Barbecue Cauliflower Wings

These crispy cauliflower wings, coated in sweet-and-spicy barbecue sauce, are a plant-based twist on the classic chicken wing appetizer. Made with just a handful of ingredients they’re a welcome way to add more veggies to your next outdoor BBQ or game-day get-together. Make sure to leave the florets slightly larger with a little bit of stem for easy hand-held eating. Serve the smoky wings with blue cheese or ranch dressing to add refreshing coolness to the tang.

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Valentine Fun Treats With Fruit

Next week is Valentine’s Day. Everyone enjoys the day from small children to grandparents. Today let’s discuss ways to provide healthy fruit treats for kids and adults that involve a heart shape. Remember Valentine’s Day treats don’t have to be red.

Cut fruit into heart shapes. Since Valentine’s day falls in February, look at what fruit is available in your area. Several years ago I made brunch for a friend with regular chocolate pancakes and heart-shaped strawberries.  It was a simple meal with a festive Valentine-inspired table.

Strawberries are being harvested in central Florida in February and March as it is a cool weather food. Summer in Florida is way too hot for strawberries. I used a paring knife to remove the stem and notch the top of each strawberry. They are little hearts now.

Cutting hearts also works well with small melons for a multi-colored plate of fruit treats. These little hearts were made with cookie cutters.

A slice of watermelon can make lots of little hearts.

If you don’t have time to cut lots of fruit, start with a heart-shaped dish. Berries are perfect for this with no cutting.

Want a mix of fruit? Add berries, pineapple chunks, cut kiwi, grapes, and/or tangerine segments – whatever is in your local market. You now have a cute snack or dessert for Valentine’s Day.

Start with a plate or bowl and add small pieces of fruit in a heart shape. Simple to do. I like white dishes with colorful blueberries. Place a dollop of whip cream in the center of the heart. I suggest having a bowl of just blueberries and one of whipped cream that everyone can spoon onto their saucers.

Want an alternative to passing out candy valentines to your child’s class? Help your child write heartfelt messages on tangerine skins or decorate them with fun stickers.

Tangerine valentines

I’m wishing you all a fun and tasty Valentine’s Day!

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Vegetarian Quinoa & Black Bean Chili

Whether you’re trying to eat less red meat or are having a vegetarian guest, today’s recipe is a crowd pleaser for fans of spicy chili. Previously I shared The Best Vegetarian Chili with meatless-crumbles and beans. Today’s version is based on healthy quinoa and black beans. It’s another delightful way to enjoy a spicy bowl of comforting chili. Adjust the spices to meet your family’s tastes. Serve with fresh cilantro and shredded cheese, green onion, or a dollop of Greek yogurt. (Greek yogurt contains more protein per serving than sour cream, which is ideal for those trying to build muscle or improve their immune system or bone strength.)

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Comfort Spring’s Most Popular Posts in 2023

I’m sorry that I’ve been off line so much, but life is very busy when you move. I am taking a break from unpacking. My apartment has a bed set up, and dressers in the right rooms . We won’t mention the ocean of boxes. I am currently doing laundrey and hanging up the clean clothes in the closet. No more living out of a suitcase for me.

Today we’re reviewing Comfort Spring’s stats for 2023. I had 41 features last year. Many thanks to the link party hosts for their support. In terms of posts with the most visits, I must say I’m not sure how these posts became so popular, but I’m not complaining. The top 10 posts are all over a year old.

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Beet Salad With Goat Cheese

Tomorrow all my wordly possessions will be put in a truck. Wednesday there are 2 closings to sell the house and to buy the condo. Needless to say I’m tired. I won’t be online much this week. Thursday will be busy with the new handyman and cleaning lady to help get the condo set up. Friday and Saturday I may be sleeping from exhaustion! I’ll take my time unpacking the many, many boxes.

Today’s recipe is a great fall and winter salad. Tangy beet salad with goat cheese is the perfect starter for a dinner party or a great main salad for a vegetarian meal. The beets top the mixed salad greens with crumbles of goat cheese and candied walnuts with an orange and balsamic vinaigrette. You can serve it on a large platter or make up individual salads.

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Cheesy Ham & Asparagus Casserole

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a safe and happy holiday.

If you have leftover ham from a holiday dinner, today’s recipe, Cheesy Ham & Asparagus Casserole, is just for you. This casserole has ham, onion, eggs, red bell peppers, asparagus, and lots of cheese. Most of the ingredients you may already have on hand. It is a wonderfully easy quiche-like casserole to throw together for dinner or breakfast. You can even prepare the ingredients in the dish, cover it, and put in the refrigerator overnight. I would increase baking time from 25 to 35 minutes due to the cold ingredients. If the cheese starts to brown too quickly, cover dish with aluminum foil to finish cooking.

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Winter Salad With Fruit & Poppy Seed Dressing

I love adding seasonal fruit to a green salad all year long. In the winter, the trick is to use fruits readily available at your local market. Make this easy winter salad in minutes for a bright, refreshing recipe full of sweet flavors and crunchy textures you’ll adore. It makes a satisfying appetizer or salad not only for the holidays but anytime in the coming months.

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Slow Cooker Black-Eyed Peas With Greens & Ham

I was born in Alabama on the Gulf of Mexico in Mobile. At the age of 5 my family moved to East Tennessee. During my childhood, we often had a pot of beans or peas with collard greens and homemade corn bread. Really beans and cornbread was historically an inexpensive meal for people with little money, but most folks who grew up in the American south love it.

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