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Cold Asian noodle salad

Cold Asian noodle salad with loads of fresh veggies and a tasty soy-lime dressing | www.ricottaandradishes.com

One side effect of food blogging is having a bunch of random leftovers in the fridge at all times.  Depending on what I made last, there’s usually some sort of garnish (chopped herbs, crumbled nuts, lime wedges), trimmed vegetables, a sauce or dressing and of course remnants of the actual dish that was made.

There are never a lot of leftovers because I make small portions for the photos (though I’ve always dreamed of shooting a huge picnic spread or turkey dinner with all the fixings!).  But the little bits and pieces still need to be used up in some form or another.  Some of it is used as part of Sunday meal prep, but not all.

Last week, for instance, I found myself up to my eyeballs in cooked whole wheat pasta. I had cooked a whole box to make this spaghetti primavera, only used half for the recipe, and then stashed the remaining noodles in a container for later.  What to do with all that cooked spaghetti?

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Grilled lemon chicken quinoa bowl

Healthy grilled lemon chicken quinoa bowls | www.ricottaandradishes.com

“Bowls” are taking over the blogosphere.  Rice bowls, tofu bowls, noodle bowls, even smoothie bowls are super trendy right now.  This makes me happy for a number of reasons: 1) bowls are easy and fast to put together; 2) they allow you to use up small amounts of produce and other leftovers that don’t form a complete meal on their own; and 3) they force you to embrace variety in tastes, textures and nutrients.  Kind of like a well balanced salad.

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Sunday links + the week in review – spring fling edition!


Sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY!  Do you remember that episode of the Simpsons where Lisa helps Homer bet on Sunday football games?  That’s the voice I was trying to do there.  Hard to tell in print.

Anyway, it’s Sunday, and that means it’s time for a new edition of weekly links, plus a list of  little things I’ve accomplished lately.  If What I Ate Wednesday is about full disclosure, then my Sunday links + the week in review posts are about keeping life in balance and goals in mind.  I also feature links to some of my favourite food blogs and sites so that you too can get inspired to cook more healthy meals at home. [click to continue…]

What I Ate Wednesday #9: A Work Trip in Florida

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Hey there! Today I bring you my 9th edition of What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW), this time from warm and sunny Florida.  I spent a few days in Orlando last week for a trade show and decided to track everything I ate on day two of the trip.

Eating while on the road is always a challenge, especially when the only food to choose from is room service, takeout or restaurant fare. We were staying at a resort right beside Disney World so the choices were actually pretty great.  Lots of options, including some healthier and even vegetarian stuff.

In the end I think I did ok, though my meals definitely could’ve used more fruits and vegetables!

Ok, here she goes…

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Spaghetti primavera

This easy spaghetti primavera recipe is super quick to make! Whole grain pasta and fresh vegetables make this a nutritious pasta dish perfect for a springtime dinner | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Fancy meals are a nice treat now and then, but sometimes all you want at the end of a long day is a simple, comforting bowl of pasta.  It doesn’t have to be loaded with cream sauce and cheese to be satisfying, nor does it have to be drowned in oil or butter.

It’s been a little while since actual pasta–not spaghetti squash noodles or zucchini ribbons–has made it onto my blog.  The last recipe was this orecchiette with cauliflower and peas made with butternut squash sauce posted almost a year ago.  As a pasta lover this definitely wasn’t intentional.  Like most foods, pasta can have a place within an overall healthy, balanced diet.  It’s just a matter of keeping portions in check, using whole grain pasta and loading up on the vegetables. 

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Radish cucumber salsa

Springtime radish cucumber salsa | www.ricottaandradishes.com

If you can’t tell by now, I’m kind of obsessed with fresh salsa.  Last summer the go-to recipe in our house was mango cucumber salsa which we paired with tacos, tortilla chips and grilled fish.

A little later in the year, when watermelon season was in overdrive,  this addictive watermelon tomato salsa took its place.  It was so juicy and delicious that my mouth is watering as I type this!

And then there’s classic, go-with-everything pico de gallo (fresh tomato salsa), the ketchup of the salsa world.  It adds a zing of flavour to just about any dish, Mexican or not – steak, fish, eggs, tacos, you name it.  I got addicted to the stuff on our honeymoon in Costa Rica a few years ago.  Every meal at our resort was served with rice, beans, guacamole and pico de gallo, and I spooned it over just about every bite that crossed my lips. [click to continue…]

Curried egg salad

Curried egg salad - absolutely delicious as a sandwich filling or in a wrap! | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Can you think of anything less Easter-y than a fresh blanket of snow? Me neither! Yet here’s what it looks like outside my house RIGHT NOW: [click to continue…]

Ricotta and radish mini bagels

Easy & healthy spring appetizer: ricotta and radish mini bagels! | www.ricottaandradishes.com

It has officially been one whole year since I launched this blog.  Happy birthday, Ricotta & Radishes!

The past 12 months have been a fantastic learning experience and I work to get better each day (read a bit about my blogging journey here).  One area I’ve put a lot of effort into this year is improving my photography and food styling skills.  Not every photo is magic but I hope you can tell the difference!

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Healthy & tasty Easter recipes

Healthy & tasty Easter weekend recipes | www.ricottaandradishes.com

One more week until Easter!  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for egg decorating, Sunday dinner and a visit from the Easter bunny.  That extra day off work doesn’t hurt either ;)

Whether you celebrate Easter or not, now is the perfect time to get reacquainted with fresh produce and lighter dishes.  Peas, radishes and asparagus are out in full force and they happen to make the perfect accompaniments to classic Sunday dinner mains like glazed ham and roast chicken.  Spring vegetables have a vibrant, fresh flavour that helps cut some of the heaviness associated with traditional Easter main courses.

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17 steps to de-cluttering your home this spring

17 steps to de-cluttering your home this spring | www.ricottaandradishes.com

I always feel a bit antsy during the late winter/early spring time of year.  Maybe it’s the lack of vitamin D, but come March I’m a bit down in the dumps and ready for change.  It’s like, come on winter – take the hint and get lost already!  Your snowflakes aren’t quaint anymore.  They’re just annoying.

One thing I’ve found helps dampen the winter doldrums is cleaning and organizing the house.  Last month I did an intense session of spring cleaning to make room for our new floors.  It was quite the chore but I felt much better after.  More positive and optimistic, like a weight had been lifted.

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