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Ingredient spotlight: 29 days of rice + WIAW – day 1

Man-thing had a charming idea a while back – to celebrate our new house (we got the keys yesterday!!) I could make the number of dishes corresponding to our house number with one ingredient that would feature in all of them. I guess I should be thankful that we don’t live at a triple digit! Still, if he’s going to go around giving ideas he’ll have to eat his words and rice for the next month, not to mention be my official rice-maker, which is the least he can do for this evil idea! :p

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Ergo, welcome to 29 days of rice! Most of the recipes will come to you halfway between moving and unpacking all our trinkets, but luckily I’m super organized and have the recipes all lined up – I just need to make them and take snaps! (so…easy?) Continue reading

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Zucchini berry almond cobbler

I might have gone and done something amazingly silly, but I don’t regret it. I only regret that I’m the only weirdo in Real Life that seems to think this dish is perfectly normal. Either way, it’s delicious, and that’s what matters most! We’re now on the very edges of stormy season by the look of things, and there’s nothing better than pulling this dish out of the toasty oven and munching in pajamas.

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Gingerbread pumpkin pretzel protein bars

The other day I managed to make some freezer treat pretzel bites with turkish delight that were very much Man-thing approved. The most perplexing part of all was that I had soaked my dates in coffee (decaf, admittedly), and he actually loved that! Man-thing doesn’t drink coffee, for the record, so this was an uber win for team awesome, because I’m going to take this as permission to add coffee to pretty much anything from now on.pumpkinpretzelsfrostinggalore1I’m pretty much wired by now to expect coffee straight after a meal, so adding coffee to the meal itself is really game-changing stuff for me. I’ll still have my coffee on the side, but any way that I can get more java is just grand.

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Tomato swirl soup with cheezy brussel sprouts

Sometimes you just end up with a ton of leftover bits in the house – half a can of beans, pre-cooked rice…so begins the frantic efforts to eat everything up as soon as possible, but I find that detracts from the pleasure of a dish. This dish solved a few problems for us, and also got rid of the massive amount of tomatoes we had shored up, all in a tasty way!souptopnomWe’re supposed to having spring at the moment, but I have yet to build up the courage to show off my pale legs or frolick in the sun for long periods of time. It’s pretty chilly indoors at home because of the massive oak tree in our backyard, so soup it is as a thumb to the weather! Some of you northern hemisphere bloggers are probably starting to feel the chill for more legitimate reasons, so this one of the few times that we’ll converge on purpose and atmosphere! :p

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WIAW + cheezy grilled pesto pretzels

I’ve never eaten a soft pretzel until today, but now that I have…how does one stop? Delicious, easy, yummy! I must admit I considered a GF version but honestly these were so easy as WW and I was just dying to make some asap, so this happened before I could bring myself to try it any other way.WIAWbanner

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Baked veggie nacho stack

Whenever we go out to eat at restaurants there is always a lot of modification that takes place or else I call ahead to arrange a special vegan dish. Sometimes you simply cannot modify a meal to be vegan, because what makes that meal so unique is the different elements that you inevitably have to remove.

nachoprofile1Case in point, nachos! They are by far one of the more popular vegetarian dishes on most menus and leave me uber sad about not being able to munch down a whole plate. It was my awesome MIL’s birthday on Saturday and I was looking online at the menu for the munch place when I saw nachos and knew that I had seen it once to often. It was time to make my own.

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Savoury streusel veggie cups

I have to admit I am not entirely sure what I was thinking with these, but they are just delightful crumbly treats as a lovely side dish or for a snack pack at work. Also, since sweet streusel goodies are not always the best fuel, I figured savoury couldn’t hurt. Tasty much? Yum! Weird? Just slightly.

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