Kitchen Treaty http://www.kitchentreaty.com Tue, 26 May 2015 11:47:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.5 Chickpea Salad Niçoise http://www.kitchentreaty.com/chickpea-salad-nicoise/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/chickpea-salad-nicoise/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 11:37:45 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14861

I’m not even sure when or why I decided I must have a Niçoise salad in my life, just that it needed to happen. But it had to happen without tuna.

Chickpea Salad Nicoise - Chickpeas replace tuna in this vegetarian rendition of the classic French salad. This has become my favorite hearty dinner salad!
Another thing I’m not sure about? How to pronounce “Niçoise.” For me, it’s one of those words that I read occasionally but have never, to my recollection, actually heard out loud. That “ç” must make it sound really fancy, but yeah. No clue. I need Eminem to use it in a hit song so that I can finally learn how to correctly pronounce the word. Not that that’s, um, ever happened before.

So, this salad! Classic salad Niçoise generally boasts tuna, hard-boiled eggs, Niçoise olives (a small, bold black olive), tomatoes, baby potatoes, and green beans or, if you’re fancy, “haricots verts” (yeah, I’m not sure how to pronounce that one, either). It’s all piled atop a bed of crisp lettuce. A drizzle of Dijon-spiked vinaigrette brings the whole thing together.

Chickpea Salad Nicoise - Chickpeas replace tuna in this vegetarian rendition of the classic French salad. This has become my favorite hearty dinner salad!

But, as I mentioned before, no tuna in this vegetarian salad Niçoise recipe – instead, we’ve got chickpeas! Chickpeas are, incidentally, my favorite sub for tuna – they’ve got protein, they’re healthy, and they’re delicious on their own but also transform into all kinds of various forms of otherworldly goodness.

Once I got the tuna substitution issue out of the way, another pesky problem popped up. I couldn’t find Niçoise olives anywhere! Even at high-end grocery stores with olive bars. No bueno. So I subbed in kalamata olives instead. Is it blasphemy? I’m not sure. But I am sure that it’s very, very delicious.

Chickpea Salad Nicoise - Chickpeas replace tuna in this vegetarian rendition of the classic French salad. This has become my favorite hearty dinner salad!

Olive this Chickpea Salad Niçoise.

You know I had to.

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Easy Vegan Peanut Butter Mug Cake http://www.kitchentreaty.com/easy-vegan-peanut-butter-mug-cake/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/easy-vegan-peanut-butter-mug-cake/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 14:06:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14882

Mug cakes, man. I resisted them for a long, long time. Because – yup – just as I suspected, they are way WAY too easy to make. And consume. Possibly daily.

Easy Vegan Peanut Butter Mug Cake recipe - Just 3 minutes from sweet tooth attack to bliss! Utterly delicious whether you're vegan or not. (I affectionately call this "tea cup cake" because it's a petite version that makes just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth without feeling like I went overboard.)

Seriously. If you’ve got a sweet tooth attack and three minutes, this is going to fit the bill just fine. And you don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy this Easy Vegan Peanut Butter Mug Cake. Because trust me – it’s plenty moist, decadent, and just plain delicious without the egg, cow’s milk, or butter. (Kind of perfect for when you’re short on groceries, too!)

Easy Vegan Peanut Butter Mug Cake recipe - Just 3 minutes from sweet tooth attack to bliss! Utterly delicious whether you're vegan or not. (I affectionately call this "tea cup cake" because it's a petite version that makes just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth without feeling like I went overboard.)

Totally divine with or without the chocolate toppers.

 

I adapted my recipe from this one on Kirbie Cravings, swapping out the dairy milk for almond milk and replacing the sugar with pure maple syrup. The biggest change I made was to halve the recipe – I found that this version produces just enough mug cake to satisfy my sweet tooth without going totally overboard. It fits perfectly into my Fiestaware teacups, so I actually like to call it “teacup cake.” Except this cake is not dainty, my friends. Especially with a bit of chocolate sprinkled on top. It’s actually kind of pure grubbin’.

Easy Vegan Peanut Butter Mug Cake recipe - Just 3 minutes from sweet tooth attack to bliss! Utterly delicious whether you're vegan or not. (I affectionately call this "tea cup cake" because it's a petite version that makes just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth without feeling like I went overboard.)

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Smoky Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro & Lime http://www.kitchentreaty.com/smoky-grilled-sweet-potatoes-with-cilantro-lime/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/smoky-grilled-sweet-potatoes-with-cilantro-lime/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 07:00:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14649

Sweet and Smoky Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro and Lime - Sweet potatoes on the grill? Heck yes! Thin-sliced sweet potato slabs grill up tender and perfect on the BBQ. Rub 'em with spices and top with cilantro and lime for the side of the summer.

I am SO EXCITED for summer. Back when we bought our new place, we were lucky enough to score a roomy back deck. And basically, when the weather warms up, we live on the thing.

