Your Thanksgiving Menu

Thanksgiving is just around the corner (and this year it falls on Channukah! Even more holiday fun), so it’s time to start planning your menu or thinking about what show stopping dish you’ll be bringing to your pot luck feast.

To help make this year’s holiday cooking as simple and FUN as possible, we are providing a completely comprehensive, tried and true recipe guide.

Firstly, when it comes to the bird this is all you need to know.

thanksgiving sides

For side dishes & dessert (which are the best parts anyway), follow this fool proof menu…

Gluten Free Quinoa Stuffing

Dijon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Cauliflower Parsnip & Apple Puree

Cranberry Citrus (Awesome) Sauce

Gluten Free Apple & Pear Crumble

Spiced Pumpkin & Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

In our Healthy Basics Cookbook you can find other perfect recipes (for the Holidays or any time) like…

Sweet Potato Soup

Sweet Balsamic Collards with Pine Nuts

Roasted Veggies topped with Vanilla Roasted Nuts (uh-mazing)

We’d love to see what you make!  Inspire us, and the rest of the Cooking Camp Crew by posting your pics on our Facebook page.  


Happy Thanksgiving!

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Italian Tuna Bean Salad #SaladFest2013

SO SAD!  We can’t believe that Salad Fest is almost over.  quinn and robyn_nutritional yeast

Consider this recipe our encore.

We strangely didn’t get any tuna salad recipes so we wanted to jump in and make sure you guys were covered for that.

This Tuna Salad is super healthy– no mayo whatsoever.  Just light, fresh ingredients that make a perfect lunch (throw it on a sandwich) or dinner (have it with a salad or some grains).

This is an HCC classic that is in our Healthy Cooking Camp: Healthy Cooking Basics Cookbook.  Grab your copy HERE and you’ll see our top 5 swaps for ways to makeover this recipe and make it totally your own.

HCC_tuna bean saladItalian Tuna-Bean Salad

Servings:  2-4
Time: 7 minutes

  • 1 15-ounce can of Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of Italian tuna (preferably jarred and packed in oil), oil drained
  • 2 tablespoons pitted, halved and very thinly sliced black olives
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Zest and juice from half a lemon (if you’ve got one of those sad, juiceless lemons, use both sides for juice)
  • A couple good pinches of salt
  • A few grinds of black pepper
  • A few glugs of olive oil

Additional add-in options

  • 1 tablespoon of capers
  • Spoonful of dijon mustard
  • Chopped roasted peppers
  • Couple spoonfuls of lacto-fermented vegetables


Mix everything but the olive oil in a small to medium sized tupperware (for easy storage later).  You can mash the beans and/or tuna a bit as well. Add the glugs of olive oil, mix it lightly and enjoy!

This is delicious on top of a salad by itself or with tahini dressing.  You can also create a sandwich on toasted bread with some spicy greens like arugula or watercress, a schmear of tahini and roasted peppers.


We’re Robyn + Quinn and we’re the founders of  Our mission is to take you from totally confused to total connoissuer in your kitchen.  Follow our adventures in food and fun on Twitter and YouTube.

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Amie Valpone’s Summertime Sesame Brown Rice Bowl #SaladFest2013

Amie Valpone‘s culinary creativity is literally off-the charts.  We are recent friends butamie long time fans and admirers of the kitchen concoctions that this woman comes up with!  No one puts unexpected flavors and ingredients together with boldness and verve quick like The Healthy Apple.

It’s not enough that she thinks outside the box coming up with totally original recipes for seasonal veggies, snacks and baked good alike BUT…

Pretty much all of her recipes are Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free & Soy-Free.  The Healthy Apple is literally mecca for foodies with dietary restrictions.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, go to her site, look around and you’ll be amazed at what you find!  Amie is endowed with endless inspiration!

Click HERE to spread the word about Amie’s Summertime Sesame Brown Rice bowl with the super special ingredient: Cherries.

amie valpone brown rice salad

Summertime Sesame Brown Rice Bowl
Servings: 2-4
Time: 1 hour
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup organic brown rice
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 1 medium white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp. fresh lemon zest
  • 2 tsp. sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh basil

In a medium saucepan, boil water with salt and pepper. Stir in rice; return to a boil.

Reduce heat to a simmer; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until rice is tender.

Remove from heat, add spinach and onions; mix well to combine. Set aside, covered, for 5 minutes.

Transfer to a large mixing bowl; add remaining ingredients and toss to combine.

Serve warm or at room temperature.  Enjoy!


