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Jalapeno Mac & Cheese

Jalapeno Mac & Cheese

Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

I used to despise super-spicy foods. I would say that food shouldn’t hurt. I was a sissy.

Now, I say: Bring it on! I mean, within reason, and with a glass of milk nearby to tame the fire if it gets too out of control. I may not be totally wimpy about heat any longer, but a reformed sissy’s still gotta be prepared.

Especially when said sissy can’t help but stuff a ginormous bite of Jalapeno Mac & Cheese into her gullet.

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Whole Wheat Carrot Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

Whole Wheat Carrot Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

We’re still dealing with a seriously picky-eating toddler over here. I joke that bacon is one of her food groups; except that’s not really a joke – it’s kind of the truth. And if she had her way, chocolate would be another food group. At least our kid has something in common with her vegetarian chocoholic mama.

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Crock Pot Buffalo Cauliflower Chili

Crock Pot Buffalo Cauliflower Chili

Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

I really want to have a cute little anecdote to share or some sort of spin to take on this story, but so far I have found myself typing about 1) Our trip to the zoo yesterday and how my daughter was most excited to see the spiders and how I am borderline arachnophobe and 2) The fact that we cancelled DISH Network last year, and what with the Seahawks and the Golden Globes this past weekend, well, no live TV kind of sucked. But otherwise we are a happy Roku family.

Neither subject, clearly, is particularly scintillating, so … backspace, backspace, backspace, chili. I’ll just talk about this Crock Pot Buffalo Cauliflower Chili, because I’m just plain out of any other good ideas. Writer’s block: it’s a real thing.

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5-Ingredient Roasted Carrot Ginger Soup

5-Ingredient Roasted Carrot Ginger Soup

Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

We celebrated my daughter’s second (!!!) (?!!) birthday party recently, and I have a confession to make. I bought the cake at Costco.

I also bought the cookies, the hummus, and the crackers from Costco. And a huge bag of baby carrots. So easy.

See, I’m discovering a weird side effect of being a food blogger. The busier I get at this blogging job of mine – the job that is the result of my passion for making home-cooked meals, photographing them, and sharing the recipes – the less homemade actual food I have time to make for my family. Or, yeah, for birthday parties.

That’s one of the reasons I’m vowing to keep it simpler in the new year – both here and in life.

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Whole Wheat Vanilla Yogurt Pancakes

Whole Wheat Vanilla Yogurt Pancakes

Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Our picky toddler is back to loving pancakes (and, more accurately, the maple syrup that goes along with them) – and so I am back to making them. Far be it from me to stick with basic pancakes – not that there’s not plenty to love about those. I just like to fiddle.

And so fiddling brings us to today’s recipe, Whole Wheat Vanilla Yogurt Pancakes. Let me first say: I LOVE THESE VANILLA PANCAKES! I know that’s not terribly profound or descriptive, but darn it, I do.

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Super Moist Vegan Banana Bread Muffins

Super Moist Vegan Banana Bread Muffins

Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 in Popular, Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Lately, I’ve been getting into vegan baking. I have to admit, until recently, I associated words like “dry,” “tough,” and “cardboard” with vegan baked goods. But as it turns out, leaving out eggs, milk, and butter really doesn’t have to render a recipe tasteless. Vegan baking can result in a marvelous outcome – and you don’t even need crazy, exotic ingredients to make it happen.

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Slow Cooker Quinoa White Chili with Roasted Poblanos

Slow Cooker Quinoa White Chili with Roasted Poblanos

Posted on Thursday, December 26, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

This time of year is such a conundrum. I’m over the sugary sweets of the holidays, but it’s also a bit of a last hurrah before the fresh start of the New Year. I’d like to think this recipe sort of hits a happy medium. It’s comfort food for sure, but it’s also super, duper healthy. It kind of makes me feel like I’m sneaking in one more heavy meal in before I change my ways forever, but really, it’s a nice healthy jump start on my resolutions.

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Hazelnut-Pistachio Granola with Dried Cherries and Candied Ginger

Hazelnut-Pistachio Granola with Dried Cherries and Candied Ginger

Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

How’s it going with your gift-buying this year? Aside from the play kitchen Santa is attempting to make for our little one (think old free entertainment center plus Pinterest-fueled aspirations), I’ve had my gift-buying wrapped up for weeks now.

I don’t really feel like I have it together, though. I mean, for one, there are still a gazillion things to do. Christmas came fast this year. And all that punctual Christmas gift buying really means is that I end up buying more stuff.

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Unbelievably Easy Crock Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Unbelievably Easy Crock Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Yes, I have a calendar. Yes, I know I missed the boat on this one. Yes, I totally realized I should have posted this Crock Pot mashed potato recipe before Thanksgiving. Grr.

Buuuut I didn’t. And I don’t want to wait another year to share. Besides, mashed potatoes are delicious any time of year, right? Especially super garlicky, buttery, creamy, and ridiculously easy ones. Right?!

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Tuscan Orange Ricotta Muffins with Rosemary-Orange Glaze

Tuscan Orange Ricotta Muffins with Rosemary-Orange Glaze

Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

This orange ricotta muffin recipe is all about the understated and the simple. Which is sort of timely, because I’ve been making a concerted effort to keep this Christmas season simple and stress-free. No last-minute scrambling for gifts – thanks to name-drawing on both sides of the family along with this brilliant concept, our shopping is already done. No five days solid of baking cookies that no one will eat. And NO frickin’ Elf on the Shelf!

Simple. Subtle.

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Cranberry, Pear, & Brie Grilled Cheese

Cranberry, Pear, & Brie Grilled Cheese

Posted on Friday, November 29, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

If you’re thinking, “Dang, Kare, that sandwich looks like a hot mess!” Well then, I have to agree. It really kind of is.

But you know what? This Cranberry, Pear, & Brie Grilled Cheese one seriously mouth-watering hot mess. Melty, sweet-with-the-salty, ooey, buttery, crunchy, gooey … yeah, it’s worth an extra napkin or two.

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White Pizza Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

White Pizza Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Occasionally when I’m testing and retesting and reretesting and rereretesting (you get the drift) a recipe, well, even if it’s great, we’ll get really sick of it. I mean, night after night of the same thing? Not necessarily fun. This is not one of those recipes.

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