Rice Cake Toppings: 4 delicious ways to enjoy rice cakes {VIDEO}

Rice Cake Toppings: 4 delicious ways to enjoy rice cakes {VIDEO}

We go through stretches in our house when we eat tons of rice cakes and we also have rice cake droughts. I was recently gazing into our pantry and checking out a bag of rice cakes that was looking sad and lonely. My slight obsession with transforming one type of food that miiiiight be labeled as “boring”..

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Quick Sweet Refrigerator Pickles Recipe

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Have you ever watched the caterpillar to butterfly transformation? Of course I have always known how it works, but until recently had never actually watched the process unfold before my eyes. It is a MIRACLE! There is no other way to describe it! We currently have one chrysalis that is 1.5 weeks old and one that is 2 hours old.

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Easy Tabbouleh Recipe

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I kept trying to figure out why today felt like Monday and then I realized that it was our Monday. Mondays are our Saturdays and Tuesdays are our Sundays, which would make today Monday! The boys went to daycare, so I got a ton of work done in the morning. I was tired. I desperately wanted a nap. The only thing better than a nap is what I actually ended up doing which was getting a manicure and pedicure courtesy of (and with!) my friend Emily!

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Spicy Chickpea Salad Recipe

Combine fresh tasty vegetables with chickpeas in a protein packed salad. Each crunchy bite offers a scrumptious filling salad, side dish or filler to a wrap. This colorful salad that brings summer to life in any season!

Fresh-ingredient salads rock. They're pretty and fresh and tasty and versatile. My husband and I make a killer fresh salad that rivals this one, and I'll share it before summer arrives. By the way, where is summer? We got teased with a bit of warm weather last week, so now the cold and snow and freezing rain are even harder to swallow. I'm not convinced that summer will ever welcome us into her warm embrace.

This colorful salad helps me to believe that it might happen, though. It makes me think of lunches outside with my boys as we sit barefoot on the grass, wiping beads of sweat from our foreheads. Mmmmmmmm.

Back to my cold reality known as Minnesota.

If you, too, enjoy tricking yourself into believing it is summer when it is in fact not, make this salad! My family loved it and the entire batch was gone within 24 hours, despite the lack of warm weather.

HOW TO PREPARE SPICY CHICKPEA SALAD

A salad that will make a healthy choice delicious and unforgettable!

STEP 1 -

Drain 2 cans of chickpeas and place them in a medium bowl.

STEP 2 -

Add 1 tomato diced, 1/2 cup diced cucumber, half of a small red onion diced and half of a seeded jalapeno minced. Pour in 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Squeeze two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice in and mix in 1 teaspoon ground cumin with a quarter teaspoon cayenne pepper. If you like to mix things up, add in 1 teaspoon dried mango powder!

STEP 3 -

You can chill the salad in the refrigerator for an hour or serve it room temperature. Enjoy!

Kitchen Tips: If you want to go fresh and do as the recipe suggests, soak 1 cup of dried chickpeas in water overnight. Drain the chickpeas and bring to a boil in a large saucepan in 4 inches of water. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 2 hours, or until chickpeas are tender.

The first thing we did upon making this was throw it onto a piece of flatbread with sliced turkey and black pepper. It’s a great way to make an easy meal and stay healthy - it was delicious!

A piece of lettuce would have added a nice crunch, but that had probably been juiced, as well.

No mayo needed! It made a delicious, healthy dinner wrap.

The next day for lunch, I used it as a topping for my boring baked chicken and cottage cheese. And I ate the last of it with crackers for a snack.

I can think of about 100 other things I'd like to put it in and on and in between. Or, I wouldn't mind eating it straight from the container while having a picnic lunch with my family, the beating sun making the tops of our heads hot.

Ahhhhh, a girl can dream.

SPICY CHICKPEA SALAD

spicy chickpea salad

A colorful salad that brings summer alive in any season!

Contributed by Megan Porta from pipandebby.com.

Published Mar 23, 2011

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Serves: 4

Total time: 2 hr 15 min plus overnight soaking

SpicyChickpeaSalad"

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas (about 5 oz), soaked overnight and drained
  • 1 tomato, cut into ½-inch dice
  • ½ cup diced cucumber (1/2 inch)
  • ½ small red onion, finely diced
  • ½ jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried mango powder, optional
Instructions:
  1. In a large saucepan, cover the chickpeas with 4 inches of water. Bring to a boil and simmer over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 2 hours; drain.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the tomato, cucumber, red onion, jalapeno, olive oil, vegetable oil, lemon juice, cumin, cayenne pepper and mango powder. Add the chickpeas and season with salt. Serve the chickpea salad at room temperature or slightly chilled.

Scary Juice Recipe (AKA Healthy & Delicious Green Smoothie!)

This juice might look scary to little ones, but it is DELICIOUS! And HEALTHY! Drink up!

The only reason I have labeled this juice as "scary" is because that was my three-year-old's reaction to it. When I asked him if he wanted to try a sip, a frightened look came over his face and he said, "No, thank you!" as he ran quickly into another room. At least he was polite about it! As scary as it might appear to a toddler, it is honestly far from it.

I'm not always good about eating fruit in the winter, so this is an easy and totally yummy way to drink some good vitamins and nutrients.

Place the following ingredients into a food processor:

1 cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks

3 kiwis, peeled and quartered

2 handfuls of fresh spinach

1 apple, peeled and cored

A long drizzle of honey

Process until smooth, chill and enjoy your non-scary Scary Juice!

Basic Green Salad Recipe

Keeping it simple with all green vegetables like celery, apples, cucumber and avocado. For the love of veggies; this salad is to die for!

Here is a quick disclaimer before you read: I am not a super fancy cook, and I love a lot of very simple yet flavorful recipes.

Ok, now that your expectations aren't too high you may continue!

For me, eating vegetables is effortless. No, it is beyond effortless. It is enjoyable! I love veggies more than almost any other food. While I do realize this is bizarre, I am thankful for it. I can eat healthy foods and truly enjoy them. Don't get me wrong, I have many desires for greasy, fattening, sugary foods, as well. I would eat Taco Bell every day if my health and the size of my thighs weren't constantly on my mind.

After all of that gushing about The Vegetable, it might be easy to understand why I adore salads. I have a large collection of salad recipes (that mostly reside in my head) that I am excited to share on this blog!

LEARN HOW TO CUT AN AVOCADO IN THIS VIDEO TUTORIAL

This particular salad is one that my mom used to make for me a lot. I loved it to pieces back when I went through a can of hairspray a week and I love it to pieces now.

Fill two salad plates/bowls with washed, fresh, chopped lettuce. Split between them:

One green apple, sliced

One small cucumber, peeled and sliced

Two stalks of celery, chopped

One avocado, peeled and chopped

I have also been known to add:

One pear, chopped

A handful of capers

A handful of green olives, sliced

Anything green! Broccoli, snap peas, artichoke hearts, green onions. Go crazy!

I do love a good hearty ranch dressing to top off my salads, but sometimes its flavor is overpowering. That's not such a good thing for strange people like me who like to taste their vegetables. My all-time favorite dressing is salad vinegar. It isn't loaded with calories like most dressings, and I love how it tastes. I'm not really sure how other people feel about using it as a salad dressing, but for me, it greatly enhances the flavor of the veggies. Another good option that I discovered last winter is Ken's Lite Balsamic Vinaigrette. It is reasonably low in fat and calories and it is delicious!