The Healthy Apple was started by Amie Valpone, a Manhattan based Personal Chef, Culinary Marketing Consultant, Whole Living Expert, Professional Recipe Developer and Food Writer specializing in simple Gluten-Free ‘Clean’ recipes for the home cook.  For recipes like Amie on Facebook and to join the conversation follow her on Twitter.

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Official Kick-Off for #SaladFest2013

It’s summer, which to us, means 3 things:

  1. Non-stop music and food festivals
  2. Any excuse to get to the beach
  3. Light and delicious meals

To celebrate the sweltering heat we are bringing you…

#SaladFest2013: 21 days of Summer Salads that Satisfy

Each day for 3 weeks we will be posting a new salad recipe from someone in the Cooking Camp family.  Get to know them.  Get inspired.  And GET COOKING!

We also want to hear from YOU!  One lucky reader will have their favorite salad recipe featured on the blog!  Send us your best; it could be a green salad, fruit salad, chicken salad, bean salad….anything!  Just be creative.

And be sure to keep track of the fun with…


 Here’s how to follow along AND enter your very own salad recipe

1. Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.

2. Submit your summer salad recipe using either of these options:

a) Post a recipe on your blog and Tweet or FB the link at us using the hashtag #SaladFest2013.  An example – after creating your own blog post you could tweet out, “Just posted my summer salad recipe for the @Cooking_Camp girls! I would love to be featured for #SaladFest2013!”

b) Don’t have a blog?  Email us your recipe and Tweet or FB using the hashtag #SaladFest2013 to let everyone know you’ve entered. For instance, ” I just emailed my famous chicken salad recipe to the @Cooking_Camp girls.  Retweet this to see it on their site #SaladFest2013″

3. The lucky tastemaker who makes the most noise about #SaladFest2013 will have their Summer Salad recipe featured on our site.  

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Get your Sprout on!

We recently had the pleasure of trying out these amazing sprouts from GreenGrassLife.

GreenGrassLife is a family-owned, local, organic urban farm in New York City. An amazing couple – Meliza and Jovany Veloz- founded GreenGrassLife after personally witnessing the miraculous benefits of wheatgrass and sprouts.
They were of course eager to spread the good word and quickly became one of the most dependable growers in the Tri-State area.
GreenGrassLife sprouts local organic in New York via Healthy Cooking Camp

Sun­flower and buck­wheat sprouts, pea shoots, and sweet-tasting wheat­grass are planted, grown and har­vested in a peace­ful environment. They only use the highest qual­ity organic soil and seeds from the most rep­utable sup­pli­ers.  The coolest part?  They practice medita­tion while plant­ing to infuse their prod­ucts with pos­i­tive energy!

The company offers:
  • Wheatgrass
  • Sunflower sprouts
  • Pea shoots
  • Buckwheat sprouts
  • Young Thai coconuts
  • Personalized nutrition support and education

We love living foods like wheatgrass and sprouts because they provide tons of nutritional benefits.  They are filled with chlorophyll and enzymes, rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and plant based proteins. They supply oxygen and alkalinity.

Sprouts are a wonderful addition to salads, sandwiches, smoothies and they can also be juiced in combination with a variety of fruits and vegetables. 

GreenGrassLife sells their products to local health food stores, juice bars and individuals. AND they even deliver six days a week in the Tri-State area and ship nationwide.  So there’s no reason you can’t get more greens in your life!

For more information or to place an order,  call (800) 557 9017 or go to GreenGrassLife.

You didn’t think we were going to leave you without some recipes, did you?  Never!  Try this classic Green Vegetable Juice
Green Vegetable Juice
Servings: 1- 16 ounce serving
Time: 5 minutes
  • 1/2 pound sunflower sprouts
  • 1/2 pound pea shoot sprouts
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1/2 green apple
  • 1″ piece of ginger


Juice all of the ingredients in your juicer.

Puerto Rican Glowing Green Smoothie
Recipe by Kimberly Snyder
Servings: 1 huge one or 2 medium ones
Time: 5 minutes

  • 1 cup water
  • 9 cups chopped spinach or kale
  • 5 cups sunflower sprouts
  • 2 cups papaya, diced
  • Juice of 2 limes


Blend the water, kale or spinach and sunflower sprouts. Add the papaya and lime, and blend until smooth. Enjoy, and save the rest covered in the fridge for up to two and a half days.

We hope you love the recipes as much as we do!

Let us know what you think below.  What are your favorite types of sprouts?  What are your favorite way to incorporate them into your diet?  

If you haven’t experimented with sprouts before, definitely get some at GreenGrassLife today!

Disclaimer – we received a boat load of amazing sprouts to try free of charge, however, this post was created from pure love of the product (as all our posts are)!  Have a product you would like us to try and review on  Send us an email!

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