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These Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits have been on the “must bake” list for a long time. With football season upon us, I figured it was the perfect time to bring this recipe to life. I modified our Simple & Easy BreakfastRead More

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Things have been busy with my new job and I’ve struggled to find the energy to create recipes for the blog (sometimes I struggle to even execute a simple meal on a weeknight). Isn’t it always easier to order take-outRead More

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Listen ya’ll — it is officially July and it’s getting hot down here! We are adjusting to our new climate in South Carolina and as a result, I have been making any “cool” recipe that can help me beat theRead More

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We have finally (finally finally finally) settled into our new home and have made an extra effort to explore the local community as much as possible. One of my favorite new places is the South Carolina State Farmers Market. FarmersRead More

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As you know from the other recipes on our blog, I love all things related to brunch and weekends. I feel strongly that Sunday mornings were made for freshly baked quiche, warm cups of coffee, and lazy snuggles on theRead More

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The weather has been brutal lately. Chicago has gifted us with constant below freezing temperatures, snowfall, and gusty winds… I’m not surprised by this at all but it has been difficult to stay warm in our little apartment! This isRead More

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Chilly Sunday afternoons were made for simmering soup. Lately I have been craving chicken noodle soup (probably a combination of the weather and my on-going cold) so I thought that I would make a spicy, vegan version of this soupRead More

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I love a classic brunch Bloody Mary. However, this cocktail has been missing from my life since the start of COVID-19 (I know I’m not the only one). I’ve never attempted to make my own Bloody Mary at home butRead More

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Tacos are one of our favorite weeknight dinners and they have only gotten better since we bought an air fryer last year. I have found that the very best way to get crispy, crunchy tofu tacos is by using aRead More

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This Tomato & Avocado Eggs Benedict recipe has been on my “list” since I baked my first batch of Simple & Easy Breakfast Biscuits. To be honest, Eggs Benedict has always seemed like a difficult recipe to make so IRead More

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In my mind, it doesn’t get any better than a big plate of homemade pasta. Over the holiday break, I used my extra time to make homemade fettuccine noodles (and ravioli and spaghetti but that’s neither here nor there). DuringRead More

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My husband recently stumbled into a corner of the internet that I didn’t know existed… fancy scrambled eggs (I don’t know why I’m surprised). Gordon Ramsey, Anthony Bourdain, and Ina Garten each have their own “best scrambled eggs” recipes outlinedRead More

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I am so fortunate to have a mother-in-law that makes and shares delicious dishes and desserts with us. Shout-out to Susan for all the yummy recipes! After receiving this gorgeous 12-inch porcelain cake stand (affiliate link) from Sweese, it seemedRead More

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One of our favorite local pizza places is Jimmy’s Pizza Cafe. They have amazing New York style pizzas and our favorite is their Bianca. When I was making pizzas for the blog, I knew that I wanted this to beRead More

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As with many of my recipes on the blog, this Indian Kabocha & Lentil Soup was the result of a happy accident at the grocery store. As I absentmindedly picked through the gourds in the produce section, I grabbed whatRead More

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Homemade pizza night is my favorite spur-of-the-moment dinner idea. Whenever I find myself with some extra time on a Friday or Saturday afternoon, I always try to make a batch of my super easy homemade pizza dough. The recipe hasRead More

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With the chilly Fall weather becoming a more consistent and permanent part of our lives, I’ve been craving all the soups! Ramen is typically my go-to when we are out of food (we all have our guilty pleasures) — butRead More

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve been frantically searching for all of the best pumpkin-themed recipes. The months of October and November are here for a very limited time, so I feel the need to squeeze ALL of the deliciousRead More

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The cooler fall weather has finally settled in Chicago and I am thrilled to be able to make soups and stews for our dinners and lunches! There are a lot of reasons that September – November is my favorite timeRead More

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Ask anyone in my family and you’ll know that my Mama makes the best cheesy grits. One of my favorite smells from the kitchen is a bubbling, buttery, ooey-gooey casserole filled with grits. It’s incredible! These grits are one ofRead More

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Few meals have brought me as much comfort as a warm bowl of homemade tomato soup and a crispy grilled cheese sandwich. I remember this meal was a classic lunch recipe in my household growing up. It was always aRead More

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We’ve been on a real Mexican-food kick lately. Since experimenting with and finalizing this Chipotle & Black Bean Tostadas recipe, I’ve made this dish about half a dozen times (no regrets over here, though). Tostadas are just SO EASY TORead More

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Salad hasn’t always been at the top of my “favorite foods” list (I know I’m not the only one who feels this way), but I’ve surprisingly been craving fresh, crispy salad over the last few weeks for lunches. Maybe itRead More

