Cilantro Lime Quinoa with Corn and Jalapeno

Cilantro lime quinoa tossed with sweet corn and spicy diced jalapeno. This flavorful cilantro lime quinoa with corn and jalapeno is the perfect choice for a simple yet delicious spring dish.

Cilantro Lime Quinoa with Corn and Jalapeno | Cooking with a Wallflower

Can you believe I haven’t had quinoa until recently? I know! What kind of foodie/food blogger am I, right?

My first taste of quinoa was this exact dish. Well, almost anyway. I might have added the cilantro lime. There’s a little small food market called Lite Bite down the street from where I work. They serve low calorie premade dishes. Like salads, mashed cauliflowers, lasagnas, grilled chicken. It’s all behind the glass display case, and you order what you want by the pound or by portions. And everything has a little card in front of it which tells you exactly what’s in the food and how many calories per serving.

What I love about this quinoa dish is that it’s so refreshing, just the sort of dish I’m looking for when I think of spring. Especially now, since it’s already April! There are only a few ingredients that go into it, and it doesn’t take long to make at all. Each bite has the taste of cilantro and lime, a little sweetness from the corn, and a slight kick from the jalapeno.

Not a fan of spicy? You can always remove the seeds of the jalapeno. Most of the heat is in the seeds so if you remove the seeds, the jalapeno will be less spicy and you’ll still have that taste. If you can’t tolerate spiciness at all, you can leave it out too.

Cilantro Lime Quinoa with Corn and Jalapeno | Cooking with a Wallflower

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Chicken Tarragon Lettuce Wraps

Chopped chicken seasoned with fresh tarragon then tossed with cranberries, celery, and light mayo and wrapped in butter lettuce cups. These chicken tarragon lettuce wraps are so delicious and perfect for spring.

Chicken Tarragon Lettuce Wraps | Cooking with a Wallflower

Have you ever had fresh tarragon? Or just tarragon in general? They say it has a light licorice flavor. I supposed that’s true. Which is totally strange because I’m not a fan of licorice. Like, not at all. But I love the fresh flavor of tarragon. There’s something about the flavor that just appeals to me.

Chicken Tarragon Lettuce Wraps | Cooking with a Wallflower

Chicken seasoned with tarragon tastes soo amazing. The fresh herb paired with chicken brings out the best of both ingredients.

Can you believe I first encountered the combination at Starbucks? If you’ve had one of their refrigerated chicken sandwiches before, I think you know which one I’m talking about. For me, it was an unforgettable combination. And here we are, years later, talking about it. I decided to remake the chicken tarragon salad sandwich, but in lettuce wrap form, and share it with you.

This chicken tarragon lettuce wrap is soo simple to make with just 5 main ingredients. It involves very little cooking and not too much cleaning, which I’ll be the first to admit makes me super happy. Because I really hate having my kitchen look like this (and that’s considered relatively clean). Yup, this chicken tarragon lettuce wrap is definitely one of my favorite spring recipes.

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Rosemary Sea Salt White Chocolate Bark

White chocolate infused with fresh rosemary and topped with sea salt. This rosemary sea salt white chocolate bark is the perfect treat for spring.

Rosemary Sea Salt White Chocolate Bark | Cooking with a Wallflower

I have been waiting for days to introduce this little spring treat to you.

What better way to enjoy your weekend then with chocolate infused with a hint of spring?

I had my first taste of rosemary sea salt white chocolate two weekends ago when I attended a chocolate sampling event. Before then, I doubt I could even imagine rosemary paired with chocolate. Since then? I’ve been waiting impatiently for my next taste of that amazing combination. How could I forget that distinctive aromatic taste of rosemary bursting with each bite of chocolate? Topped with a little bit of sea salt, this chocolate is really unforgettable.

Rosemary Sea Salt White Chocolate Bark | Cooking with a Wallflower

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Roasted Red Bell Pepper Zucchini Noodle Soup

A delicious spring soup filled with roasted red peppers, zucchini noodles, and other vegetables and seasoned with fresh tarragon and rosemary. This roasted red pepper zucchini noodle soup is loaded with fresh ingredients, perfect for the spring.

Roasted Red Bell Pepper Zucchini Noodle Soup with Fresh Herbs | Cooking with a Wallflower

It’s spring! Which means it’s time to whip out the fresh ingredients.

While I was grocery shopping yesterday, I was sooo excited to see heirloom tomatoes! And as I continued to shop, I added rosemary, tarragon, mushrooms, bell peppers, butter lettuce, and so much more to my basket.  And yes, I almost always shop with a basket instead of a shopping cart when I’m by myself because I don’t want to buy more than I can carry. It limits how much food I buy (and money I spend on food). Flawed logic? Maybe. But it works for me.

Roasted Red Bell Pepper Zucchini Noodle Soup with Fresh Herbs | Cooking with a Wallflower

Filled with roasted red peppers, zucchini noodles, mushrooms, onions, celery, corn, rosemary, and tarragon, this soup is amazingly delicious, healthy, and embodies the flavor of spring. Each bite (or maybe slurp is a better word?) has the taste of roasted red peppers and a hint of rosemary and tarragon. You can always add more herbs if you want the soup to be more aromatic.

