No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls

A protein snack is something that I eat at some point almost every day to give me a little pick-me-up or to fill the gaps between meals in a nourishing way. So having protein snacks on hand is a pretty essential component of my food planning. But ready made versions are rarely on my grocery shopping list. No matter how much chocolate or peanut butter with which the store-bought protein bars surround their protein, it never seems to disguise the "Play-Doh" taste of protein powders themselves … maybe if they used better quality chocolate and peanut butter?

So, I prefer to make my own bars and nibbles, not only because I can control the quality of the other ingredients that accompany the protein powder, but also because they are so much tastier. They're almost always so easy to make at home too, and a good protein powered snack need not include protein powder anyway to provide a healthy and heavy dose of protein goodness.

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Black-Eyed Peas and Mung Beans in a Fragrant Spicy Tomato Sauce


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Spicy Black-Eyed Peas and Mung Beans

If you are looking for an easy and fairly quick but nourishing and comforting meal, then this recipe ought to be on the top of your list. If you cook Indian food often enough, all of the ingredients are staples you likely have on hand.

The distinctive earthiness of black-eyed peas and mung beans are harmoniously complemented by a delectable and enticing fragrant, spicy and tangy tomato base. The addition of garam masala adds a hint of aromatic smokiness and depth. Vibrant in color and taste, all you need to complete the meal is some hot fresh cooked basmati rice and a vegetable side if desired.
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Vegetarian Lasagna Soup

Vegetarian Lasagna Soup

When I announced that I was going to be serving up a lasagna soup, a few eyebrows were raised but the general reaction was one of curious anticipation. After serving the lasagna soup, the reactions turned to praise and delight.

This lasagna soup is very much like an extra thick and hearty vegetable minestrone soup, but with lasagna noodles instead of small pasta noodles, lentils instead of cannellini or borlotti beans, and marinara sauce instead of tomatoes. The lasagna noodles are broken into squares, and as they cook, form into luscious and silky slices of pasta in this rich and creamy soup. Because the marinara sauce I used was prepared with portobello mushrooms, this soup is a mushroom lovers' delight, especially as button mushrooms are also added to the simmering soup. As many vegetarian lasagnas also feature eggplant, I included that too. Brown lentils add protein and texture to the soup, and complement the earthiness of the mushrooms and spinach.

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Valentine's Day Ideas for your Sweet


Valentine's Day isn't something that I bother much with myself even though I do have a very special person in my life. I show and tell my husband each and every day how much I love him and value him, and I certainly don't relish occasions that make people feel compelled to dash off to the store to purchase things that aren't really needed, such as overpriced roses and treats, or spend an excess of money at expensive and crowded restaurants. My husband is very fortunate to get special meals and treats on a regular basis as part of my food blogging project and just because I like to provide good nourishing meals. And he likes to treat me too, all year round.

But Valentine's Day is an excuse for many people to prepare special foods for their sweethearts, and if you're looking for ideas you may want to try some of these vegetarian recipes that will certainly illustrate your passion for your honey. From breakfast to dinner right through to tempting treats and desserts, there's no shortage of opportunity to make this a special day for your most loved one.

You will find many more ideas to celebrate any occasion by browsing through the recipes that I have shared with readers including some nourishing and delicious side-dishes to go along with your meals. Though this list of suggestions was written for those in mind who enjoy Valentine's Day, I was also considering creations for any special occasion or for no reason in particular except for wanting to have a lovely meal along with some delights to treat your loved ones.
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