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Earlier in the year, Nielsen-Massey Vanilla challenged me to #BetterMyBake. Through that experience I learned how to make homemade pretzels. While my original recipe featured sweet Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels with Vanilla Frosting (ugh, they are so good and still oneRead More

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The weather in Chicago has been heating up and I’ve been looking for ways to cool down in the kitchen. For me, the easiest way to do this is with a quick and easy breakfast smoothie each morning. This particularRead More

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I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for savory, potato-based breakfast dishes. Hashbrowns, hot skillets, and burritos are my consistent go-tos on any brunch menu. Knowing this, it was only a matter of time before I tried creatingRead More

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My family has a “Sour Cream Chicken” recipe that is everyone’s favorite. My Uncle Dana’s mom, Dorothy, originally created the recipe and it has been shared and enjoyed throughout our family for years and years. It’s always a treat toRead More

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After creating my most recent side dish, I felt inspired to create a vegan burrito bowl recipe for the blog! I mean, how could I not? I think most people would agree that Mexican rice was basically made for theRead More

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My work has not surprisingly gotten very busy lately. I have recently taken on the tasks and responsibilities of three different jobs (four if you count the blog) and I have suddenly have found my time slipping away each dayRead More

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If you’ve never made it before, fresh ravioli is a game changer. After getting my hands on the book, Mastering Pasta: The Art and Practice of Handmade Pasta, Gnocchi, and Risotto and our 3-piece KitchenAid Pasta Attachment I have beenRead More

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Whenever the weather heats up, I find myself craving hot and delicious Mexican food. Does anyone else ever feel this way, or is it just me? For the last few weeks, I have been testing this Mexican rice side-dish recipeRead More

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Baking has never really been “my thing” — that was true at least until quarantine started. I’ve always avoided baking because I’m not much of a recipe follower (who, me?!) and also because I can’t control myself around baked goods.Read More

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We were down to our last bag of #quarantinefail potatoes when my husband not-so-casually asked me if I had ever considered making a vegetable stew for the blog. I brushed him off at first, but after he asked for aRead More

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It’s almost summer and that means my favorite vegetables will be in season soon! Who doesn’t love eggplant, bell peppers, and tomatoes? Yum! During my most recent #quarantinefail, I overestimated how many eggplants we would need for Eggplant Parmesan (doesRead More

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Kneading dough by hand. Is there anything more therapeutic? Aside from relieving stress, kneading dough by hand (as opposed to using a stand mixer) has several baking benefits. Kneading dough by hand improves gluten formation and prevents your dough fromRead More

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After the great spud-tacular incident of 2020, I decided to buy an air fryer. When air fryers first started getting popular (what was it… 2 years ago?), I was admittedly a skeptic. I wondered why I would ever want somethingRead More

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It’s a rare occasion when we have too many avocados in our house, but it does happen sometimes. A few weeks ago I got distracted with all my extra pantry ingredients and let a few avocados over-ripen. NOOOOOO! It’s anRead More

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Cinco de Mayo is next week and I think we all need a reason to celebrate! Starting today and leading up to May 5th, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Mexican-inspired recipes. I’m going to start with my best,Read More

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I am no stranger to ordering groceries online. We’ve been customers of Instacart since 2017 (when I broke my leg that one time…). Since then, I’ve used Instacart periodically to get groceries on days when I’m just too busy toRead More

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Our pantry is packed with brown rice noodles. I don’t know how or why, but at some point I bought 4 large packages of noodles with no plan to cook or use them. In my opinion, the best thing toRead More

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This lock down has really forced us to consider all the things that we’ve taken for granted. I don’t think I’ve ever fully appreciated the gift of going out to eat with friends. What I wouldn’t give to sit atRead More

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The last three weeks haven’t been easy for… anyone. When I feel stressed or anxious (or both), I typically reach for some comfort food. This week I was craving mac and cheese, but I didn’t want to eat anything thatRead More

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These days I’ve been filling my time with baking and cooking… a LOT of baking and cooking. Around day 14 of our shelter-in-place order, I began running out of recipe ideas (no surprises there). Feeling uninspired by absolutely everything, IRead More

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The great, grand quinoa-themed recipe extravaganza continues! Today I am sharing these easy-to-make, super tasty, and extra filling quinoa burritos. For anyone who doubts that a vegan burrito can be filling, quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods youRead More

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After my husband ordered a 25-pound bag of quinoa from Amazon (yes, 25 pounds), he suggested that I create some quinoa-based recipes for the blog. I thought about my favorite recipes featuring quinoa and my mind immediately jumped to Panera’sRead More

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Forks Over Knives is one of my favorite resources for plant-based meals. Sometimes when I make their recipes, I become inspired to create my own! These Filling Vegan Lentil Nachos are based on their Loaded Lentil Nachos recipe. After makingRead More

