Curried Pomegranate Pistachio Quinoa ~ Savory Simple ~ www.savorysimple.netCurried Pomegranate Pistachio Quinoa

Pomegranate seeds are one of my favorite winter ingredients. I love them in salads, cereal, oatmeal, sauce, you name it. Now that spring is just around the corner I’m trying to use them while I can. I bought some pomegranates the other day not knowing exactly what my plan was for them. I stared aimlessly into the pantry and came upon leftover pistachios from my pistachio cardamom hot chocolate. Inspiration struck! The tart sweet seeds would contrast perfectly against the earthy crunchy nuts, both in flavor and color. So here we are.

This salad is healthy, fast and full of flavor and texture. It’s naturally vegetarian and gluten-free (it can also be made vegan by swapping the honey for light agave nectar).
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Quinoa, Apple & Almond Salad with Honey Lemon Mint Vinaigrette

Could I have possibly eaten more junk food over the holidays?  I don’t think so. I’m guessing I’m not alone here, right? What can I say, the holidays are a time for splurging. We always visit Jeff’s family in Tucson, Arizona where the Mexican food in plentiful and my sister-in-law’s dinners are not to be missed.

This is mildly embarrassing since less than a month ago I was all “I’m on Weight Watchers, blah blah blah.” But you know what? Who cares, it’s fine. I had some fun and now it’s time to get back on track in the New Year. So here’s one of my absolute favorite quinoa recipes: Quinoa, Apple and Almond Salad with Honey Lemon Mint Vinaigrette. The granny smith apples are tart, the almonds add an earthy crunch, the honey provides just the right amount of sweet and the mint is, well, awesome. I know you’ll love this salad just as much as I do.

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Basil Apple Lime Juice

I don’t know about you, but I’m still feeling really stuffed from the holidays.  Getting back into my work and exercise routine has been slow moving, to say the least.  At times it has been downright painful. Since returning home I’ve been watching my processed sugar and gluten intake to try and detox from all of the heavy food I consumed for 11 days straight.  I’ve also dusted off my juicer.  A glass of fresh juice can do wonders when I’m feeling rough around the edges.

This basil apple lime juice is very refreshing and full of health benefits.  Basil contains antioxidants, can improve digestion and aid in stress relief.  Lime juice is a great source of Vitamin C.  Apples are believed to have cancer fighting properties.   I feel almost like new after enjoying a glass!

Almost.

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Almond Milk ~ Savory Simple

I recently watched the documentary ‘Forks Over Knives’ and it was a life changer.  The movie provides some stunning scientific evidence supporting the relationship between animal product consumption and disease.  I want to live a long healthy life!  I’m nowhere close to maintaining an exclusively plant-based diet, but I’m making changes.  For example, I’ve never been a big meat eater but I consume quite a bit of dairy.  To offset this, I’ve been alternating between milk and non-dairy alternatives.

Out of the wide array of non-dairy milk alternatives available, my favorite is almond milk.  It has a mild, smooth flavor and works great in cereal, coffee and smoothies.  I have yet to try baking with it but I’ve heard many success stories.  I decided to try making my own to see how it compared to store brands such as Almond Breeze.

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Apple Chutney ~ Savory Simple

I love making chutneys. They’re simple to make and pair perfectly with chicken or pork for a tasty weeknight meal. This apple chutney is a recent favorite of mine. Many chutney recipes use raisins; I decided to use dried cherries instead.

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