Vegetarian

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Candied Walnuts and Sage Vinaigrette

Your favorite fall flavors now come in a healthy salad with roasted sweet potatoes, dried cherries, candied walnuts, and a sage balsamic vinaigrette.

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By now I am sure most of you have seen the new Star Wars trailer. If not, do it now. I may have freaked out just a little bit when I saw it and now already cannot wait for next Christmas – the finale of Mockingjay and new Star Wars! But there are exciting movies to see this year as well. I already saw Mockingjay Part 1 and up next is the finale of the Hobbit. The winter holidays rock, don’t they? To make up for the colder temperatures we get stuffed with amazing food, decorate cookies, see pretty lights, and get to snuggle in front of a cozy fire and/or movie.

But today’s recipe is not for decorated cookies or even a hot beverage to drink while enjoying wintry activities. It does have some of those comforting flavors that come out this time of year though and shockingly enough it is in the form of a salad. Roasted sweet potatoes are tossed in a mixed greens salad with dried cherries, candied walnuts, and a sage vinaigrette. I got to bust out my white balsamic vinegar for this vinaigrette but you could definitely use regular if you cannot find white. Different color, same taste.

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One year ago: Quick Turkey Noodle Soup

Two years ago: Gluten-Free Ooey Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Three years ago: Pecan Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Cake

Four years ago: Matzo Ball Soup
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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili #PumpkinWeek

Chili has never been easier, just throw everything in your slow cooker and let it do the rest. Try this vegetarian version with cauliflower and pumpkin.

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Hi and welcome to day 2 of #PumpkinWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections. We are celebrating our love of the season with a whole week of pumpkin goodies, leading up to National Pumpkin Day. 17 Food Bloggers have come together to share over 65 recipes with you. In addition to homemade pumpkin puree, pie, and cookies, we are also sharing savory pumpkin dishes like hummus, chili and pumpkin corn chowder. Come back every day for #PumpkinWeek recipes. You can also find these great recipes and more on Love and Confections’ #PumpkinWeek Pinterest Board!

Check out all the #PumpkinWeek Bloggers and their recipes:

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Recently my friends hosted a chili cook off and obviously I participated. Normally I stick to my dad’s tried and true chili (which has won competitions in the past) but I decided to do something completely different. I figured what better time to experiment than with a crowd of people to eat at least some of the potentially disastrous results?

I based this recipe off of my dad’s but with lots of substitutions including black beans, pumpkin puree, and cauliflower. When I first tasted it I felt like something was missing only to realize it was meat. So while it wasn’t a failure, as a meat-eater this chili was just okay. Seems kind of wrong to post a recipe that I’m not screaming is the best thing in the whole wide world but that’s life, not everyone likes the same things. If you are vegetarian it may be right up your alley and it is for you that I post this recipe. To me chili just isn’t the same without meat! The chili I voted for (and which won) was made with pulled pork – something I definitely need to try.

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One year ago: Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream

Three years ago: Stuffed Flank Steak with Potato Cakes and Amaretto Chocolate Cheesecake
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Roasted Sweet Potato Tacos with Black Beans and Kale Ceviche

A little bit a prep goes a long way with these veggie tacos featuring roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, and a kale ceviche. 

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If you are even remotely familiar with dinnerware then you’ve heard of Corelle. Many of you probably own a set. I know my parents use Corelle dinnerware every day and they even bought me my first 4-piece set when I first went off to college (was that really over 10 years ago?) and they are still in perfect condition. But being a food blogger one set of plates is never enough so I jumped at the opportunity to get my hands on the new Corelle® Boutique™ Brushed pattern which is sold exclusively at select Kohl’s stores. The modern pattern comes in 9 colors which are easy to mix-and-match, of which I am a huge fan. And being Corelle that means they come with certain features:

  • Break and chip resistant for carefree durability
  • Made in the USA
  • Dishwasher safe for long lasting patterns
  • Microwave and oven safe for versatility
  • Stackability for easy storage and cupboard space efficiencies
  • Patterns won’t wash, wear or scratch off
  • 3 year limited warranty

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The first meal I graced upon the surface of these pieces was tacos. But not any old tacos, roasted sweet potato, black beans, and kale ceviche taocs! Due to its lengthy nature, upon first glance of the ingredient list you may be frightened off from attempting this recipe yourself but I promise it’s easier than it looks. For starters the ceviche requires no cooking, just toss and let marinade overnight. The following day, toss the sweet potatoes in seasoning and then roast in the oven for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the onions and beans which will be ready in time to assemble it all together. See wasn’t that easy? Lots of chopping for prep but minimal effort from then on and a happy belly as the reward.

