Ginger Garlic Salmon Carrot & Zucchini Noodle Bowl with Shiitake & Oyster Mushrooms

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One of the best parts of food blogging is discovering and trying ingredients that you would have never used before. That ingredient today is… coconut aminos! Well, I tried it for the first time when creating this Beef Noodle Soup. Originally, when writing the recipe, I used soy sauce. However, this recipe was designed for a Paleo audience, so I did my research, discovered liquid aminos and then coconut aminos and redid the ingredient list.

Coconut aminos tastes very similarly to soy sauce. It has a slight after taste, but aside from that, you can barely tell the difference. Today, I marinaded salmon in the coconut aminos for a colorful and flavorful bowl of spiralized veggies.

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Butternut Squash Carrot Noodles with Sausage & Kale

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Picture this. You’re in the supermarket, searching desperately for a canned pasta sauce for your healthy spiralized veggie noodles to hurry home and make a quick dinner. These are your options:

Pasta Sauce A: Few ingredients, all recognizable whole foods or seasonings.
Pasta Sauce B: Many ingredients, many are unrecognizable and end in “phate” or “xyl”. Say what?!
Pasta Sauce C: Few ingredients, all recognizable whole foods or seasonings, organic, no refined sugar or dairy.
Pasta Sauce D:  Without reading the ingredients, the packaging says “Fat Free” and “Sugar Free.” There may be a picture of a creepy used-car-salesman on the front, beckoning you.

Which do you choose?

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Pomegranate-Maple-Cider Carrot & Cucumber Noodles with Chili Beef and Blue Cheese

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I’ll slam the door in your face if you try to tell me that this is not the most colorful bowl of meat you’ve ever seen. Or, in true teenage fashion, I’ll tell you to “Talk to the wrist, ‘cuz the first is pissed!”

After seeing Tieghan over at Half Baked Harvest do a tutorial on how to deseed a pomegranate, I began to think… When was the last time I ate a pomegranate? My old college roommate Stacey used to make these killer pomegranate-champagne vodka cocktails, but that doesn’t count. So, I kept thinking.

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