Pomegranate Balsamic Vinaigrette

Pomegranate Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Pomegranate Balsamic Vinaigrette
A simple low calorie Balsamic Vinaigrette made with pomegranate juice and pomegranate seeds. Recently I read an amazing article where they talked about volume eating and volume foods. If you haven’t heard of it before, volume eating basically means choosing foods that have a lot of volume (size) but are low in calories. Something like […]
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Sous Vide Ribeye with Fig Reduction

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Sous Vide Ribeye with Fig Reduction
The coupling of a perfectly cooked ribeye with the flavor of red wine makes for a perfect dinner. Using a sous vide to cook a ribeye ensures that any aspiring home chef keeps this dinner perfect by cooking a flawless medium steak without the possibility of overcooking the centerpiece of this dish. Adding layers of […]
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50+ Homemade Salad Dressings and Vinaigrette Recipes

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50+ Homemade Salad Dressings and Vinaigrette Recipes
What if I told you I had 50+ homemade salad dressings and vinaigrette recipes? If you haven’t noticed, I love making salads. Creating beautiful, healthful and wholesome salads are my jam. However, what I really, really love is making my own salad dressings and vinaigrettes. Playing with different vinegars, spices and herbs, fruits and jams, […]
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Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef Roast

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Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef Roast
This sweet and savory Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef Roast clocks in at only 225 calories and will quickly become a family favorite. There are some meals that become family favorites the very first night you prepare them. This was one of those meals. Everyone loved it and we were fighting over the leftovers for lunch […]
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Roasted Balsamic Green Beans and Mushrooms

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Roasted Balsamic Green Beans and Mushrooms
Roasted Balsamic Green Beans and Mushrooms are a healthy and tasty side dish that will get everyone to eat their veggies. Plus the leftovers are delicious and can be utilized all week. It seems like I often get stuck in a rut, making the same simple side dishes over and over. Usually a salad. Now, […]
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Chopped Shrimp Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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Chopped Shrimp Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Chopped Shrimp Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette is the perfect way to celebrate the warm weather with a cool, refreshing, and flavor packed meal. We live about a block away from a delicious Greek restaurant, but every time we go I end up ordering their chopped shrimp salad. It’s my favorite thing on their menu even […]
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Balsamic Flank Steak with Roasted Tomatoes

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Balsamic Flank Steak with Roasted Tomatoes
A delicious Balsamic Flank Steak with Roasted Tomatoes that is ready in under 15 minutes with the help of the broiler. Plus it’s low carb, Paleo, Clean Eating, and Whole30 friendly. If you haven’t tried flank steak yet, you are missing out. This lean, more affordable cut is full of flavor and with the right […]
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars
These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars are the perfect healthier replacement for your favorite cookies or brownies and are packed with protein and fiber. I love peanut butter. A lot. Peanut butter is a natural and inexpensive way to add nutrition to baked goods. Peanut butter packs a lot of protein and flavor that […]
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Lightened Up King Cake

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Lightened Up King Cake
One of my favorite traditions each year is to make a King Cake to celebrate Mardi Gras. The King Cake tradition came originally from medieval France and Spain. Later, it was celebrated in Louisiana, where Creoles celebrated the king’s ball with a fancy cake in which a bean had been placed randomly inside. According to […]
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Blueberry Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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Blueberry Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
This blueberry quinoa salad post is sponsored by The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council  A fresh tasting salad with frozen blueberries, quinoa, walnuts, avocado and watercress leaves. After combining all of these amazing ingredients, toss them in a simple lemon and olive oil dressing! Lately I’ve been really into grain bowls as opposed to a salad… […]
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Blueberry Almond Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Blueberry Almond Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
This blueberry almond salad with blueberry balsamic vinaigrette is basically spring in a bowl. You know I have been counting down the days until I could kick winter to the curb. Finally spring is here and we’re not only a few days in and I’m already sharing a salad recipe that’s bursting with all the spring […]
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Microwave Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

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Microwave Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
Pumpkin season is in full swing and what better way to start the day than a big bowl of Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal that is ready in under 5 minutes. Personally I go back and forth when it comes to pumpkin. Sometimes I am all about it and other times I never want to hear or […]
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Crispy Balsamic Brussel Sprouts

