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    Protein Balls: 9 Easy Recipes

    Hey friends! Haley here – today we are talking about PROTEIN BALLS! You may know these nutrient-packed snacks by one of their many other names – protein bites, energy balls, energy bites, power nuggets… Over the past few years, Protein Balls have become quite the rage among health and time conscious individuals. They are a way to get a quick fix of food/energy that will sustain them throughout a workout or period of the day. You can find hundreds of recipes online for all different snack variations. Bake, no-bake, vegan, gluten free, paleo – the list goes on! I have seen hundreds of recipes for protein balls posted all over…

  • Main Courses

    Apple Cranberry Gorgonzola Salad

    So if you missed my two most recent salad recipes, you may have missed my INCREDIBLE new toasted sesame seed dressing. But, no fear – you have another chance to see it! This Apple Cranberry Gorgonzola Salad is a combination of a few of my other recipes. All you need are a few important ingredients! Fresh spinach (or any other fresh green that you enjoy), crisp apple, tart dried cranberries, creamy gorgonzola, and crunchy almond slices – you can toss with any dressing that you’d like, balsamic or red wine vinagrette are delicious, or you can try my new FAVE dressing – Toasted Sesame Seed! Each bite is delicious and…

  • Throughout my life, my relationship with yoga has evolved... it is a way to exercise and energize, yet focus, ground, and connect with others | NOMaste Kitchen

    About Me: My Yoga Journey

    When I was in college, I joined a sorority. I never thought that I would be THAT type of girl – but at my school, it all just felt different! My life forever changed when I joined during the second semester of my freshman year. I immediately had 100 new girls who were forced to be my friend whether they liked it or not – how cool is that? In all serious though, I did make some truly wonderful friendships through my sorority and I will forever be grateful for the experiences that I had. So yoga – What’s that got to do with anything? Getting there – hold your…

  • Creamy, cheesy, and so full of flavor, Spinach Artichoke Dip is appetizer you have been missing! Enjoy with pita chips, bread, fresh veggies! | NOMaste Kitchen

    Spinach Artichoke Dip

    Spinach Artichoke Dip has always been one of those dips that I LOVE to enjoy at restaurants or at parties… basically anytime anyone else is willing to make it! Why is that? Honestly, no idea! I think always thought making Spinach Artichoke Dip would be hard. But, surprise! It really isn’t! Creamy, cheesy, and so full of flavor, Spinach Artichoke Dip is the appetizer you have been missing! And despite what I originally thought, and what you may think, Spinach Artichoke Dip is actually SUPER easy to make! I used frozen chopped spinach, canned artichoke hearts, cream cheese, sour cream, onions, garlic, parmesan, mozzarella, salt and pepper! That’s it! Draining…

  • Copycat Northstar Cafe Village Salad | NOMaste Kitchen
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    Copycat Northstar Cafe Village Salad

    Prepare yourself – this Copycat Northstar Cafe Village Salad is about to blow your socks off! What is the Northstar Cafe? Northstar Cafe is a local Columbus restaurant chain (5 locations) that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner – Northstar puts an emphasis on locally grown, organic, and artisan produced foods as well as sustainability. The food they make is incredibly fresh, creative, and delicious. And more importantly, their Village Salad is UNREAL! What makes the Northstar Cafe Village Salad so special? This salad is LOADED with delicious toppings that, quite honestly, I NEVER would have thought to put together! Roasted chicken, dates, avocado, chickpeas, kidney beans, onions, goat cheese, AND…

  • Deconstructed Lasagna | NOMaste Kitchen
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    Deconstructed Lasagna

    Have you ever heard of Deconstructed Lasagna? Or Free Form Lasagna? Its okay if you haven’t! Neither had I! I first discovered deconstructed lasagna at one of our favorite local restaurants here in Columbus – The Market. Full of fresh foods and flavors, The Market offers delicious fresh foods with seasonal menu offerings and GREAT wine. The deconstructed lasagna on their menu, or “Free Form Lasagna” as they call it, changes seasonally. Whether its loaded with meat or completely vegetarian, it is always amazingly yummy. It wasn’t until the seventeenth time that I ordered it that I thought, why haven’t I tried making this? This Deconstructed Lasagna recipe is based…

  • Mint, Feta, and Veggie Noodle Salad | NOMaste Kitchen
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    Mint, Feta, and Veggie Noodle Salad

    Summer is all about fresh food and fun flavors! Lately, I have been challenging myself to use more fresh herbs like mint, cilantro, parsley, oregano, and basil. Every time that I do, I am so please by how delicious and refreshing the final resulting product is! This recipe for Mint, Feta, and Veggie Noodle Salad is the PERFECT example of just that – refreshing, delicious and fun! This recipe was inspired by a salad that one of my dearest friends made and shared with me – the salad was made with zucchini noodles, arugula, and mint – and it was ABSOLUTELY amazing. I originally planned to make this adapted recipe…

  • Vegan Summer Corn Chowder - the perfect addition to your Summer menu! Creamy yet light, you'd never know it was dairy free! Enjoy as a starter or main dish! | NOMaste Kitchen
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    Vegan Summer Corn Chowder

    Raise your hand if you love soup!! (Emphatically raises both hands in the air)… I LOVE SOUP! I have posted quite a few soup recipes on the blog –  One Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup, Easy French Onion Soup, Crockpot Butternut Squash Soup (VG) – the list goes on. But what do all these soups have in common? They scream WINTER! Soup doesn’t just have to be for winter! No, my friends, soup can be great in the summer as well! Enter this incredible Vegan Summer Corn Chowder! Creamy and rich yet light and flavorful. You would never know this Summer Corn Chowder is dairy free / vegan. It is a great easy appetizer for…

  • Spinach Salad with Blackberries and Almonds | NOMaste Kitchen
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    Spinach Salad with Blackberries and Almonds

    THIS SPINACH SALAD! I have been loving fresh fruit on all my salads lately – it honestly makes SUCH a huge difference. Strawberries, blackberries, apples, orange, grapefruit – all of it! I find that the juice and natural sugar from fruit provides so much flavor to your salad! I almost always put dressing on my salad… at least a little oil and vinegar! Because… duh, I am human. BUT with a whole bunch of juicy fruit? You honestly don’t have to! I feel like strawberries and apples are pretty mainstream in the salad world – lets be real. But blackberries, I haven’t had them in nearly as many salads! Trust…

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    Blackened Chicken Seasoning

    Forgive me, these photos are NOT my best – but this recipe IS! This Blackened Chicken Seasoning is my new FAVORITE! Jake and I have a favorite Blackened Chicken Sandwich that we get at the Athletic Club of Columbus where we belong. IT IS AMAZING! For the longest time I was planning to try and make my own blackened chicken seasoning… but then I got lazy. So I went to the store and bought some.   The seasoning was actually delightful – BUT it was like $6 for a single bottle… and I used it up in about 3 weeks. Whoops. So I decided it was time to do some…