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by Caitlin Saniga

Sesame red rice

I made this right before I left Roanoke on the day I went outside and measured 18 inches of snow on the front porch. I’d gone to the grocery store the day before and bought a scant few snacks. But when the storm hit, I realized I didn’t have much in the way of real food. So I dug into the pantry and pulled some of my favorite Asian sauce ingredients from the fridge. Sesame quickly became the flavor that tied this dish together, and it was perfect with the already-nutty red rice.

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by Sarah Stiemer

Carrot, kale and tofu salad with spicy peanut dressing

This salad is a great side dish, but I wanted to make it my main course. To do so, I knew I needed to add a protein. I opted for tofu, but some chickpeas would also be great in this salad.

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by Sarah Steimer

Orange-scented granola

This granola offers just a hint of orange flavor and scent, but it’s just enough. I also add a few orange slices to my bowl for breakfast. It’s winter — go ahead and throw in some extra vitamin C anywhere you possibly can.

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by Sarah Steimer

Sweet and spicy gingered nuts

I love ginger. Really, really love it. So finding this recipe was sort of like striking gold — which, coincidentally, is sort of what I think this nut mix looks like.

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by Sarah Steimer

Nutty vanilla-cinnamon granola

Don’t have all the nuts or seeds I mention in the ingredients? Substitute away! But I do highly recommend using lots of seeds and nuts. Do a quick Google search to check out the nutritional facts of your ingredients — you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see that pepitas have lots of iron and how flaxseed is a good source of omega 3. Not a bad way to start the morning!

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by Sarah Steimer

May salmon may be a bit brighter than yours. Sockeye salmon was on sale when I went to the grocery store, so I went that route. Sockeye is more bright orange-red (when raw) than traditional pink salmon. Both are perfectly fine to use!

May salmon may be a bit brighter than yours. Sockeye salmon was on sale when I went to the grocery store, so I went that route. Sockeye is more bright orange-red (when raw) than traditional pink salmon. Both are perfectly fine to use!


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by Sarah Steimer

I love so many things about this dish. Quinoa with vegetables and sweet and sour dressing? That was good enough, but the baked tofu tossed in soy sauce knocked it out of the park. I'm also really into the idea of baking tofu, takes care of my stick-to-the-pan concerns with sautéing tofu.

I love so many things about this dish. Quinoa with vegetables and sweet and sour dressing? That was good enough, but the baked tofu tossed in soy sauce knocked it out of the park. I’m also really into the idea of baking tofu, takes care of my stick-to-the-pan concerns with sautéing tofu.


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by Sarah Steimer

I served this dish over rice, but made one grand mistake: That was all I had for dinner. This is definitely a dish to be served as an appetizer or alongside a number of other "bites." It's delicious, but doesn't go very far.

I served this dish over rice, but made one grand mistake: That was all I had for dinner. This is definitely a dish to be served as an appetizer or alongside a number of other “bites.” It’s delicious, but doesn’t go very far.

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by Sarah Steimer

    This was my Valentine's Day dinner! I narrowed it down to three different fish dishes and let Bill choose his favorite. I served this over a simple fried rice - just rice, veggies and soy sauce.

This was my Valentine’s Day dinner! I narrowed it down to three different fish dishes and let Bill choose his favorite. I served this over a simple fried rice – just rice, veggies and soy sauce.

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon rice or cider vinegar
  • 2 salmon filets, skinless
  • sesame seeds
  • green onion, chopped

Whisk together the honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and vinegar. Pour the sauce over the fish either in a shallow rimmed baking dish or in a freezer bag. Let marinade for about 15 minutes

Remove the fish from the container and place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Place under the broiler and cook for about 7 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. The salmon is cooked through when it is opaque and can be easily flaked with a fork.

Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onion. Serve over fried or steamed rice with vegetables.

Makes two servings.

Recipe adapted from: My Little Gourmet

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by Sarah Steimer

The original recipe called for dates as the fruit topping. No thanks, sounds boring to me. I happened to have half of a grapefruit in my refrigerator and opted for that --- so by all means, use what you have.

The original recipe called for dates as the fruit topping. No thanks, sounds boring to me. I opted to use a grapefruit half that I already had in the refrigerator. You can substitute whatever fruits you have on hand.

  • 1/2 grapefruit (from a fruit that has been cut width-wise, of course)
  • 2-3 teaspoons good-quality honey
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup low-fat or fat-free Greek yogurt

    The crunch of the quinoa and the tartness of the grapefruit definitely helps a groggy morning. Plus coffee, who am I kidding.

    The crunch of the quinoa and the tartness of the grapefruit definitely helps a groggy morning. Plus coffee, who am I kidding.

Use a small, sharp knife to cut along the membrane-defined sections of the grapefruit. Do not remove the sections. Drizzle the grapefruit with honey and add a pinch of sea salt. Place in a tin or glass baking dish under the broiler. Broil for about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.

Toast the sesame seeds and quinoa over a low flame in a small, dry saute pan, stirring constantly (the quinoa will pop a little when it is hot). Saute for only a couple of minutes or until the quinoa has darkened a little. Remove from the pan.

Place the yogurt on a plate or in a bowl and top with the quinoa-sesame mixture. Use a spoon to remove the grapefruit sections and place on the yogurt.

Makes 1 serving.

Recipe adapted from: Bon Appetit

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