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Crispy Balsamic Brussel Sprouts
I went from 0 to 100 when it came to Brussels sprouts a few years back. They basically never crossed my mind as a valid veggie option until I went to a restaurant and was semi forced to try them when a friend ordered them. The restaurant served them deeply roasted with balsamic vinegar drizzle […]
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Honey Balsamic Roasted Vegetable Bowls

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Honey Balsamic Roasted Vegetable Bowls
These Honey Balsamic Roasted Vegetable Bowls are all I want to eat this fall. Brussels sprouts, carrots, red potatoes, red onions and red peppers are roasted until browned and caramelized and then tossed in a combination of honey, balsamic vinegar, and thyme. I have been making all my roasted veggies like this lately and am […]
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Slow Cooker Tuscan Lentil Sloppy Joes

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Slow Cooker Tuscan Lentil Sloppy Joes
I am always trying to create slow cooker vegetarian dishes that aren’t soups or stews. Not that I don’t love a good soup, but it seems like that’s all there is to make if you are a vegetarian and want to use your slow cooker. Lately I have been experimenting with slow cooker vegetarian sloppy […]
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Sesame Soy Edamame

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Sesame Soy Edamame
These Sesame Soy Edamame couldn’t be more addictive and are packed with protein for a delicious snack or side dish. I am always down for a giant bowl of edamame. In fact, it’s one of my favorite afternoon snacks since it satisfies my constant cravings for something salty. When I am in a rush, I […]
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Homemade Fruit and Nut Bars

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Homemade Fruit and Nut Bars
You know those little bags of leftover nuts, dried fruit, and cereal that collect in your pantry? These Fruit and Nut Bars are the perfect way to use them all up. In fact, I affectionately refer to these bars as “Everything But the Kitchen Sink Bars” because I use just about anything I can find […]
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Roasted Vegetables and Orzo

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Roasted Vegetables and Orzo
This vegetarian Roasted Vegetable and Orzo dish is full of delicious veggies, sweet and tart cranberries, and hearty orzo for an easy, healthy meatless meal. I may have a mild obsession with roasting vegetables. It happens almost every Sunday and my husband inevitably rolls his eyes as he watches me fill up three or four […]
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Cinnamon Quinoa Bowl with Berries

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Cinnamon Quinoa Bowl with Berries
This hearty Cinnamon Quinoa Bowl with Berries is a healthy alternative to your morning oatmeal. As much as I love oatmeal sometimes I just need a break from it. However I don’t like to give up the hearty, fiber filled, staying power of oatmeal. It always keeps me full all morning, which is tough for […]
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Asian Kale Salad with Farro, Apples, and Edamame

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Asian Kale Salad with Farro, Apples, and Edamame
Healthy Asian Kale Salad with Farro, Apples, and Edamame will make anyone a kale lover! Packed with good-for-you ingredients it’s a vegetarian salad that leaves you full and satisfied. Although it may be a complete cliche since it’s January, I have been eating a ton of kale salads this month. Part of the reason I […]
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Chocolate Hazelnut Coffee Smoothie

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Chocolate Hazelnut Coffee Smoothie
Today’s healthy, delicious smoothie is sponsored by wonderful folks at nutpods. There is no better way to start your day or fuel up during a tough afternoon than with this Chocolate Hazelnut Coffee Smoothie. It’s packed with good-for-you ingredients and means never having to decide if you want to start your day with coffee or […]
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Skinny Sangria

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Skinny Sangria
A lower calorie version of your favorite Sangria perfect for any party or get-together. Calling all Sangria lovers! After multiple, painstaking tests (it’s very hard to drinking lots of wine with girlfriends….), I have finally come up with a lower calorie, skinny Sangria recipe that I love. It uses a combination of red wine, pomegranate […]
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Slow Cooker Lentil and Vegetable Stew

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Slow Cooker Lentil and Vegetable Stew
A hearty and creamy Slow Cooker Vegetable Lentil Stew made with squash, potatoes, carrots, celery, and lentils. Last night it was so cold, which is really unusual for Los Angeles. Normally people are pulling out their parkas and hats when it drops below 65, but last night it was New England cold. Luckily, I had […]
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Cinnamon Cranberry Apple Crisp

