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Quinoa is a staple in many diets today whether you are vegan / vegetarian or a carnivore.  Since it is not a grain it fits into the No Sugar, No Grain lifestyle but unfortunately it is not Paleo based on what I read.  That being said you can make your own choices on what you want to put into your body and I for one will choose to consume quinoa.  I was inspired to get quinoa back into my diet after reading this article from Food Republic that showed 10 different things you didn't know about quinoa.  With this article in min...

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Soup is something we associate with winter or cold dreary rainy days.  You turn to soup for comfort and to warm you up.  You see that bowl of soup and the steam coming off the top and immediately you are transferred to a different time.  A time when you were a kid and maybe that soup was tomato soup accompanied by a grilled cheese. Never has hot soup been associated with summer.  Who wants to slurp on soup when it is 100* out with 100% humidity?  Just thinking about it is making me sweat but lucky for you soup doesn&rs...

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Vegan buffalo wings were one of the first things I needed to figure out how to make when I decided to go plant-based.  For me the smell of the hot sauce accompanied by the creamy cooling effect of the bleu cheese dressing was going to be the one item I missed the most and so it was imperative that I be able to make vegan buffalo wings and make them fast.  The first time I made them I was in heaven.  They had the aroma and flavor but what surprised me the most of this vegan version was the texture.  I used tempeh along w...

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Vegan risotto is not something you typically get excited about but while trolling through the multiple communities on Google Plus that I belong to I found a conversation regarding risotto and another regarding butternut squash.  I thought to myself that would be a great combination as the soft creamy texture of the butternut squash would go perfectly against the al dente texture of the risotto.  Along the way I saw crimini mushrooms in my refrigerator and the light bulb went off.  Why not add some crispy crimini mushrooms to add ...

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Paleo pancake…..where do I even begin?  I am not a person who you would say is well versed in paleo cuisine other than to say I know it typically involves bacon or at least that is what the pictures I see onInstagram would leave me to believe.  So when I saw a pancake challenge I was all over it and then I saw the categories.  First up Paleo Pancake and my mind began to think if I could use tempeh bacon in my meal.  Then I thought that Paleo has to be more than just bacon so I did what any self-respecting home co...

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Cornmeal pizza crust is what this turned out to be but that isn't what it started out as.  I made a socca earlier in the week and wondered if I could make a socca using cornmeal instead of garbanzo flour.  Before I tell you the rest of the story, do you know what a socca is?  Essentially, socca is a pancake made from garbanzo flour but it does not require baking powder, eggs or egg whites or anything other that water and oil.  Yes the two don't mix but when they are combined together with garbanzo flour there is a magic that...

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Iron Chef, if you are not familiar with the show, is a cooking contest on The Food Network that started in Japan in 1993.  At the time there were 4 Iron Chefs that specialized in Japanese, Chinese, French and Italian cuisine.  These Iron Chefs would battle contestants who 'dare' challenge them in Kitchen Stadium.  I was fascinated because this program was a combination of cooking show with poorly dubbed martial arts programs.  It was like watching Bruce Lee in a kitchen.  The dishes that the Iron Chef participants ...

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Polenta lasagna was inspired by a post I saw on PBS Food and knew within moments that I had to make this. Polenta lasagna is quite a bit different than your typical lasagna in that there are no noodles or red gravy. The dish that I created was 100% vegan where as your typical lasagna has cheese and lots of it. Even a vegetarian lasagna may have cheese in it but the polenta lasagna I created was dairy, gluten and wheat free. The beauty in making this dish was its simplicity while delivering big flavor. The original recipe is called Semolina Gnoc...

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Quinoa and tofu is not something I typically put together as it seems like protein overkill.  There is 8g of protein per cup of quinoa while there is 10g of protein per 1/2 cup of tofu.  18g of protein in one meal would be nearly35% of the average needs of a man and that just seems like to much from one meal.  I avoided this combination forever until I saw a post on Instagram with these two combined and I thought that I should just give it a try and ignore the macros for just one meal as the texture combination see...

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Fritters of the carrot variety came across in an email and I immediately put them into my menu planning.  I had been seeing fritters for a while but decided that I didn’t have time to shred or would rather just eat a carrot than go through the entire process.  One way or the other I came up with an excuse to not make them.  When I finally decided to make them it was mainly because I would be in recovery from Ironman Texas and would have the time. I decided I wanted to make carrot fritters for breakfast and would use them t...