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It’s Saint Patrick’s Day next week and I was feeling the pressure to make something on-theme for the holiday. I’m not much of a sweets person so I was happy when our Instagram followers voted on a savory green-themed dishRead More

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Stuffed Bell Peppers could be the poster child of weeknight dinners. They’re a little fancy (something that I’m always a sucker for), they’re incredibly easy to make (who doesn’t love that?), and they are super low-calorie (you won’t hear meRead More

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Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls are perfect when you want a meal that looks a little fancy but is secretly easy to make. All you need is some cabbage and simple stuffing ingredients. Than you just roll and bake! Honestly, it’sRead More

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Brussels sprouts. I’ve never known such a polarizing vegetable. It seems that people either love these little cabbages or hate them with a burning passion… and I think I know why! If you grew up in a household where BrusselsRead More

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If you’ve ever made Shepherd’s Pie, you may be thinking that this recipe is going to take a lot of work (I can hear you now, “Mashed potatoes AND meat in a gravy sauce? Nobody’s got time for that…“) butRead More

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If you’ve never made it before, fresh ravioli is a game changer. After getting my hands on the book, Mastering Pasta: The Art and Practice of Handmade Pasta, Gnocchi, and Risotto and our 3-piece KitchenAid Pasta Attachment I have beenRead More

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I probably sound like a broken record at this point, but I’m extra excited to share this recipe with you all today. This Spicy Poblano Pepper Pasta is one of the easiest and tastiest dishes that I’ve ever made! ForRead More

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Some friends of the Sweet Pea Living blog follow a strict Taco Tuesday schedule every week (I’m looking at you, Allie and Meghann). Personally, I’ve never been organized enough to ensure that our taco night lands on Tuesday… but IRead More

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I’ve always been a big fan of stir fry. They are always easy to make, delicious, and a perfect vegan dish for any busy family! I’m here to share yet another stir-fry recipe with you all. This one is specialRead More

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I swear, some of the best recipes are the ones you never plan to make. When I first made this meal, I was actually planning to create a mushroom soup, (which I’m sure would have been delicious). But after threeRead More

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The holidays have gone and unfortunately everyone is back at work. Womp womp, I know. I also know the challenge of getting home at 6:00 pm and needing a healthy meal on the table as quickly and easily as possible.Read More

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If you’ve never heard of chilaquiles (pronounced chee-lah-Kee-lehs), this recipe is about to change your life. Am I being over dramatic? I don’t think so. I have loved chilaquiles since first having them in Mexico maaaaany years ago. I used toRead More

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I know what you’re thinking: beer is not healthy, Morgan. But hear me out on this one! I want you to imagine your favorite broccoli soup recipe. If you’re like most people, you love to load this dish up withRead More

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Hopefully your New Year celebrations were filled with family, friends, and love! If you are feeling anything like we are, you’re probably looking for some low-calorie dishes to make after the holidays. Trust me, you are in the right place!Read More

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Saturday morning baking has become a ritual for me. There is something therapeutic about a pan of freshly baked cookies resting on the counter. I’m sure you know that a good cookie recipe isn’t hard to come by. However, IRead More

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My husband wouldn’t admit it to you, but he is a wonderful cook. This Pasta Fagioli recipe is something he has been making for well over a year and it has become a family favorite of ours. I’ve tried multipleRead More

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I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Tikka Masala. Something about the creamy blend of tomatoes, spicy peppers, and Indian seasonings makes my taste buds sing! I make this recipe just about every other week and itRead More

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Nothing beats a snowy cold day better than a simmering pot of chili. This recipe features spicy chipotle peppers, flavorful adobo sauce, and my favorite chili ingredient — stout beer! A dark beer is always perfect for creating the rich,Read More

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When Jason and I are craving pizza for dinner, one of two things typically happens. (1) We order pizza from our favorite Chicago pizzeria (shoutout to Lou Malnati’s) and we eat deep dish pizza until we both feel sick; orRead More

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Some recipes are so simple, they hardly require a recipe. This is one of those recipes. However, I wanted to share it as a reminder that your meals don’t have to be created using a big “to do” recipe. ThisRead More

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Thanksgiving is this week and it’s time to share one of our favorite appetizers: Roasted Garlic Artichoke Dip! The best part of this dip is — you guessed it — the roasted garlic. If you’ve never roasted garlic before, beRead More

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One of the best things for making the cold weather in Chicago bearable is a hearty, steaming bowl of hot soup. This recipe is perfect for the cold weather. It features pearl onions, bok choy, mushrooms, garlic, ginger, and tofu.Read More

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By now you know that I’m a big fan of homemade pizzas. The dough is super easy to make and the flavor beats anything that could be delivered to our door. This pizza recipe is my husband’s favorite because itRead More

