Top 5 Posts of 2012

It seems everyone in the blogging sphere is doing Top Posts for 2012. I’m really enjoying the reminders for articles I wanted to check out but didn’t get to, posts I did read and forgot about, etc. I thought the same might be helpful for you. Here, in no particular order, are the Top 5 posts clicked on for 2012 at The Soulicious Life. Coincidentally, they happen to be some of my favs too.  😉

By the way, if you haven’t yet entered my Happy New Year contest to win a beautiful and fun Upcycled Sari Bag, please do so here. You have until midnight, January 8.

Here’s to your nourishing your body and your soul in 2013! Continue reading

Fennel, Apple and Radish Salad

You may have already heard me mention the Earthbound Cook, a cookbook featuring 250 recipes for delicious food and a healthy planet, by Myra Goodman, co-founder of Earthbound Farm. She provides worthwhile eco-tips amongst great recipes, including some on egg labels that I shared earlier.

With a bounty of fresh radishes ready in the garden, this recipe was a perfect pick. The subtle anise flavor of fresh fennel partners perfectly with sweet and tart apple, and the radishes add just a bit of peppery heat. We enjoyed this salad with friends on a night with temps still in the 90s, and it paired perfectly with a chilled rose wine. Continue reading

Garden Fresh Tabbouli Salad

Thanks to our Armenian heritage, my family grew up eating a number of pretty delicious middle eastern foods, including tabbouli [tuh-boo-lee]. Like many traditional cultures, they had it right when it came to fresh, whole foods.

Tabbouli is a perfect summer salad, taking spectacular advantage of the garden’s bounty of tomatoes, parsley, green onions and cucumber. It’s light, refreshing, cleansing, and completely addictive. Continue reading

Watermelon and Mint: A Perfect Summer Match

Happy Summer Solstice! I for one will be cheers’ing (I’m sure that should be a correct verb) our longest day of the year tonight. We’ve had scorching temps here in Colorado, but luckily, I’ve found the most awesome way to cool down when we can’t hit the mountains or local pool.

Watermelon and mint make an incredibly refreshing combination, and both are natural diuretics, meaning they will help flush excess water from your system. Hey, anything to help with a flat tummy in all that skimpy summer wear! 🙂

The number of treat choices made with this pair of summer favorites are plentiful. The best part of the three ideas here is that none require measuring; it way too hot to bother with that. I’m all about simplicity, especially as the thermometer rises! Continue reading

Asian Peanut Noodle Salad

What’s not to love about long weekends? Mine was made especially happy by this cold noodle salad bursting with the flavor of peanuts, garlic and ginger.

I’m such a sucker for a good peanut sauce. The one on this dish is similar to a dipping sauce I make for my Tofu Spring Rolls, but brighter thanks to the addition of rice vinegar, lime, and cilantro. It’s easy to put together and will make a welcomed addition to any summer meal. Consider adding cubed tofu – well-sauteed in olive oil – to created an even heartier one-dish meal! As always, use organic ingredients whenever possible. Continue reading

Corn and Black Bean Salad

In our house, we use any excuse we can to party. On Saturday, in honor of K-Bear’s 2nd birthday, we hosted our first BBQ of the season! Even the rain and cool weather that rolled in for the weekend couldn’t keep us from celebrating. We simply moved the party inside, blew up extra balloons, and let the laughter, drink, and food flow, including this salad, one of my favorites for grilling season.

I cut the recipe out of a newspaper one summer years ago, tucked it into my recipe book, and have since turned to it regularly when the weather warms up. I’ve lived in my share of places over the years, so unfortunately I can’t tell you from which fabulous town’s paper it came. What I can tell you is that it’s easy, healthy and delicious. (Notice a trend here with my recipe favorites?)  🙂  Continue reading

Fresh Pear and Toasted Walnut Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

PearWalnutSaladThe apple cider vinaigrette on this salad really pulls the flavors of cheese and fruit together. It originally came from foodnetwork.com where it was the companion to a roasted butternut squash salad. However, because saying the word “squash” sends SoulDaddy running for the door, I happily dished up another accompaniment for the flavorful vinaigrette.

Light and full of flavor, this salad is a perfect match for cooler weather when apples and pears also happen to be at their peak. It pairs beautifully with heavier cheese dishes such as fondue or homemade mac and cheese, but stands up just as well to a hearty soup or stuffing at your next table. Continue reading