Fantastic Friday Five: Fiddleheads, Chocolate treats, and Running with kids

The Fantastic Friday Five is a weekly series featuring odds and ends from my everyday life – food, running, gardening, home-ownership and more!

Life has intervened lately, so the FFF has taken a little break… But it’s baaa-aaaack! And chock-full of a couple weeks worth of fantasticness. Enjoy. :)

#1:  Fiddleheads!

This comes a little late as fiddlehead season is pretty much done here in Maine, but I didn’t want to leave them out of a well-deserved spot on the FFF!

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Sweet potato and black bean nachos (vegan/gf)

First of all, I am aware I’ve been kind of absent in the blogosphere lately… life happens. I hope you welcome me back with open arms. :) Now let’s get to some good eats!

Sometimes I just need (well, I guess it’s a very strong want…) some nachos. And is there any more perfect south-of-the-border flavor combination than black beans and sweet potatoes? Didn’t think so. (The sound of peepers – my neck of the woods’ version of crickets – was the only response I got, so I I’ll take that as a no.) These cravings came together with the bag of delicious quinoa and black bean tortilla chips in my cupboard tonight for a fabulous meal. Dig in!

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The Fantastic Friday Five: Curried quinoa, Kale salad and SPRING!

The Fantastic Friday Five is a weekly series featuring odds and ends from my everyday life – food, running, gardening, home-ownership and more!

The good and the bad. It’s been a good week around here for lazing and catching up on life planning… school vacation week for me! (I’m a teacher, not a student, but vacation is even more welcome when you’re an adult!) And the bad. If you are not living in a hole (or the Central Maine woods?), which I assume you’re not if you’re reading this, you know that the bombings at the Boston Marathon have been very unsettling and heartbreaking to us all. I live only an hour and a half north of Boston, and I know many people in the area. I’m also a runner. But no matter what bad there is in the world, the good is better, and I felt especially proud to be out running this week and seeing others do the same. There’s a race I’ve been not wanting to do (I’m an infamous cold-feeter when it comes to races), but I’m going to run it tomorrow. Because I can, and nobody can stop me. Now allow me to share some of the fantasticness of the week with you… Thank you, as always, for joining in! :)

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Basil-avocado sauce with lemon (vegan/gf/nut-free)

So I know I’ve been posting a lot of basil-y and lemon-y things lately, but I just love buying mounds of fresh basil from my local farmers’ market… you’ll just have to deal. The more specific reason for today’s recipe is for my cousin, Susanna, whose youngest son has many complicated allergies, including dairy and nuts. After my parsnip pesto post, she asked about nut-free pesto. Well, this is my first stab at it, and it definitely has that delightful basil flavor of pesto, without dairy or nuts!

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