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We had a great time last Tuesday night! Here are the recipes from the food that night. I kind of wing it when i'm in the kitchen so I hope the recipes aren't too tricky to follow!

Quinoa/brown rice veggie salad

Start with the quinoa vegetable weight watchers frozen dinner (or skip and just use cooked quinoa about 1 cup, add microwave plain brown rice, then whatever fresh or cooked veggies you have on hand (I used broccoli, capsicum, artichokes), then toss in plenty of sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds, etc and stir in lemon juice, garlic herb salt and any other herbs and spices to taste.

Cabbage salad with peanut sauce—Start with package of ready shredded cabbage/coleslaw (I used one with carrots, veggies and two types of cabbage but any one without the dressing works) be sure not to use and toss out any dressing that comes with it (it's fatty and oily and comes with preservatives). Then cube and add satay tofu (look in the chilled section by the plain tofu), saving the marinade to stir with peanut sauce (recipe below), mix in tofu, then toss with rest of salad. Finally add plenty of sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds, and slivered almonds. Finish with an extra drizzle of lemon juice and garlic herb salt if needed.

Grilled veggies on a bed of kale salad—grill veggies in large cubes ( I used carrots, capsicum, pumpkin, red onion, parsnip and whole garlic), put in a baking dish and spray with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic herb salt. Then take a bag or two of baby kale, massage in half an avocado and lemon juice and garlic/herb salt. When veggies are ready place them warm on the bed of kale and sprinkle with pinenuts.

Peanut sauce (great for stirfry, salids or dipping veggies—stir 2 Tablespoons water (very hot but not boiling) with 2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter (with no added oil or sugar) until creamy and light, 1 Tablespoon or more soy sauce or tamari, 1 T lemon juice, 1 T sweet chili sauce (optional), chili flakes to taste (optional). Experiment for desired sweet/salty/spicy balance.

Black bean salad--2 cans of black beans washed and drained, 1-2 limes, squeezed (depending on juiciness), 1 large garlic clove minced, 1 large tomato chopped ( or 1 handful of cherry tomatoes quartered), 1/2 - 1 ripe avocado diced, 1-2 pinches of salt to taste, 1/2 handful of coriander chopped. Optional: 1 raw ear of corn with kernels cut off. Toss everything together.

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