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One year ago: 90 Second English Muffin

Two years ago: Chocolate Peanut Butter 7-Layer Bars

Three years ago: Halloween Oreo Cupcakes
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Healthier Buffalo Cauliflower Dip #10DaysofTailgate

Welcome to day 6 of ‪#‎10DaysofTailgate hosted by Culinary Adventures with Camilla! There are nearly two dozen bloggers with over one hundred recipes to inspire you through an entire tailgating season. From Chili, Meatballs and Wings to Sangria, Pretzels and some sweet Desserts, we have all your tailgating recipe needs covered. #10daysofTailgate runs from September 20th through September 30th. A huge thank you goes to our event sponsors who have graciously donated prizes for our readers. There are fourteen different prize packages so make sure you enter the rafflecopter HERE and don’t forget to follow the hashtag on Twitter too, #10DaysofTailgate.

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What’s a tailgate without a little heat in the form of buffalo wing sauce? But just because we’re talking about buffalo wings does not mean it has to scare away the health-conscious or vegetarians. I made this buffalo dip healthier by using Greek yogurt based Ranch dressing and cream cheese, then veggie-fied it with cauliflower instead of chicken. Best part is that even the indulgent, meat-lover’s will enjoy this dip. Bake in the oven or warm in a mini slow cooker, then serve with celery, carrot, and chips!

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Here’s what the rest of the crew brought to the table…

Starters
Diablo’d Cheesy Bacon-Onion Pinwheel Rolls by Things I Make (for Dinner)
Spiced Kofta with Carrot Karma Yogurt Dip by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Dips
Baked Potato Beer Dip by Cheese Curd In Paradise
Hot Caramelized Onion Dip by Eliot’s Eats
Healthier Buffalo Cauliflower Dip by The Spiffy Cookie
Dunkin Duck, Cheesy Bacon and Ranch Dip by A Day in the Life on the Farm

Mains
El Diablo Mango Mustard Glazed Grilled Scallops by Making Miracles
Honey Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Kebabs by Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
Thai Chicken Skewers by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Bacon Cheeseburger Soup by From Gate to Plate

Sides
Grilled Parsley Potatoes by Curious Cuisiniere
Grilled Vegetables by Summer Scraps

Sweets
Pumpkin Bars by The Pajama Chef

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One year ago: Ginger Soy Beef with Chile-Tomatoes & Peppers

Two years ago: Crunchy Oven-Fried Ravioli

Three years ago: Pumpkin Nutella Mini Cheesecake Bites
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Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup & Giveaway

Summer nights are coming to an end. Get ready for cooler temperatures with this hearty slow cooker minestrone soup.

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While I like to use my slow cooker year round, now is the time of year when slow cookers typically are used most. Not only has school started for those of you who are students or have kids but the temperatures are starting to decline. As such, the demand for easy weeknight dinners has increased and warm soups/strews are becoming more appealing. I may no longer be a student and do not have kids, but I can still appreciate a comforting soup on a cool night (whenever those decide to get here in TN).

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Red Gold was nice enough to send me some of their tomatoes to play around with in my slow cooker. I figured since we are on the verge of summer and fall why not make a soup that takes advantage of the remaining summer produce? This minestrone is almost like the kitchen sink of soups, made with cannellini beans, onion, carrot, celery, zucchini, spinach, rosemary, pesto, and a can of Red Gold’s petite diced tomatoes with garlic and olive oil. Just wait until those aromas smack you in the face upon arriving home after it cooked all day, you’ll want to dive right in there.

I also happen to have a Red Gold Apron to giveaway to one reader. To enter use the Rafflecopter at the end of this post and answer the prompt in the comments section. But wait, there’s more!

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Red Gold is hosting a “Red Gold 2-a-day Crock-Pot Give-a-way” running from today September 17 through October 8 on their Facebook page. As the promotion title suggests, they will be giving away two Red Gold branded Crock-Pots every day during for three weeks. Click over to their Facebook page to enter: https://www.facebook.com/RedGold.

One year ago: Pumpkin Spice Pizzas

Two years ago: Loaded Baked Potato Dip
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Healthy Vegetarian Taco Salad

This colorful vegetarian taco salad comes together in minutes. Quinoa, black beans, corn and kale will fill you up while the spicy avocado dressing satisfies the taste buds

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I go through phases with my food cravings and lately it has consisted of arugula, kale, Mexican food, and ice cream. So why not combine two of them in this healthier taco salad? Other than the quinoa, this vegetarian salad requires no cooking and comes together very quickly making it a great salad for lunch or a weeknight dinner to beat the lingering summer heat. It’s made even healthier by serving it in a bowl of purple cabbage leaves. Crunchy like a tortilla without the guilt. As a bonus it even looks pretty!

