Nourishing Noodles Recipes Review and #giveaway

Breakout the spiralizer it’s Zoodle season! Nourishing Noodles Cookbook by Christiana Anca shows veggie noodles don’t need to be boring!

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Vegetable ribbons, noodles and threads transform ordinary vegetables into spectacular meatless meals.

I’m always trying to incorporate more vegetables in our diet. I love my spiralizer but I  was lacking in ideas for meals beyond zucchini noodles.
Beginners to pros will find over 75 step by step plant-based recipes to turn vegetables into the stars of the show. These handy threads of veggie goodness will have you skip the pasta in favor of lighter, nourishing veggie noodles.

From appetizers to desserts, this cookbook has something for everyone.

You don’t need to put your spiralizer away when zucchini season starts to fade away. You will find recipes for cool season fruits like apples and pears along with winter favorites like sweet potatoes and butternut squash.

Here are two of my favorite recipes from Nourishing Noodles  by Christiana Anca ©2016.

Noodle Pizza

Photos and recipes reprinted courtesy of Nourishing Noodles  by Christiana Anca ©2016 Quarto Publishing Group USA.

1 15.5-oz (439 g) can organic cooked chickpeas, drained 

1/2 cup (120 ml) water

1 tsp cumin powder

1/2 tsp paprika

1 pinch sea salt flakes 

1/4 medium zucchini, diced

1⁄3 cup (56 g) hemp hearts

1/2 large red bell pepper (capsicum), roughly chopped

1/2 medium zucchini, ribbon spirals (spiralize on the flat blade)1/2 medium sweet potato, thick spirals

1 small baby eggplant, thinly sliced 

1 medium button mushroom, thinly sliced

Garlic and Chives Cream Cheese (page 150), to taste1 tsp onion flakes

Basil leaves, to taste

Fermented Hot Chili Sauce (page 138), to taste

Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).

Except for the hemp hearts, place all crust ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth but still slightly chunky.

Transfer crust mixture to a medium bowl and fold in the hemp hearts.

Spread the crust onto a large baking pan lined with parchment paper, about ½ inch (1.5 cm)thick.

Bake crust for 20–25 minutes, checking it after 10–15 minutes to make sure it isn’t burning.

While baking the crust, place the red pepper in a blender and puree. Set aside.

Remove the crust from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for at least 10–15 minutes or until completely cooled.

Spread half of the red pepper sauce onto the pizza crust, then distribute the zucchini ribbons,sweet potato noodles, eggplant, and mushrooms. Add the remaining red pepper sauce and top with dollops of cream cheese and the onion flakes.

Place the pizza back in the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until the toppings are tender but still crunchy.10 Top with fresh basil and chili sauce, and serve.


Photos and recipes reprinted courtesy of Nourishing Noodles  by Christiana Anca ©2016 Quarto Publishing Group USA.


1 1/2 cups (225 g)cashews

1 cup (235 ml) water

3 tbsp raw honey or maple syrup

5 tbsp cacao powder

Seeds of 1 vanilla bean

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 pinch cayenne pepper

1 pinch sea salt flakes

2 medium, firm, seasonal pears

2 tbsp Buckinis (page 140) or crushed almonds, divided 2 tsp cacao nibs, divided 1 tsp chia seeds, divided 1 small handful fresh raspberries

Add the chocolate sauce ingredients to a blender and process until smooth and creamy.Transfer sauce to a medium bowl and set aside.

Slice off tops of pears and set aside.

Spiralize pears on the thin blade, leaving about ¾-inch (2 cm) ends (bottoms).

Place the pear bottoms on a plate and spoon 1 tablespoon chocolate sauce onto each one.Sprinkle half of the buckinis or crushed almonds, cacao nibs, and chia seeds between the two,then carefully arrange the pear noodles on top.

Spoon another tablespoon of chocolate sauce on top of the pear noodles, sprinkle the remaining buckinis or crushed almonds, cacao nibs, and chia seeds between the two, and add the fresh raspberries.

