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Posts from the ‘Dinner’ Category

Steamed Artichokes with Cayenne Dipping Sauce

Artichokes are a strange looking vegetable and definitely fall into the category of vegetables I was scared of (at one point in my life). They are big, and spiky, and rough, and definitely don’t look edible. I wonder who was the first person to try to eat one of these things? Read more

Noodle Salad Face Off

Don’t worry, we are still here, and we apologize for our noticeable absence over the last few months. But we are back, and we brought noodle salads!

Normally, this time of year would be perfect for a cold noodle dish, as outdoor eating would be making a comeback (Like I said. Normally.) But since that doesn’t seem to be happening for us anytime soon, let’s talk about something else. Anything else, preferably. How about how a tangy, spicy, nut-based sauce can make cold noodles and veggies taste kind of awesome? Or how easy making these sauces can be? Or how both of us made these dishes in no time at all and had tons left over for easy weekday lunches and dinners? Sound good to you? Cool. I’ll go first.

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Soba Noodle Salad

Cooking and baking relax me, so it makes me so very happy to be back in the kitchen and back at the blogging. It’s been a active 2014 so far between a busy job, a broken finger and the annual Austin trip for SXSW, but I’m back home now and thankfully the finger is on the mend. I’m anxious to start Facing Off some great Vegan recipes for you, starting with this one, my Soba Noodle Salad. Read more

Spicy Noodle Salad

So much for my resolution to get back in my kitchen. In order for this to actually happen, I would have to be somewhat close to my kitchen, which has not been the case as of late. Traveling for work, vacation, and generally being busy, while all good problems to have, has made it difficult for me to get to my happy place. I have found a few moments here and there to start to some spring cleaning in my cabinets, and found some doozies (bulk items packaged over a year ago. Whoops.), which I promptly tossed out. Now that there is less clutter, when I do find an open space in my schedule, I will be able to enjoy it rather than searching through long forgotten pasta, beans and canned items.

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Herb Goat Cheese & Mushroom Quesadillas

I’ve been traveling a lot for work lately, so I made these quesadillas to enjoy while watching the Super Bowl last Sunday before leaving for Las Vegas at 7am on Monday. Having some goat cheese already in my fridge, I thought it would pair nicely with some sauteed mushrooms and some fresh herbs to have a bit of a spin on the traditional quesadilla.

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Green Chili Quesadilla

It’s been a very long time since I have had a quesadilla…until about a month ago when my husband picked up dinner from one of the Vegan friendly Mexican restaurants in our neighborhood. Knowing that I will eat anything, as long as it’s Vegan, Todd brought me home a Vegan quesadilla and boy was it good. This thing was so stuffed with Daiya cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, olives, beans, Upton’s Chorizo that I couldn’t even eat the other tacos he got me, I was already full halfway though the loaded quesadilla. Read more

Vegan Potato Leek Soup

For me leeks were one of those intimidating looking vegetables at the grocery store and as scared of Kale as I used to be, I was equally scared of leeks. I didn’t know what they tasted like, I didn’t know any recipes that called for them and I had no idea how to prepare them. Read more

Potato Leek Soup

Because everyone is talking about how cold it is outside, I will not be talking about how cold it is… though, it’s really freaking cold outside. Instead, I will write about my resolve to actually adhere to my resolutions this year. And while most of us find resolutions to be “I will not do [insert bad habit/activity here]” I want to have a positive spin on this year, and get back to the basic things that make me happy.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Thanksgiving is just around the corner – and can you believe we have never had a Mashed Potato Face Off? In preparation for your Thanksgiving dinner we thought it would be nice to bring to you 2 unique mashed potato recipes that don’t require gravy in order to taste good. Read more

Lamb & Feta Stuffed Peppers

When suggesting this for our face off this week, I figured making these would be a task for a Sunday. Since I feel that Sundays should be reserved for making slow cook meals and football, I thought these would be perfect.

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Soyrizo Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers are a simple way to make a side dish a main entrée. People usually assume that all I can eat are side dishes because the main entrée is meat. If you are Vegan you know this is far from true, but I digress. Rice, quinoa and other grains tend to be seen as side dishes, the starchy component to accompany a meal. Vegans and Vegetarians use this starch as their main dish, stuff it into a pepper and you’ll fool any meat eater that it’s an entrée. Read more

Shrimp and Grits

Hey y’all! We are enjoying a ladies weekend in Charleston, South Carolina this week! So many things to see, so many things to do, and so many great places to eat. And our trip inspired this week’s face off, the quintessential dish of Charleston, Shrimp and Grits. One of my personal favorites, every time I am visiting my parents I get Shrimp and Grits from a different restaurant because I am determined to find the best in the city.

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Mushroom Grits

We realized a few weeks ago that we were going to be on vacation during our Face Off week, so we thought we’d pay homage to the South as well as feed our mothers with a Grits Face Off. I’ve never made grits before, but what’s better than my first time being in the “grits famous state” of South Carolina? Read more

Pasta Sauce Face Off

Whether its for a quick meal, an outstanding main dish for a dinner party, or to make one of our all time favorite comfort foods, you can always count on is a box of pasta. With the recent influx of gluten free choices, the pasta aisle has gotten significantly larger. Semolina, brown rice, quinoa, corn, wheat, are just a few I could think off the top of my head, and those added to the types of pasta you can choose from… oof… I often just buy whatever gluten free pasta is on sale, and stock up on a few at a time, till the next sale, of course.

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Oil & Herbs Pasta Sauce

It’s the end of the summer and almost time for comfort food season to begin (at least for those in Chicago). Pasta is one of my go-to comfort foods, however it’s still a bit too warm out for a heavy red sauce. For this Face Off I was thrilled to pull together an oil based sauce that is light and can be served year-round. An added benefit of making the sauce this time of year is that I had all the fresh herbs in my back yard ready to go (something that will change as soon as the cold sets in). Read more