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Roasted Asparagus and Snap Peas Spring Salad

Fresh snap peas, roasted asparagus, and sun-dried tomatoes tossed together in a spring mix salad with blood orange balsamic vinaigrette. Refreshing and healthy, this roasted asparagus and snap peas spring salad is the perfect way to start the spring.

Roasted Asparagus and Snap Peas Spring Salad | Cooking with a Wallflower

Salads are absolutely perfect for this amazing spring weather. Not that we’ve had much of anything else here in California. But! It’s time to whip out ingredients for huge salads that will keep you satisfied and still healthy.

A few weeks ago, I posted a recipe for Citrus Salad with Blood Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette. Well, today, we’ll have different ingredients plus a vinaigrette for those of you who have no access to blood oranges. At the moment, that seems to include me. Sadly.

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Wallflower Weekly Faves, 6

Oh my gosh! After last week’s chocolate filled Sunday, I feel like nothing can top it. Except another chocolate filled weekend.

So to make up for my chocolate withdrawal, this Walllflower Weekly Faves will be filled with chocolate recommendations. Among other things, of course.

But first, a recipe that’s not a recipe.

My latest obsession comes from Lupicia. My friend and I went to Lupicia to look at their unique flavored tea. We ended up trying a honey and caramel barley tea that tasted exactly like coffee. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, I probably have, but I have terrible headaches from the caffeine in coffee. As much as I love the flavor, the headache and the rapid heart beat just isn’t something I enjoy. So when I discovered that barley tea soaked in soymilk for several hours created the rich creamy taste of caramel coffee without the caffeine, I was drinking it frequently. Unfortunately, since it’s barley tea, it’s not an option for those who are gluten intolerant.

Simple to make, all you have to do is soak one teaspoon of barley tea in 150ml of soymilk. You can adjust the portions accordingly. And then add sugar to taste. Obsessed. Like seriously. I reserve that milk bottle just for my milk tea.

Caramel Coffee Flavored Milk Tea

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Baked Eggs over Asparagus and Spinach

Eggs baked over a bed of asparagus and spinach then topped with sun-dried tomatoes and melted fontina cheese. These baked eggs over asparagus and spinach will be the perfect dish for brunch this weekend.

Baked Eggs over Asparagus and Spinach | Cooking with a Wallflower

It’s the weekend!

Which means, it’s time for brunch because the weekend means we get to sleep in a little longer, right?

Well, Sunday for me at least. I work every other Saturday mornings.

But! What better way to start your day than with baked eggs?

Baked Eggs over Asparagus and Spinach | Cooking with a Wallflower

I love this dish because it’s filled with fresh ingredients.

Asparagus is just beginning its season, which means you’ll get fresh and tender asparagus stalks for a decent price. Sun-dried tomatoes add an extra flare to any dish. Spinach is always a great addition to any egg dish. Top with a little bit of cheese, some salt, and crushed red peppers, and you have a brunch ready to be served in almost no time.

Oh! And don’t you love it when the yolk oozes out the moment you cut into them? Soo good.

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Roasted Garlic Butter

Garlic roasted in olive oil to create a deliciously aromatic spread. AKA Garlic Infused Olive Oil or Roasted Garlic Butter.

Roasted Garlic Butter | Cooking with a Wallflower

It’s not really butter. But that’s what makes this roasted garlic spread so wonderful.

Garlic cloves slowly roasted in olive oil until the garlic becomes aromatic.

The olive oil will be infused with garlic, perfect for salads or drizzling over your fish or meat for flavor.

The garlic cloves become soft and easy to spread, just like butter, perfect for making garlic bread.

Save this recipe because you’re going to be using it a lot in the future.

Roasted Garlic Butter | Cooking with a Wallflower

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Korean Rice Cakes

Rice cakes cooked with assorted vegetables and fish cake in a sweet and spicy sauce. These Korean rice cakes are delicious, easy to prepare, and taste like those found in Korean restaurants.

Korean Rice Cakes | Cooking with a Wallflower

It’s been awhile since I had Korean food so I figured it’s time to make my own.

There’s something about Korean cuisine that’s so addictive. It must be all those spicy dishes. I really can’t resist them. As you can probably tell with some of the recipes I’ve posted previously. Like this one and this one.

Whenever I’m having dinner with a friend at a Korean restaurant, I usually order bibimbap, tofu soup, spicy pork, or Korean rice cakes. It makes life so much easier when I have a list of my usuals. I’m really indecisive and having to decide on the spot what I want for dinner can be a long process. To save time, I like to go online, find the menu to the restaurant I’m going to eat at, narrow down my choices, go to the restaurant, and then decide what I want to eat based on the few I preselected. Um… Yeah. Does anyone else do this? Or is it just me?

Korean Rice Cakes | Cooking with a Wallflower

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