Spiralized Asian Salad with Peanut-Ginger Dressing

The spiralizer craze hit just before I went to away to Ireland for med school 6 years ago.  I didn’t want to accumulate too much stuff overseas and I was so busy working when I was home in the summers that I didn’t think I’d use it enough.  I held off buying one and made due with a julienne peeler to make my “courgetti,” but my spiralizer-envy was sparked again when the Hemsley sisters repopularized spiralizing with “The Art of Eating Well” in 2014.  My mom gave me one for my birthday a few weeks ago (she knows me) and when I finally turned that handle earlier this week, I was hooked!

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Coconut Date Truffles

If you need a little afternoon pick me up or a study snack, these are for you.  Sweet and satisfying with a hint of cinnamon, they are just so delicious!  I also make a chocolate version with unsweetened cocoa powder which tempers the sweetness of the dates, but I also really like how here the natural flavours shine through without being overpowered by the cocoa.  That being said, the chocolate ones are incredible.

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Coconut Black Rice Pudding

I saw a recipe for Black Rice Pudding with coconut & banana in At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen a while back, bought the black rice, put it in my cupboard and promptly forgot about it.  I didn’t make the recipe before for 2 reasons;  (1) it only uses half a can of coconut milk which is so annoying because what am I supposed to do with the other half?  (2) it needs to simmer for an hour on the stovetop.  Well, now I am sitting at my kitchen table all day anyway, and decided no one is here stopping me from using the whole dang can.  Lol I said dang.  I’m trying to keep it clean, ok?

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