Pineapple & Sausage Quinoa

Pineapple & Sausage Quinoa

Last week, I shared with you my Garden Quinoa Salad – a delightfully fresh take on quinoa that was basically made as a pairing to summertime – and now I’m ready with another one!  Just like they say about Reese’s peanut butter cups and Oreos, there is really no wrong way to eat quinoa.

This lovely, lovely little grain – well, seed, actually – can go with anything, and is a good source of complete, vegan protein.  Plus, when you make a big batch of quinoa ahead, you have a base for your meals all week if you want! [I mean, just look at all the things you can do with it… Quinoa-Farro Butternut BowlMexican Quinoa Risotto"Meaty" Veggie Sloppy JoesBest Black Bean BurgerFarmer's Market Burrito Bowl, BBQ Stuffed Winter SquashThai Stir Fry]

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Garden Quinoa Salad

Garden Quinoa Salad

I adore quinoa.  Mainly for two reasons.  One, it is an incredible, nutrient-packed ingredient.  And two, it’s like a blank canvas for cooking!  You can mix it up with just about anything and make it completely new.  I’ve already got a few that I have really liked in the past, but today, I thought it was time for something different.

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5 Simple Tips to Eat Less Meat (and still get enough protein!)

5 Simple Tips to Eat Less Meat (and still get enough protein!)

There are a lot of reasons to eat less meat.  

Think environmental healthpersonal health, and inhumane conditions of industrial farms - just a few of the hot topics.  But the choice to be in-the-know is all yours, and I ain’t here to preach.  If you’ve decided you want to try eating less meat and want some ideas to start, this Tips Tuesday post is for you, friend!

For a while, when I was trying to cut down on animal products, I simply ate less meat without giving much thought to my protein intake.  But, as I found out, that approach can make you pretty hungry!  And Steve was not a fan of my frequent hangry days.  Courtney SMASH!

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5 Meatless Main Dishes

5 Meatless Main Dishes

On the 5th Day of Christmas, FitCakes gave to me... 5 meatless main dish recipes!

As the countdown continues, I thought we needed some healthy/hearty meatless dishes to keep us warm inside, you know, to help get in more plant-based foods without constantly resorting to salads.  Just a guess buuut... if you can see snow outside/ it's less than 65 degrees in your house, you MIGHT be more into hot food right now.  Bonus:  These recipes seem more like comfort food than health food, so no feelings of "missing out" on traditional holiday indulging should occur.

On the topic of traditions, what could be more traditional to Christmas than decorating the tree?
It's been a tradition in my family for years to get ornaments for our Christmas tree whenever we go on vacation or do something really memorable together.  This translates to a really interesting looking tree.  

 

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