Avocado Kale Florentine – Smoked Paprika Hollandaise

Avocado Kale Florentine with Smoked Paprika Hollandaise

Avocado Kale Florentine with Smoked Paprika Hollandaise – this is perfect for a weekend brunch at home – fresh avocado, greens, and a smoky hollandaise – delicious!

But I Could Never Go Vegan!Brunch is my favorite thing.

When asked to review Kristy Turner’s gorgeous new book, But I Could Never Go Vegan!, I knew immediately this florentine would be the recipe I made first.

This recipe is made with all of my favorite things – crispy crunchy creamy avocado, garlicky sautéed kale, gloriously rich hollandaise. Brunch perfection, for a lazy weekend morning at home.

I have made this recipe three times since receiving this book, and the second and third times? I doubled the hollandaise portion so I could have leftovers.

That saucy goodness is tasty over many things.

Avocado Kale Florentine with Smoked Hollandaise

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Mom’s Red Chicken

Mom's Red Chicken

Total nostalgia for me, this dish. As soon as I pour the vermouth in the skillet and the sauce comes together, I am transported back to childhood. My kitchen smells so good, and I can envision Little Kristina making a big plate of buttered rice, and pouring a big ladle of this red sauce over the top.

Sometimes I ate a small amount of chicken, but even back then as you know, I was not all that fond of the meats.

It was what my mom did with chicken that I loved. The flavors in this dish – tangy smoky sweet – instantly remind me of mom’s cooking.

Classic Red Chicken Recipe

Now that there are decent plant based versions of chicken, I am reworking some of mom’s recipes. This was the first dish I wanted to make – I have cravings for this one often. Aside from the chicken, the only other ingredient that is not naturally vegan is Worcestershire.

But I found this sorcery, and all was right in the world again.

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Hearty Portobello Kale Lasagna

Hearty Portobello Kale Lasagna

Hearty Portobello Kale Lasagna – packed with nutrients, layers of flavor, and vibrant colors – this lasagna is such satisfying comfort food, you will want to make a double batch!

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You know that thing, when what you have planned for lunch is so good that you cannot stop thinking about it, and you end up eating lunch super early because you are looking forward to it so much?

This lasagna is that thing.

I make this recipe at least twice a month, often more. It is so flavorful, and it is so good for you. Packed with nutrient rich kale and tomatoes, hearty mushrooms, and so much vibrant flavor, this is comfort food that won’t put you in a torpor.

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Crinkle Fry Nachos Blanco with Sriracha Peach Queso

Crinkle Cut Nachos Blanco with Sriracha Peach Queso

Crinkle Fry Nachos Blanco with Sriracha Peach Queso – a tangy, sweet and spicy update on a traditional nacho, using crispy french fries and a unique peach queso!

 

We have had some very cold weather in Portland this month, and crazy foggy days! It was a perfect time for me to be working with Alexia Foods, because I got to make all kinds of tasty warm dishes while creating recipes with their product. Roasted Crinkle Cut Fries for lunch while it is zero degrees with wind chill outside? Yes please and thank you!

 

I am excited to be sharing a new queso recipe with you today. My Sriracha Peach Queso is new because I am only just now sharing it, but we have been enjoying this since summer. When I had fresh peaches. Very slightly sweet when you get a small bite of peach, with a spicy heat that you control. Start small with the sriracha, or boldy add several tablespoons if you love it like we do.

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Bourbon Roasted Delicata Comfort Bowls

Bourbon Roasted Delicata Comfort Bowls

Whiskey Week

One whole week of whiskey – congratulations everyone, we made it through!

I really feel like I saved the best for last with these bowls. Serious comfort bowls, but it is all good stuff, you know? I have been eating these for lunch all week.

The exact same bowl, every day. It’s that kind of lunch that I will sometimes eat early because I have been thinking about it since breakfast. I love those kind of lunches. These bowls are brightly colored and vibrantly flavored – comfort food that satisfies but does not leave you needing a nap….

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Whiskey Garlic Tofu over Vegetable Quinoa

Whiskey Garlic Tofu over Vegetable Quinoa

I am loving Whiskey Week, glad you all are too!

Jason and I were out at a holiday party last night, and there was a bar set up for whiskey tasting. How perfect is that – we tasted a few good ones, and I am going to hunt one down. I may have to extend Whiskey Week…

Whiskey Week

This recipe has been made before.

Actually, I have made this several times. The first couple? Too sticky sweet. Oops. The first batch had to be chiseled away from the pan, like I was making hard candy lollypops alongside the tofu. Reducing sugar, adding …

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Amaranth Stuffed Acorn Squash

Amaranth Stuffed Acorn Squash

This is one of the most flavorful dinners I have had in a while.

…and because Jason has this thing with squash – as in he won’t even try it – I had the other half for breakfast the next day. Yep. I cannot be the only one who does that? Savory breakfast for the win.

It kept me full and happy until 2 in the afternoon. Goodness.

I will definitely be making this again, and stuffing Jason’s half in a portobello or over a salad. He has to try this filling, and so do you.

Super Seeds

Super excited to share this recipe with you, from my friend Kim’s new book, Super Seeds – The Complete Guide To Cooking with Power-Packed Chia, Quinoa, Flax, Hemp, & Amaranth.

In addition to this recipe, I have already tried the Cocoa Cookie Batter Power Bites, and the Crunchy Topped Pear Muffins, which were both amazing. The recipes I have dog-eared to try include Pineapple Fried Quinoa, Lemon Basil Quinoa Salad, and the Pesto Veggie Burgers. Yum, right? Just a …

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Avocado Stuffed Chick-Quin Bites with Candied Jalapeno Ranch

Avocado Stuffed Chick-Quin Bites with Candied Jalapeno Ranch

Honey, these boys ain’t much to talk to, but, if you want a night away from your cat… they’re more than fine.

While I was wrapping cubes of avocado with chick-quin mixture, I could not help thinking of my favorite line from Vegas Vacation. Because, while these avocado stuffed chick-quins are damn tasty, they sure ain’t much to look at.

But did I say they were good? Jason isn’t the biggest avocado fan, and he loves these. They are good.

Tales from the honeymoon road:

We landed in Columbia, Missouri last night, about 15 minutes before the tornado …

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