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One year ago: Mixed Berry Slab Pie

Two years ago: Roasted Cherry Brownie Cheesecake
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Arugula, Black Garlic & Cherry Tomato Pizza

Sweet, spreadable black garlic is the star of this pizza. The whole wheat thin crust is also topped with fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, cherry tomatoes and baby arugula.

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I should be in Memphis today. Weezer is performing at Snowden Grove tonight and a few months ago I swore I would find a way to get there but as time ticked away I realized it was not fiscally responsible to buy tickets for a band I’ve already seen 3 times – even if it’s been over 7 years since I last saw them. Of course that’s not all, there’s also a Dishcrawl event in Memphis today for bacon lovers. To compensate you might find me jamming out to Weezer all day while eating bacon.

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While this pizza does not have bacon, it does have prosciutto which is basically fancy bacon. It also has a bunch of other fancy things such as fresh mozzarella, arugula and black garlic. What the heck is black garlic? It is caramelized garlic which is the result of being heated at a low temperature for about 40 days. So yea you can make it yourself if you feel like leaving a hot plate/slow cooker on for 40 days straight or you can just buy some like it did (I found it at Jungle Jim’s in Cincinnati, OH). It has the spreadable consistency of roasted garlic but a sweeter flavor. In other words you’ll want to spread it on everything like butter.

One year ago: Blue Moo Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Two years ago: Peach Greek Yogurt Pie
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Roasted Pear, Parmesan & Spiced Pecan Salad

It is possible to whip up a salad in under 30 minutes and have it be both healthy and fun. Try this roasted pear, parmesan & spiced pecan salad.

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Last month for the Secret Recipe Club, JJ (84th & 3rd) was assigned to my blog and she made her own version of my bagel for one recipe which looked even better than mine. Shortly afterwards I received the next month’s assignment and lo and behold I was assigned to JJ’s blog this month! After reading her “about” page more she sounds like someone I can relate to: thinks about lunch while eating breakfast, loves to travel, practices yoga, runs, and does both in order to eat cake. I’ve always said that I work out not because of what I eat, but for what I want to eat!

That being said, I do try to eat healthy outside of my dessert fetish and am always looking for fun recipes which are also healthy. Guess it was meant to be that I would be paired up with JJ this month because she really does know how to make even healthy food fun with things such as vegan salted caramel truffles, 5 minute chimichurri sauce, and ombre key lime popsicles. And this salad was anything but boring. A bed of baby spinach and arugula topped with sweet roasted pears, salty Parmesan cheese, and spiced pecans. The sticky spiced pecans are pure gold.

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One year ago: Potato Nachos

Three years ago: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispies Treats
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Crispy Peanut Tofu & Cauliflower Fried Rice

Skip the rice and go meatless with this vegetarian cauliflower fried rice topped with crispy tofu and a peanut-soy sauce. With all that flavor you won’t notice that it’s not real rice!

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What a crazy World Cup game yesterday! I had my bets on Germany but was expecting a close game, as I am sure most people were. After the 4th goal I was completely at a loss for words. By the 6th goal I stopped paying close attention and was attending to other things, therefore missing the final two goals making it a 7-1 win for Germany. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a score that high ever in soccer, even when playing on my own club teams growing up. What a sad way for the hosting country to be booted out of the race. At least they get to play in the third-place game. On the up side, I’m even more impressed with the USA team keeping Germany to one goal in our game!

But moving on to this stir fry. After seeing a couple recipes for cauliflower rice I was sold. All I needed was to get my hands on some cauliflower, and after my broccoli/cauliflower/cabbage U-picking adventure that mission was completed. The texture of the cauliflower may not exactly resemble rice but it was close enough that neither myself nor my dad were overly aware of the substitution. As for the tofu, it was so sufficiently drained and dried that it sucked up all the flavors from the peanut-soy sauce, resulting in some of the best tofu I’ve ever had. If you’re been looking for a super-vegged out meatless meal, I highly recommend trying this.

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One year ago: Salted Nutella Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
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Eggplant Parmesan with Parsley Orzo

Oven-fried eggplant parmesan stays extra crunchy when topped with cheese and marinara only just before serving. Served alongside orzo seasoned with parsley.

Eggplant Parmesan with Parsley Orzo

For how much I enjoy eggplant there seems to be a shortage of eggplant recipes only my blog, only five to date and now the sixth today. Most of the recipes are pretty creative though with things such as eggplant veggie burgers, eggplant stuffed shells, and also eggplant manicotti. I do also already have a recipe for the classic eggplant parmesan but the one I am sharing today is a little different. The first version was layered in a casserole after the eggplant was breaded. This time it is served separately in order to preserve the crunchiness of the breading. Slices of fresh mozzarella cheese are thrown on at the end and placed under the broiler just long enough to get all gooey. Served with warm marinara and orzo seasoned with parsley.

One year ago: Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond Granola Bars
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