summer couscous salad

I’m not quite sure why I don’t cook with couscous more often. I love the shape and nutty flavor, but even more so, I love how quickly it cooks. Can you seriously beat 5 minutes?

This salad was just what I was after – bright, flavorful, packed with veggies and a filling make-ahead lunch. I’m trying to pack in as many summer flavors as I can because I’m already anxiously awaiting fall.  :)

Summer Couscous Salad - 2 large servings

  • 2 servings couscous
  • 1-2 peppers (I used 1 green, 1/2 red)
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup artichoke hearts
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese crumbles
  • Dressing: 2 Tbsp lemon juice, 1 Tbsp olive oil, salt & pepper

Prepare couscous as directed. Let cool.

Chop all veggies to desired size. I did small pieces – easier to eat!

Toss all ingredients together and eat out of Tupperware! :)

review: food should taste good chips

Mikaela at Food Should Taste Good recently sent me a few bags of chips to review – have you tried them yet? I had already tried the Olive and Sweet Potato chips and I must say, I think that even after sampling some other flavors, those are still my two favorites! (The cheese flavor was addicting, that is however precisely why I won’t buy it!)

I love that the chips incorporate other grains like quinoa, flax, sesame and sunflower seeds. I don’t love that some of the varieties have added sugar, but it is such a small amount that I’m not too concerned with it – it is just something that I don’t understand. Unfortunately the added seeds and grains don’t add too much extra protein and fiber as the nutrition stats are pretty similar to regular tortilla chips but they do add a wonderful crunch!

The yellow and blue corn chips were fabulous for the guacamole bar – they are thick enough that they don’t break when scooping and oh-so-crunchy.

The sweet potato chips are the perfect vehicle for roasted garlic hummus! But I’ll also eat them plain or with just about anything! They have a subtle sweet potato flavor which makes them suitable for just any dip!

Thanks Again Mikaela!

goat cheese, leek & spinach quiche

I love quiche, I really do but you see I rarely make real quiche. You know, the kind with a real pie crust. (And by real pie crust by no means do I mean home made. I mean real crust from the store ;) ) I almost always make my quiches crustless, which while it is the healthy choice, isn’t always the right choice.

Friends, let me tell you know that while the crust may add a few more calories, grams of fat and carbs, what it adds in terms of decadence…let’s just say I’m enamored.

Goat Cheese, Leek & Spinach Quiche

  • 1 medium-sized leek, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups spinach, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-12 oz can 2% evaporated milk
  • 1 pre-made pie shell (I used Wholly Wholesome Organic)

Pre-heat oven to 350°.

Heat small pan over medium heat and coat with cooking spray. Add leeks to pan and sauté until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Add spinach and cook an additional minute. Set aside.

Crumble goat cheese on bottom of pie crust. Top with leeks and spinach mixture.

Whisk together eggs, evaporated milk and salt & pepper. Pour egg mixture over cheese and veggies.

Bake for about 60 minutes, until top is golden brown and eggs are cooked through. *If the top is getting too brown, top with tin foil.

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focus on: parsnips

Parsnips. The less-vibrant (in color, not flavor) cousin of the carrot. Purchased from an incredibly adorable young girl at the Farmer’s Market. I think the taster and I both wanted to bring her home with us more so than the actual parsnips, although he probably won’t admit to that. ;)


Given their dull color, you may not believe that the parsnip has decent nutrition facts – it even has more vitamins and minerals than the carrot!

1 parsnip – 9” long

114 calories

6.4 g fiber

2.1 g protein


I really enjoyed the parsnips!  I decided to cut them up in fry shapes and roast until golden brown and I was amazed at how juicy they were, even after roasting! They were especially delicious dipped in a sriracha-spiked ketchup. I wasn’t convinced that I would like them, but I’ll be buying them more often, especially if that adorable girl keeps selling them.

Do you like parsnips? How do you eat them?