a little or a lot, your choice – really bring the dressing to life.

I love that this brings together the flavors of veggie rolls without having to, you know, actually roll the suckers. All the flavors of sushi at home, without the work, money, or fish! Win win.

Veggie Roll Rice Bowl with Creamy Sesame-Wasabi Dressing recipe - All the flavors of veggie sushi rolls, in the form of a tasty and satisfying grain bowl.

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Soft-Baked Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies http://www.kitchentreaty.com/soft-baked-almond-flour-chocolate-chip-cookies/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/soft-baked-almond-flour-chocolate-chip-cookies/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:00:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14638

Remember those soft-baked chocolate chip cookies you’d buy in the snack food aisle? Bendy, pliable, perfect for sinking your teeth into one. Or – ahem – seven.

For all I know, those soft-baked cookies are still available – as much has I’ve always loved Chips Ahoy, it’s been awhile since I shopped the cookie aisle. That’s not to say we don’t eat a few too many cookies in our house – they’re my daughter’s favorite thing to help make. Especially if they have chocolate chips in them.

Soft-Baked Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe - These bendy melt-in-your-mouth gems are an incredible gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb alternative to traditional chocolate chip cookies.

These chocolate chip cookies are her new favorite – and that’s saying something, because my kid is definitely on the selective side, particularly when it comes to her cookies.

What she doesn’t know is that these Soft-Baked Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies are gluten-free, dairy-free, and surprisingly low in sugar and carbohydrates. Not that she’d care – she just knows they’re delicious.

Soft-Baked Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe - These bendy melt-in-your-mouth gems are an incredible gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb alternative to traditional chocolate chip cookies.

So: expectations. These are not your typical chewy chocolate chip cookies. As the title implies, they’re soft and bendy and they melt in your mouth and – yes! – they’re really, really tasty. The almond flour does give them a bit more texture than your typical chocolate chip cookie, but we love it.

Soft-Baked Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe - These bendy melt-in-your-mouth gems are an incredible gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb alternative to traditional chocolate chip cookies.

They’re also very easy to make – the batter comes together in no time, and they bake up in a flash. Faster than a trip to the cookie aisle at the grocery store, for sure.

If you’re gluten-free and you’re tired of sandy cookies, give these a try – they’re anything but. And if you’re dairy-free and missing cookies, I think these will fit the bill nicely. And! If you’re eating low carb, these might just work for you too.

And if you just like cookies, well, these are also for you. Chocolate chip cookies for all!

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Vegan Banana Cream Pie Mini Tarts http://www.kitchentreaty.com/vegan-banana-cream-pie-mini-tarts/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/vegan-banana-cream-pie-mini-tarts/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:00:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14492

What’s better than pie? Mini pie, of course!

Vegan Banana Cream Pie Mini Tarts

These dreamy little tarts are stuffed with a lusciously creamy dairy-free banana cream pie filling and topped with coconut whipped cream. They’re perfect for the vegans in your life, but guaranteed to be appreciated by all – vegan or not.

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Beans & Greens Tacos http://www.kitchentreaty.com/beans-greens-tacos/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/beans-greens-tacos/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 07:00:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14688

Tacos on Saint Patrick’s Day? Well, when they have the word “green” in the title, you betcha! Now you can’t pinch me.

Beans and Greens Tacos recipe. With kidney beans & rainbow chard, these tacos are fast, easy, and healthy - the perfect weeknight meal. Flexible for meat-eaters, vegans, vegetarians & gluten-free diets.

These Beans & Greens Tacos are the easiest dinner I’ve made in weeks. Months. Ever! Okay, maybe not ever. Cold cereal for dinner is the easiest ever. But they are still pretty darn easy. 20 minutes and bam – done.

We’ve got beans – of the kidney variety. We’ve got greens – I’m lookin’ at you, rainbow chard.

Beans and Greens Tacos recipe. With kidney beans & rainbow chard, these tacos are fast, easy, and healthy - the perfect weeknight meal. Flexible for meat-eaters, vegans, vegetarians & gluten-free diets.

A few spices, a few toppings, some corn tortillas, and voila. Dinner’s ready.

Beans and Greens Tacos recipe. With kidney beans & rainbow chard, these tacos are fast, easy, and healthy - the perfect weeknight meal. Flexible for meat-eaters, vegans, vegetarians & gluten-free diets.

I first heard about the concept of beans and greens tacos from Sherri when she posted a version over on Oh My Veggies. How cute, I thought: The name rhymes! And they look darn good, too. But it wasn’t until earlier this year that I finally decided to try my hand at some.

