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Winter fare: hot and hearty lentil stew

I’ve recently been struggling with the cook’s version of writers-block; basically banging my head against the wall trying to come up with anything nutritious to make. Finally, we experienced our first cold snap, and my brain latched on to soup! Still suffering from a lack of creativity, though, I searched for veggie soup recipes and came…

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Classic veggie chili

I make this chili consistently throughout the fall and winter. I know I’ve posted the recipe before, but I felt like a re-do was in order (it’s been a while…) I refreshed many of my spices today in the bulk isle at my favorite grocery store, so this particular pot of chili was extra bold…

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Delicata squash, kale and caramelized onion bowl

This is one of my favorite fall combos. It’s a quick meal to put together and there are infinite potential variations.   Ingredients 1 delicata squash, washed, seeds scooped (easy to do if you cut it in half, long wise, and use a spoon to scoop), and sliced into 1/4-1/2 inch thick half-moons. 1 bunch…

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Cozy kale, quinoa and bean bowl

I started my ride home tonight in a light drizzle. By the time I was half way there, the rain had stopped and the cloudy sky had become absolutely gorgeous–permeated by pockets of late afternoon sunshine. Fall has arrived, full stop. Feeling the autumn spirit, I busied myself with brainstorming dinner ideas as I made my…

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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…