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Navy beans are not something I cook with frequently and since I am an honest blogger that word should be never.  I picked up some dry navy beans a few months ago and used them when making a dish that included parsnips and mofongo thinking that I could make a black and white dish.  When I had them then I really enjoyed the taste and they seemed to quick much quicker than red kidney beans.  Recently while wandering the aisles of Sprout's Market I saw the bulk bin of navy beans and figured I would pick some up.  What I was goin...

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Chinese takeout was a staple of my diet when I was a kid.  I can remember my mother going to the bullet proof (that is what we called it because they had bullet proof windows and passed food and cash through a slot) and coming home with fried rice, ribs with that sweet and sour sauce, chicken wings, beef and broccoli and General Tso's chicken.  Man alive I would dive headfirst into all of it and it always had the most wonderful aroma of grease and fat and all things unhealthy. Fortunately or unfortunately there is no such thing as a g...

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Asparagus Risotto was voted as the recipe of the week on my Instagram feed and I couldn't have been happier to share this recipe with you.  As you know, maybe not if you live anywhere there has been snow fall lately, we are in spring and so it is time to dust off your favorite spring ingredients and make something that is in season and of course tasty.  For me, when spring comes I want asparagus and artichokes.  Seeing as artichokes were not available at the time of my grocery shopping I picked up a bunch of asparagus and de...

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Banana Cranberry muffins and its recipe came about because Karen and I had both purchased bananas and as bananas do they started to turn an ugly shade of brown.  Mind you that a banana is at its peak of perfection when there are dark spots on it these bananas had essentially turned black/brown and were either going to meet the garbage can or they were getting turned into pancakes/waffles/bread or in this case banana cranberry muffins. There were 8 bananas that had turned and Karen asked me what I wanted to do with them.  I had previo...

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Incredible Hulk......remember him?  At this point The Incredible Hulk has been reduced to a supporting role in the superhero movies but back when I was a kid The Incredible Hulk, which starred Lou Ferrigno, was a show not to be missed.  I mean who doesn't go into fits of rage when people make you mad and make you want to rip off your shirt, turn green and have your jeans reduced to capris and then after you kick ass have all your clothes return to normal and your regular skin complexion come back as well?  I'd sign up for that. A...

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Apple pies are as American as waffles?  Maybe not but the Apple Pie Waffle was voted (through likes on Instagram) as the recipe of the week.  If you are a follower, or fairly new follower, of this blog or any other social media platforms that I am on then you know my love of waffles.  I am not shy about taking desserts and converting them to waffles.  You think that a savory dish can’t be made into a waffle?  I think you are wrong.  I believe that anything can be made into waffles, and that includes...

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Rice Noodles have become a favorite of mine in the past few weeks.  It could be that rice noodles lead themselves to making Asian inspired dishes and to me those are very fast and easy to make.  Since I am 'surving' overload weeks I need to have foods that I can make really fast but still provide taste and meet my macronutrient needs.  My goals are to get ~65% of my calories from carbohydrates, ~15% from protein and ~20% from fat.  This means that if I eat 2,000 calories on a given day that I am eating 1300 calories (32...

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Recipe of the week is going to be a feature that I try out on the blog.  I get requests on my Instagram feed for recipes and some of them I have turned down and others I have posted.  Why turn down a request for a recipe?  It is because I am working on a project that will require me to keep exclusive recipes and thus sharing all of them will defeat the purpose of the project. That being said I figured by starting a recipe of the week feature I can get recipes out to you for you to try and to comment back on whether or n...

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Acorn squash is slowly going to ‘fall’ out of season (thank you to the Spring that hasn’t really sprung yet) and that saddens me.  There is nothing like an acorn squash that is baked in the oven and then just lightly (OK, heavily) coated in cinnamon with a tablespoon (OK, three tablespoons…..OK, OK the entire jar of homemade nut butter).  While I have them around I am going to use my acorn squash to the best of my ability. Yesterday was a complete recovery day as we enter what I suspect will be the hardest tw...

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#EnduranceFoodies blog carnival for April is launching today.  If you don't know what the #EnduranceFoodies blog carnival is allow me to explain.  It was two months ago that I decided to start this project so that you, my readers, could get to know other #EnduranceFoodies and see more recipes than what I can present to you here. The #EnduranceFoodies are athletes who love to spend as much time in the kitchen as they do training and racing.  Since we all have different tastes and inspirations getting a group of like-minded people ...

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