Vegan Vegetable Pot Pie is my new favorite dish!  It’s a great comfort meal that’s packed with vegetables and a wonderfully flaky crust.  Very cozy and delicious 🙂 The recipe can be found here. Start by making the Vegan Pie Crust.  The recipe can be found here. Add the dry ingredients to a food processor and pulse a few times to mix together.  Then add the butter and shortening to the food processor and mix together for about 10 seconds.  The dough will be pretty flaky at this point. Slowly pour in the cold water while the food processor is running.  The dough should start to clump together.  Remove the dough to a flowered surface and use your hands to form the dough into a ball.  Use a rolling pin to roll out a piece of pie crust large enough for a 12-inch pan. Place the crust in a pie … Continue reading

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Air Fryer Chicken Potstickers are super flavorful and surprisingly easy to make!  Plus, they are super versatile because you can fill them with anything you want.  Potstickers cooked the traditional way are amazing, but have you ever considered cooking them in an air fryer?  It’s a great way to get a crispy crust without too much added oil. The recipe can be found here. Start by combining the ground chicken, water chestnuts, green onion, minced onion, soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, and ginger in a bowl.  Stir until well combined or use your hands to combine (this is almost easier to blend everything together). Place 16 potsticker wrappers on the counter.  You can also use wonton wrappers if you don’t have potsticker wrappers, they will work just the same.  Add a scoop of the chicken mixture to the center of each potsticker.  You should have enough to add a small … Continue reading

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We recently purchased an air fryer to see what the hype is all about – it’s pretty awesome!  Our first meal consisted of Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings and Air Fryer Homemade French Fries. Both the chicken wings and french fries were crispy on the outside and tender on the side.  Plus, they are so easy to make! You’d never guess you could have delicious chicken wings and french fries for a fraction of the oil traditionally used to cook these items.  That’s because air fryers require less oil than when frying food, making it a great appliance to use to cut calories and fat.  Generally speaking, air fryers product healthier alternatives to fried food.  Give it a try! Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings have great flavor in each bite!  The lemon flavor really stands out without being overpowering and the skin becomes crispy, creating a nice crunch.  … Continue reading

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Cabbage rolls are a delicious dish consisting of cooked cabbage leaves that are wrapped around a variety of filling.  They do require quite a bit of work to make so I thought why not make the same delicious dish in casserole form.  No rolling, no stuffing, just mix and bake… This leaves you with Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls. I also wanted to make the dish vegetarian or vegan.  In the case of this recipe, it is vegan, not just vegetarian.  However, you can add ground meat to the recipe if you aren’t looking for vegan or vegetarian. The recipe can be found here. The first step is to cook the rice according to package instructions. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and spray a 9×13 pan with olive oil spray. Cut the cabbage into quarters.  Remove the core and slice into strips.  Also chop the onion and bell pepper. Drain and … Continue reading

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We love to grill, and we love seafood, so we combined the two to create Pineapple Shrimp Skewers.  These are prefect for a lighter dinner and come together so quickly!  Plus, you can customize the skewers to different tastes by adding different fruits or veggies to accompany the shrimp.  They are sweet yet citrusy, and very delicious! The recipe can be found here. Start by combining the coconut milk, hot sauce, soy sauce, lime juice, and orange juice in a bowl.  Pour into a Ziplock bag, then add the shrimp to the bag and toss to coat.  Seal the bag and place in the fridge to marinate for 1-2 hours.  Make sure the shrimp is thawed and shelled before placing in the bag! While the shrimp marinates, soak wooden skewers in water.  I like to fill a drinking glass with water and place the skewers inside. Once the shrimp is … Continue reading

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Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce are perfectly grilled chicken strips that have been marinated in a flavorful sauce.  They are perfectly sweet and tangy and make an easy dinner.  Don’t forget to drizzle the leftover peanut sauce on top of the skewers before serving! The recipe can be found here. Start by slicing the chicken breasts into strips and set aside. Then prepare the marinade by combining the yogurt, ginger, garlic, and curry powder in a mixing bowl.  Add the chicken to the marinade and toss to coat.  Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for up to 2 hours. While the chicken in marinating, soak the skewers in water.  I like to add water to a drinking glass and place the skewers inside. You can also make the peanut sauce while waiting.  Add the peanut butter, soy sauce, red chili paste, brown sugar, and lime juice to … Continue reading

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We recently committed to a vegan diet for about 2 weeks and have to admit, it was delicious!  We had done this once before, but enough time had passed that we wanted to try some different foods and see how we could handle meals without any meat, once again.  We both lost weight, our bodies felt great, and we enjoyed creating recipes. It might be surprising, but some types of food you already eat are vegan, like pasta, if you skip the cheese and use a red sauce.  If you’re up for the challenge, I recommend starting with a week of vegan eating.  If it works out well, try for another week.  Baby step your way into it!  We don’t plan on going vegan by any means.  We love food too much and would miss some of our favorite meals!  BUT… we do plan on incorporating more vegan meals into … Continue reading

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French Toast Bake combines all your favorite French Toast flavors in one baking dish that is easy to make and delicious to eat!  It’s a favorite make-ahead breakfast dish in my household.  You prep the French Toast Bake the night before, refrigerate overnight, and bake and enjoy in the morning.  Super easy with no fuss! The recipe can be found here. Start by cutting the bread into 1-inch pieces.  I like to use either sourdough or French bread.  You can buy pre-sliced bread or whole bread.  Then place the bread pieces in a greased 9×13 pan.  You want the bread to be layered pretty evenly. In a mixing bowl, combine the eggs, milk, heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla.  Pour the mixture evenly over the bread, making sure to coat every piece. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the … Continue reading

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Homemade crepes are perfect for any occasion!  They are thin, tender, and easier to make than you think 🙂  You only need 6 ingredients to make these French-style homemade crepes.  No blender or special pan required (although it does help). The recipe can be found here. Start by combining the eggs, milk, flour, butter, vanilla, and salt in a mixing bowl.  Whisk together until smooth – you don’t want any chunks in the liquid!  Then let the batter rest for about 10 minutes. I have a crepe pan that I like to use but you don’t need a special pan to make crepes, you just need a flat-bottomed non-stick skillet.  You want to heat the pan over medium heat. Add ½ Tbsp butter to the pan and let it melt.  Then add ¼ cup of the batter to the pan.  Use a wooden crepe râteau to spread the batter into … Continue reading

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It’s that time of year again with with holiday parties and gatherings, and since our cheese sale is on now we thought we would try our hand at making our own Charcuterie Board! Here is our before picture.  Cheddar, gouda, havarti, blue, brie, gruyere, salami, prosciutto, parmesan, crackers, mini toast, sliced baguette, lingonberry jam, and hot pepper raspberry jam.   Prosciutto Rolling. Then we sliced each of the cheeses into smaller bitesized portions. Our final result.  Our Cheese and Meat Platter, served with fresh blackberries, raspberries, and salted cashews! Of course, we couldn’t forget to include our crackers and breads. Don’t forget your olives!  Festival has an excellent selection of new olives trays to choose from! Say Cheese and Cheers!  Click here to view our cheese ad and click here to check out our cheesy recipes!  

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