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 Simple Tips to Eat Less Meat (and still get enough protein!)

5 Simple Tips to Eat Less Meat (and still get enough protein!)

There are a lot of reasons to eat less meat.  

Think environmental healthpersonal health, and inhumane conditions of industrial farms - just a few of the hot topics.  But the choice to be in-the-know is all yours, and I ain’t here to preach.  If you’ve decided you want to try eating less meat and want some ideas to start, this Tips Tuesday post is for you, friend!

For a while, when I was trying to cut down on animal products, I simply ate less meat without giving much thought to my protein intake.  But, as I found out, that approach can make you pretty hungry!  And Steve was not a fan of my frequent hangry days.  Courtney SMASH!

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Baja Arizona Pot Pie

Baja Arizona Pot Pie

Is it getting hot in here, or is it just me and my steamy hot... 

PEPPERS!

I know you knew where I was going with that.

I knew you'd know because you already know how I love spicy food.  Give me chicken and waffles and I'll pass on the syrup and ask for the hot sauce.  Spaghetti and meatballs?  Crushed red pepper is a must!  Heck, I'll put tabasco on my salsa.  (Well... only if it's mild salsa!)

So of course, when I began thinking about chicken pot pie - SO the time of year for it if there ever was one - I started thinking that this one was going to need a little something to heat things up.

 

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Farro + Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Farro + Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Every summer I start to get the urge to do whatever I did the summer before.   Sometimes, even the summer before that, if it was a particularly good one.

The last couple summers have brought some fun memories, and with them, the desire to drive to Santa Barbara to camp out in a tent on the beach; a longing for Ireland and happy looking cows (that made ridiculous butter!); and, of course, dreams of returning to Greece for the Mediterranean coast and its oh-so-fantastic food.

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