Monday, March 8, 2010

Culinary Confetti


Eating is a vital part of our lives, and it is very important to realize, 'we are what we eat'. I never put myself into a certain category when it comes to food consumption; meaning, I'm neither vegetarian, vegan, pescetarian, etc. I eat for my health, my well-being, my livelihood.

I'll admit, there are certain foods that make me feel better than others, but mostly, I focus on organic, free-range, local goodness provided by Mother Nature. So when I discovered the
21-day kickstart program in favor of veganism (which I could never fully commit to since I love cheese and eggs SO much), I took a peak because I knew there would be some really good recipes I could add to our overall culinary repertoire. The Couscous Confetti Salad didn't disappoint! It is full of flavor and an array of beautiful colors ~ a true party for your palate.




[Reverie-Daydream Images]

40 comments:

  1. Oh sounds interesting ~ must check out the link. I can always do with some encouragement in the healthly eating dept.
    xxx

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  2. It looks great - a wonderful array of colours. I remember reading that richly coloured foods in nature are the most nutritious.

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  3. This couscous salad looks quite refreshing and quite appealing to the eye and all of the other senses.

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  4. Sounds delicious! I think I'll make that for one of my cooking groups {your recipes never disappoint} Stop by and see what I've been reading-it's a wonderful eye-opener.

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  5. I've been trying to eat better and more organically for a couple of years now and I notice a huge change in the way I feel. I have also switched to natural products for many of my body and beauty needs.

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  6. oh mel!! this photo is exactly what i needed after last night's oscar fest. it was one big cheese and champagne party....i'm feeling the effects.
    i, too, could never commit to all out veganism. the cheese plate (obviously) haunts me like amy winehouse and her crack.
    must. have. cheese. every. day.
    i will check this link out...thank you for sharing. then i will checkout betty ford for a dairy detox....?
    love,
    katie

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  7. Oh, I love this! I'm actually vegan for Lent each year, and there is exactly 21 days left in Lent right now, so this couldn't be more timely!!!

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  8. Sounds silly Mel but I love to serve food that has great colors and looks appealing. This salad is not only good for you but good to the eye. Thank you for sharing, I am a recipe slut.. the more the merrier. Happy Monday to you ~

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  9. your food posts always inspire me to cook and eat better. you rock!

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  10. Off to check out 21-kick start. I agree it's so hard to be disciplined, I love to read about new health ideas though. And I have really cut back on the meat, dairy, and leavened bread, and feel so much better. Hope you had a wonderful weekend! xoxo

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  11. Hm... sounds interesting. I try to eat as healthy as possible with lots natural organic food.

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  12. Any time there is couscous...I'm there. We're embarking on a diet overhaul and more organic goods is at the top of my list!

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  13. Oh Mel,
    What a beautiful picture of deliciousness !!!!
    I am in need of some more healthy recipes so will check out the link. XXXX

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  14. I think I should be listening to my guru (you) or all things healthy and powerful as I embark on my Cycle Challenge. Yes, you get exta miles for bringing crumb and I do hope you will join me. Since you are shopping for a bike, Gary Fisher Bikes make a best for women (something about pelvic tilting design)so you may want to check them out. Mine is a Marlin and I adore it. It took me to a whole new level. Let me know when you are ready to start. Not only would be be fabulous motivation, but I would love you company. XO and xo (little crumb kisses).

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  15. I love all that color! Beautiful food!

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  16. I love the idea of this program, and I will definitely try this salad--my type of recipe! I could never go vegan because I love eggs and cheese, too. In fact, my last post was devoted to eggs. I actually feel really good after I eat eggs, as if I could climb a mountain.

    Thanks for the gorgeous color and inspiration, my sweet! xoxo

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  17. Gorgeous salad....can't wait to try it!

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  18. God I love cheese. I keep hearing about this program and everyone talks about how good they feel but I just don't know what I would do without cheese in my life. Even for just 21 days. This salad, however, looks amazing. You are quite the photo stylist. So pretty.

