Sweet Potato-Pesto Hash Stuffed Peppers with Cashew Cream

Sweet Potato-Pesto Hash Stuffed Peppers with Cashew Cream

When food catches me off guard by being extremely delicious, I find it much more gratifying than if I had been prepared for it to be that good.  That’s what makes seeking out new restaurants and constantly creating new recipes so appealing to me.  And it is what made my trip to Prasad an eye-opening and revitalizing experience, reminding me of how completely satisfying a well-prepared vegan meal can be.

Spoiler alert: the food I ate there inspired this recipe!

Last week, I took my first solo vacation.  It was to somewhere I’d never been, but had always wanted to go – Portland, Oregon.  

I think my expectations of the city had just been accumulating over time, from friends who had visited some of the many epic breweries there, or whose aunts cultivated massive personal gardens in the area, from magazine articles touting the burgeoning culinary scene, and even quirky TV shows that poked fun at the laid-back hippy/hipster vibe Portland is reported to exude.

All of it made me want to go.  

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5 Fabulous St. Patrick’s Day Recipes {Healthified!}

5 Fabulous St. Patrick’s Day Recipes {Healthified!}

I’m going to start this roundup post with three facts about myself:

One.  A good portion of my ancestry is Irish.  I don’t personally know any of the family that still lives there, but I listen to Celtic music a lot, as if it will bring me back to my roots.  (“Celtic” is legitimately a Pandora station I created and saved as the homepage of my computer.)

Two.  I spent two lovely weeks in Ireland in June of 2011.  I saw so many happy looking people and animals there.  I could practically live on the dense, grainy bread we ate everywhere we went.  And I did kiss the Blarney stone.

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