Ancient Harvest Recipe Roundup: August

thumbprint1One day, hopefully soon, I'll throw together one of those typical wordy ramblings with a dash (or dump) of soul-searching and/or reflection sprinkled in...because there is something liberating in that, sometimes. But that is not today. Lots going on here, and my brain feels a little clogged. I'm taking a break from experimentation, unless you count the attempts to make monkey faces out of banana chips on 72 birthday cupcakes (vegan banana chip; grain-free, dairy-free, low-sugar, nut free coconut; and gluten-free chocolate). I cannot believe Little Monkey is turning 1!?! I would tell you how emotional that is for me right now, but that would inevitably lead far into the territory I said I wasn't going to, and I wouldn't even have a relevant recipe to share alongside it. Later, I'm sure, in case anyone's interested in the bittersweet, mostly joyful but still frayed emotional wreckage. In the meantime, my August recipes for Ancient Harvest are up, hooray! That means I get to do a recipe roundup and share the links with you! They were so much fun, and for the most part simple, to make, and definitely easy to eat. Here they are--I hope they work for you! :)

Quinoa Crunch Snack Bars: I told you about these last week. Dense, slightly chewy with a little crunch, and hearty. They're breakfast-on-the-go or a satisfying energy-boosting snack.

Quinoa Spinach "Falafel" Patties with Avocado Dressing: The spinach gives these patties a greenish hue that is emphasized all the more by the dressing. They kind of scream St. Patrick's Day. You could tone down the green by scaling back the spinach, easily. They taste great as they are, however, and my mom says they are "the trendy green". I'm taking her word for it. It's sad, I know, but right now I'm pretty sure my mom is more hip to what's stylish than I am. For the time being, I listen to Raffi, Laurie Berkner, Susie Tallman, a little bit of Enya, a lot of White Noise for Babies, and ever so occasionally Slacker & Steve.

Spinach and Butternut Quinoa Polenta Lasagna & Quinoa Breaded Eggplant Parmesan: Two recipes, but I'm listing them together, because they share the fact that the prep time is deceptive. These are actually quick and easy to put together, especially if you do some prep in advance, such as roasting the butternut squash. Moreover, the prep time listed included hands-off time, like soaking eggplant or letting sauce simmer. There is also room for simple shortcuts (e.g. swap in prepared sauce). 

Almond Quinoa Thumbprint Cookies with Roasted Strawberries: Easily my favorite of the bunch, but that may be my sweet tooth talking. That said, they are quite low sugar for cookies, and as cookies go, about as good for you as it gets.