Recipe: Squash-Carrot Soup

Technically you don’t have to roasted the squash before you make this soup but the flavor is much richer if you do and it’s easier to cut squash up if you roast it first. You can absolutely used pre-cut squash and roast that also. This soup is a real warm winter treat and can be topped off with crushed nuts, breadcrumbs, or grated cheese. Paired with a nice roll or a salad it can easily be a full meal.

Squash-Carrot Soup

Recipe: Miso Mushroom Pasta

Creamy, salty, umami bomb which makes a really exciting dinner in about 15 minutes. I made my own udon for this dish but you can easily use store bought udon or any pasta noodle (fettuccine would work just as well honestly). You can use a variety of mushrooms or just regular white ones if that’s all you have on hand. My only suggestion would be to start light with the miso so that the dish doesn’t get overly salty.

Miso Mushroom Pasta

Recipe: Romesco Chicken

I know it’s been a while but 2020 is certainly been a ride so I’ll try to keep thinking moving along quickly either way (for the -10 people who will ever see this anyway). I don’t usually post what I consider to be no-brainer recipes but this is such a simple “recipe” that it starts to fall into the lifehack category. Basically you cook chicken breast in the oven and you make a sauce using 2 ingredients one of which is a jar of roasted peppers. Don’t throw out of the jar though! Use it to store your leftover sauce for even easier dinners for the next 2-3 weeks. I served this with some rice cooked with spinach and spices as a full meal.

Romesco Chicken

Recipe: Butter Chickpeas

Despite the title this is actually really easy to make a vegan recipe by replacing the butter with coconut oil instead. You can finish it with some almond milk if you like also. I like to mush half of the chickpeas with a potato masher to get a bunch of different textures and also I think it thickens the recipe without cornstarch. I might try adding more vegetables to this recipe in the future but I really liked its simplicity.

Butter Chickpeas

Recipe: Banana Bread

Couldn’t be simpler it’s what nature intended for all those bananas you seem to end up having leftover some weeks. Perfect with butter, jam, or a smear of cream cheese or even just by itself this recipe takes about 10 minutes to come together in a single bowl and the results are great. Add in coconut flakes, nuts, or even some chocolate chips to take it to the next level.

Banana Bread

Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Crepes

These are pretty easy to make and they seriously look impressive despite having only a handful of ingredients. I like the really delicious childhood flavors of apple and cinnamon together. You can top this with powered sugar instead of mascarpone if you prefer and feel free to make the apple topping as complicated or simple as you like (I added ginger, nutmeg, and cardamom and used honey instead of sugar) so just have a good time with it.

Apple Cinnamon Crepes

Recipe: Vegetable Soup

I suspect that the reason I loved this soup so much is because I used homemade stock but sometimes a simple vegetable soup on a cool day is just exactly you need. This one is built with simple vegetables and flavors without any noodles or rice so you just get 100% vegetables all the time (and I suppose some beans too, if you’re feeling it).

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Recipe: Potato Rolls

I never have “leftover mashed potatoes” but I really wanted to make potatoes rolls and found this great recipe. I am still unclear if the potato in them really does anything but they were so good I literally made them three times in a month so maybe it does? These wonderful fluffy rolls are perfect with soup, salad, or as a breakfast accompaniment and come together with very little effort. Also since they’re individual rolls instead of a loaf of bread they last a good 3-4 days without going stale (if they last that long before you eat them of course)!

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Recipe: Onigirazu

I know every website will tell you that onigirazu are like making sushi but easier but it still takes SOME effort to get the hang of making these stacked rice sandwiches. That being said they’re perfect for lunch and you can fill them with whatever you want in my variation they’re packed with lots of vegetables and a spicy-chili olive oil mayo but these are good with canned tuna, breakfast fixings, leftover cooked ground meat or anything you can think of.

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Recipe: Grilled Halloumi Bowl

I’ve come to really appreciate halloumi during my time in Estonia because I can’t usually get paneer in stores and halloumi has the same quality of not melting when heated through which allows for great and delicious ideas like grilled the slices of cheese and putting in on top of a big bowl of couscous, hummus, and vegetables. This 10 minute lunch (or low effort dinner) is loaded with deliciousness.

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