Thai Almond Sweet Potato Noodles

Thai Almond Coconut Sweet Potato Noodles Caras Kitchen

Its time to use that spiralizer again. I seriously can’t get enough of it these  days and eating something in noodle form is just more fun isn’t it? Atleast I think so. Even saying the word noodle is kinda fun. nooooodle. Ya know? (not adultish). If there is one thing the paleo and gluten free diet produced that I am thankful for its the idea to turn vegetables into noodles. I’m a big fan. 
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10-Ingredient Sesame Cabbage Salad

1o Ingredient Sesame cabbage Salad Caras Kitchen

Hi babes. There are days where I literally just can not be bothered to cook. So I get it. Having quick, easy recipes in your arsenal that you can whip up in minutes is necesssary.

This salad fits the bill nicely.

With 10 ingredients and about 15 minutes to prep depending on your knife skills, you can be eating in no time.

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Health Benefits of Red Food – Monochromatic Monday

Monochromatic Monay Red Caras Kitchen

This was started on accident. One afternoon a few weeks back I made myself lunch and without intention behind it, put together a bowl of entirely green fruits and vegetables. It also happened to be Monday and discovered the hashtag  #monochromaticmonday. Thus started to put together monochromatic bowls of different food on Monday and a new series was born. Through doing this I have discovered so many different varieties of produce that in the past had been overlooked. It also helped me discover that I am a massive creature of habit and buy the same produce week after week.

I am no stranger to the importance of eating a wide variety of colorful fruits and veggies for optimum health but after some reflection and a good scroll down my instagram feed it was easy to see I was eating the same things over and over again. In an effort to mix it up and hopefully inspire others to reach for new foods here is a little tid bit on this weeks featured color: RED
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Savory Breakfast Bowl (Gluten Free and Vegan)

Savory Breakfast Bowl

It’s 2016 and sort of hard to believe that another year has passed by. Can you? Maybe you’re just as shocked as I am. Maybe not? I always find the holidays and year end to be a time of reflection filled with notaslgia but I am at a turning point in my life. 2015 will be remembered as the year I distingushed what I am committed to going forward as I continue to shed the skin of my former self. I am becoming a grown lady. It will be the year that I realized “someday” does not exists and I only have right now to chase my dreams. There were many accomplishments and triumphs but the biggest one was finally quitting my corporate job to take a leap of faith into entrepreneurship. I am opening up a cafe and I am scared as hell but nothing great comes from comfort zones and lets just shout from the roof tops because I officially stepped outside of mine! The future is uncertain but it is exciting and I can not wait to see what 2016 has in store.

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Persimmon and Basil Creme Galette

Persimmon and Basil Creme Galette #vegan 9

This past month I’ve found myself in aggressive moods propelled by moments of angst over the impending changes at work and in my life (more on that another day). I can’t help but think the current state of our world is also a player in this game of nearly getting the best of me on a regular basis. The barrage of headlines about war and terror and red verse blue cast a shadow on my otherwise sunny disposition. How does one deal with it all? It makes me feel like I am treading water in uneasy seas.

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Holiday Kale Salad with Fennel, Sweet Potato, Apple and Pomegranate

Winter Kale Salad 058 #vegan #glutenfree #kale

Over the last 9 years I have been living apart from my immediate family spending 8 of them in Los Angeles and 1 in Melboune, Australia. There have been many years where I haven’t made it home for the holidays for various reasons including school, work, boyfriends or because sometimes going home for the holiday’s is difficult. Like many, my parents are divorced and figuring out which parent to spend what holidays with isn’t always easy. On the upside, so many people I know and love in LA also don’t go home for the holidays so there is always a friends-giving or gathering of the like so I’ve never felt like I missed out. However this Thanksgiving I am traveling with my dad back to Chicago to see the extended family- cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. My traditional Italian family is not very vegan or vegetarian friendly so I have been thinking a lot about what I want to contribute to the meal and this kale salad recipe is a serious contender. 
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Market Vegetables with Spicy Pesto, Almond Crumble and Poached Eggs {Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegetarian}

Market Vegetables with Pesto and Poached Eggs 020Who decided that eggs were only for breakfast? This agreement that we have as a society that certian foods are only meant to be eaten at certian times has always perplexed me. Does any one else find it odd that at certain restaurants they stopped serving breakfast at 11am? Seriously, its not like the ingredients aren’t still in the cold storage. And why is it that when we have pancakes for dinner we sort of feel a little naughty?

I say to hell with it! You should be able to eat whatever, whenever.

So I made this for the bf and I for dinner.

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Sweet Chili Peanut Tofu, Vegetable and Grilled Pineapple Stir Fry {Vegan, Gluten Free}

Chili Peanut Tofu Stir Fry5

Rice bowls and stir frys are meals that I can really rally behind because they do not require that much skill in the kitchen, are relatively quick and can easily be adjusted to serve many. After realizing how often I attend potlucks and bring guacamole, I wanted to up my game and bring a meal that traveled easily, and tasted just as good after being reheated. This stir fry fits the bill well and it has earned a new place in my summer potluck lineup.

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