See! This is me right this very second.

the outdoor office

Notice the black covered behomoth at left? That’s our grill! That grill gets a looooot of use in the spring and summer. These past couple of years, it’s been churning out these Smoky Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro & Lime. Good grill!

Sweet and Smoky Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro and Lime - Sweet potatoes on the grill? Heck yes! Thin-sliced sweet potato slabs grill up tender and perfect on the BBQ. Rub 'em with spices and top with cilantro and lime for the side of the summer.

Last summer, I was determined to find an easy way to grill sweet potatoes. They’re such a hearty foodstuff and it just seems like they belong on the grill.

After poking around various sites and being turned off by many recipes that required pre-cooking your sweet potatoes before plopping them on the grill, I found this method on Simply Recipes. You cut the sweet potatoes vertically, and slice them thin enough so that they cook through nicely on the grill, no pre-cooking needed. Done!

I opted to add this sweet and smoky spice rub to the sweet potatoes before grilling them. This gives them loads of flavor and, as far as I’m concerned, makes them extra special. We made these all the time last summer, and this year, it’s shaping up to be more of the same.

Sweet and Smoky Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro and Lime - Sweet potatoes on the grill? Heck yes! Thin-sliced sweet potato slabs grill up tender and perfect on the BBQ. Rub 'em with spices and top with cilantro and lime for the side of the summer.

I like to finish off my sweet potato deliciousness off with a good squeeze of lime and a few flecks of cilantro.

Summer life is good.

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Sweet & Smoky BBQ Dry Rub Mix http://www.kitchentreaty.com/sweet-smoky-bbq-dry-rub-mix/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/sweet-smoky-bbq-dry-rub-mix/#comments Sat, 09 May 2015 18:51:51 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14891

Dry rubs: Not just for meat anymore! Although – this Sweet & Smoky BBQ Dry Rub Mix can totally be used for meat. This stuff can be used for everything. Except maybe bread. Or … ice cream. Okay, so maybe not everything. But it can be used for a whole lot.

Sweet and Smoky BBQ Dry Rub Mix - Use this intensely flavored dry spice rub on everything. Your grilled veggies, chicken, and tofu will never be the same!

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Sweet and Smoky BBQ Dry Rub Mix - Use this intensely flavored dry spice rub on everything. Your grilled veggies, chicken, and tofu will never be the same!

Sweet and Smoky BBQ Dry Rub Mix - Use this intensely flavored dry spice rub on everything. Your grilled veggies, chicken, and tofu will never be the same!

This versatile dry rub recipe starts with a good dose of brown sugar. Then it’s loaded up with smoky spices like smoked paprika, chili powder mix, and dried chipotle chile. Then we throw a few more herbs and spice in there for mega flavor goodness. Mega Flavor Goodness – totally an awesome new blog name. But I digress.

Sweet and Smoky BBQ Dry Rub Mix - Use this intensely flavored dry spice rub on everything. Your grilled veggies, chicken, and tofu will never be the same!

Thyme and rosemary. Mustard powder. Even a smidge of ground allspice. Do it!

Sweet and Smoky BBQ Dry Rub Mix - Use this intensely flavored dry spice rub on everything. Your grilled veggies, chicken, and tofu will never be the same!

Just rub it on and grill away. Or sprinkle it over the top of something you’ve already grilled. Or make a marinade with it. This Sweet & Smoky BBQ Dry Rub Mix is your oyster! (Hmm. It would probably be good on oysters, too, if oysters are your thing.)

Sweet and Smoky BBQ Dry Rub Mix - Use this intensely flavored dry spice rub on everything. Your grilled veggies, chicken, and tofu will never be the same!

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White Strawberry-Mango Sangria http://www.kitchentreaty.com/white-strawberry-mango-sangria/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/white-strawberry-mango-sangria/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 14:37:40 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14648

Never enough sangria recipes, that’s what I always say. Okay … I don’t always say it. Like, when I wake up in the morning, I don’t yawn then stretch then holler, “Never enough sangria recipes!” Nor do I greet long-lost friends with a hug and instant sangria talk. Or, say, when my daughter asks for a chocolate chip cookie 10 times within the span of 3 seconds (it’s possible!), I don’t snap back with “NEVER ENOUGH SANGRIA RECIPES!”

Well – okay. I usually don’t.

White Strawberry-Mango Sangria - A light, refreshing, and just plain luscious sangria. Perfect for hot summer days!

This White Strawberry-Mango Sangria is yet another riff on my White Strawberry-Lemon Sangria. I can’t stop!

White Strawberry-Mango Sangria - A light, refreshing, and just plain luscious sangria. Perfect for hot summer days!

It’s refreshing, light, and, yes – a little potent. I love how easy it is to put together and how easy it is to sip on – especially while lounging outside with friends on a warm summer evening. I love how the strawberries and the mango get all boozy after marinating in wine and rum.

I love that I can have my cocktail and eat it too!

NEVER ENOUGH SANGRIA RECIPES!

White Strawberry-Mango Sangria - A light, refreshing, and just plain luscious sangria. Perfect for hot summer days!

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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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