Thanksgiving Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Thanksgiving Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

This will be the first Thanksgiving where I don’t have my traditional after Thanksgiving Toasted Turkey Sandwich.  Of course, after whipping up this fantastic cranberry vinaigrette that sandwich is a distant memory.  I’m loving the sweet and sour of this dressing and could pretty much drink it up with a straw.  This might be my favorite use of Thanksgiving leftovers yet! ~Sarah Ingredients for Thanksgiving Salad: 1 package (5 ounces)...

 
Sweet Potato and Squash Casserole

Sweet Potato and Squash Casserole

I don’t want to offend anyone’s holiday traditions but I have never understood sweet potato casserole as a side dish. Maybe as a dessert but how can anything that sweet be a side dish? I do love sweet potatoes so I don’t want to leave them out of the festivities so I made this toned down version of the classic casserole which I think is even better. The crumble crust adds texture to the soft creaminess of the filling and a hint...

 
Asian Corn Fritters

Asian Corn Fritters

I’ve been having some weird and unusual cravings the last few weeks (I’m not pregnant, just weird!). One of my cravings has been for Asian inspired food.  Specifically pot stickers!  Now these corn fritters don’t taste anything like pot stickers but the dipping sauce that is usually served with potstickers is infused in these fritters and the Asian flavors definitely come through. I didn’t get a chance to serve these to...

 
Snickerdoodle Truffles

Snickerdoodle Truffles

Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies.  I actually like them better than chocolate chip!  I’ve tried countless ways to make a healthy snickerdoodle and never was able to come up with a winner.  Considering that snickerdoodles are mostly sugared butter that is baked into a puffy cookie I pretty much have zero hope of finding a vegan snickerdoodle that I can eat.  That’s when my brilliant hubby suggested that I make a snickerdoodle...

 
Onion and Apple Confit

Onion and Apple Confit

What is confit you might ask? Well, I asked the same thing and being the queen of Googling I learned this; “Confit (French, pronounced [kɔ̃fi] or in English “con-fee”) is a generic term for various kinds of food that have been immersed in a substance for both flavor and preservation. Sealed and stored in a cool place, confit can last for several months. Confit is one of the oldest ways to preserve food, and is a speciality...

 
Succotash with Chive Mashed Potatoes

Succotash with Chive Mashed Potatoes

“Sufferin Succotash”, I grew up hearing Yosemite Sam and Sylvester say that phrase. I knew that succotash involved corn and a few other ingredients but I never really gave it much thought until the other day when the grandkids and I were watching some silly You Tube videos and heard it again. I did a little research and found that succotash is a dish served down south and in the New England states as a tradition at Thanksgiving. It mostly...

 
Spicy Red Lentil Dip

Spicy Red Lentil Dip

There is a lot to be learned from watching a 4 and 5 year old play together.  For instance, did you know that if you want a toy that another person has that the best way to get the toy is not by asking for it or attempting to share?!  Nope!  Seems the preferred method is finding a toy of your own and pretending that it is the coolest thing ever and acting like the original toy doesn’t exist.  Amazingly this method has like a 99% rate of...

 
Cucumbers in Sesame Dressing

Cucumbers in Sesame Dressing

I was missing my dad today, thinking about his garden and all the good things that he grew. One thing he grew a lot of were cucumbers. Not only did he like to make all kinds of pickles but we always seemed to have a cucumber salad on the table at dinner time. Sometimes it was a sour cream sauce and others a tangy vinaigrette. I was reminded of this salad when talking with Sarah the other day about sesame seeds being a good source of calcium. ‘Got...

 
Chopped Salad with Creamy Vinaigrette Dressing

Chopped Salad with Creamy Vinaigrette Dressing

I absolutely love my food processor and my magic bullet but the kitchen tool I use most often is my hand chopper.  Which is saying a lot since I use my magic bullet every single morning to make my daughter a smoothie for breakfast.  Honestly though I use my hand chopped for just about every meal I make.  Anytime a recipe calls for chopped or diced veggies I whip it out.  Chopped nuts and chocolate chips for cookies and baked goods - hand...

 

Porcupine Bites

I’m not gonna lie.  Eating a healthy plant-based diet is HARD!  So so so many of the ‘vegan’ products on the market are filled with artificial sugars, tons of chemicals and a buttload of processed ingredients.  Coming up with a tasty and healthy meal for dinner has never been so hard.  I know it will just take time to get used to this lifestyle as it does whenever you start a new journey but I feel out of my league and slightly...