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Very few things are as rewarding as a fresh, homemade pizza. Something about watching homemade dough rise, rolling it out on the counter, and layering it with fresh toppings makes pizza taste so much better than anything bought in aRead More

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The cold weather has quickly swept into Chicago and I am prepared with all of my favorite cold-weather recipes! This Sweet Potato Tikka Masala is a gorgeous blend of pasta, vegetables, and a creamy, homemade Tikka Masala sauce. It hasRead More

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If you listen to my husband, these Green Lentils Burritos are “surprisingly tasty.” I’ve always been cautious with lentils because their flavor sometimes falls flat. However, when cooked with the right spices and sauce, lentils are fantastically tasty and aRead More

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Up until a few years ago, I was a tofu skeptic. At the time, I didn’t understand what tofu was or  how to prepare it properly. Tofu is made from soybeans that are ground in water, heated, coagulated with minerals,Read More

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Very few things beat a recipe that is easy to make, cheap, and delicious. This is one of those recipes. The best thing about this is that you can choose the kind of stir-fry you want! Make it spicy, sweet,Read More

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It’s my birthday and in celebration (I know you are all very excited), here is one of our favorite cold-weather recipes. This warm, simmering soup is packed with tender cauliflower, roasted garlic, and soft russet potatoes. My favorite part ofRead More

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Breakfast scones are one of my favorite weekend recipes! They’re easy to make and a perfect tasty treat. I typically make vanilla scones, but in celebration of my favorite month (let’s be honest, October is the best month), I thoughtRead More

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Our friend Frankie celebrated his birthday last February with a potluck meal. When I asked Frankie what he wanted me to bring, he requested butternut squash soup. I believe my response was, “Really? You really want me to bring soupRead More

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I have always loved the classic french onion soup-mix dip recipe. It’s salty, beefy, and (honestly) so easy to inhale. While delicious, I wondered if it was possible to make an equally delicious vegan-friendly version of this crowd-pleasing dip. AsRead More

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The end of summer is always bittersweet. In June and July, Chicago is hot and filled with tasty summer treats from fresh vegetable gardens, but the months of October and November also bring opportunities for some of our favorite comfortRead More

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Whenever the weather turns chilly, I immediately crave a big tray of my favorite comfort food — fresh Vegetarian Lasagna! The bubbly marinara sauce, gooey cheese, and flavorful vegetable medley are irresistible to me. I used to think that aRead More

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October is the time of year for all things pumpkin and what better way to celebrate the beginning of the month than with a hearty, vibrantly orange soup? This recipe features roasted sweet potatoes and onions blended with cauliflower riceRead More

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Back in the day, when I was first learning to make plant-based meals, I had the most amazing vegan lo mein dish off a music festival food truck. The simple ingredients and delicious Thai-inspired flavors blew my mind. From thatRead More

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Have you heard of my fan club? “The Sweet Peas” (as they call themselves) are a group composed of my dear friends, Allie and Meghann. These two are always sending love and support for everything on Sweet Pea Living. AsRead More

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This meal was first created when my husband and I had both gotten home late from work and we needed anything to eat for dinner. When I discovered half a red cabbage, the last remaining cup of broccoli, and threeRead More

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Some things are meant to be together. Like peanut butter and jelly or… Ross and Rachel! Just like those things that we all love, rosemary and portobello mushrooms belong together. The woody, sage-like herb paired with the meaty, earthy flavorRead More

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Vindaloo is not typically found on many vegetarian food blogs. That’s because it’s a Portuguese-Indian hybrid recipe where meat (typically pork) is marinated in wine-vinegar and garlic with curry, cinnamon, and cardamom. For this recipe, I skipped the marinade andRead More

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This recipe was inspired by the wedding of our two dear friends, Evan and Kelly. At their reception, they served a strawberry salad that I immediately fell in love with. After returning from our trip, I started brainstorming ways toRead More

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This recipe was first inspired by my Aunt and Uncle’s beautiful summer garden. Every year they harvest an abundance of delicious vegetables and selflessly share them with family and friends. After getting several eggplants last year, I decided to giveRead More

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Roasted vegetables are one of my go-to ingredients for dinners and lunches. They’re packed with vitamins, provide a great crunch, and are super versatile. For this recipe, I stuck to summer vegetables from the farmer’s market, but you could addRead More

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I recently made the personal cooking goal to stop adding unnecessary oils to my recipes. I’ve realized that a lot of the meals I make have calories hiding behind cooking oils that are used to saute vegetables. Did you knowRead More

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My favorite summer salad recipe was inspired by a meal that I created with my friend Meghann several summers ago. As we walked through a local farmer’s market, we bought ingredients that looked bright, fresh, and delicious. What resulted fromRead More