Monthly Archives: October 2011

Vegan Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons


Caesar salads remind me of my father. I have distinct memories of my dad ordering a Caesar salad at restaurants when I was a child. Blanketed with creamy dressing and parmesan cheese, you could hardly call them healthy. And then in the mid-80’s when fat free salad dressings were all the rage, I remember dousing my salad with this “healthier version,” laden with preservatives, sugar, and who knows what else. But it seems I’ve found a Caesar that is actually healthy.

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The Green Monster: Spirulina Popcorn


I’ve been looking for ways to utilize my Spirulina Manna. Let me know your favorite brand of Spirulina in the comment section if you will. I’m always in the market to try a new brand. I came upon this awesome video which shows you how to make Spirulina popcorn and since it’s filmed in Kauai, my favorite place on Earth, I couldn’t help but post it.

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Kale, Beet, and Baby Bella Quinoa with a Spirulina Balsamic


The husband and I were at a terribly fabulous wedding this weekend in Cashiers, N.C. As you know we recently moved, so this was in so many ways, an official send-off. Needless to say, it was also a weekend of over indulgence. In fact, the only thing we didn’t get enough of was sleep. I have no regrets, including when I cried like a svelte baby at the sight of the blushing bride. I was so filled with emotions, I was unable to spit the words “congratulations” out. Oh emotion, don’t you just wish you could control when it surfaced?

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Roasted Turnip, Beet, and Chickpea Salad with a Lemon Vinaigrette

roasted beets turnips and chickpeas photo

When you’re in the midst of moving, prepared foods and dining out become the name of the game. And what I ended up craving the most was fruits and veggies. It’s not that you don’t eat them at all, but the volume is diminished as a result of cost. It makes you feel a bit dehydrated and craving something a little less dense.

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Veggie Sandwich with Walnut Basil Pesto

walnut pesto sandwich photo It’s been an exceedingly busy past few weeks. We moved cities this weekend, from the Midlands of South Carolina to the Low Country. And though I am in awe of the beauty that surrounds me, I’m just getting settled in and cooking has been problematic. But as I get comfortable with my new surroundings, kitchen, and nearby health food stores, I begin a new journey in Charleston, S.C.

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Sara Kovak
Welcome to Serene Kitchen, your destination for tasty meatless eats and mindful living. My name is Sara Novak and I'm a health and wellness expert for Discovery Health and TreeHugger.