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Rice Pilaf With Almonds (Gluten Free)

Rice Pilaf with Almonds (Gluten Free) | emilylevenson.com

Did you know that rice is more than just a way to get more soy sauce (or tamari) into your face? Yep. It can be made into things like mujadara, spanish rice and rice pilaf. I especially love rice pilaf with almonds, and I love it even more when it’s gluten free, dairy free, and nightshade free.  Pinterest is good for a lot of things; finding recipes, getting inspiration for what to cook, and finding a whole lotta craft ideas for toddlers. It’s also been good for showing me a glaring gaping hole in my menu planning prowess. Seriously hard to believe, I know. I realized a few weeks ago that...

Tomato, Cucumber, and Chickpea Salad

Tomato, Cucumber, and Chickpea Salad | emilylevenson.com

This tomato, cucumber, and chickpea salad is a light summer salad that packs a flavorful punch. Serve with your favorite protein or on top of a bed of lettuce. Either way, your taste buds will thank you. A few weeks ago, I decided it would be a really good idea to try adding tomatoes back into my diet. I have a really hard time watching other people enjoy those juicy red jewels in the summertime and felt like I needed to know once and for all how they were making me feel. So I bought a pint of grape tomatoes and plotted how I was going to enjoy them. And then...

Balsamic Vegetable Kebobs

Vegetable Kebobs with Balsamic and Herbs

I’ve been wanting to grill up some veggies for weeks now. In fact, they’ve been on the menu for about a month, with something happening each time to prevent it from actually happening. Things like the zucchini going bad. Or the tomatoes and peppers being used in another recipe. And each time I realize what’s happening, it’s too late. But not this week. THIS week, I planned ahead. I actually had it on the menu in the beginning of the week, so that the veggies couldn’t be used for anything else. I made sure to stock up on a bounty of veggies; mushrooms (for The Hubster), peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, summer...

Giada’s Orzo Salad

Orzo Salad from Giada De Laurentiis

I’m a huge fan of Giada De Laurentiis. I’m also a huge fan of her recipes. Her chicken cacciatore recipe is seriously one of the best. (Sorry Mama. I love yours too.) And I seriously ADORE her white bean dip. And now? I have a new favorite to add to the list: her Orzo Salad. My Mama made this for dinner the other night. She paired it with an herbed salmon from Ina Garten (I had a teriyaki chicken kabob) and fresh steamed haricot vert (the thin french green beans). Everyone went back for seconds, and a few went back for thirds. One common denominator? Everyone ravvvvvved about this orzo salad. This will definitely be going...

Fresh Corn Salad from She Wears Many Hats

I’ve been on a menu-planning, Pinterest scouring, try new things rampage. In the process, I came across this delicious Fresh Corn Salad from She Wears Many Hats. Putting it on the menu was a no-brainer. I am fairly certain that this recipe would be a thousand percent better with fresh corn. And am dreaming about what it would taste like with said corn on the cob roasted. Alas, we only had frozen corn on hand. (What? I forgot to pick up a few ears at the store…) Even so, it was delicious. Definitely tasted like late summer, when the corn and tomatoes are at their peak. A little fresh garlic....