recipes

Savory Chili Cheesecake Spread

I was invited to develop recipes for the McCormick Gluten-Free Recipe Mixes Launch as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I was compensated for my time, and all opinions are my own.

I know it is early, but I for one am already thinking about the holidays. Planning menus – yes, I really am – and thinking of new recipes that can do double duty as a game day appetizer and as Thanksgiving day snacks.

For me, game day is as much about the food as it is the game, really. Holidays? Those are all about getting together with family and friends, and many of those gatherings include food.

I cannot wait to sit around with the family on Thanksgiving. We usually are at my moms, I always arrive early, we sometimes play cards, and there are always many delicious edibles to be had. We always watch National [click to continue…]

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Chili Cheese Stuffed Jalapeños

I was invited to develop recipes for the McCormick Gluten-Free Recipe Mixes Launch as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I received product, was compensated for my time, and all opinions are my own.

You know I am all about game day food, appetizers, shared plates and Happy Hour at Home. I have said more than once that I love appetizers for dinner (and often order a couple small plates rather than the huge entrees most restaurants want to give you).

So, did we actually eat jalapeño poppers for dinner?

Why, yes. Yes we did.

McCormick Gluten Free Chili Spice

These are perfectly acceptable for dinner, though – a protein and veggie packed update on the cheese filled original. Fantastically spicy and filling, we ate these with a simple salad on the side.

Plus, you can eat a whole bunch of them.

These peppers are not only [click to continue…]

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Bumbleberry Cobbler

Among my vast and treasured collection of cookbooks, I have every single cookbook that Julie Hasson has created. I love them all. As of a few years ago, I am lucky to call her a friend as well. Julie is local to Portland, and I am lucky to see her from time to time (we still need to have our lunch, Julie!).

In addition to the successes of her fabulous baking mixes, Julie’s most recent project has been all about casseroles. You know I love comfort food, and this book has it – to the max.

Yep, to the max. I am so excited about this book that I reverted back to the 80’s for that one. I was incredibly honored when asked to share her new book, a recipe, and a great giveaway for a Breville Smart Oven (giveaway at end of post).

Vegan Casseroles – Pasta Bakes, Gratins, Pot Pies, and More:

Vegan Casseroles

From Caramelized Onion Dip and Loaded Nacho Fries to a Truffled Cauliflower Mac and a Creamy Spinach Florentine, Julie has you covered on [click to continue…]

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Pomegranate Slam It Smoothie

On the heels of her wildly successful book The Blender Girl, my friend Tess has just released The Blender Girl Smoothies – an easy, healthy smoothie recipes app! There are 70 bright and beautiful smoothie recipes with a new recipe released each week – for 100 total recipes when complete. This app is extremely comprehensive, with boosters for each recipe (my favorite part!), blender tips, and full color photos to go with each recipe.

Features of the smoothie app:

An interactive function that allows you to consider what you “Feel, Need, and Crave” to find your perfect blend: 

Find Your Perfect Blend

Visual cues that indicate specific benefits and attributes of each recipes (e.g. detox, weight management, alkaline, anti-inflammatory, protein rich, immunity boost, energizing, unsweetened, contains nuts).

A stunning glossary:

Smoothie Glossary

Dietary restriction filters and metric/imperial conversions.

A self-populating shopping list to assist you in shopping for the smoothie recipes you select:

Smoothie Shopping List

When I chose the Pomegranate Slam It smoothie to share with you, Tess told me this was her favorite after the Pineapple Salsa Smoothie. Yep. That sounds simply amazing, and it will be the next one I try…

When I made this one, I added the cayenne pepper and chard leaves boosters. If you like a kick of spice, the cayenne is definitely a recommendation – we loved it!

Pomegranate Avocado Smoothie

pomegranate slam it

With a complex, mind-blowing flavor that explodes like a firecracker (don’t omit the cayenne), this is a heart-healthy delight. Pomegranate lowers blood pressure, keeps arteries supple, decreases inflammation in blood vessels, and helps manage cholesterol. Its phenolic antioxidants (also in strawberries) combat oxidative stress, making this an anti-aging tonic.

YIELD: two servings 

dairy, egg, soy and gluten free, vegan

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cups (360ml) unsweetened pomegranate juice
1 orange, peeled, seeded, and quartered
1/4 cup (35g) chopped red bell pepper
1/8 cup (3g) loosely packed arugula
1/2 small avocado, pitted and peeled
1 cup (160g) frozen strawberries
1 cup (125g) ice cubes

INSTRUCTIONS:

Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and blast on high for about 1 minute, until smooth and creamy.

Boosters:

1 tablespoon pomegranate powder
1/2 cup (15g) loosely packed chard leaves
Pinch of cayenne pepper

Pomegranate Cayenne Smoothie

 

 

check out both Tess Master’s book The Blender Girl, and her app The Blender Girl Smoothies for vibrant plant based recipes!

Recipe from The Blender Girl Smoothies app © Tess Masters, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.

 

App photos by Erin Kunkel from The Blender Girl Smoothies app © Tess Masters, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.

 

 

 

 

 

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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 [click to continue…]

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Pumpkin Bread with Salted Pepitas

It is officially fall!

Autumn?

Whatever – it is time for boots and sweaters and tights and scarves and boots! It is time for warming, comfort foods, it is time for all things pumpkin.

But… I sorta have pumpkin year round, and am not really a fan of pumpkin in my coffee.
*ducks head*

I suppose what I am saying is that I never really go overboard with the pumpkin.

But. I did make you a loaf of pumpkin bread. Actually, two. Perfectly sweet, with a salty seeded topping. That’s the kicker for me – I have always loved pumpkin bread, and now I will think all pumpkin breads need the salty addition.

It is good.

Honeymoon update! This week, our road trip finds us in the Black Hills and the Badlands. Yesterday we [click to continue…]

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Watermelon Apple Fruit Stripe Pops

Portland’s late summer has been a hot one – on our wedding day, we were on the Departure rooftop deck in 98 degree temperatures. We took photos quickly, and joked about taking the next photos in the restaurant walk in…

The heat has continued through our first two weeks of honeymoon – vacation, which has been great while we’ve been out playing in our own city before we travel. We have been enjoying some lake side happy hours on warm evenings, complete with awesome kombucha flights.

My all time favorite [click to continue…]

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Candied Jalapeno Recipe @spabettie

So, I guess there is a thing about saving the top tier of your wedding cake, for an entire year, to enjoy on your first anniversary?

Yeah, we didn’t do that.

We saved it. We brought it home. It sat in my parent’s fridge for two whole days.

Then we ate it.

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