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Impressive Quinoa Appetizer Recipe Recipe
Today, my "Potato Blini with Quinoa and Smoked Salmon" recipe is featured on Wall Street CS. I'm not sure how my recipe ended up in a financial news site article but it's something I can be thankful for Thanksgiving! The post is about quinoa and 7 other appetizers, using the gluten-free ingredient, featured as well. You can find the recipe directly on my website, so you can impress guests with these potato pillow-y pancakes, each topped off with a bit of quinoa and smoked salmon. I bet today will be somehow linked to a lot of food (either cooking in the kitchen, sipping and snacking watching the game or enjoying a banquet of rich food. Let's start the end-of-the-year celebrations with a bang and delicious food! Our family wishes you a wonderful gathering tonight, scrumptious food and safe travels. Let's count our amazing blessings and appreciate the little things in life. I'm so grateful for the wonderful people I met in my life's journey (you know who you are ). Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
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Olive Phyllo Cup Appetizer Recipe Recipe

Delicious food doesn't have to be heavy or rich in calories. Selecting ingredients wisely is the key to making these flavorful phyllo cup appetizers. Instead of using calorie-packed mascarpone cheese, I strained plain yogurt and combined the thick mixture with green and kalamata olives, roasted red bell peppers, garlic, lemon, curly parsley and extra-virgin olive oil. I also added tuna and an anchovy filet for extra brininess (you could omit them for a veggie version). The warm pan-seared Nabulsi cheese helped tie together the Mediterranean flavors of these fancy bites.

My philosophy is if you have to sacrifice flavor by using low-fat products, then don't eat it. I'd rather eat in small portions or not eat at all. Of course, eating the way we eat in our home means having to stay active all day. Juggling between my everyday tasks and my wonderful 21-month-old daughter gives me plenty of occasions to spend these calories. 

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21-month-old Aria going grocery shopping


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