Quinoa blueberry power salad

On Sunday, amid 82 degree weather and the first few whispers of DC summer humidity, nothing could have felt more right than this bright, flavorful, and green salad. It features lots of my favorite things, including blueberries, toasted walnuts, and tender baby kale.

The kale in this case was brought to me by the folks at Dole®, who recently offered me a chance to try some of their new Power Up Greens™ blends. These feature dark, nutrient dense lettuces that are ready to eat. I got three boxes: baby kale, baby kale & greens, and spring mix & greens. I enjoyed them all, but it was the two baby kale mixes I liked most; I was especially into the baby kale & greens mix, which features baby kale, baby spinach, baby green chard, and baby red chard. We all know the value of these greens–Vitamin K, A, C, manganese, calcium, antioxidants–but it can be hard to squeeze them in when schedules get crowded and kitchen time is cut short. Baby green blends, and the salads they create, make it easy.

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Weekend Reading, 4.13.14

by Gena on April 13, 2014

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Happy Sunday, everyone. Thank you for welcome Tess’ glorious chai rice pudding to the blog with so much warmth and enthusiasm. I hope you’ll check out her book!

I just returned from a weekend in NYC, visiting my mom and seeing friends. Here’s what I gazed at on my bus ride home.

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Chai Rice Pudding From THE BLENDER GIRL Cookbook

April 12, 2014
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I’m super excited about today’s sweet and scrumptious recipe. It’s a chai rice pudding that’s full of dried fruit, spices, maple syrup, and hearty brown rice. It makes for a perfectly healthy dessert, or–if you’re in the mood for something rich and celebratory–a great breakfast dish, too.

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Easy Red Lentil, Sweet Potato, and Coconut Curry (Gluten Free)

April 10, 2014
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It feels a bit incongruous to be posting this hearty, warming recipe for red lentil, sweet potato, and coconut curry just as everyone gets excited about spring temperatures, but it’s so good that I can’t help myself. I shared this curry on Food52 a few weeks ago, as part of my vegan lunch series. It’s […]

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Raw, Vegan Taco Salad

April 8, 2014
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It is no great secret that Pure Food and Wine is one of my favorite vegan restaurants–possibly the favorite, when push comes to shove. I have a dinner at Pure to thank for piquing my interest in raw food, and the restaurant has continued to inspire me since with its ultra-creative, ultra-aesthetic, and utra-delicious food. […]

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Weekend Reading, 4.6.14

April 6, 2014
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Happy Sunday, friends. It’s a gorgeous day here in D.C., and I’m so looking forward to stepping outside in a moment and talking a walk in the sun. But before I do that, some links and some food.

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Lemony Asparagus Risotto

April 4, 2014
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Images courtesy of James Ransom for Food52 So happy that you guys liked the spicy peanut kale salad–I’ve already had a bunch of folks tell me they made it and gave it a thumbs up. If you’re looking for something a little more upscale and elegant to prepare this weekend, look no further than this […]

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