saint eggs: a less sinner version of deviled eggs

In the spirit of Easter, I was inspired to create what I call “Saint Eggs” which is less sinner version of Deviled Eggs. The holiness behind these Saint Eggs are due to the fact that NO mayonnaise is used in this recipe. In fact, instead of using mayonnaise I substituted it with cauliflower purée. Then the Saint Eggs were topped off with a few drops of the halo goodness white truffle oil.

SaintEggs     SaintEggs2

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pineapple tomato salsa

pinapple tomato salsai can’t dance salsa but I love salsa
What do you do when you have a lot of tomatoes and you don’t want them to go bad? You start looking up any recipe to use them up, duh! The roomie had 3 containers of tomatoes and this was how I helped her get rid of some, I’m such a good friend. I love incorporating sweet flavors to foods and this is was no exception. The pineapples in this salsa was a nice addition.

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sweet potato turkey chili

sweet potato chilii’m a little chili
Chili is one of my favorite foods. It’s been a while since I’ve made this so I decided to add this to the menu for my Mexican date night with Dave. For this one I incorporated sweet potatoes and it was also extra spicy. Dave said this was possibly the best batch I’ve ever made but I personally would’ve preferred less spiciness although it was pretty delicious. I made this one on the crockpot and had it stewing for a good 6 hours… the smell of chili all day long was a bit torturous though.

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baked sweet potato fries

sweet potato friesthe superior fries
Remember my obsession with sweet potatoes? Well this is just a continuation of that. I haven’t found a variation of sweet potatoes that I haven’t liked; baked, mashed, fried… as a side item, as part of the main dish, as a dessert… I’ll eat it all. When it comes to fries I would choose sweet potato fries over regular fries any day! They are just freaking delicious and super easy to make; cut them up and place them in the oven!

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it can’t get easier than this

chop and mix 
chop, chop, chop
After learning some very simple chopping techniques from the BCAE cooking class I took last month I’ve really enjoyed doing it. It’s super easy and fun once you figure out the rhythm. This particular recipe is super easy and it’s really just a matter of chopping up some veggies and mixing them up. I was inspired to make this after seeing an instagram post from Fit Fun and Fantastic (I couldn’t find her recipe on the blog but it’s on her instagram), this one has all the basic ingredients she used with a few modification to the seasoning. I had this with turkey that I had cooking in the crockpot… it was perfect!

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pumpkin spiced butter

pumpkin spiced butterwhy buy it when you can make it
A couple years ago I bought a maple pumpkin butter from Stonewall Kitchen (which is really good and definitely recommend it) and was considering getting it again. But my inner foodie said “why buy it when you can make it?”. So I did {always listen to your inner foodie}. The ingredient list looks extensive but it’s really meant to give the pumpkin purée a nice flavor.

You can use the pumpkin butter on crackers, in oatmeal, on a bagel or even to give basic recipes a fall twist (like meatloaf)!
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cranberry sauce with chopped walnuts

cranberry sauce with walnutlet’s get saucy
Since thanksgiving is just around the corner {exactly 9 days!} I was craving a thanksgiving-inspired sandwich. I need to cover the basics – turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. Since I was going to make this into a sandwich I decided to forgo the stuffing {who needs the extra carbs anyways!}. I got some turkey thighs and threw that into my crockpot, and then looked up a recipe for a homemade cranberry sauce. There were two recipes that intrigued me, this one is the combination of the two.

After drafting this post I realized I must be on a cranberry kick because this is my third recipe (the first being the pumpkin doughnut and the second one being the quinoa) that incorporates them – I’ll blame it on the time of the year. And, as if I needed another fall ingredient to fiend on, I also got a few pumpkin recipes coming soon.

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