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  19. if it tastes half as good as it looks i'm sure it was amazing!

    spring always feels like the time to shake off the winter blues and start taking care of yourself... you've inspired me!

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  20. My brother is more or less vegan (he isn't too strict - but tries to stay away from products that are made with eggs, like box pasta and cheese). And he makes some of the most delicious food I've ever had in my life. It's like going to a spa. I love it when he visits...

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  21. Mel, it looks so good, so much so that I will try to have similar combination for lucnch today!:-) Thank you for your wonderful comment under my "Kokoshnik" post.You are one lucky girl! I wish I could travel to St. Petersburg - it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world! You will fall in love with it. We call it our Nothern Capital of Russia...I have a wonderful Award waiting for you in my Blog :-)

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  22. That image is just so incredible... The colours in the food & spices are incredible, just a good reminder at the loveliness in nature's bounty :)

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  23. I'll check out the link you provided. My hubby was a huge red meat and cheese person and he's been on a strict vegetarian diet for the past 3 weeks and he feels great!

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  24. I like the way you think about your diet. Eat to Live!
    I will definitely show this to the resident chef... my amazing husband!
    Have a wonderful day and thanks for sharing!

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  25. your blog makes me want to enjoy earth a little more.

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  26. I just came across your store and I am so smitten. I must buy those Love pillows! I also saw you are right here in the SF Bay Area. I would love to visit your store and take photos for the blog and do an interview or something!

    I love healthy organic foods too. I try to be Paleo, but it is hard to give up my bread!

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  27. This is such a great reminder for me not to just put a label on what kind of eater I am...you nourish your body, mind and spirit and it SHOWS!

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  28. I love organic foods. I love eating fabulously bright, full of color meals!!

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  29. Your approach and attitude toward food are so admirable. I say, as I sit here all teary-eyed munching on cadbury minieggs!

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  30. Dear Melissa,
    I was just thinking about how foods make me feel. I have learned to think about it before I eat it and it truly makes a difference of what I put in my mouth. In the end I am very content and feel full. Beautiful! Thank you Mel for always always showing BALANCE in every one of your posts:)
    XO

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  31. Must check out the prog...We should add more colorful fresh produce into the diet~
    like you I lurrrrve cheese!
    xo

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  32. Have you ever tried the same recipe but with bread instead of cous cous?
    It's called "panzanella" and is made with the old bread put for an hour or more in water to soften and then (you have to squeeze the water out from the bread) dress as a salad... Fantastic! It was my dad fav summer dish!

    Have a great week darling and don't forget to come to visit me...You CAN'T miss my giveaway!

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  33. Came to visit via The Magpie's Fancy, Very glad I did. Going to read further right now!

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  34. thank you for sharing! I eat much the same as you - I feel so much better when I know I am feeding my family as healthy as possible.
    have a fabulous rest of your week,
    xx

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  35. I just checked out the website of he 21-day kickstart program. Sounds great! And I like the look of that couscous salad. Yummy!

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  36. vegan for me was great until about the 2nd month. im like you, i eat for health. i eat organic 100 percent and seasonally about 80 percent.
    vegan left me feeling under satisfied.

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  37. Isn't it great! I just loved it! Many of the recipes I've picked up on this 21-Day Kickstart are going to be keepers. Yours looks much more elegant than mine did, but it was so good! Yum

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  38. Since I cannot be a vegetarian (metabolism too high, sorry ladies), I went all organics for a year in 2005 and it did wonders for my face especially. The couscous salads looks colorful, will try it. Thanks. Tawa

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  39. THANK YOU for this! I am the same way. A vegetarian or pescetarian, really, but when I was pregnant I ate meat. I would love to be a full-on vegan but it really is such a commitment and I guess I'm just not there yet.

    BTW this is why I love coming to your blog. Since having the baby and not having as much time as I'd like to read my favorite blogs, I find I come here mostly when I need to relax. Your posts always do that to me somehow!!

    Happy weekend, Mel! xo

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