Real Food Fridays #62

Spinach with Raisins & Pine nuts ~ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

Welcome! Before the party begins, I want to share an easy recipe that will transforms plain old cooked spinach into something special! It’s Spinach with Raisins and Pine Nuts. We saw it served on a Spanish cooking show (they called it espinacas con pasos y piñones in case you were wondering). We came in at the… 

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Meatless Monday: Spanish Style


I’m pretty sure meatless isn’t a term which comes to mind when thinking about Spanish food. Why would it when the country is known for its fabulous pork, lamb, beef and seafood? You have to remember that it’s only been in the last 50 years or so that the general Spanish population has been prosperous enough… 

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Real Food Fridays #61

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¡Hola! Y ¡Bienvenidos a Comidas Reales #61! Rick and I have hired a teacher to help us gain mastery over the beautiful Spanish language. He’s more than proficient, but wants to improve. I need all the help I can get. I can follow a conversation if I know what the topic is, although I miss the… 

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Chicken Meatballs with Hierbabuena {Recipe ReDux}

Chicken Meatballs with Hierbabuena ~ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

I love the theme for this month’s Recipe Redux…Spooky Spices. Surely I’m not the only one who has an obscure or seldom used spice hiding in the back of the cupboard? There are some that I only use once or twice a year, like caraway and anise. Then there are others that I have no idea… 

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Meatless Monday: Copycat Santa Fe Beans & Rice

Copycat Santa Fe Beans & Rice ~ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

When I was working full time Santa Fe Beans and Rice by Smart Ones was one of my favorite frozen meals to have for lunch. So many times a frozen meal fails to live up to the promise of the photo on the package, but this particular meal was always good. Today, I’m sharing my… 

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That Time An Old Video Kicked My Butt: Add Variety to Your Workout

Add Variety to Your Workout ~ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

I mentioned earlier this summer that I’d hired a trainer to help with my workouts. Well, between our daughter’s wedding and the move to Spain, I haven’t seen him in awhile. Rick and I spend a lot of time walking all over the place, but I missed the challenge of lifting weights and doing body… 

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Real Food Fridays #60

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Welcome to Real Food Fridays #60! It doesn’t seem possible that we’ve reached another milestone! Thanks to all of you who link up week after week. It’s such fun to browse through your posts. This week I want to introduce you to a common item served by restaurants, bars and kitchens all over Spain: the… 

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Flammekeuche: Belgian Style “Pizza”

Flammekeuche: Belgian Style Pizza ~ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

One of the best things about being a blogger is hooking up with other like minded people to share your interests. We call them blog parties or link parties and they serve as both a showcase of posts and as a means to see what online friends have been up to. Food of the World… 

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Meatless Monday: Set the Tatas Free Day

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Today is Set the Tatas Free Day a day where women are encouraged to go braless in order to support the 12% of us who will experience breast cancer in their lifetime. I’m in my 50s and personally know more than a few classmates, colleagues and extended family members who have had to endure treatment… 

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Rustic Grape Tart {Tarta de Uvas}

Rustic Grape Tart ~ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

On the Sunday after our arrival in Valladolid, Rick and I ventured out to the pueblo where he grew up in order to visit a few of his relatives. The fields surrounding the pueblo were full of grape vines heavy with sweet white and purple grapes. It’s time for this year’s grape harvest. We stopped… 

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Real Food Fridays #59


Hello! And welcome to Real Food Fridays #59! Last weekend, Rick and I travelled to Tordesillas, a town about 30 km away, where they were having a Medieval Street Fair. Tordesillas is a decent sized town with a vibrant commercial area filled with shops and restaurants. Historically, it was the site of the Treaty of… 

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