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Roasted veggie and chickpea noodle bowl

Despite the mercury’s climb into the 80s today, I’ve decided that it IS fall, as far as the kitchen is concerned. You may have noticed that I haven’t posted in a hot minute. Well, that’s because it IS indeed fall on the academic calendar and I am back in school/internship mode. While it’s very energizing…

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Greens, grains, beans, boom!

A couple of my basil plants were busy producing last week (while the other two were busy bolting and becoming useless to me…sigh), and I wanted to incorporate them into Friday night’s dinner. Since my desire for basil is insatiable, tossing the fresh basil leaves with a quinoa/brown rice combo that was doused in pesto seemed…

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Pesto brown rice with cherry tomatoes and edamame

This is one of the many wonderful possibilities for a relatively low-key dinner when you have frozen pesto stashed away. All that is required of you is to cook up a pot of brown rice. When it’s almost finished cooking, add the frozen edamame (that you’ve thawed in the minimalist tradition, i.e. you’ve rinsed with…

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Homemade basil oil

I recently received a trio of spectacular olive oils as a gift–one of which was infused with basil. Basil is perhaps my ultimate addiction. I want it on everything, and lots. I’m currently confronting the seriously upsetting reality that my own basil plants are not thriving, and supplementing with weekly bunches from the farmers market…

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Simple vegan truffles

Each time I taste the results of a new vegan no-bake adventure, I wonder how it’s possible that a dessert can taste so good with absolutely no added sugar or dairy. Plus there’s the added benefit of not having to turn on the oven. Oh the places you’ll go with a food processor! This is another…

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Lemon dijon green beans with almonds

I couldn’t remember the last time I bought green beans, until I picked up these ones at our neighborhood farmer’s market this week. Historically, I’ve prepared my green beans the same way: with some combo of garlic (power or fresh) and soy sauce (although in recent history it’s usually been Braggs). This was a staple side…