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Grains

Grains take form in a variety of foods and are essential to a well balanced diet. Corn, wheat, oats, rye, barley, rice, and quinoa are some of the most popular grains available. Grains can be cooked and eaten in a variety of ways are are in almost every meal whether we are aware of it or not! In my home, rice and oats are pretty popular. I use wheat flour in almost all of my desserts unless I am cooking a gluten free dessert or meal. Why not check out and try the following recipes that use many different grains.

Oatmeal Pumpkin Muffins

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I think muffins are great. I love them for breakfast when I am on the go. They can’t be dry though because I usually don’t have something to drink when I am eating on the go. This easy recipe for muffins is great for on the go moist muffins. They are pumpkin with spice and something else very nice…Oatmeal! Oatmeal is my new baking secret ingredient. It makes everything super moist without an overpowering oatmeal taste. Most of the times nobody can even taste oatmeal at all, including myself!

Delicious Rating: Love, love, love these muffins. They are not too sweet but not that bland type of muffin either. The spices with the pumpkin are right on. I love it all! I make regular size muffins to freeze and mini muffins to just eat every time I walk by the kitchen. Ha! Try this recipe and let me know how it works out for you!

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Spam Fried Rice

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Be honest. You like spam. The saltiness. The crispy pan fried edges. The mystery of what you are actually eating. Admit it. You like spam.

I like spam. Fried super crispy and served with rice. Oooh…a spam musubi. Yummy! But most of all, I love some Spam Fried Rice. I love to make this when I am just hanging out on the couch watching tv. It is the perfect ‘hanging out’ food. If you are afraid to eat spam, try this recipe first. Trust me, you will like spam.

Delicious Rating: Maybe I am being bias towards my good friend spam but I think this is the best fried rice recipe ever! It is seriously delicious and an easy recipe to cook. Use some day old rice for the perfect consistency. I add extra eggs because I think you never really get enough egg in fried rice from a restaurant. My sauce is a little more sweet than others but change up the amount of ingredients in the sauce according to your taste. And please…please tell me if you like spam!

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Tofu Vindaloo and Rice

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When we were living in Texas there was an unbelievably delicious Indian restaurant. And although I am not a buffet frequenter, we would frequent their lunch buffet often. Indian food is something I miss eating a lot! Over the last couple of months I have been trying to cook a lot of different international fare, especially vegan. So why not cook up some Indian food? I decided to make one of my favorite Indian curry dishes, Vindaloo. I veganized it up with some fried tofu to make an absolutely delicious dish.

Delicious Rating: If you don’t like the lingering smell of Indian food in your house, I suggest you open up windows and close the bedroom doors before cooking this easy recipe. Once you get that done and cook this Vindaloo recipe you will be happy you did. The flavors meld together so well. But it wasn’t until the next day that it tasted even more amazing than when it first cooked. This is definitely a keeper and will be a regular dinner in my home.

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Moroccan Couscous & Pan-Fried Fish

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Couscous is a great alternative to the usual side of rice that you may have with dinner. It is light and such an easy recipe to make with most store bought packages cooking in 5-minutes. Since it is so light, I love to pair it with Fish or an array of vegetables. Couscous can be served plain, seasoned, or even with added goodies combined inside like this Moroccan Couscous recipe. I added green onion and sun-dried tomatoes to create a mild onion flavor and a rich smokiness from the tomatoes. Of course, the red & green aren’t bad to color up the couscous.

Delicious Rating: Making the Couscous is a very easy job. Even pan frying fish isn’t on the level of a ‘Master Chef’. This dish is simple and quick to cook up for dinner, either for a couple or a family. You can dress it up with a side of steamed vegetables too. I found it to be very refreshing and delicious. I definitely will make this Moroccan Couscous again!

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