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Cinnamon Cranberry Apple Crisp
Today’s post is brought to you by Earth Balance. All opinions are 100% mine. One of my closest friends is vegan and a hard core sweets addict. This combination makes the holidays especially difficult. Between Thanksgiving and the December holidays, there is a constant barrage of treats. Unfortunately for her, almost every time she inquires […]
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Healthy Garden Minestrone Soup

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Healthy Garden Minestrone Soup
This simple and hearty Healthy Garden Minestrone is packed with vegetables, white beans, and pasta for a filling and satisfying meal. I have always been a huge fan of the simple classic Italian minestrone soup. Essentially its a simple vegetable soup with pasta and white beans in a tomato broth. It can be made with […]
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Stir-fry Vegan Chickun, Broccoli and Red Pepper

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Stir-fry Vegan Chickun, Broccoli and Red Pepper
This is a quick and delicious main meal that can be enjoyed any time of the year. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients 12 ounces Vegan “chickun” pieces 1 large head broccoli, cut into florets 1 sweet red pepper, de-seeded and cut into pieces 1 red chili pepper, de-seeded and cut into small rounds 1 lime, sliced […]
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Vegan Chickun and White Bean Soup

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Vegan Chickun and White Bean Soup
Hearty and delicious, this soup is quick and easy to make and is a whole meal in a bowl. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: 1 (8 ounce) package soy protein (chickun style) pieces 1 (16 ounce can) cannellini beans (or other white bean) 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 small onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 4 […]
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Good and Lovely Christmas Ice Cream

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Good and Lovely Christmas Ice Cream
Last night I had the great fortune of not only seeing The Good Lovelies in concert during their Christmas tour, but making dessert for the band. I wanted to make something holiday-ish to fit with the theme of the night and came up with this. The word is that the band loved the ice cream, […]
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Savoury Stuffing Rolls

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Savoury Stuffing Rolls
  Savoury Stuffing Rolls INGREDIENTS Makes 24 rolls – 1 recipe everyday whole wheat bread (make with all white bread flour, if desired, as I did) – 2 potatoes and 1 carrot, small dice (about 2 cups total) – olive oil – sea salt – 4 garlic cloves – 1 leek, white and light green […]
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Chocolate Chip and Walnut Cookies

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Chocolate Chip and Walnut Cookies
Most of my forays into aquafaba have been failures, but these are a smashing success. I don’t know why the magic bean juice acts just like an egg in this recipe and not in others, but it does. These are thin and crispy and yet still chewy–exactly like a chocolate chip cookie should be. The […]
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Pressure Canner Chili

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Pressure Canner Chili
This is part two of my pressure canning recipe series (for more explanation of the canning process, see Part One). The recipe is Isa’s Meat Beany Chili supersized to make seven large jars. Having chili in the pantry is great for those days when you want a chili dog, or a quick lunch for the […]
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Lemon Meringue Pie

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Lemon Meringue Pie
I know I am late to the aquafaba/vegan meringue party, but better late than never I suppose. The issue was that I was never able to get the aquafaba to beat into stiff peaks and so I stopped experimenting months ago. Even after endless whisking on high in the KitchenAid, very soft peaks was the […]
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Yogurt

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Yogurt
This recipe is a mashup of the two yogurt recipes Miyoko Schinner has given us in Artisan Vegan Cheese and Homemade Vegan Pantry. I like the thickness of the soy yogurt recipe, but I prefer the taste of almond milk so this recipe is the best of both worlds. A purely soy yogurt will set beautifully on […]
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Brownies

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Brownies
I’m not sure why the perfect egg-free brownie has been so elusive–that perfect blend of fudginess and chewiness without being to dry or crumbly. As you can see from the ingredient list, the answer is not very complicated at all. This is pure, unadulterated, vegan dessert. INGREDIENTS– 2 cups all purpose flour (scooped and levelled)– 2 […]
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Pumpkin Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
The sudden proliferation of pie pumpkins in the grocery store has let to some experimentation in the kitchen. Accuse me of jumping on the pumpkin spice bandwagon if you must, but these cookies are irresistible with their perfect blend of chewy and crispy.  INGREDIENTSMakes at least 24 cookies– 75g minute oats– 150g all purpose flour– […]
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Pumpkin Brioche Cinnamon Rolls

