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Flavor Poppin’ Baked Potato Croquettes

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Hasselback Potatoes: Baked Potato Meets Oven Fries!

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It’s a beautiful love affair between baked potatoes and oven fries!  I paired my hasselback potatoes with my honey chili tempeh bacon, a large quinoa salad, all drizzled with my creamy dijon dressing. Continue reading

Leftover Mashup: Perfect Paprika Rice, Black Bean Sauce, Hollandaise Drizzle with Roasted Potatoes and Kale

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Every week before going grocery shopping I plan a menu for the week & I make sure to go through my refrigerator & pantry to see what ingredients are needed.  I’ve found this method produces much less food waste, if any.  I had leftovers of my Zesty Black Bean Soup that I’ve already used for two dinners and two lunches and still had leftovers.  I love this soup, but I’m sure you’ve gotten tired of a single food item once in your life 😉 .  I had cooked up my V’eegan Benedict earlier in the week and had leftover Veganized Healthafied Hollandaise Sauce & thought why not combine the two into a mashup meal?! Continue reading

Harvested Cranberry Bean Stew and Delicata Squash

This was my first time having cranberry beans, and I’m almost embarrassed to say, farm-fresh beans!!  Where have I been hiding?!  These beans were absolutely delicious; packed with folate, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and protein, just to name a few. 

This was a delicious quick and easy stew for dinner with family.  If you don’t have cranberry beans, don’t fret!  Any beans would be delicious substitution (especially cannelloni beans).  Tired of beans?  Cubed tofu would be a great substitution as well!

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Shepherd’s Pie with Gratifying Gravy

I ventured for my first time to Balsam Mountain in the Catskills (http://www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/1325324).  Boy, did the weather forecast get this one wrong!  That morning you could certainly tell Autumn had left us; as we got closer to the mountain we could see everything above 3,500 ft elevation was covered with a fresh sprinkle of snow.  As weather would have it, it started to snow as we were driving, which made us all a little hesitant about continuing on to our destination trail, but we’re troopers!

The area of McKinely Hollow was unrecognizable after Hurricane Irene destroyed the area in 2011.  In addition, there were so many downed trees on this mountain from the Hurricanes.  The entire trail head was rebuilt (more like a bushwhack until you met up with the original trail).  Only a half mile down the trail is a lean-to, an area I played in since I was a young child.

The trail was beyond peaceful, following a meandering stream in the magical forest of the mountain. As we gained elevation, we noticed more snow, until the ground was completely covered.  We were hiking into a winter wonderland and loving every second of it!  The silence the fresh snow brings to the forest is the most beautiful sound and brings such peace to my soul.  It was a steep, steady incline up the mountain (pictures don’t do it justice).  When we reached the summit, the clouds parted above us giving way to blue spots and when we reached the view, the sun peaked out to warm our faces.  The trees surrounding the view were snow-covered and made the most beautiful natural frame!

Needless to say, we certainly worked up an appetite after this full-day winter adventure!  I’ve been working on my Thanksgiving recipes, and this would certainly be a delicious addition to any table (no one would be able to tell it’s vegan and gluten-free)! Continue reading

Farm Fresh Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Oven Fries

oven fries 2The fall harvest keeps on giving!  Last night I paired local farm fresh spaghetti squash with organic roasted oven fries.  Okay, they’re not really fried, they’re baked thinly sliced potatoes and they’re positively delicious!  I’ve found the best cooking comes from hard work the heart; my dad inspired these potatoes.  From the ages of 15 – 24, my family spent summer vacations at Emerald Isle, NC.  We rented a house right on the beach, where the water is a clear emerald green & in August the water temperature is about 81 degrees!  I can close my eyes and be transported back to the deck on the beach, sipping my morning coffee, and watching dolphins swim through the lake-like morning ocean.  In 2010, my dad was on a roll making amazing oven fries.  You cannot beat a morning playing on the beach working up an appetite, running up to the deck and having a full platter of garlic oven fries waiting for you!  Well, my dad always makes the best potatoes (it’s where my love for them comes from.  As a child we would dig up potatoes in the garden & take a bite out of one raw. I still eat them raw to this day).  Not only are these oven fries much more healthy than their fried counterpart, they also bake up very quickly (which I’m sure fellow potato lovers will appreciate).

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