Brown Rice and Edamame with Lime Vinaigrette -- Juggling With JuliaHello, friends, and I apologize for the 6-week hiatus! I will not bore you with the details of the exciting life I lead, which has repeatedly pulled me away from the kitchen (and, therefore, the blog). Suffice it to say that the final weeks of school have me on the run.

If you don’t live in my zip code, let me fill you in. We are probably the only town in the continental United States where SCHOOL IS STILL IN SESSION. God bless me, can’t they be done already? If the principal has to push the fireworks out of the way to get to his briefcase in the car, I think that’s a sign that we ought to be done. Don’t you?  :)

Now, about this  gorgeous and delish Brown Rice and Edamame Salad with Lime Vinaigrette. Let’s hashtag it all up, shall we? A little #wholegrain and a dash of #summersalad and my absolute fave — #realfoodrealfast.

What makes this deserving of those lofty labels?

#realfoodrealfast – A Trader Joe’s frozen brown rice medley and frozen edamame make this a snap to make, and store-bought grated carrots is clutch (and saves me you from bloody knuckles…)

#wholegrain — A mixture of brown rice and barley packs a good dose of protein and fiber along with B vitamins. Just one of hundreds of ways to enjoy healthy whole grains

#summersalad — My savior in this beautiful sunny weather. Who wants to come inside and cook when the sun’s out? Not this mama. Knowing I’ve got a cool salad in my fridge already makes dinner time WINNER TIME [You can groan, it's ok. I did a, too, though I'm still smiling :)]

I snagged a 6-pack of limes off the reduced produce rack and the juice of one of them was enough for this recipe. Shake it up with olive oil, mustard, and a couple of spices, and you are all set.

Brown Rice and Edamame with Lime Vinaigrette -- Juggling With JuliaBrown Rice and Edamame Salad with Lime Vinaigrette
Serves 6

Prep time: 15 minutes     Cook time: zero

2 cups cooked brown rice (like Trader Joe’s brown rice medley)
1 cup frozen edamame, thawed
1/2 cup chopped cucumber
1/2 cup grated carrot
3 tablespoons diced red onion

Lime Vinaigrette:
3 or 4 tablespoons olive oil
Juice of one lime (about 3 tablespoons)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
Combine all salad ingredients in a bowl. In a small jar with a tight-fitting lid, or similar container, add the vinaigrette ingredients. Shake vigorously until well combined. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Add vinaigrette to the salad ingredients, toss gently, and serve.

Brown Rice and Edamame with Lime Vinaigrette -- Juggling With Julia




Lemony Hummus Dressing on Chopped Salad

by Julia Robarts on May 10, 2015

in Salads/Sides

Happy Mother’s Day to all you fantastic mums out there!! I hope you had as wonderful a day as I did, with all the things and people you love. Maybe it was special time with your own mom or other special women in your life. A fun day with your kids — or without your kids :)  A delicious meal at a local eatery. Flowers or candles or a homemade card. Whatever YOU like, that is what Mother’s Day is about.

I feel lucky to have my mum living right next door. Even today, when she asked for hard labor as a Mother’s Day gift. How could we refuse? Along with my two sisters, my husband, and brother-in-law, we hacked, raked, scooped, shoveled, and mowed for a better part of the morning. Gladly and willingly, of course.

Juggling With Julia pic9After hours of sweat and grime and fun (really!), I headed next door to my own house where my kids told me it was time for my presents. YIPPEE!! Somehow they managed, together, to make a card and a chocolate cream pie. Precious. Don’t be fooled by their sweet faces, though. They spent 10 minutes discounting each other’s efforts and claiming credit for themselves :)
Juggling With JuliaBut still, I got a pie!

I’ll be wrapping up my very awesome day with this yummy and easy Lemony Hummus Dressing on Chopped Salad, or on whatever vegetables I can find in the fridge, because, to be honest, I have no idea what’s in there  (Mother’s Day Rule #1 NO GROCERY SHOPPING!)

While my go-to dressing is usually a homemade balsamic or Newman’s Own Caesar, I love the creaminess of this dressing and the way it really sticks to the salad. It whisks up in just a couple of minutes, and before you know it you’re wiping off your chin. It is also big-time yum inside a chicken roll-up, and would be an absolutely fabulous dressing drizzled over a roasted vegetable/grain salad.