I started with this recipe from Martha Stewart’s site, opting for chard instead of kale or other greens. We don’t eat chard nearly enough, so these have been a great (and delicious!) excuse to work it in.

Beans and Greens Tacos recipe. With kidney beans & rainbow chard, these tacos are fast, easy, and healthy - the perfect weeknight meal. Flexible for meat-eaters, vegans, vegetarians & gluten-free diets.

Another reason why this recipe is awesome, especially when you’ve got a multivore household or unexpected company: you can take one recipe and make it vegetarian, vegan, meaty, and/or gluten-free! Just customize for each individual by switching up the tortillas and the toppings.

Happy St. Patty’s day! Now go eat a taco to celebrate.

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Coconut French Toast http://www.kitchentreaty.com/coconut-french-toast/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/coconut-french-toast/#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:05:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14532

I guess you could say I’m on quite a coconut kick lately. If you’re not a coconut lover like I clearly am, please continue to come back! I do have non-coconut deliciousness up my sleeve, promise.

Just not today. Because today, we have Coconut French Toast.

Coconut French Toast - Decadent, dairy-free French toast recipe made extra-delicious with coconut milk.

This easy dairy-free french toast recipe is super simple – it’s essentially classic French toast with rich and creamy canned coconut milk swapped in for the dairy milk. I like to top mine with toasted coconut flakes for some extra coconutty goodness.

Yum.

Coconut French Toast - Decadent, dairy-free French toast recipe made extra-delicious with coconut milk.

No reason us dairy-free folks should have to skip the French toast! My dairy-partaking guy and toddler love this stuff as much as I do, and just as much as classic French toast – we’ve found that you really don’t taste much of a difference between canned coconut milk and cow’s milk in this particular recipe. You can use lite canned coconut milk or full-fat – both work. Lite is delicious; full-fat takes it over the top in a good, rich, almost custardy way.

Coconut French Toast - Decadent, dairy-free French toast recipe made extra-delicious with coconut milk.

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Honey Almond Quinoa Granola http://www.kitchentreaty.com/honey-almond-quinoa-granola/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/honey-almond-quinoa-granola/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:05:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14186

Honey Almond Quinoa Granola - Nutty, crunchy, lightly-sweetened clusters make this easy granola recipe a keeper.

Okay, so. ‘Fess up time. I’m going through a bit of a blogging rough patch. For one: every recipe idea I have lately ends up being a dismal flop – so, of course, they don’t see the light of day here. Apparently vegetarian Irish stew (gross), sweet-potato-topped chili shepherd’s pie (boring), and sweet potato biscuit breakfast sandwiches (weird) are simply not meant to be foodstuffs. At least not by my hand.

And then add in the dietary restrictions I’m currently on, the dietary restrictions my daughter is now on, and the dietary restrictions I’m likely about to be on because I’m still having annoying little health issues and need to figure out what the h-e-double-hockey-sticks is going on. Seriously, man. Ugh.

I’m trying to keep this from full-on venting but I just want to be up front. I’m trying! And I am, for what it’s worth, pretty dang excited about this Honey Almond Quinoa Granola recipe. Of course, I did come up with this recipe months ago, when my kitchen mojo was flowing a little better. Grr.

So! How’s this granola different and awesome? Well, I’m sure you noticed the word “quinoa” up there in the title. Quinoa is great to add to granola not only because of the added protein and omegas, but it also lends a nice little extra crunch.

Honey Almond Quinoa Granola - Nutty, crunchy, lightly-sweetened clusters make this easy granola recipe a keeper.

Honey sweetens this batch, but this granola isn’t overly sweet or sticky – it doesn’t feel like fattening granola. It feels like good-for-you granola. It’s true! There can be such a thing! At least, I think so. And in moderation and all that.

Honey Almond Quinoa Granola - Nutty, crunchy, lightly-sweetened clusters make this easy granola recipe a keeper.

I add an egg white – yes, an egg white! – to help bind the ingredients together into a more chunky granola. Granola clusters are a good thing, at least in my book! Plus, it helps the quinoa stick to the rest of the good stuff instead of segregating itself. (I learned this awesome trick from Smitten Kitchen via Serious Eats.)

I like this granola without any dried fruit, but you’re welcome to add some if you’d like. Make it yours!

I’ll just be over here in the kitchen looking around for my mojo. Maybe I’ll start by digging through this bowlful of granola. Win/win!

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