Asian Inspired Buddha Bowl Featuring Lotus Foods

I am naturally drawn to an Asian flavor profile. Nearly everything I make when not following a recipe or aiming for something specifically of a different cuisine uses tamari, sesame oil, coconut aminos or rice vinegar. So naturally when creating a buddha bowl using rice I chose to encorporate those ingredients and flavors. They are bright, tangy, umami aka savory which I love. If you have a palete that prefers savory then you might love this dish as much as I do.

If you are new to Lotus Foods then I am so excited to introduce you to them, they make some of the best rice I’ve ever had and I’ve had alot  of rice. They also make insanely good gluten free nooooodles. I am so excited to be partnering with them for this recipe. Be sure to check it out on Instagram here and here!

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Balsamic Ginger Beet Noodle Bowl with Avocado, Blood Orange & Edamame

beet boodle bowl caras kitchen

About a year ago my mother was diagnoised with high blood pressure. SCARY. It was a cause for concern for everyone in the family because according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), high blood pressure can be the primary cause if not a contributing factor to more than 1,000 American deaths EVERY DAY! It increases the risk for more lethal health conditions like heart attack, stroke and chronic heart failure. Although several members of my family work in health care as nurses, it was important to my mom that she give it everything she had to lower it through diet and lifestyle before resorting to perscription drugs. Of course, I wanted to be as supportive as possible.

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Protien Packed Kelp Noodle Bowl with Veggies, Tofu & Almond Ginger Sauce (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Kelp Noodle Bowl Tofu, Veggies, Almond Ginger Sauce Vegan Gluten Free Protien Packed CarasKitchen.net

Few things are more thrilling to this chick then a colorful, nutrient rich bowl of plants. From thinking about the flavor/texture combo, gathering ingredients, cooking and plating; putting these together is one of my favorite things do to and I feel so blessed that I get to do it. Not a day goes by that I dont think about how lucky I am to have access to such abundantly diverse food (and the ability to afford it) as so many people go without or not enough. It makes my heart full and sad at the same time because I want real food to be accessible to everyone.

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Easy Spring Pea Pesto Avocado Toasts (Vegan, Nut Free & Oil Free)

Spring Pea Pesto Nut Free Oil Free Avocado Toasts Caras Kitchen

Easing into spring with this colorful and quick pea pesto, how great is that vibrant green? Last week, I bought some peas thinking I would make some kind of risotto but had a rush of inspiration to make a pesto for avocado toast this morning. Just in time for #ToastTuesday. This is bright, slightly sweet and lemon-y which pairs so well with avocado. mah fav.

Early tomorrow I am off to California for the Natural Products Expo which is the largest B2B convention on the west coast in the natural products sphere. It’s the food blogger equivalent of Disneyland. Think of it as the mecca center for all things healthy food, skin care, sustainable product alternatives, and supplements. It’s damn cool and so much fun. This year will be my fourth year attending and I am really looking forward to connecting with other bloggers and like-minded individuals/companies. If you are going to be there and you are reading this please reach out, I’d love to say hi.

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Truffle Oil Mushroom Bruschetta with Fermented Garlic, Arugula & Hummus (Vegan)

Truffle Mushroom Toast with Arugala Black Garlic chickpeas caraskitchen.net

Single lady dinners coming atchu strong today! And I mean nothing about your relationship status. I just mean for those nights when you are only cooking for yourself. For me thats most nights…, I am a bit of a homebody often choosing to hang in then go out with friends or family and since I am an LDR this girl is solo ALOT. Part of it stems from the desire to control what goes in my food, part of it is about saving money (I am a supporter of the saying “money looks best in the bank”), and part of it is because I might afterall be an introvert. Whatever it may be, I am often cooking for one.

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Chana Masala for Two!

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You might think it is odd to make a warming dish like this when it is so hot, but its the tail end of tomato season and I wanted to take full advantage of the hierlooms I picked up at the farmers market last week. And making an Indian dish for an Indian summer made me feel like I was in some sort of alignment with my surroundings. Like this was supposed to be made right now- not to mention I had all the ingredients on hand eliminating the need to go to Trader Joes which can be a zoo. Although it is still quite warm in LA it might actually be cooling down significantly where you are, so for those of you who are in legit sweater weather, this recipe is for you.

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