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Sooo…… I realize I haven’t posted in a while, but I have great news! I’m pregnant!! We are so happy and grateful, but I have spent the last 7 weeks trying not to puke all over myself. The nausea has been brutal. It truly has been a humbling experience.  I have barely been able to eat food, much less cook it. I suddenly realized how much time I spend cooking food, eating food, looking at pictures of food, testing out new recipes, and photographing food.

These Roasted Balsamic Green beans are irresistible, with the caramelization of sweet balsamic and honey, and the aromatic onion and garlic.

The nausea has finally started to subside and I am very thankful for that. Ironically, the only things that didn’t gross me out in the beginning were beef, chicken, or fish. So I had to temporarily set aside my attempts at a vegan diet. So yes, I’m back to eating my beloved cheese, and boy am I enjoying it! For some weird reason I keep craving Subway and we have been there more often than ever. I’m hoping my aversion to beans will subside soon, and then I might be able to go back to being plant-based.

I know you’re busy so I will keep it short today. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones. I leave you with a last minute side dish recipe, just in case you forgot to buy the mushroom soup for the green bean casserole!

These Roasted Balsamic Green beans are irresistible, with the caramelization of sweet balsamic and honey, and the aromatic onion and garlic.

The Recipe: Roasted Balsamic Green Beans

This is one of my favorite side dishes. The recipe has been adapted from a Cook’s Illustrated magazine. The combination of the sweet balsamic and the caramelization that comes from roasting the beans is irresistible. Even the kids like them. The beans will wrinkle and brown in the oven, but that’s where all the flavor comes from. Serve this as a warm side dish or you can serve them cold over a salad. Enjoy!

Roasted Balsamic Green Beans

Recipe adapted from Cook's Illustrated
5 from 1 vote
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Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb. Green beans, stems trimmed
  • 1 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1/2 Onion red, sliced thick
  • 2 Garlic clove, sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp. Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Honey *
  • Salt kosher To Taste
  • Pepper black To Taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450F. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  • Place green beans and red onions on baking sheet and toss with olive oil, salt, & pepper.
  • Roast in oven for 10min.
  • In the meantime in a small bowl whisk the balsamic vinegar, the honey, and the garlic slices. Set aside.
  • Remove beans from oven and pour the balsamic-honey mix over them. Toss with your tongs.
  • Continue roasting for 10-12 more minutes or until beans have begun to shrivel and brown.
  • Remove from oven and serve.

Notes

* If you are vegan you can substitute with agave nectar or maple syrup.
The beans will shrivel and wrinkle in the oven. They might not look as nice as blanched green beans, but they will taste great. These beans taste great cold with a balsamic honey dressing. Even the kids love this recipe! 

 

 

A reader asked me for a recipe for roasted beet orange and quinoa salad months ago, and finally here it is. Better late than never! Lately, it seems that every time I try to set time aside to work on the blog I fail miserably at actually working on it. I could blame it on scheduling, work, or argue that I’ve been spending time with my family, but I think that when it comes down to it I have been lacking motivation.

I have been blogging for 2 yrs. pretty consistently, and it has been very rewarding. After leaving professional kitchens to be a mom, I desperately needed an outlet for my cooking, so I started this blog and a blog in Spanish. I plunged head into it, maybe a little too eagerly. So much so, that the hubby had to ask me to please step away from the computer on more than one occasion. I got excited about every single person who subscribed to the blog, rejoiced if anybody “liked” my post, and considered it a true achievement when a post had more than 5 viewers a day. With every post I discovered something new about cooking and my relationship with food. By reading other blogs, I also caught a glimpse of other people’s lives, what they cook in their homes, and their family recipes passed down from generation to generation.

After a while the novelty wore off, and it hit me how much work goes in to keeping up with a blog. In order to publish one post, there’s cooking, recipe resting, recipe writing, picture taking, picture editing, writing, editing the writing, putting it all together, and finally hitting the publish button. It doesn’t end there! After you publish, you spend several days promoting on facebook, twitter, and pinterest. If you want other people to read your blog, you also have to spend a good amount of time reading and commenting on other blogs. This could truly be a full time job, and it is for some people.

It has taken me 2 yrs. to get 228 blog followers and about 1,200 views a month. Some of my posts have been better than others, and the recipes and pictures have improved over time. I just think I have reached a moment in my life where I have to ask myself, “Could my time be spent more wisely?” Bloggers I need your help. How do you stay motivated?

This vegan recipe for roasted beet orange and quinoa salad is full of protein, flavor, and texture. It´s dressed in a balsamic vinaigrette.

The Recipe: Roasted Beet Orange and Quinoa Salad

This vegan recipe for roasted beet orange and quinoa salad is full of protein, flavor, and texture. It´s dressed in a sweet balsamic vinaigrette. It is a great lunch option. Enjoy!

Roasted Beet Orange and Quinoa Salad

4.5 from 4 votes
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Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 3 Servings
Author: Dora Stone

Ingredients

Salad

  • 3 cups Quinoa, cooked
  • 2 Roasted beets, medium, cut into small dice (see notes)
  • 3 Blood oranges, cut into segments
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Pumpkin seeds, toasted
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette To taste

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 3/4 cup Oil grapeseed
  • 3 tbsp. Water room temperature
  • 3/4 tsp. Agave nectar, or other plant-based sweetener

Instructions

Salad

  • In a large bowl combine quinoa, oranges, beets, and pumpkin seeds.
  • Add the desired amount of dressing and season to taste.

Dressing

  • Place vinegar, garlic clove, and mustard in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
  • Through the top of the blender, gradually pour in the oil, while running the blender on low/medium. The mixture will thicken as the oil is blended in.
  • After all of the oil has been added, pour in 3 tbsp. of water, and agave nectar.
  • Season to taste and serve.

Notes

To roast beets, preheat oven to 375 degrees F, coat beets lightly with oil, wrap beets in aluminum foil, place on a baking sheet, and roast in the oven until cooked through, approximately 45 to 60 minutes. Remove from the oven, let cool for 10 minutes, and then peel and slice into 1/4-inch thick slices.
You can use canned beets or steamed beets for a quick version of this recipe.