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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Southwestern Black Bean Spaghetti Recipe

With delicious spaghettis made from chickpeas, lentils, black beans, edamame and more, Explore Cuisine offers an easy way for everyone to stick to their healthy eating plan. Explore Cuisine helps take the guilt out of your favorite pasta meals. All Explore Cuisine products are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and jam packed with nutrients –the perfect alternative to other glutinous pastas.

Today's guest post recipe is courtesy of Explore Cuisine. Recipe and Image Credit: Lee Tilghman (Lee From America). The recipe will make 1 serving.

Southwestern Black Bean Spaghetti Recipe

Southwestern Black Bean Spaghetti Recipe

1/4 box Explore Cuisine Black Bean Spaghetti
1/2 zucchini spiralized into "noodles"
1/4 Red Bell Pepper
2 handfuls Baby Spinach
1/4 cucumber
1/4 cup corn (canned in water works great- just rinse them)
1/4 avocado mashed with fresh organic lemon juice
1 tbsp. vegan cheese (I used Leaf Cuisine Plain Cream Cheese) pumpkin seeds + dill for garnish

Start by boiling a big pot of water for your black bean spaghetti. Once boiled, add the spaghetti and let cook for 6 minutes. Once done, remove from heat, rinse under cool water and set aside. Prep your veggies! Finely dice your cucumber, bell pepper, mash your avocado, spiralize your zucchini. Next, add a spicy adobo chipotle sauce to your noodles and zucchini noodles. Combine the ancho and guajillo chiles in a large bowl and add plenty of cold water to cover. Let them soak until soft, about 30 minutes. Place the soaked chiles in a blender along with the ginger, cumin, salt, and pepper. Blend until very smooth. Stop the motor a few times to scrape down the sides with a spatula and give things a stir, just to make sure everything's getting puréed. Don't be tempted to add liquid—you want the final sauce to be thick. Scrape the purée into a small bowl if you plan to use it soon, or into a jar with a tight fitting lid if you want to save it for later. It'll keep in the fridge for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for 3 months. Add a few handfuls of baby spinach to a big 'ol bowl. Add some noodles, guac, then add cucumber, red bell pepper, vegan cheese, pumpkin seeds, and freshly chopped dill.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sautéed Broccoli Rabe and Tomatoes Recipe

I admit...I'm not a big fan of cooked broccoli (love snacking on it raw), but when it comes to being cooked...well, I'm picky about it. Today's guest post recipe is courtesy of The Cocoa Exchange and looks like one that I might enjoy, especially since I'm a big fan of tomatoes. You'll only need 5 ingredients to make this recipe, so it's perfect for those who are learning how to cook.

Sautéed Broccoli Rabe and Tomatoes Recipe

Sautéed Broccoli Rabe and Tomatoes Recipe

2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. Pod & Bean™ Burger Seasoning
1 bunch Broccoli Rabe, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, sliced thin
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded

In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add olive oil and Pod & Bean™ Burger Seasoning. Add coarsely chopped broccoli rabe and sun-dried tomatoes and toss well. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until tender. Top with shredded parmesan cheese.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

The Perfect Wedding Anniversary Menu

Whether it is a 50th anniversary party for a parent or a 25th celebration for your good friends, the food will make or break the party. Anniversary parties include some unique challenges when it comes to planning the menu. It is one of the few celebrations that will include people of all ages. It also has to have some level of elegance, even if it is a casual affair.


Many people skip the appetizers at smaller gatherings, but this is actually a very important part of the menu. Some guests may show up hungry. Making them wait for the main course will only make them feel uncomfortable. Appetizers are also great when kids are invited. Keep it simple with a vegie tray and cheese and crackers platter. This should adequately cover most diets.

Main Course

When it comes to an anniversary party, there are many places you can get inspiration from. You can recreate the food served at the couple’s wedding, make their favorite dish, or choose a food that fits the theme of the party. No matter what you main dish is, always have kid friendly options such as mac-n-cheese and chicken tenders.


No longer is the traditional cake your only option at an anniversary party. You can have a dessert bar with three or four offerings, a sundae bar complete with a variety of toppings and sprinkles, or simply create a candy bar full of sweet options. If tradition is important to the guest of honor, by all means provide a beautiful cake worthy of the celebration. The custom cakes Chicago IL bakeries like Jarosch Bakery offer are ideal for anniversaries.

By covering the appetizers, the main meal, and desserts, you are sure to have a well-rounded menu for the next anniversary party you host. Use the above mentioned ideas or let this be an inspiration for your own creativity. Either way you can’t go wrong if you keep the couple of honor in mind.