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Kale Caesar Salad with Tofu Croutons & Kalamata Caesar Dressing

Kale Caesar Salad with Tofu Croutons & Kalamata Caesar Dressing

Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

I pride myself on creating vegetarian recipes that even hardcore carnivores will love. This kale Caesar salad, well … it’s a bit of an exception. It really doesn’t even try. The thing is, I personally think it’s really kind of incredible, so the meat-eaters that turn their nose up at this one are, in my opinion, totally missing out.

Well, hey! More for us.

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Broccoli & Meyer Lemon Pizza

Broccoli & Meyer Lemon Pizza

Posted on Friday, March 21, 2014 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Lemons on pizza? Like, rind and all?! I know, I know, I totally know. I wasn’t sure about it, either.

Even after I took my first bite, I wrinkled my nose a bit. It was … sort of bitter and weird. But then I kept going. That sour/tart, astringent taste soon became addicting – before I knew it, I couldn’t get enough.

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Artichoke Arugula Pesto Grilled Cheese

Artichoke Arugula Pesto Grilled Cheese

Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Welcome to pure unadulterated cheesiness. Pure unadulterated deliciousness. Pure unadulterated awesomeness. I’m realizing I actually have no idea what “adulterated” means. I hope it doesn’t mean gross, because now I’m committed.

Here, my friends, I offer you an Artichoke Arugula Pesto Grilled Cheese. Pure unadulterated, um, lunch.

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Cheesy Baked Tortellini with Optional Ground Beef

Cheesy Baked Tortellini with Optional Ground Beef

Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 in One Dish Two Ways

Ahh, comfort food. How I love you so. Even better when you’re easy. Wait, that sounded a little … lewd. Or maybe I’m the only one who is mentally 12 years of age and went there.

Let’s start again. Hey! Have I got a great recipe for you today! It’s total comfort food (hellooo pasta) and it’s easy (like, super simple to make).

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Chickpea & Rice Soup

Chickpea & Rice Soup

Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

‘Tis the season … for colds and flu, that is. Our house is recovering from a doozy of a bug right now, and I got the worst of it. It’s been a full week, and my appetite is still all but nonexistent.

Strange how foods from childhood creep back into your consciousness when you’re sick. For me, one of the only foods I’ve been able to think about for the past week (without wanting to hurl) is Campbell’s chicken noodle soup. Briny, salty, comforting.

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Thai Green Curry Lentil Soup

Thai Green Curry Lentil Soup

Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

I had a different recipe planned for today, but it was going to involve some work this weekend … and an evil little stomach bug had different plans for me. But you don’t want to know anything more about that.

I was actually going to save this Thai Green Curry Lentil Soup for March. Even though it’s not really all that green, with its green lentils and green curry, I thought it would still be perfect for the holiday that’s all about green – St. Patrick’s Day. But I’ve been eager to share it with you for awhile now, so this ended up being a great excuse.

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Easy Refried Bean and Cheese Burritos with Optional Chicken

Easy Refried Bean and Cheese Burritos with Optional Chicken

Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 in One Dish Two Ways

Ever since I made a huge batch of these refried bean and cheese burritos, wrapped them in foil, and threw them in the freezer, coming up with lunches has been a breeze.

I can only spare five minutes to wolf something down? Go to the freezer. Grab a burrito. No leftovers for my guy to take to work the next day? Grab a burrito. Simply craving a ridiculously delicious lunch? Grab a burrito.

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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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Vegetarian Pho from Scratch (with Optional Beef for the Meat-Eaters)

Vegetarian Pho from Scratch (with Optional Beef for the Meat-Eaters)

Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 in One Dish Two Ways

If you owned a Vietnamese pho restaurant, what would you name it? Around here, we have “What the Pho?”, “Pho Shizzle,” and then there’s just straight-up “Pho King.” I guess if I opened a pho (pronounced “fuh”) place, I’d have a hard time resisting getting punny, too. Maybe I’d call mine “Pho the Love of All That is Good and Holy.”

Orrrr … yeah. Maybe I’ll just make vegetarian pho from scratch at home now and then, and that’ll be plenty good enough.

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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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Roasted Winter Vegetables in Thai Red Curry with Optional Chicken

Roasted Winter Vegetables in Thai Red Curry with Optional Chicken

Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 in One Dish Two Ways

Did you know that folks in Thailand generally don’t use chopsticks? Yeah, I didn’t either – not until after I took these photos. D’oh.

But you know what? I think that’s okay. This recipe for Roasted Winter Vegetables in Thai Red Curry (with optional chicken for the meat-eaters!) isn’t super-duper authentic Thai, either, and I like both the photos and the recipe just fine. Okay, truthfully, I was pretty happy with the photos … and I love the recipe. So hopefully nobody else takes offense.

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Easy Brussels Sprouts Pita Pizzas with Optional Bacon

Easy Brussels Sprouts Pita Pizzas with Optional Bacon

Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 in One Dish Two Ways, Popular

I don’t eat fish, I can’t bring myself to like black-eyed peas (as hard as I try), and I keep forgetting to pick up grapes at the store.

There are tons of foods that are thought to bring those that feast upon them good luck and great fortune in the coming year, but this year, I thought maybe I’d try making a little bit of my own luck.

I mean, these Easy Brussels Sprouts Pita Pizzas feature a round shape to represent coins, the color green for money and luck, and deliciousness for, well, um … deliciousness.

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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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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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