As if being delish, quick and easy wasn’t awesome enough, this recipe makes enough for the salad you’re now thinking about, plus the roll-ups that you want to make for tomorrow’s lunches. Problem solved. You’re welcome :)

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Lemony Hummus Dressing on Chopped Salad
Makes approximately 3/4 cup

Prep time: 3 minutes (dressing), 5 minutes (salad)          Cook time: Zip, zero, nil, nada

1/2 cup prepared hummus
1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Whisk the hummus, water, lemon juice, and olive oil together in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3 cups chopped greens (romaine, spinach, baby kale, arugula)
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup diced raw carrot
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Drizzle about 1/4 cup of dressing over the salad, or more to taste. Store the remainder of the dressing in the refrigerator for 3-4 days in a sealed container.



Oatmeal Butternut Pancakes with Browned Buttered Nuts

May 6, 2015 Breakfast/Brunch
Photo courtesy Meal Makeover Moms

Photo courtesy of Meal Makeover Moms Oatmeal Butternut Pancakes with Browned Buttered Nuts. Goat cheese and real maple syrup. Such a dreamy, creamy, flavorful way to eat pancakes. For sure, I never would have thought to put all these ingredients together on my own. Who was the genius, then, behind this stack of stupendousness? Maria […]

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Maple Blueberry Overnight Oats (and all about Maple Sugaring)

April 12, 2015 Breakfast/Brunch
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Maple Blueberry Overnight Oats – a sweet and easy breakfast treat reminiscent of Swiss muesli — is brought to you thanks to my husband’s new-found interest in the maple syrup industry. After reading up on New England maple sugaring practices, he decided we ought to tour a local operation. Though it’s hard for a lifelong […]

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7 Quick and Healthy Recipes for Busy People

March 29, 2015 Chili/Soup/Stew
7 Quick & Healthy Recipes for Busy People -- Juggling With Julia

If ‘busy’  is a disease, then I’ve got it bad. I try not to overload our lives. (Really, I do.) But it seems that the minute I push one low priority ‘thing’ to the curb, another more obviously important priority shows up at the door. With luggage. I know you get it. We’re ALL busy! […]

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Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread

March 22, 2015 Breads/Quick Breads
Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread -- Juggling With Julia

So excited to share this easy, yummy Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread recipe with you today! I’ve made it twice in the past week (once with raisins, once without). It’s a fantastic recipe that requires no special talents and appears hard to foul up. That’s the hallmark of a great recipe, if you ask me […]

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How One Little Cheese Slice Rocked the Nutrition World

March 18, 2015 Hobbies
Repeal the Seal

Did you hear the story of how one little, bitty ‘cheese’ slice crumbled the credibility of a nutrition organization 75,000 dietitians strong? No? Well, I’m going to tell you and then I’m going to ask you to sign this petition which aims to get this whole mess fixed up. In case you haven’t heard about […]

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Coconut Banana Bread with Nutella Swirl

March 12, 2015 Breads/Quick Breads
Coconut Banana Bread with Nutella Swirl - Juggling With Julia

My favorite banana bread recipe, a sweet, delicate loaf with the tiniest bit of a crisp on the edges, just got an upgrade. Coconut flakes add a hint of coconut flavor, and the Nutella swirl – well, really, there’s no need to explain the echelon of excellence that brings. If this banana bread was your […]

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What’s the Difference Between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist?

March 11, 2015 Nutrition
National Registered Dietitian Day 2015 -- Juggling With Julia

You know that bottle of artisan rosemary infused organic olive oil you’ve been saving for a special occasion? It’s time to pop the cork! The occasion is here, for today, March 11, 2015, is… NATIONAL REGISTERED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST DAY! I’ve celebrated this day on this blog in various ways. I asked you to thank the […]

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Quinoa Breakfast Bars

February 17, 2015 Breakfast/Brunch
Quinoa Breakfast Bars -- Juggling With Julia

Sugar, that insipid invader of everyday foods, is slowly retreating from my family’s diet. As you know, I’m not ANTI-sugar.  Lordy, no! I’m just against it being EVERYWHERE from our sandwiches to breakfast cereal to our grab-n-go snacks. We’ve done a decent job on the peanut butter and cereal fronts. We’re now 100% into natural […]

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