Place the pear tops on top and serve immediately.

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Burgers #SundaySupper

Chicken Cordon Bleu Burger
Chicken Cordon Bleu Burgers pack turkey ham and Swiss inside a juicy ground chicken burger. Top with dijonnaise for a classic taste treat.

This week Sunday Supper salutes classic cookout treats. Burgers and hot dogs pop up at cookouts more than any other food and for good reason. Hot dogs and burgers have come a long way since I started buying ground meat and packaged franks.
As a young mom hot dogs and burgers were quite often on the dinner menu. Quick cooking and inexpensive protein was a priority.

Nowadays burgers tout less fat and include a variety of meats. Chicken, turkey, mushrooms and even black beans vie for spots along with beef on your grill. As far as I’m concerned I okay with trying any kind of burger! That would be with or without the bun. 😉
I still enjoy an occasional hot dog with kraut at a cookout, ball game or festival. I’m much more about the burgers!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Burger bun

I like the idea of stuffing burgers with juicy treats like meat and cheese.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Burger ingredients

When you bite into this Chicken Cordon Bleu Burger you will agree stuffed burgers rock!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Burger

Chicken Cordon Bleu Burgers #SundaySupper

Yield: 4 burgers

Serving Size: 1 each


  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup diced turkey ham or ham
  • 1/2 cup diced Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup fine bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • dijonnaise
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar


  • Mix together chicken, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Divide chicken into 4 parts.
  • Flatten each burger and place diced ham and cheese in the center.
  • Bring sides up to cover meat and cheese. Coat with bread crumbs and grill or pan fry.
  • dressing
  • Mix together mayo, mustard and vinegar. Spread on finished burgers if desired.
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Chicken Cordon Bleu

Thank you Christie of A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures and Shelby from Grumpy’s Honeybunch for hosting and organizing this event!

Enjoy these great burger and hot dogs ideas for your next cookout from Sunday Supper Tastemakers!

All American Burgers & Dogs

Cluck Burgers

Worldly Burgers & Dogs

Where’s the Beef Burgers

Where’s the Bun Burger

Dessert Burger

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Salted Caramel Iced Coffee Float #SmokingHotSummerGiveaway #ad

Salted Caramel Coffee Float

Salted Caramel Iced Coffee Float serves up Graeter’s Salted Caramel in a delightful coffee soda float. Add a squeeze of chocolate syrup and stir!

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It was hard to pick one flavor to review. So as you can see, I grabbed several!

The Double Chocolate Chip doesn’t skimp on the chocolate chunks. That’s what I said, chunks of soft chocolate. Easy to eat and the chocolate pieces just melts in your mouth!
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I also tried the Buckeye with so many gobs of peanut butter. Delish!

Graeter’s Ice Cream is smooth and creamy. This ice cream is great alone and in shakes, sundaes and ice cream sodas!

Today I wanted to share an ice cream drink with you for our last day together in this giveaway.

Salted Caramel Coffee Float

Salted Caramel Iced Coffee Float takes coffee drinks to the next level. Start with your favorite brew. Add seltzer, ice and a bit of chocolate syrup. Top with a large scoop of Graeter’s Salted Caramel Ice Cream. Stir it in if you like for a creamy treat.
The pictures don’t do the drink justice. You will just have to try one for yourself!

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Yield: 1 serving


  • 2/3 cup cold coffee
  • 1 cup seltzer
  • 1 Tablespoon chocolate syrup
  • 1 scoop Graeter's Salted Caramel Ice Cream
  • ice


  • Stir together coffee and chocolate syrup. Add seltzer.
  • Pour over ice. Top with ice cream.
  • Drink as is or stir in ice cream for a creamy treat.
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Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #207

Welcome to another fun Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party!

Please share your recipes, crafts and DIY projects with our friends!

Before we get started let’s say, “Congratulations” to last week’s winners!


You can find the links to our Host Favorite Picks here at Daily Dish Magazine!


On to the Party!

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