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Pumpkin Brioche Cinnamon Rolls
This recipe is a bit fussy but I thought I would post it anyway. The idea was to create a cheaper and easier brioche using margarine (instead of Earth Balance which I think has a weird taste, or homemade vegan butter). The problem is that margarine does not firm up in the fridge the way […]
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Viennese Whirls

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Viennese Whirls
The Great British Bakeoff is back and all is well with the world. I had never heard of these biscuits/cookies before I saw them them in episode 2, but I knew immediately that I wanted to try them. What a bonus that the recipe is so easily veganized. I tried a version will all vegan […]
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Blended Mocha Iced Coffee

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Blended Mocha Iced Coffee
Just a quick post to help beat the summer (spring?) heat. A good blender is a great investment, especially when you can churn out tasty drinks like this that aren’t cheap at your local coffee place (and are really mostly ice anyway). Add whatever you want to this base recipe to customize it to your […]
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Pretzel Buns

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Pretzel Buns
With the new school year ready to start in just over two weeks, it’s time to get serious about baking for lunches. Of course, with two weeks of summer still left why not bake something that can also  help you get the most out of the waning BBQ season? These pretzel buns are perfect for […]
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Smoked Tofu

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Smoked Tofu
Smoked tofu is not hard to make but it takes some planning and time to make it right. This recipe is perfect for sandwiches, pizza, or anytime you need salty and smoky flavour. INGREDIENTS – double recipe of brine – Two 1 lb blocks of firm/extra from tofu – 4 cups smoking chips – water […]
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Umami Burgers

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Umami Burgers
These burgers came about from trying to use up the cans of chickpeas in my fridge from making batch after batch of Lemon Meringue Tarts. I first turned to my three go to sources of umami: tomatoes, soy sauce, and mushrooms. For texture, I used barley (like my Tourtière recipe). The end result is a […]
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Sloppy Joes

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Sloppy Joes
I’ve done a few versions of Sloppy Joes but the kids never really liked any of them. This recipe is a nice compromise–some lentils, some mushrooms, some veggie ground round–that we all love. INGREDIENTS– 1/3 cup brown lentils, cooked– 1/4 cup olive oil– 2 medium onions, diced– 2 celery ribs, minced– 2 clove garlic, minced– […]
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1:15 Buns

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1:15 Buns
Welcome to the new year! If your 2017 is going to be anything like my 2016, then you will need this recipe to get some rich bunly goodness into your meals post haste. They are a little more stodgy than a regular bun, but, hey, you can make these in one hour and 15 minutes […]
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Bread Sticks

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Bread Sticks
Vegan Daughter watched a movie at her friend’s house last night and was intrigued with the bread sticks that came with their pizza order. She asked if I could make some for our pizza and movie night tonight. Vegan Son #3 is on a trip to Niagara Falls with his best friend this weekend, so […]
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Pizza Dough

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Pizza Dough
Every Saturday we have pizza and watch a movie. Needless to say, I have made a lot of pizza dough in my day. For years I have made fairly wet doughs (Neapolitan, focaccia, New York, etc.) which produce thin and crispy crusts with some chewiness when baked on a hot stone. More recently the kids […]
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Garbanzo Bread (or buns)

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Garbanzo Bread (or buns)
I developed this recipe to get rid of the many cans of beans I had sitting in my fridge, drained of their precious aquafaba. The beans up the protein content of the bread and enrich the dough, giving it a wonderfully soft texture and more delicate crumb. Although the sponge does smell rather “beany,” the […]
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Pumpkin Tarts

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Pumpkin Tarts
This is the last of my pumpkin recipes for this fall. It’s too late for Canadian Thanksgiving, but these could be a hit at your very own American Thanksgiving. The filling has lots of pumpkin flavour but has a lighter texture than usual pumpkin pie filling. The filling does not have to be baked so […]
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