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Pearl Couscous Veggie Salad

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On my trip home to Denmark, my talented sister-in-law Mette made this delicious couscous salad for me with baked potatoes to go along. YUM! I was in heaven! I have replicated it once before, after my trip earlier this month. Today, I wanted to celebrate 21 Celsius weather, so this dish seemed absolutely perfect!

First, I cooked up a cup of Bob’s Red Mill Tricolor Pearl Couscous aka Israeli Couscous. Seriously, this only takes 10 minutes to make! Easy peasy! Then I added a whole red bell pepper (sliced & diced), two carrots (finely sliced), and then some sun dried tomatoes. For dressing, I used Annie’s Lite Raspberry Vinaigrette.

IMG_0317_1Pearl Couscous Veggie Salad

Bon Apetit! 

Vegan Challenged?

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Feel a bit challenged and wanting to test the waters for going vegan? Asking yourself, where do I start? What do I eat now? Will I starve? Relax and take a deep breath! Get that frown off your face and relax the muscles in your forehead, please! My mother always tells me that this look causes too many wrinkles!

There are a lot of book choices out there, I have certainly been buying up a bunch, but they are not all equally helpful if you are just starting out. I would like to recommend  a few:

“The 30-Day Vegan Challenge” by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is a great starter! This book has more than 100 recipes, plus she covers just about everything a newbie Vegan can think about and questions you will come up against.

“Cooking with Trader Joe’s – Skinny Dish” by Jennifer K. Reilly, RD. Jennifer cleverly didn’t promote her book as a vegan cookbook, but it is! She’s a nutritionist who sure knows her stuff! I’m a big fan of Trader Joe’s so this book has been very helpful and each recipe that I have made has turned out deliciously and they are easy to make!

“The McDougall Quick and Easy Cookbook: Over 300 Delicious Low-Fat Recipes You Can Prepare in 15 Minutes or Less” is another good one for fast food choices vegan style! The McDougall’s know what they are talking about that’s for sure!

Anyway, I can tell you that I haven’t once gone hungry. I’ve been happily cooking with these books!

A few blogs you might also find helpful, at least I have are:

http://healthygirlskitchen.blogspot.com/

and a fun one called, “What the hell does a vegan eat anyway?” Found on:

http://veganmenu.blogspot.com/

I hope this has helped you a little. Don’t panick…or frown! You’re going to be all right!