Apple Noodle Kugel

Kugel is a traditional Jewish dish eaten at holidays.  Growing up, I had the opportunity to eat kugel with my friends celebrating Jewish holidays.  I’ve been told that there’s endless variations of kugel, but one of the most common versions has raisins.  I have an aversion to raisins (in that I do not like them), so I made mine with apples.  If you have not had kugel before, I highly recommend giving it a try! With Yom Kippur coming up, this week is a perfect occasion to try it for breaking the fast once Yom Kippur is over (and if you aren’t observing, you can make it whenever you choose). You can eat it for breakfast or as a side dish for dinner.  It is slightly sweet, noodle tastiness.

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Eggplant Parmesan

It’s Meatless Monday folks!

This is my first time cooking with eggplant. It was surprisingly easy and super delicious, who knew right? In fact, this was my first time even eating eggplant, and lightly battered and covered in sauce and cheese is the right way to eat just about anything for the first time. Every time I see an eggplant recipe, I’m always reminded of the “Friends” episode where Monica accidentally accepts a kickback of steaks and an eggplant and then gets fired. It gave me a strange aversion to my new purple friend. This recipe is fairly easy, and if you’re cooking for yourself or only a few people, it freezes quite well. After this, I’m totally on the eggplant band wagon (wait, it that a thing?).

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Quinoa Salad with Roasted Rosemary Sweet Potatoes

I can’t believe it is already Labor Day. This summer flew by. However, that means more of my favorite food. No, not pumpkin, although I will share some pumpkin recipes this fall. I mean sweet potatoes! I think I’ve mentioned that sweet potatoes are my favorite food, but if I haven’t, I’m saying it now. Sweet potatoes are my favorite food. I make them sweet or savory depending on my mood.  When I’m feeling savory (and healthy), I make this quinoa salad. I like the versatility of the dish because it is filling enough that a bowl of it is a satisfying meal for lunch or dinner, but you could also use it as a side dish.  After a trip to the Minnesota State Fair this weekend, I may need a detox with this healthy salad. No regrets.

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Arepas Stuffed with Corn and Peppers

Hola! Bienvenidos a Meatless Monday! I received another Summerland LA vegetable delivery yesterday, so decided to use some of the goods for the Meatless Monday recipe. We got some amazing Hungarian Peppers and I wanted to cook some of those first. I used the peppers as a filling for these arepas and they add just enough spice, but these aren’t spicy by any means.  You could top these with spicy salsa to add some heat.  They’re also great with fresh tomatoes or greens.

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Vegetable Stir Fry

We’re back at it with Meatless Monday! I love cooking stir fry because it has lots of veggies, is easy to make in big portions, and makes for great leftovers.  This vegetable stir fry is a go-to with me and I put in all of my favorite vegetables.  You can add or remove vegetables depending on what you like, making it completely customizable.  You’re going to want to make this ASAP.

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Zesty Black Bean Burgers

After Minnesota defrosts from the winter, people are outside all the time during the summer. Summer was always a time for lakes, grilling, and burgers.  Summer is almost over [what? How is it August?] and we can’t let the summer pass by without a burger recipe! I love a good burger, but I am not into those frozen store bought burgers.  I wouldn’t mind trying a veggie burger, but the frozen varieties don’t look appetizing to me.  I will never choose those over a real burger.  These black bean burgers, however, are filling, healthy, and flavorful.  Like many of my recipes, they’re also easy! You can make these in a skillet, bake them in the oven, or cook them on the grill. So, try these black bean burgers for Meatless Monday. Or any day.

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Meatless Monday: Arugula Avocado Toast

We have a short and sweet Meatless Monday post today – avocado toast! Avocado toast is one of my favorite healthy snacks.  It is quick, filling, and healthy.  There are many variations you can make too, such as adding other veggies, adding a meat like prosciutto, adding cheese or adding various seasonings.  The recipe I’m sharing today is a basic avocado toast recipe that you can build from and this is the standard way I like to eat avocado toast.  The recipe can easily be multiplied depending on how many people you’re feeding.  If you cut the toast into small pieces, it makes a great appetizer. Note: This recipe can be made gluten free by substituting your favorite gluten free bread.

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